Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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We all know the way democracy and democratic regimes are functioning. Politicians are investing on pre-electoral speeches and debates and the so-called “well-informed” citizens are supposed to trust their vote based on the political programmes of the candidates. In addition, voters also acknowledge the capacities and skills of the politicians before deciding to support this… » read more

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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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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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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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The two major global powers have long accommodated their geopolitical interests in the international field. Actually they have never been enemies, but rather competitive to each other. Since the fall of communism, China was deeply infiltrated by a combined statism and capitalism, whereas the USA was eagerly turned to be the dominating soft power, that… » 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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