Policy Brief no. 80: No important positive results of the major Iraqi offensive in Anbar, against ISIL

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At the end of almost 30 days since the start of a massive Iraqi military offensive in the Anbar province, against the ISIL forces, no really major results are visible, a recent text published by Al Jazeera is reporting. While the governmental actions are “showing few signs of progress”, open sources say that “ISIL still […]

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Opinion No.15: The perennial strategic value of the Faklands Islands: some comments

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“Winston Churchill dispatched 1,700 troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 out of concern that the Japanese were planning to invade the territory and interfere with critical sea routes in the South Atlantic”[1] according to a report published by the Telegraph.co.uk on December 9, 2014. “Documents held at the National Archives, cited by Kyodo News, […]

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News Alert No.101: Vital U.S. allies are strongly criticizing the CIA for brutally interrogating terrorist detainees after September 11, 2001

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Several vitally important allies of the United States severely criticized the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for using brutal interrogation techniques (usually called torture) against terrorist detainees, CNN reports on December 12. British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly condemned torture while in Turkey, saying: “Torture is wrong. Torture is always wrong. Those of us want […]

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Policy Paper No.12: Falklands – a never-ending challenge

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According to Mercopress, on December 3, 2014, “Argentine opposition lawmakers expressed concern about alleged logistic support from Brazil and Chile to British warships and other auxiliary vessels in the South Atlantic and demanded the government of President Cristina Fernández report to Congress on the matter.”[1] Lawmaker Juan Carlos Zabalza, who is a member of the […]

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News Alert No.97: Four Russian warships sail through the English Channel

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“Four Russian ships left British waters after being escorted through the Straits of Dover from the North Sea by the Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne, the U.K. Ministry of Defence said in an e-mailed statement…, adding that all vessels have the right to transit through the area under international law”, Bloomberg reported on November 29, […]

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News Alert No.93: British SAS wiped out several hundred ISIL fighters

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Along the past two days [November 22 and November 23, 2014], Mail on Sunday published a piece of news describing, with some details, the way in which the notoriously effective British SAS (Special Air Service) is directly involved in fighting against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Iraq. According to the British newspaper, “SAS troops […]

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Policy Brief No.56: Rosetta mission reaffirms EU’s power potential

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On November 12, 2014, the Rosetta space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) succeeded the first soft landing in the history of humanity on a comet. Previously, the mission succeeded another big “first”: it was the first to rendezvous with, and then orbit, a comet. Beyond the ‘space archeology’ allowed by the mission (comets […]

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