Could ambassador’s slaying bring about Russian-Turkish cooperation?

Personnel carry the coffin containing the body of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while delivering a speech in an Ankara art gallery on December 19, after a memorial service in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool - RTX2W4WV

The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov deeply shocked the public and the ruling circles in Moscow. Al Monitor Vladimir Avatkov President Vladimir Putin canceled his long-planned annual press conference to bid farewell to the diplomat. Given the recent worsening of… Could ambassador’s slaying… Read More »

Thousands of refugees left in cold, as UN and EU accused of mismanagement

Refugees - The Guardian

United Nations refugee agency and EU’s Echo aid department accused of failing to properly ‘winterise’ camps The Guardian Patrick Kingsley The UN refugee agency and the EU’s aid department have been accused by other aid groups of mismanaging a multimillion-pound fund earmarked for the most vulnerable refugees in Europe, leaving thousands sleeping in… Thousands of refugees left… Read More »

UN raises alarm on hunger in Kenya and Eastern Africa

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Persistence of severe drought is likely to push the number of hungry Kenyans beyond the 1.3 million already considered “food insecure,” a United Nations agency has warned. Daily Nation Kevin J. Kelley “Based on the latest predictions, the impacts of the current drought in the southern part of the country will lessen by mid-2017, but counties in the north — in particular Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera — will steadily get… UN raises alarm on hunger in… Read More »

How far would you really go for the Syrians?


The atrocities unfolding in Aleppo over the past few weeks have resulted in a reinvigorated outpouring of global grief. On Line Opinion Marieke Jacobs Images of bloodied and lifeless bodies flood our socials, while the hashtags #prayforaleppo, #saveallepo, and #savesyria coalesce into a collective narrative of horror, compassion and despair. We have taken to the streets to… How far would you really go for… Read More »

Sticks And Stones May Break Israel’s Bones, But It’s Words That Really Frighten

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The ‘Democratic State of Israel’ has decided to go ‘full North Korea’ and threaten to not renew an Australian Jewish journalist’s press visa for… wait for it… asking a question at a media event. New Matilda Chris Graham Chris Graham explains. Living in a free and democratic society is… Sticks And Stones May Break… Read More »

Rethinking Trump’s policy options for North Korea

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Strategic patience, as exercised by the outgoing Obama administration, is highly unsustainable as a long-term policy Asia Times Jana Hajzlerova and Michael Raska In 2016, North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, multiple missiles tests, and staged a rare Workers’ Party of Korea congress signaling the “official start to Kim Jong-un’s era” with no changes in its political course. At the same time… Rethinking Trump’s policy… Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

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The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

South Sudan: Rearranging the Chessboard

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President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. ICG To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a… South Sudan: Rearranging… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

Russia - The Daily Caller

A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

Canadian hostage, children seen in just-released Taliban video

Canadian - The Star

A Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan since 2012 and his family are living a “Kafkaesque nightmare,” according to a video released today by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-linked group. The Star Michelle Shephard The two sons born in captivity to hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were shown for the first time in a video posted Monday as the couple pleaded for their family’s release, asking U.S. President Barack Obama to think about… Canadian hostage, children seen in… Read More »

Fifteen Points for the New Secretary-General

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The United Nations has seldom faced so many… International Crisis Group offers policy ideas on some of the most important strategic questions and crises confronting incoming Secretary-General António… ICG António Guterres will become Secretary-General amid major geopolitical upheaval, in… Fifteen Points for… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

The ‘Palestinisation’ of the Syrian people

Aleppo - Al Jazeera

Or how Aleppo and Syria were abandoned by the world. Al Jazeera News Robin Yassin-Kassab In solidarity with Aleppo, the lights on the Eiffel Tower were extinguished. Elsewhere in Paris, and in London, Amsterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen, people demonstrated against the slaughter. Turks rallied outside Russian… The ‘Palestinisation’ of… Read More »

Did America Really Lose the First Gulf War?

Gulf War - The National Interest

How Desert Storm taught us all the wrong lessons. The National Interest Daniel L. Davis In the heady days following the spectacular U.S. victory over Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard armored divisions in Operation Desert Storm, military experts in Washington celebrated the fact that the U.S. military was vastly… Did America Really Lose… Read More »

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

WW3 - Express

With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »