Diplomacy

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Without Russia it’s only Hobson’s choice for Cyprus

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As the latest neurotic and frenetic round of negotiations about illegally occupied Cyprus is planned to continue in March 2017, one can only see yet another fiasco coming. <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> Aris Petasis * William Mallinson * Futile ‘negotiations’ have been going on for some forty years now, with the script and narrative never changing. Defend Democracy Press Nor do the actors seem to change: on the one side we have NATO-Turkey-Britain and on the other, tiny [semi-occupied by ... Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson needs to realize that soft power is not necessarily smart power James Jay Carafano The National Interest Now that he has moved into Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has big decisions to make. Handling Putin, Kim Jong-un, the ayatollah and Xi Jinping will, of course, top the list. But the… Out with Globalization… Read More »

What the break-up of the British Empire can tell us about Brexit

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The art of leaving A generous payment here and there can go a long way The Economist IF THE current crop of Whitehall mandarins think they have their hands full negotiating an exit from the European Union, they should spare a thought for their… Britain’s withdrawal from its empire in the What the break… Read More »

Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement

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Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics? Gulen groups are connected to U.S. charter school network overseen by legislators Liz Essley Whyte Center for Public Integrity Just why exactly would 151 state legislators from places like Idaho and Texas accept subsidized junkets from a Turkish opposition group now blamed by that… Scores of state… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

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The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

Ecuador presidential candidate promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

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Main opposition candidate said WikiLeaks founder’s asylum expensive and not justified. Gašper Završnik Politico WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be asked to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London within a month if the country’s main opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins the… Ecuador presidential candidate… Read More »

May gets green light to trigger Brexit as Labour splits deepen

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MPs have given ministers the go-ahead to begin the taking the UK out of the EU by passing legislation to trigger Article 50 of the… Paris Gourtsoyannis The Scotsman The House of Commons voted by 494 to 122 pass the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, giving Theresa May the… Ministers succeeded in rushing the… May gets green… Read More »

Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

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Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island. It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 ... Read More »

No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to convince President Trump in a telephone call that arming Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight the Islamic State would be counterproductive to the… Kareem Fahim and Adam Entous The Washington Post One of Erdogan’s objectives in the call was to try to… No decision yet… Read More »

Trump reiterates ‘close, long-standing relationship’ in phone call with Turkish president

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President Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he reiterated support as “a strategic partner and NATO ally,” according to the White… Fox News Trump discussed the “close, long-standing relationship” between the U.S. and Turkey, in addition welcoming the… Trump reiterates ‘close… Read More »

Chinese ships sail near disputed Japanese islands

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The sailing comes just days after US Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Japan and its disputed islands. Brad Lendon CNN According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, protests were lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and in Beijing through the… Tensions have flashed numerous times in recent years over the… Chinese ships sail… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

What Turkey will be looking for when Trump calls Erdogan

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ISTANBUL — When President Trump speaks to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a much-anticipated phone call late Tuesday, Erdogan is certain to press his counterpart to reject Pentagon proposals to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria and… Kareem Fahim and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Trump may want to change the…Meeting either demand could be problematic for the… What Turkey will… Read More »