Petit-déjeuner du 15 novembre au Multipolar World Institute à Bruxelles avec Nicolas Imbert et Alexandre Del Valle

Le Multipolar World Institute et Alexandre del Valle ont reçu le directeur de Greencross (fondation créée par Mikhail Gorbatchev) Nicolas Imbert le vendredi 15 novembre à Bruxelles à l’occasion d’un petit déjeuner débat sur l’urgence climatique et la résilience territoriale.

Thèmes abordés durant cette rencontre : Revenir sur la vision initiale de Mikhail Gorbachev et les contributions de Jean-Michel Cousteau à cette vision; les retours d’expériences des projets et initiatives de territoires de GreenCross. Un débat aura ensuite lieu autour de la multipolarité, des impacts diplomatiques, des enjeux de gouvernance, du financement et de la transformation des territoires.

Une vidéo de la conférence sera bientôt disponible

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Samuel Huntington: between the Empire and the Nation

Samuel Huntington has been one of the most influent thinkers of the past century, his ideas have shaped a generation of politicians and scholars. Yet there is an immense gap between his famous Clash of Civilizations and his less known Who are we?

This Huntingtonian Discord (discorde huntingtonienne) is usually overlooked but its geopolitical consequences are enormous. He gathers the United States, Canada and most of Europe as part of a Western Civilization in his Clash but in his other aforementioned book he writes:

“Would America be the America it is today if in the 17th and 18th centuries it had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish, or Portuguese Catholics? The answer is no. It would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico, or Brazil.”

If in one book Huntington defends that Western Civilization is both Protestant and Catholic in another he clearly excludes Catholics by pointing out something that is true, America’s essence is hostile to Catholicism and has very little to do with it. European Civilization and Western Civilization are two different, some would even say irreconcilable, realities. It is not uncommon to see great authors contradict themselves, some … Read More

Kurdish forces strike a deal with Assad’s army as they battle an intensifying Turkish assault in northern Syria

  • The Kurdish-led administration in northeastern Syria announced on Sunday that it had a struck a deal with the Syrian army in order to fend off an escalating Turkish attack in the region.
  • The Kurdish-led administration said in a statement that the Syrian army would deploy troops along the Syrian-Turkish border in order to assist Kurdish forces and help “liberate” areas held by Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups. 
  • Turkey’s assault on Kurdish forces in Syria comes just days after President Donald Trump announced that he would soon be pulling out US troops still stationed in the region.

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Australia PM adviser says climate change is ‘UN-led ruse to establish new world order’

Tony Abbott’s business adviser says global warming a fallacy supported by United Nations to ‘create a new authoritarian world order under its control’

Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council

Climate change is a hoax developed as part of a secret plot by the United Nations to undermine democracies and takeover the world, a top adviser to Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has warned.

Maurice Newman, the chief business adviser to the prime minister, said the science showing links between human activity and the warming climate was wrong but was being used as a “hook” by the UN to expand its global control.

“This is not about facts or logic. It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN,” he wrote in The Australian

“It is opposed to capitalism and freedom and has made environmental catastrophism a household topic to achieve its objective.” Born in Ilford, England, and educated in Australia, Mr Newman, a staunch conservative and former chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange, has long been an outspoken critic of climate change science.

He was appointed chairman of the government’s business advisory council by Mr Abbott, who himself is something of a

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Can the crisis between US and Germany wreck the euro?

by Cesare Sacchetti

US-German friendship is “at shreds”. This was the expression used by Daniel Broessler on the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, to describe the actual condition of the relationship between Berlin and Washington. Despite the dramatic tone, it’s not too far-fetched to say that the USA and Germany are really at loggerheads, a situation not seen since the end of WW2.

The recent delay of the meeting between Mr. Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is just the latest chapter of a deteriorating diplomatic course between the two countries. Tensions arose since the first steps of Trump’s administration in 2017, when Peter Navarro, assistant to the President and director of the National Trade Council, stated that Germany was taking advantage of a “grossly undervalued currency”, the euro.

The spat between Washington and Berlin went on with the explicit threat by the White House to impose tariffs on EU automotive exports, a measure expected to severely hit the German car exports to the USA. The relations between the two countries dramatically worsened when Trump became president, and it is not by chance. Until the end of the Obama administration, Washington had never changed … Read More

Recognizing the Real and Present Enemy: Radical Islam, Not Russia

by Alexandre del Valle

Alexandre del Valle is a French writer, professor, columnist and political commentator focusing on radical Islam, new geopolitical threats, civilizational conflicts and terrorism. He is the author, most recently, of “Les vrais ennemis de l’Occident: Du rejet de la Russie à l’islamisation des sociétés ouverte” (“The real enemies of the West: From the rejection of Russia to the Islamization of open societies”).

Defining post-Soviet Russia as the main enemy of the West, while considering the Sunni Islamic monarchies of the Middle East and neo-Ottoman-Islamist Turkey as allies or friends, is a dangerous geopolitical mistake. The primary interest of the West and the main mission of NATO is not to demonize regimes it does not like, such as Putin’s authoritarian kleptocracy or other non-democratic states that do not pose a direct military threat. Rather, it is to safeguard our land, sea, airspace and populations.

In order to accomplish this, however, we have define the “enemy.” In the military and strategic sense of the word, an enemy is an entity that truly threatens our short- and long-term survival and vital interests — not one that simply does not share our concept of democracy and human rights.

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Between Washington and Beijing: Italy at the center of the geopolitical chessboard

Par Cesare Sacchetti

Since last week, Italy seems to be in the eye of an unprecedented geopolitical storm. Last Saturday, the US National Security Council tweeted against Italy’s possible signing of the Chinese Belt Road Initiative. According to the NSC, “Italy by endorsing BRI, lends legitimacy to China’s predatory approach to investment that will bring no benefits to the Italian people.” Some Italian political analysts lashed out at this statement, which was considered to be America’s meddling into Italy’s national affairs. But why is Washington so concerned about the BRI implementation? Most importantly, why should Italy fear the Chinese BRI project?

What is the BRI?  

The BRI is an infrastructural project launched in 2013 by the Chinese President, Xi Jin Ping. It aims to connect China to Europe through the building of ports, roads and power plants. The core idea of this ambitious initiative is to widen the Chinese commercial influence by increasing Beijing’s export capacity. But due to several controversies in the last few years, concerns have arisen, especially from Japan, US and India. Their fear is what appears to be, in their view, a predatory form of economic colonization. Many countries unfortunately have experienced serious problems by … Read More