Diplomacy

Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit

Raymond McCord, whose son was killed by UVF, takes case over peace process concerns Alan Erwin in Belfast A campaigner for the rights of victims of the Troubles has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union… Source: Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Erdogan’s move towards Putin began before the failed attempt. Bruno Macaes It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was carefully crafted to… Source: Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup? | The National ... Read More »

Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics

According to experts, talks between the Russian and Turkish presidents in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9 yielded impressive results on economic issues. At the same time analysts warn that many elements in relations between Moscow and Ankara depend on whether or not solutions to political problems will be found, primarily concerning the Syrian issue… Source: Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS

Although Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied that she sold weapons to the Islamic Stats while serving as Secretary of State, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he has proof to the contrary. Thepoliticalinsider.com reported: In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… Source: Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS | daily-sun.com Read More »

Russia Keeps Its Friends Close and Turkey Closer

Henry Kissinger reminds us that in international relations, states do not have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. That lesson reverberated Tuesday in St. Petersburg, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan let bygones be bygones with his “dear friend, the esteemed Vladimir” in an ironic (and somewhat excessive) display of diplomatic reconciliation. Over the course of only seven months, Turkey and Russia have gone from ranking each other as public enemy No. 1 to catching up as old friends. Erdogan ... Read More »

US Says More Military Transparency Needed in South China Sea

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QINGDAO, China — The response from Beijing and others to an arbitration panel’s ruling invalidating China’s vast South China Sea maritime claims has brought no surprises, but much more military transparency is needed to reduce tensions in the region, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. Adm. Scott Swift also criticized China-Russia joint naval exercises planned next month in the South China Sea, saying the choice of location was not conducive to “increasing the stability within the region.” ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable

Bernie Sanders should call on her to repudiate him as the war criminal he is. By Greg Grandin Word comes from Politico that Hillary Clinton is courting the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. No surprise. Kissinger and the Clintons go back a ways, to when Bill in the early 1990s sought out… Source: Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable | The Nation Read More »

Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter?

During his recent trip to the US, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with US President Barack Obama, made a joint pitch for the ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, the hope that the TTP would form the foundation of a robust and prosperous East Asian security regime centered on economic integration and positive US engagement is fading as China… Source: Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter? – Asia Times Read More »

Japan summons Chinese envoy amid ship ‘incursions’

Japan summoned China’s ambassador Aug. 9 after the country’s ships were spotted near disputed East China Sea islands for a fifth straight day. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called in Cheng Yonghua, Beijing’s envoy to Tokyo, the foreign ministry said – the second such summons since Aug. 5. “The situation surrounding the Japan-China relationship is markedly deteriorating,” Fumio told Cheng, according to the ministry’s statement on its… Source: Japan summons Chinese envoy amid ship ‘incursions’ – ASIA Read More »

Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says. The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed… Source: Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million – BBC News Read More »

Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy

Originally published under the title “Coup-Weary Turkey: Directionless and Insecure.” Turkey once boasted of having NATO’s second biggest army, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons systems. That powerful army now lacks command: After the failed coup of… Source: Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy :: Middle East Forum Read More »

‘Enormous obstacles’ to Scotland joining EU, says Lord Steel

Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of Scotland “going it alone” as an independent European Union state face “enormous” obstacles and are likely to be blocked by countries worried about their own separatist movements, former Holyrood presiding officer Lord Steel has warned… Source: ‘Enormous obstacles’ to Scotland joining EU, says Lord Steel – The Scotsman Read More »

Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Iraqi youth who came of age during the post-2003 turmoil share a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment. Across the political spectrum, they feel trapped: join a protest movement or militia, or emigrate. Even amid the severe challenges the government and its partners face, this generation must be prioritised, lest Iraq’s most important resource… Source: Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000” | International Crisis Group Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »