Diplomacy

Brexit kick-off: a historic day for the EU anticlockwise

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The beginning of the two-year negotiations is about to begin as UK submits today the letter to the EU today informing the latter about the decision of the British people to leave the bloc. Chris Anyfantis European Sting However, it is still too early to say whether a deal will be reached within the timeframe that is set in Article 50 since two years is a very short time when dealing with such a very complex agreement. Financial markets haven’t… ... Read More »

With its nuclear weapons ban debate, the UN further demonstrates its irrelevance

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Leave it to the United Nations to unite the world’s great powers behind President Trump. Marc A. Thiessen AEI The Washington Post reports: The United States, Britain, France and other major powers protested on Monday as the United Nations began work on what backers said would be a binding prohibition on nuclear weapons…. The proposed ban… With its nuclear… Read More »

Britain’s messy divorce from Europe isn’t going well

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As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. Chris Patten Asia Times My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. After all, the… Britain’s messy divorce… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

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Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1M3E0

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

Political Islam Is Today’s Anti-American ‘Long March Through The Institutions’

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Political Islam implies a constitutional order fundamentally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the ‘constitution of liberty’ that is the foundation of the American way of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Federalist It is refreshing and heartening that President Trump acknowledges the need for an ideological campaign against “radical Islam.” This deserves to… Political Islam Is… Read More »

The humanitarian crisis: Australia fiddles while the world burns

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The Turnbull Government denies human rights to those who seek asylum while simultaneously lessening its efforts to prevent the conditions from which they wish to escape, writes Jake Watson. Jake Watson Independent Australia “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.” These are the… The humanitarian crisis… Read More »

Prisoners of semantics

TOPSHOT - A Ukrainian Forces soldier fires a heavy machine gun during a battle with pro-Russian separatists at Avdeyevka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region on June 25, 2016.  / AFP / ANATOLII STEPANOV        (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In a violent conflict neither will call a ‘war,’ Ukrainian and Russian prisoners languish in legal limbo. Lily Hyde Politico KIEV, Ukraine — Nadiya Kalyn rushed home to watch the two-minute video when it appeared on an anti-government YouTube channel in October. She hadn’t seen… Prisoners of… Read More »

Voices From Syria, “Syria does Not Surrender”, says Mark Taliano

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Mark Taliano is a former teacher, an activist and writer who visited Syria in 2016. Taliano interviewed Syrians who have lived under US bombs for years.  Heather Cottin Global Research The war in Syria is a NATO war. NATO has struck… Voices From Syria… Read More »

North Korea: Why America and China need to deal with Kim Jong-un together

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Nearly every week, Kim Jong-un seems to announce a successful test in his nuclear and missile program, edging him ever closer to his aim of striking America with a… Analysis By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney ABC Taking the North Korean leader out with military action is now being discussed, but that could lead to much bigger problems and plunge the region into years of chaos and… Worse still, it… North Korea: Why… Read More »

EU President Tusk warns of complete breakdown of the Union after Brexit at summit to mark its 60th anniversary

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EU President Donald Tusk has warned that the European Union could break down completely after Brexit, at a summit to mark the organisation’s 60th… HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at the special summit in Rome, which is being held today to mark the anniversary of the bloc’s founding… ‘Prove today that you are the… EU President Tusk… Read More »

Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

The rise(s) and fall(s) of the European Union

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Sixty years of highs and, lately, mostly… The world’s most complex democratic experiment took shape 60 years ago this week in the lingering shadow of the world’s greatest, ugliest… RYAN HEATH Politico From those early days of six members through to today’s 28 and soon to be 27 members, it’s been a rollercoaster ride all the… The rise(s) and… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Ireland’s love triangle

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When the UK triggers article 50 next week, to start Brexit, Ireland will have to do the thing it hates most: pick a… Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times The map of the world is changing – literally. For 500 years the atlas has represented the globe in two dimensions by using the Mercator… It shows the… Fintan O’Toole: Ireland… Read More »