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Theresa May urges voters: Use local ballot to reject indyref2

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The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May’s council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence… KATRINE BUSSEY The Scotsman Theresa May said voters should choose the Conservatives in the local government ballot to send a “clear message” on the… Ever since the… Theresa May urges… Read More »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

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How to solve the DPRK problem: a little less diplomatic conversation, a little more action. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest How does one punish a country that is the most diplomatically isolated in the world, already sanctioned to the teeth, but seemingly immune to the… How Do You… Read More »

The old British tactic of divide and rule in Europe will not work for Brexit negotiations

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The other 27 governments in the EU may struggle to maintain a common line once the phoney war ends. TOM NUTTALL NewStatsman As usual, Yes Minister put it best. For 500 years Britain had pursued a single policy towards its Continental neighbours, Sir Humphrey noted to his baffled minister in an episode from 1980. The aim? “To create a… The old British… Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

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Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

China Wants to Turn Water Into Territory in the South China Sea (and Beyond)

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Why the world should be concerned James Holmes The National Security China’s longstanding campaign to redefine water as territory—territory where the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) fiat is law—proceeds… Lovers of maritime freedom must reject this campaign in all its… China Wants to… Read More »

Calling Secretary Tillerson

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When Rex Tillerson showed up for his first day of work at the State Department earlier this month, he moved quickly to allay the concerns of diplomats and others alarmed by President Trump’s security policies and… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Addressing a crowd in the department lobby, the new secretary of state spoke of his “high regard” for the… Mr. Tillerson generated good will… Calling Secretary… Read More »

Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

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UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

Iran confirms: US paid ransom

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Back in September, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the allegation that the Obama administration had paid Iran a ransom—at the time it was believed to be $400 million but it was later revealed that the… Michael Rubin AEIdeas At the hearing, it is now clear that State Department officials lied outright to the… Iran confirms: US… Read More »

Why Iran wants Palestine back on regional agenda

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Fatima Navab Safavi is the daughter of Mojtaba Navab Safavi (1924-1955), an Iranian cleric and one of the first to mobilize Iranian masses against Israel back in the early… Ali Hashem Al-Monitor Donning the traditional black chador, Safavi told Al-Monitor in an interview, “Years before the… Why Iran wants… Read More »

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

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New York, February 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as “a gaggle” by President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean… CPJ Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and… Reporters barred from… Read More »

Melting into chaos: Liquid modernity and other ideas of the late thinker Zygmunt Bauman

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Bauman left us with many ideas, continuing to write and speak until the very last days of his life. Didem Kaya Daily Sabah Much of his thoughts seem strong enough to survive the test of time and will continue to be relevant for many decades to come Giving some thought… Melting into chaos… Read More »

Media Sauce: Global report shows we don’t trust elites or institutions

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A global trust survey released this week revealed the unsurprising result that our trust in politicians, business leaders, NGOs and the media is still falling. Martin Hirst Independent Australia As Doc Martin reports, the one bright spot is that online journals like Independent Australia are gaining readers’ trust whilst the MSM continues to fail. THE EDELMAN TRUST BAROMETER… Media Sauce: Global… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

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London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidential diplomacy deal?

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Trump is treating the US as a business venture and replacing the ‘art of diplomacy’ with the ‘art of the deal’. Sean W Burges Al Jazeera News Most world leaders are having a hard time adapting to Donald Trump’s foreign policy style. None of his… Donald Trump’s presidential… Read More »