The prerequisites for the emergence of a political crisis in Venezuela arose several years ago as a result of the collapse of the economic system. The acute phase of confrontation has began in January, when the current president of the country, Nicolas Maduro, refused to comply with the demands of the opposition, which constitutes a majority in the National Assembly, about resigning and went for a second presidential term. The state leader announced his intention to continue to fulfill his duties until 2025.
The US mid-term elections have been interpreted by the major medias in terms of the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats. However, continuing his in-depth analysis of the social fabric, Thierry Meyssan sees a clear retreat of the Puritans faced with the Lutherans and the Catholics. Donald Trump’s political realignment, just as that of Richard Nixon before him, is close to succeeding.
The next presidential election in Russia will be held in 2018. A large part of the population, accustomed to seeing Vladimir Putin in this post, will surely vote for him. But Putin has a sufficient number of competitors. Among them such people as oppositionist Aleksey Navalny and head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, as well as many others. It is worth getting acquainted with all the candidates for the presidency in order to have an idea of the main candidates.
The prohibition in the USA was established by the 18th amendment to the Constitution on 17.12.1917 (entered into force on January 17, 1920) and abolished by the 21st amendment on 5.12.1933. During this period, private storage and consumption of alcohol was not restricted, but its production, transportation through the country, sale, export and import to the territory of the United States of America were banned. It is the only case in the history of the USA, when one amendment abolished the other.
Tucked away at the back of the old Muslim cemetery on the outskirts of Kos town on the Greek island are a series of freshly dug graves, around half with headstones. Most but not all are named.
Buried here are 37 refugees who, fleeing from Bodrum on the Turkish coast, drowned in the waters of the Aegean. Most of them are Syrian, but there are plenty of Afghanis and Iraqis, too. Relatives of the refugees with unmarked graves had promised to return when they could afford to pay for the headstones.
Colombia's foreign debt in July has risen up to 107.681 million US dollars, reaching 33.3 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – highest in the country since 1995, reported on Tuesday the Central Bank of the country.
In its report on Financial Markets, Bank of the Republic has informed that the percentage of total external debt to GDP has increased by 7.6 % in July compared with the same month of 2014, when the entire public and private indebtedness has reached 25.7 % of GDP.
While the European media arouse emotion by showing photographs of a drowned child and reports of crowds of refugees crossing the Balkans on foot, Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that these images have been fabricated. It’s certain that they serve the purposes of the head of the Federation of German Industries, Ulrich Grillo, and also NATO. But they do not show the phenomenon in its totality, which leads the Europeans to offer inadapted responses.
After the devaluation of the yuan, the international financial markets started trembling. Washington accused Peking of taking advantage of the market. As China wants to incorporate the yuan into the Special Drawing Rights, it is inconvenient to prolong the devaluation. Furthermore, if a currency war broke out, China would risk increasing the economic and geopolitical tensions between countries in the Asian-Pacific region.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, acknowledged today that there is an "economic problem" in the country, although she hopes that the recovery will come later this year thanks to fiscal adjustments, made by the government.
"Without a shadow of doubt, there is an economic problem in the country. We had a very difficult economic situation," said Rousseff during a meeting with bloggers and journalists from several Brazilian news portals.
The European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, estimates that between 5,000 and 6,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to join jihadist groups, and even admits that these figures could be "highly underestimated".
Of these, 1,450 have left France, Jourova explains in an interview published by the French newspaper "Le Figaro", which justifies the relevance for the European Union to establish judicial cooperation agreements with third countries.