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

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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?

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

Here We Go Again: Syrian Deja Vu

The recent escalation in Syria, with the US attacking for the first time directly the Syrian territory, has taken many by surprise and confusion. To some commentators, is the sign of the unpredictability of Donald Trump, for others the continuous with a policy always directed to the change of regimes, for others more is the … Continue reading Here We Go Again: Syrian Deja Vu

IS Strength is Proportional to our Weakness

The recent Paris attacks have opened a series of questions on security and the real strength of IS. However, one clear fact is in front of our eyes: IS strength is proportional to our weakness. World powers division over Syria has just highlighted how easy is for groups like IS to increase their force and … Continue reading IS Strength is Proportional to our Weakness

India-US Relations: A common goal may not be enough

The relations between US and India have not always been easy but without doubt the two countries are increasingly looking at strengthening their partnership. Although they still maintain some differences, it is a common strategic interest that is bringing them together. Key recent developments include the rapid growth of India's economy and bilateral trade, the … Continue reading India-US Relations: A common goal may not be enough