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  1. Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez
    What’s Behind the Flare-Up in Eastern Ukraine?
    www.atlanticcouncil.org On January 29, the fighting in Avdiivka, a town in eastern Ukraine within Ukrainian government-controlled territory, seriously escalated . The fighting began close to the demarcation line and six kilometers north of Donetsk (see map ),...
  2. Laurent Boscherini
    Laurent Boscherini
    ValueWalk - Breaking News, Business, Politics, Technology
    www.valuewalk.com ValueWalk is a news site with global reporters responsible for breaking the worldwide news on Business, Politics, Technology and...
  3. ProducerBel Suave

    Bel Suave

    Neo-Ottoman Nightmare Land
    Neo-Ottoman Nightmare Land Last journo out, before the country I called home for most of this millennium descends into the full madness of a Cambodia "Killing Fields" kind of carnage, I'm still a little bit unsure whether it's safe to type words again. Even though I appear to...
  4. ProducerGonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Deutsche Bank: The weakest link?
    Deutsche Bank: The weakest link?In 2011, a group of scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich demonstrated that a tightly-knit group of 147 companies (in red in the network graph above, called "superconnected companies"), controlled a disproportionate...


    Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    28/09/2016 #7 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #5 That said, I believe the bank is too big to die- then it is not a living one @Aurorasa Sima for it were the bank would die
    Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    27/09/2016 #4 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I think @Aurorasa Sima would be very interested in reading this buzz
    Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    27/09/2016 #3 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Gonzalo Meza- Interesting and I wonder what criteria were used to classify the bank. Personally, this is interesting as the buzz provides good example of what I called The Canopy Effect.
    Sharon Fulgenzi
    27/09/2016 #2 Sharon Fulgenzi
    The picture above caught my attention. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting and good to know.
    debasish majumder
    27/09/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    nice insight Gonzalo Meza! enjoyed read. thanks for the share.
  5. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Today is the 100th anniversary of the first use of tanks in the battlefield... Great video from Stratfor.
    The First Tank Battle
    The First Tank Battle Stratfor examines the British-made Mark I tank on the hundredth anniversary of its first use in battle. For more analysis, visit:...
  6. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced the following pearl regarding the UK's decision to leave the EU. A must read:
    Gonzalo Meza
  7. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Russia increases their AA/AD capabilities in Crimea by deploying their S-400 SAM and naval assets (yes, they now "own" the Black Sea), while deploying offensive units on Ukraine's borders. The intention seems to be to further strain Ukraine's economy and destabilize it, while ensuring no foreign intervention with their AA/AD assets.
    Gonzalo Meza
    Russian Build-Up In and Around Ukraine: August 12, 2016
    bit.ly An ongoing Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders may indicate preparations for conventional military conflict.  It certainly marks a dramatic escalation of tensions that will have...


