Category: power

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Why is Bashar Al-Assad quiet in strength?

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has survived seven years of a devastating war and intense international pressure to step aside. While Saturday’s US-led air strikes on Syrian government facilities will be a blow to his attempts to unify Syria under his rule, there’s been little suggestion that they are aimed at ending his presidency. After rapid…

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Portray: Western states aided Egypt’s protection force vitality consolidation

Western governments and arms companies have contributed to the Egyptian military’s consolidation of political power, a new report said. Titled The Officers’ Republic, the report was published by Transparency International Defence & Security on Friday a week before Egyptians take to the polls in an election that is expected to see the president and military…

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The most productive thing keeping Maduro in energy is the opposition

Can anyone win in an illegitimate election? This is the big question in Venezuela today, as commentators and citizens alike debate whether to participate or abstain in upcoming elections, where one candidate, Henri Falcon, has defied the opposition coalition’s decision not to take part.  In short, the answer is “yes”. Paradoxically, the very lack of…

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Disputed Nunes memo says FBI abused surveillance energy

The US House Intelligence Committee, with the approval of US President Donald Trump, released a previously classified memo that raises concerns about FBI surveillance. The release of the memo on Friday came amid protests from some elected officials and national law enforcement. The memo, prepared by Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes, criticises suspected FBI surveillance abuses…

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DRC violence exhibits Kabila ‘particular to forestall in vitality’

Civil society groups and human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling for sustained pressure on the country’s president, after protests demanding Joseph Kabila step down turned deadly this week. At least seven people were killed across the country on Sunday, after security forces reportedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition at demonstrators…

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Qatar FM: Regional chaos a results of energy game

A “power game” in the Middle East and the Mediterranean has led to a series of proxy wars that have entrenched regional divisions, says Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. Speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues in Rome on Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed laid blame for the wars in Yemen, Libya and Iraq on “regional…