Diplomacy

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

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Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe. By Josh Kovensky Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the… Lofty ambitions confront… Read More »

Nobel laureate calls on Australia to show ‘fair go’ over $40b Timor Sea oil

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East Timor’s former prime minister and president Dr Jose Ramos-Horta has appealed to Australia’s sense of a “fair go”, asking for a sea boundary to be changed to share $40 billion in oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. Dr Ramos-Horta made the comments while in Brisbane for his keynote address to the two-day Age of Insecurities conference, organised by Griffith University to… Nobel laureate calls… Read More »

“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

3 Factors for the U.S. to Consider in Assessing Iran’s Role in Yemen Attacks

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Publicly blaming Tehran for the recent missile strikes would be a serious matter, so U.S. officials need to go through several preparatory steps before deciding whether that is the best course of action. Michael Singh After missiles fired from the coast of Yemen (unsuccessfully) targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, U.S. officials unequivocally blamed the Shiite Houthi rebels that control Yemen’s capital. U.S. forces responded to the… 3 Factors for… Read More »

U.N. envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties

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SANAA: The United Nations envoy to Yemen has handed an outline for a peace plan to Houthi rebels in control of the capital which includes depriving their rival, President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, of his authorities and the withdrawal of rebels from major cities, a Houthi-affiliated politician said Tuesday. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed left Sanaa after a three-day visit aimed at pushing for an end the… U.N. envoy to… Read More »

Turkey: Erdogan’s Stealth Jihad Against the West

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Erdogan fights anyone and anything outside the sphere of his understanding of Sunni Islamism. by Burak Bekdil His arguments typically reflect an Islamist’s angry inner thoughts, feelings of “defeat against the non-Muslim West” and a “powerful urge to reverse the world order in favor of political Islam.” Erdogan is not honest even when he insists on a… Turkey: Erdogan’s… Read More »

Libyan PM open to security cooperation with Russia

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Head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government voices readiness to step up security, military cooperation with Moscow World Bulletin / News Desk Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has expressed his government’s willingness to step up security and… Libyan PM open… Read More »

Kevin Rudd caught up in Hillary Clinton email hack over failed UN bid

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AS Kevin Rudd was tenaciously working behind-the-scenes to drum up support for his failed United Nations secretary-general bid, he apparently reached out to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta. If WikiLeaks’ dump of hacked emails from Mr Podesta’s gmail account are accurate, the… Kevin Rudd caught… Read More »

Effective sanctions relief on Iran for sanctions’ sake

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The one year anniversary of Iran nuclear agreement’s entering into force on Oct. 18, 2015 was buried in the noise and news of U.S. electoral campaign, operation to liberate Mosul and tragic agonies of Aleppo. By Thomas R. Pickering and Ali Vaez This in itself is a testament to the accord’s remarkable success in addressing a major threat to global security. But in this success lies a… Effective sanctions relief… Read More »

Is Turkey Pivoting to China?

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As Turkey looks for alternative partners, it is not Russia or Iran but China that offers the most promise, so the United States should shore up its own ties with Ankara in response. Michael Singh  U.S.-Turkish relations were strained before the July coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and… Is Turkey Pivoting… Read More »

Does America Need Rodrigo Duterte?

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Washington’s influence is not worth courting conflict with China. Doug Bandow America’s alliance structure in Europe and Asia dates back more than six decades. A few of the smaller, less viable organizations collapsed (CENTO… Does America Need… Read More »

“More Dangerous than the Cold War”: By Cooperating With Washington On Syria Russia Walked Into A Trap

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A month ago I wrote a column , “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.” By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research, Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent: 1. A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo. According to the report, “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies [Russia] are responsible for the… “More Dangerous than… Read More »

Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

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BRUSSELS: The head of the European parliament and Canada’s trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region’s refusal to sign on Agence France Presse EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul… Last-ditch talks… Read More »

Looking for a scape-goat

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In Berlin, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine made an effort to disentangle the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. by Thierry Meyssan However, from the Russian point of view, these blockages only exist because the objective of the United States is not the defence of democracy, on which they pride themselves, but the prevention of the development of Russia and China by cutting the… Looking for a… Read More »

13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

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“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »