Diplomacy

Flynn, Turkey, Trump: Turkey Has Infiltrated Highest Levels of U.S. Government, Kurdish Leader Reports

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Reports that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid $500,000 to lobby for Turkey underscores the scale of Ankara’s influence at the highest echelons of power, according to… Callum Paton  NewsWeek Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which provides political direction to the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, says the… “[The Turkish government] is paying a… Flynn, Turkey, Trump… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

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Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »

NZ prepared to stand up and be counted says Trump’s nominee for ambassador

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New Zealand is “fiercely independent” and you can’t tell it what to do, the next US ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, told the Senate foreign relations committee today. Audrey Young NZ Herald He specifically cited its opposition to China’s expansion in the South China Sea and its criticism of North Korea’s missile testing. The former US Senator is almost certainly going to get bipartisan support and… NZ prepared to… Read More »

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

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Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

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Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

GCC foreign ministers meet to discuss summits

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RIYADH: Foreign ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet Wednesday in Riyadh to discuss the GCC-US Summit and Arab-Islamic-US Summit, scheduled for Sunday, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump. Rashid Hassan Arab News Ahmed Al-Kaabi, spokesman of the… GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, in a… GCC foreign ministers… Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

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Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. ICG To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put aside short-term calculations and… Executive Summary Two years into President Maithripala Sirisena’s term, Sri Lanka’s fragile hopes for lasting peace and… Sri Lanka’s Transition… Read More »

Russia, Saudi Arabia call to extend oil output deal

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The world’s biggest oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for the extension of an output reduction deal ahead of an OPEC meeting later this month. Daily Sabah with wires “To underscore the determination of oil producers to ensure market stability, predictability and sustainable development, the joint actions of participating producers should be… The statement added that Russian… Russia, Saudi Arabia… Read More »

How Macron Could Destroy the European Union

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Emmanuel Macron’s banking skills can’t save the European Union from itself. Amitai Etzioni The National Interest Emmanuel Macron is calling for concentrating more power in the hands of “Brussels,” that is, in the hands of the European Commission. This is despite the fact that Britain is leaving the European Union because of popular rebellion against violations of national sovereignty by… How Macron Could… Read More »

The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

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Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. April Longley Alley ICG She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war. SANAA, Yemen – One of the… The Counter-productive… Read More »

Cyprus: The Beginnings of a Racial Bizonal – Bicommunal Federation

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The solution negotiated by the Greek side for the Cyprus issue gradually shifted to a two-state confederation and an institutional framework that would confirm Ankara’s sovereignty over the entire island and preserve the interests of the US and NATO in the region. Stephanos Constantinides Agora Dialogue 15.05 2017 This new state structure will emerge with the dissolution of the Republic of Cyprus and will be structured on the basis of racial criteria. Στις απαρχές της φυλετικής διζωνικής – δικοινοτικής ομοσπονδίας ... Read More »

Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a… MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V… A Middle Eastern… Trump Revealed Highly… Read More »

N. Korea fires missile days after new S Korea leader pledges dialogue

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 14 in defiance of  calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. Seoul – Reuters Hurriyet The U.S. Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic… Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the… N. Korea fires… Read More »

Israel-Turkey: Erdogan claims Jerusalem for Muslims and raises tensions

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Erdogan’s claims on Jerusalem for Muslims – dangerously raises tensions with Israel and creates more instability in the Middle East Alexis P. Kitsios Curated byBlasting News Uk Turkish President #Erdogan has called on all Muslims to visit “Al Cuds,” the Islamic name for Jerusalem, in order to protest against alleged violations of the rights of Muslims in #Israel. After that, according to local reports, he… Israel-Turkey: Erdogan… Read More »

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

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The country’s president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum. Alison Kanski PR Week WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Turkey has hired Burson-Marsteller for integrated PR services in the U.S. ahead of a visit by its president. The contract, which began this month, is scheduled to run through 2017. The WPP firm is set to earn $1.1 million for the… Turkish Embassy hires… Read More »

EU ponders invisible Irish border after Brexit

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Nobody wants a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland but avoiding one is easier said than done. MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND SIMON MARKS  Politico WICKLOW, Ireland — When is a border not a border? That is the politically-charged riddle Brexit negotiators will grapple with when they come to discussing Northern Ireland and its frontier with the Republic of Ireland to the… EU ponders invisible… Read More »