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17.02.2021

Western Sahara: the Moroccan monarchy and Polisario, a frozen conflict

Western Sahara: the Moroccan monarchy and Polisario, a frozen conflict

Western Sahara is a desert territory populated by nomadic tribes, which has never been organized into a Nation-state. A territory of 266 000 km2 in northwestern Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, while its west coast overlooks Atlantic. It was under… »

16.02.2021

Galindo: COVID-19 unearths ghosts of Spain’s ‘dirty war’

Galindo: COVID-19 unearths ghosts of Spain’s ‘dirty war’

Enrique Rodríguez Galindo died on February 13, 2021, with COVID-19, at 82 years of age. The former general of Spain’s gendarmerie force, the Guardia Civil, Rodríguez Galindo headed the garrison of Intxaurrondo in the Basque city of Donostia-San Sebastián in the 1980s and 90s. At that time, police officers were frequently… »

16.02.2021

The Middle East: Is there light at the end of the Long Corridor?

The Middle East: Is there light at the end of the Long Corridor?

By Marc Finaud, Tony Robinson, and Mona Saleh[i]. Recent developments in the Middle East and the arrival of the Biden administration offer unique opportunities to improve regional security. However, obstacles on the way to such progress have far from disappeared. One set of developments are the so-called… »

16.02.2021

Blank Vote in a Democracy

Blank Vote in a Democracy

Revolution of the Mind Series By Andreas C Chrysafis A paper for debate and discussion Original article published on March 19, 2018 and revised on December 16, 2020 Preamble Following the results of several elections in western democracies, they reveal alarming matters and raise serious questions: (a) if in fact,… »

14.02.2021

What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?

What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?

If Oumuamua is the real deal, meaning an alien craft, then Earthlings are doing some really weird stuff on the scale of alien intelligence. Think about it… If it’s an alien craft or drone there’s no way it entered the sun’s solar system, swooping within 15M miles of Earth, powered… »

13.02.2021

The Great Divorce of the Century

The Great Divorce of the Century

The COVID pandemic has pushed the close-knit relationship between work and money towards a bitter divorce. Millions lost their jobs and their money, some kept their jobs and their money, and others goteven more money without doing much. This situation didn’t start with the pandemic, but it became more ‘in your face’ and it has created… »

13.02.2021

Pence and Trump’s Final Meeting: “A Good Conversation”

Pence and Trump’s Final Meeting: “A Good Conversation”

By David Breitkopf O to have been a presidential pen in the Oval Office taking notes when Mike Pence met with Donald Trump for the last time, nearly a week after the insurrection of the Capitol. What has become timeline clear from the impeachment proceedings of Mr. Trump is that… »

11.02.2021

Give us Access to Tigray to Find Missing Refugees — NRC Pleas

Give us Access to Tigray to Find Missing Refugees — NRC Pleas

By Alison Kentish The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called for unimpeded access to all parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, to locate an estimated 20,000 unaccounted for refugees and assess damage to its Hitsaats Camp which was looted and set alight in early January. »

11.02.2021

Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds to Sisi’s Egypt

Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds to Sisi’s Egypt

By Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin Under Donald Trump’s presidency, Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UAE, and other repressive regimes, had virtually free reign to commit unchecked human rights abuses without worry that they might be chastised or lose U.S. diplomatic and financial support. But when Joe… »

08.02.2021

Taking Action to Repair Our World

Taking Action to Repair Our World

By Ramu Damodaran The writer is Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted in the Department of Global Communications. This OpEd first appeared in the #WhyWeCare, @ImpactUN on February 5. “Nostalgia for the present“ is a phrase I once heard (or think I have), and it came to… »

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