Diplomacy

Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help

President Francois Hollande said on Sept. 26 that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. CALAIS, France – Reuters “The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it,” Hollande said on a visit to the… Source: Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help – EUROPE Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

How to Spark a War in Asia

Both Washington and Beijing need to prevent their allies from creating security crises. Ted Galen Carpenter A major challenge for a great power is preventing allies and client states from creating unwanted security crises. No matter how close or friendly an ally might be, it has its own policy agenda, and… Source: How to Spark a War in Asia | The National Interest Read More »

China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

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Even after The Hague decision, China’s government continues to vociferously argue that its ‘nine-dash line’ of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea is based on centuries of maritime history, and that China’s claim is air tight. Daniel Wagner In a letter to The Economist, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has even asserted that ample historical documents and literature demonstrate that China was “the… Source: China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride | Huffington Post Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection

The International Day of Peace was inaugurated by the United Nations in 1981 and is celebrated on 21 September across the globe. By Professor Diane Bretherton, Dr Tania Miletic It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and to think about the role of the UN in creating a more peaceful world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day for strengthening the… Source: Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection – AIIA Read More »

EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead

The European Union s 28 member states on Sept. 20 accepted Bosnia s membership application, taking a step forward in what is certain to be a long process that Sarajevo hopes will eventually give it a place in the… Source: EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead – EUROPE Read More »

Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency

No rotating Presidency, no deal warned the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mustafa Akinci on Sunday.“ Red line and compromises Speaking to the Turkish press, the Turkish Cypriot community leader drew a red line. If the Greek Cypriot side says that ‘the rotating presidency will never be a… Source: Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency Read More »

Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you.

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Although Donald Trump doesn’t have too many nice things to say about people in the Middle East, he has spent the past year and a half lionizing one man in particular: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. By Ishaan Tharoor The Egyptian leader and former army officer came to power in a military coup in 2013 and has since set about consolidating his grip through a… Source: Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you. – The Washington ... Read More »

Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, more refugees per capita than anywhere in the world. International support is needed to keep this fragile country from reaching the breaking point… Source: Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx | International Crisis Group Read More »

Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’

A group of Central European EU members known as the Visegrad Four is ready to veto any Brexit deal that would limit people’s right to work in the UK, Slovakian PM Robert Fico says. In an interview with the Reuters news agency, Mr Fico said Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia would be uncompromising in negotiations. His comments come a… Source: Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’ – BBC News Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail?

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will head a commission to investigate solutions for the Rohingya people living in Myanmar. By Dung Phan There is no warm welcome for Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, as he arrives in Myanmar. Only jeers, shouts and… Source: Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail? – ASEAN Today Read More »

Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention

Immediate palliative care is a vital response to the world’s record numbers of refugees and internally displaced. Jonathan Prentice But any sustainable solution to this global crisis must go further, buttressing international law and ending the wars that drive so many from their… Source: Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention | International Crisis Group Read More »

Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018

Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland will see another independence referendum in around two years’ time in an interview marking the second anniversary of the 2014 vote. By TOM PETERKIN The former first minister’s forecast of a 2018 poll will raise the expectations of independence supporters. But it could also prove problematic for… Source: Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018 – The Scotsman Read More »

Kenya or Somalia: Who owns the sea?

For years, Kenya and Somalia have argued over where their maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean runs. The International Court of Justice in The Hague could now decide who owns the sea, a decision that will only suit one. A narrow triangle off the coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, about 100,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles), is the… Source: Kenya or Somalia: Who owns the sea? | Africa | DW.COM | 16.09.2016 Read More »