Diplomacy

Armenian Defense Minister sets territorial claims to Turkey

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“Naturally, there is a discourse in public in terms of the thaw in Russian-Turkish relations, and its possible impact on… News.Az Armenia, in the face of its Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan, continues to voice territorial claims to Turkey, stating that in the… “Certainly, we need to understand that the Armenian public bears a… Armenian Defense Minister… Read More »

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

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Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. Dustin Benton Euractiv But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic… Cleaning up the… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

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The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

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Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

If Scotland leaves, England will lose the Brexit game

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If Scotland and N Ireland decide to leave the UK after Brexit, the term ‘Little England’ will really come into its own. Alastair Sloan Al Jazeera News The union that binds together the four countries within the United Kingdom has never been more at risk. What nobody in… If Scotland leaves… Read More »

The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

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BOSTON — Remember Afghanistan? Andrew J. Bacevich The New York Times The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes… The Never-Ending… Read More »

Trump shouldn’t buy Merkel’s euro excuses

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When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week, she must be expected to argue that Germany’s large trade surplus is beyond her control and that her country has little influence over the euro’s exchange rate. Desmond Lachman AEI President Trump should not buy that argument. However, he should… Trump shouldn’t buy… Read More »

‘EU punishes Turkey for mending relations with Russia, NATO’s Enemy №1’

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The EU’s diplomatic crackdown on Turkey is punishment for Ankara seeking better relations with Russia and showing less commitment to the West, experts told RT, adding that… RT Op–Edge The EU-Turkey scandal has been evolving over the past few weeks, as rallies sponsored by the Turkish government in several European countries, including… ‘EU punishes Turkey… Read More »

Why the world should embrace globalization

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Globalization means different things to different people. Ken Moak Asia Times For this article it is defined in economic, geopolitical, cultural and social terms. The economics part… Why the world… Read More »

Can Arab Quartet advance two-state solution?

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends during signing of agreements ceremony with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt October 5, 2016. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX2Q29F

Egypt, the informal leader of the Arab world, is again championing the inter-Arab policy decision-making process. Uri Savir Al Monitor An Israeli official from the Foreign Ministry’s political research center told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity that Cairo has been holding intense deliberations with the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian… Can Arab Quartet… Read More »

A New Washington Naval Conference Could Prevent a Deadly South China Sea Showdown

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A blueprint for how Washington can reduce tension in the South China… Thomas G. Mitchell The National Interest Since the turn of the century political scientists and historians have been warning us about a new Thuycidean trap in which a rising power confronts a declining… In this scenario, China would play the role of Wilhelmine Germany during the… A New Washington… Read More »

How Europe boosts Russia-Turkey ties

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The Russian-Turkish tandem has re-emerged with the two countries’ reconciliation, after seven months of glacial relations following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet on its… Maria Dubovikova Arab News  That is not to say Ankara and Moscow see eye to eye on everything, but they realize that they need each… Turkey has to… How Europe boosts… Read More »

Unquiet American

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Putin is unlikely to be brought in from the cold, says former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul. Tunku Varadarajan Politico STANFORD, California — “I wish him well,” tweeted Michael McFaul, on the day Jon Huntsman was offered the delicate job of ambassador to Russia from the United States. It’s the job… Unquiet American… Read More »

The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

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The 1930s revisited A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its… Jonathan Freedland The Guardian Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest… The 1930s were… Read More »

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a… BBC The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr… But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the… Turkey referendum: Dutch… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »