Spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’ betray hundreds to police

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday. The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in […]

Iran Presidential Elections 2021

Iran’s 13th Presidential election will be held on June 18, 2021. On May 25, 2021, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of seven approved candidates for the upcoming presidential election – Saeed Jalili, Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, Alireza Zakani, Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, Mohsen Rezaei, and AbdolnaserHemmati.  Many candidates were disqualified, among them former […]

‘An iron curtain’: Exiled Belarusians protest on border

Draped in white-red-white Belarusian opposition flags, exiled Belarusians protested on Saturday at the Polish frontier, calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to lift a border closure. “Europe: It’s time for action!”, “Impose Sanctions Please!” read some of the placards, as dozens of protesters lined a road clogged with hundreds of trucks waiting to go through border […]

Nearly One Billion Cubic Meters of Azerbaijani Gas Supplied to Europe in January-April 2021

European consumers received nearly one billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Azerbaijan during the first four months of 2021. According to statistics compiled by Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, approximately 954 million cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas have been supplied to Europe between January and April of this year. Azerbaijan received around $196 million from the deliveries. […]

EU–South Asia Relations In The 21st Century: Rethink, Reimagine, Reshape

Amid the intense competition underway between the US and China and the increasing presence of Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Britain in the Indo-Pacific, the EU must build better bilateral relations with all South Asian countries – and not just India. It should reassess its traditional trade and aid approach and use a strategic lens […]

Nord Stream 2 and European Energy Security

Today, the Department of State submitted a report to Congress pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), as amended, listing four vessels, five entities, and one individual involved in construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including Nord Stream 2 AG and the company’s CEO Matthias Warnig.   Persons identified in the report are subject […]

US support for Ukraine should be tied to reform progress

Ukraine is the most important country in the ongoing confrontation between Russia and the West. This makes Ukraine’s domestic reform agenda a strategic priority for the entire Western world. The recent Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border sparked international alarm over the prospect of a major escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the […]

Russia targets American diplomats with new directed energy weapon

Havana Syndrome’ is a result of Soviet microwave weapons technologies used in the 1970s. According to new reporting from The New York Times, over 130 American diplomats, troops and other US departments’ personnel working overseas have been diagnosed with brain damage. The incidents have been registered for 5 years. In particular, the staff of the […]

Animoca Brands raises US$88,888,888 based on valuation of US$1 billion USA – English

NFT-centric Animoca Brands is tech industry’s newest unicorn HONG KONG, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Animoca Brands, the company that is delivering digital property rights to gamers via NFTs, today announced that it has completed a capital raise of US$88,888,888 (approximately A$113,500,000) at a price per share of A$1.10based on a valuation of US$1 billion(approximately A$1.28 billion). Investors in the round included Kingsway Capital, […]

The only way to deter Putin is to arm Ukraine

Spring 2021 saw the biggest Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border since the seven-year war between the two countries first erupted in 2014. While Moscow’s late April announcement of impending Russian troop withdrawals initially eased international concerns over the possibility of a new Kremlin offensive, current intelligence reports indicate that the vast majority of […]