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Renzi's Political Future Will Be Tested In Upcoming Elections And Referendum

Stefano Baldolini | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Stefano Baldolini

We don't know for sure that Matteo Renzi likes to play cards, but he certainly has an excellent poker face. Italy has grown accustomed to the prime minister's all-in moves.

Immigration Backlash At Heart Of 'Brexit' Push

The Washington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.23.2016 | World

PETERBOROUGH, England — Seen from London, Edinburgh, Oxford or other havens of the cosmopolitan British elite, this country’s vote next month on w...

How Iran Dominates the Middle East? Soft Power

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The mainstream media and politicians have emphasized Iran's hard power, military capacity and its army's role in the Middle East, which is part of Teh...

U.S. and NATO Should End New Cold War With Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It's good that NATO and Russia met. Dialogue should continue, with the EU and U.S. prepared to negotiate a deal normalizing relations.However, the allies won't know without trying. And everyone would benefit from ending the current impasse. Especially the Ukrainian people.

Has Google Opened up Another Digital Battlefront With the EU and Other Governments ?

Professor Mark Skilton | Posted 05.18.2016 | Technology
Professor Mark Skilton

Google facing record fines from the EU that could be Euro 3 Billion of a maximum 10% of global turnover Euro 6.6 Billion from alleged market dominance abuse.

Iran Breaches the Nuclear Deal and UN Resolutions for Third Time

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian leaders have breached both the resolutions and the nuclear agreement for the third time since the nuclear deal went into effect in January 2016. Iran has repeatedly test-fired, long-range ballistic missiles and laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles.

Iran's Oil Policy Mixed With Politicization -- How Might It Affect Your Life Negatively?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected proposals, from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as other major oil-producing countries, to discuss freezing of oil production in order to boost prices and tackle global oil surplus.

Big Oil Won't Give Up Without a Fight

John Feffer | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

It's nice to see international competition for a good cause: a veritable Olympics of carbon cuts. But it's not enough.

Google Could Face Fines For Squeezing Out Rivals In Europe

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.29.2016 | Technology

BRUSSELS - Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bl...

How Obama is Benefiting Iran by the US-GCC Summit

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

"Reassuring" Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations about Iran's increasing presence was on the top of Obama's agenda visiting Saudi Arabia.

EU Data Regs: The Elephant in the Room

Advertising Week | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Andrew Bridges, Data Quality and Governance Manager at REaD Group As the world's biggest brands and marketers descend on London for Advertising We...

Avoiding Balkan Black Swans

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

The Balkans have become a pivotal region in the refugee crisis that is endangering European stability and security. The flood of refugees exceeded 1 million last year, and is unlikely to recede ― despite the agreement reached by the EU with Turkey on March 18, 2016.

Google Faces Charges For Abusing Market Power In Europe

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.20.2016 | Technology

BRUSSELS - The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system, opening a second ...

Android May Have A Big Problem In Europe

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.18.2016 | Technology

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European Union antitrust chief, who has already charged Google with favoring its own shopping service in internet searches,...

Iran's Islamic-Persian Imperialism Manifesting Through Hard Power: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's foreign policy has been unique in that regard; Iranian leaders' geopolitical, ideological and regional hegemonic ambitions have been consistent since the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

Can The ‘Up All Night' Protesters In Paris Find Common Ground?

Caroline Fourest | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Caroline Fourest

There are two prevailing views on the matter. The skeptical position is that the movement will reach a dead end in a manner reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Optimists are hoping for a long-overdue social revolution, or the rise of a French version of Spain's Indignados movement.

Khamenei Wants Western Businesses, but Lashes Out at the US

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei's swift method of blaming the U.S. for almost everything domestically, regionally or globally is classic and politically-driven. It does not adequately and fully address the question concerning why corporations are still reluctant to do business with Iran.

Iran Attacks Americans On American Soil -- Cyber War, Cyberwarfare

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Justice Department and federal prosecutors have portrayed that individuals linked to the Iranian government have attacked U.S. infrastructure, including a small dam 20 miles north of New York.

Iran Threatens the US and the Middle East: Stay Away from Our Redlines. Obama's Response?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There used to be a time when the Islamic Republic showed some discretion with regards to its regional hegemonic and ideological ambitions, or skirting and breaching international laws.

Populists on the March Worldwide: Seven Steps to Keep Donald Trump and European Nationalists Out of Power

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No one knows when the latest populist political wave will break. Maybe not before Donald Trump is elected president in America. The best way to reduce that possibility, however, and the influence of populist parties in Europe, is to respond to the concerns animating the angry middle.

No One Likes a Free Rider

Margrethe Vestager | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Margrethe Vestager

So-called "profit-shifting" arrangements help companies avoid paying tax in countries where they do business, by making it look as though they made their profits somewhere else. And it's those who play fair -- those who can't or, out of principle don't, move their income around the world -- who end up paying the price.

Iran Reciprocates US's Favor by Increasing Anti-Americanism and Warmongering in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

From the US government's perspective, the rules of the nation-state systems and existing international norms suggest that if the US does a favor for a country (in this case, the Islamic Republic), Tehran will absolutely reciprocate.

Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities claim that these executions are overwhelmingly related to drugs offenses. Nevertheless, many of the executions were linked to other issues. Only around 65 percent of those who were executed were charged with violating Iran's narcotics law.

The Refugee Deal Is A Step Forward, But Many Questions Remain Unanswered

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

It has become typical of Europe to proceed one step at a time -- often with delays and without a long-term plan.

TTIP and TPP -- A Threat to Latin America?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For better or worse, TPP and TTIP could redefine global trade in the 21st century. At the moment, a Latin America perspective is largely lacking in the negotiation process; in TTIP, it is excluded by definition.