Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

Diplomatic allies urge WHA observer status for Taiwan

A proposal urging Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer was submitted by 14 of the country’s diplomatic allies to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 20.   The government and people of Taiwan sincerely appreciate the backing of Belize, … Continue reading “Diplomatic allies urge WHA observer status for Taiwan”

The Jahmek and Copperfield galleries win the 2nd Opening Award in ARCOlisboa 2019

May 20, 2019 The jury unanimous agreed to issue the award jointly to both Lisbon, 20 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– The galleries Jahmek Contemporary Art, based out of Luanda, and Copperfield, from London, were the winners of the 2nd Opening Award. This prize is awarded to the best stand in the section with … Continue reading “The Jahmek and Copperfield galleries win the 2nd Opening Award in ARCOlisboa 2019”

Geneva reception promotes need for Taiwan to participate in activities, mechanisms, meetings of WHO

A reception was hosted May 19 by Taiwan’s representative office in Geneva to promote the need for the country to participate in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization.   Attended by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and the visiting Taiwan delegation, the event also involved counterparts and officials from allies Belize, Guatemala, … Continue reading “Geneva reception promotes need for Taiwan to participate in activities, mechanisms, meetings of WHO”

La France porte atteinte à la protection des sources (Fédération européenne des journalistes)

Hier et aujourd’hui, trois journalistes ont été convoqués par la DGSI dans le cadre d’une enquête préliminaire suite à la publication d’une enquête sur l’utilisation d’armes françaises au Yémen [1]. Nous publions à cette occasion la déclaration de la Fédération européenne des journalistes (FEJ) qui dénonce une atteinte par la France à la protection des … Continue reading “La France porte atteinte à la protection des sources (Fédération européenne des journalistes)”

NATO Marks Victory Day by Swarming Russian-Majority Estonian Town, Climbing on Top of Memorial to WWII Fallen (VIDEO)

In the days before Victory Day in Estonia, a NATO soldier came into the limelight. He climbed the memorial to the soldiers who died fighting against fascists with a grenade launcher. It happened in Sillamäe [which is 85% ethnically Russian, the Narva district in the east of the country on the border with Russia is … Continue reading “NATO Marks Victory Day by Swarming Russian-Majority Estonian Town, Climbing on Top of Memorial to WWII Fallen (VIDEO)”

US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever

Photograph Source: United States Army – Public Domain It only took a few months under Donald Trump’s presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever”

THIS Ex-Soviet Republic Has Just Dusted Off Territorial Claims Against Russia

Russia has 5.2 percent of Estonia’s territory and Tallinn must return it, Estonian Internal Affairs Minister Mart Helme has claimed. “There should be no double standards. 5.2 percent of Estonia’s territory remains in Russia’s hands to this day. Russia does not want to return this territory, provide compensation for it, or even discuss this question,” Helme said, speaking at a press conference … Continue reading “THIS Ex-Soviet Republic Has Just Dusted Off Territorial Claims Against Russia”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

Ce 3 mai de la neige tombe en Lettonie

Le matin du 3 mai, des chutes de neige ont été enregistrées dans la région historique de Vidzeme, au nord-est de la Lettonie. Sur Rūjiena, près de la frontière entre la Lettonie et l’Estonie, il y avait même une petite couche de neige, mais de la neige a également été signalée dans les villes de … Continue reading “Ce 3 mai de la neige tombe en Lettonie”

MOFA thanks Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania parliamentarians for supporting Taiwan’s WHO participation

The support for Taiwan’s participation in activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization by lawmakers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is sincerely appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 1.   A total of 80 Lithuanian members of parliament, more than half of the nation’s legislators, signed a letter April 24 … Continue reading “MOFA thanks Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania parliamentarians for supporting Taiwan’s WHO participation”

The Saker s’entretient avec Dmitry Orlov

« Je pense que l’empire américain est déjà bien fini, mais il n’a pas encore subi de stress-test sérieux, donc personne ne se rend compte que c’est le cas » Par The Saker − Le 16 Avril 2019 − Source thesaker.is via Unz ReviewSi je devais décrire la situation internationale actuelle en utilisant un seul mot, le mot … Continue reading “The Saker s’entretient avec Dmitry Orlov”

UK Deploys 5 Helicopters to Counter “Very Credible Threat” From Russia

The Slavo-Mongol hordes are preparing to overrun Europe but Gavin Williamson will put that to an end with 5 helicopters Contributing to NATO’s latest increased presence in the Baltic states, five Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters of the British Royal Force were recently deployed to the Amari Air Base in Estonia, reported the Irish Examiner. The AH-64s … Continue reading “UK Deploys 5 Helicopters to Counter “Very Credible Threat” From Russia”

Wealthier Countries Have a Bigger Middle Class… Except the US

New research reported by the Deutsche Bank Research shows that, on average, there is a positive (albeit non-linear) relationship between the per capita income and the share of middle class in total population: US as the outlier; a much smaller middle-income class than other similarly wealthy countries There is an exception, however, although DB’s data … Continue reading “Wealthier Countries Have a Bigger Middle Class… Except the US”

How is the European Union comprised?

