Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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A fatal strategic decision

In a fresh bras de fer the military establishment ruling Egypt has arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammad Badie, the movement from which Mohammad Morsi stems his political power and leadership, as suspect for being cooperating with Palestinian Hamas. How strategically clever this decision could be?

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On September Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet with the newly-elected President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. The reasons for such a meeting might vary, but the timing can be well decisive under the current turbulences in the Middle East region and the expected policy shifts of the United States towards Middle East. It… » read more

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After the harsh shift in the peaceful manifestations in Taksim Square against the construction of a commercial mall and the bloody outcome, both sides have lost control in every possible respect. International media rushed to depict the image of a suppresive and under-developed “democracy” in Turkey with a political regime that infringes human rights and… » read more

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Latest reports claim that Assad’s forces are taking lead in the civil war in Syria. A complex situation that seems to have no end and the ceasefire seems to get even more distant. The United States are closely following the situation, Russia and China remain solid at their non-interfering stance, the Arab world is puzzled,… » read more

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After the end of World War II the United States assumed the burden of restructuring Europe from the beginning. At that time, Germany was defeated -if not humiliated in the eyes of the Europeans- and entirely devastated, France was supposed to be the new prominent power in Europe, and the United States could build on… » read more

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