As Russia goes into lockdown, feminists fear an epidemic of domestic violence

Home can be the most dangerous place for Russian womenWomen in St Petersburg protest against domestic violence, January 2020. Photo (c): United Feminist Movement of St Petersburg / Instagram. Used with permission. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. As coronavirus cases in Russia rise rapidly, many cities across the country … Continue reading “As Russia goes into lockdown, feminists fear an epidemic of domestic violence”

Confinement à Chypre : Covid-19, témoignage d’une ressortissante de la RDC depuis Nicosie

Chypre figure parmi les pays du contient européen qui font face à la pandémie du Coronavirus. Selon le bilan de ce 1er avril, ce pays a déjà enregistré 262 cas confirmés et 8 décès. Face à la vitesse de la propagation, le gouvernement chypriote a mis en place, le 13 mars dernier plusieurs mesures dont … Continue reading “Confinement à Chypre : Covid-19, témoignage d’une ressortissante de la RDC depuis Nicosie”

La Turquie et ses voisins face à l’épidémie

Alors que la Chine semble avoir endigué l’épidémie sur son territoire, le coronavirus continue son expansion mondiale. En Europe, les gouvernements prennent les uns après les autres des mesures similaires pour lutter contre la propagation du virus mais peinent à avancer de concert. Si sur le plan sanitaire le Covid-19 nous met face à un … Continue reading “La Turquie et ses voisins face à l’épidémie”

La Méditerranée orientale, un eldorado gazier très convoité

Au début des années 2000, la découverte d’importantes ressources gazières dans le sous-sol de l’est de la Méditerranée a déclenché des convoitises de la part des pays qui la bordent. Mais l’exploitation dans cet espace maritime restreint demeure sujet à de nombreuses contestations dues à la délimitation des zones économiques exclusives de chacun des pays concernés. … Continue reading “La Méditerranée orientale, un eldorado gazier très convoité”

Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19

Desperate attempts to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus are turning many localities in different parts of the world into phantom cities. Universities and other higher education institutions have not been immune to this process. They are closed institutions, with academics urged, if not compelled, irrespective of their training for this purpose, to place … Continue reading “Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19”

Refoulés par nicosie : 175 Syriens débarquent à Chypre-Nord

Les autorités de Chypre-Nord ont annoncé, hier, avoir secouru un groupe de 175 Syriens à bord d’un bateau, selon l’AFP citant la police de l’autoproclamée République turque de Chypre-Nord (RTCN). Celle-ci a indiqué que les réfugiés, dont 69 enfants, ont été recueillis dans la nuit après le naufrage de leur embarcation à une dizaine de … Continue reading “Refoulés par nicosie : 175 Syriens débarquent à Chypre-Nord”

FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements

Since last month, Taiwan requires all arrivals who have traveled to certain countries and territories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to undergo 14-day home quarantine. This article provides answers to some frequently asked questions according to the latest information released by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  Which countries … Continue reading “FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements”

Trump Mistakenly Announces Ban on All Travel and Imports From Europe, Then Backtracks

Lashing out at the European Union for the spread of the “foreign” coronavirus to the United States, President Donald Trump told the American people on Wednesday he would halt all travel and imports from the continent. Within minutes, White House officials scrambled to correct him, explaining that the 30-day ban would only apply to some … Continue reading “Trump Mistakenly Announces Ban on All Travel and Imports From Europe, Then Backtracks”

The Killing and Raping Game in Kenya and the Despots Who Run It

Photograph Source: DEMOSH – CC BY 2.0 Politics in Kenya is dominated by rapacious elites consumed with the looting of state resources, using violence to avoid any possible accountability. Elections serve as key points of entry and consolidation in this system for both ruling and competing elites, and are manifestations of corruption, fraud, and repression. Both … Continue reading “The Killing and Raping Game in Kenya and the Despots Who Run It”

Why Syrian Army Positions Really Collapsed on First Day of Erdogan’s All-Out Offensive

Everything, including artillery fire, infantry movements, launch of drones, rockets and refugees, even losses of territory and men, is planned by three Turks – President Tayyip Recep Erdogan; Defence Minister and former head of the Turkish General Staff, Hulusi Akar;  and Hakan Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Organization (in Turkish, MIT). Call them the … Continue reading “Why Syrian Army Positions Really Collapsed on First Day of Erdogan’s All-Out Offensive”

Bloomberg’s Investment Portfolio Includes Bets on Private Equity, Fracking

Little is known about Mike Bloomberg’s personal investments. The billionaire, former mayor of New York City, and now presidential candidate has attracted speculation about the sources of his wealth. A trail of documents provides a partial view about his history of investments. The Intercept has identified a number of firms that have been backed by … Continue reading “Bloomberg’s Investment Portfolio Includes Bets on Private Equity, Fracking”

Jared Offers Sanders Campaign His Peace Plan

Presidential special advisor and cut-price WestWorld robot, Jared Kushner, has offered the Bernie Sanders campaign a copy of his latest peace plan in case the ‘Democrat’ wins power. Mr. Kushner was encouraged to ‘hedge his bets’ upon realizing the document would only need minor changes to make it palatable to Senator Sanders. A spokesman for … Continue reading “Jared Offers Sanders Campaign His Peace Plan”

Exxon to Congress: Lift Cyprus Arms Embargo, There’s Gas Nearby

TRNN’s Steve Horn and The Intercept’s Lee Fang say a bill to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus and promote offshore gas in the region received lobbying support from ExxonMobil, and the pro-Israel and pro-Greece lobbies. The post Exxon to Congress: Lift Cyprus Arms Embargo, There’s Gas Nearby appeared first on The Real News Network.

Turkey’s Latest Quagmire: Intervention in Libya

On the surface, Turkish intervention in the Libyan civil war appears to be a savvy move on the Eastern Mediterranean energy chessboard, a check on plans by a consortium of the European Union (EU), Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Cyprus to exploit offshore gas and oil deposits there. In exchange for military support, Libya’s beleaguered, UN-supported … Continue reading “Turkey’s Latest Quagmire: Intervention in Libya”

ExxonMobil Got Congress to Trade Arms for Offshore Gas

In a bitterly divided Congress, lawmakers still managed to come together to help ExxonMobil pass major legislation that could remake the geopolitics of the Middle East and Europe. During the holiday season legislative blitz in December, legislators tucked an obscure provision into the omnibus spending package that lifted arms restrictions and boosted a controversial pipeline … Continue reading “ExxonMobil Got Congress to Trade Arms for Offshore Gas”

Congress Quietly Adopts Exxon Mobil-Backed Law Promoting New Gas Pipeline, Arms to Cyprus

In a bitterly divided Congress, lawmakers still managed to come together to help Exxon Mobil pass major legislation that could remake the geopolitics of the Middle East and Europe. During the holiday season legislative blitz in December, legislators tucked an obscure provision into the omnibus spending package that lifted arms restrictions and boosted a controversial … Continue reading “Congress Quietly Adopts Exxon Mobil-Backed Law Promoting New Gas Pipeline, Arms to Cyprus”

Erdogan Says He Issued Ultimatum to Putin for Syria to Relinquish Gains or He’s Joining the War on AQ’s Side

Speaking to MPs from his party Erdogan said that in a recent telephone call with Putin he has issued a demand that the Russian President makes the Syrian army pull back to lines it held before the current Idlib offensive, as well as a preceding one carried out last August. According to Erdogan he told … Continue reading “Erdogan Says He Issued Ultimatum to Putin for Syria to Relinquish Gains or He’s Joining the War on AQ’s Side”

Pipeline or a Pipe Dream: Israel, Turkey Hydrocarbon Conflict is Brewing in the Mediterranean

Photograph Source: Jay Phagan – CC BY 2.0 Massive natural gas discoveries off the eastern coast of Israel and Palestine is slated to make Tel Aviv a regional energy hub. Whether Israel will be able to translate positive indicators of the largely untapped gas reserves into actual economic and strategic wealth is yet to be … Continue reading “Pipeline or a Pipe Dream: Israel, Turkey Hydrocarbon Conflict is Brewing in the Mediterranean”

Greece threatens to block Libyan peace deal over sea border dispute

 London, Jan. 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis’ comments during a TV interview came a day before his scheduled talks with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose … Continue reading “Greece threatens to block Libyan peace deal over sea border dispute”

Crise libyenne : Ankara demande à Moscou de convaincre les forces de Haftar de respecter la trêve

