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  • John Kerry slammed for 'shameful' shadow diplomacy after admitting to meetings with Iran

    09/14/2018 2:59:38 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/14/18 | Alex Pappas
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being slammed for conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran after admitting to multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of Trump administration officials -- including over the scrapped nuclear deal. An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are "shameful," pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Other Republicans suggested it may not even be legal. “John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing; it's insidious,” Ari Fleischer, the former White...
  • Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: "It was all a Set-up"

    08/27/2018 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 47 replies
    Sara Carter ^ | August 27, 2018 | Sara Carter
    Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst ... a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said. Before Lovinger's clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy. He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped...
  • Canada rejoins talks to stay in NAFTA, deal possible this week

    08/28/2018 10:06:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 Aug 2018 | Julie Gordon, Sharay Angulo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Canada’s top trade negotiator joins her Mexican and U.S. counterparts in Washington on Tuesday in a bid to remain part of a trilateral North American trade pact, as U.S. officials expressed optimism a deal could be reached this week. Ottawa is under pressure to accept new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules after the United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland rejoins the year-long talks following a hiatus of several weeks as the United States and Mexico ironed out outstanding bilateral...
  • Trump: I am ready to meet with Iran 'any time they want to' – with no preconditions

    07/30/2018 12:56:50 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7-30-2018 | Tucker Higgins
    President Donald Trump on Monday said that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "any time they want to," and that he would impose no preconditions to such a meeting. "They want to meet, I'll meet. Anytime they want," Trump said. The president's comments came amid escalating tension between the U.S. and Iran. Earlier this month, Trump threatened Rouhani in an all-caps post on Twitter that called out the Iranian leader by name. A meeting with Rouhani would be "good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world," the president...
  • Dennis Rodman Wants to Introduce Kanye West to Kim Jong-Un

    07/18/2018 5:31:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jul 2018 | Warner Todd Huston
    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he wants to introduce rapper Kanye West to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un during his next international trip in September. Rodman claimed that he decided to offer the opportunity to the Grammy-winner after West tweeted that Rodman was one of his “biggest inspirations.” 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 Thank to one of my biggest inspirations … always breaking barriers with independent thought pic.twitter.com/WQLKCG7tXM — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 10, 2018 “You know, I don’t do Instagram and stuff like that. My kids do it. I just know my agent called me and said, ‘Dennis, Kanye West gave you...
  • Trump’s alpha dog strategy is making the world fall into line

    06/16/2018 2:57:02 PM PDT · by mairdie · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2018 | Michael Walsh
    ... How does he do it? Simple: the Big Dog takes what he wants. Trump puts his best offer on the table first, and then snatches it away at the first sign of hesitation — as he did with Kim in the run-up to the summit. He has no interest in acceding to diplomatic niceties unless (as in his flattery of Kim in Singapore) they further American national interests. Best of all, he doesn’t care who knows it or what they think about it. ... In short, Trudeau, the French popinjay Emmanuel Macron and the colorless Theresa May are now...
  • Trolling becomes new trend in international diplomacy

    06/11/2018 9:23:45 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ali Breland - 06/11/18 | Ali Breland - 06/11/18
    When Iran’s supreme leader tweeted criticism of Israel on Sunday, Israel’s embassy in the United States fired back with an image from the movie “Mean Girls” to poke fun at Ayatollah Khamenei. While dismissed as internet trolling, experts say the embassy snark is part of a pattern of internet diplomacy increasingly used around the world amid a resurgence of populist rhetoric. Governments seek to please their most vocal political bases domestically are becoming cavalier with how they communicate with countries abroad — at least online. In 2013, as Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani was publicly signaling a willingness to negotiate...
  • Future US ambassador vows to support ‘essential freedoms’ in Poland

    06/06/2018 10:35:14 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 12 replies
    Georgette Mosbacher, President Donald Trump’s pick for the new US ambassador to Poland, has vowed to voice America's support for "essential freedoms" in the country, according to reports. During a hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday, Mosbacher said she was “aware of recent concerns about respect for democratic institutions in Poland” and added that she intended to voice America’s strong support for “essential freedoms” if confirmed as ambassador. Mosbacher said, as quoted on the foreign.senate.gov website: “I am aware of recent concerns about respect for democratic institutions in Poland — freedom of speech, the independence of the judiciary, and...
  • Why North Korea Doesn't Want To Pay For Accommodations During Summit With U.S.

    06/05/2018 11:06:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his delegation are expected to stay at the Fullerton hotel in Singapore for the June 12 summit. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter John Hudson about why North Korea doesn't want to pay for the accommodations. Transcript: MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: OK, the details involved in arranging this U.S.-North Korea summit - the details are many. But one basic question got our attention. Who will pay for Kim Jong Un's hotel room? If you assumed North Korea foots the bill for their supreme leader's accommodations, think again. The Washington Post's...
  • Mike Pompeo Enjoyed Dinner of Steak, Corn and Cheese With North Korea's Kim Yong Chol

    05/31/2018 8:39:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 31, 2018 | Sofia Lotto Persio
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded talks with North Korean General Kim Yong Chol with a toast of Islay scotch and a lavish dinner of steak, corn and cheese, confirming the saying that the way to man's heart is through his stomach. The top U.S. diplomat and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man broke bread, and a few more things besides, at a luxury building complex on New York's East Side on Wednesday evening. ---snip--- Since time is of the essence, American officials have held preparatory meetings with North Korean delegations in both Singapore and the Demilitarized Zone,...
  • Students act as members of Trump's national security team to seek solutions to international crises