    Brian McKenzie
    14/08/2016 #7 Brian McKenzie
    #6 The line form the Kremlin is that it is in Defensive in Posture, in line and direct response to US AD/AM tech in Romania, and ever increasing provocative US / NATO naval activity in the Black Sea since the Summer Sea Breeze Exercises of Summer 2013, and US NGO activity on ground in Crimea the same month with the meetings of RADA, NED, Otpor and Soros 'Open' entities. And certainly, western led attempts to seize or breach Naval Assets on the Peninsula were of note - and impetus for their deployment of 'Polite Green Men'. I would suggest DC quit recruiting social media kittens as policy spokes widgets and focus on actual regional strategy and implications of their "covert" activities (anybody that is watching, clearly sees the foot prints of the countless Color Revolutions - and US / EU / NATO / NWO malignant deployments across the globe) but what do I know - I only did that job for 15 years, speak the language and was on ground for a year 2014/6 ;-)
    Gonzalo Meza
    14/08/2016 #6 Gonzalo Meza
    #3 Brian, I've posted this as a subject to launch the discussion. In that light, what is your take on the seemingly increased Russian presence in that part of the world?
    Gonzalo Meza
    14/08/2016 #5 Gonzalo Meza
    #2 @Brian McKenzie, at least since June 1783, when Sevastopol was founded. I'm pretty sure they must have had naval assets in there before that date, but this is the date I know.
    John Valledor
    14/08/2016 #4 John Valledor
    Gonzalo, this article from last September addresses the A2/AD "bubble" Russia is building in that part of the world.
    Brian McKenzie
    14/08/2016 #3 Brian McKenzie
    A delicious bunch of self congratulating academics that have never seen the working side of a trigger. Nearly all of their analysts were sourced from the 'university' that they own and teach from... a two week intensive course in International Strategy.....? Neither of their Russian analysts have time in the military, and the notion that a UNICEF SJW is somehow qualified or relevant on Russian ASW is beyond me. ~ and that Central Asia piece is one notch removed from an afternoon school special. - speaking live and loud from there this year and boots on ground in Ukraine last year, if that is the level of expertise coming out of the Beltway; y'all need a grand dose of shut up, sit down and mind your side of the globe.
    Brian McKenzie
    14/08/2016 #2 Brian McKenzie
    Just for curiosity and historical precedence, how long have the Russians had naval assets on the Black Sea? *this is largely rhetorical, as I know the answer ~ but it would be instructive to understand your knowlege of the region.
    Gonzalo Meza
    13/08/2016 #1 Gonzalo Meza
    @John Valledor, this reminds me of a very interesting exchange we had about anti-access / area denial capabilities... Your thoughts on Russia's latests moves?
  8. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    A good piece from STRARFOR exploring some aspects of the South China Sea ruling.
    Conversation: Examining the South China Sea Ruling
    Conversation: Examining the South China Sea Ruling Stratfor Managing Editor Ben Sheen and Vice President of East Asia Analysis Rodger Baker discuss how the U.N. court's recent decision will affect everything...
  9. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Interesting times ahead. China's disregard for International Law can't be swept under the rug?
    Gonzalo Meza
    Beijing South China Sea claims rejected by court - BBC News
    www.bbc.co.uk An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea, backing a case brought by the...


    Timothy Fawcett
    12/07/2016 #1 Timothy Fawcett
    If China becomes bellicose in the face of ITLOS, its respect will diminish. ASEAN will engage China as a body, rather than bilaterally. US will step up FON exercises. China has been backed into a corner, but it really hasn't cared much for public opinion.
  10. ProducerGonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Fragile States
    Fragile StatesThe fund for peace has just published their latest rankings for which states are the most likely to fail.  This ranking, which was started in 2005 to try and stimulate discussion about geopolitical stability, failed statehood and migration, shows a...


    Narveen Aryaputri
    24/07/2016 #25 Narveen Aryaputri
    #24 #18 comment @Gonzalo Meza. Civic 101 .or pre-101. A nation is an idea. The rules governning a nation do NOT apply to another. Law Enforcement 101 Jurisdiction.
    I estimated you would use that argument claiming America. .. Therefore i cleared the basis:
    Specify: United States of America when you refer to any discussion. Otherwise you will run into this again and again.
    Your comment is politicalky motivated:
    1: You would love to blame America for thw mess of Venuzuela. .
    2: You are claiming the territory that the 'Brown Beret or Briwn Caos' are claiming.. that America belongs to Mexico etc. Etc..etc.

    Venuzuala made their own mess .

    Its tempting to blame others.
    Thats a trap.

    Take responsibility for your own mess.

    That IS the American way.

