Diplomacy

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad

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Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. Bryan MacDonald RT This delusion could be dangerous. George Bernard Shaw… NATO logic: British… Read More »

Surrendered to populism, Germany increases anti-Turkey sentiment

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As the German state pursues supporting any anti-Turkish propaganda, the tension between the two countries will continue to escalate Sumeyra Kelles Yerkel Daily Sabah The general elections are approaching in Germany and it is interesting to see how the rhetoric of German politicians has become more and more populist with each passing day. This is observable… Surrendered to populism… Read More »

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

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As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid. Mark LeVine Al Jazeera News The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is not the unearthing of allegedly long-discredited… What did the… Read More »

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

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Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

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Hopes that post-Brexit Britain can boost Commonwealth trade is ill-founded Those countries have moved on… David Olusoga The Guardian When Lord North, prime minister at the time of the American revolution, received the news that British forces had lost the war, and with it the… Empire 2.0 is… Read More »

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

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The crisis in Syria isn’t a Republican or Democrat problem; it is a moral failing that places America on the wrong side of… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest The spark that started it all was an errant… Six years ago, on March 6, 2011, Syrian state security forces arrested fifteen young boys for spray painting anti-regime graffiti on a… Can Trump Refrain… Read More »

Reunited Cyprus’ property compensation bill

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His vast legal experience in displaced persons’ property cases before Strasbourg-based EU courts have prompted Nicosia lawyer… Annie Charalambous in-cyprus “Because, at the end of the day, one has to think for himself and decide whether he/she is part of the solution or part of the problem… “I am not an economist, but I adopted a model on an X and… Reunited Cyprus’ property… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

UN - Euractiv

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?

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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 »