The Turkish economy is in deep trouble. The lira lost 20% of its value against the U.S. dollar on Friday. The reasons for that were varied, and it was a storm many saw coming. However, what brought it faster than expected was the political climate and the poor state of Turkey-U.S. relations, largely due to the treatment of pastor Andrew Brunson by Turkish … [Read more...] about What’s happening to Turkey’s economy?
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The shock and anger that the Greek public is feeling is bad news for the government and their clumsy “damage control” isn't helping at all. It went bad from the start, and the general feeling is that the government was more interested in saving face than accepting responsibility for whatever mistakes might have been made. In the days after the fire, details that emerged showed … [Read more...] about SYRIZA government in Greece in trouble after poorly handling wildfires
On July 23, a fire started on Mount Penteli in Attica. Its outcome was deadly, with 90 dead so far, 187 injured, and according to the official figures, another 23 are missing. Greece is a country where wildfires are common; long, dry summers combined with high winds in late summer along with the evergreen trees, are a recipe for disaster. As far as conditions are … [Read more...] about Wildfires in Greece: a Greek perspective
Greece has expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two more from entry. This comes as an answer to Russian meddling in the negotiations of the surrounding the Macedonian naming dispute. The result of the negotiations that the region will be recognized as Northern Macedonia, and Greece will lift its veto for the neighboring country's accession to the EU and NATO. The Russian … [Read more...] about Active measures target Greece
The Western movie genre is one that I enjoy a great deal. When I saw Luke Ryan's article about "The Magnificent Seven" I thought I’d write one about of my favorite film in the genre. The film in question is the polar opposite of the adaptation of "Seven Samurai" by Akira Kurosawa, "The Magnificent Seven," a perfect yin-yang. The seven gunfighters led by Yul Brynner are on a … [Read more...] about ‘The Wild Bunch’: an epic western
Last week the E.U. summit ended on a high note, producing an agreement that was going to put an end to the refugee crisis that has been rocking the EU. Today, the rejection of the deal by Horst Seehofer, Interior minister of Germany and leader of CSU (Christian Social Union), as inadequate, sends political shockwaves across Europe. Mr. Seehofer requested chancellor Merkel to … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel’s uncertain future
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the winner of the Turkish elections, he will be the president of Turkey until 2023. Erdogan’s impact on shaping Turkey's political life is of such magnitude that one can only compare him to the founder of the modern Turkey state, Kemal Ataturk. Of course, the main difference between these two statesmen is that for Ataturk the Ottoman past of Turkey … [Read more...] about Erdogan won — now what?
As you are reading these lines, an agreement has been signed by Greece and FYROM that stipulates Greece will recognize FYROM with the name Northern Macedonia. The agreement has some hurdles yet to pass to become a reality, though. The search for a distinct identity and a past that allows claim to this piece of land or that piece of land is a very Balkan issue. Nationalism … [Read more...] about A very Balkan story
On June 6th I was banned from Facebook for 30 days because I shared a photo of American paratroopers with a captured Nazi flag. Five minutes after the post, I was automatically disconnected from Facebook. My first reaction was, “they can't be that stupid”, but I attempted to log in again and discovered that Facebook's algorithm is indeed that idiotic; “your post violates our … [Read more...] about Your algorithm is bad and you should feel bad
June 6, is the date on which one of the biggest operations in the history of human warfare took place. Operation Overlord was a massive undertaking. Logistics, training, planning, war material production; every man and woman participating in it was on high gear. The significance of the landing was such that tomes upon tomes have been written about every aspect of the operation, … [Read more...] about Robert Capa: The photographer of hell
When Jack Murphy tagged me in an article posted on Facebook about the increase of piracy incidents in the Caribbean, my initial thought was, "Is there a possibility of maritime security gigs there?" -- a couple of days waiting for a ship on St. Kitts and Nevis is not exactly my idea of a bad time. According to a report generated by the nonprofit organization Oceans Beyond … [Read more...] about Pirates of the Caribbean
The latest school shooting in Texas and the details about the perpetrator that filled the media prompted a flashback to April 20th, 1999. On that date, two students of the Columbine high school in Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Clebold, entered the school and shot and killed 13 and injured 21 people. Their original plan was much scarier: IEDs placed at the support columns in … [Read more...] about Ground zero; revisiting Columbine