Defend Democracy Press (Delphi Initiative)

2020 Jul 30 - 3:00am
By Jonah Shepp Jul 19, 2020 Over the past few weeks, a series of suspicious fires and explosions have occurred at Iranian civilian and military facilities, including the country’s main missile-production and nuclear complexes. While a few of these incidents might have been accidental, the timing and specific targets suggest that at least some were the result of sabotage by Israel, and the provocations raise the possibility of a spiraling...
Tags: Middle East, Saloni_Home, Iran
2020 Jul 30 - 2:52am
By Farhad Rezaei July 23, 2020 Since late June, there have been dozens of fires and explosions at or near nuclear, military, and industrial facilities in Iran. Experts see the clear possibility of Israeli sabotage in many of these incidents and describe an attempt to disrupt Iran’s re-emerging nuclear program, but Iranian officials have refrained from pointing the finger. Is it plausible for Israel to be behind these serial explosions? And, if...
Tags: Middle East, Saloni_Home, Iran, israel
2020 Jul 29 - 3:37am
By Dr. Karin Kneissl Jul.27, 2020 A confrontation between the two NATO states France and Turkey continues to trouble the Mediterranean region; Egyptian forces are mobilizing. And many other military players are continuing operations there. In March 2011, during a hectic weekend, the French delegation to the UN Security Council managed to convince all other member States of the Council to support Resolution 1973. It was all about a “humanitarian...
Tags: Debate on EU, Europe, Greek Crisis, Middle East, Refugee crisis, Africa
2020 Jul 29 - 3:24am
July 28, 2020 Tension between Greece and Turkey moved to a course of effective de-escalation on Tuesday, after seismic research vessel Oruc Reis docked inside the port of Antalya and Ankara announced that it pauses energy exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. “Turkey could pause energy-exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for a while pending talks with Greece,” Presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on...
Tags: Europe, Greek Crisis, Middle East, Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, EU - Turkish relations
2020 Jul 28 - 7:52pm
Hypocrisy Exposed : There was deafening silence when Israel converted historical Al-Ahmar Mosque into a bar July 13, 2020 There is a worldwide condemnation over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Even Pope Francis on Sunday  joined an international chorus of condemnation of Turkey’s decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia landmark back into a mosque  saying “I think of Hagia Sophia...
Tags: Middle East, Al-Ahmar, Culture, Hagia Sofia, Hagia Sophia, Islam
2020 Jul 28 - 7:30pm
During the pandemic it has been every EU nation for themselves until this very late and reluctant deal from the rich North, writes Diana Johnstone By Diana Johnstone Jul 27, 2020 The coronavirus crisis was a test of solidarity that the European Union failed. When the pandemic hit this spring, it was every member state for itself. It became clearer than ever that there is no such thing as a “European people” but merely a maze of economic rules...
Tags: Debate on EU, economy, Europe
2020 Jul 28 - 7:22pm
Jul 18, 2020 Converting the Turkish Hagia Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, into a mosque is impermisible in Islam, said Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam on Friday. “We [as Muslims] are commanded to preserve churches […] Prophet Muhammab (peace and Blessings be upon him) was always recommending in wars not to destroy temples or kill monks,” he said in an interview with Nathrah [vision ] talk show on Sada al-Balad T.V. on...
Tags: Europe, Greek Crisis, Middle East, Egypt, Greek-Turkish relations, Hagia Sofia
2020 Jul 28 - 7:19pm
US President Donald Trump had suggested reintroducing Russia into the G7 last month. However, Moscow first needs to take greater efforts in solving the conflict in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said. Jul.26, 2020 Germany has rejected a proposal floated by US President Donald Trump to allow Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published Monday...
Tags: Europe, ex-USSR, Middle East, Ukraine / East - West, G7, Germany: A schizophrenic Foreign Policy
2020 Jul 28 - 7:00pm
TV report says security agency got OK from Justice Ministry officials for controversial program, but few in the government were informed; Knesset, phone companies didn’t know 26 July 2020 Long before the coronavirus outbreak, the Shin Bet security service was secretly tracking Israelis’ cellphones in a clandestine program to fight the Islamic State terror group that lasted for at least two and a half years, and may still be ongoing, according to...
Tags: democracy, Middle East, israel, Israeli Secret Services, Shin Bet, Surveillance
2020 Jul 28 - 3:50pm
By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The government’s recent move to do away with an important land circular, announced by the Cabinet Spokesman,Minister Bandula Gunewardena on 02.07.20, has opened up a can of worms that cantunnel into many areas of government policy. Circular 5/2001,issued in August 2001 by the Ministry of Forest Resources and Environment at the time, was intended to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of forest cover that were not...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Lasanda Kurukulasuriya, Sri Lanka
2020 Jul 24 - 2:24am
Jul 20, 2020 En Grèce, le théâtre d’Epidaure reprend vie avec ces représentations des Perses, dès vendredi prochain. L’œuvre d’Eschyle, qui remonte au Ve siècle, est la plus ancienne pièce dont le texte ait été conservé. C’est aussi le tout premier récit à relater la bataille de Salamine. La mise en scène est signée Dimitris Lignadis, directeur artistique du Théâtre national. “Toutes les pièces...
Tags: Europe, Greek Crisis
2020 Jul 23 - 7:27am
Merkel holds telephone conversation with Erdogan Jul 22, 2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to reports Wednesday. It has not been confirmed if the call took place late Tuesday or early Wednesday. According to Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, the two leaders discussed developments in Syria and Libya, as well as bilateral relations, the economy and...
Tags: Debate on EU, Europe, Greek Crisis, Middle East, Saloni_Home, Cyprus

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