On the border between Mexico and the United States, human traffickers have adapted, with their characteristic cynicism, to the new administrative situation prevailing in Washington. Joe Biden has retained the Title 42 health directive issued by his predecessor, which allows US border guards to immediately deport illegal border crossers. But he made an exception for … Lire la suite de President Biden’s migration challenge
On Tuesday 23 March 2021, Israelis voted for the fourth time in two years in a legislative election. The only democracy in the Middle East, Israel has a parliamentary system inherited from the British model, but with proportional representation for the 120 members of the Knesset. As soon as a list crosses the 3.25% threshold … Lire la suite de The remarkable successes of the State of Israel
In the wake of the Arab Spring ten years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan developed a neo-Ottoman strategy aimed at regaining influence over North Africa and the Levant, which he lost a century ago. The results are mixed. This very determined Muslim Brother tried to establish himself in Egypt and Tunisia, but he failed. … Lire la suite de Erodogan and Algeria: the straw and the beam
Luminous was the Pope's three-day visit to Iraq, which he completed on 8 March 2021. It was the return to Mesopotamia of some of the light of Christ, which the apostles Thomas and Thaddeus had brought to the land in the first century. Six hundred years before this land was invaded by the Islam of … Lire la suite de The dramatic setbacks of christianity
Speaking by videoconference on 19 February 2021 at the Munich Conference, devoted each year to security issues, Joe Biden wished to send "a clear message to the world: America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back!". The President of the United States thus wanted to signal his country's return to multilateralism in diplomacy, based on … Lire la suite de The beautiful dream of the « alliance of democraties »
Ten years ago, in Benghazi, the insurrection began against Gaddafi, the "Guide" who had ruled Libya with an iron fist since his 1969 military coup d'état against the monarchy. From March, the French president, anxious to hop on the the "Arab Spring" bandwagon, decided to defend the rebels politically, then militarily. He was joined by … Lire la suite de How Europe lost Libya
In his Mulhouse speech of 25 March 2020, delivered from a military field hospital, the President of the Republic explained that we were at war against the Covid-19 virus. We had believed that the State, fed by the highest compulsory levies in Europe, was going to do everything in its power to win this war … Lire la suite de The humiliating absence of a french vaccine
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU), to be held on Monday 22 February 2021 in Brussels, will be dedicated to the relations it must build with Russia. It is here that the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs will report on the results of his visit to Moscow on Friday 5 February. … Lire la suite de Let’s be realistic about Russia
Among the official guests of the new President Biden at his inauguration on 20 January was the representative of the island of Formosa in Washington. He is not an ambassador because, since 1979, the United States has only diplomatically recognised mainland China. This is the first time in forty years that the representative of Taiwan … Lire la suite de America will not abandon Taïwan!
In their first strategic conversation, held by telephone on 24 January 2021, the French President and the new American President discussed the Iranian dossier at length. They want to lower tensions in the Middle East and offer the region a stability that it has lacked since the calamitous Anglo-Saxon invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today, … Lire la suite de Can an Iranian nuclear bomb be prevented ?