    Remember : taking responsibility for your own self IS the Anerican way
    Gonzalo Meza
    24/07/2016 #24 Gonzalo Meza
    #18 Narveen, geography 101: the United States of America is most definitively NOT "America" (except as an abuse of language). America, like Europe or Asia, is a continent, not a country.
    Laurent Boscherini
    23/07/2016 #23 Anonymous
    Thank you Gonzalo Meza for sharing your interesting and relevant post, which is a bit difficult to be clearly understood, by all, without too much biases. The only countries free of internal and external conflict under a worldwide and factual approach are Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam, according to the 2016 Global Peace Index. Did people realize what terrorism has brought to Pakistan ? Nearly 60,000 Pakistanis have been killed since 2001 in terrorist attacks or battles between militants and security forces. There is a conscious effort, both by the state and the people, and particularly in the past year or so, to put up a rather civilized face.
    Narveen Aryaputri
    23/07/2016 #22 Narveen Aryaputri
    # Timothy Fawcett
    #16 no appolohies. No need for the word 'sorry' You are 100% tight. I will go one step further: Pakistan was created for discord. Pakistan continues to live for discord.

    Of recent years i am convinced there is the syndrome of an abused psychology in a society. This stands to reason: a society is made up of individuals. You see thd psychology of abused people who have suffered domestic violence. They are unable to live in peace. There are some countries that have becomd like that. Women who believd thsg a man is sttong only if he beats thdm etc etc.. peopld who love to live in distontent : BBC journalist interviewed the 'army' after Bagbao and his rival were fightingbit out n Africa fof ovef y months asking " dont you want peace? " The ' rebel' shouted back. " No. We dont want peace. We like it like this" He was not being fecious.
    There are societies thst cannot live in peace.
    It wouldnt be inaccurate to point fingers to Bharat, known as India after British rule, as pugnacious.
    Bharat has lived in peace. That is their habit. That is why the Mongul invaders came and ravished them: speadjng discord.
    Narveen Aryaputri
    23/07/2016 #21 Narveen Aryaputri
    #16 Timothy Fawcett
    Pakistan, after all, was made into East and West Pakistan, and Jinnah ACTUALLY wanted a 3rd ..A THIRD Pakistan to be in Hyderabad. Mad. Only mad demonic minds think of this stuff stranger than fiction.
    For those who don't know: East Pakistan became Bangladesh. The section of india in the middle known as Hyderabad never became part of Pakistan officially. However after partition there were only 2% Muslim in the popolation of India.. while 0% Hindu in Pakistan.. ( they get killed in Pakistan )
    Now over 25% muslim in India and maybe a few Hindu in Pakistan.

    No peace. No' live and let live'

    India, that lives and let lives, has a Muslim problem.

    Interestingly. .so does Pakistan.

    Thete may be something in this abusive-society-made-up-of -abused-people-living-on-the-edge of-adrenaline-rush-of-chaos, -drama, -hysteria, -and -the-other-neurosis-of-abuse theory that is evolving in my mind.

    Perhaps...Perhaps Pakistan must become Buddhist to learn to purge themselves of their misery.

    Remember : Afghanistan was Bhuddhist before the onslaught
    Narveen Aryaputri
    23/07/2016 #19 Narveen Aryaputri
    Correction: here is the correct spelling of the website :
    www.commonlawgrandjury.us #16 no appolohies. No need for the word 'sorry' You are 100% tight. I will go one step further: Pakistan was created for discord. Pakistan continues to livd for discord.

    Of recent years i am convinced there is the syndrome of an abused psychology in a society. This stands to reason: a society is made up of individuals. You see thd psychology of abused people who have suffered domestic violence. They are unable to live in peace. There are some countries that have becomd like that. Women who believd thsg a man is sttong only if he beats thdm etc etc.. peopld who love to live in distontent : BBC journalist interviewed the 'army' after Bagbao and his rival were fightingbit out n Africa fof ovef y months asking " dont you want peace? " The ' rebel' shouted back. " No. We dont want peace. We like it like this" He was not being fecious.
    There are societies thst cannot live in peace.
    It wouldbe inaccurate to point fingers to Bharat, known as India after British rule, as pugnacious.
    Narveen Aryaputri
    23/07/2016 #18 Narveen Aryaputri
    @Cat Gal U.
    When you began your article with the opening sentences : the 'southern parts of America' I assumed you were talking of Geirgua, Atlanta, Tennessee and their neighbors which are the Southern part of America. Instead you proceeded to talk about Venuzuala . That is misleading. The land under American Law does not include Latin America. Latin America is under the law of each individual country, all of which have their own specific law.

