Τετάρτη, 6 Απριλίου 2016

Ξεκινούν ανοδική πορεία οι στρατιωτικές δαπάνες

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Οι παγκόσμιες στρατιωτικές δαπάνες αυξήθηκαν κατά 1% το 2015. Η πρώτη αύξηση των στρατιωτικών δαπανών από το 2011. Η αύξηση αποτυπώνει την συνεχιζόμενη ανάπτυξη στην Ασία και την Ωκεανία, την Κεντρική και Ανατολική Ευρώπη και ορισμένα κράτη της Μέσης Ανατολής. Η μείωση των δαπανών στη Δύση επίσης σταθεροποιήθηκε. Την ίδια στιγμή, οι δαπάνες μειώθηκαν στην Αφρική και την Λατινική Αμερική και την Καραϊβική.  Ως εκ τούτου, η εικόνα των στρατιωτικών δαπανών παγκοσμίως είναι ανάμεικτη.

Iceland PM steps aside after protests over Panama Papers revelations

Iceland’s embattled prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has become the first major casualty of the Panama Papers, stepping aside from his office amid mounting public outrage that his family had sheltered money offshore.
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Protests continue in Reykjavík after PM’s resignation.
What was planned as a mass protest in Reykjavik on Tuesday evening turned to muted satisfaction as demonstrators vented their anger following revelations that Gunnlaugsson once owned – and his wife still owns – an offshore investment company with multimillion-pound claims on Iceland’s failed banks.

Morocco’s war on terror and the threat of ISIS

With much of the world´s attention focused on Western Europe and the threat of ISIS, North African states such as Morocco are also facing a difficult internal battle against groups who declare their loyalty to the Islamic State.
Morocco’s war on terror and the threat of ISIS
Over the past three years, authorities in Morocco have been working vigorously to stamp out the internal threat posed by ISIS and its affiliates. The country is no stranger to terror.

Brussels Attacks: Unresolved Issues

Nothing has changed in EU's security policy since  Paris attacks occurred five months earlier. Even worse, the approach the international community has adopted with respect to security and terrorism has not addressed the roots of the problem nor endeavored to foster a productive debate. 
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Brussels and Paris are only two among many other places around the world that have been hit by terrorist attacks. From Yemen and Afghanistan to Tunisia, Ankara and Beirut, thousands of people have died. Before and after the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, the major problem of the EU and the United States is the lack of strong cooperation between the national secret agencies and the continuous undermining of education and religious dialogue towards decreasing the powerful effect of extremism and hatred.    

Britain’s Empire of Tax Evasion

Britain’s Empire of Tax Evasion
There is a temptation, when looking at the astonishing “Panama Papers,” to start by searching for politicians from your own country who are implicated. If you are British and approach the documents in this way, you’ll find slim pickings in the information released so far.

Oil Sanctions Risk Pushing An Unstable North Korea Over The Edge

A new round of United Nations sanctions on North Korea has a lot of loopholes, and China is only enforcing those that hit at Pyongyang’s weapons-making capabilities. The rogue nation, that is once again making nuclear threats, is using its hostage population as a human shield in order to get Chinese oil and food.
Oil Sanctions Risk Pushing An Unstable North Korea Over The Edge
In January, Pyongyang conducted its forth nuclear test. In February, it launched a long-range rocket. In early March, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered the military to deploy the country’s nuclear warheads on standby.