Dimitris Rapidis

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On January 20 the European Union is going to implement all sanctions relief for Iran, including bans on insuring and transporting Iranian oil, petrochemicals, gold, and other precious metals. The lifting of bans will last for six months, and within this timeframe the Iranian government is expected to start decreasing and eliminating uranium enrichment of… » read more

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Sotiris Roussos is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Political Science and IR of the University of Peloponnese and Head of the Centre for Middle East, Mediterranean and Islamic Studies (CEMMIS), www.cemmis.edu.gr We discussed about the ravaging civil war in Syria, the nuclear ordeal of Iran, the Kurdish issue, Cyrpus, and the stalling EU adhesion… » read more

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The Geneva talks over the future of Iran’s nuclear program came to an end on Saturday night. The outcome of the negotiations, yet being clearly underlined in the common statement, leave significant space for various interpretation. The first and most powerful one came on Sunday morning (24.11.13) by the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu, stating… » read more

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How much trust could you have for somebody who is regularly intercepting millions of communications between politicians, diplomats, entrepreneurs and citizens around the globe? Can the United States be considered as a “friendly country” and “ally” for the European Union, especially when rumors reveal spying even in Chancellor’s Merkel cellphone? How hypocritical is the shock… » read more

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The atrocities on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall with the hostage crisis and the death of tens of people cannot be considered as a single event, but it has to be encompassed in a wider chain of violence and terrorism that al-Qaeda is exerting through the development of its affiliates in Africa, Southeastern Asia and Middle… » read more

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Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rohani is reportedly turned to be concessional in order to reach an agreement over the nuclear program of his country. After a long-running standoff with the West, Rohani seems to abandon the absolutism of his predecessor ex-President Ahmadinejad and try to get closer to the US demands for opacity over Iran’s… » read more

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In his international bestseller “The Post-American World and the Rise of the Rest”, the host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show “GPS” Mr. Fareed Zakaria had pointed out a preliminary study over the world after the fall of American imperialism. The author had made clear that even if other world powers, like Russia or China,… » read more

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A couple of days now political and military mobilization is being stirred over the possible invasion of NATO in Syria. As of 2001 or 2003 when the United States pressed for invading Afghanistan and Iraq under the pretext of the war against terrorism, President Obama, and from the EU leaders mainly UK’s PM David Cameron,… » read more

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Why is India slowing down?

India is one the major parts of the BRICS group. Major in terms of GDP growth, development rate, per capita growth and technological assets. But India is also one of the most fragile economies of the BRICS as well. It does not escape the deceleration of the emerging giants (i.e. China, Russia, Brazil) mainly due… » read more

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Tens of thousands of Kurds of Syria fled to Iraq last week, being added to the massive numbers of refugees quitting the country. The borders were until lately blocked due to political and diplomatic tensions but the outflows could not be controlled after the massacre taking place in Damascus and other cities where Kurds were… » read more

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