Diplomacy

‘The Adolescent Country': A Peculiar Meld Of The Obvious And The Obviously Untrue

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Peter Hartcher’s recent paper argues Abbott’s foreign policy successes have rightly earned him a domestic dividend. Richard King begs to differ. As someone who is always in the market for irony, I’ll admit to having felt slightly giddy when I first read that the Abbott government had utilised Australia’s seat on the UN Security Council to formulate a recovery mission ... Read More »

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

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As the last phase of negotiations resumes on 20 November, the Algeria-led talks between the Malian government and the armed groups in the north should not be rushed as they offer a unique opportunity for a sustainable peace agreement. As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, with influential radical groups absent from the negotiations trying to spoil the process, the Malian ... Read More »

Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey

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Some 14,000 militants of the Syrian rebel group have abandoned Aleppo, while its commander has fled to Turkey, according to Turkish security sources. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the recognized armed opposition group against the Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has ceased its resistance in Aleppo, Syria’s second biggest city, withdrawing its 14,000 militia from the city, a ranking Turkish security ... Read More »

Poroshenko: Ukraine ready for total war with Russia

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of non-compliance with Minsk agreements and said that the Ukrainian army was ready for “total war.” Poroshenko said in an interview with German weekly publication Bild that Ukraine was prepared to “worst case scenario”. According to the head of Ukraine, in this scenario, stipulates the participation of Russian troops. The Ukrainian President said that ... Read More »

Anti-occupation message of Paralimni Youth Council: «Freedom to our land and waters»

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With the powerful and timely anti-occupation message “Freedom to our land and waters” the Paralimni Youth Council organized an alternative anti-occupation event on the 31st anniversary of the unilateral declaration of “independence” of the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. “Freedom to our land and waters”  – Paralimni Youth Particularly, members of Paralimni Youth ... Read More »

Iranians and multinationals hungry for nuclear deal that will end sanctions

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Rouhani’s moderate faction is relying on an agreement but even Iran’s conservative factions want to end the nuclear stalemate Jump to comments Outside the former US embassy’s compound in Tehran – now a museum called “den of spies” – hundreds of Iranians gathered last week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats were held ... Read More »

US, Japan, Australia Agree to Deepen Security Ties

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BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of ... Read More »

Full version: ISIL most acute challenge in Iraq and Syria: US envoy

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The offensive of Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria is the most urgent problem that requires action for Washington, says US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass The United States regards the threat posed by extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria as its “most acute” challenge and is focusing its efforts on not allowing these groups to extend their control in ... Read More »

Art Collective Sues German Politician for Libel: “It Is About Freedom of Art”

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The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around. In a strange twist, the group has sued Berlin’s interior minister for defamation after he publicly criticized them for moving a Berlin Wall memorial without authorization, RBB has reported. The 1971 memorial consists of seven white crosses bearing the names of people killed attempting to escape across the Berlin Wall ... Read More »

John Major warns allies they risk forcing Britain to leave EU

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In heartfelt plea to Angela Merkel’s CDU party in Berlin former PM says chances of Britain leaving EU are now ‘just under 50% Sir John Major has issued a powerful warning to Britain’s natural allies across Europe that they risk forcing the UK out of the EU unless they agree to a series of reforms including restrictions on the free ... Read More »