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Turkey and Russia: The billion-dollar handshake

Source: Aljazeera When Turkey shot down a Russian military jet last November, business ties between the two countries hit rocky terrain, with Russia slapping trade sanctions on Turkey. Instead of polarising, it’s time to unite people and look forward. That’s [Turkey’s] biggest challenge. I see more of a political challenge […]

EU on edge as Putin, Erdogan set to meet

Source. Asia Times. The secretary-general of the Council of Europe (CoE), Thornjorn Hoagland, gains distinction as the first high-ranking European official to visit Ankara after the abortive coup of July 15. Hoagland’s is a recce mission to fathom the mood in Ankara, which is of course very ugly. Turkish President […]

Russia not given blanket Games ban by IOC

Source. BBC Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country’s doping scandal. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part. The decision follows a report […]

Russia-Turkey: Making nice sans trust comes easy

Source. A Times. A prejudice against Turks as being self-serving and untrustworthy – although exotic – is deeply embedded in the European psyche. In William Shakespeare’s play, Othello used the word “Turk” in that sense.A recent poll found that only 9% of Germans consider that Turkey can be a “trustworthy […]

Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber

Source: The Daily Beast The Russian military claims it’s making progress on a space plane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B robotic mini-shuttle. That in itself isn’t terribly surprising or even, for the United States, particularly worrisome. Lots of governments and even private companies are working on space planesthat […]

A new Cold War?

Jun 09,2016 -JORDAN TIMES – Jonathan Power George Orwell, the author of “Animal Farm” and “1984”, was the first person to use the phrase “Cold War” in a 1945 newspaper article, written just after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He argued that “the surface of the Earth is being […]

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