Diplomacy

While Europe burns, Brussels scribbles

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker answers questions during an interview with AFP on August 4, 2015 in Brussels. EU governments have a duty to help the flood of migrants arriving in Europe and must not cave in to populist demands to turn them back, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on August 5.  AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission responds to doubts over EU’s future by papering over the cracks, literally. Florian Eder and Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Europe may be in a bit of an existential funk these days with Brexit and an EU-hostile new president in the White House, but the talk of the town in Brussels is a “White Paper” being prepared, out of view, for the EU’s 60th… While Europe burns… Read More »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

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The alliance’s members no longer share common goals or interests. Tom Sauer The National Interest The recent visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to NATO allies does not erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete. It is a bigger… Take It from… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

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It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

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How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

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Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the… Nick Meyer AltHealthWORKS That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and… UN Report Says Small… Read More »

Why We Should Defund The UN

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When I was a boy, we worshipped the United Nations. Ed Brodow The Daily Caller I remember taking the subway with my fourth grade class from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where we observed the countries of the world as they carried out the lofty founding purpose of the UN: to maintain peace and foster… Why We Should… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Impressions of Partnership in a Post-Western World Order from Munich

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Munich — The Munich Security Conference’s central theme this year stemmed from a concern shared among transatlantic allies about three simultaneous trends: Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer GMF the weakening of the pillars of the international liberal order; the risks of a global leadership vacuum left by an “America First” policy and a divided Europe; and the “intermestic” threats posed to… Impressions of Partnership… Read More »

Divide and rule tactics could leave UK without deal, say EU politicians

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Britain accused of trying to ‘move the goalposts and do away with the referee’ in Brexit.. Daniel Boffey, Dan Roberts and Jon Henley The Guardian British attempts to “blackmail and divide” EU countries in the run-up to Brexit negotiations will lead to a disastrous “crash-landing” out of the bloc, European politicians have told the… They add that the… Divide and rule… Read More »

China Threatens to Deny Passage Rights through Peripheral Seas

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On Tuesday, Chinese state media reported that the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council is considering amendments to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. World Affairs Journal “The revisions are based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Chinese laws on the seas, adjacent areas, and exclusive economic zones,” noted the… China Threatens to… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

Second independence referendum ‘weeks from being called’

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A prominent Scottish independence campaign group has launched a new fundraising drive as it expects a second referendum to be held in May or September next year.. Paul Ward The Scotsman 200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting “back in full campaign mode” for a… Second independence referendum… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Russia Says It Wants a ‘Post-West World Order’

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(MUNICH) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order,” the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War.. Associated Press  TIME Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the… Russia Says It… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »