A Pan-American electricity grid from Patagonia to Alaska?
Challenges associated with different regulatory frameworks and the comprehensive international treaties that are required could scuttle the project before it gets off the ground.
How running on mainstream ideas won the day in the US midterm elections
The Democratic Party succeeded in winning the mainstream by backing candidates from the center-left and running on an agenda that made progress one of the priorities of American voters.
Election deniers still don’t know how democracy works
Trump Republicans, whose candidates lost, claim the results are inaccurate and illegitimate. Their criticism and demands, including calls for new elections, are based on misperceptions of how ballots are obtained, cast, and counted.
Lula squeaks out a victory in Brazilian runoff
Lula championed himself as a defender of freedom and framed the election as a choice between “democracy and fascism'.
Miami morphs into a global business hub, can it last?
Due to Florida’s less stringent COVID restrictions, a political strategy driven by the state’s Republican governor, Florida became a vastly more attractive location for individuals able to work remotely.
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Election deniers and defenders poised for next phase in voting wars
There is little doubt that pro-Trump Republicans are going to challenge voters and contest results that they do not like in 2022’s general election....
Agriculture & Food Security
Growing agricultural productivity in Brazil: Efficiency, innovation and sustainability
50 years ago, my country relied on food imports to feed itself. Today we feed 10% of the world’s population. Let me tell you about...
Arctic Council slams Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States condemned on March 3 Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and note the grave impediments...
Economy & Business
The economic bearpit – When “over there” becomes “over here”
An apology – with a ghastly diet of death, destruction and depravity currently raging around us, it may seem callous to examine the economic...
There will be oil: US, IEA counter Putin’s war
The United States and the other 30 member countries of the International Energy Agency agreed on March 1 to release 60 million barrels of...
EU, US discuss energy security as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise
The United States will do everything it can to help ease any disruptions to Europe’s energy supply, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said...
Defense & Security
The West’s disunity stems from the latent Russophilia; anti-Anglo-Americanism of key EU nations
If you personify countries by combining their politics with their national identity, it's amazing how representative the characters are. For example, the UK is...
EU, US committed to accelerating the global transition to clean energy
The European Union and the United States are jointly committed to Europe's energy security and sustainability and to accelerating the global transition to clean...
If Russia invades again, Ukraine ultimately wins
Vladimir Putin has already lost Ukraine.The failed totalitarian experiment of Soviet Communism has ceased to exist. Yet Ukraine continues to be subjected to a...
Historical differences will not erode an advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian partnership
The 21st century has seen the forging of “cooperative” relations between China and Russia, with the benefits of this new partnership outweighing the historical differences between...
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Are Western wealthy countries determined to starve the people of Afghanistan?
On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for...
EU to probe Gazprom’s role in energy crisis
With high energy prices hurting consumers in Europe, the European Commission is currently looking into all allegations of possible anti-competitive conduct by companies producing...
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Why Xinjiang has been a touchy subject in China for centuries
For over a decade, increasing international attention has been focused on China’s treatment of Xinjiang’s Uyghur population. While Beijing is wary of all forms...
Biden’s Greece nominee survives Senate hearing
George Tsunis, President Joe Biden’s nominee as next ambassador to Greece, survived his January 12 hearing with the Democratic-majority Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC),...
Ukraine – A conflict society
Ukraine is a society at war. Its enemies are within its borders and Putin’s Russia. The primary objectives represented by both these entities is...
How nuclear can help the planet achieve net-zero
Nuclear power offers the world an abundant future if it is embraced, said speakers at an event jointly organised by the New Nuclear Watch...
Can Erdogan survive an economic crisis of his own design?
Turkey was once seen as something of an economic miracle at the dawn of the millennium. Millions of Turks were lifted into the middle...
The Korean Peninsula should remain a security concern
With both South Korea and the United States focused on domestic matters – 2022 presidential race and 2022 midterm elections respectively, it will be...
Why China cannot invade Taiwan
China’s recent aerial incursion in Taiwan air defense zone and President Xi Jinping’s confrontational remarks re-prompted a debate on whether or not Beijing is...
BP acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power in US
BP said on December 7 the UK company took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of AMPLY Power,...
