North Macedonia joins NATO. What does it mean for the Alliance and for Skopje?

Alliance is at 30. It is “only” a relatively small North Macedonía but still it is another enlargement for NATO. What does it mean for both sides, for the Alliance and for Montenegro, especially if we take into account current geopolitical situation? Read few comments.

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Coronavirus as a bioweapon for terrorists? Not really

According to media reports federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweapon. From what we know I would say that coronavirus probably won’t be very effective and proper bioweapon, what you think? But on the other hand would you say that the uncertain situation may encourage some terrorist groups that they will try to sow chaos and violence? Read few comments.
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Trump simply rejects information he does not like. But you don’t bury coronavirus

According to The Washington Post report U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus, albeit  they didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take. “Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” one official said. “The system was blinking red.” While we all know that intelligence report are not always perfect in predicting the future, it seems Trump really paid very little attention to it. So from your perspective, how usual or unusual was President Trump’s response, or lack of it, taking into account that he red same intelligence reports? Read few comments.

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How serious is Trump’s administration about arms control negotiations?

As the Trump’s administration has chosen a special envoy for nuclear talks Marshall Billingslea, do you think that the Withe House is serious about negotiating arms control treaties, especially when we talk about the possible extension of the New START? Read few comments.

US President Donald Trump. Credit: White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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Mozambique: What is going on in Cabo Delgado?

How disruptive for Mozambique is/can be the Islamist insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province, does it have a potential to become a regional threat, or probably not, and why? Read few comments.

According to UNHCR, at least 100,000 people are now displaced throughout the Cabo Delgado province due to continuing violence. Credit: UNHCR/Eduardo Burmeister

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Raising the flag on Iwo Jima: An iconic moment

The photograph w taken by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press on February 23, 1945.

U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Credit: AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal

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Michael Strank: Born in Czechoslovakia, died in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Michael Strank (November 10, 1919 – March 1, 1945). A Marine born in Czechoslovakia in Jarabina (now Slovakia) was one of the six flag-raisers who helped raise US flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Amid visible tensions in transatlantic relations, do you think that stories how we fought together have at least some symbolic meaning, could such stories serve as a reminder that it is worth to keep those relations alive? Or people probably do not care much about this anymore (if I will be cynical)? Read few comments.

Michael Strank

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