Security

Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks?

Along Russia’s peripheries lies a string of countries with a track record of domestic upheavals and occasional spasms of aggressive foreign policy. To what extent do they pose a security threat to Moscow?… Source: Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A North Korean ballistic missile fell for the first time into Japan’s exclusive economic zone early Wednesday, drawing strong condemnation from the government in Tokyo.. The missile, believed to be an intermediate-range Rodong type, flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before falling into waters about 250 kilometers from Japan’s coast line, according to South Korean and Japanese… Source: North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone – Bloomberg Read More »

China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony

Bullying won’t get Beijing to the top. Taking over responsibility will.. Steven Kopits On July 12, China lost the UNCLOS decision regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea… Source: China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony | The National Interest Read More »

Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan

Yemen rebels on July 31 rejected a peace plan proposed by the United Nations which had already been accepted by the government, saying that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration. “What was presented by the (UN) envoy was no more than just ideas for a solution to the security aspect, subject to debate like other proposals,” a statement from the rebel delegation in Kuwait said… Source: Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan – MIDEAST Read More »

Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’

Turkey has admitted there may have been some “unfair” treatment in its post-coup crackdown as it voiced anger with Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne. Retaliating after a military attempt to unseat him, Mr Erdogan has launched a purge that has seen tens of thousands people suspended from their jobs and almost 19,000 detained… Source: Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far

Jordina Rust and George Georgiou With doctors working in immigration detention now challenging the Border Force Act in the High Court, serious questions should be asked by the Australian public about the inability of doctors to speak out about what happens to the asylum seekers and refugees that they treat in offshore detention centres… Source: The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far Read More »

Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta

At the forefront of Timor-Leste’s fight for independence, José Ramos-Horta remains an active figure in world politics. He shares his thoughts on Kevin Rudd, hypocrisy over maritime borders and making another bid for the Timorese presidency… Source: Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Marine Corps F-35B Stealth Fighter Is Ready For War, General Says

The Marine Corps expects to send its first squadron of F-35Bs to Japan in January ahead of a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. But there’s nothing stopping the Marines’ two operational squadrons of 5th-generation fighters from deploying earlier if called upon, Marine… Source: Marine Corps F-35B Stealth Fighter Is Ready For War, General Says | Read More »

Militant group Al-Nusra Front breaks off Al-Qaeda ties

Syrian Al-Nusra Front vows to now continue fighting as ‘Conquest of Damascus Front’ By Mohamad Misto ANKARA Syrian militant group Al-Nusra Front has terminated all ties with Al Qaeda, the group’s leader told a Qatar-based television network Thursday… Source: Militant group Al-Nusra Front breaks off Al-Qaeda ties Read More »

Has jihadist terrorism plunged us into a Third World War?

POPE Francis has warned the world is at war over jihadist terrorism.. Speaking to reporters ahead of his visit to Poland today, the Catholic world leader addressed the murder of priest Father Jacques Hamel at the hands of French jihadists earlier this week… Source: Has ISIS caused World War 3?: Pope Francis warns world is at war Read More »

Spec Ops Troops Are Getting Their Own Mini-Subs

U.S. Special Operations Command has inked a $166 million contract with Lockheed Martin to provide dry combat submersibles designed to transport operators to their mission sites underwater. The surface-launched mini-subs will be used in “harsh maritime environments by leveraging commercial submersible technologies and international classing safety certification,” according to the… Source: Spec Ops Troops Are Getting Their Own Mini-Subs | Read More »

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »

Why Vietnam might need to embrace ‘shamefare’ in the South China Sea

For those who were hoping that China and the Philippines might be able to move towards negotiations after Manila’s victory in the Hague over Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea — well, it seems China is back to its usual bag of tricks.. After the Philippines reacted with what I would consider praiseworthy restraint–and in complete contrast to China’s countless venomous statements — Filipino leaders seemed to offer Beijing what… Source: Why Vietnam might need to embrace ‘shamefare’ in the South ... Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced July 25 a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate.. Duterte made the announcement in his first “State of the Nation Address” to Congress as he laid the groundwork for peace talks with the communists that are due to begin in Norway next month… Source: Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire – ASIA Read More »

EU reduced to weak regional player unable to defend itself – Hungary’s Orban

The deadly shooting rampage in Europe’s leading nation, Germany, is a sign that Britain’s exit from the EU has reduced the bloc to a weak regional player unable to achieve any goals or protect its citizens, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said.. “Never before in my whole life I was as discouraged as after as the attack in Munich,” in which a lone gunman killed 9 people and injured 27 others on Friday, Orban said, according to Agerpres news agency… ... Read More »

‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

New diplomatic face of the Gulf Kingdom promises gradual change, extends olive branch to Russia and lashes out at Iran.. By BARBARA SURK   The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom… Source: ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’ – POLITICO Read More »