La Turquie a demandé hier à la Russie de convaincre les forces du maréchal Khalifa Haftar de respecter un appel au cessez-le-feu en Libye, rapporte l’AFP. Initiative prise par Ankara et Moscou et que l’homme fort de l’Est libyen a déjà rejetée. «Nous attendons de nos amis russes qu’ils parviennent à convaincre Haftar» de respecter … Continue reading “Crise libyenne : Ankara demande à Moscou de convaincre les forces de Haftar de respecter la trêve”

Libye : Haftar compte poursuivre son offensive mais salue l’appel au cessez-le-feu

Le maréchal Khalifa Haftar, homme fort de l’est libyen, a annoncé le 9 janvier la poursuite de son offensive, saluant toutefois l’appel au cessez-le-feu lancé la veille par Ankara et Moscou, au milieu d’un chassé-croisé diplomatique face au risque d’une internationalisation du conflit en Libye. Depuis avril, les forces pro-Haftar mènent une offensive pour prendre Tripoli, … Continue reading “Libye : Haftar compte poursuivre son offensive mais salue l’appel au cessez-le-feu”

Russia and Turkey are Engaged in a Delicate Dance in the Eastern Mediterranean

Libya’s call seeking military assistance from Turkey and the latter’s prompt announcement on December 26 of its readiness to meet the request as early as January is no doubt a carefully choreographed sequence of events. Tripoli and Ankara are moving in tandem. The day before the Turkish announcement, President Recep Erdogan made a “secret” day-long … Continue reading “Russia and Turkey are Engaged in a Delicate Dance in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Accord controversé TURCO-LIBYEN : Un opposant aux autorités de Tripoli à Chypre

Le président du Parlement libyen, Aguila Saleh, basé dans l’est de ce pays divisé entre autorités rivales, est en visite depuis vendredi à Chypre, rapportent des médias. Visite consacrée aux répercussions des accords controversés signés entre la Turquie et le gouvernement d’union (GNA) basé à Tripoli (ouest). Aguila Saleh s’est entretenu hier avec son homologue … Continue reading “Accord controversé TURCO-LIBYEN : Un opposant aux autorités de Tripoli à Chypre”

Ovid: a Netflix for the Left

After reading the reviews below, you’d likely agree that Ovid is an invaluable resource for the left. Launched on March 22, it aggregates films from eight different cutting edge film distributors, including some whose documentaries and narrative films I have reviewed over the years: First Run, Bullfrog, and Icarus. These are the kinds of films … Continue reading “Ovid: a Netflix for the Left”

Le Gaz en Méditerranée… allumera-t-il toute la région ?

La presse internationale a rapporté que le gouvernement d’union nationale libyen siégeant à Tripoli, reconnu par l’ONU et présidé par Fayez el-Sarraj, avait signé un accord militaire avec la Turquie, suscitant la colère du deuxième gouvernement libyen présidé par le maréchal Khalifa Haftar siégeant à Tobrouk, non reconnu par l’ONU, mais soutenu par la France … Continue reading “Le Gaz en Méditerranée… allumera-t-il toute la région ?”

Greece and the Struggle for Freedom

Prologue Greece, the wellspring of Western civilization, has a continuity of existence from ancient times to the present day.  In spite of multiple depredations inflicted on the country over millennia, Greek ideas, science, discoveries and practices forming the foundations of Western culture, have persisted. In this essay, the contours of Greek history are traced from … Continue reading “Greece and the Struggle for Freedom”

Can the EU’s New Sanctions Against Turkey Force the Cyprus Issue to Finally be Resolved?

Every year, on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, references are made with the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, the last divided capital city of Europe. In Berlin, the wall fell under the weight of a political cosmogony … The post Can the EU’s New Sanctions Against Turkey Force the Cyprus Issue to … Continue reading “Can the EU’s New Sanctions Against Turkey Force the Cyprus Issue to Finally be Resolved?”

New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations?

The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on November 6 amidst a string of events that have complicated relations between the two countries. Following official visits to Cyprus, Israel and the United … The post New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations? appeared first on Global Research.

