Diplomacy

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

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Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the global economy every year if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released yesterday (16 March). Janie Matthews Euractiv The report, backed by research from the International Resource Panel, showed that efficient use of the world’s natural resources will mean big money for the next generation, who could see the €2 trillion by 2050. A programme in… Better resource efficiency… Read More »

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

Bloomberg

Finance ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic, according to people familiar with the talks. Alessandro Speciale and Rainer Buergin Bloomberg Deputies concluded crafting the communique on Thursday evening, and ministers and central-bank governors will debate the document in the German town of Baden-Baden on Friday. The language may… G-20 Finance Chiefs… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

Brexit the board game

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The clock is ticking for Theresa May to trigger Article 50 (phone Donald Tusk, shout “I don’t want to be in your gang anymore,” then hang up). Paul Dallison and Dom McKenzie Politico Then the EU will respond (put fingers in ears, shout “nah nah, I can’t hear you”). What better way… Brexit the board… Read More »

NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

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TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara… ZOIE O’BRIEN Express The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and… NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

Is China becoming a responsible global power?

Asia Times

Reading pronouncements by Chinese leaders and officials in recent days, one may have the impression that it is not the United States or any other powers, but rather China that is becoming the main global force for stability, security, and prosperity. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times In his Report on the Work of the Government March 5 to the National People’s Congress (NPC), the one-party country’s parliament, Li Keqiang stated twice that China is a “responsible country.” It was apparently… Is ... Read More »

On the Trail of Uganda’s Arrow Boys

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As part of Crisis Group’s research on civilian defence forces, Horn of Africa Analyst Magnus Taylor spoke to former fighters in Uganda known as the Arrow… Magnus Taylor ICG The group played an instrumental role in routing the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army when rebels attacked Teso in eastern Uganda in… Musa Ecweru’s office is on the top floor in the Office of the Prime Minister in… On the Trail… Read More »

Donald Trump sends ‘hate group’ to a UN conference on women’s rights

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The US delegation includes groups that believe the UN’s advocacy on gender equality and LGBTQI rights is a threat to… Mythili Sampathkumar Independent Two groups who have advocated against expanding rights and funding for women and the LGBTIQ community are attending a… Both groups were named by the State Department as part of the… Donald Trump sends… Read More »

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

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The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Democracy Now Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald… Facing Famine, 20… Read More »

Israel’s rejection of peace grows bolder

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In 1993, Yasser Arafat agreed to a compromise that would set aside the full demands of the Palestinian people, and recognize Israel in exchange for Israel recognizing Palestine. Ray Hanania Arab News At the time of the agreement, and during a high-profile media flurry, Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister at the time, to seal the deal. Little did anyone… Israel’s rejection of… Read More »

War Must Not Become the New Normal

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With the proliferation of conflicts, weakening international institutions, and rising nationalism, the world faces daunting times ahead. Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group A new coalition of states must come together to promote our collective interest in peace and security. The pessimists were… War Must Not… Read More »

Six must-read opinions on Syria’s sixth war anniversary

Syria - Al Jazeera

On the day of the sixth anniversary of the civil war, here are the opinions that shed light on what happened in Syria. Al Jazeera Round Table Al Jazeera News “It’s the deeper societal and cultural work, not the Assad conundrum, that’s required to move Syria slowly, but surely, towards health.” “What is happening… Six must-read opinions… Read More »

Russia’s violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe’s security

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Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. Senator Ben Cardin The Guardian This puts Europe in danger Russia is once… Russia’s violation of… Read More »

Europe’s ‘Turkish Awakening’

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Turkey, officially, is a candidate for full membership in the European… * Burak Bekdil * Gatestone Institute It is also negotiating with Brussels a deal which would allow millions of Turks to travel to Europe without… But Turkey is not like any other European country that joined or will join the EU: The Turks’ choice of a leader, in office since 2002, too… Europe’s ‘Turkish… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

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Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »