Category: evidenza

New military formation in Northern Syria could be a game changer

Conflict reports in Northwest Syria were mixed after the announcement of a new military formation that includes factions actively engaged in the Syrian opposition, with the support of  the Turkish government. Four military groups in the North West of Syria, all with different aims and objectives and all in a densely populated narrow geographic area,…

Djibouti: how a narrow country became an important playground for global powers

Formerly known as French Somaliland (1883-1967) and renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas (1967-1977), the colony took the name of Djibouti when it gained the independence from France in 1977. With a total area of barely more than 20,000 km2 (little smaller than the Italian region of Lombardy) and a population of approximately one…

Migration: the biggest issue of the European elections

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, in Frankfurter Allegemeine newspaper laid out ideas for more European integration, including the creation of a joint refugee agency that would determine asylum requests on the continent’s borders. “In a changing global order, Europe must be able to act, internally and externally, to be taken seriously by the world”, said. Merkel,…

What do the Iraqi elections mean for the corruption-ridden country

On 12 May, parliamentary elections were held across Iraq to decide the next holders of the 329 seats in the Council of Representatives. As the sole legislative body, parliament is responsible for appointing the country’s president and, by extension, the prime minister. This has been Iraq’s fourth national election since 2003, when then-President Saddam Hussein…

Freeze on US funding for White Helmets (Free Syrian Civil Defense)

Two months ago, the US State Department hosted members of the White Helmets (Free Syria civil defense volunteers) at Foggy Bottom.  At that meeting, the humanitarian group was praised for saving lives in Syria. Now the White Helmets have been told, without any formal notification from the US administration, that American financial support for them…