13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

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“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »

Aleppo Siege, Strikes Are ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’: UN Rights Chief

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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted “crimes of historic proportions.” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as “a… Aleppo Siege, Strikes… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

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A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat

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Cold War–era Asia was a dangerous and often bloody place. Rajan Menon But its alignments were predictable and its problems readily identifiable. No longer. SEEN IN historical perspective, a… China May Be… Read More »

Sturgeon unveils indyref2 vote plan `before Brexit’

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Nicola Sturgeon has today unveiled the Scottish Government’s plans for a second independence referendum which would take place “before the UK leaves the EU” in just over two years. By SCOTT MACNAB The draft Bill proposes that Scots will again be asked “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” as happened in… Sturgeon unveils indyref2… Read More »

US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Julian Assange offline

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US says claims John Kerry asked Ecuador to block internet access to prevent WikiLeaks impacting election are ‘simply untrue’ Esther Addley The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the… US and Ecuador… Read More »

EU Dancing to Washington’s Tune in Syria

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The EU’s threat to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to accuse Moscow and Damascus of war crimes is yet another attempt by the US and its European allies to throw a wrench in the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation, experts suggest. On Monday EU foreign ministers strongly criticized Russia for the country’s air operation over Aleppo and hinted at the… EU Dancing to… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

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Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance Gus Hosein This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a… There’s still time to… Read More »

Pro-West Montenegro ruling party wins, but falls short of single-party government

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Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions. PODGORICA The tense election was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning politically motivated armed attacks after the… Pro-West Montenegro… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

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Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

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An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »

India and China to draw up joint road map against terror

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping say no country is immune to the growing global menace By ASIA TIMES STAFF India and China have agreed to draw up a joint road map to combat terror saying no country can remain indifferent to the… India and China… Read More »

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

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Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

NATO head backs stronger European defence

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“Stronger European defence will be good for the European Union, it will be good for Europe and will be good for NATO,” he said at a press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome. World Bulletin / News Desk NATO head Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Friday European efforts for a more closely integrated defence policy, boosted since Britain’s vote to leave the… NATO head backs… Read More »