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For Italy, Trump Represents a ‘Populist’ Opportunity

August 20, 2018

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During the 2016 United States election campaign, most of Italy’s political class and media adopted the standard line about how Donald Trump was a grave threat to the stability of the Western world. Unlike previous Italian governments, which toed the pro-globalization line, the new government in Rome, supported by the anti-system Five Star Movement and the right-wingLeague, seems […]

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Maureen Mutua: Money Laundering Central to Numerous Criminal Activities

July 22, 2018

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Paolo Balmas – July 2018 Interview with Maureen Mutua Transatlantico returns to the issue of money laundering, dealt with in one of our first posts years ago, a widely-circulated interview with Antonio Maria Costa, former Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Paolo Balmas recently interviewed Maureen Mutua, a specialist […]

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A different view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

July 15, 2018

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After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has never hidden his desire to improve relations with Russia. Indeed it has been central to his foreign policy goals, […]

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The Long Wave of 1968

June 10, 2018

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- by Andrew Spannaus – When we think of 1968 today, the first things that come to mind are the student movements, protests against the Vietnam War, and a new social consciousness. The year has become a synonym for a cultural shift, a breakaway from rigid traditions and a challenge to authority through youth activism […]

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European Earthquake: Italians Give Populists a Chance

May 25, 2018

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The revolt of voters across the Western world has reached a high point in Europe. The Five Star Movement and the League, two so-called “populist” political parties in Italy, are preparing to form a government after Wednesday’s appointment of a new prime minister following an election result that could directly challenge the foundations of the […]

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Italy’s Choice: Shock or Stagnation

March 2, 2018

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Exclusive: Italy’s elections this weekend represent a choice between the status quo, with risks of further austerity and structural reforms, or a wild card of populists who may lack competence and hold anti-democratic views, explains Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus Italy will hold elections on March 4, in which the essential choice for voters is […]

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Ignorance and Prejudice in Laura Ingraham’s Tiff With LeBron James

February 22, 2018

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Laura Ingraham’s complaints over LeBron James’ political commentary – focusing on the grammar of his statements rather than their substance – reflects a general elitism in the pundit class, Andrew Spannaus observes. — Is LeBron James ignorant? Laura Ingraham seems to think so. In response to a video of the NBA superstar offering harsh criticism […]

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Europe-Ukraine Forum – 13-14 March 2018

February 6, 2018

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13–14 March 2018 Exhibition Hall – G2A Arena Jasionka, Rzeszów, Poland Association and What’s Next? – the focus of this years 11th Europe – Ukraine Forum will be on economic modernization and reforms. In 2017, the Association Agreement was ratified. Regardless of the crisis – the war and Russian occupation of Crimea and some part […]

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Regime Change and Globalization in Europe

January 22, 2018

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Right-wing populists are exploiting the migration issue in both the United States and Europe, but dismissing their arguments would be a mistake. Instead, an honest assessment of the economic and regime-change policies that fuel migration is needed, reports Andrew Spannaus. Read the article on Consortium News

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China to Build a Bridge with EU Funds

January 19, 2018

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China will build a bridge in Croatia with funding from the European Union. The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won a tender for the construction of the bridge in Peljesac, beating out an Italian-Turkish consortium and the Austrian company Strabag. The bridge will cost approximately 280 million Euros, and is the first infrastructure project […]

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