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Trump Inherits Guantanamo’s Remaining Detainees

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they had transferred 10 more Guantanamo detainees, this time to Oman. Now, 45 remain at the facility, leaving challenges on what to do with the prisoners for President-elect Donald Trump. Arun Rath npr Back in 2009, on his third day in office, President Barack Obama ordered the detention facilities at Guantanamo to be closed “as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” The ... Read More »

Print Email Facebook Twitter More Edward Snowden’s residency permit in Russia extended by three years, lawyer says

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Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship, his Russian lawyer has been quoted as saying. ABC Russian authorities said earlier on Wednesday they had extended a residency permit for Snowden, who was given asylum in Russia after leaking classified information about US spy operations. That permit is now valid until… Print  Email  Facebook  Twitter  More… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

China’s sea militarisation ‘troubling’: Philippine defence chief

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China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said on… AFP Daily Mail  President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically… China’s sea militarisation… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

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The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

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One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on… Hurriyet DUBAI – Reuters Relations between the two regional rivals worsened after hundreds of people, many of… Iraqi minister trying… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

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Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

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Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on… ekathimerini“We told them clearly. When it comes to… Athens claims high… Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

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Instead of expecting the United States to risk a nuclear exchange to protect Europe, the Europeans should take over that risk. Doug Bandow The National Interest After spending a quarter century treating NATO as an international social club to which every reasonably civilized European nation should belong, the alliance has begun to focus again on its original role as a military alliance. Rather than expect the… Time for a European… Read More »

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

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Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. BBC News The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry… South China Sea: China… Read More »