Viktor Mikhin

The Lebanese Crisis and its Aftermath

Lebanese legislators have failed for the seventh time to elect a successor to former president Michel Aoun, even as the absence of a president hinders efforts to rescue an economy that has fallen into the abyss.  Parliament is split between supporters of the Hezbollah group and its opponents, and none of them has a clear majority. MP Michel Moawad, who is seen as a close ally of the United States, won the support…

Who prevents Palestine from becoming a full member of the UN?

Granting Palestine full member state status at the UN would, according to many politicians, be a practical step that could preserve the two-state solution and help reinvigorate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. And this view is constantly making its way on the world stage and within the UN walls. Several consultations have been initiated this year with members of the UN Security Council to push for a resolution to turn Palestine’s current status…

Bahrain: what the recent elections have shown

The fraudulent parliamentary elections in Bahrain (a small kingdom in the Persian Gulf) were roundly condemned in many countries, as all opposition parties were officially banned from participating. Those who could have stood for election and competed with the ruling regime were instead sentenced to death sexual violence, beatings, sleep…

Egypt: outcome of UN Climate Change Conference

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6, just ended. However, it did not meet the official deadline (due to end on November 18) and was extended until November 20 due to Western obstruction. It was only then, after desperate debate and discussion, that a general document was adopted to establish fund…

Ethiopia – Tigray: Total uncertainty after the signing of the Agreement

The second round of peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) took place in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The talks focused on “military details” to achieve a “lasting” end to violence in Africa’s second most populous country. Delegations from both sides included military leaders…

Background to current US policy in Europe

It is said not in vain that one man’s problem is another man’s opportunity. And the military actions in Ukraine against Russia, unleashed by the US and NATO, has clearly demonstrated this. Every day there is more and more evidence to show what huge dividends the US tycoons are reaping from the policies that the current President Joe Biden is pursuing for their…

The UN calls on Israel to destroy its nuclear weapons

The United Nations General Assembly has finally voted on a resolution calling on Israel to destroy its entire nuclear arsenal and allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit its nuclear facilities. 152 countries voted “yes”, five – Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau, and the United States – against, and another 24 countries…

Egypt: a milestone in climate change policy

From November 6-18, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, launching a series of negotiations and discussions aimed at saving the planet and all life on it from the catastrophic effects of climate change. Against the backdrop of a turbulent global environment caused by the West’s armed conflict in Ukraine…

What can Israel expect after the elections?

The return of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the dramatic strengthening of his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies in Israel’s general elections has caused only indifference and disinterest among Palestinians, turning into contempt for Israelis. Some see the victory of Netanyahu and his openly anti-Palestinian allies, including ultranationalist lawmaker…

Turkey is in the grip of its upcoming elections

As you may know, the next presidential elections in Turkey will be held on June 18, 2023, as part of the general elections, along with the parliamentary elections scheduled for the same day. The winning candidate will be the country’s president for the next five years.  Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ confirmed the election date, as the opposition is not in a position…

Egypt’s stance at the Arab Summit in Algeria

This is the first meeting of the annual Arab Summit after the long break due to the coronavirus epidemic. It was supposed to be held in March this year but was postponed due to numerous disagreements over the agenda and the desire of the incoming chairman, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to take some political steps that were not immediately supported…

Libyan knot: no solution yet

In early October, Turkey and the outgoing government in Tripoli, led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, signed an agreement allowing Ankara to explore energy resources in the Mediterranean. According to general opinion in the Arab press and among political scientists, this is not only a blatant violation of international maritime law. It is also confirmation that neither side has any intention or desire to support…


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