Diplomacy

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

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World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

The Case for Strikes In Syria Is Better Than The Case For War

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President Trump once said the U.S. should stay out of Syria. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist Then he bombed airbases there. The case for… The Case for… Read More »

Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM

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U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis told Canada that Syria was responsible for gas… Peter Zimonjic John Paul Tasker CBC News Canada was briefed in advance of the U.S. missile strike on an airbase in western Syria that the U.S. says was used by… During question period in the House of Commons on Friday, Trudeau said Canada was informed about the… Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of… Canada was briefed… Read More »

Can Pakistan Remain Neutral in the Saudi-Iran Rivalry?

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Raheel Sharif’s role in a multinational coalition has tilted Pakistan toward Iran’s sphere of… Arif Rafiq The National Interest Islamabad has given clearance to recently retired chief of army staff Gen. Raheel Sharif to command what is being described as a “Muslim NATO” based in Saudi… Sharif’s new position is… Can Pakistan Remain… Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to disputed South China Sea in possible new rift with Beijing

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BEIJING — The Philippine president appeared to revive his quarrels with China on Thursday, ordering his troops to occupy islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea — and… Emily Rauhala The Washington Post Rodrigo Duterte said the military should build structures on all of the Philippine-held islands, reefs and shoals in the contested Spratly Islands — not… China’s construction of the islands is part of its claims of… Philippines’ Duterte orders… Read More »

Why Nikki Haley’s Remarks on India-Pakistan Cannot be Ignored

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NEW DELHI: In an environment where question marks still hand over details of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, the remarks of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on… NATASHA SINGH The Citizen More so as the vagueness that both Islamabad and New Delhi were interpreting as being in their favour has now ended with, “It’s absolutely… Why Nikki Haley… Read More »

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

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Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of… ICG Governments must go beyond punitive measures and address the social and economic roots of gang culture, tackle extortion schemes and… Executive Summary Born in the aftermath of civil war and… Mafia of the… Read More »

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying: Die Welt

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German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a… Berlin, Reuters Hurriyet Die Welt said it received the information in an official government response to a question about the issue filed by Sevim Dağdelen, a German lawmaker with the… Tensions are running high between the two NATO allies ahead of the April 16… Germany investigating 20… Read More »

For Serbia’s Vučić, road to EU runs through Balkans

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Newly-elected president tells POLITICO how he intends to balance relations with the West and… BY MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG  Politico BELGRADE — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić vowed to deepen trade ties within the western Balkans after he takes over as president in June, saying closer economic relations were the… Vučić, in his first interview since winning the presidency on… For Serbia’s Vučić… Read More »

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine

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NATO chief says Russia must end the violence as both sides move heavy artillery close to front… Al Jazeera NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its “considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence… Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the… NATO calls on… Read More »

DR Congo: What Next for the Political Process?

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The Catholic bishops of DR Congo have ended their mediation efforts between President Kabila and a deeply divided… Hans Hoebeke ICG Amid a backdrop of worsening insecurity in the Kasai provinces, Kabila’s agreement to appoint a new prime minister could merely mark the… The last ten days have seen important developments in the… DR Congo: What… Read More »

UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

Sacré Britons! Look who wants to be French now

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Brexit impels rising number of Brits to seek a new passport LONDON — Angered by Brexit, increasing numbers of pro-European Brits are taking drastic action — they’re becoming… CHARLIE COOPER Politico New figures from the French consulate in London reveal a big uptick in applications for French citizenship since last… Officials have seen a 39 percent increase in the number seeking… Sacré Britons! Look… Read More »

The Spoils Of War: Where Your Party Sits On The Saudi-Led War On Yemen

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‘Political things’ are finally happening in Australia over the War on… If you’re a Green, opposition is… Michael Brull New Matilda If you’re Labor, you’ll be very… And if you’re a Liberal, then you’re making a lot of… Michael Brull continues his series on the humanitarian… The war on Yemen appears to… The Spoils Of… Read More »

America and China Should Avoid Igniting World War III over Rocks and Reefs

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Asia-Pacific regional security may hinge on Beijing’s ability to clarify and reform its U-shaped claim in the South China… Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Americans will do well to keep in mind during the next week that global summit meetings are not sporting… We should not judge the success or failure of the effort by the kind of apparatus employed to help the… America and China… Read More »