Monthly Archive: September 2014

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The other necessary international coalition: against the Ebola epidemic

The international coalition against the Ebola epidemic is slowly being built upon the accumulation of mistakes made in the recent past. The number of cases in West Africa is growing exponentially –doubling every month— and now totals well over 3,000. Speaking at the UN, Barack Obama warned of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega To sit and to be on the Security Council

Periodically, more or less every 10 years, Spain gears itself for the enormous effort to get itself elected by the UN General Assembly a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years. Planning for the occasion was initiated by the previous Spanish government, under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland: Salmond wins, even if he loses

To avoid what he called a ‘consolation prize’ for Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond, in the then foreseeable defeat of the independence option, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron refused in 2012 to agree in the referendum to a third option in addition to ‘yes or ‘no’, between independence and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega What did NATO promise Gorbachev?

Some in Russia maintain that the West promised there would be no NATO expansion eastwards, even towards what was soon to be the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), in exchange for accepting German unification. The West, particularly the US, maintains there was no such commitment. Which is true? It [...]

Networked Egyptians

In an attempt to integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) into Egypt’s socioeconomic development, the former president, Hosni Mubarak, created the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in 1999 and adopted policies designed to make computer and Internet access more affordable and widely available. However, there was an [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO: fronts, frontiers and vectors

During the Cold War, NATO was conceived in terms of fronts and borders. It had only one front, the central one facing the Soviet menace, but also flanks, such as its southern edge, of which Spain formed part even before it joined the Alliance. In the present day NATO [...]
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