Air Strikes on Syria – Berlusconi weighs in his view on Italy’s position

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In a letter published on Sunday’s edition of Il Corriere Della Sera, Silvio Berlusconi said that faced with a complex and dramatic situation such as that which has been determined in Syria, Italy would need as soon as possible a government in the fullness of its powers: not any government, with any parliamentary majority, but an authoritative government internationally and internationally, an interlocutor recognised and able to make himself heard of the major powers .… Be Informed

Air Strikes on Syria – Pope Francis urges common action

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In his first comments since the missile attacks on Syria by the United States, Britain and France, Pope Francis said on Sunday, April 15, that he is deeply disturbed by the present world situation, in which notwithstanding the instruments at the disposition of the international community, it struggles to agree on a common action in favour of peace in Syria and in other regions of the world.… Be Informed

Air Strikes on Syria – Macron’s stance criticised

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France 24 reports that Macron drew criticism Saturday from the far-left to the far-right. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted that the strikes expose France to “unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences,” and criticised Macron for not taking an “independent” stance.

Florian Philippot, former right-hand man to Marine Le Pen and now president of new political party Les Patriotes, was blunter in his assessment: “President Macron is reducing our country to the role of subordinate partner to the Americans… The French people… must rise up against this belligerent action by President Macron, who is becoming more and more to Donald Trump what Tony Blair was to George W.Bush.”

Far left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon also denounced France’s participation on Twitter, calling the strikes an “irresponsible escalation” that did not have European or French parliament support.… Be Informed

Air Strikes on Syria – New Push in UN to end Syria’s chemical weapons

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CNN reports that the United States, the United Kingdom and France are pushing for an “irreversible” end to Syria’s chemical weapons program, amid furious recriminations from Russia over the effectiveness and legality of a wave of US-led missile strikes on Syrian targets.

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First Citizens’ Dialogue in Gozo discussing the future of the Cohesion Policy for Malta and Gozo

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In the first Citizens’ Dialogue ever to be held on Gozo, the European Commission Representation in Malta will be discussing the future of the EU’s Cohesion Policy with two EU Commissioners: Corina Cretu in charge of Regional Policy, and Karmenu Vella responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.… Be Informed

More than a software company : Microsoft shaping the digital future

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According to Microsoft’s Regional Country Manager Peggy Antonakou, Microsoft is more than a software company. We shape the digital future. If you think your future is a digital one, Microsoft should be your partner.

Antonakou was in Malta this week for the signing of a major strategic agreement with the Maltese Government covering areas such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.… Be Informed

Syria – The Why, Who, and How of an 8 year conflict

 

Now having gone on longer than World War II, the war in Syria is causing profound effects beyond the country’s borders, with many Syrians having left their homes to seek safety elsewhere in Syria or beyond. The conflict which started off with a peaceful uprising, riding the wave of the 2011 Arab Springs has evolved into a Civil War and, in its own way a global war.… Be Informed

Airstrikes may not end the sick barbarism in Syria. But they show we stand up for principle and civilised values – Boris Johnson

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There is a very simple reason why it was right for the UK to join our closest allies in launching strikes against the Assad military machine. This is about our collective future. It is about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in. … Be Informed

No progress registered in Italy

Italian discussions.jpgIn Italy not much progress has been registered in the feat of forming a government in Italy. The second round of consultations proved inconclusive. President Mattarella warned that the country needs to have a government in the fullness of its powers.”He cited the “urgency” created by the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and until Friday the prospect of U.S.Be Informed

Russia threats dirty campaign against Britain’s elite

The Sunday Times reports that Russia threats to wage dirty campaign against Britain’s elite

Spy chiefs are braced for a Russian revenge attack in which Kremlin-backed hackers release embarrassing information on ministers, MPs and other high-profile people.

Theresa May has received intelligence risk assessments since the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury that the Putin regime could hit back with “kompromat” (compromising material) on members of her cabinet.… Be Informed