Security

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

Eta disarms: French police secure weapons near Bayonne

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Police in France have begun to make safe eight caches of weapons handed over by Basque separatist group… BBC At a ceremony in Bayonne on Saturday, Eta passed details of the sites to the authorities in a move signalling the end of the last insurgency in… Eta killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence as it sought to carve out an independent country straddling Spain and… Eta disarms: French… Read More »

Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM

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U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis told Canada that Syria was responsible for gas… Peter Zimonjic John Paul Tasker CBC News Canada was briefed in advance of the U.S. missile strike on an airbase in western Syria that the U.S. says was used by… During question period in the House of Commons on Friday, Trudeau said Canada was informed about the… Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of… Canada was briefed… Read More »

Can Pakistan Remain Neutral in the Saudi-Iran Rivalry?

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Raheel Sharif’s role in a multinational coalition has tilted Pakistan toward Iran’s sphere of… Arif Rafiq The National Interest Islamabad has given clearance to recently retired chief of army staff Gen. Raheel Sharif to command what is being described as a “Muslim NATO” based in Saudi… Sharif’s new position is… Can Pakistan Remain… Read More »

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?

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Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against… Australian National Review Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their… Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the… Chemical Weapons 2017… Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to disputed South China Sea in possible new rift with Beijing

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BEIJING — The Philippine president appeared to revive his quarrels with China on Thursday, ordering his troops to occupy islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea — and… Emily Rauhala The Washington Post Rodrigo Duterte said the military should build structures on all of the Philippine-held islands, reefs and shoals in the contested Spratly Islands — not… China’s construction of the islands is part of its claims of… Philippines’ Duterte orders… Read More »

Why North Korea Might Get to Keep Its Nuclear Weapons

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Xi Jinping’s meetings with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago this week will be contentious, with violent disagreements on trade and other economic matters expected to dominate the… Emma M. Ashford The National Interest There is, however, scope for agreement on the other big issue of the… In fact, if Donald Trump can swallow his pride and learn from his predecessor—applying the… Why North Korea… Read More »

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine

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NATO chief says Russia must end the violence as both sides move heavy artillery close to front… Al Jazeera NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its “considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence… Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the… NATO calls on… Read More »

UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

The Spoils Of War: Where Your Party Sits On The Saudi-Led War On Yemen

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‘Political things’ are finally happening in Australia over the War on… If you’re a Green, opposition is… Michael Brull New Matilda If you’re Labor, you’ll be very… And if you’re a Liberal, then you’re making a lot of… Michael Brull continues his series on the humanitarian… The war on Yemen appears to… The Spoils Of… Read More »

America and China Should Avoid Igniting World War III over Rocks and Reefs

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Asia-Pacific regional security may hinge on Beijing’s ability to clarify and reform its U-shaped claim in the South China… Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Americans will do well to keep in mind during the next week that global summit meetings are not sporting… We should not judge the success or failure of the effort by the kind of apparatus employed to help the… America and China… Read More »

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

Syria conflict: Dozens dead, including children, in suspected chemical attack in Idlib

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The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including women and children, and sickened scores more, according… The Age New York Times, Reuters A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been farmed out to… Syria conflict: Dozens… Read More »

Japan’s Southwest Pivot: How Tokyo Can Expand Its Eyes and Ears in the Ocean

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Beijing’s activity in the South China Sea could prompt Japan to look for creative ways to expand its maritime… Satoru NagaoKoh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest Amid uncertainty over the U.S. pivot to Asia under the current Trump administration, other key players in the Indo-Pacific continue about their own equivalent policies of… India’s “Act East” policy of… Japan’s Southwest Pivot… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

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When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

PFLP reiterates call to confront Oslo Accords, criticizes Al-Fatah, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

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The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), reiterated its call for confronting the… Christof Lehmann nsnbc The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called repeatedly for the… The PFLP also criticized the policies of Al-Fatah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and all policies that… PFLP reiterates call… Read More »