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NZ prepared to stand up and be counted says Trump’s nominee for ambassador

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New Zealand is “fiercely independent” and you can’t tell it what to do, the next US ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, told the Senate foreign relations committee today. Audrey Young NZ Herald He specifically cited its opposition to China’s expansion in the South China Sea and its criticism of North Korea’s missile testing. The former US Senator is almost certainly going to get bipartisan support and… NZ prepared to… Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

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Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a… MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V… A Middle Eastern… Trump Revealed Highly… Read More »

Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in ‘WannaCry’ computer ransom attack

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A Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack. Chris O’Brien Los Angeles Times “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of… He compared it to the… Microsoft president blasts… Read More »

Ivory Coast: Army launches operation ‘to restore order’ after mutiny

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Ivory Coast’s military says it has launched an operation to “restore order” after three consecutive days of protests by mutinous soldiers. BBC The soldiers took to the streets in several cities over a pay dispute and blocked off the second largest city, Bouaké, on Saturday. They have said they are willing to fight if the army intervenes. Popular opposition to the rebellion has been… Ivory Coast: Army… Read More »

N. Korea fires missile days after new S Korea leader pledges dialogue

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 14 in defiance of  calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. Seoul – Reuters Hurriyet The U.S. Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic… Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the… N. Korea fires… Read More »

Global Cyberattack Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Scale

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More than 150 countries have been hit by the coordinated hack, with some of the world’s largest institutions still struggling to recover. ARIA BENDIX The Atlantic Friday’s global cyberattack on businesses, universities, and health systems has reached new size, with large institutions and security experts hurrying to address a breach that has now affected more than… The cyberattack was first identified in the… Global Cyberattack Reaches… Read More »

10 workers gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese “Belt and… Gul Yusufzai Reuters Arab News The attack on the The attack on the Pakistani laborers took place some 20 kilometers from the emerging port city of Gwadar in… “All the laborers were shot at… 10 workers gunned… Read More »

Election Hacking: A False Russian Flag in France?

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It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West. George Beebe The National Interest In the murky world of cyber operations, where there is smoke, there are often mirrors. And in the reports about alleged Russian hacking in the recent French presidential elections, there seems to be an… Election Hacking: A… Read More »

NHS services hit in global cyber-attack across 12 countries

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Theresa May confirms ransomware attack is part of wider international incident as IT systems that underpin patient safety are compromised Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping, Ian Sample, Sarah Marsh and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Additional reporting by Sam Jones in Madrid The NHS has been hit as part of a global cyber-attack that threw hospitals and businesses in the UK and around the world into chaos. The unprecedented attack on Friday affected 12 countries and at least 16 NHS trusts in ... Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

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The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war

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Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war Julian Cribb The Canberra Times Australia may soon be sucked into a new war. Possibly more than one war. And Australians will again have no say in the matter. In two months, United States President Donald Trump has launched military actions in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, turned up the heat on North Korea and… Rein in the… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

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RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Will the South China Sea Become the New Crimea?

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Xi Jinping has successfully avoided maritime overreach—but that might be about to change. Nicholas Lyall The National Interest The burgeoning friendship between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in recent times reflects the similarities in their personal leadership styles. Both regimes are defined by an… Will the South… Read More »