Diplomacy

India stares at complete breakdown of ties with Nepal

The cancellation of the visit by the Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to India on Monday; the abandonment of the idea of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the ‘Buddh Purnima’ in Lumbini on May 21; Kathmandu’s decision to recall its ambassador in New Delhi – the weekend is packed with dramatic developments that have deeply wounded the India-Nepal relationship… Source: India stares at complete breakdown of ties with Nepal – Asia Times Read More »

Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’

With EU membership a distant prospect, Moscow fires up its propaganda machine in Tbilisi… TBILISI, Georgia — The EU used to be seen here as a beacon of democracy and prosperity. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the prospect of membership fueled reforms all over the region. The allure of today’s European Union, plagued with crisis, appears to be waning… Source: Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’ – POLITICO Read More »

Brexit – the day after: what would it be like?

A UK withdrawal from the EU could have profound consequences for Britain, Ireland and Europe. The first part of a series imagines the immediate aftermath of an exit vote.. It is the morning of Friday, June 24th, 2016, at 10 Downing Street, and for David Cameron the news is still sinking in: the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union… Source: Brexit – the day after: what would it be like? Read More »

Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will leave office, raising new questions about EU’s migration pact with Ankara.. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled yet another block out of the already precarious Jenga tower that is the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, moving to oust the politician who has been Brussels’ most trusted partner in Ankara… Source: Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case – POLITICO Read More »

Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU

DAVID Cameron has performed an astonishing U-turn on Turkey’s membership of the EU, and voters could be forgiven for wondering what he REALLY thinks.. Yesterday the Prime Minister rubbished the notion of Turkey becoming a member of the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Britain remaining a member of the EU… Source: Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron says Turkey will not join EU

DAVID Cameron has rubbished claims that Turkey could join the European Union.. The Prime Minister shot down the notion that Turkey will become an EU member, saying it is “not remotely on the cards”. Cameron bluntly savaged Turkey’s chances of joining the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Remain in the referendum on June 23… Source: ‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron says Turkey will not join EU | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN

Yemen’s warring parties resumed face-to-face peace talks on May 4, after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said. It is only the second round of face-to-face talks in the hard-won negotiations to end a devastating conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million since March last year… Source: Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN – MIDEAST Read More »

Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal

French president rejects trade pact in current form as lead negotiator blames Washington for impasse a day after leak revealed ‘irreconcilable’ differences.. Doubts about the controversial EU-US trade pact are mounting after the French president threatened to block the deal… Source: Doubts rise over TTIP as France threatens to block EU-US deal | Business | The Guardian Read More »

EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met

The European Commission has given conditional backing for Turkish people to get visa-free travel inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen area. It says Turkey has made good progress on key conditions, but work remains to be done “as a matter of urgency”. The change could take effect from July, but first it… Source: EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met – BBC News Read More »

Who Started the Second Cold War?

Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks. Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes. Vladimir Putin’s message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it… Source: Who Started the Second Cold War? | The American Conservative Read More »

The EU – A CIA Covert Operation

The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington.. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will […] Source: The EU – A CIA Covert Operation – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com Read More »

Operation Fox Hunt: Law council says extradition treaty with China is ‘a joke’

Beijing: The national peak body representing the legal profession in Australia has urged the federal government not to ratify an extradition treaty with China, citing concerns the mainland’s criminal justice system lacked procedural fairness and was “steadily marching in the wrong direction”. Addressing the parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Canberra on Monday, the Law Council of Australia said there was no way to guarantee those extradited would be granted a fair trial, nor were there any effective measures to ... Read More »

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

After the Cold War ended, many of the safeguards preventing war between Russia and the West have been allowed to lapse.. “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War… Source: NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia – FPIF Read More »

South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals

Presidents meet in Tehran with North Korea’s nuclear disarmament a topic of discussion. South Korea and Iran are expected to sign several trade deals worth billions of dollars and discuss sensitive subjects like North Korea following President Park Geun-hye’s arrival in Tehran with a large group of business leaders… Source: South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals – AJE News Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan

A territorial spat over the Kurils could bring Moscow and Tokyo together.. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida recently met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of an upcoming meeting between Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main item on the agenda will be working toward resolving the ongoing dispute over the Kuril… Source: A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan | The National Interest Read More »