    It is not appropriate, as a writer, to be misleading.

    Article 6, Clause 2 and 3 of our Constitution covers all land ans 200 miles of water around the land mass known as America.

    Yes ..there is a push to merge all.
    However, such a merger is impossible since we are a Republic while the others are not.
    Canafa is still a Commonwealth. Latin America has its oen governance system. It is NOT under the Constitution of America.

    I do believe its derogatory to them yo be put inyo one 'lump' do to speak. Each countrg has their own system and flavour AND government.
    Its like calling all the indigenous tribes ' Indians' . That is very passe .

    Please call Venuzuala by uts name: Venuzuala.
    And yes. Venuzuala is a failed stare, an example of how socialusm does not work.

    America, on the other hand, is a Republic.
    How long has ut been. ..240 years.
    And still flykng high. Most other systems are done in 50 yesrs.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    01/07/2016 #17 Qamar Ali Khan
    #16 Completely wrong and highly biased opinion Timothy. Spending 2 years in Afghanistan doesn't mean you're able to talk about the sovereignty of a country you know nothing about. It might be your hidden wish to see this lovely country split in pieces, but it will never. OBL was a drams, if you are ready to tell and listen the truth (I'm sure you know all that). He was the agent of the powers you have been working for. He was launched by them, as they have launched Al-Quaida and ISIS. Almost all the Seals who took part in that so called operation were wiped out. Please don't say anything about other countries. Or be ready to listen about your own. I love every country and I wish every country remain in tact and peaceful. You even have none of knowledge about Pak-India relationship history. My country will remain on this earth as Pakistan, despite of all the evil wishes of any power or individual. Despite of all the dirty efforts of the bad countries (bad governments to be precise), they are failed so for to break it. It's prospering and prospering. Sorry for my harsh words, but I don't like anybody to talk negatively about my country, as you surely feel the same if somebody talks about yours. Your words doesn't show any sympathy for the hundreds of innocent children killed in that particular terrorist attack . You are using to indicate that most tragic incident for a blame game. This is so sad. You have no right at all to interfere in our internal issues. I'll not respond to any comment of anybody after this.
    Timothy Fawcett
    01/07/2016 #16 Timothy Fawcett
    #15 @Qamar Ali Khan, I am going to respectfully disagree. Pakistan is not strong in every aspect, otherwise you would have hammered out a coexistence with India. Your security forces failed to protect Benazir Bhutto, and harbored OBL in plain sight (Abottabad of all places) for years. Your ISI runs amok with impunity and has the blood of innocent Afghan women and children on its hands, all for the purpose of undermining India, by keeping your neighbor to the west weak and unstable. When Pakistan does go after the Taliban, it does so after elements have been given fair warning to get into Afghanistan, then a cursory operation takes place. When the Taliban reacted and killed Army children in a school, your western press said one thing, but your Urdu papers blamed it on India. Until Pakistan ceases using the Taliban as a proxy, it will never be truly strong. Sorry, I spent 2 years in Afghanistan and lived through much of this.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #15 Qamar Ali Khan
    #14 @Dean Owen! Thank you very much for your loving comments and gesture. First! It must be established now that Pakistan is not on a brink of disaster and not a fragile country. It's a very strong country in every aspect. Pakistan is a leading power among all the Muslim countries. So, you can gauge its strength. It has a highly stable political environment, within all the democratic norms. As far as Osama is concerned, let me tell you that we. Pakistanis, don't believe in this story. It was a planned drama, as I know the local people of the place where Osama had been told to be hiding. This is a part of all the international conspiracy. Second! Who was Osama? Did anybody investigated that? How he become so famous? What was his past and history? Who nurtured him? whose special guest he used to be in the past? Who were his business partners in the past? Who trained and Launched him? I'm sure when somebody gets the answers to these questions in depth, the drama would be more clear.
    Dean Owen
    29/06/2016 #14 Dean Owen
