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Donald Trump in trouble

Havana (Prensa Latina) The possibility of former President Donald Trump being sentenced to prison for alleged criminal offenses cropped up on Sunday as a question in the United States, a country where some politicians and wealthy people strongly believe they are beyond the law. The US historian Howard Zinn said that in his country ‘the…

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Preventing normalization of Turkish politics

Last week, 104 retired admirals released a declaration warning the government and state institutions to abide by the Montreux Convention and abandon plans to build a new canal in Istanbul. Seemingly, the declaration was made immediately after a statement made by Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop during a press conference when the official provided a technical…

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    Where does Turkey stand on Donbass?

    Tensions in eastern Ukraine, where a bloody conflict erupted in 2014, recently reached a high-water mark – not counting the region’s push for independence and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. No less than 13,000 people have lost their lives in a low-intensity conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. Although the…

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      New momentum in Turkey’s trans-Atlantic relations?

      Turkey's relations with Washington and Brussels have been in decline for the last several years. This downward trend in diplomatic relations has paused but the accord has not yet been transformed into a more constructive one. The failed coup attempt by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) was a significant turning point, which furthered the trust…

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        Somali refugees in Kenya are victims of strained relations

        The relations between Kenya and Somalia have deteriorated since 2019 over several issues. One aspect of the tense ties is the situation of Somali refugees in Kenya, who have sought refuge in the Dadaab refugee camp along the Kenya-Somali border since 1991. Recently, Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiangi issued the United Nations High Commissioner for…

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          Turkey’s postal service and daily pandemic life

          The postal service has always played a significant role in the day to day lives of Turkish citizens and continues to do so. It would be almost impossible to imagine going about our days without it. With 4,500 service points and around 45,000 employees, it is one of Turkey's biggest and best networks. But there…

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            Trumpism Lite, the Think Tank

            What exactly is the point of the America First Policy Institute? WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (C) speaks as Texas Public Policy Foundation President and CEO Brooke Rollins (L), news commentator Van Jones (2nd L), Senior White House Adviser and son-in-law of President Donald Trump Jared Kushner (3rd L),…

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              Peter Pan Operation, US agression on Cuban childhood

              20 de abril de 2021, 0:37Por Roberto García HernándezHavana, (Prensa Latina) The Peter Pan Operation, one of the US cruelest actions that violated human rights against Cuba, deceived parents to send their children to the United States by alleging they would lose their parental rights. Over 14,000 boys and girls ended up alone in Florida.…

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                James Bond and the Havana Syndrome

                Por Orlando Oramas LeonHavana, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) 'Sonic attacks in Havana', it seems to be the title of a fiction film that reality proved to be a stage performance to rarify relations between the United States and Cuba and impose more punishments on the Caribbean island. It is the conclusion of a plot that…

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                  Donbass: The first round between Biden and Putin

                  Ukraine’s Donbass region is, once again, at the top of the global agenda. Tensions have escalated there following the March 26 killing of four Ukrainian soldiers by Russian-backed separatists, as Moscow and Kyiv started a war or words. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, threatened that “any attempt to start a new war in Donbass…

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                    Weeks, months, years? When will this happen?

                    Two trends seem to be competing with one another during the coronavirus crisis in recent weeks. On the one hand, the number of people who have been vaccinated has been increasing as of late, while on the other hand, many countries seem to be heading toward a third wave of the virus. In countries like…

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                      Common values, problems: Why Turkey, Arab world in row?

                      The ongoing issues around Turkey have enabled Turkophobe pioneers' attempt to isolate Turkey in every field. Due to the various issues that are the consequence of Turkish diplomacy and policy to protect its rightful interests in the region and beyond, Ankara’s ties with neighboring nations have become strained. Greece has been influenced by the United…

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                        How Navalny Fell Short

                        By attacking Russia’s elite, he has alienated the allies he would need to challenge Putin.In late January, it appeared as though momentum was on Alexey Navalny’s side. The longtime Kremlin critic had just made a dramatic return home after spending five months in Germany recovering from what he claims was an attempted poisoning by Russian…

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                        America’s Future is in Hawaii

                        A dispatch from the tropical dystopia.I have seen America’s future. It looks a lot like Hawaii.The future includes internal travel restrictions—on Americans moving around inside their own country—never before thought possible, or even constitutional. Hawaii, an American state, had to decide if they accepted American me, much as a foreign country controls its borders and…

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                        New government, same crisis in Haiti

