UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (the trans-Atlantic equivalent of Bernie Sanders) is right to state that the UK has rubbish foreign policy. I concur and would go one step further. The answer is not simply to leave the Wild, Wild East to sort itself out. It is a principled foreign policy: to forbid or discourage investments, arms sales and non-essential aid to countries that do not meet universally accepted standards of democracy and human rights; to take concrete and well-resourced steps (short of armed intervention or interfering with elections) to foster strong, stable human-rights respecting democratic neighbors all over the word, to make for a safer world. Terrorism festers in and emanates from troubled unstable countries, in oppressive places ruled by naked Emperors, and in Galactic Empires (with no real outlets for democratic expression) often fueled by Western military and other aid. Ponder that fact, and review our policies on trade, investment, aid and arms sales for … [Read more...] about The Galactic Empire: Lessons in Geopolitics from a “Galaxy Far, Far Away”
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Presentation of the study “Permanent Structured Cooperation: national perspectives and state of play” – discussion with: – Frédéric MAURO, Lawyer at the bar of Paris and at the bar of Brussels, established in Brussels – Associate researcher with GRIP, specialized in Defence matters; Federico SANTOPINTO, Researcher at GRIP – Group for research and information on peace and security … [Read more...] about The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 6, 2017
Di Maio told ministers from his anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) on Monday that the government would “introduce a minimum wage as a priority measure” along with a flat tax and a law on conflicts of interest. … [Read more...] about Is Italy about to introduce a minimum wage?