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Rouhani's Demand, Greece And Russian, Moldova's Lost Money

Rouhani's Demand, Greece And Russian, Moldova's Lost Money

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The first medical supplies have arrived in the south Yemen city of Aden, and members of Doctors Without Borders have made their way to some of the city’s hospitals, Al Jazeera reports.

  • Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel yesterday to waters near Yemen, AP reports. And the U.S. announced it was boosting weapons supplies and intelligence sharing with the coalition of countries battling the Houthi rebels there.
  • Houthi fighters, backed by supporters of former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, entered the provincial capital of the mainly Sunni Shabwa province yesterday, Reuters reports.
  • According to the World Health Organization, at least 643 people have died and more than 2,200 have been wounded since the conflict began March 19. More than 100,000 people have been displaced and refugees are streaming into neighboring Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports.
  • Saudi Arabia and its allies have accused Iran of arming the Houthi fighters, though Iran has denied it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Iran that supporting the Houthi rebels will work against it. “There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran,” he told PBS Wednesday. “Iran needs to recognize that the U.S. is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines, international boundaries and other countries.”


Baghdad fell to American forces 12 years ago today. Time now for your 57-second shot of history.


Citing his youth, drug use and his brother’s influence,The Boston Globe editorialized this morning against sentencing Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted yesterday, to the death penalty.


Switzerland has become the first country to sell 10-year bonds at the negative interest rate of -0.05%, meaning that investors are actually paying to lend money, Les Echos reports. While deflation fears are growing in the EU in general and in Switzerland in particular, the newspaper foresees that the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing program might lead to similar outcomes in other European countries.


Two people have been killed and another wounded after a man pulled a gun and opened fire in a Milan courtroom today, local daily Corriere della Sera reports. The attacker is believed to be Claudio Giardiello, a defendant in a fraudulent bankruptcy case who is on the run but still inside the courthouse.


Before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday, European commentators warned that Greece could become Russia's "Trojan horse" against Brussels. But Greek newspaper H Efimerida ton Sintakton instead described the "revival of Greek-Russian relations" as a "historic opportunity for the two countries" on the front page of today’s edition. Read more on our 4 Corners blog.


More than 200 elderly and infirm Yazidi were freed Wednesday by ISIS jihadists near Kirkuk, Iraq. The terrorist group had been holding them captive since it overran their villages in northwestern Iraq last summer. According to Reuters, at least 216 Yazidi, some too disoriented or exhausted to speak, were handed over to Kurdish forces.


Transhuman technology pioneers and other geeks are embracing chip technology that can allow them to turn on lights, call wives or start motorcycles with a single touch, Dominique Nora reports for L’Obs. “Other ‘chipped’ people also use it to send their virtual business card to compatible smartphones. Apps such as NFC Tools Pro on Android can read and edit these electronic labels, which have a capacity of 880 bytes.”

Read the full article, Man-Machine? Inside The Growing "Human Chipping" Movement.


Hackers claiming to belong to ISIS hijacked the television broadcast, websites and social media pages of the French network TV5 Monde late yesterday, Le Monde reports. The company was unable to broadcast its programs for a few hours. Personal information, such as identity cards and CVs belonging to relatives of French soldiers involved in anti-ISIS operations were posted online, along with threats against the French military. TV5 Monde director general Yves Bigot described the hacking as “unprecedented.”


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today his country would only sign a final nuclear deal with world powers if the economic sanctions against Iran are “lifted immediately,” Al Jazeera reports. Speaking at a ceremony in Tehran to mark the country’s Nuclear Technology Day, he added, “We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks.”

  • Rohani also called for an end to the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. “A great nation like Yemen will not submit to bombing. Come, let us all think about ending war. Let us think about a ceasefire,” he said. “Let us prepare to bring Yemenis to the negotiating table to make decisions about their future.”


Mysterious banking transactions have led to $1 billion vanishing in the small European country of Moldova, the AFP reports. The figure represents 15% of the country’s GDP and could be a serious blow to its banking system. The scandal came to light when the Central Bank of Moldova discovered that three banks had issued loans totaling $1 billion. The recipients of the funds have not been identified, and it is now believed the money will never be repaid.


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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Finally Time For Negotiations? Russia And Ukraine Have The Exact Same Answer

The war in Ukraine appears to have reached a stalemate, with neither side able to make significant progress on the battlefield. A number of Western experts and politicians are now pushing for negotiations. But the irreconcilable positions of both the Russian and Ukrainian sides make such negotiations tricky, if not impossible.

photo of : Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, presents a battle flag to a soldier as he kisses it

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presents a battle flag to a soldier at the Kyiv Fortress, October 1, 2023.

Ukraine Presidency/Ukrainian Pre/Planet Pix via ZUMA
Yuri Fedorov


The Russian-Ukrainian war appears to have reached a strategic impasse — a veritable stalemate. Neither side is in a position at this point to achieve a fundamental change on the ground in their favor. Inevitably, this has triggered no shortage of analysts and politicians saying it's time for negotiations.

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These conversations especially intensified after the results of the summer-autumn counteroffensive were analyzed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhny, with not very optimistic details.

Though there are advances of the Ukrainian army, it is mostly “stuck in minefields under attacks from Russian artillery and drones,” and there is a increasing prospect of trench warfare that “could drag on for years and exhaust the Ukrainian state.”

Zaluzhny concluded: “Russia should not be underestimated. It suffered heavy losses and used up a lot of ammunition, but it will have an advantage in weapons, equipment, missiles and ammunition for a long time," he said. "Our NATO partners are also dramatically increasing their production capacity, but this requires at least a year, and in some cases, such as aircraft and control systems, two years.”

For the Ukrainian army to truly succeed, it needs air superiority, highly effective electronic and counter-battery warfare, new technologies for mining and crossing minefields, and the ability to mobilize and train more reserves.

China and most countries of the so-called global South have expressed their support for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Meanwhile in the West, certain influential voices are pushing for negotiations, guided by a purely pragmatic principle that if military victory is impossible, it is necessary to move on to diplomacy.

The position of the allies is crucial: Ukraine’s ability to fight a long war of attrition and eventually change the situation at the front in its favor depends on the military, economic and political support of the West. And this support, at least on the scale necessary for victory, is not guaranteed.

Still, the question of negotiations is no less complicated, as the positions of Russia and Ukraine today are so irreconcilable that it is difficult to imagine productive negotiations.

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