Global Issues

Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

2202389 06/12/2013 British choreographer Matthew Bourne, left, and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Russia Tim Barrow at the buffet after the play The Sleeping Beauty, staged by Bourne at the Mossovet Theater during the 11th Chekhov International Theater Festival. Vladimir Vyatkin/Sputnik

Britain’s new envoy to the European Union kept a low profile as ambassador to Russia. Marc Bennetts Politico MOSCOW — “Tim who?” That was the reaction of… Tim Barrow, invisible… Read More »

To stage a comeback, Renzi returns to his roots

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stands in front of a copy of a fresco by Italian artist Raphael named "The Meeting of Leo I and Attila", on June 23, 2016 during a press conference on the future of renewable energy in Italy at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

The former Italian prime minister says he has ‘no parachute,’ but is starting again from the bottom. David Allegranti Politico PONTASSIEVE, Italy — Matteo Renzi’s reappearance in Pontassieve, the town just east of Florence where his family lives, has caused a stir among residents akin to a Martian sighting. Locals snapped shots of the… To stage a comeback, Renzi… Read More »

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

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Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. Frances Ryan The Guardian But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s needed When Theresa May set out… Here are six ways to… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

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Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

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Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

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If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

How Donald Trump Could Save EU Foreign Policy

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Rather than fall into despondency, Europeans should see the presidency of Donald Trump as a salutary… Stefan Lehne,  Heather Grabbe Carnegie Europe Finally there is real urgency for Europe to get its act… The EU should take Donald Trump’s arrival as U.S. president as a major wake-up call to upgrade its foreign and… How Donald Trump… Read More »

Unlike Obama, Trump will be a more reliable ally, Turkish leadership believes

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President Erdoğan implicitly called on the upcoming U.S. administration to be transparent with Turkey, while reiterating Ankara’s willingness to repair ties with the U.S. which soured during the Obama administration particularly over disagreements on the… MEHMET ÇELIK Daily Sabah Ankara has restated its hope to… Unlike Obama, Trump… Read More »

Stop Blaming ‘Xenophobia’ For Voters’ Rejection Of Global Liberalism

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, liberals have begun quaking in their boots over the rise of the xenophobic ‘far right.’ Mitch Hall The Federalist Are these fears really justified? The surprising election of… Stop Blaming ‘Xenophobia’… Read More »

Does Israel Really Have a Corruption Problem?

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JERUSALEM — Imagine I’m describing a country you’ve never heard of: I tell you that every prime minister of this country in the last 20 years has at some point been under criminal investigation. Shmuel Rosner The New York Times Defense ministers were investigated and put on trial for corruption. Other top government officials… Does Israel Really… Read More »

With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint. But a sinner may make a better president

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If a good man like Barack Obama fails to deliver on his promises, is it inevitable that a bad man like Donald Trump will do worse? Simon Jenkins The Guardian Does a good man make a good president – and a bad man a bad one? Barack Obama’s leaving speech in… With Barack Obama’s exit the… Read More »

Syria rebels deny deal with government on water supply

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The damage to water infrastructure supplying Damascus has left some 5.5 million people without water. Al Jazeera Syrian rebels have rejected a provincial governor’s claim that a deal has been reached for government forces to enter a rebel-held area near Damascus and… Syria rebels deny… Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

A Sanctions Skeptic for State?

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What Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings revealed Siddhartha Mahanta The Atlantic Read More »

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists

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BAGHDAD — Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. Mustafa Saadoun Al Monitor He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his body Jan. 5, dumped on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. Abdul Qader al-Qaisi was a… How their enemies get… Read More »