Diplomacy

Could Brexit Lead to Another Financial Crisis?

Domino & money 1a LLLL

It was 10 years ago when the financial crisis hit the UK, and today, former chancellor of the exchequer, Lord Alistair Darling cautioned that there could be another. Sunny Rogers Currency Solutions Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the former chancellor reminisced on the events that unfolded as the crash began to engulf the country, outlining “the most scary moment” of the crisis. “I had to go to one of these meetings of European finance ministers, and I was asked to ... Read More »

‘Erdogan is an enemy of Israel’: Knesset speaker

Netanyahu Erdogan 1a LLLL

Turkey-Israel relations have been frayed since Israel’s 2008 conflict against Gaza [AFP] Speaker of Israel’s parliament Yuli-Yoel Edelstein reacted the Turkish president’s comments on occupied Jerusalem yesterday by calling him an enemy of the Zionist state. The New Arab President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “was and will remain” an enemy of Israel, the speaker of the Israeli parliament said on Tuesday. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein anger was sparked by Erdogan’s comments Monday that Muslims should “increase their visitation” to the al-Aqsa Mosque and ... Read More »

What is China’s PLA doing in Laos?

Sanos 4d

Beijing’s ‘Train of Peace’ mission to provide medical care to Lao armed forces was nominally a goodwill mission but underscored the country’s strategic importance to China’s plans for Southeast Asia. Zi Yang Asia Times China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest fighting force with over 2.3 million soldiers, is fast expanding its operations in its near abroad. A 90-person PLA medical team recently concluded a little noticed goodwill mission in neighboring Laos. Dubbed “Train of Peace 2017”, the team ... Read More »

Egypt’s Sisi says proud of cooperation with Cyprus

Xinhuanet logo 1a LLLL

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that his country is proud of constructive cooperation relations with Cyprus. Xinhua In a phone call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting “distinguished relations” between the two countries in all fields, official MENA news agency reported. The Egyptian president also expressed his appreciation for Cyprus’ supportive stances on Egypt’s efforts to establish the pillars of security and stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Anastasiades also hailed ... Read More »

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

Erdogan Nuclear 1a Getty LLLL

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation’s weapons, an expert has claimed. Rebecca Flood Express With tensions threatening to reach breaking point between the US and North Korea it has emerged Turkey could be trying to build up its weaponry as relations with the EU reach a new low.  In a worrying claim, an expert has warned Turkey is the next country looking to expand ... Read More »

Will China be a Factor in the Upcoming NAFTA Negotiations?

Peref 1a

Beijing is incentivizing Mexico City and others in Latin American to rethink their traditional trading relationships. Bill Bray Miyako Yerick The National Interest The first round of NAFTA renegotiations is set to take place in Washington, DC August 16–20 and one of the primary U.S. objectives is reducing its $63 billion trade deficit with Mexico. Mexico is in a position to drive a harder bargain than many would think, however. Unlike thirty years ago, Mexico today can leverage China’s growing foreign direct ... Read More »

‘Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

Ese 1a

WARMONGERING rhetoric is being spewed by Turkey towards Europe after a newspaper close to the Turkish regime declared the country could overrun Germany in three… REBECCA FLOOD Express Newspaper Yeni Söz, closely aligned to the government, made the outlandish claim on the front page of its daily newspaper. Carrying the provocative headline “Turkey can occupy Europe within 3 days”, the move is the latest in a political spat between Ankara and Berlin. Turkey has been vying to join the EU for more than a ... Read More »

Vietnam backs off South China Sea drilling at behest of Beijing

Sey 5e

Suspension of project near border of exclusive economic zone another victory for Beijing Asia Unhedged Asia Times Spanish energy firm Repsol has suspended oil drilling off the coast of Vietnam in waters claimed by China, after Hanoi came under pressure from Beijing to stop, Reuters reported this week. “We are working with the PetroVietnam and with the Vietnamese authorities and the only comment is that right now, operations have been suspended,” Repsol’s chief financial officer, Miguel Martinez, was quoted as ... Read More »

Exclusive: EU migrants under age of 30 could be given 2-year visas to live and work in UK after Brexit

