NATO is not only a military and political, but also, quite clearly, an economic organization. Within the NATO format, the US sells its allies a guarantee of security: if you belong to NATO, no one will risk to attack you. This guarantee does not come for free - it costs two percent of gross domestic product, and this is big money in annual terms
A serious political crisis has paralyzed Brazil. Argentina has changed its president. Venezuela is standing on the brink of violent clashes and a military coup. In Peru, Alberto Fujimori's heiress is coming to power. Why do progressive left-wing parties lose ground in Latin America rapidly?
Just when Americans thought the score in the GOP primaries was settled last week in Indiana, the powers to be still parsed their words. After all, the Hoosier Republican voters made their choice: loud and clear. They sent Lyin' Ted Cruz packin'; but not before the sole remaining challenger did a lot of cryin'.
The economy of Venezuela remains in a difficult situation, because the revenues that the country was receiving from oil sales in the last four years have dropped considerably. Venezuela under-receives a huge amount of money. In January, the country received only $77 million in oil revenues. Venezuela is standing on the brink of an armed rebellion
What makes a state strong? For example, if we take small countries, Liechtenstein is not a strong state, but Singapore is. Why? Modern-day Russia is referred to as a strong state, even though the country has a plethora of problems to deal with. Still, Russia is a strong international player and we have been showing it very actively lately
Donald Trump feels like a presidential candidate from the Republicans at the elections in 2016. It is evidenced with his serious speech on the foreign policy issues. Trump rejects globalism policy and intends to find out how reasonable Russians are. Yet, he has his own business project in this respect.
Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, has showed her attitude to Russia yet again. This time, the politician, who is also known as the "Butcher of Serbia," said that Russia was "Bangladesh with missiles." The infamous old lady is outraged with Putin's daring moves to squeeze NATO out of Russia's zone of influence
Public health officials in the United States of America have warned that the Zika virus is "scarier than first thought" and after the virus has been linked to thousands of cases of microcephaly in Brazil, predict that the impact on public health could be far worse than originally thought.
There are a few interesting aspects in the story of Panama Papers - the materials released to compromise a great deal of politicians and their offshore assets - that deserve special attention. The materials were released by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism. However, as it appears, this consortium is not quite international
The USA is the only country in the world that deploys tactical nuclear weapons beyond its borders on the territory of the four European countries and on the Asian part of Turkey. No country in the world deploys tactical nuclear weapons closer to the United States. The US refuses to negotiate on tactical nuclear weapons
The Americans have been looking for those guilty of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington for many years, but they have not found anyone yet. To be more precise, the US can not find scapegoats. Washington is ready even for absurd judgments
Washington hosts summit on nuclear security on 31, March. About 50 countries are going to take part in it, however, Russia refused to participate. Russia has refused on account of the shortage of cooperation while considering issues. the agenda itself raises doubts: questions of nuclear security will not be discussed there in full
The only thing that can stop Trump is Wall Street. The high profitability of the US stock market in 2016 will calm the middle class of the United States down and temporarily create the ceiling for the growth of unemployment. If stock indices show negative numbers close to the time of elections, Trump will have victory in his pocket