Diplomacy

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Juncker calls for EU defense HQ

The European Union should set up a headquarters to coordinate efforts towards creating a common military force, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Sept. 14. “We don’t have a permanent structure and without that, we are not able to work efficiently and so we must have a European HQ and… Source: Juncker calls for EU defense HQ – EUROPE Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

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This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says

A defiant North Korea has restated its demand for recognition as a “legitimate” nuclear-armed state, as world powers ponder ways to punishPyongyang for its latest and largest atomic test. North Korea also vowed to increase its nuclear strike force “in quality and in quantity”, two days after its fifth test in a decade sparked international condemnation and moves for tougher United Nations sanctions…. Source: United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

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By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group

Change Britain group aims to put pressure on Theresa May to get the best deal possible for the UK. By FRANCESCO GUERRERA AND TOM MCTAGUE LONDON — A new U.K. pressure group backed by a number of high profile Euroskeptic politicians will be launched this weekend to ensure the… Source: Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group – POLITICO Read More »

UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy

New UN report finds Palestinian economy would double in size without Israeli occupation. By Zena Tahhan The economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be at least twice as large if the 49-year-old Israeli occupation was lifted, a new United Nations report has found… Source: UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The Unspoken War on Yemen, Anglo-American Crimes against Humanity, U.N. and Media Silence, Complicity of “The International Community”, Destruction of an Entire Country…

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Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” (Bob Dylan, b 1941, Masters of War.) By Felicity Arbuthnot On Tuesday 6th of September, twenty-four hour monitoring by Yemen’s Legal Centre for Rights and Development (LCRD)recorded the bombings by the Saudi led “coalition”, armed by the US and UK and advised by their military specialists, thus collusion and co-operation of both countries render them equally culpable for the… Source: The Unspoken War on Yemen, ... Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

A bitter war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensified on Sept. 7 ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage from which Iranians have been excluded for the first time in decades. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “incompetence” of the Saudi royal family as he met with the families of victims of a deadly stampede during last year’s hajj. “This incident proves once again that this cursed, evil family does not deserve to be in charge and… Source: Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj – MIDEAST Read More »

Greece is still grinding toward Grexit

Stephen Pope The Greek economy grew between April and June; although only by 0.2% An estimate by the statistics service show it shrank by 0.9% year-on-year Following sales-tax increases and pension cuts, consumer spending has fallen The economy has contracted by 25% since the debt crisis in 2009 It is time to be seriously contemplating “Grexit” once again It has been a while since I took a look at the tricky trouble spot of the… Source: Greece is still grinding ... Read More »

Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that the European Union should be reformed to meet the needs of the Europeans, but not the continent’s elites, to increase the role of national parliaments and return the EU institutions back to their responsibilities described in EU documents… Source: Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »