Eurasia

Contradictions in the Anachronistic US-Russian Relationship

On 16 June 2021, Russian president Vladimir Putin met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the tense bilateral relationship. Despite differences in Russia’s specific bilateral relations with NATO members such as Germany over economic ties and the gas pipeline, or Turkey-Russia strategic relations, to name two examples, Biden presumably …

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The Carbis Bay Imperialism

The recently concluded meetings of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries in Cornwall from the 11th to 13th of June 2021, have reaffirmed their commitment to a post pandemic world based on twin planks; i) revive capitalism and ii) reinstate imperialism. These twin decaying and dangerous ideals …

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Bennett to Hamas: Israel’s patience has run out

Speaking at memorial for fallen in 2014 Gaza war, prime minister warns terror group ruling coastal enclave that Israel will no longer tolerate any sort of violence or attacks, vows to bring back bodies of fallen soldiers, Israeli nationals held captive inside the Strip for years Prime Minister Naftali Bennett …

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Egypt: Suez Canal ship case adjourned for settlement talks

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned until July 4 the case of a hulking cargo vessel that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year. The decision came after both legal teams of the Suez Canal and the vessel’s owners asked for more time for negotiations that …

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Iran says nuclear power plant shutdown was due to ‘technical fault’

Bushehr facility taken off power grid for a number of days; national electricity company calls on Iranians to minimize consumption during peak hours Iran’s southern Bushehr nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down over a “technical fault,” the country’s atomic energy body said in a statement. “Following a technical …

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Hamas leader says Marwan Barghouti a priority for next prisoner swap with Israel

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh promises the wife of prominent Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti that her husband will be a priority for the next swap deal with Israel. A prominent Hamas leader told Al-Monitor that the movement’s chief, Ismail Haniyeh, promised Fadwa al-Barghouti, the wife of senior Fatah leader Marwan al-Barghouti, …

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Egypt plans to resettle millions in Sinai amid anti-terrorism operations

Egypt announced a plan to attract 3 million Egyptians with the aim of resettling them in the Sinai Peninsula, as part of a more comprehensive plan to reconstruct Sinai and fight terrorism. The Egyptian army has yet to officially announce the end of the anti-terrorism operation it launched in the …

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Egypt mobilizes Arab support in Nile dam dispute with Ethiopia

The foreign ministers of the Arab League called on the UN Security Council to urgently convene and discuss the dispute over Ethiopia’s controversial dam on the Nile River. A few days before Ethiopia starts the second-round filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, scheduled for July 1, Egypt has once …

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Islamic State revives religious police in northeast Syria

The Islamic State’s religious police are back at work in the areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria. The Islamic State’s religious police — known as Hesba — has made a comeback in the areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast …

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Turkey wild card in US-Russia conflict over Syria aid

The US administration might be open to a position shift on the Syrian file to secure the flow of cross-border international aid to Syria, a prospect that may spoil Turkey’s calculations in Syria and particularly in Idlib. Although humanitarian aid to Syria was hardly a top agenda item during President …

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