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Afghanistan : Talibans are back

Afghanistan: Talibans are back
Since 2014, Talibans have made an unprecedented military offensive to regain control of a country that is now undermined by crime, corruption and abuse of power. It is easy to predict that they will soon be again masters of the country.
Unfortunately, as usual, international intervention leaves a country worse off than before it arrived. The clumsiness and counterproductive measures followed: instead of tackling drug trafficking, the United States, at the time of President George W. Bush, had tried to eradicate poppy cultivation. The Taliban immediately presented themselves as the protectors of this essential means of subsistence for peasants. Under Barack Obama, anti-corruption brigades had been set up, the Shafafiyat (Transparency), led by General McMaster. But ultimately the obstruction of President Hamid Karzai had rendered them ineffective. Since then, there has simply been no will to intervene.
The creation of the national unity government, after the …

Aborted revolution in Russia

Americans accused Russians of attacking their computers during the presidential campaign. What should we think of the "democratic" push, initiated by YouTube in Russia, in recent weeks? Why did MP Vitaly Milonov propose to ban social networks after the anti-government demonstrations, which have thrown much of Russian youth into the streets? There is something destabilizing Russia right now. Serafim Orekhanov, of the Carnegie Foundation, complains complacently that many students and recent graduates have participated in these protests because they watched, on YouTube, a film denouncing involvement of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Corruption scandals. The film garnered over 15 million views on YouTube, more than any content produced by non-government media, more than the daily audience of Channel One, the nation's biggest channel. Meanwhile, YouTube had opportunely changed the algorithm filtering videos, in favor of longer, more political videos.
The opening sequence of t…

Iraqi chaos : who is going to pay ?

As Iraqi forces gradually regain their territory from the jihadists of the ISIS, the question remains open of the future of the Iraqi nation. The danger is still important to fall back into violence between the different religious or ethnic factions of the country.
In 2009, Iraq came out of the civil war, with the Americans as referees. This time, Americans no longer have the hand. The Kurds seek to cover their territory, the Shiite militias have ambitions over the country, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, maneuvers against the current Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.
Iraq actually  lacks a national institution above the factions, capable of disarming militias; What had been achieved, precisely, by Saddam Hussein...
The key to disarmament is economic, to be demobilized men need to find work. In the context of present-day Iraq, it will probably be necessary to wait a long time, until a minimum economic development convinces the militias to abandon their weapons to return to work …