It’s finally happened! For so many years the world has been alternately frightened, reassured, and blackmailed by the idea of European and Asian markets getting massive amounts of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) sourced from shale. And now that has come to pass...
International policy statements sometimes attract attention because they deal with serious matters, such as human rights, concerning which an important speech was made to the UN Security Council on April 18 by US Ambassador Nikki Haley.
President Trump’s policy on Iran is still to be shaped. The signals sent are more than contradictory. During the election campaign, the president used to say that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was a bad deal which he would rip up when in power.
The Indian government has divulged very little information – hardly any – regarding the visit by the United States National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster to New Delhi an April 18. The reticence is extraordinary, since Indian elites are usually exuberant when American dignitaries arrive. And McMaster happens to be the first official from the Donald Trump administration to visit India...
NATO has made a request to set up a counter-intelligence unit in Bucharest to protect the two military commands established there two years ago. The new unit is to function within the South-East Multinational Division also based in Romania’s capital. The mission is to prevent information leaks and attempts to compromise NATO operations in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict.
Formally known as Mara Salvatrucha (the gang of Salvadoran guys), the criminal group is made up of immigrants, mostly young teenagers from Salvador. According to the FBI estimates, the group’s strength is 6,000 in the US and 30,000 internationally. At least 46 states and Washington, D.C., have reported the infiltration of their «cliques» — typically linked to drug trafficking, low-level extortion, rape and even murder. Trump blamed open border policies implemented by former President Barack Obama for the spread of the gang in the US.
A series of moves by NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) partner, the United Arab Emirates, has many observers in the Indian Ocean littoral nations wondering out loud whether the «North Atlantic» military pact is moving into the Indian Ocean and Arabian Peninsula, courtesy of an «outsourcing» deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, with backing from the French Communist Party, is the candidate forging into the first round of the nation’s presidential election with critical momentum. In recent days, the veteran left-winger has surged in pre-election polls ahead of the official ballot taking place this Sunday.
Turkish President Erdogan has won the referendum giving him wide-ranging powers to rule the country. The event will change many things. Some of them can be predicted...
I hope however that between the two rounds of the election (April 23 and May 7) there will still be an opportunity to address some of the more substantive aspects of the platforms of the first pair of candidates, without being distracted by the ones who are being sifted out. There’s a reason that the current elections in France are actually a plebiscite on the expediency of the country’s further continuance in the European Union.