Diplomacy

The real reason Erdoganists still love Trump despite ‘Muslim ban’

The executive order by US President Donald Trump, banning the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States, has sparked major protests all across America. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Most Muslims, naturally, were happy to see this solidarity offered to them by Jews, Christians, atheists and many others who do not share their faith. However, the same… The real reason… Read More »

In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite

Revised and ratified after its shock rejection in October 2016’s referendum, Colombia’s peace agreement still lacks sustainable political… ICG Reversing public distrust will need swift and effective implementation of the accord – including full apologies for past crimes and the… In the Shadow… Read More »

UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power

President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. Kambiz Foroohar Bloomberg For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps — France, the U.K. and the U.S., referred to as the P3, on one side and Russia and China on the other. ... Read More »

What if they had a trade war and nobody came?

Trump is looking for negotiations that bring results — not conflict Spengler Asia Times For those of us who cut our teeth on classical economics, it does seem a bit unusual for global stock markets (including Asian markets) to rally right after a new US administration pulled the plug on decades of Asian trade… What if they had a… Read More »

Trump bans, Iran profits

The US president wants to keep his country safe, but he’s strengthening Tehran and ISIL. David Patrikarakos Politico President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. was intended to safeguard Americans from terrorism. Instead, it is likely to… Trump bans, Iran… Read More »

Israeli parliament to vote on bill retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes

Israel’s parliament is widely expected to vote into law a bill retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land, a measure the Attorney-General says is unconstitutional. ABC Passage of the legislation — backed by the right-wing Government and condemned by Palestinians as a blow to statehood hopes — may only be largely symbolic however, as it goes against the Israeli Supreme Court’s rulings on… Israeli parliament to… Read More »

Why are Islamist armed groups clashing in Syria?

Rebel alliances in Syria fluctuate frequently, mirroring the ever-changing complexities of the region. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News The fresh clashes in Syria’s Idlib region between a dozen important Islamist and extremist rebel movements are battles for turf and authority on the ground – but they also mirror northern Syria’s ever-changing complexities, as…. Why are Islamist armed… Read More »

After Washington and London, Berlin changes its foreign policy

The Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved her Minister of Economy, Sigmar Gabriel, to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Voltaire Mr Gabriel is a former trade unionist known for his criticisms of the US’s imperial policy under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. We must highlight the… After Washington and London… Read More »

An uncertain future for peace

It looks like the tide is high in the UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks, now that the focus is on the thorny issue of security and guarantees in a… Annie Charalambous incyprus The two leaders met in Nicosia yesterday for the first time since the Geneva-hosted security-focused Conference on Cyprus and agreed to meet again on… An uncertain future… Read More »

Cyprus hopes dashed by Turkes four freedoms demand

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tugrul Turkes, has torpedoed hopes for a settlement on the Cyprus problem after publically stating that his country will not budge on its request for four freedoms for the… in-cyprus Turkes – who had travelled to Geneva earlier this month to meet with Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami – said that the… Cyprus hopes dashed… Read More »

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey betrays our liberal values

The prime minister is so desperate for trade deals that she is embracing a regime of full-frontal authoritarianism. This tawdry tour shames Britain Sarah Olney The Guardian And so the Brexit cavalcade gathers pace. After paying court to Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, Theresa May will fly to… Theresa May’s visit… Read More »

Astana: What talks?

With each round of peace talks, it is further clarified that Syrians under siege are not the key factor in negotiations. Malak Chabkoun Al Jazeera News Perhaps one of the biggest examples of the disconnect between Syrians inside Syria and Syrians sitting at the negotiating table in Astana this week is seen in a video produced by Shaam News Network, in which several… Astana: What… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start again

With Athens, EU creditors, and the IMF deadlocked on the bailout talks, some fear a renewed crisis. Simon Marks Politico ATHENS — Two years ago, Alexis Tsipras, the then 40-year-old leader of Greece’s Syriza party, swept to victory in snap elections claiming an end to the “vicious cycle of austerity” and years of “humiliation and suffering.” Now a veteran prime minister… Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start… Read More »