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Greece replaces Turkey in annual naval exercises with Israel, U.S.

Noble Dina 2014 naval exercise

Special to ATHENS — Greece has hosted a regional naval exercise. On March 25, Greece has hosted Noble Dina 2014 in cooperation with Israel and the United States. The two-week naval exercise, headquartered in the Greek island of Crete, was taking place in the eastern Mediterranean. This marked the third edition of Noble Dina, […]

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Greece intercepts ship with 20,000 assault rifles believed headed for Syrian rebels

Hellenic Coast Guard members guard the seized cargo ship Nour M.  /Hellenic Coast Guard photo

Special to ATHENS — Greece has intercepted a weapons ship believed destined to Sunni rebels in Syria. Officials said Hellenic Coast Guard captured a ship with more than 20,000 assault rifles as well as ammunition and explosives. They said the weapons shipment came from Ukraine and was heading for the Turkish port of Iskenderun. […]

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Israel tests long-range air refueling in exercise tied to Iran strike

A Boeing 707 fueling plane fuels three Israeli F-15s.  /Ofer Zidon/Flash90/File

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has completed what officials termed a long-range air combat exercise that included air refueling, an element vital in any attack on Iran. The Israel Defense Forces said several squadrons of U.S.-origin fighter-jets participated in an exercise over Greece and its islands in the Mediterranean. In a statement, the […]

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Turkey using its veto power to stop all NATO interaction with Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Special to JERUSALEM — Despite a U.S.-arranged reconciliation, Turkey continues to block NATO programs with Israel. Greece’s ambassador to Israel asserted that Ankara has not lifted its ban on military cooperation with Israel. Ambassador Spiros Lampridis said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has used Ankara’s veto power to block NATO exercises and other activities […]

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Greek military outgunned by Turkey amid deep budget cuts

Greek Military personnel have seen a 37 percent cut in their salaries.  /Getty Images

Special to ATHENS — Greece’s military, hampered by a budget crisis, has been struggling with its rival Turkey. Officials said the Greek military has struggled to maintain operations amid Turkish penetration of Greece’s air space and territorial waters. They said Greece was being outgunned by Turkey’s expanding military, the second largest in NATO. “The […]

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Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Iran Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot.

Special to WASHINGTON — The Iranian Air Force has surprised the U.S. military with the interception of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the interception of the U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator demonstrated the effectiveness of Iranian combat pilots. In a report, the […]

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Europe gets the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Baltics and the Balkans has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others may smirk, and many, when they think about it for a second time, may say […]

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Athens claims collision with Turkish ship in Aegean Sea occurred in Greek waters

Special to   ATHENS — The coast guards of Greece and Turkey have been thrust into a confrontation by a maritime incident. Officials said vessels from the Greek and Turkish coast guards collided in the Aegean Sea. They said the collision stemmed from a territorial dispute over security operations in the sea. “The Turkish […]

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Demise of the West: Waiting for Act II, but the stage is empty


Special to By Gregory Copley, Global Information System It would be a mistake to think that the Western economic crisis is being managed toward a successful conclusion; that perhaps it can escape from disaster. Rather, most Western societies have moved closer to the brink of economic — and therefore political and social — instability […]

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Global economics and the future of the planet

Supporters of the far right party of Golden Dawn celebrate the results of the elections outside their headquarters office in Thessaloniki, Greece on Sunday, June 17.  /Dimitri Messinis/AP

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] You don’t have to be a determinist — believing as orthodox Marxists, all life’s decisions lie in the stomach — to occasionally believe overwhelming national and international economic movements will likely determine the future. But it sometimes helps. The thought comes after reading an analysis by Swedish Anders Aslund, […]

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