Archive for the ‘General’ category

New service by the strategicanalysis blog

October 27, 2007

The strategicanalysis blog will start providing to its readers, texts in Greek & English dealing with the issue of “Illegal immigration, postmodern intellectual thinking against the interests of the nation state and corruption”.

One of the main issues of the contemporary society is the threat posed by pseudo-intellectuals that call towards the abolition of the notion of the nation-state, the state security and in general assist greatly for the degradation of the security of the people. In an era were the perils of terrorism (Mainly of Islamic origin), organized crime networks and mass movements of populations from the South & East to the North & West; there is a crystal clear need of addressing the aforementioned.

The intellectual retardeness of the “Novo intellengia” has inflicted great pains into the security systems of the Western states mostly, whilst it indicates a sense of decadence for the societal fabrics of these countries. It is absolutely necessary for the common man and the state official alike to analyze the current trends that call for the ultimate destruction of its own society and synthesize manners and ways of combating the malicious “Politically correct” notion.

The era of apathy has seen Europe and the USA in particular loosing ground and becoming the hotbed of growing social unrest that was created as a result of the introduction of failed social policies and the spread of the “Politically correct” below-average state-bureacrats and intellectuals. The clock is ticking and it is already the high-time for some conclusive schemes and results.

For the rest… Enjoy!

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New outlook for Strategic Analysis

February 23, 2007

The blog has as its first and foremost aim to inform citizens across the globe for international affairs using OSINT Management information. Therefore for the past 6 months 490+ articles, papers and analyses were presented that provide a substancial amount of knowledge on the complicated world of ours.

From now on Strategic Analysis, having first of all gained its appropriate credibility; will present commentaries instead of articles and media broadcasts. Thus all interested parties will gain valuable -And absolutely free!- insight on major events that shape the world and need immediate attention.

At that point I would like to thank the hundreds of viewers that daily “monitor” this weblog and I am looking forward for more of your feedback and comments. Moreover anyone interested can send his analysis or article to be posted on my e-mail: ianos24@gmail.com

“Hot spots” predictions for 2007.

January 4, 2007

2007 can be said to be 2006 coming with a vengeance! The culminating conflicts and problems of the year gone by, are going to become intense over the following years. This blog will provide a very brief overview of what is likely going to happen in several hot spots of the globe.

1. Lebanon

The ever growing presence of Hezbollah and the delicate balance of the other religious and ethnic groups will most surely dominate life in this country. Outside factors, most notably Iran, Syria and Israel with no doubt will prove to be significant influences either positive or negative. There is a high risk of a renewed civil war in the country.

2. Iraq

The latest developments in Iraq point out to an all out civil war in the country. It is more than certain that Iraq will disentigrate along ethnic-religious lines of the Kurds, Sunni and Shiites. Most probably a compomise will be sought between USA and Iran in order to construct a viable solution for the Shiite majority and at the same halt Iranian influence spreading in Iraq. Saudi Arabia will play a crucial role in all negotiations.

3. Kosovo

The international community is preparing a decision on thefinal status of the province by early next month. Serbia and the Albanians will not compromise and USA finds it difficult to let Serbia drift in the Russian influence. Expect lukewarm comments by USA and France in relation tot he demands by the Albanians for independence and a compomised relation of “A wider autonomy” for this area.

4. Afghanistan

A bloody 2007 is expected. The Talibans are gaining strength and Pakistan is somehow compomising its stance against them. Even if NATO renforcements arrive they will be not enough to combat the local warlords and their assymetric warfare tactics. Iran, Pakistan and Russia are the key players in this situation and it is more than certain that one or all of them will try to benefit from the current deadlock.

5. Somalia

Somalia is going to get rid of the Islamic Courts and reestablish itself as a regional trade centre with its Mogadisu port. It might seem very optimistic, but the importance of the state is quite significant as well as the resolution of the international community to not let it become a safe haven for terrorism.

In general terms there are numerous regions in the world that will draw the attention of the UN and the international community.  For those interested in examining worldwide issues from a macro-historical point of view, this Blog endorses the readings of Oswald Sprengler in his book “The decline of the West”.  A very illuminating book that was written almost 90 years ago but very exact on its predictions and assumptions. Worth having a look during the long cold winter nights!

Ioannis Michaletos

Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!

December 22, 2006

Strategic Analysis -The official blog of RIEAS- wishes everyone merry Christmas and a happy new Year for the readers and their families.

My best wishes for health, love and prosperity -If you can fit them all in one size!-

I ‘ll be back shortly after the hollidays with the predictions for 2007. The analytical prediction report will appear in RIEAS-www.rieas.gr – in January 2007, and will provide briefings on issues of international strategic analysis for the year ahead.

Ioannis Michaletos

External announcement

December 12, 2006

FAIR TRADE HELLAS
People and environment above profit
 

who we are

Fair Trade Hellas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in June 2004 with the aim to promote fair trade movement and ethical consuming in Greece. 
About fair trade

Fair Trade is an alternative approach to commercial activities, a new form of commercial cooperation based on dialog, transparency and respect.

In today’s world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of the bargaining process, farmers, craft producers, and other workers are often left without resources or hope for their future. Fair Trade helps exploited producers escape from this cycle and gives them a way to maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people to people connections, justice, and sustainability. 
 
