Aftermaths of the Ukraine Coup d’État: The new cold war between Russia and the U.S.

February 23, 2014

An Op-Ed by Narcisse Caméléon, deputy editor-in-chief

“The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms. You cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.” Niccolò Machiavelli

NATO EXPANSION

Putin will probably address the U.S. missile shield, saying Russia would have to respond militarily if the United States continues to deploy elements of the shield to Eastern European countries (especially Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and now Ukraine).

In the past, Russia also accused NATO of building up naval forces in the Black Sea, though the United States cancelled plans to send a ship to the region.

The Black Sea is critical to Russian defense – the NATO does not have the ability to project power through land forces against Russia but has naval capacity to potentially limit Russian operations in the area. The best way to deal with Russia isn’t to attempt to isolate it, but to cooperate with it.

Anyway: the European people will likely pay the biggest price for the Coup d’État in Ukraine, as this conflict could lead to a civil war and to further instability in the continent.

Never touch a running system.

Let’s see what happens next.

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HIRAM7 REVIEW’s 7th Anniversary: The Background on The News since 2007

February 21, 2014

Dear Reader,

Today marks the seventh anniversary of HIRAM7 REVIEW, who started on February 21st, 2007.

So on this anniversary, we want to say: THANKS.

Over the past 7 years our site has received hundreds of comments and more than 700.000 visits..

Since 2007, HIRAM7 REVIEW has been the definitive ad-free compass in three  languages (English, German, French) to world affairs for those who need to be in the know: a rich resource of daily articles, bipartisan opinions and archived issues.

The categories section of the site lets you zero in on a particular geographic area or topic, combining interactive Web features with in-depth, long-form analysis.

It’s no surprise what the most popular sections are right now:

  • Afghanistan: From military strategic theory to coverage from the field, this section includes both bird’s eye and on-the-street views of the region.
  • China: Some of our strongest coverage deals with the Superpower’s relations with the United States and Taiwan, human-rights issues, economic policy and environmental challenges.
  • Iran: Experts weigh in on Iran’s simmering internal political dynamics accented by debate over the nuclear question.
  • Israel and Palestine: Together, these sections provide comprehensive coverage of Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

We truly couldn’t have done this without our readers, columnists, think tanks, and political and social organizations. We wanted also to send a special thanks to our friend President Bill Clinton who backed us from the very beginning.

These past 7 years have been an amazing ride. We’ve been a part of some great things and great times with everyone. We hope we’ll all be here next year to see this place still standing.

We thank you for your loyal readership, or as Ernest Hemingway once said: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Best regards

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