A recent meet-up between the Cypriot and Russian presidents highlights Cyprus' ongoing need to balance between Russia and the West.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a signing ceremony at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Feb. 25.(YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Live interview with Stratfor's economy analyst on CBC's prime time business program "The Exchange" to provide commentary on the different scenarios that could result from ongoing talks between the EU and Greece.
In this story from NPR's "Marketplace" program, Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack comments on the economic implications of a potential U.S.-Egypt fallout over military aid after the Egyptian government's purchase of French-made fighter jets.
"They're extraordinarily high-value targets -- you can see the amount of propaganda that can be gained by having an American, a Western hostage," says Fred Burton, a former U.S. Diplomatic Security Service special agent and State Department counterterrorism official. "It generates additional media attention, making the organization relevant."
Mexico has approved the auction of nine shallow-water hydrocarbon development blocks as part of its first licensing round to allow foreign investment in the country's oil sector, Argus reported Feb. 27.
Stratfor sources reported earlier that customers at Piraeus Bank ATMs in central Athens were having trouble withdrawing cash, but continuing reports suggest there is no widespread panic and that the problem is not affecting all of the bank's ATMs in the city.
The military and security cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine does not include arms deals, UAE assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs Faris al Mazrouei said, Emirates News Agency reported Feb. 27.
Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger who spoke out against religious extremism, was hacked to death as he walked through a crowded area of Dhaka with his wife, Rafida Ahmed, AP reported Feb. 27.
Piraeus Bank ATMs in downtown Athens appear to have run out of money Feb. 27, according to Stratfor sources in Athens. Customers have formed long lines to withdraw cash from the ATMs with no apparent success.
China is committed to maritime cooperation with Sri Lanka, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera's visit to Beijing, South China Morning Post reported Feb. 27.
Nicolas Rodriguez, or Gabino, the leader of Colombia's second-largest rebel group National Liberation Army, said conditions for negotiations have improved and that the group has selected negotiators for peace dialogue with the government, El Tiempo reported Feb. 27.
Taiwan will consider the use of military planes to intercept Chinese commercial flights on a planned civil aviation route if the flights were to violate regulations and breach the halfway line, The China Post reported Feb. 27, citing an official from the Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation.
Russia will consider giving Chinese investors more than 50 percent of the shares in its strategic oil and gas fields, with the exception of those on the continental shelf, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said, TASS News Agency reported Feb. 27.
The energy ministers of Ukraine and Russia will meet with EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic in Brussels on March 2 to discuss Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine, according to a message posted by European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen on Twitter Feb. 26, Reuters reported.