Opinion

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS

President Erdogan and the syndrome of neglect: after years of hyperactivity, the Turkish leader is completely isolated

Commentary:  Turkey has been sidelined because of the adventurism of its president, following a decade of reckless and counterproductive political and military moves. Erdogan will find it difficult to break the isolation without a clear change of course towards a more moderate approach in domestic policy and a rapprochement with the West in foreign policy

A hydrogen-powered boat sails from Amsterdam's harbor in April 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Hydrogen could be a key player in the recovery and resilience plan  

Commentary: Various countries are launching plans to recover from the pandemic and accelerate development and modernization. These initiatives include projects for the production of "green" hydrogen that are expected to reduce pollution and thus positively effect the economy, environment and climate in the coming years 

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett (L) and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Amir Cohen

With the next possible solution to the political crisis in Israel, are the prospects for peace in the Middle East getting closer?

Commentary:  The new Israeli government will face a reality that was unimaginable only a few years ago. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become marginalized after having been the center of gravity of Middle East dynamics for seventy years, and the majority of political players are now committed to seeking new models of cooperation and peaceful coexistence

Firefighters fight a forest fire in the Brazilian Amazon in August 2020. Photo: Mayke Toscano / Secom MT / Latin America News Agency via Reuters

The dangers of deforestation for our planet

Commentary: In recent years, the area of tropical rainforests has decreased at an alarming rate. Strengthening of global cooperation and restoring degraded and damaged forests have become a major focus of international relations, with the survival of forests closely related to the sustainability of the earth's ecology

A Thai police officer stands guard behind bags of methamphetamine pills during a ceremony for the destruction of confiscated narcotics in June 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

The drug market between affluent societies and social despair

Commentary: Drug abuse has increased worldwide, growing much faster in developing countries than in developed countries, and the market is becoming increasingly complex. In addition to traditional substances such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin, there are hundreds of synthetic drugs, many of which are not regulated

Photo: Telegram channel of Hamas

Commentary: Does Israel understand Hamas? 

Following operation "Guardian of the Walls", we should wonder how deeply Israel understands the surrounding area. The case of Hamas reflects a basic difficulty to decipher the logic of "the other". The continued application of our way of thinking to the region may lead again and again to gaps in understanding the reality, writes Dr. Michael Milshtein, an expert on Palestinian affairs  

An IDF soldier walks with Israeli flag near the city of Sderot. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa via REUTERS

Hamas and the useless eleven-day war

Commentary: Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were strongly weakened militarily and politically by a military adventure with no sense and no prospects. Today more than ever, there is the need for a respite and reflection in the search for a model of civil and political coexistence in what otherwise risks becoming a new "Hundred Years’ War"

The landscape ahead of the rover as it sits on its landing platform on the surface of Mars. Photo: China National Space Administration

China lands on Mars

Commentary: The landing is seen as a milestone for the country's aerospace industry that will promote additional space projects and contribute to mankind. China says it is willing to cooperate with other countries in the field of the peaceful use of space 
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