Reactions to Death of Iranian President Raisi

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Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash On Sunday 19 May 2024, Ebrahim Raisi, the president of the Iranian regime, and 8 others were killed in a helicopter crash in north-west Iran. Commenting on his death in an open letter, Firouz Mahvi a member of the Iranian opposition in Belgium said, “While the president is a functionary in Iran,…

Defending Democracy

President Zelensky

As Ukraine approaches the end of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s first term, questions about his legitimacy linger, particularly amidst Russia’s attempts to delegitimise him. However, a recent analysis by the influential weekly publication, The Economist, suggests that these efforts from the Kremlin are futile. Despite the ongoing conflict and propaganda onslaught, Zelenskyy’s legitimacy remains solid, both…

Use Frozen Russian Assets to Purchase Air Defence for Ukraine

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Photo by Rostislav Artov on Unsplash A petition has been delivered to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo calling on the Belgian Government to take a leading role in providing air defence systems to Ukraine. In delivering the open letter, a campaign spokesperson said, “The Russian central bank holds approximately €210 billion in assets within the European Union,…

Russians Target Kharkiv

Kharkiv after bombardment by Russia / photo by UNIAN (Andriy Mariienko) The city of Kharkiv, situated near the border with Russia, has become a focal point of Russian aggression in Ukraine. In March of this year, Russian President Putin introduced the term “sanitary zone” in reference to the border area of the Kharkiv region. This…

Defending Freedom on Victory Day

Nazi Russia

Throughout history, the pivotal role of Ukrainians in the victory over fascism during the Second World War stands as a testament to their courage, sacrifice, and unwavering commitment to freedom. Ukrainians fought on the side of the anti-Hitler coalition, both within the ranks of the Red Army and among the armies of Western allies and…

Putin’s Inauguration

Putin’s inauguration on May 7th will be exploited by the Kremlin to portray the narrative of Putin’s supposed triumph over international isolation and the acknowledgement of his “legitimacy” by the global community. Putin is eager to ensure the high attendance of foreign leaders and heads of international organisations at the event, aiming to reinforce his…

Ukrainian Peace Formula

On 15-16 June 2024, a high-level conference on peace in Ukraine will be held in Switzerland. The event aims to create a favourable basis for a comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine, as well as to develop a roadmap for Russia’s participation in the peace process. There is currently sufficient international support for the organisation…

Casablanca Terrorist’s Claims Denied

Photo by Hamza Bouchikhi on Unsplash On 16 May 2003 the deadliest terrorist attacks in Morocco’s history took place in Casablanca, claiming the lives of 33 people and injuring at least a 100 more. One of the terrorists convicted of involvement with the attacks was Ali Aarrass, a Belgian citizen, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison after…

Can the IAEA Stop Putin’s Nuclear Blackmail?

The likelihood that the Russian military and Rosatom experts will go for an act of sabotage at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (Enerhodar) with potentially catastrophic consequences remains at its highest. Nuclear terrorism is part of Russia’s standard toolkit. The Kremlin has repeatedly threatened the world with nuclear weapons while Russian invasion forces have turned…

Environmentally Friendly Skies for EU?

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Photo by Géraud Gordias on Unsplash The EU Council presidency and European Parliament’s negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on the reform of the Single European Sky.  The aim of the reform is to try to reduce aviation’s impact on environment and climate. It also hopes to improve the performance, organisation and management of European airspace. The legislative package consists of an amended proposal for the recast of the Single European Sky regulation and a proposal for a regulation amending the EU Aviation Safety Agency basic…