Respect Taiwan

After her election victory on 11 January, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview: “We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan).”  She also said China needs to show Taiwan respect.  However, four days later on 15 January, the permanent mission of the People’s Republic of China to the…

Azerbaijan Poised to Accelerate Reforms Following Parliamentary Elections

Azerbijan’s governing party has emerged victorious in a snap parliamentary election called by President Ilham Aliyev to consolidate power and speed up economic reforms by replacing the old guard associated with his father. Candidates from the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) party won about 65 of 125 seats in the single-chamber parliament. A host of…

Lebanon’s central bank is “a stable point in a country in convulsion”

Leading French economist Nicolas Bouzou, director of the economic research company Asterès, wrote in today’s Les Echos about what the West can learn Lebanon’s current economic situation.  According to Bouzou, we can look at the deterioration in Lebanon to understand what can happen when a country accumulates decades of non-existing or failing public policies. Bouzou also singles out…

Lebanon’s Central Bank Governor under political attack

The international community might initially have been relieved that Lebanon finally has a government, after over 100 days of protest and a time of great economic turmoil for the country. There is indeed a government led by Sunni technocrat Hassan Diab, which is a coalition of Hezbollah, Amal and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). However,…

EU position on the labelling of Moroccan products stays unchanged

The position of the European Union (EU) on the labelling of Moroccan products has not changed, Peter Stano the spokesman for Vice-President Josep Borrell said yesterday (6 February) in Brussels during the daily midday press briefing. The EU position remains as it has always been and applies to all imports into the European market from…

Morocco Signs MOUs with The College of Europe

HE Ahmed Rahhou who has been Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the EU since July 2019, signed on 31 January with Dr. Jörg Monar the Rector of the College of Europe two agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Morocco and the EU. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moroccan…

PS752 downing: intercepted tower communications released

The Newswire TSN-Tyzhden has released control tower communications from Tehran Airport proving that Iran was aware of the missile launch that fatally shot down UIA fight PS752. According to news wire services, the record proves that the Iranians saw the missile from the moment it was launched and to the very moment it hit the…

Chinese Religious Persecution

The Church of Almighty God (CAG) released its 2019 Annual Report on the Chinese government’s persecution of the Church’s Christians today. The report provides statistics and details of the persecution both within China, and overseas by government agents. The CAG claims that in an intensified suppression campaign in 2019, 19 believers died as a result…

Russian MP Tries to Rewrite History

Vyacheslav Nikonov an MP from President Putin’s “United Russia” party and member of the Russian State Duma has called the European Union “Hitler’s coalition”. Nikonov is the head of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science and chairman of the board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. His remarks follow fast on the 75th anniversary…

‘Between public good and bad governance’

Under the banner ‘Between public good and bad governance’ the European Parliament hosted a conference discussing the contemporary role of NGOs, writes Gary Cartwright. Delegates, from the worlds of politics, civil society, academia, and the press heard the argument that the lines between NGOs and lobbyists, and, indeed, purveyors of fake news, have become increasingly blurred. The…