In a tweet today, United States President Donald Trump said that Russia vows to shoot down missiles targeting Syria and comments: “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming”. Military experts now talk about a situation more explosive than the Cuban Crisis of 1962. The geopolitical analyst Manuel Ochsenreiter tells FWM that the harsh rhetoric in any case has destroyed the diplomatic mechanisms that helped prevent escalation during the Cold War.
Articles by Vávra Suk
A conference against EU-imposed sanctions on Russia was held inside the EU Parliament in Brussels on January 23rd. Parliamentarians from different political camps joined forces in a pursuit of a de-escalation of the tensions between Russia and the EU and to promote international cooperation. What came as a surprise to many was that a delegation from Crimea also arrived to participate in the debate.
SWEDEN IT-SCANDALThe scandal surrounding the leak from the Transport authority in Sweden resulted in the opposition threatening a vote of censure against the government. Today PM Stefan Löfven from the Social Democrat party announced reshuffling of his government.
The Swedish vehicle database, containing all photos and addresses of car owners in the country, including persons with secret identities as well as military vehicles, has possibly been leaked.
MIDDLE EASTOutgoing President Barack Obama has decided to supply Saudi Arabia with a modernized version of the F-15 fighter plane, which has long been the backbone of US attack capability. At the same time, Israel will receive the super-modern F-35, and unlike the Saudi Arabia deal, this delivery is free of charge. Israel will receive 50 aircraft, while Saudi Arabia ordered no less than 152 new and modernized planes.
CRIMEFive teenagers from Afghanistan have been sentenced by a Swedish court to juvenile prison for raping an Afghan boy, beating him and filming the incident. Raping young boys is a common practise in Afghanistan and many police stations have their own boy slaves. Now the cultural phenomenon has come to Europe.