Diplomacy

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

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The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with… Bill Van Auken WSWS “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence… “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the… Washington pushes world… Read More »

A tale of two Slavic strongmen

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For all their differences, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are cut from the same… VIJAI MAHESHWARI Politico KIEV, Ukarine — On the surface, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko have every reason to be bosom… Both are strongmen of the Russian-speaking world, their… A tale of… Read More »

Will China intervene in North Korea?

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If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera North Korea is in the headlines – again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it’s the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since… Donald Trump is in… Will China intervene… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

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THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »

Ireland seeks common Brexit strategy with Dutch and Danes

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Enda Kenny to hold mini summit with leaders in bid to bring trade focus to EU talks Fiach Kelly The Irish Times Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the leaders of like-minded EU countries to ensure that upcoming Brexit talks move swiftly on to trade and do not get delayed by the UK’s so… Mr Kenny will hold a mini-summit next week in The Hague with the prime ministers of the… Ireland seeks common… Read More »

China warns of N Korea conflict ‘at any moment’

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A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment,” China said April 14, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the… Beijing Hurriyet On the same day, the Kremlin said it’s watching the developments around North Korea with “great… China’s sharp language came after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of,” as… China warns of… Read More »

BRICS Issues Joint Statement: Illegal Military Intervention in Syria Is Unacceptable

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The joint BRICS statement says military action in Syria without authorization from the UN Security Council is dangerous and… Russia Insider Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have issued a joint BRICS statement condemning military action in Syria that has not… Some highlights from the statement: BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East… BRICS Issues Joint… Read More »

‘China Matters’

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Book Extract In China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (LaTrobe University Press), its authors Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson look at the… By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson By Daily Review The two expert China-watchers take a concise look at modern China, its tensions and contradictions, and pose questions about how it might use its power and influence in a… A major aim of… ‘China Matters… Read More »

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Politics podcast: Gareth Evans on Australian self-reliance

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In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans lambasted US President Donald… Michelle Grattan  The Conversation Evans described Trump as “manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped… Evans, who is chancellor of the Australian National University, was… Politics podcast: Gareth… Read More »

How the Soviet Union Thought Itself to Death

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Glasnost, meant to save the USSR, wound up being its death blow. Anthony D’Agostino The National Interest ALONGSIDE THE balance of power is a balance of ideas, and even a hegemony of… Britain first rose among the European states as a champion of the Reformation and then as a voice of the… Germany emerged as a candidate for world… How the Soviet… Read More »

Turkey Sees No Need for Cyprus to Approve Israel Gas Pipeline

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A Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal could be built through Cyprus’ economic waters even without Cypriot consent, a Turkish official… David Wainer Bloomberg Cyprus can’t block a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, and gas talks with Israel don’t hinge on attempts to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, the… A pipeline bringing gas from Israel’s… Turkey Sees No… Read More »

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

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The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

Syria after the U.S. Strike: What Should Come Next

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Poison gas and missile response have heightened tensions over the Syria… ICG Washington and Moscow should respond to the new risks by pursuing their stated common interest: sufficient de-escalation of the war’s violence to establish a meaningful political track toward… Whether one believes they were the… Syria after the… Read More »

Towards a new Cuban Crisis?

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Immediate Danger of Nuclear War Original title: “Russia is preparing for Hot War” Defence Democracy Press “I think this is the most dangerous moment in American, Russian relations since the Cuban Crisis” – Stephen Cohen, Professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Towards a new… Read More »