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Russian union members parade in Moscow's Red Square on May 1, 2014 for the first time since 1991. This year's May Day finds leftist terrorist groups undergoing a resurgence in Greece and Turkey.
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May Day: The Origin and Evolution of a Leftist Holiday

Apr 30, 2017 | 13:02 GMT

Anarchist and Marxist groups have taken May Day as the occasion for their largest and most violent demonstrations. Are leftist terrorist groups undergoing a resurgence in some places?

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    The Stratfor Global Intelligence Weekly for May 1, 2017
    The family comes first in setting the policy course, while the ideologues seem to be losing their voice.

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    The family comes first in setting the policy course, while the ideologues seem to be losing their voice.
    Moscow will never be the deciding factor in the North Korea issue. But it can act as a spoiler, a position that it could use to try to get negotiations with Tokyo back on track.
    By dispatching two of its advanced F-35A fighters to Estonia on April 25, the United States sends a signal not only to its NATO allies but also to Russia about its commitment to the region's security.
    The scenario Brussels most feared did not come to fruition in the first round of France's presidential election. But the country's political situation offers little room for complacency.
    A decision to explore the national security implications of steel imports to the United States could signal a tactic being considered by the U.S. presidential administration to justify tariffs under WTO rules.
    The reforms are proceeding apace, but the government still faces a daunting road ahead.
    Though the British prime minister's call for elections in June could strengthen her hand for Brexit negotiations, it could also backfire on the ruling party.
    The West's disapproval helped the Turkish president tap a nationalist vein and carry his constitutional victory.
    Despite sharing an interest in derailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, their overtures so far have remained largely superficial.
    The rapid rise of populist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is stoking concerns in the United States about the future of Mexico's security and economic policies.
    Despite its high hopes, Russia's relations with the West are worse off today than they were at the start of the year.

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