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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    You say this like Russia is working from a position of strength rather than a position of extreme weakness, which is far closer to the truth.
    I wouldn't say strength, rather enough strength to act in Ukraine without many reprisals other than sanctions (which albeit have had an effect in combination with the drop in oil prices). The fact that they've bothered with all of this of course shows weakness,
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    BBC News - Egypt to build new administrative and business capital

    This Egyptian govt has been rather ambitious economically with planning a second Suez Canal and now a new business capital

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    Very interesting dynamics emerging in Indian ocean states with India actively reaching out to them for strategic and economic partnerships. Most interesting is the case with Sri Lanka. Under the previous president, Mahinda Rajapaksha, Sri Lanka had grown closer ties with China much to India's alarm. With change in govt both in India and Sri Lanka, the tide seems to reversing and China is alarmed.

    Modi's Jaffna visit interference in Lankan affairs: Chinese think-tank
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/wo...his-yemen.html

    Well, Saudi Arabia invading Yemen? can this be the beginning of a larger shia sunni war?
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/wo...his-yemen.html

    Well, Saudi Arabia invading Yemen? can this be the beginning of a larger shia sunni war?
    Can Houthis be described as Shia version of ISIS?

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    Very interesting and strange developments taking place between Greece and Garmany btw. After election of Alexis Tsipras as Greek prime minister, Greece is posturing to not implement the austerity program. Most surprisingly, they are renewing demand for reparations for world war II attrocities. Amazing blackmailing tactics. Interesting read:

    Greece v Germany: Dangerous liaisons | The Economist

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    The Greeks need to learn a bit of humility, otherwise they'll be a third world country in a couple of years time

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Can Houthis be described as Shia version of ISIS?
    No. Nothing suggests that they are anywhere near as twisted as the ISIS.

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    In the.meanwhile US supporting shia groups backed by Iran against ISIS in iraq while supporting saudi strikes against iran backed rebels in yemen. What a mess.

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    Greece gone full ******.

    Greece demands ?279bn from Germany in Nazi war reparations - Telegraph

    Edit: why is that word blocked in here? Didn't know it's considered offensive. Google autocorrect doesn't omit the word.
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    It's censored so nobody knows what word you are talking about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Greece gone full ******.

    Greece demands ?279bn from Germany in Nazi war reparations - Telegraph

    Edit: why is that word blocked in here? Didn't know it's considered offensive. Google autocorrect doesn't omit the word.
    Look it up, then, please. Maybe you could learn something.

    Anyway business as usual is not an option for Greece. This lot of leftists aren't particularly realistic, but the troika's dream that Greece will turn into Scandinavia if they're only starved for a suitably long time is a similar branch of optimistic delirium.

    Also this bluster is quite preferable to the other branch of Greek leftists, terror troups who would like to start to re-open WWII and civil war wounds with Golden Dawn. I'm sure we would all love communists and fascists streetfighting in Europe again.
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    So Europe appear to have our own #stoptheboats moment

    Can EU agree on response to migrant crisis? - BBC News

    Short of putting up armed guards all over North Africa ordered to shoot every boat departing there's little to do on the push side. And the potential downside of saving these people seems a lot less scary and costly than getting involved in yet another Middle East war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    So Europe appear to have our own #stoptheboats moment

    Can EU agree on response to migrant crisis? - BBC News

    Short of putting up armed guards all over North Africa ordered to shoot every boat departing there's little to do on the push side. And the potential downside of saving these people seems a lot less scary and costly than getting involved in yet another Middle East war.
    How deposing of Gadaffi has worked so nicely for Libya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnz View Post
    It is in some sense. But at the same time, MAD is excruciatingly difficult to crawl out of. If either the Americans or Russians were to unilaterally engage in large-scale nuclear disarmament, that would leave them completely at the mercy of their MAD partner. You need agreements on both sides to reduce armaments, and that requires trust and international oversight - both of which are in short supply atm.

    Like I said, eventually both sides will be forced to retreat from their current positions because of the sheer cost of maintaining it - the Russians have been recycling their surplus nukes for use in nuclear power stations for decades. The US are spending about $350 billion in the next decade on their nukes. Russia will probably be spending substantially less - especially now that the oil price has collapsed - and that's scary in and of itself. However, this will likely take a long time (probably decades) before nuke numbers return to 'reasonable' levels.
    Russia would probably rather starve itself than let their nuke numbers fall below the US again. Been somewhat of a policy of their's since the 70's.

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