Chypre. Nicosie, dernière capitale européenne divisée

Aux portes du Proche-Orient et aux confins de l’Europe, c’est une place bien à part qu’occupe Nicosie, dans un espace qui a vu naître au cours des années 1960 et 1970 des conflits qui devaient se développer par la suite dans des zones géographiquement proches. Peu avant les guerres du Liban et l’invasion de Beyrouth en … Continue reading “Chypre. Nicosie, dernière capitale européenne divisée”

Speaking loudly but carrying a small stick: is the EU powerless against Erdogan?

The European Union’s stance on Turkey’s military incursion in Northern Syria is one of the rare instances in which the EU spoke loudly and with a single voice. While the EU publicly condemned Turkey’s operations in northern Syria, its discourse has not been backed by concrete action nor a persuasive engagement with Turkey. Instead, the … Continue reading “Speaking loudly but carrying a small stick: is the EU powerless against Erdogan?”

NBT and CET Sign EPC Contracts to Build the 750MW Zophia II and Zophia III Wind Farms in Ukraine

Oct 23, 2019 Picture:  Preliminary Financing Arrangement Agreement With ICBC, Exim Bank of China and China Construction Bank to Finance the Largest Onshore Wind Farm in Europe EIJING & OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NBT AS (“NBT”), a utility-scale wind power developer based in Oslo and China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co., Ltd. (“CET”), the EPC subsidiary … Continue reading “NBT and CET Sign EPC Contracts to Build the 750MW Zophia II and Zophia III Wind Farms in Ukraine”

Egypt’s Sisi Herds the Arab League Into a United Defence of Syria From Turkey

Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters on Oct. 12, at the invitation of Egypt, to discuss the ongoing Turkish offensive on northeastern Syria launched Oct. 9. In the final communique of the meeting, the Arab ministers condemned the “Turkish aggression against Syria,” demanding Turkey’s immediate and unconditional withdrawal from all Syrian territory. The final statement warned … Continue reading “Egypt’s Sisi Herds the Arab League Into a United Defence of Syria From Turkey”

It’s Past Time to Move the UN to Switzerland

Scanned Document Editor’s note: An even better idea: just abolish the damn thing. The idea a war that five great powers vote for is therefore legitimate and legal is perverse. With a dangerous right-wing and quasi-fascist administration in power in Washington, one that rejects internationalism and consensus-building, it is past time for the United Nations … Continue reading “It’s Past Time to Move the UN to Switzerland”

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his son Hunter Biden at a street dedication ceremony in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Aug. 17, 2016. Photo: Visar Kryeziu/AP It’s strange to see my journalism twisted, perverted, and turned into lies and poisonous propaganda by Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and their enablers. But that’s what has … Continue reading “I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.”

Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine

President Donald Trump appears increasingly desperate to deflect questions about the flagrant abuse of power he seems to have committed this summer by withholding aid to Ukraine as he pressed that country’s new president to open an investigation into the false claim that Joe Biden abused his power as vice president to protect his son’s … Continue reading “Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine”

The Pirates of Gibraltar

Photograph Source: Steve – Flickr: Gibraltar – CC BY-SA 2.0 When I hear the word “pirates” certain images conjure up: the silly, moldy, dusty “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride in Disneyland that I saw in my youth; the banal, boring, childish Hollywood movies by the same title that I could not watch for more than … Continue reading “The Pirates of Gibraltar”

The Cypriot Military Wants to Defend Its Oil From Turkey Using Asymmetric Strategy Resting on Midget Submarines

The US would ultimately not hesitate to trade tiny Cyprus for the 80 million Turkey; on the other hand Iran’s example in deterring a large power from the Persian Gulf is infectious Russia has been warning Cyprus for months to beware the risks and consequences of offering its offshore oil and gas to US companies … Continue reading “The Cypriot Military Wants to Defend Its Oil From Turkey Using Asymmetric Strategy Resting on Midget Submarines”

US Is the Single Biggest Foreign Investor in Russia’s Economy

Few new investments are being made, but all the money being made in Russia by foreign corporations ends up reinvested Which country is the biggest investor into Russia? It’s Cyprus. At least that is according to the official figures from the Central Bank of Russia (CBR). But of course it isn’t really. Cyprus is a widely … Continue reading “US Is the Single Biggest Foreign Investor in Russia’s Economy”

Bolton Defeated and Fuming: The Captured & Released Iranian Supertanker Casually Unloads Enough Crude to Run Syria for 3 Months

