Diplomacy

Turkey’s Varied Tactics of US Lobbying

Exclusive: Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers, and… By Jonathan Marshall (This is the fifth in a series on foreign lobbying) ConsortiumNews  For all the furor over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which got him fired after just 24 days on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser, his… A federal grand jury has subpoenaed all records of that work as ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean… Patrick Wintour The Guardian The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and… The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to… UN urges Libyan… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »

What does ‘reunification’ really mean?

Introduction Among the many reports to emerge from the House of Commons in recent years, one of the most remarkable is Bad Language: The Use and Abuse of Official Language (hereafter ‘Bad Language’).  This was completed in Westminster in 2009 by the cross-party House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Published by Agora Dialogue on 22 May 2017 Bad Language railed against any use of language which ‘can prevent people from understanding the implications of policies’. ... Read More »

WHO spends more on travel costs than fighting AIDS

The World Health Organization is spending more money on the travel bug than on fighting AIDS or malaria, according to a new… Ruth Brown New York Post The UN health agency blows around $200 million a year on travel costs so its honchos can fly business class and stay in five-star hotels — more than what it reserves for battling some of the world’s biggest… “We don’t trust people to do the… WHO spends more… Read More »

CoE Lefkosia Summit: Cyprus and Russia at Centre Stage of European Politics

On the 19th of May, the Republic of Cyprus successfully completed its six-month term at the helm of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe. ISF Foreign Ministers, Deputy Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives from the rest 46 member states plus observers from the USA, Canada, The Holy See, Mexico, Japan and Israel flocked to the Cypriot capital to pay their respect to the island republic and hand over the chairmanship of the Committee to the Czechs. ... Read More »

As Trump Alights in Israel, Palestinians are Descending into Darkness

President Trump plans a 22-23 May visit to Israel and Palestine in pursuit of the “ultimate deal”. Nathan Thrall ICG But behind the scenes, rising tensions between Palestinian factions may be drawing Gaza and Israel closer to a new war. President Donald Trump makes a 26-hour visit to Israel on 22 May to discuss the “ultimate deal” — a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians — with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in… As Trump Alights… Read More »

Flynn, Turkey, Trump: Turkey Has Infiltrated Highest Levels of U.S. Government, Kurdish Leader Reports

Reports that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid $500,000 to lobby for Turkey underscores the scale of Ankara’s influence at the highest echelons of power, according to… Callum Paton  NewsWeek Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which provides political direction to the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, says the… “[The Turkish government] is paying a… Flynn, Turkey, Trump… Read More »

Instruments of Pain (IV): The Food Crisis in North East Nigeria

Five million people are hit by the humanitarian fallout of the Boko Haram insurgency. ICG Beyond ending the war, this briefing, the last of four examining famine threats in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia, urges donors to fund their UN aid pledges in full and the Nigerian government to step up relief for its… Overview The humanitarian crisis in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »

NZ prepared to stand up and be counted says Trump’s nominee for ambassador

New Zealand is “fiercely independent” and you can’t tell it what to do, the next US ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, told the Senate foreign relations committee today. Audrey Young NZ Herald He specifically cited its opposition to China’s expansion in the South China Sea and its criticism of North Korea’s missile testing. The former US Senator is almost certainly going to get bipartisan support and… NZ prepared to… Read More »

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

GCC foreign ministers meet to discuss summits

RIYADH: Foreign ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet Wednesday in Riyadh to discuss the GCC-US Summit and Arab-Islamic-US Summit, scheduled for Sunday, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump. Rashid Hassan Arab News Ahmed Al-Kaabi, spokesman of the… GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, in a… GCC foreign ministers… Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. ICG To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put aside short-term calculations and… Executive Summary Two years into President Maithripala Sirisena’s term, Sri Lanka’s fragile hopes for lasting peace and… Sri Lanka’s Transition… Read More »