Observations of an Expat: Minced Meat in Hamburg

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Tom Arms

 

Stability. Order. Security. That is what these big multinational summits are meant to project. They are designed to reassure the lower orders (that’s you, me and a few billion others), that Planet Earth is in safe hands as it hurtles around the sun at 66,000 miles per hour. Continue reading “Observations of an Expat: Minced Meat in Hamburg”

Protests, policy rows, volatile leaders – welcome to the Hamburg G20 summit

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Noah Barkin

 

Summits of world leaders are usually highly choreographed affairs that leave little to chance. They are held in locations that are easily shielded from demonstrators. And policy differences are papered over by envoys behind closed doors well ahead of time. But the G20 meeting in Hamburg next week will be different. Continue reading “Protests, policy rows, volatile leaders – welcome to the Hamburg G20 summit”

France’s Macron, alongside Putin, denounces Russian media for election meddling

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Denis Dyomkin

French President Emmanuel Macron, standing alongside Russia’s Vladimir Putin, on Monday dubbed two Russian media outlets “agents of influence” which he said had spread fake news about him during his election campaign.

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The end of Iraqi and Syrian woes and the disappearance of ISIS

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Dr. Fadi Elhusseini

When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear to be a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the situation in the Middle East.

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Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

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Tom Arms

What now in Syria? Will Russia drop its support For Assad? Will the US intervene? Will Assad stay in power? Will Russia come out on top?

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The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

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Cynthia M. Lardner

“The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” testified FBI Director James Comey before the House Intelligence Committee (HIC) hearing held on Monday.

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Observations of an Expat: Tough for Trump

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Tom Arms

Donald Trump is in a no-win situation as regards Russian hacking vs. American intelligence agencies vs. Donald Trump.

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