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The 8th ASEM Summit in Brussels

On the 4th and 5th of October, Brussels will host the 8th ASEM summit, involving 45 countries from Asia and Europe. The 16 Asian nations attending and representatives of the 27 EU countries will be admitting Russia, Australia and New Zealand as full members of ASEM. The summit’s theme this year is “Quality of Life”,… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Not all parliamentary elections are as important as those in Venezuela, where control of the parliament amounts to controlling the country’s large oil and gas reserves. On September 28 the Venezuelan electoral commission has communicated the uncontested results of the process: Chavez’s ruling party won 90 out of a total of 165 seats, with the… » read more

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If anyone is in doubt as to where today’s global economic clout lies, they should take a look at China’s increased FDI activity in Latin America over the past few years. The energy- and minerals-hungry Chinese economy has determined its state companies to invest in the development and exploitation of oil, copper, iron and other… » read more

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N.Korea: Kims are at it, again

Originally scheduled for the beginning of September, a special conference of the Korean Workers Party (KWP) has started yesterday in Pyongyang. The last such conference took place in 1980 and was meant to confirm the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, as his father’s successor. The conference has confirmed 68-year old Kim Jong Il… » read more

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Whilst Vladimir Putin concentrates on the state of the domestic economy, minimising the negative effects of last summer’s devastating fires, president Medvedev has geopolitics and trade high on his agenda. On September 22nd Medevedev put to rest the prospect of a Moscow – Teheran axis by deciding not to sell S-300 missiles, tanks, helicopters and… » read more

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Ninoy Aquino Visits the US

This summer, Benigno Aquino III won the presidency of the Philippines in a landslide election which ended the corrupt term in power of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Corruption, according to the new president, eats up to a fifth of the Philippines’ GDP, in a country of widespread poverty (a third of Filipinos live below the poverty line),… » read more

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New country in the making ?

At the UN headquarters in New York today, SPLM leader Salva Kiir is scheduled to meet with President Obama, General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and EU representatives, to discuss South Sudan’s strategy for independence. Africa’s biggest country, Sudan (“the land of the blacks” in the original Arabic), is in the process of splitting in two, North… » read more

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Iraq’s power vacuum

More than six months since citizens voted in the country’s second parliamentary elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still without a government. Although no political bloc had won an outright majority, the secular Shiite Al Iraqiya alliance won most seats, two more than the sectarian Shiite alliance headed by the current premier… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi