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“SophieCo” An independent voice

UK state-owned bank’s denial of services to RT is attack on free speech – ex-SNP leader. Relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, which are engulfed in media scandals, sanctions threats, and fears about a new world war, have hit a new low recently, but is there room left for cooperation on the most important…

“SophieCo” At the finish line

Death of journalism in America, opinionism comes instead – GOP strategist. Three weeks and the race for the White House is over. As American gets ready to decide who will be their next president, the fight between the two candidates is fiercer than ever. Polls say Hillary Clinton has secured a comfortable lead over Donald…

“SophieCo” Afghanistan: mission creep

US plays double game in Afghanistan, refuses to hit terrorist sanctuaries – Hamid Karzai. Fifteen years after the American invasion, Afghanistan still remains a battlefield between the government in Kabul and Taliban forces. Despite millions of dollars spent on attempts to fix the broken region, the US has achieved little – and is steadily drawing…

“SophieCo” Clinton fatigue

Voters feel Clinton fatigue after years of scandals – Former Clinton Secret Service Agent. It’s less than a month to go till the American presidential vote and the Trump vs. Hillary race is heating up. The campaign seems to be focused more on dirty laundry than the issues that matter. With fresh scandals erupting every…

“SophieCo” Eire United

UK gov’t has no clue what to do after Brexit – Sinn Fein chairman. When the Britain voted to leave the European Union, not all supported the decision. The majority in Northern Ireland doesn’t want to part ways with the EU, but the ‘Leave’ decision is going to be imposed on the whole of the…

“SophieCo” Radical solution

US democratic hypocrisy prompted rise of ISIS – Col. Mansoor, X.O. to Petraeus in Iraq. A fragile truce for Syria brokered by Russia and the US fell apart within just a few days, and now Washington has decided to cut off further talks with Moscow. While the fighting in Syria rages on, some in the…

“SophieCo” Conflict of interests

“Assad must go” slogan has undermined efforts in Syria from the very start – ex-UN diplomat – Intl C. The world is going through turbulent times. War is in full swing in the Middle East, and while Russia and America are desperately trying to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, the unrest is…

“SophieCo” Crude hopes

Oil deficit will hit in 2017 – ex-Saudi Aramco VP. OPEC has reached a tentative agreement to modestly curb crude production levels – causing a stir for the oil markets. Yet to be implemented, the details of the deal are to be finalized in November. With some players possibly unsatisfied – how stable is the…

“SophieCo” TTIP-ing point

TTIP will strip European farmers of their livelihood, jobs – MEP. A grandiose trade pact is in the making between the US and the EU. The TTIP deal, set to affect lives on both sides of the Atlantic, is a well-kept secret, with negotiations carried out behind closed doors under tough non-disclosure rules. Officials on…

“SophieCo” Ankara`s Gambit

Abdullah Gul: We’ll support Assad if this solution suits everybody. Turkey has launched a major military campaign in Syria, vowing to destroy Islamic State (IS) and contain Kurdish forces from expanding in the area. With a handful of international players already active in the conflict, it’s proving difficult to operate in a complex web of…

“SophieCo” Life after Brexit

UK will do perfectly well without EU, it’s them who need us – British MP. Long before the Brexit vote was decided, the ‘Remain’ camp warned of imminent economic troubles for the UK if it leaves the EU. However, months after the referendum, it looks like the British economy is still doing well. Were fears…

“SophieCo” Global Gathering

Russia’s UN envoy: Without veto power, UNSC would become America’s mouthpiece. World leaders and top diplomats gather in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. Ending the war in Syria, easing the plight of refugees and migrants across the globe, tackling the threat of terrorism and nuclear proliferation – those…

“SophieCo” Fragile world

Nassim Taleb: We worry about terror, but disease will be the Black Swan of the world. What does tomorrow hold for the world? Terrorist attacks, political crises, financial crashes, plague, war and unrest threaten the peace of our lives every day. Global powers strive to keep the planet intact, but can they handle the pressure?…

“SophieCo” Olympics legal battle

Russia’s Paralympics ban based on report unworthy of paper it’s printed on – sports lawyer. The Olympic Games in Rio were marred by scandal as Russia’s track and field athletes were banned from participating in the games, just as the entire Paralympics team was denied permission to take part in the competition. These harsh decisions…

“SophieCo” Invisible shield

BND ex-chief: If you use mobile phone, you accept being tapped into, no choice there. The European Parliament is in discord. Politicians are arguing heatedly whether the flow of refugees should be stopped. The people are carrying on the same debate, accompanied by fears of increasing law enforcement authority and power, with cyber spying becoming…

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