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Colombia court fines Brazil's Odebrecht $250 million for corruption

UPDATE 19 DEC  According to Buenos Aires News and other sources, Colombia's justice system has fined Brazil construction and engineering giant Odebrecht $250 million, having found the firm guilty of corruption to secure contracts. The company is also banned from tendering for state contracts in Colombia for ten years. According to the Buenos Aires News coverage, Odebrecht is suspected of paying out around $750 million to win government and near-government business in Latin America and the Carribean...

12.07.2017 01:32:13

From Kismet to Hizmet

Turkish-born preacher Fethullah Gulen has been broadcasting his brand of Islamism from a protected enclave in the United States since 1999. Even before going into exile on Main Street, the ex Imam maintained what some might call a relationship of spiritual and political condependence with populist politician Recip Tayyip Erdogan that dates back to 1995, when the former semi-professional soccer player became mayor of Istanbul as the candidate of the Islamist Welfare Party. A rancorous split between...

16.02.2017 16:51:00

Bilateral deals could trump BRICS game

At the four nation "BRIC" summit in Ykaterinburg in 2009 the group buzzed up an ambitious agenda that moved the Sorosistas and other predatory speculators to take profits by betting against the dollar. These items included the need for a new reserve currency to countervail the dollar, launching a collective economic security arrangement to mediate global affairs, and calling for the reform of international financial institutions so that they fully respect the institution of social inclusion...

04.12.2016 06:46:00

Refugees and Realpolitik

Can folding a 60 year old U.S.-controlled organization that is a child of the Cold War and the Marshall Plan into the United Nations help stabilize a refugee situation that is spinning out of control, or will it further clog the sclerotic arteries of the crowdfunding system on which the UN under Ban has come to depend? Recently the People's Republic of China, facing its own ethinic and religious "migration issues", joined the IOM and was praised by Ban. Russia, Indonesia (with...

12.10.2016 14:16:00

The UN at the crossroads

Selection of a new secretary-general, touted by UN media as the most open in the history of the organization, has devolved into a politically correct charade, driven by themes like social inclusion, sexual politics, sustainability, transparency and entitlement. These media memes weren't invented in India, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, or Saudi Arabia, or other cultures whose elites sometimes adapt to accomodate western values. These natons are using other means (including disrupting and manipulating...

06.09.2016 10:40:00

Ban Ki-Moon and the charade of transparency

UN propagandists claim that the selection process to name the next secretary general, who will take office before the inauguration of the next U.S. president, will be the most transparent in the history of the organization, which was founded in 1945. But on close examination, the security council recommends a new secretary general based on "a private meeting." This means that the politics and diplomacy that determine who becomes the next leader of the institution, and the roles of NGOs...

12.03.2016 00:51:00

The smog of war

President Barack Obama, seeking to shape his legacy, said that COP 21 makes the United States, which did not ratify the earlier Kyoto Protocol, “the world leader in fighting climate change.” But Obama will not be around to lead the COP 21 fight, which is not scheduled to start until 2020. By that time another U.S. president will be campaigning for reelection. Adding drama to the conversation, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry calls climate change “an existential threat...a...

23.01.2016 03:25:00

The Syrian Refugee Crisis. Can Brazil really afford to take 50,000 syrian refugees?

While Brazil's “strategic allies” --Germany and France-- are now turning away Syrians and other refugees Brazil has already provided asylum to 2,900 people presumed to be Syrian nationals fleeing the bloody civil war. The United States, which open sources indicate is spending billions of dollars to provide asylum to refugees from many nations, including Syria, operates sophisticated screening operations to examine the backgrounds of asylum seekers. As seen by the refugee program launched...

14.11.2015 00:18:00

Brazil's army sends a message

In the ten months since Dilma Rousseff was inaugurated for her second term as president Brazil has had three defense ministers. Not what you would expect from the nation that U.S. president Barack Obama has annointed as a "major world power." Budget cuts at key ministries mandated by Dilma's financial team have created readiness issues among the forces. Meanwhile, the political and economic reforms that could boost Brazil's reputation with its creditors and international...

16.10.2015 06:00:00

BRICS- Why is Brazil's Lula helping Argentina crash the party?

At the 2014 BRICS summit in Brasília, which was attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin, there was a lot of buzz in the Brazilian media that Argentina was next in line to join the organization. None of it was directly attributed to president Dilma Rousseff. Dilma, still in her first term leading the nation as the hand-picked successor of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, invited her friend president Cristina Kirchner of Argentina to attend meetings at which BRICS leaders were...

17.09.2015 03:55:00

Brazil's impending governability crisis

Having reset relations with Washington and wooed business and high tech leaders in New York and Silicon Valley president Dilma Rousseff of Brazil flew home to a 9 percent approval rating and opponents demanding her impeachment. Obama offers praise but no new money President Obama anointing Brazil as a “major world power,” high profile meetings with global economy architects Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger and a massive social media campaign by Dilma's new communications...

05.07.2015 15:47:00

Sports Diplomacy. Can Sepp Blatter bring unity to a fractious FIFA?

After being told by Henry Kissinger that it was time to “modernize” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has turned football into a money machine that is expanding in Africa the Middle East and Asia, and maintaining a profitable scenario for marketing partners in a troubled global economy. Reflecting on how football has become a global force during his long tenure as FIFA president, Blatter tweeted on March 23rd that... “FIFA, with the positive emotions that football unleashes, is more...

04.04.2015 18:30:00

Iron ore and steel. Strategic, volatile and primed for conflict

Smarter “Smokestack Industries” are essential to the future. Considered to be developing economies in the “global governance” set-up, Russia and the BRICS know that traditional mainstream media and online propaganda vehicles driven by the “PR is the new journalism” mindset dismiss the reality that iron ore and steel are essential to the future....

02.03.2015 17:45:00

Opening The Sanction Magicbox: Myth of Japanese Sanction Against Russia

Kazushige Kobayashi is a doctoral student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland, and a research fellow with the Europe-Asia Programme at the Balkan Security Agenda in Serbia. He holds Bachelor of Economics from Tohoku University in Japan, Master in International Affairs from the Geneva Graduate Institute, and has also studied at University of California at Davis and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. ...

21.07.2014 12:15:00

European Union or European Division: Challenges for OSCE

The article originally appeared at the Balkan Security Agenda's analytical blog (http://www.balsec.org/category/blog/). On 28 June 2014, 100 years have passed since the initiation of the World War I. The world has changed much during the last century, but the very insecurity characterized the European continent still persists today. Whilst the European Union (EU) attempts to complete its dream of a European unification, no inclusive pan-European security organization has emerged in the...

29.06.2014 12:19:00

Alliance Redefined – Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Changing Landscape of Eurasian Geopolitics

The Soviet Union did not lose the Cold War; it was the United States who lost the Soviet Union. After the Soviet disintegration, it was America who felt a huge hole of nostalgia in her heart while the U.S. remained an important global power to new Russia. Historically, the U.S. has built its unprecedented prosperity through strategically countering its prime enemy of each time; first it was the British Empire, then the Soviet Union after the World War II, and today the honorable seat of recognition...

05.09.2013 16:56:00

Growth is Stability –A Scope of Interdependent Emergence

... be bankrupt (although states by definition cannot be bankrupt, strictly speaking) and others proclaimed that the recession is the new norm (but capitalism in today’s world is still alive and kicking). In the realm of international affairs and global governance, there has also been a fundamental shift in relative power distribution. Firstly, states’ grips on economies have tightened in a majority of countries and the hopeful era of self-regulation is now gone. [1] This trend is most remarkable ...

07.08.2013 16:39:00

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