Diplomacy

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

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A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

The West’s impasse and quests for a new union

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The question of whether the U.S. Federal Reserve’s (Fed) interest rate hike on March 15 will have a negative impact on emerging economies like Turkey is being debated at the moment. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah Such debates should be left behind now. The markets have… The West’s impasse… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

Brexit may offer opportunities for Australia as Britain shifts focus to former colonies

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There are few institutions quite as peculiar as the Commonwealth. James Glenday ABC A coalition of some of the world’s “largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries”. Its exact purpose… Brexit may offer… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

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An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

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UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

Collapse of European Security: Huge Responsibilities of Angela Merkel

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The article below is very informative and eloquent in analyzing Europe’s fundamental security concerns. Dr Yiorghos Leventis * It appeared in the Greek website www.troktiko2.com on 7 January 2017. The author is Ioannis Michaletos. It is an excellent piece of analysis. Michaletos makes very valid points. The article deserves reaching international audience. I took the effort to render it in English: Throughout the so-called Arab Spring, all reliable organizations, state as well as NGOs issued a worldwide warning for serious risks emanating from ... Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the graduation of 83 aviation and military science at the Air Force Academy in Cairo, Egypt July 20, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSIXGQ

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

The Hysteria Over Russia Is Causing Serious Foreign Policy Problems

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National security experts say the domestic political situation is leading to a rapid deterioration of the already fragile relationship with Russia. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist The fifth season of “The Americans,” the FX series about two Soviet spies posing as an American couple living near Washington DC in the 1980s, began airing this week. The Washington Post’s… The Hysteria Over… Read More »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

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Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

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One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Palestinians take part in a protest against the Gaza blockade, near Israeli Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX2XME1

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Will China and the EU team up against Trump?

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Regardless of their many disagreements, China and the European Union appear willing to team up against anti-globalist and anti-systemic forces that, they argue, threaten world stability. Emanuele Scimia Asia Times Exchanging views with French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Beijing on February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed that Europe was an important pole in the multipolar world that China was committed to building. He then added… Will China and… Read More »

How Trump’s new travel ban targets the whole world

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

The revised order contains provisions that could affect countries beyond the six Muslim-majority states that are singled out. Nahal Toosi Politico It’s not just a few countries. It’s not just… How Trump’s new… Read More »