Although a government was, at last, formed in Israel, Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to face the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the charges against him. If the prime minister, suspected of corruption, is unlucky, the Court’s decision will trigger another round of elections. It appears that in order to reduce OPEC’s oil … Continue reading The World after a Week: May 3, 2020
In Eastern Ukraine, Russian and Ukraine-backed separatists exchanged prisoners (38 in total) for the first time in 2020, keeping the Minsk Protocol in one piece for the time being, Saudi Arabia offered to raise $7 billion in Bond sale in order to deal with the current spending gap. Partial relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in Iran, … Continue reading The World after a Week: April 19, 2020
OPEC+ alliance of oil producing states and the Group of 20 nations reached a deal to cut global crude output and put an end to a price war. The total amount that will be cut will reach as much as 9.7 million barrels a day. The Eurogroup set up the current guidelines on fighting the … Continue reading The World after a While – April 12, 2020
Diplomacy and Russia: – Bulgarian diplomat expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move after Sofia asked the Kremlin to recall a diplomat under suspicion of espionage. Bulgaria also declined granting visa to a Russian defense attache (basically an ambassador). Given the strong cultural ties and energy relations between the two countries, this response of Bulgaria causes … Continue reading The World After a Week December 8, 2019
Pope visited Thailand, the most heavily Bhuddist country (more). Russia returned naval vessels which were captured during the Kerch Strait incident. The Ukrainian navy reported that three of the vessels were vandalized by Russians (more). Google will prevent advertisers from targetiing election ads using data containing public voter records and general political affiliations (more). Microsoft … Continue reading The World After a Week – November 24, 2019
The approval of Turkey’s code-named Operation Peace Spring in north-eastern Syria by the United States, highlighted a strident contention of numerous Foreign Policy analysts on the basis of which the United States has ceased to be the preponderant force in the Middle East. The overemphasized passivity of the United States towards Turkey’s aggression and overall … Continue reading Is There Really a Power Void in the Middle East?