UK & EU flags 3c LLLL

EU migrants who are under the age of 30 could be handed two-year visas that give them the right to live and work in the UK after Brexit under plans being considered by a Government-commissioned review. Steven Swinford  The Telegraph The Migration Advisory Committee, an independent body, has been commissioned by ministers to review the economic costs and benefits of EU migration and examine potential border controls. In a call for evidence published yesterday the committee suggested that Britain could ... Read More »

Vietnam, Yielding to Beijing, Backs Off South China Sea Drilling

Uku 5e

HONG KONG — Vietnam appears to have retreated in a high-stakes maritime gambit against China, suspending a gas-drilling project that it had approved in the South China Sea but that was said to have irritated Beijing. Mike Ives The New York Times The drilling, by a subsidiary of the Spanish energy company Repsol, had started in June off the southern Vietnamese coast, analysts said. The offshore block where the drilling was occurring straddles the border of Vietnam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic ... Read More »

Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’

Maur 1a

Research shows economic factors and ‘lack of meaning’ in life makes warzone attractive Lizzie Dearden Independent Young men who leave their homes to fight for terrorist groups in Syria mainly come from disadvantaged backgrounds, have low levels of education and “lack any basic understanding of the true meaning of jihad or even the Islamic faith”, according to a new report. A study for the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism found that despite claiming to protect Muslims, most of the returned fighters were “novices” ... Read More »

China set for easy ride from ASEAN on disputed South China Sea

Sey 6f

MANILA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian ministers meeting this week are set to avoid tackling the subject of Beijing’s arming and building of manmade South China Sea islands, preparing to endorse a framework for a code of conduct that is neither binding nor enforceable. Manuel Mogato Reuters The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has omitted references to China’s most controversial activities in its joint communique, a draft reviewed by Reuters shows. In addition, a leaked blueprint for establishing an ... Read More »

It’s time to stop kowtowing to Turkey

Pras 5e

Israel’s great relationship with Turkey is over, here’s what’s needed. The break in relations between Israel and Turkey is often identified as happening in May 2010, when the Israel Navy took control of the Mavi Marmara protest ship that was on its way to Gaza. YAIR LAPID JPost Nine protesters were killed during the operation, all Turkish citizens. The response was harsh. Turkey announced it was suspending all joint military exercises with Israel, the families of Israel’s diplomats were returned home. ... Read More »

Australia’s Prime Minister Slowly Realizes Trump Is a Complete Idiot

Trump Turnbull 1a Getty Images LLLL

The transcript of Donald Trump’s discussion with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull obtained by the Washington Post reveals many things, but the most significant may be that Trump in his private negotiations is every bit as mentally limited as… Jonathan Chait New York At issue in the conversation is a deal to settle 1,250 refugees who have been detained by Australia in the United States. I did not pay any attention to the details of this agreement before reading the transcript. By the ... Read More »

Treaty to enable high seas marine protected areas takes step forward

o0806042 - 08 JUNE 2004 - TASMAN SEA 
The NZ deep sea trawler West Bay does a fast turn after hauling its catch from international waters in the Tasman Sea. Greenpeace  along with more than a thousand scientists are supporting the call for a moratorium  on high seas bottom trawling, because of the vast amount of marine life that is destroyed by this fishing method.
©2004Greenpeace/Roger Grace

The United Nations has advanced a step closer to an international treaty to protect marine life on the high seas, with an aim of setting up a mechanism for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions. Aaron Orlowski SeafoodSource International waters outside countries’ exclusive economic zones make up 60 percent of the ocean and cover almost half of the surface of the earth. The waters are rife with marine life, including many threatened species, but are subject to ... Read More »

Venezuela’s Last Flickers of Democracy

Bene 1a

Venezuela’s political crisis took another fateful turn on Sunday 30 July with the rigged election of an all-powerful assembly mandated to rewrite the constitution. Phil Gunson ICG In this Q&A, Senior Analyst for the Andes Phil Gunson says Sunday’s vote represents the end of what little democratic space still existed and takes the country on the path to dictatorship. Can you explain what Sunday’s vote was about? On Sunday, the chavista government led by President Nicolás Maduro held a one-sided “election” to ... Read More »