Diplomacy

After Washington and London, Berlin changes its foreign policy

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 »

Make Jerusalem Safe Again

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Relocating the American Embassy to Jerusalem, as President Donald Trump has pledged to do, is more than symbolic. Ilana Mercer The Daily Caller It’s what Christians should be praying for if they value celebrating future Easter Holy Weeks, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem’s Old City. With such a forceful gesture… Make Jerusalem Safe… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

How Theresa May will surprise Trump at their first summit

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If President Donald Trump hopes he has found a loyal and willing ally from across the pond in Theresa May, who visits him on Friday, he could be in for a big… By Judy Dempsey The Washington Post Yes, its an honor that the British prime minister becomes the first leader to meet Trump since his inauguration on…The symbolism… How Theresa May… Read More »

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

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The recent British Supreme Court ruling will not stop Brexit but it will change how it is approached. Simon Usherwood Al Jazeera News The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw… Brexit is still happening, just… Read More »

A bill has already been introduced in Congress to remove the US from the United Nations

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A bill introduced by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers earlier this month calls on the US to “terminate” its membership in the United Nations (UN) and effectively sever all ties with the… Natasha Bertrand Business Insider The legislation, titled the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017,” was proposed on January 3. It is co-sponsored by a… A bill has… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

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With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »

Women and Iran’s elections: ‘This is not the atmosphere for change’

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In May this year Iranians will go to the polls twice: first to vote for their next president, and then for nearly 120,000 council members in the municipal election. Rebecca Barlow Lowy Interpreter Women, like youth, form a critical component of Iran’s electorate.. They played a key role in the election of reformist president Muhammad Khatami (1997-2005) and the… Women and Iran’s… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

JFK’s Daughter Caroline Kennedy Just Made A Historical Career Announcement – Get Ready

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Up until the Trump administration took over the White House just a couple days ago, Caroline Kennedy was the American Ambassador to Japan… Pearson McKinney Bipartisan Report When Trump gained control, Kennedy was sent packing, returning to civilian life in the states… There was no one appointed to take over the… JFK’s Daughter Caroline… Read More »