India-Pakistan talks cancelled amid recriminations

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Planned high-level talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled hours before they were due to start on Sunday, amid mutual recriminations. BBC – Pakistan said that it could not accept India’s “preconditions” for the talks, while India denied that it was to blame. Delhi said that it was only willing to discuss “terrorism-related issues” at the talks and nothing ... Read More »

Pope holds Falklands sign urging Argentine-UK talks

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BBC – Pope Francis has been photographed in the Vatican holding a sign calling for Argentine-UK talks about the Falkland Islands, called Malvinas in Argentina. The pontiff is from Argentina. He received the sign from Gustavo Hoyo, leader of a campaign for dialogue on the islands, during a papal audience. A senior Vatican official told the BBC that Pope Francis ... Read More »

Can SADC Facilitate a Sustainable Solution to Lesotho’s Crisis?

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How the 17-18 August summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) handles the complex situation in Lesotho will matter well beyond the borders of that small enclave state of less than two million inhabitants entirely surrounded by South Africa, because it will say much about the regional organisation’s ability not just to manage explosive crises but to resolve them. ... Read More »

U.S. Concerns Grow About Turkish Bombardment of Kurdish Separatists

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Ankara government has yet to turn its firepower on Islamic State The Wall Street Journal - By Dion Nissenbaum in Washington and Ayla Albayrak in Istanbul Turkey has launched a series of aggressive airstrikes against Kurdish militants but has yet to turn its firepower on Islamic State in Syria as expected, increasing concerns in Washington about the Ankara government’s intentions. ... Read More »

Photo of Palestinian men protecting Israeli policewoman goes viral

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MEM – A picture of two Palestinian men shielding an Israeli policewoman from rocks being thrown by Israeli settlers has gone viral. The photo – taken by Shaul Golan, a photographer for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper – showed the three standing at Esh Kodesh, an outpost on the West Bank, considered by the United Nations to be part of the ... Read More »

Palestinians: The Difference between Us and Them

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Gatestone Institute – by Bassam Tawil * We Palestinians have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians. Abbas’s ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are ... Read More »

South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

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Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Brussels, ICG - Africa Report N°228 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For more than eighteen months, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body mediating peace negotiations to end South Sudan’s civil war, has struggled to secure a deal in the face of deep regional divisions and the parties’ truculence. To overcome these challenges, it announced a revised, expanded mediation – ... Read More »

The Libyan Political Dialogue: An Incomplete Consensus

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The preliminary political agreement that emerged from UN-led talks between Libyan rival factions at a signing ceremony in the Moroccan coastal resort town of Skhirat last week was a critical first step toward ending the Libyan civil war. Tripoli/Brussels  | ICG Yet one side’s refusal to come on board without further amendments to the text potentially makes the agreement stillborn. Under ... Read More »

Can the Macedonia name dispute be resolved?

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With Croatia being the newest member of the European Union, one of the most important items on the E.U. agenda is still further expansion and the inclusion of all of the Western Balkans in the Union. However, there are many issues that must be resolved for some of the countries to be eligible to join. OneEurope – Christos Mouzeviris Many ... Read More »