Diplomacy

Why Britain’s voters must have a second referendum on Brexit

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Leavers’ dreams of a country cast free of Brussels are unravelling as reality and the risks of going it alone set in Vernon Bogdanor The Guardian Last week, the government set out key elements of its strategy for achieving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. It seeks a soft landing to a hard Brexit. It wants a time-limited transition period after March 2019, when Britain is due to leave the bloc. During that period, the government hopes for a ”close ... Read More »

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

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Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war Samuel Gibbs The Guardian Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous ... Read More »

Californians once again want out of US

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A group of Californians has submitted yet another initiative to secede from the United States as the country is gripped by one of its worst political crisis in recent history. LOS ANGELES – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The new “Calexit” ballot proposal put forward on Aug. 17 by a fringe political group calls for a constitutional convention to overhaul one of the country’s founding documents on grounds it is incompatible with what the Golden State stands for. “The current relationship between ... Read More »

Did Russia supply Ukrainian rocket engine to North Korea?

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Ukraine space agency says engine identical to their own, points finger at Russia Asia Unhedged Asia Times The mystery over how North Korea obtained powerful rocket engines for its last ICBM test deepened Wednesday after Ukraine’s state space agency said the rocket engine used is the same as the type of engine used by Ukraine-made space vehicles, according to UPI. UPI was picking up on a report from US government-funded Radio Free Asia which said Ukraine denied supplying the engines ... Read More »

A Turkish-EU Opera Buffa

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When Turkey officially applied to become a full member of the European Union (EU), cell phones looked like bricks, Red Bull and The Simpsons had just made their debuts, President Ronald Reagan made his famous “Tear down this wall!” speech in West Berlin, the world population was five billion, Colonel Qaddafi in Libya was playing godfather to terrorists, Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister of Britain, Gestapo boss Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, ... Read More »

1974: The second Turkish invasion and the betrayal of Cyprus

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14 August marked the passage of 43 years since Turkey launched the second of its two invasions of the Republic of Cyprus. In contrast to the position when Turkey launched its first invasion on 20 July 1974, five days after an unlawful coup in Nicosia, Turkey had no pretext to justify its second invasion and the forcible transfers, deportations and other acts of ethnic cleansing which followed; both the junta in Athens and its short-lived puppet regime in Nicosia had ... Read More »

Turks celebrate 1964 napalm bombing of Cyprus

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Cyprus is Turkish, after all. Turks can do whatever they want there. They can even celebrate dropping napalm on Greeks and slaughtering them. Uzay Bulut Arutz Sheva On August 8, Muslim Turkish Cypriots and illegal settlers from Turkey celebrated the 53rd anniversary of Turkey’s napalm bombing of Greek Cypriot civilians in the Turkish-occupied enclave of Kokkina in Cyprus. Mustafa Akıncı, the president of the..In August 1964, Turkish warplanes dropped napalm bombs on Kokkina in the Tillyria peninsula, hitting residential areas ... Read More »

Sterling Tumbles as UK Inflation Stagnates

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The Pound dropped to a one month-low against the US Dollar and dipped below the €1.10 mark, when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data regarding UK inflation, the UK retail price index and the producer prices index. Miltiadis Skemperis Currency Solutions According to the ONS report, inflation in July remained stable at 2.6%, missing the market’s expectations for a rise at 2.7%. The retail price index edged up higher than expected at 3.6%, raising prospects for steep rail ... Read More »

Warming Turkish-Russian ties, growing rift with West creates troubling scenario for NATO

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The U.S. and NATO alliance are getting mixed signals from Turkey at a time when Russia is increasingly warming to Ankara. Jeff Daniels CNBC Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. is considered the worst it’s been in more than a decade. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin both share a general suspicion and mistrust of the U.S., and the two leaders have discussed Moscow selling its S-400 air defense system to… Yet another concern is whether Turkey ... Read More »

Hammond Backtracks on Brexit Deal

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has “bent the knee” to Brexit hardliners as he signed a joint article with Liam Fox for the Sunday Telegraph, which said that the UK will definitely leave both the customs union and the single market when it exits the European Union (EU) in… Miltiadis Skemperis Currency Solutions Hammond had called for a transitional deal which could last up to three years, keeping the current trading arrangements with the EU and the rules on movement for workers. ... Read More »

America and Russia: Permanent Confrontation?

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A symposium on U.S.-Russia relations in the age of Trump At a time of great uncertainty in the U.S.-Russia relationship, the National Interest has taken a close look at the inherent risks and opportunities. TNI Staff The National Interest At a time of great uncertainty in the U.S.-Russia relationship, the National Interest has taken a close look at the inherent risks and opportunities. The September/October 2017 issue of the National Interest features a symposium from eleven experts, answering the question, ... Read More »

Turkey BLASTS US and EU sanctions against Russia

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attend a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey is defying history with its warm relationship with Moscow. Turkey’s economic future is solidly dependant on Russia and the eastward looking markets that cooperation with China represents. ADAM GARRIE TheDuran This attitude was confirmed by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who criticised the Russian sanctions which are on the books in the United States and European Union. Mevlut Cavusoglu further stated that Turkey has often been the victim of such sanctions and as a result Ankara has developed a strong ... Read More »

Former UK spy chief says encryption ‘very positive’

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A former British spy chief said on Aug. 11 that encryption of online communications was “very positive” for the country’s national security interests despite the difficulties that it poses for security services attempting to tackle… Reuters Hurriyet British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed tougher measures to tackle militants online activities after four attacks in Britain this year while Home Secretary (interior minister) Amber Rudd visited Silicon Valley earlier this month to demand tech companies step up their… Jonathan Evans, ... Read More »

Fifty-five more migrants feared drowned off the coast of Yemen

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The UN says smugglers forced some 180 Ethiopian and Somali migrants off their boat into rough seas. Over 100 were rescued, five confirmed dead. Reuters TRTworld It was the second such incident in the past two days. Some 180 young Ethiopian and Somali migrants, many weakened by hunger and drought in their home countries, were forced from a boat into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers on Thursday, and 55 were presumed to have drowned, the… It was the second ... Read More »

How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed

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This animated map shows how the borders of the Indian subcontinent have evolved since partition Shakeeb Asrar Al Jazeera Seventy years ago, in August 1947, the British decided to end their 200-year long rule in the Indian subcontinent and to divide it into two separate nations, Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. The process of partition, however, was not simple. In addition to the British-controlled territories, the subcontinent also consisted of many other territories under French, Portuguese or Omani rule, as well as more than ... Read More »

Guam in Crosshairs of US and North Korean Wargames

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Many of the 163,000 residents of the tiny US territory of Guam are unnerved by North Korea’s threat to launch a mid-August attack that would create “an historic enveloping fire” around the… Lisa Remick Currency Solutions Others feel protected by the presence of 7,000 US soldiers on the island’s two US military bases, Anderson Air Force base and Naval Base Guam. Guam is the US’s strategic Pacific centre, with an arsenal including B-2 stealth bombers and nuclear-powered submarines capable of ... Read More »