Security

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’

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Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower Ed Pilkington Bernie Sanders leads a chorus of prominent public figures calling for clemency, a plea agreement or, in several cases, a full pardon for the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden… Source: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Juncker calls for EU defense HQ

The European Union should set up a headquarters to coordinate efforts towards creating a common military force, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Sept. 14. “We don’t have a permanent structure and without that, we are not able to work efficiently and so we must have a European HQ and… Source: Juncker calls for EU defense HQ – EUROPE Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

At the Army 2016 Forum the Kalashnikov Concern presented a series of new light small firearms for the Russian army, the National Guard and the FSB. In the words of Andrei Kirisenko, advisor to Kalashnikov’s general director, the new RPK-16 hand machine gun can even be used as a sniper’s weapon… Source: Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says

A defiant North Korea has restated its demand for recognition as a “legitimate” nuclear-armed state, as world powers ponder ways to punishPyongyang for its latest and largest atomic test. North Korea also vowed to increase its nuclear strike force “in quality and in quantity”, two days after its fifth test in a decade sparked international condemnation and moves for tougher United Nations sanctions…. Source: United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

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By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

The Unspoken War on Yemen, Anglo-American Crimes against Humanity, U.N. and Media Silence, Complicity of “The International Community”, Destruction of an Entire Country…

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Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” (Bob Dylan, b 1941, Masters of War.) By Felicity Arbuthnot On Tuesday 6th of September, twenty-four hour monitoring by Yemen’s Legal Centre for Rights and Development (LCRD)recorded the bombings by the Saudi led “coalition”, armed by the US and UK and advised by their military specialists, thus collusion and co-operation of both countries render them equally culpable for the… Source: The Unspoken War on Yemen, ... Read More »

Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe

The international system is gradually moving toward the prewar era’s instability. Jared McKinney In November 1912, a war between Serbia and Austria-Hungary nearly broke out over a question of small importance: whether Serbia would own an Adriatic port on the… Source: Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe | The National Interest Blog Read More »

A Fight to the Death: Syria’s Kurds Defend Their Land Against Invading Turks

The Syrian Kurdish leadership vows to defend their de facto state in north east Syria to the end, but is fearful of a growing understanding between the Syrian and Turkish governments in opposition to Kurdish separatism at a time when US support for the Kurds is faltering. by PATRICK COCKBURN In an exclusive interview with The Independent, a senior Syrian Kurdish official says that the Kurds will fight to the death to stopTurkey “invading the region” and… Source: A Fight to ... Read More »

China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum

A recent academic article hints at a possible shift in China’s approach on the peninsula. Lyle J. Goldstein Even the promising trilateral meeting recently of South Korean, Japanese, and Chinese foreign ministers could not dispel the dark cloud over the… Source: China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum | The National Interest Read More »

GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

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Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level Chris Stephen A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the… Source: British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Can Israel become a maritime power?

A commission of former Israeli and American navy admirals and policymakers is calling for the Jewish state to take a far greater role in securing and administering the Eastern Mediterranean, so the US doesn’t have to. BY HAVIV RETTIG GUR Several years ago, before the onset of the Arab Spring, the eminent historian Bernard Lewis suggested that Israel’s future in the Middle East was more secure than many assumed. In measurable ways, the nearer… Source: Can Israel become a maritime ... Read More »