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Americans Will Pay the Price for Trump’s Toughened Approach with China

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American firms may not profit from a trade war with China, but both Airbus and Brazilian farmers have to be salivating at the prospect. Colin Grabow The National Interest It appears that President Trump is going to get his much-desired trade war with China. Citing the country’s harmful intellectual property and innovation policies, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the pending imposition of tariffs on $60 billion worth of imports as well as restrictions on Chinese investment. Trump may have ... Read More »

Bolton Expected to ‘Clean House’

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Exclusive The incoming national security advisor aims to ax dozens of White House officials as he dismantles McMaster’s NSC. By Jana Winter, Elias Groll, Colum Lynch FP Incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton and people close to him are expected to launch a massive shake-up at the National Security Council, aiming to remove dozens of current White House officials, starting with holdovers from President Barack Obama’s administration, according to multiple… Those targeted for removal include officials believed to have been ... Read More »

Opinion divided on including sexual harassment policy in budget

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ALBANY — Several Democratic Assembly members and a top Republican state senator say they still want to see new policies to address sexual harassment in the state budget, even though there are concerns about the negotiation process and disagreements over how best to tackle the issue. Marie J. French Politico “This is something that I think we can’t allow to fall off the table in budget negotiations,” said Assemblywoman Addie Jenne (D-Theresa), who is on the Assembly’s working group on ... Read More »

U.S. Warship Sails Past Disputed South China Sea Artificial Island in Freedom of Navigation Mission

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A U.S. guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation past an artificial island controlled by China on Friday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to USNI News. Sam LaGrone USNI USS Mustin (DDG-89) came within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, an artificial island in the Spratly Island chain that is home to a major airfield, and conducted maneuvers near the Chinese base. Newswire Reuters first reported the…. “China holds indisputable sovereignty over the islands and their surrounding waters in ... Read More »

Australia’s worst nightmare: to be caught in cross fire of trade war

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Beijing: Australia’s great fear of a trade war breaking out between its largest trading partner and closest security ally is unfolding, as China and the United State exchange threats and release multi-billion dollar punitive tariff plans targeting each… Kirsty Needham & Darren Gray The Age After US President Donald Trump signed a document to trigger $US60 billion ($A78 billion) in tariffs on Chinese technology products, China responded within hours with a $US3 billion plan to hit 128 US products including ... Read More »

Can America Prevent Saudi Arabia from Going Nuclear?

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Unless the JCPOA is strengthened, Saudi Arabia may find a way to get the bomb as a counter to Iran. Emily B. Landau Yoel Guzansky The National Interest Ahead of his visit to the United States, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) clarified in an interview that while his country does not want nuclear weapons, “without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.” Such a clear and public statement by ... Read More »

Yes, Turkey has definitely become a rogue regime

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When the Clinton administration formulated the notion of rogue regime, they defined it as a country that embraced terrorism, was governed by an undemocratic cabal, and did not abide by the norms of diplomacy. Washington Examiner Michael Rubin Just how much of a rogue regime has Turkey become? Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s turn toward terrorism is well-established. Turkey supports Hamas unabashedly, the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, and perhaps even the Islamic State. Ahmet Kavas, an Erdogan appointee, defended al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ... Read More »

Manus Island: PNG wants Australia to put deadline on refugee resettlement

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The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country. By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek ABC PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia’s Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon. So far, only 84 of the roughly 600 refugees on Manus Island have been sent to the United States under the resettlement deal between ... Read More »

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

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The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed – a distinction that the country has earned for seven consecutive years. Marie Helweg-Larsen The Conversation The U.S., on the other hand, ranked 18th in this year’s World Happiness Report, a four-spot drop from last year’s report. Denmark’s place among the world’s happiest countries is consistent with many other national surveys of happiness (or, as psychologists call it, “subjective well-being”). Scientists like to ... Read More »

Defending the liberal world order

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Those who believe in the liberal world order must fight to preserve it for future generations, says John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee The Economist United States Seventy years ago, when announcing the Marshall Plan to deliver American assistance in rebuilding after the second world war, George Marshall began by stating simply: “The world situation is very serious.” That maxim rings more true as we head into 2018 than at any time ... Read More »

The West’s Unilateral Cold War

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The problem between Russia and the West is really a problem among Westerners themselves. Sergei Karaganov Project Syndicate If there is a new cold war, it is only because established elites have not come to terms with reality: the balance of military, political, economic, and moral power has shifted too far away from the West to be reversed. MOSCOW – Rising tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia are but further proof that Russia and the West, according to no ... Read More »

US Smooths Israel’s Path to Annexing West Bank

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Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories. Jonathan Cook CounterPunch Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. “We are done with that,” he said. “They have a Palestinian state in Gaza.” Later in Washington, Bennett, who heads Israel’s settler movement, said Israel would manage the fallout from ... Read More »

Saudi nukes on Chinese rockets?

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared in a ’60 Minutes’ interview that Saudi Arabia would quickly acquire a nuclear bomb if Iran develops a nuclear weapon first Uwe Parpat Asia Times When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS for short) meets US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday (March 20), nuclear weapons will be high on the agenda. MBS made sure of that when he said in a CBS “60 minutes” interview aired on Sunday, but in part released three days ... Read More »

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

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Elephants in the Room Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn’t mean the United States should cut it loose. By Michael Singh & James F. Jeffrey | FP If the United States didn’t already face enough troubles in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently threatened American troops with an “Ottoman slap” if they interfered with Turkey’s military incursion into northwestern Syria. The threat, coming two days before a visit to Turkey by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, underscored just how contentious relations between ... Read More »

‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

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WASHINGTON — Usually, top intelligence and law enforcement officials withdraw to lives of tight-lipped relative anonymity after their careers end. (Suffice it to say, they are not exactly known for viral Twitter battles.) Katie Rogers The New York Times But as President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a series of insult-laden tweets, his targets have responded nearly in kind, turning a conflict that would in the past have stayed behind closed doors into a brawl for ... Read More »

Developing countries at risk from US rate rise, debt charity warns

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Jubilee Debt Campaign says 126 nations spend more than 10% of revenues on interest Larry Elliott The Guardian The expected rise in US interest rates will increase financial pressures on developing countries already struggling with a 60% jump in their debt repayments since 2014, a leading charity has warned. The Jubilee Debt Campaign said a study of 126 developing nations showed that they were devoting more than 10% of their revenues on average to paying the interest on money borrowed – the ... Read More »