Tales of mystery and imagination in Skopje – Part 2
North Macedonia’s conservative opposition failed in its November 11 bid to topple Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government. This happened only because ruling coalition lawmakers...
Israel, Greece, Cyprus seeing green energy future
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades met in Jerusalem on December 7 where they reaffirmed...
Support for frontline staff and volunteers is key to overcoming Europe’s fresh COVID onslaught
In many ways, Europe is far better placed to withstand its second pandemic winter. Though cases are surging across the continent and the new...
Why Biden shouldn’t use the ‘Summit for Democracy’ to start more Cold Wars
On December 9 and 10, President Biden will host a virtual “Summit for Democracy.” The gathering will bring together leaders from 110 countries who...
Change is coming to Berlin: What Col. Douglas Macgregor thinks about Germany’s new foreign policy
Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tapped Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock as foreign minister.Baerbock, a 40-year-old diplomatic novice, has consistently espoused liberal interventionist...
Only the West can save Georgia
“We need you back, Tim,” said nobody. “Coverage of what's happening in Georgia just isn't enough. Goddamit man, it's only Ani Chkhikvadze out there...
Oil climbs as OPEC+ may delay further supply recovery if there is a slump in demand
Oil prices climbed on December 3 after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and oil producing allies led by Russia, a grouping...
New US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 to keep pressure on Russia
The United States on November 22 imposed new sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.The US, Ukraine...
30 years ago the stroke of a pen in a snowy Belarussian forest changed the world
The old gentlemen who had come to Vienna were visibly emotional as they recounted the circumstances surrounding the signing of the treaty that officially dissolved...
Interview with Melanie Huml, Bavaria’s State Minister for European and International Affairs
With the announcement Germany will be led by a new left-learning government, following two months of often tense negotiations and political horse-trading, NE Global...
Tackling oil prices, US to release 50 mln barrels of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In response to the highest oil prices in seven years, the Biden administration has taken a decisive action to address lack of supply and...
The case for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia
Civil war has been raging in Ethiopia for over a year now, between the National Defence Forces of the Ethiopian Government, and rebel militia...
Is Lukashenko setting a new trap for Europe?
One can hardly imagine the misery of the refugees at the border between Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. Thousands of people from Iraq, Syria and...
Lukashenko would not dare cut gas supplies to EU without Kremlin’s permission
Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut gas supplies to Europe transiting his country if the European Union imposed further sanctions in response...
US-China ink joint deal to enhancing climate action in the 2020s
The United States and China have signed a joint declaration on enhancing climate action this decade, agreeing to cooperate on regulatory frameworks and environmental...
Tales of mystery and imagination in Skopje
The November 11 no-confidence vote in Zoran Zaev's government was stopped after an extremely difficult day for lack of a quorum. Extraordinary events during...
Fluid dynamics: Turmoil in Skopje after Zaev ally defects
Late on November 5, the political situation in North Macedonia took a new twist as the main opposition party claimed it had pulled together...
Ukraine and the Pandora Papers
The recent publication by a worldwide consortium of news organizations regarding those in Ukraine who benefited from offshore tax shelters, bypassing domestic banking procedures,...
Fearing recovery setback, OPEC+ sticks to plans to raise oil output gradually
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies led by Russia, a group so called OPEC+, dismissed demands from the United States...
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So where’s Europe’s real source of strength?
We are all familiar with the large political behemoths that dominate our globe, not just in terms of political influence, but also through their...
Following election flop, Zaev announces resignation plans
North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced his planned resignation on November 1 after his social-democratic party massively lost the second round of municipal...
US, UK and Europe launch ‘Just Energy Transition’ partnership with South Africa
The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, announced on November...
EU, US and Partners launch Global Methane Pledge to keep 1.5C within reach
The European Union, the United States and partners formally launched on November 2 the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions...
Op-Eds & Guest Contributors
‘Fascist’ doesn’t mean what it used to
The question of whether or not Russia is fascist rarely if ever gets asked nowadays because it seems so obvious: Why waste the time...
EU Commission calls for sufficient commitments to really cut emissions this decade
Ahead of the G20 Summit in Rome this weekend and then back-to-back COP26, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on October 28...