    #13 Thank you Qamar. That is encouraging to hear. Obviously as a Londoner, the Pakistan community was a key part of our community and what made London so special. I suspected all is quite normal in Pakistan, much as it it in Kuwait or Jordan perhaps. Obviously the media would have us believe differently. The fact that OBL was caught hiding in Pakistan obviously did not help the situation.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #13 Qamar Ali Khan
    #12 You may be right. I don't know who are those handful of people. If some retired armed forces officers show their concern, then this is really astonishing. There is nothing wrong here, to the extent to consider Pakistan as a fragile state. Everything is normal and in control. A bomb blast somewhere doesn't mean the breaking of the country. Being a citizen of the country, and spending my all 50 years of life here, I'm sure about my country. It's a different country than Iraq or Syria, and any other country mentioned in the list.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #11 Qamar Ali Khan
    #8 This is your personal opinion Neal! But I'm in a better position to describe the facts about my country. You're in a better position to shed a light on your own country's situation. The fact is what I indicated in my comments. If you believe your media or Western media, then, in my opinion, it's a big mistake. Everybody know how they present facts.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #10 Qamar Ali Khan
    #6 Thank you very much Gonzalo for your respectable opinion. The other countries shown in the list have some internal problems. But Pakistan have nothing like that. The peace is well secured here. That's why every sort of democratic process are going on here. I'll not discuss the credibility of the report, as it'll ignite another debate. Thank you!
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #9 Qamar Ali Khan
    #3 No at all @Dean Owen! This is a great misconception that is hugely propagated by the vested interests I mentioned in my earlier comments. First of all, we need to define terrorists and terrorism. It's definition changes from country to country, according to the unique situation of each terrain. Some powers use this term to their own benefit. They develop terrorist organizations, fund them, and spread them with all of their support. I'm sure you may have an idea all about this. So, what you call a possible terrorist government refers to those world powers in fact. I think you're following me. I assure you that there is 0 percent chance of something like that. Pakistan is so safe that the economic joint like China is investing trillions of dollars for the for the future projects. This is a proof how peaceful and safe is Pakistan, now and in future. In fact, West is in more danger to have terrorist governments in future as we can clearly observe radical elements there are gaining popularity. In normal people's eye here in Pakistan, West is not seen with any dislike. We have a great respect for the people of Western countries. People to people connections between Pakistan and the West are very strong and loving. I'm the example, if you like :-) We believe in love and humanity, and we want this from everyone everywhere.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #7 Qamar Ali Khan
    #5 Thank you @Javier 🐝 beBee for your lovely and honey comment. All the countries are beautiful. I love all. beBee is a powerful representative of every country, as lovely bees all around the world are nesting in the marvelous hives of beBee. That's why we have honey of differing and unique taste with each and every single buzz! All the best!
    Gonzalo Meza
    29/06/2016 #6 Gonzalo Meza
    #2 Qamar, thank you for taking the time of sharing your thoughts on this post. While I do not buy for a minute that this is a wish list (they go into quite some detail on methodology and base data on their website, and I can attest that some of these countries, with which I'm conversant personally, are on the correct place in the list), I treasure your insights on you own country.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/06/2016 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #2 @Qamar Ali Khan, beBee don't know about states, but yes about beBee Land and Hives !!! :-) thanks @Gonzalo Meza for sharing it, thanks Qamar, and thanks @Dean Owen , omnipresent ! have a great day
    Dean Owen
    29/06/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    #2 Thanks so much for the inside scoop @Qamar Ali Khan. Quick question, is Pakistan a friend of the West? i am talking about the people, not the government. The reason I ask is that if there is a widespread disdain toward the West, it is feasible that a significant terrorist movement could develop within Pakistan much as it has in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    29/06/2016 #2 Qamar Ali Khan
    Thank you very much Gonzalo Meza for this information. I was directed to your post by @Dean Owen's comment, mentioning me. Thank you very much Dean!

    Actually and truly speaking, all the list is a wish-list by some powers. They want this earth's geography to align with their desire. To their bad-luck, this entire universe belongs to a single and the only super power. Here, the things happen only according to His orders. This must be clear.

    Pakistan is not a fragile state in any way. If somebody considers it a fragile state, then they are in a horrible misunderstanding. The inter-provincial coordination between provinces and with the federal government are normal. The economy of Pakistan is growing. The great Pak-China Economic corridor in its way and its first phase would be complete in the coming five years. This corridor will not only change the destiny of Pakistan, but it'll have a great impact on the global economy. There is no serious law and order situation in Pakistan, as compared to other countries in the list. The only annoying thing is the occasional terrorism, and everybody knows who support these terrorists. The same who prepared the list. The life is as normal in Pakistan as compared to any region of the world. Schools are running peacefully, markets are over-crowded. A democratic government is running the country. Provincial administration are functioning accordingly. Pakistan has the world's sixth strongest armed forces. No mentionable unrest in any part of the country, except some minor cases in some tiny and remote areas. Pakistan will survive, as it has everything for that. The powers who wish it could be must be careful about their own countries. Signs are emerging that there might be something with them in the future.
  11. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Bahrain, Saudi, Iran and the quest for dominance in the Middle East.
    Iran Sees Opportunity in Bahrain’s Unrest
    Iran Sees Opportunity in Bahrain’s Unrest Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon discusses vulnerabilities on both sides of the Sunni-Shia divide in Eastern Arabia. For more...


    Timothy Fawcett
    27/06/2016 #1 Timothy Fawcett
    Interestingly, Bahrain is largely Shia, and those Shia have been marginalized as the crony monarchy is Sunni. In 2011, when stories of unrest first came out, the protests were about, among other things, denial of civil liberties. Which leads to the question: when has Iran ever been concerned about civil liberties?
  12. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    A great article by George Friedman. A must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding on the War on Terror.
    Gonzalo Meza
    Facing Some Truths Behind the Florida Massacre | Geopolitical Futures
  13. Gonzalo Meza

    Gonzalo Meza

    Central Asia, which is teeming with business opportunities, has a growing risk of becoming unstable. It's time to hedge your regional exposures in that area of the world.
    Gonzalo Meza
    Central Asia: The Next Region to Unravel | Geopolitical Futures
  14. Laurent Boscherini
    Written by Jayshree Pandya Ph.D

    Are Nations Prepared for the Changing Nature of Warfare? -
    Laurent Boscherini
    Are Nations Prepared for the Changing Nature of Warfare?
    lnkd.in The digital global age has heralded both beginnings and ends. Nations: its government, industries, organizations, academia and individuals (NGIOA-I) today stand on the verge of the most...


    Brian McKenzie
    05/06/2016 #1 Brian McKenzie
    Bloody hell he was wordy with - we ain't ready, we don't have the resources to fight this next war, nor do we have the cooperation of our silo'd channels to effectively engage an enemy that doesn't think the way we do - i.e. Russia. PS - what they are now calling 'hybrid warfare' is nothing new; it is stale game theory from 30 years ago in a new bottle.
  15. Laurent Boscherini
    Par François de Laboublaye.
    Laurent Boscherini
    Iran, le sens de l'histoire, par Ardavan Amir-Aslani
    www.contrepoints.org Critique d'Iran, le sens de l'histoire, qui étudie la possible future hégémonie morale et politique de l'Iran sur le monde...


    Laurent Boscherini
    27/05/2016 #2 Anonymous
    Il faut oser penser que certaines théories, certains paradigmes
    correspondent à certaines époques,
    dont ils donnent la vision la plus adéquate parce que la plus proche des valeurs, des concepts, des
    intérêts s'inscrivant dans cette époque oùd e grands boulversements demeurent raisonnablement envisagés et sensiblement envisageables.