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The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet

The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation – while raising legitimate moral questions – yielded terms very much in Israel’s favor, compared to where things stood recently. Legal threats have been averted, Turkish pressure over the siege of Gaza has been lifted, and the prospects for full Israeli participation in NATO activities are significantly brighter. The rapprochement should have no ill effect on Israel’s relationships with other friends and allies in the Eastern Mediterranean… Source: The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet | Begin-Sadat Center ... Read More »

The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria

The terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 28 June was by no means an unpredictable development. Indeed, it was the probably inevitable next stage in the deterioration of relations between the government of Turkey and the Islamic State organisation—from collusion, via tolerant indifference, to antagonism and now to full scale confrontation. Source: The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria | The Strategist Read More »

Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma

Fresh into office, the Philippines’ newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte is set to face arguably his toughest foreign policy challenge. Though much of his political capital is currently directed… Source: Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma – Asia Times Read More »

‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report

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Relatives of military personnel killed in conflict welcome findings while some say former PM must face consequences.. Tony Blair has been described as “the world’s worst terrorist” by a woman who lost her brother in the Iraq war. Sarah O’Connor broke down in tears as she answered questions on the long-awaited Chilcot report, which concluded that Blair had gone to war before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted… Source: ‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims ... Read More »

China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said on July 3, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims in the resource-rich area. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said… Source: China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling – ... Read More »

Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’

Ankara’s foreign policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’ produced ‘zero neighbors without problems.’ It’s now changing tack.. Turkey’s move to restore relations with Russia and Israel this past week marks a notable pivot in its foreign policy with repercussions for the war in Syria, the migration crisis, and the tourism and energy industries in the Mediterranean… Source: Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’ – POLITICO Read More »

30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border

Nearly 70,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, are being denied food and water by Jordanian authorities.. More than 30,000 Syrian children are facing starvation in Jordan after authorities in Amman suspended life-saving food and medical aid to refugees living along its northeastern border with Syria… Source: 30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Israeli leaders call for expansion of settlements in West Bank as two Palestinians and an Israeli killed on Friday.. Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory… Source: Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises

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Dangerous aerial and naval encounters are rising as China and Japan spar over disputed islands in the East China Sea. A promising reconciliation process has floundered. To prevent an accident tipping the dispute into open hostility, both sides urgently need a credible crisis management protocol to insulate any negotiations from their broader rivalry… Source: East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises – International Crisis Group Read More »

Beijing Hopes This Cartoon Will Change Your Mind about the South China Sea

It probably won’t sway any rulings in the Hague, though. Ahead of an imminent ruling by an international tribunal in The Hague over a case brought by Manila concerning China’s claims to the South China Sea, state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) ran a video on June 21 to highlight Beijing’s argument. The video (sanctioned by the Chinese Central Propaganda Department, or Central Publicity Department in English) was shared by CCTV on Weibo, China’s widely popular microblogging site… Source: Beijing Hopes ... Read More »

Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations

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Deal comes six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a flotilla seeking to deliver aid to Gaza.. Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, according to Israeli and Turkish media. The highly anticipated agreement was reported on Sunday, six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip… Source: Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations Read More »

Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.. The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was at Bilaspur to highlight achievements of the Modi… Source: Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa | The Financial Express Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

PM: Malaysia well-positioned to face any volatility post-Brexit referendum

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has sound fundamentals, diversified economic structure and ample liquidity in its financial markets, is well-positioned to face any volatility following the UK referendum result, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am confident we will be able to weather this period of uncertainty. The government will also continue to strengthen the economy and further our fiscal reforms,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said exit from the 28-nation European Union (EU) would not ... Read More »

State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US

Baku, Azerbaijan By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend: Azerbaijan is an important partner of the US, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink told reporters during a press conference in Baku June 24. She noted that the US and Azerbaijan will continue their partnership in the spheres of security, energy, economy and democracy… Source: State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US Read More »

NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know

India’s entry bid into NSG has been scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland, which had earlier supported the membership proposal.. PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have been snubbed, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty)… Source: NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know | The Financial Express Read More »