Author: Stathis Moraitiadis

EU

Russian House in Dhaka (formerly the Russian Cultural Centre), in cooperation with the National Museum and the Liberation War Affairs Academy, organized an event dedicated to Bangladesh’s 53rd anniversary of independence, ahead of Independence Day on March 26. At the beginning of the ceremony, a minute’s silence was observed to pay respect to the memory of all the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation and to express sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic terrorist attack on Crocus City Hall in Moscow on March 22. Twenty-six freedom fighters from different districts of Bangladesh…

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The Czechs have never forgotten that allies handed over their Sudetenland Province to Hitler in 1938 after the German dictator promised it would be “last territorial demand I have to make in Europe.” The Czechs have never forgotten that allies handed over their Sudetenland Province to Hitler in 1938 after the German dictator promised it would be “the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe.” Months later, Nazis occupied their country and waged war in Europe and around the world for seven more years, killing tens of millions. To many today, Ukraine is the next Sudetenland as it…

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Much like its ideological counterparts at HispanTV (Iranian-owned) and Actualidad RT (Russian-owned), Telesur wraps its incitement into a sophisticated and slick twenty-four-hour news platform through its website, broadcasts, and social media presence. Though it is difficult to gauge its influence, numbers suggest that Telesur’s message is impactful. Telesur has two million followers on its Spanish X account, 117,500 on its English X account, and more than half a million on Instagram. Its YouTube account has over 1.7 million subscribers, with 100,000 new subscribers and almost 7.4 million video views since October 7 (It also posts its videos on the Daily Motion). The network traditionally pushes out conspiracy theories, fake news, “whataboutism,”…

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Greece will not consent to the next stage in Albania’s EU accession talks if there is no progress on the matter of the elected mayor of Himare, Fredi Beleri, Greek diplomatic sources reiterated in Brussels on Tuesday. The same sources underlined that Greece’s position is clear and has been explained to the Albanian side. They noted that Greece had consented to the sending of an EU letter to Tirana, which was the first step in starting accession negotiations, with the condition that Albania must have made “a clear move toward restoring the political will of the Himare electorate” before the…

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Brussels (4/11 – 25) It’s an old story, a broken record: war crimes in the Middle East, encouraged and stoked by outsiders with their own agenda. Israel, offended and humiliated by the 7 October attacks for which they had repeatedly been warned by Egypt. Hamas, encouraged and bankrolled by Israel initially, in its effort to undercut the appeal of Al-Fatah, has turned into Frankenstein’s Monster, breaching a border that was trumpeted as the most invincible in the world, with 24/7 surveillance, sensors to detect tunnels, full camera coverage and on and on – yet several thousand Hamas warriors parachuted in…

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Nyon, Manchester, Milan (19/12 – 31) The group phase of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League is to conclude this month. Names of the sixteen clubs who will compete in the knock-out phase have been released. On Monday, 18 December 2023, UEFA conducted the draw for the last-16 round, at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Defending champion Manchester City came out from the draw with the biggest smile as they will face off with the arguably easiest opponent. Pep Guardiola’s team will Danish champion Copenhagen, who were down at 37th in the UEFA club coefficient ranking. As the current title holder,…

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Northern Greece, which includes its capital Thessaloniki, is set to see a rise in tourist arrivals, according to forecasts by Halkidiki Hotel Association President Grigoris Tasios. Prebookings for Greece in the British market are up by 18 percent for the upcoming holiday period, he said. At the same time, Northern Greece is expecting more arrivals from neighboring Balkan countries, increased flows via road, and more cruise ship port calls up from 63 to 76. Tasios presented the data during “The Possibilities of Enhancing Tourist Flows in Northern Greece” event organized by the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Addressing…

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Frankfurt, Atlanta (23/11 – 10) Potatoes are a serious matter. The lowly potato does in fact have a lengthy and exotic history, being grown as a food crop, or domesticated, around the border of Peru and Bolivia over 7000 years ago. Maybe you just purchased some of those 7500-year-old taters and wondered why they taste funny. The potato was brought to Europe in the 16th Century, following other such appealing imports as bananas, cacao, tomatoes, maize, corn and squash. Ask an average European and he or she would likely claim these as native to their country. A wholesome tuber rich in…

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Athens remains committed to settlement of conflict based on two-state solution, says prime minister Greece is growing increasingly concerned over the rising number of civilian deaths from Israeli attacks on Gaza. Responding in parliament to criticism by opposition parties and the public over the Israeli army’s attacks on civilians and the government’s policy regarding the conflict, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Israel’s response should take into account international law and international humanitarian law, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Prime Minister’s Office. Noting that the government he leads has placed a particular emphasis on the need for humanitarian…

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Volkswagen-owned Czech car-maker Skoda has announced its new electric cars will be sold at non-negotiable, fixed prices in Europe from 2024. The company says there are no plans for Australia to make the same switch. Volkswagen-owned Czech car-maker Skoda will introduce non-negotiable fixed-price sales in Europe from 2024 – but the brand’s Australian division has for now ruled out a similar move here. German publication Automobilwoche – through its English-language partner Automotive News Europe – reports the upcoming Skoda Elroq electric SUV will be the brand’s first model to be sold at a fixed price in Europe when it launches next year. Following the Elroq’s arrival in European…

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