The European Union is one of the most talked of unions around the world. This is a political and economic confederation. It is founded by 27 states of Europe. Though it was founded in 1993, but the primary formation has taken place earlier in the mid-twentieth century. Looking back at history it can be found … Continue reading “How is the European Union comprised?”

In Central Europe, militarised societies are on the march

Russia recently held one of the largest “war games” since the Cold War, on its Western borders. The drill exercised combat scenarios recently used in Ukraine and tested the compatibility of the Belarusian army with Russian forces. Politicians from Poland, Ukraine and Baltic states viewed the exercise as aggressive as they mistrust the Kremlin and … Continue reading “In Central Europe, militarised societies are on the march”

Salvini’s Right-Wing Alliance Has Difficulties With Bloc’s Composition – AfD

Speaking on the sidelines of the Yalta International Economic Forum, Meuthen said that some rightists have “completely different” politics on certain issues. “AfD party speaks with Lega Nord party in Italy, also speaks with Austrian FPO, we speak with French RN, also Estonia has entered this agreement. We are still discussing. In my party there are different opinions, which foreign parties can … Continue reading “Salvini’s Right-Wing Alliance Has Difficulties With Bloc’s Composition – AfD”

Britain Shakes a Futile Fist and Germany Behaves Sensibly

As Britain staggers from crisis to crisis, with the Brexit debacle rending the country apart, with its prisons in a “disgraceful” state, a knife crime epidemic, and the doctors of its Health Service at “breaking point” it might be imagined that the government would avoid playing futile military games and concentrate on trying to run the country.  But national … Continue reading “Britain Shakes a Futile Fist and Germany Behaves Sensibly”

La France enverra des chars et des militaires vers la frontière russe

Dans le cadre de la mission de renforcement du dispositif de l’Otan dans les pays baltes, le gouvernement français déploiera, à compter du 23 avril et pendant 4 mois, un contingent d’environ 300 soldats dans une ville estonienne située à 140 km de la frontière russe. Près de 300 militaires ainsi que cinq chars et … Continue reading “La France enverra des chars et des militaires vers la frontière russe”

EU Threatens to Legalize Human Harm From Pesticides

ILSI-Europe Headquarters, Brussels. Photo: PAN Europe By Hans Muilerman and Jonathan Latham Current EU regulations forbid human exposure to pesticides that are classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic (toxic for reproduction), persistent or capable of disrupting endocrine systems. By virtue of these and other protective measures EU regulations are considered the gold standard in public protection. … Continue reading “EU Threatens to Legalize Human Harm From Pesticides”

Conférence-débat : “…vers les transports gratuits pour tou.te.s !”

L’Université Populaire de Toulouse en partenariat avec la Fondation Copernic 31 et Solidaires Retraités 31 invite Patrick Le Moal ( signataire de l’appel collectif – vers une civilisation de la gratuité) et Michel Szemprush ( porte parole du collectif pour la gratuité de Grenoble) le mardi 30 avril à 20H30 au Bijou, 123 avenue de … Continue reading “Conférence-débat : “…vers les transports gratuits pour tou.te.s !””

China to Finance Construction of Finland-Estonia Railway Under the Baltic Sea With $15 Billion

The announcement last month that China’s Touchstone Capital Partners plans to extend €15bn to finance the construction of a rail tunnel linking Tallinn and Helsinki highlights how Chinese investment has spread across Central, Southeast and Eastern Europe, especially in the infrastructure sector. The wider region is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched … Continue reading “China to Finance Construction of Finland-Estonia Railway Under the Baltic Sea With $15 Billion”

US Signs Lithuania Defense-Cooperation Pact, Violates the Brezhnev Doctrine

Only the Russians aren’t quite so tone-deaf as to actually bring it up Venezuela invites in several dozen Russian military technicians and trainers, the US invokes the Monroe Doctrine saying this violates “the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law”: The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers … Continue reading “US Signs Lithuania Defense-Cooperation Pact, Violates the Brezhnev Doctrine”