According to the FINE (collaboration of FLO, IFAT, NEWS and EFTA) definition, 2001:
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade organisations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade”.
 
Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission.
 
Fair Trade is an idea and a movement.
 
The idea stems from the belief that global trade does not have to ignore people by focusing solely on laws of supply and demand, but rather that trade can be informed by higher virtues of justice and morality. 
We promote fair trade labelled products in the Greek market through a worldshop in Athens and other outreach projects.

We run awareness raising campaigns and educational programmes in schools.

We participate in development coalitions with the aim to support the sustainable development and capacity building in the South.
Fair Trade Hellas opened the first non-profit fair trade shop in Greece, in partnership with CTM altromercato.
Where we are

Our offices and our altromercato shop are at Nikis 30 Str., very close to Sintagma Square, in Athens. 210-3614070

For more information please visit our website www.fairtrade.gr or send us an e-mail info@fairtrade.gr

External announcement: World Security Network Foundation

December 6, 2006

“Elite Network for a safer world”
For the last two years, the World Security Network has been working towards the goal of “Networking a Safer World” and has become a strong and well-connected global elite community for foreign and defence affairs.
The World Security Network is:
Not American, Asian or European: we are the largest global-elite action network for foreign and defence affairs in the world—focussing on the young, new elite.
Not left or right, not U.S. Republican or U.S. Democrat or an adherent to any other party-line propaganda: it is an independent, international and pluralistic non-profit organization.
Not a peace movement or an organization of warmongers: it promotes a realistic and credible balance of Realpolitik and Idealpolitik, of power and diplomacy, of necessary military actions and reconciliation—a Double Strategy of solid and realistic peacemaking.
Not academic: it is solution-oriented, looking for concrete proposals for all conflicts.
Not bureaucratic: we are creative and action-oriented, like businessmen.
Not fanatical: we are engaged global citizens with the vision of networking a safer and better world for our children.
We are:
A new kind of global foreign affairs action network in the age of globalization using the internet and local Task Force meetings.
46 respected experts—including 11 former generals, ambassadors, professors, and journalists—from 14 different nations in our International Advisory Board.
36 senior and young editors located in 17 different nations of the world.

2 million hits per month on www.worldsecuritynetwork.com
More than 170,000 elite users receive our weekly newsletter.
More than 200 authors.
Over 115 media partners (including CNN, UPI and Newsweek) and 60 institutes (such as IISS, RAND) who make use of our analyses.
What we want:
“Networking a Safer World” with the vision of implementing the goals of the UN Charter—mutual respect and tolerance, human rights, economic growth.
To rouse people out of their apathy, to raise awareness of trouble spots before war breaks out, to outline proposed solutions and to draw media attention to security issues at an early stage.
To network the strategic community focussing on the new young global elite in foreign and defence affairs.
Convey new, creative ideas and policy recommendations to decision-makers at the lightning speed of the internet.
What you can do:
We cordially invite you, as a representative of the global elite, to now become a prominent supporter of the World Security Network in 2007 as a Friend, Trustee or a Patron actively assisting us in expanding our elite network for a safer world with a contribution of $ 500, $ 1000 or $ 5000 annually.
Your contributions are tax deductible as a charity contribution in the U.S. according to U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c). You may mail us a check, transfer your donation to the World Security Network Foundation account (JP Morgan Chase Bank New York, Swift Code Chasus 33, Account No. 987091436065) or charge your contribution via credit card online in our website www.worldsecuritynetwork.com in “Support us”.
With high regards and best wishes from Germany!
Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann
Founder and President

World Security Network Foundation
945 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021
U.S.A.
 
From the German office:
Dr.-Engelsperger-Str. 4
D-82031 Gruenwald
Germany
Tel: +49 89 64915589
Fax +49 89 64915586
Mobile: +49 171 3590708

OSINT Management and the Greek paradigm

September 29, 2006

Greece is a country situated in some of the most volative geostrategic areas of the world such as Estern Mediteranean and the Balkans. Moreover its corporations heavily invest there and have incetive to collect and most importanlty be able to analyze all relevant information to their business needs. Unfortunately up to now no cohesive policy has been implemented in that field, even though the importance of OSINT Manangement information is widely recognized across the world. Even countries like Cuba and Burma have established OSINT units in their departments of Foreign Affairs or defense, thus understanding the need for conclusive and continuous information flow. If one is to imagine the advantages that an organization can have by really comprehending the world around him; then he would do his uttermost in order to acquire an OSINT tool.

In modern day Greece there is only one institution-“Knowledge cell” of OSINT Management-Among other specializations-. The Research Institute on European & American Studies-RIEAS-. Its website, www.rieas.gr is full of interesting work and useful information on publications and events. Most importantly the human resources of the institute are capable of conducting state of the art analytic work and the institute encompasses specialities from a variety of backgrounds. Thus it is able to view every issue from different angles and produce balanced and non-biased appraisal. Since it is the first and only initiative in the Greek society it would be interesting for all readers that reside in Greece to take a glimpse at least, in the RIEAS website and should they want, to pose questions or ask for consultantion.

The author of this weblog is affiliated in Greece with the RIEAS and unconditionally confirms its credibility and capability in OSINT Management.

www.rieas.gr