Iranian Protests: Genuine or Change of Regime Playbook?

The recent Iranian protests have highlighted once again how volatile and complex is the reality in Middle East. The protests have been given different, and sometimes even contradictory, explanation in the media, from spontaneous to internal rebellion, from political opposition to change of regime. Assessing the Iranian situation is not easy but a wider and … Continue reading Iranian Protests: Genuine or Change of Regime Playbook?

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US Recognition of Jerusalem: Is all bad as it looks?

On 20th December 2017, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly rejected the US move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with 128 votes against 9, 35 abstained. This public humiliation for the US, which was expected, further demonstrate the isolation and total disorientation of the Trump's administration foreign policy. The move that sparked outrage … Continue reading US Recognition of Jerusalem: Is all bad as it looks?

The Catalan/Kurdish Secessionist Attempts: the spectre of the US backed Kosovan UDI

"A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of ....secessionism". In the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, is not communism that is spreading across Europe (and the world), but the spectre of secessionism or, to be more precise, of unilateral declaration of independence (UDI). Like the Rhodesian example, it is the US sponsored Kosovan UDI that … Continue reading The Catalan/Kurdish Secessionist Attempts: the spectre of the US backed Kosovan UDI

North Korea First ICBM is a Message for Diplomatic Talks?

On 4th July 2017, KCNA (the North Korean State Television) announced to have successfully tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ICBM, under the scrutiny of the leader Kim Jong-Un. "Our scientists and technicians have developed and successfully test-launched a new ICBM called Hwasong-14. The missile was fired vertically and did not threaten the safety of … Continue reading North Korea First ICBM is a Message for Diplomatic Talks?

Are you Looking at the Moon or the Finger?

"When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger" (Confucius) All of us are familiar with this old saying, old as history gets, old as our civilisations are. But we actually learn something from it? Are we sure it is applied correctly to our modern life? Especially when it comes to … Continue reading Are you Looking at the Moon or the Finger?

Trump’s Cuban U-Turn: Another Desperate Attempt to Save his Presidency.

The President of the United States Donald Trump has announced US withdrawal from some of the agreements signed by former president Barak Obama on Cuba's relations. The move, partly expected, is not a return to Cold War or a new phase of anti-Cuban sentiment, but simply a desperate attempt to swing attention from personal troubles. … Continue reading Trump’s Cuban U-Turn: Another Desperate Attempt to Save his Presidency.

Erdogan’s Turkish Delights

There is only one president being capable to be at the same time offensive, out of line and arrogant, as well as needed and constantly courted. No, it is not Putin, as he has followers and admirers, but the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Nationwide protests against his policies in May 2013, led to police crackdown … Continue reading Erdogan’s Turkish Delights