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By Fadi Elhusseini Breaching U.N. Charter and violating territorial sovereignty of countries through quick air strikes is not a newfangled product. Major Powers have adopted such a practice in order to achieve quick, clean and accurate goals, avoiding any unnecessary complications of ground operations, which may bring about some unforeseen consequences. U.S. strikes on Sudan… » read more

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By Marko Bucik As second inaugural speeches go, over-ambition can prove self-defeating. Witness the Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s forceful entry into his third term in 1941, later tainted by battles with the Congress tightly controlled by his own Democratic party. More recently, George W. Bush Jr. advanced the partial privatization of Social Security in his second… » read more

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By David Heap and Ehab Lotayef. One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out… » read more

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By Fadi Elhusseini, Diplomat at the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Turkey, responsible for Political and media affairs Since 1990, both Arabs and Palestinians from one side, and Israel from the other side, decided to go through a peace process- presumably-aiming that it would bring about peace and stability to the region, and… » read more

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By KAVALJIT SINGH As India grapples with the Vodafone and 2G fallout, the Bilateral Investment Treaties it signed a few years ago are coming back to haunt it. On April 17, British telecom giant Vodafone issued a notice of dispute to the Indian government, as a first step towards launching investment arbitration proceedings under the… » read more

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Guest Post by Alexander Misharin, Governor of the Ekaterinburg region For Russia’s regions and citizens last month’s EU-Russia summit has cleared away a lot of the obstacles that made building closer ties with Europe a challenging undertaking. Europe’s support for Russia’s WTO membership will strengthen trade, the reform of the visa requirements will make it… » read more

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Guest post by: Corina Cretu, Vice-Chair of Committee on Development of European Parliament I have regretfully noticed that the European diplomacy is unable to play the role of mediator; it cannot even be an arbitrator in a region of immediate proximity, whose chronic instability affects us directly. Unfortunately, there has been no progress on EU… » read more

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Guest post by Julia Muravska – Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme With the transposition of the Defence Procurement Directive into national law comes an ideal opportunity for EU member states to ensure that offsets are finally made transparent and accountable to the EU public. Those following developments of EU defence procurement will be familiar… » read more

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