Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at a defense ministers' summit in Estonia on September, 7 criticized upcoming Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 military exercises. She said that around 100,000 Russian soldiers will take part in the upcoming Zapad 2017 war games, despite Moscow's claims that they will only have 12,700 participants and exercise will not exceed the 2011 Vienna Document limits.

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The Zapad 2017 exercise will begin on September 14, 2017.  It will be carried out jointly by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and Belarus, as well as by other smaller allies.It will be a technical test to check the full interoperability between the Armed Forces of Russia, Belarus and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), namely Kazakhstan, Armenia, the above mentioned  Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence, garnering soft power, and trying to win hearts and minds.

Published in Middle East

The August 12 Charlottesville rally, organized by white nationalists, was one of the biggest white-pride events that included some bizarre chants and which culminated in gruesome carnage. While I never thought something of this scale and degree would occur in 21st century America, I should have seen this coming.

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Moez al-Fezzani, a Tunisian citizen popularly known by his initial nom de guerre Abu Nassim, was arrested with other Daesh-Isis members in Sirte, between Rigdaleen and Al Jimail, Libya, on August 18, 2016. Already taken to trial in Italy for terrorist recruitment, Abu Nassim was obviously acquitted in Milan - a city which, since the time of the Mosque in Viale Jenner, is "the main centre of Al Qaeda in Europe", as stated in a CIA report of ten years ago.

Published in Terrorism

Europe has experienced an increasing influx of people since 2014, most of them migrants and refugees from conflict-affected areas like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. However, this has also seen an entry to Europe for a lot of people who do not qualify for political asylum with people who in fact do.

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The record is substantially positive. This is how Cardinal Parolin has summarized the results of his recent visit to the Russian Federation.Firstly, there is the Russian Catholic community to protect,  with 300 parishes and 270 priests - mostly non-Russians, but Poles, Lithuanians, Germans, Ukrainians - as well as an Archbishop of Moscow, namely the Italian Paolo Pezzi, coming from the movement of "Communion and Liberation", who is an expert in Russian political, cultural and religious issues.

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On November 9, 2005 a Belgian woman in her late 30’s - Liliane Degauque –entered history as the first European woman to blow herself up in Iraq. Countless more from Europe, Asia or Africa have and will follow in Iraq and elsewhere, including in the heart of the Old continent.

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