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Further Balkanizing the Balkans is a recipe for disaster

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When it comes to the future of the Balkans, the discourse is slowing leaning toward proposing new divisions in the region — which is a recipe for geopolitical instability. Carl Bildt The Washington Post Discreetly, Serb and Albanian political leaders have been exploring the possibility of sorting out their differences using territorial swaps. The idea of sorting out divisions through exchanging territories has been circulating in Belgrade for years, but lately, it seems to have acquired traction in leading Albanian circles, as ... Read More »

How Russia Plans to Get Turkey on Its Side

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Moscow’s efforts appear to be paying off, as a 2017 poll showed that over 70 percent of Turkish citizens were favorable toward a political, economic and security alliance with Russia. Aykan Erdemir, John Lechner The National Interest June has been a tough month for the board of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the joint Turco-Russian megaproject and Turkey’s first nuclear reactor. On June 19, Russian authorities arrested on charges of espionage Karina Tsurkan, an energy executive at Moscow-based Inter RAO ... Read More »

Yemen: US allies strike deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels

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ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns the militants had seized across Yemen and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated… MAGGIE MICHAEL, TRISH WILSON and LEE KEATH AP Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself. Again and again over the past two years, ... Read More »

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounces US ‘psychological warfare’

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Iran has been in economic turmoil since US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw from an international deal that lifted sanctions against Iran’s economy. The measures are set to be reintroduced at midnight. DW Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Monday that the United States had launched “psychological warfare” against Iran in the aftermath of its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal. “They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create divisions ... Read More »

Europe vows to preserve Iran deal as US sanctions return

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EU diplomats say they will work to protect Iran’s continued export of oil and gas as US threatens ‘severe consequences’. AlJazeera Europe’s top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on… In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining ... Read More »

If Other Countries Knew How Australia Stops The Boats It Could Damage Foreign Relations, Peter Dutton Told

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The minister’s 245-page incoming brief has been obtained by BuzzFeed News. Josh Taylor Revealing Australia’s role in turning back boats and other border enforcement operations could affect Australia’s relationship with other countries, home affairs minister Peter Dutton was told by his department. Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) is a military operation initiated under the Abbott government in 2013 to stop the flow of boats bringing asylum seekers to Australia. The operation works in secrecy and very little information about what is ... Read More »

This Is the ‘F-52’ Fighter

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The aircraft that appears in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is clearly based on early 1990s-era Lockheed Martin concepts for the Naval Advanced Tactical Fighter and the later A/F-X—both of which were based on the…. Dave Majumdar The National Interest The Navy was not fond of the naval derivative of the YF-23, which had a canard configuration the service found less than appealing. In fact, because the Navy’s reaction was so favorable, Lockheed later pitched a modified version of its ... Read More »

My Health Record can store genomic data but critics say it’s not ready

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The federal government’s My Health Record system is capable of storing genomic information, such as a person’s genetic risk of developing cancer, which could turbocharge medical research but has intensified privacy and… Esther Han The Age Fairfax Media can reveal Sydney-based whole genome sequencing company Genome.One developed “necessary infrastructure” in order to upload highly sensitive genomic information onto My Health… The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), which for weeks has been deflecting privacy and… My Health Record… Read More »

This Knocks the Legs Out from Under the Atom Bomb Revisionists Who Criticize Truman for Hiroshima

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The best way to get across the situation that Czarist Russia and then the Soviet Union faced in the Far East is to make it clear that the Maritime Provinces and their principal port, Vladivostok, were far, far more vulnerable than even the tenuous US position in the Philippines at the time of Pearl Harbor. D. M. Giangreco History News Network The lifeline upon which so much depended for the Russians was the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the chief of the US Military ... Read More »

What else can ASEAN do to deescalate the South China Sea conflict?

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With limited options to deescalate the conflict, ASEAN turns to diplomacy while building broader economic and military alliance with the USA Kumaran Pillai The Independent The new Chinese hegemony in Asia Pacific poses both opportunities and risks for member states of ASEAN. China’s Belt and Road initiative promises new economic frontiers and some South East Asian countries are only too willing to concede to the territorial ambitions of China in the South China Seas to pursue economic growth. This week, ... Read More »

Julian Assange: What next for the Australian-born hacker, who may soon face eviction from Ecuadorian embassy

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Julian Assange’s six-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is drawing to a close, with Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno signalling progress on a deal with the United Kingdom to evict the… The Signal – By Stephen Smiley and Penny Timms ΑΒC Mr Assange has been living in the embassy in the Knightsbridge neighbourhood of London since 2012, when he first sought asylum there while on bail awaiting a possible extradition to Sweden to face an… The Swedish investigation was dropped ... Read More »

Four Years on, Evidence of ISIS Crimes Lost to Time

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Iraq Should Exhume Yezidi Mass Graves Before Islamic State (also known as ISIS) fighters descended on Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014, the area was home to 360,000 Yezidis. Belkis Wille HRW Today, at least 90 percent of the Yezidi population has been displaced, after fleeing an ISIS onslaught that killed between 2,000 and 5,500 Yezidis. Additionally, ISIS fighters abducted an estimated 6,300 Yezidis and even forced their women and girls into a system of organized rape and sexual slavery… Four Years on… Read More »

America’s Turkey Problem Finally Comes to a Head

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This week brought signs that the deeply flawed status quo of U.S.-Turkish relations has begun to crack. Matthew RJ Brodsky National Review For successive administrations, inertia may have kept the flawed status quo of U.S.–Turkey relations in place, but the train appears finally to be running out of track. It was bound to happen eventually, regardless of the Trump administration’s just-announced decision to impose sanctions on two Turkish cabinet officials in response to Turkey’s continued detention of an… And now ... Read More »

NATO is a Goldmine for the US/Military Industrial Complex

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Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. Brian Cloughley CounterPunch It’s got nothing to do with any defense rationale, because the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that “we don’t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally” and the… Even Radio Free Europe, the US government’s official broadcaster, acknowledged that “Russia, one of the world’s top military spenders, ... Read More »

Israel Prefers Old F-15s to F-35s

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The Israeli Air Force needs long-range aircraft that can carry a lot of fuel and weapons, because of Iran. Kyle Mizokami Popular Mechanics The Israeli Air Force would rather buy more F-15 Eagle fighters than the latest and greatest F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It may be an older plane, but the F-15 apparently offers Israel more flexibility, particularly when striking its… According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, Israel is dividing its airpower into two categories: jets that can strike ... Read More »

Countering China’s Actions in the South China Sea

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For many who follow developments in the South China Sea, the July 2016 tribunal ruling in the Philippines’ case against China has become the equivalent of the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar: Developments are considered… Lynn Kuok Lawfare In the first year after the award, compliance was fair: Beijing largely kept its actions, if not its words, within the letter of the ruling. In late July 2017, however, things went south. The Chinese government insists that the situation ... Read More »