                        Port-au-Prince, (Prensa Latina) Haiti has a new acting prime minister, the sixth one appointed since Jovenel Moïse's inauguration in February, 2017, and the fourth without being ratified by the National Assembly, all this amid the escalation of the political crisis and insecurity in the country. Joseph Jouthe resigned after a year without concrete results in…

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                        The Sackler Family’s Dynasty of Guilt

                        A sweeping account of Big Pharma's first family provides a full and damning picture of their moral culpability for the opioid crisis.Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday: 2021), 560 pages.It hasn’t been easy to get to the bottom of the Sackler story. From the beginning, the…

                        Since inauguration, Biden pushes red alert for China

                        The Biden administration’s initial foreign policy statements and announcements demonstrate that China is the most significant priority of the United States. As mentioned in this column previously, China is considered a technological, political, economic and military challenge for the U.S. Within a month after the inauguration, the Biden administration began talking about the challenge that…

                        Quest for ‘democratic’ competition to China’s BRI

                        For the past decade, the world has passionately discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In order to reinforce its increasing dominance in the world economy with intercontinental logistics, transportation and investment networks through “northern, middle and southern belts,” China has already signed over 200 agreements with 138 countries. Naturally, China’s continuing expansion in the…

                        AK Party’s manifesto for a stronger Turkey

                        The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has always seen its congress as an opportunity to design its post-congress policy and it has always abided by the principles it determined. The almost two-decade-old AK Party’s last congress on March 24 is crucial in many respects. In his congress speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan laid…

                        Iranian confidence in Yemen and Saudi-US factor

                        On March 22, Saudi Arabia announced its support for a United Nations-backed cease-fire in Yemen. Riyadh’s top diplomat Prince Faisal bin Farhan stated that Riyadh was prepared to permit a reopening of Sanaa International Airport for some flights and let certain goods in through Hodeidah’s port if the dominant Houthi militia Ansar Allah complied with…

                        The Elite Theory: Turkey and Westernization

                        Famous Turkish poet Attila Ilhan was an extraordinary leftist and thinker par excellence Hakan Arslanbenzer wrote some years ago. He left many strong impressions on his society as a poet, but his most enduring contribution to our societal conscience has been a question with which he changed our opinion about the West. He asked on…

                        The Ricky Vaughn Witch Hunt

                        The Department of Justice criminalizes right-wing memes, while leaving left-wingers to post the same type of imagesMeme shared by Ricky Vaughn that the federal government argues was illegal.Douglass Mackey inherited an ordinary upbringing in the small town of Waterbury, Vermont, home to some 5,000 souls. It’s even the site of Ben & Jerry’s first factory,…

                        How Should Conservatives Think About the Iran Deal?

                        The crucible of American Middle East policy is again up for debate, as Biden’s team has quietly negotiated in Vienna. How did we get here? It’s all too familiar. A Democratic White House, attempting to lead the nation out of crisis at home, publicly signals its determination to wash its hands clean of the Middle East.…

                        What is EU planning for its Turkey policy?

                        The European Union leaders summit resulted in minor positive steps and a three-month extension. The description of steps for rapprochement as “gradual, proportional and reversible” was a textbook carrot-and-stick routine. Europe’s method of communication, too, was quite familiar. Ahead of the summit, European officials “leaked” the possibility of sanctions to the media. That was the…

                        Why is China interested in the Middle East and Turkey?

                        Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid his second trip to Turkey right after the Alaska Summit which was held between China and the United States. After Turkey, he is now planning to visit Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Bahrain. On his Twitter account, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu commented on his Chinese counterpart’s…

                        Bangladesh can curb COVID-19 fallout with Turkish model

                        Development economics textbooks portray Bangladesh and Turkey as the two success stories of human development and poverty reduction, considering their recent achievements. However, like many other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a crisis in both counties in terms of distorting macroeconomic indicators such as an apparent reduction in economic growth, acceleration in unemployment,…

                        When US brokers deals, the Middle East faces turmoil

                        Since the Peace of Westphalia, there has been a concerted attempt to establish an order in the chaotic plane of international relations. Stability and order, however, have continued to remain elusive. More so, it seems that the erstwhile nakedness, in terms of the exhibition of power and untrammeled pursuit of narrow selfish interests by powerful…

                        No country for Daesh bride Shamima Begum

                        The United Kingdom’s highest court has ruled that Shamima Begum will not be allowed to return to the U.K. to challenge her loss of British citizenship. Individual’s right to have a fair hearing came into conflict with the national security of the U.K. Begum left the U.K. in 2015 for Syria to join Daesh. She…

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