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Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

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Instead of expecting the United States to risk a nuclear exchange to protect Europe, the Europeans should take over that risk. Doug Bandow The National Interest After spending a quarter century treating NATO as an international social club to which every reasonably civilized European nation should belong, the alliance has begun to focus again on its original role as a military alliance. Rather than expect the… Time for a European… Read More »

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

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Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. BBC News The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry… South China Sea: China… Read More »

China expert: Tillerson’s plan for the South China Sea would ‘certainly end up in a shooting war with China’

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President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and… Alex Lockie Business Insider (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and… China expert: Tillerson’s… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

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After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Trump officials might be expecting E.U. to fall apart this year, U.S. envoy says

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BRUSSELS — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team may be expecting the European Union to fall apart this year, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation bloc said Friday, saying that the incoming U.S. administration may add to the burdens of an… Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post Trump officials risk “lunacy” if they choose to support the… Trump officials might… Read More »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

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If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

Security and Guarantees: a concise explanation

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As talks on the security and guarantees issue get underway in Geneva between President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the UN, and the three guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey, and… Nicolaos Prakas SigmaLive WHAT IS THE TREATY OF GUARANTEE? The guarantees issue has been a… Security and Guarantees: a… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis

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HONG KONG — Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the… By MICHAEL FORSYTHE The New York Times Mr. Tillerson told members of the… Rex Tillerson’s South… Read More »

How Political Correctness About Islam Made Britain Vulnerable To Chemical Terrorism

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Ben Wallace’s call for public vigilance is both ironic and impossible given a pervasive culture in Britain that demands absolute tolerance for all things Muslim. M.G. Oprea The Federalist In an interview with The Sunday Times, Britain’s minister for national security, Ben Wallace, had an ominous warning for Britons. Echoing a Europol report that… How Political Correctness About… Read More »

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

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An excerpt from Michael Auslin’s new book I am hunched over, almost on my hands and knees, nearly 250 feet below ground. Michael Auslin The National Interest Behind me is close to a mile of tunnel, hewn through solid rock. In front of me is a steel door set into a… The End of… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »