Yemen at War

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Yemen is at war. The country is now divided between the Huthi movement, which controls the north and is rapidly advancing south, and the anti-Huthi coalition backed by Western and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that President Abdo Robo Mansour Hadi is cobbling together. ICG – Sanaa/Brussels – OVERVIEW – Middle East Briefing N°45 On 25 March, the Huthis captured a strategic ... Read More »

Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on, warns EU

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European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firms The Guardian – Samuel Gibbs @SamuelGibbs The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s ... Read More »

US issues terror attack warning in Uganda

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KAMPALA — The US has issued an emergency terror attack warning to its nationals in Uganda asking them to exercise caution. (Xinhua) – The US embassy in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday said it has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including US citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place ... Read More »

Turkish defense minister rejects Greek territorial claims on Aegean islands

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Turkey‘s defense minister has rejected Greek territorial claims over a number of contested islands close to the Turkish coast in the Aegean Sea as invalid, and called the archipelago of islets Turkish islands, injecting a fresh element of friction to the intractable Aegean dispute. Today’sZaman – ABDULLAH AYASUN / ISTANBUL Turkish Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz on Wednesday challenged the international status ... Read More »

Defeating the Iraqi State, One Victory at a Time

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Beirut/Brussels  | ICG | What progress is being made against jihadi insurgents occupying large swathes of north-western Iraq is simultaneously undermining what is left of a state whose frailty and malfunctions created the environment in which jihadism was able to surge in the first place. This is particularly apparent in the battle for Tikrit, where much of the fighting is by Shiite militias ... Read More »

Lithuania backs the shirtfront on Russia

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Melbourne: Tiny Lithuania, with a population 1 million fewer than Melbourne’s, is muscling up to the mighty Russian superpower over the war in Ukraine and is happy for Australia’s support in the “shirtfront”. The Age - Daniel Flitton, Senior Correspondent “We in Lithuania, being a small country, will never make a difference in this conflict and it will not be decisive what ... Read More »

Obama agrees to slow U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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President Obama on Tuesday met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and agreed to keep about 9,800 troops in the country through the end of this year, slowing the planned American drawdown. The Washington Post – By David Nakamura and Greg Jaffe * But Obama said that he would stick to the current plan to close the remaining U.S. bases and consolidate U.S. ... Read More »

Tokyo’s plans to build new US base possibly scuppered

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TOKYO – The local government in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on Monday instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend its underwater reclamation operations for the planned construction of a new US military base in a coastal region of the island. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said that if the regional defense bureau refuses to halt its drilling operations off the coast ... Read More »

Why the U.S. wants to destroy Russia

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This is a history lesson you should have learned at school, but didn’t. Australian National Review – In 1904, Sir Halford Mackinder, the first Principal of University Extension College and Director of the London School of Economics, separated the world into a few regions: the “world island,” which included Europe, Asia and Africa [he also called it “heartland” and referred to ... Read More »