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6 April
Posted in Afghanistan

Afghan elections

In Afghanistan today is vote counting day after Saturday’s poll to elect a new president. It will appear that more than seven million Afghans voted in spite of the Taliban militant threats. The outcome of this election will not be known at least for one week and it could be […]

2 April
Posted in Europe, France, Spain

In France, after the local elections, a Catalan born Prime Minister and an Andalusian mayor of Paris

This past Sunday took place in France the second round in the local elections for the municipalities. The results while in part expected were nevertheless a calamity for President François Hollande. His Socialist Party found itself ejected from power in at least 140 cities and towns.

22 March
Posted in Russia, Ukraine, World

Who is really in charge in Ukraine?

Two different kind of news are keeping most of us listening, reading or watching the news these days. The tragic disappearance, in itself a  yet unsolved mystery, of a Malaysian  commercial jet  and the events that unfolded in Ukraine. It seems strange that not so long ago the Olympic Winter […]

11 March
Posted in Chile, Latin America, World

Michelle Bachelet, second term as Chile’s president

On December 15 last year, Chile elected Michelle Bachelet, a 62 years old pediatrician, as its president. She will become the first female president of Chile to be re-elected as she had already served as president of the country  from 2006 to 2010. She is also the first popularly elected […]

8 March
Posted in General, World

International Women’s Day

Today women are celebrating all over the world their day. A celebration which began in the first decade of the 20th century to make everyone aware of the many inequalities between men and women. At that time women did not have the vote, could not legally terminate a pregnancy, could […]

4 March
Posted in Europe, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, US

The Ukraine crisis

Are we walking our way back into a new cold war between Rusia and the West? Reading some comments from politicians and leaders of the main players in the situation that Ukraine has let us into, we would say yes. And yet, while in the US there is a lot […]

27 February
Posted in Afghanistan, Iraq, US

Pentagon gets ready for full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Once the darling of the US government, under the former President Bush, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has managed to frustrated the administration of President Obama who is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

21 February

ETA disarms

The Basque separatist terrorist group ETA announced in October 2011 that it was giving up armed violence, but until now had not turned in any of its arsenal. Since that announcement ETA has been pushing for dialogue with the Spanish and French governments to reach a total resolution to the […]

20 February
Posted in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, US

Ukraine near civil war

Since the end of November Ukraine has been involved in a deadly escalation of violence between the government of President Viktor Yanukovych and his opponents. In reality, since its independence the country has been divided with many centers of power. In the west of the country nationalists who abhor Russia […]

17 February
Posted in Europe, Italy

Playing musical chairs in the Italian government?

Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta resigned as prime minister on Friday, after he was ousted in a vote called by Matteo Renzi, his ambitious rival and rising centre-left star, at a meeting of their centre-left Democratic Party. The head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, went through the motion of holding […]