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The Evidence is Indisputable: An Opinion on Internet’s Energy Footprint

Helmut Sorge | Posted : February 05, 2020

I am pleading guilty. The evidence is indisputable, and denial a waste of time. I am using a weapon of mass destruction and threatening the future of our planet. I am killing life, a premeditated act. I   just have one excuse and four billion accomplices. I am an addict - a   polluter.  I use the internet.

My take Away from the Paris Peace Forum Session: Global Problem – Local Approaches to Prevent Extremism

Seleman Yusuph Kitenge* | Posted : February 03, 2020

In November 2019, as a veteran peace advocate, I had a rare opportunity to be invited to attend the 2nd Paris Peace Forum in France through the nomination of the Policy Center for the New South. This gathering was of high paramount for me considering my role as a peace advocate but also as a former member of the National Working Group in Prevention of Violent Extremism in Tanzania. As an invited guest I did not want to be part of every agenda of the forum so instead, I targeted specific sessions which I thought would add value to my work and that was a session covering the topic, “ Global Problem: Local Approaches to Prevent Violent Extremisms.“.  The interesting part of this panel discussion was the fact that it featured young peacebuilders who are engaging at the grassroots level such as Mr. Jeppe Albers – Director of Nordic Safe Cities Network (Denmark), Mr. Tendai Mtana – Advisor of City Diplomacy in Mombasa (Kenya), Ms. Fauziya Abdi Ali – President of Women in International Security (Kenya) and Ms. Nuria Karakulova – Project Coordinator of Search for Common Ground (Kyrgyzstan).

L’épilogue du litige commercial entre le Maroc et la Turquie devant l’OMC peut-il être le prologue d’une « stratégie litigieuse nationale » ?

Jamal Machrouh | Posted : January 20, 2020

Le 3 octobre 2016, la Turquie a déposé une plainte contre le Maroc devant l’Organisation Mondiale du Commerce (OMC) au sujet des mesures antidumping appliquées par le Maroc contre les exportations turques en Acier laminé à chaud.1 Suite à l’échec des consultations entre les deux pays, la Turquie a demandé, le 12 janvier 2017, l’établissement d’un groupe spécial pour examiner la conformité des mesures prises par le Maroc avec le droit de l’OMC. Demande qui marque le passage du litige de la phase diplomatique à la phase juridictionnelle. Chacune des deux parties a eu l’occasion de présenter ses arguments et de les corroborer par des moyens de preuves pertinents. Au final, le groupe spécial2 a, sur l’essentiel, rejeté les arguments présentés par le Maroc et a adhéré à la position défendue par la Turquie.

Iran-USA: "Hybrid" Wars Confront « Might Makes Right »

Alfredo G. A. Valladão | Posted : January 17, 2020

The drone strike that claimed the life of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani unmasks the limits of so-called "hybrid" – or "asymmetric" – strategies. These low-intensity military operations, conducted through unofficial paramilitary forces, are supposed to allow a weaker state to gain geopolitical advantages without risking an open war with a stronger one. The idea is to gradually accumulate small tactical victories by capitalizing on more powerful states’ lack of appetite for distant major military interventions. In Ukraine, Vladimir Putin was able to profit from the fact that neither the Americans nor the Europeans were ready to die for Kiev.

Sommet de Pau ou Sommet de Pô : Quelles options pour la résolution du conflit au Mali ?

Youssef Tobi | Posted : January 15, 2020

La récente déclaration du Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations unies 1 et les relais dans les différents médias qui avancent que la situation au Mali qui se détériore de plus en plus serait presque un euphémisme, tant l’Etat malien souffre depuis 2013 d’un manque de stabilité patent. La perspective d’organisation d’élections législatives en 2020 demeure très incertaine au vu des attaques répétées des groupes terroristes qui, en plus de menacer la vie des Maliens, remettent en cause la légitimité même de l’Etat.

Death was Late

Helmut Sorge | Posted : January 15, 2020

“The Nightmare we feared has arrived”

Death was late because the departure time of the plane was delayed. But death arrived- six minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s “Imam Khomeini International Airport. It was still dark, 6.12 hours’ local time, when flight 752 of “Ukraine International Airlines” took course toward Kyiv, the Ukraine capital three hours and fourty two minutes away. The Boeing 737 800 NG had reached 2400 meters, when the American military’s “Space Based Infrared System” (which relies in various orbits to track launch and flight path of ballistic missiles) detected two missile launches near Tehran, capital of Iran.

U.S. Foreign Policy: No Predictability or Logic?

Helmut Sorge | Posted : January 07, 2020

It must have flattered Donald Trump to be honored by a dictator, whom he publicly confessed to love and hold in high esteem. North Koreas Kim Yong-un had ordered that a stamp would be issued commemorating the meeting of the two leaders at Panmunjon, at the demilitarized zone between the north and south. The US President made history when he walked in June of this year a few steps onto North Korean territory, the first American President ever to enter the communist state, ready to make a deal-the total and verifiable denuclearization of the Peninsula.

Colombia: Heading Back Towards Jungles and Mountains

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 26, 2019


Beyond the verbal anarchy celebrated by President Donald Trump, or the annihilation of abandoned Kurdish allies of the United States, the never ending destruction of Yemen, the threatening warfare against Iran, a massacre by Iraqi forces to intimidate protesters against a failing government, more gas and ammunition fired in Hong Kong to oppress untamable activist fearing their loss of freedom, Britain crashing out of the European Union, abandoning common sense and democratic dignity… Yes, beyond these headlines, another drama is slowly placing its news onto the front pages—the civil war in Colombia. Three years after the signature of a celebrated Nobel prize honored peace treaty. A historic battle, half a century in the making, killing between 1958 and 2013, 220 000 people, more than five million civilians were forced from their homes (1985 to 2012) generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons, among them 2.3 million children. And 45 000 kids paid for the insanity with their lives.

Where Books are Burned, at the End People Will Burn

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 20, 2019


His name was Heller. Gerhard Heller. For his friends in Paris he was just « Gérard » and not an insulting Fritz, a fridolin, a boche, or a chleuh. Heller was a symbol of power. He was a « Sonderfuehrer » in the « Propagandastaffel », practically a low level lieutenant, but for his French contacts he was the ruler of them all. Heller was the censor for French literature, a kind of Napoleon in Nazi uniform. He decided whether Sartre’s books would be published, or Camus. It was up to him to reject the manuscript or help to allocate the necessary paper. In his four years in the Nazi occupied capital of the defeated and humiliated France, Heller read about 800 manuscripts, among them the Albert Camus classics “The stranger” and “The myth of Sisyphus”.

La montée en puissance de l’extrême droite sonne-t-elle le glas de l’exceptionnalisme suédois ?

Jamal Machrouh | Posted : October 09, 2019


S’il existe un pays dans le monde où le concept du Soft Power prend pleinement sens et substance, ça serait fort probablement la Suède. Ce pays détient remarquablement toutes les composantes du Soft Power identifiées par le géopolitologue américain Joseph Nye dans son article paru en 2006 dans la revue Foreign Policy à savoir : la culture, les valeurs politiques et la politique étrangère.