Clash of empires and contradictions – Column of Antonio Albiñana – Columnists – Opinion

In the midst of a pandemic crisis whose end appears increasingly confused, with the world’s leading power embroiled in the most decisive presidential election of the century, the confrontation between the former Turkish-Ottoman and Russian empires, over a small Asian enclave of just 150,000 inhabitants, the Upper Karabakh, represents the most important geopolitical conflict in the world today. There, two powers with a vocation to recover their imperial past, Turkey and Russia, are already showing their teeth in other countries such as Libya or Syria. The Russians as a nuclear power and the Turks belonging to Nato, where they are allied with the major powers in the world. Everything is heading towards a major war.

Putin, who is trying to regain his dominance in the former area of ​​influence of the USSR (to which both Azerbaijan and Armenia belonged), trying to overcome his internal problems while facing the problems of his allies in crisis, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan . What happens in the Caucasus will mark Russia’s role not only in the post-Soviet space, but also in its role in the global geopolitical balance.

For its part, Turkey is practicing an imperialist rise in foreign policy, with an escalation of the confrontation with Greece for control of the Mediterranean and its natural resources on the brink of a warlike conflict, and with intervention in the conflict with Armenia, in whose genocide of 1915 killed more than one and a half million people. Its president, Erdogan, with a kind of doctrine that mixes Islam with a militaristic Turkish nationalism, tries to become a new world power, with the dream of recovering the old Ottoman empire.

Faced with the explosive situation in the Caucasus – the overwhelming victory of any of the contenders would mean a human tragedy punctuated by terrible ‘ethnic cleansing’ – an international diplomatic solution of height is urgently needed, led by powers that have no interests in the area. A decisive part of world peace is at stake today in Upper Karabakh.


Among the main ideas of Donald Trump’s electoral base is the repeal of progressive measures of previous governments, such as progress in popular healthcare or the right to abortion. The vast majorities won by Republicans on the Supreme Court, with the latest appointment of Justice Barrett replacing the late progressive Ruth Ginsburg, guarantee the reactionary drift of the Court, even if the Democrats win the presidential election.

In the summer, President Trump, following ‘pro-life’ militants, according to ‘The Financial Times’, created an ‘expert committee’ on fetal cell research: the Advisory Panel on the Ethics of Tissue Research. Of the 15 chosen, 10 are declared anti-abortionists based on religious criteria, says the magazine ‘Science’. Surprisingly, the fight against abortion rights has collided with the pandemic crisis: some of the anticovid vaccines are being developed with fetal cells from voluntary abortions donated by women. In fact, according to scientific means, current vaccines such as hepatitis or herpes or rubella come from this routine.

Well, when Trump, at the beginning of October, saw death from the contagion of covid-19, he expressly approved to be treated with drugs based on fetal cells. The cocktail of antibodies that was applied to the president, developed by the company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, was tested on human tissue cells from an abortion performed in the Netherlands, according to information from ‘USA Today’. Meanwhile, the anti-abortion militancy maintained a pious silence. When he recovered from his treatment, Donald Trump attributed his cure to “a miracle from heaven.”



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