Diplomacy

Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

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Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

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Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »

PM: Timor-Leste should be in WTO

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for Timor-Leste to be made a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so the… Khmer Times Mr. Hun Sen made the call at the opening of the Fifth China Round Table on World Trade Organization Accessions in… Mr. Hun Sen recalled how joining the WTO in 2004 helped Cambodia open its… PM: Timor-Leste… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

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After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

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UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

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Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The case against Turkey

Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yuksekdag (C) arrives at the Cumhuriyet Daily headquarters, on November 27,2015 in Istanbul, during a demonstration after the arrest of the Editor in Chief. A court in Istanbul charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying after they alleged Turkey's secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, Turkish media reported. Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets". Both men were placed in pre-trial detention. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

A European parliamentarian’s visit to Ankara yielded no reasons to reconsider freezing accession talks. Kati Piri Politico As I landed in Ankara earlier this month, I knew it would not be an easy trip. The Turkish government… The case against… Read More »

UN official says ‘crimes against humanity’ could be unfolding in Myanmar

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(CNN) – Their homes burned and relatives killed, Rohingya have been fleeing northern Myanmar since October. James Griffiths and Kristie Lu Stout CNN They trek for miles along a dangerous route — risking drowning, disease and capture by the military — to cross the border into neighboring Bangladesh, where refugee camps provide temporary shelter. Tens of thousands… UN official says… Read More »

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad

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Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. Bryan MacDonald RT This delusion could be dangerous. George Bernard Shaw… NATO logic: British… Read More »

Surrendered to populism, Germany increases anti-Turkey sentiment

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As the German state pursues supporting any anti-Turkish propaganda, the tension between the two countries will continue to escalate Sumeyra Kelles Yerkel Daily Sabah The general elections are approaching in Germany and it is interesting to see how the rhetoric of German politicians has become more and more populist with each passing day. This is observable… Surrendered to populism… Read More »

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

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As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid. Mark LeVine Al Jazeera News The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is not the unearthing of allegedly long-discredited… What did the… Read More »

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

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Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

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Hopes that post-Brexit Britain can boost Commonwealth trade is ill-founded Those countries have moved on… David Olusoga The Guardian When Lord North, prime minister at the time of the American revolution, received the news that British forces had lost the war, and with it the… Empire 2.0 is… Read More »