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Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

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UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

Why Iran wants Palestine back on regional agenda

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Fatima Navab Safavi is the daughter of Mojtaba Navab Safavi (1924-1955), an Iranian cleric and one of the first to mobilize Iranian masses against Israel back in the early… Ali Hashem Al-Monitor Donning the traditional black chador, Safavi told Al-Monitor in an interview, “Years before the… Why Iran wants… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

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London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidential diplomacy deal?

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Trump is treating the US as a business venture and replacing the ‘art of diplomacy’ with the ‘art of the deal’. Sean W Burges Al Jazeera News Most world leaders are having a hard time adapting to Donald Trump’s foreign policy style. None of his… Donald Trump’s presidential… Read More »

My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him.

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To any fair-minded observer, President Trump’s authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning. Dalibor Rohac AEI Americans might take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the first country to elect and live under such a leader. I would know… My country had… Read More »

Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t.

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Julian Gewirtz is the author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.” Julian Gewirtz The Washington Post President Trump’s “America First” philosophy has increased tensions around the world, but the biggest shoe has yet to drop: He hasn’t laid out his policies toward China, a country he has repeatedly denounced . As a 27-year-old… Stop writing China… Read More »

Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

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Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. Saeid Jafari Al Monitor After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the… Will this woman… Read More »

Can NATO survive Turkey?

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It has become a staple of diplomatic rhetoric that, whatever problems the United States has with the current government in Turkey, diplomats must ameliorate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because Turkey is too important to NATO and also a… Michael Rubin AEI Certainly, that is the position of the… Can NATO survive… Read More »

Flights of fancy or reality?

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Few people think of commercial development beyond earth, or the two Poles, but China is exploring the potential in space with its lunar program Peter J. Brown Asia Times When one thinks of development few would even consider anything beyond earth, or the extremes of the North and South Poles. But just like… Flights of fancy… Read More »

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

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Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey

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I participated yesterday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of… Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online Yesterday was no exception, with a… Erdoğan to Me… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

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It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens

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Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China. David Cyranoski Nature A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and… Inside the Chinese… Read More »

How America Can Avoid a War with China

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A blueprint for American policymakers to improve the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Joe Renouard The National Interest Sino-American relations seem to be at a crossroads, though exactly where the relationship is headed is anyone’s guess. President Trump’s scattershot… How America Can… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

China Threatens to Deny Passage Rights through Peripheral Seas

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On Tuesday, Chinese state media reported that the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council is considering amendments to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. World Affairs Journal “The revisions are based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Chinese laws on the seas, adjacent areas, and exclusive economic zones,” noted the… China Threatens to… Read More »