30Jun 2017

In April 2017, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu called for an out-of-court settlement in the case against the country’s biggest copper producer. President Lungu told the state-owned ZCCM Investments Holdings to drop its case against First Quantum Minerals. Lungu’s spectacular move was hailed by miners, investors, and international press. However, the decision triggered controversy. Marginalized leaders… Continue reading

20Jun 2017

In the so-called Kazakhgate commission, Dirk Van der Maelen, the Flemish socialist (SP.A) president of the commission, and Georges Gilkinet, its Green (Ecolo) vice-president, are doing everything they can to turn the inquiry into a mockery, because of their own political agendas. At the same time, the big questions remain unanswered.   Repeated hearings on… Continue reading

12Jun 2017
a-map-of-qatar

When one is taking a look at the current situation developing in the Middle East, it might come to no surprise that everything that is unfolding at the moment is not only difficult to explain, but it might also change overnight. After the recent visit of US President Donald J. Trump in Saudi Arabia and… Continue reading

06Jun 2017

On 18 July 2016, thousands of people gathered in Buenos Aires to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA). Holding up pictures of the 85 people who died in Argentina’s deadliest terror attack ever, they were calling for those responsible, including former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar… Continue reading

29May 2017
Diamondgate

Recently, the Inquiry Commission of the Belgian Parliament regarding the extension of the criminal transaction in 2011 summoned Jan Jambon, an MP from the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), who was questioned on several issues considered relevant for the investigation. Mr. Jambon declared, among other things, that in the early 2011 there was no pressure from… Continue reading

25May 2017

The city of Manchester was hit by a gruesome terrorist attack that targeted a largely popular venue – the Manchester Arena – where fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. The attack, orchestrated by the now named British-Libyan national Salman Abedi, aged 22, killed 22 people including children and injured more than fifty-nine others. It… Continue reading