US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has tweeted what appears to be a satellite image of the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, with the image showing the ship loitering approximately two nautical miles off the coast of the Tartus naval facility in the Mediterranean Sea in western Syria. Anyone who said the Adrian … Continue reading “Bolton Defeated and Fuming: The Captured & Released Iranian Supertanker Casually Unloads Enough Crude to Run Syria for 3 Months”

Ajax advances to Champions League; players, coach delighted

With a 2-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, Ajax is officially through to the Champions League. Coach Erik ten Hag and the team are delighted. “It feels like doping”, Ten Hag said to RTL Nieuws after the match. The first goal was scored in the first half of the match by Edson Alvarez, with … Continue reading “Ajax advances to Champions League; players, coach delighted”

Turkey Affirms Its Claim on Cyprus Oil and Gas

Turkey will continue exploring for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean waters around disputed Cyprus, and “No project can be realised if Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are not involved,” said President Recep Erdogan as quoted … The post Turkey Affirms Its Claim on Cyprus Oil and Gas appeared first on Global Research.

Unsealed Filings Detail Felix Sater’s Work as an Intelligence Asset, With Significant Gaps

Felix Sater was among the most closely held secrets for federal prosecutors and investigators in New York for nearly a decade. Two documents unsealed today following a request by The Intercept reveal in greater detail the government’s account of his history as an informant and intelligence asset. However, redactions in today’s release point to ongoing interests in … Continue reading “Unsealed Filings Detail Felix Sater’s Work as an Intelligence Asset, With Significant Gaps”

Is There a Turkish Lobby in Moscow? Who Does It Feed in the Kremlin?

It’s simple; the US and the EU are waging a war on Moscow, Turkey (for the time being) ain’t If Russian money talks,  there can be no doubt it is telling President Vladimir Putin to give Russia’s relationship with Turkey a priority comparable, almost, with China and India. The message eliminates Greece from the Kremlin’s … Continue reading “Is There a Turkish Lobby in Moscow? Who Does It Feed in the Kremlin?”

“Who Lost Turkey?”

by Graham E. Fuller Here we go again, another phase of witch-hunting over “Who lost —-(fill in the blanks) country.” It was once who lost China in 1949, then Cuba in 1959, then Iran in 1979, and others. The latest iteration is now “Who lost Turkey?” This question classically pops up whenever a country we … Continue reading ““Who Lost Turkey?””

Cyprus asks NL to take in asylum seekers

This week Cyprus will personally ask the Netherlands to take in some of the thousands of asylum seekers living on the island. The situation is untenable, according to the island’s Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides. He no longer has confidence that there will be a European redistribution mechanism, and Cyprus is therefore approaching EU countries individually … Continue reading “Cyprus asks NL to take in asylum seekers”

It Is in the Russian Interest That the NATO Squabble Over Eastern Med Oil Should Continue

Turks claim not only waters off their unrecognized separatist republic in the north, but also to the south of the island The cold war brewing in the East Mediterranean over the vast hydrocarbon reserves in the region is already ‘multipolar’. Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, the United States and Turkey figure as the main protagonists. Then, … Continue reading “It Is in the Russian Interest That the NATO Squabble Over Eastern Med Oil Should Continue”

EU Sanctions Turkey for Illegal Oil Drilling Around Cyprus, Ankara Fires Back by Tearing Up Anti-Migrant Agreement

Instead of confronting the Turks themselves as their ancestors had done the Greek government ran into the lap of Washington which extracted the price of toeing the NATO line on Russia Under cover of its Russian S-400 air defence batteries, and ignoring US and European sanctions, Turkey is going on the offensive at sea, surrounding … Continue reading “EU Sanctions Turkey for Illegal Oil Drilling Around Cyprus, Ankara Fires Back by Tearing Up Anti-Migrant Agreement”

Russia wades into oily waters of East Mediterranean

Turkish naval fleet accompanying drill ship, July 2019 in East Mediterranean. The cold war brewing in the East Mediterranean over the vast hydrocarbon reserves in the region is already ‘multipolar’. Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, the United States and Turkey figure as the main protagonists. Then, in mid-July, the European Union grew out of its observer … Continue reading “Russia wades into oily waters of East Mediterranean”