Security

10 workers gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese “Belt and… Gul Yusufzai Reuters Arab News The attack on the The attack on the Pakistani laborers took place some 20 kilometers from the emerging port city of Gwadar in… “All the laborers were shot at… 10 workers gunned… Read More »

Election Hacking: A False Russian Flag in France?

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It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West. George Beebe The National Interest In the murky world of cyber operations, where there is smoke, there are often mirrors. And in the reports about alleged Russian hacking in the recent French presidential elections, there seems to be an… Election Hacking: A… Read More »

NHS services hit in global cyber-attack across 12 countries

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Theresa May confirms ransomware attack is part of wider international incident as IT systems that underpin patient safety are compromised Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping, Ian Sample, Sarah Marsh and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Additional reporting by Sam Jones in Madrid The NHS has been hit as part of a global cyber-attack that threw hospitals and businesses in the UK and around the world into chaos. The unprecedented attack on Friday affected 12 countries and at least 16 NHS trusts in ... Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

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The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war

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Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war Julian Cribb The Canberra Times Australia may soon be sucked into a new war. Possibly more than one war. And Australians will again have no say in the matter. In two months, United States President Donald Trump has launched military actions in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, turned up the heat on North Korea and… Rein in the… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

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RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Will the South China Sea Become the New Crimea?

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Xi Jinping has successfully avoided maritime overreach—but that might be about to change. Nicholas Lyall The National Interest The burgeoning friendship between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in recent times reflects the similarities in their personal leadership styles. Both regimes are defined by an… Will the South… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

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Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

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Boris Johnson, UK’s Foreign Secretary had a mission at the recent G7 Foreign Ministers Summit at Lucca, Italy (10-11 April 2017). Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF He was hell bound to bring home another raft of sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the gas attack in Syria. Turning a deaf ear to Moscow’s call for an internationally sanctioned investigation on the Syrian gas incident Boris Johnson sought, once more, to trample down on the principles of consultation, engagement and multilateralism ... Read More »

A Brewing Crisis in the Aegean?

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Is a new Greek-Turkish crisis brewing in the Aegean? In a year of resurfacing tensions, the latest decision by a Greek court is unlikely to help matters. Reuters: The American Interest A Greek court on Wednesday blocked a second request by Turkey for the extradition of soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a… The ruling applied to three of eight soldiers who… A Brewing Crisis… Read More »

Why are there still British military bases in Cyprus?

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The continued division of Cyprus suits Britain’s geopolitical interests, as well as those of world powers that see the Mediterranean island as a useful pawn in a longstanding game of chess. Darren Loucaides reports from a country that wants to determine its own future. New Internationalist The view along Dhekelia Road is not particularly pretty… Why are there… Read More »

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

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The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. BBC It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising Israel. It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish… New Hamas policy… Read More »

Time for Donald Trump to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Kim Jong-un

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Forget Duterte: this is the Asian dictator Trump should be welcoming. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest Donald Trump is inviting the wrong Asian dictator to meet him in Washington. Instead of focusing on Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, he should extend an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. His comments today that… Time for Donald… Read More »

North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile

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The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern… TheJournal.ie  NORTH KOREA HAS test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of its capital Pyongyang, according to a news agency report, as the US pushes for tougher sanctions to curb the… “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the… North Korea reportedly… © – AFP, 2017  Read More »