Diplomacy

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday presented a “three-pronged action plan” that included a dialogue with all stakeholders during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring lasting peace in the Valley rocked by turmoil that has left 68 people dead. After an hour-long meeting, her first with Modi since the unrest broke out on July 8, Mehbooba told reporters that the Prime Minister was “very… Source: Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace ... Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations… Source: Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin

Eastern militiaman’s support for the central government could end the conflict. By ADAM NATHAN  RA’S LANUF, Libya — Ibrahim Jadhran has gone from an alleged car thief imprisoned in Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s most notorious prison to a warlord in charge of a powerful militia sitting on billions of dollars of oil money. Now he’s one of the… Source: Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin – POLITICO Read More »

How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »

EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join?

The EU has urged Turkey to clarify if it still wants to join the bloc, as relations between Ankara and Western allies deteriorate. By ANDREW RETTMAN The EU’s enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, spoke out in Austrian newspaper Die Presse on Wednesday (24 August), saying EU concern was “justified” that Turkey had violated rule of law in its… Source: EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join? Read More »

China gears up for missile warfare with US

China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States. BY BILL GERTZ Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles… Source: China gears up for missile warfare with US – Asia Times Read More »

Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit

The holiday period is over, now Theresa May has to deliver. By TOM MCTAGUE ,CHRISTIAN OLIVER and HANS VON DER BURCHARD  LONDON — Theresa May began the summer reiterating that “Brexit means Brexit.” She will return to work on Wednesday under pressure to explain what British withdrawal will look like. In her absence, a chasm of expectation has opened up between increasingly hardline expectations in… Source: Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit – POLITICO Read More »

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Turkey’s brief democratic moment is ending. Doug Bandow, Policy analyst, writer The rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Development and Justice Party (AKP) in 2002 signaled the collapse of the militarized secular republic created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The recent failed coup killed the semi-liberal democracy that briefly replaced Kemalism… Source: Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West Read More »

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map. Akhilesh Pillalamarri Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the… Source: Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever | The National Interest Read More »

Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons

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Diplomats force a vote on a report to begin negotiations on a ban in 2017 that had been expected to pass unanimously Australia has attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been… Source: Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

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An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit

BEIJING/YANGON — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister, has gotten an unusually warm reception on her trip to China, meeting with both Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping as Beijing tries to regain clout with its neighbor to the south. China, not the U.S., became Suu Kyi’s first destination beyond Southeast Asia after her rise to power in Myanmar’s new government, formed in March… Source: China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit- Nikkei Asian Review Read More »

Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report

World Bank estimates on the cost of compensation for properties in the context of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem are prohibitive as it would bring the unified island’s economy to its knees, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi reported on… Citing the minutes of meetings between Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and… Source: Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report   – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail Read More »