Security

‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

New diplomatic face of the Gulf Kingdom promises gradual change, extends olive branch to Russia and lashes out at Iran.. By BARBARA SURK   The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom… Source: ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’ – POLITICO Read More »

Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc

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In a plebiscite this year, Colombians will accept or reject a peace deal between the government and Farc guerrillas to end more than half a century of war.. There’s nothing Alexa Sarmiento would like better than to see her country at peace. Having grown up in Colombia’s violence-plagued eastern plains region, she has seen more than her share of conflict… Source: Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images

Local authorities in Nice refuse a request by French anti-terror police to destroy CCTV images of last week’s lorry attack.. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the request had been made to avoid the “uncontrolled dissemination” of images… Source: Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images – BBC News Read More »

Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World

The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times… Source: Transcript: Donald Trump on NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World – The New York Times Read More »

UN Debate

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the UN?.. What is the UN? Founded in 1945 after the Second World War ended, the UN is guided by the principles in its Charter – primarily maintaining international peace and security. The organisation has six official languages including Chinese and Russian, and is funded by its 193 member states. As well as striving to maintain peace, the UN promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law and delivers humanitarian aid… ... Read More »

The Case for Kurdish Statehood

Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state? BY NOAH BECK , OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Kurds have been… Source: The Case for Kurdish Statehood Read More »

The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily

“The U.S. is the one who planned and applied this coup attempt.”… Source: The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily – The Washington Post Read More »

Links between Nice attacker and ISIL not yet established, says minister

Links between the Nice truck attacker and “terrorist networks,” including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which has claimed the killings, “have not yet been established by the investigation,” French interior minister said July 18.. “We cannot exclude that an unbalanced and very violent individual” has been “through a rapid radicalization, committed to this absolutely despicable crime,” which killed 84 people, Bernard Cazeneuve told France’s RTL radio… Source: Links between Nice attacker and ISIL not yet established, ... Read More »

Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism

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Middle East experts say Turkish military’s apparent attempt to seize power on Friday has sent shockwaves through Nato and across the world Live updates: Tanks open fire near Turkish parliament building The attempted coup in Turkey threatens to dangerously destabilise a western ally in a region already reeling from war, terrorism and mass migration, according to experts and analysts in the region… Source: Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism | World news | The Guardian Read More »

France is left reeling as terror threat takes a new form

Nice survivors struggle to adjust to reality in the aftermath of the Bastille Day attack.. Yet again, the jihadists who have for 18 months harassed, mutilated and murdered in France managed to do the unexpected… Source: France is left reeling as terror threat takes a new form Read More »

Time to Recognize the Truth Behind Europe’s Endless Terror

Read your Samuel Huntington.. Robert W. Merry France has a problem. The problem is too many Muslims in a society that many Muslims despise. The centuries-long conflict between Islam and the West is ongoing, and it erupts intermittently on French soil in the form of theCharlie Hebdo shooting of January 2015 (twelve dead), the multiple Paris attacks of November 2015 (130 dead, 368 wounded), and now the truck attack in Nice (eighty-four dead so far, and more than one hundred ... Read More »

NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine on July 13 in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. Russia proposed steps to improve air safety over the Baltics after a series of military near misses but Stoltenberg admitted there was “not a meeting of minds” on theUkraine conflict… Source: NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Lessons from History to Defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda

Current counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts can take a much-needed morale boost from history. Long-term commitment to these efforts in support of both national security and broader foreign policy interests will be essential to foster the organisational stability and learning required to meet current and future challenges. There is still reason for optimism in the battle against extremist propaganda. One of the most pressing national security issues facing many Western governments is how to improve counter-terrorism strategic… Source: Lessons from History to ... Read More »

Canadian soldiers are the new NATO deterrents

Evan Solomon on why some NATO allies are more equal than others.. Deterrence. It’s the coldest of the Cold War terms and suddenly, like an old piece of meat left in the back of the freezer, it’s been thawed, reheated and put back on the Canadian military menu. At the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw, Canada announced it will lead one of the four new NATO battle groups based in the Baltics and Poland, sending up to 500 soldiers, six ... Read More »

Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations

An international tribunal has issued a sweeping ruling against China in a landmark case brought by the Philippines over disputed claims in the South China Sea. Beijing rejected the ruling, but the judgment’s legal clarity could ultimately provide the basis of a better, durable, negotiated outcome for the many parties involved… Source: Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations | Crisis Group Read More »

SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War and the Law

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As is now well known, the Chilcot Report on the British Government’s planning, execution and aftermath of the Iraq war provided a scathing critique of almost every aspect of the Prime Minister’s and government’s conduct. There is one facet of this deplorable episode that has not yet received any adequate consideration in the Australian media. This concerns the politicisation of the process that led to the UK Government’s conclusion that the war was lawful… Source: SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War ... Read More »