Diplomacy

Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute explained

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Lebanon will not yield its maritime territory to Israel, Lebanese officials… Matthew Joaquin Al Jazeera Beirut, Lebanon – Earlier this month, the new Lebanese government, led by President Michel Aoun, published a tender to explore untapped gas and… Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abou Khalil has said that the offshore resources could be a major economic boost for the… Israel-Lebanon maritime… Read More »

Looming Dangers One Year after Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

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One year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s violent flare-up in April 2016, the danger of even more perilous fighting remains… Further hostilities risk a larger regional conflagration with far… Magdalena Grono ICG Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena Grono, assesses risks in… BAKU, Azerbaijan — The room… Looming Dangers One… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

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As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

The Trump Administration’s Potentially Constructive Objectives for NAFTA

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After a campaign in which presidential candidate Donald Trump(link is external) vilified the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade deals in history, the… Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE) Photo Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer In a few areas, as expected, new US goals sharply deviate from past US practice and the provisions of the… These need clarification and… But in a draft letter… The Trump Administration’s… Read More »

Brexit: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to let Europe down gently, now she has other worries

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Breakups can be brutal — a phone call, or maybe in person, with the old standby excuse of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. Lisa Millar ABC This one came in a hand-delivered letter. And the words… Brexit: Britain’s Prime… Read More »

The UK to split if May’s hard or no-deal Brexit is pursued

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The English Bexiteer bigots when lying and cajoling their compatriots in order to convince them to vote ‘leave’, forgot altogether that their country, the UK contains other nations too, who do not… Dennis Kefalakos European Sting The Scotch and the Irish voted ‘remain’ in the 23 June 2016 referendum and it seems now they are determined to make it real, even if it means to divorce their English partners after 300 years of… The UK to… Read More »

Trump said he’d stop dragging us into war. That’s yet another fat lie

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President Trump has escalated US intervention in Syria. Medea Benjamin The Guardian American strikes there now kill or injure more civilians than Russian strikes, says one report President Trump told… Trump said he’d… Read More »

Calls for support as destroyed Mosul Museum seeks to rebuild

A view of a destroyed museum, where Islamic State militants filmed themselves destroying priceless statues and sculptures in 2015, during a battle against the militants in Mosul, Iraq, March 11, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTX30KNF

When Iraqi soldiers entered the Mosul Museum on March 13, they were greeted by scenes of enormous damage caused by the Islamic State (IS). Adnan Abu Zeed Al Monitor Some items had been destroyed or burned, while others had been stolen by IS militants and sold to antiquities traders. Iraqis and the… Calls for support… Read More »

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

Brexit, no sector left unscathed

A photo-illustration shows a European Union (EU) flag as it burns near Manchester, northern England on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 tomorrow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain's formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

How Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect every policy area from fisheries to transport. Politico Brexit threatens to wreak havoc in many of Europe’s biggest sectors, throwing doubt on everything from fish supplies to greenhouse gas-cutting measures to student exchange programs. While British Prime… Brexit, no sector… Read More »

Brexit kick-off: a historic day for the EU anticlockwise

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The beginning of the two-year negotiations is about to begin as UK submits today the letter to the EU today informing the latter about the decision of the British people to leave the bloc. Chris Anyfantis European Sting However, it is still too early to say whether a deal will be reached within the timeframe that is set in Article 50 since two years is a very short time when dealing with such a very complex agreement. Financial markets haven’t… ... Read More »

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ‘of generosity’ but also of ‘enlightened self-interest’ – UN chief

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Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over… UNnewsCentre “This is the moment for all countries that are involved, directly or indirectly in the conflict, to put aside their differences and… Supporting Syrian refugees… Read More »

With its nuclear weapons ban debate, the UN further demonstrates its irrelevance

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Leave it to the United Nations to unite the world’s great powers behind President Trump. Marc A. Thiessen AEI The Washington Post reports: The United States, Britain, France and other major powers protested on Monday as the United Nations began work on what backers said would be a binding prohibition on nuclear weapons…. The proposed ban… With its nuclear… Read More »

Britain’s messy divorce from Europe isn’t going well

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As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. Chris Patten Asia Times My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. After all, the… Britain’s messy divorce… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

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Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »