Dimitris Rapidis

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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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The rise in power of the Workers Party and its President Louis Ignacio Da Silva (well-known as “Lula”) in 2003 has engendered hopes for millions of Brazilians for the launching of an alternative economic model that would compete the neoliberal economic doctrine and the financial monopoly exerted by the United States. The first visit of… » read more

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Elections in Greece?

Rumors have been growing since last week after the decision of the head party of the coalition government New Democracy to shut down the public broadcaster ERT and proceed to massive layoffs. This decision brought continuous and harsh demonstrations from the labor unions of the country, while stirring up the existing concerns regarding the homogeneity… » 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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Then we take Berlin

Europe is not only Germany. It is not only France nor Austria or Finland. Europe is above all the fundamental idea of co-existence, the basis from which any global initiative aiming at creating a federal union has to stem from. Europe is also Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus. Therefore the major issue of concern is not… » read more

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Italy is blocked. And it is blocked for a quite long period of time after the national elections did not achieve to provide a clear result over the clear win of a certain political party. It goes without doubt that the deadlock of Italy is foremost a political deadlock of the entire European Union. Relatively,… » read more

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