    05/14/2018 2:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 14, 2018 | Alison Graham
    LEXINGTON — Wesley O’Dell interrupted class discussion at Washington and Lee University to share breaking news. “Mr. President, if I may, all major news networks have interrupted their regular daytime programming …” Annie Lentz interrupted him, “Fox and Friends as well?” “Fox and Friends as well, Mr. President.” Lentz, a sophomore, portrays President Donald Trump in O’Dell’s “International Crises and National Security” class, where students simulate international dilemmas and act as real members of the president’s National Security Council. The class is the first of its kind at Washington and Lee University — students are expected to not only portray...
  • China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier begins maiden sea trial

    05/13/2018 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 22 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 9:51am | Matt Ho
    China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier began its maiden sea trial early Sunday morning, state media reported, putting its home-made power and propulsion systems to the test. The yet-to-be-christened Type 001A carrier left a shipyard at the northeastern port of Dalian at 6.45am, Xinhua said, and sailed out of the port half an hour later. The local maritime authority has declared a restricted area in the Yellow Sea off the Dalian coast from Sunday to noon on Friday. Military observers have been watching for signs the new aircraft carrier was about to start sea trials after photos of it being...
  • Are We Waking Up from the Diplomacy Delusion?

    05/10/2018 5:28:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontnpagemagazine ^ | May 10, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    The real path to a more peaceful world. President Trump this week withdrew the United States from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. It’s about time. In the long history of delusional diplomatic agreements, Obama’s pact with the genocidal mullahs to halt their development of nuclear weapons was was one of the worst since Neville Chamberlain handed Czechoslovakia over to Nazi Germany. Like Trump’s abandoning of the feckless Paris Climate Accords, ending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action may contribute to a needed reevaluation of the West’s antique paradigm of diplomatic engagement as the best way to stop aggression and...
  • Pres. Trump asks Pentagon to look at options for withdrawing troops from South Korea: report

    05/04/2018 1:28:38 AM PDT · by Atlantic Friend · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/03/2018 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump asks Pentagon to look at options for withdrawing troops from South Korea: reportPresident Trump has asked the Pentagon to look at options for reducing the number of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as he prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, The New York Times reports. The U.S. currently has roughly 28,000 soldiers stationed on the Korean peninsula. It’s unclear if the plans will call for a full or partial withdrawal of troops. Some at the Pentagon are concerned that bringing troops home from South Korea ahead of Trump’s meeting with Kim could create...
  • Turkey: Military solution in Syria 'illegal'

    04/28/2018 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/4/18
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during a Saturday meeting with his Russian and Iranian counterparts claimed any military solution to the situation in Syria would be "illegal." Instead, Cavusoglu suggested the countries push towards a diplomatic solution...
  • The first lady’s glorious hat set the tone and stole the show

    04/25/2018 10:37:57 AM PDT · by NRx · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04-24-2018 | Robin Givhan
    The day began with a hat. It ended with the hat, too. Not literally, but nostalgically. Over the course of 12 hours, no Cézanne at the National Gallery, no forest of cherry blossom branches, no Clinton or Bush china, no goat cheese gâteau, not even Chanel haute couture could compare to that magnificent halo of pure white light perched atop first lady Melania Trump’s perfectly groomed head. Nothing else mattered. There was nothing else. That hat, broad-brimmed with a high, blocked crown, announced the first lady’s presence as boldly and theatrically as a brigade of trumpeters. It was the bright...
  • Trump’s Stunningly Effective North Korea Policy Leaves Professional Diplomatic Corps Gobsmacked

    03/08/2018 6:25:13 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 175 replies
    CTH ^ | March 8, 2018
    The statement tonight by South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong is so jaw-dropping in significance it has left the professional diplomatic apparatus stunned. A year of targeted and strategic geopolitical policy execution by President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has resulted in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accepting denuclearization and requesting a meeting with President Trump to achieve terms therein. The possibility of a willingly denuclearized Korean peninsular is such an astounding policy victory; it is difficult to conceptualize. Here’s the statement from South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong: “Good evening, today I had the...
  • Ambassador to Korea Candidate 'Victor Cha withdrawal not due to his objection to military options’

    02/03/2018 12:08:34 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | Feb 2, 2018 | Ock Hyun-ju
    Washington’s decision to drop Victor Cha as its next US ambassador to South Korea was not due to his disagreement with the Trump administration’s consideration of a limited strike on North Korea, a diplomatic source said Friday. “As far as I know, the reason Victor Cha was withdrawn was not his differing views on North Korea policy,” the source said, asking to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter. “I believe there were many other factors. It is extremely difficult to give a detailed answer on what other factors were,” he said. He refused to discuss his source...
  • Turkish FM: No danger to Israel-Turkey relations

    01/07/2018 3:36:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/18
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with Maariv published Sunday that there is no danger to relations between Turkey and Israel. Çavuşoğlu added that "when we signed the agreement and restored our relations, we expected a more positive attitude from Israel. We stated initially that we cannot accept aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. We are not anti-Semites, as opposed to what was said of us...
  • PA ‘freezes’ contact with US over PLO office closure

    11/21/2017 6:14:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/17
    ...that the PA is freezing all contacts with the United States over last week's announcement by Washington that it will close the representative office of the PA and PLO in Washington, DC under law unless the PA resumes serious negotiations with Israel. PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki told AFP.“In practice by closing the office they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official.” A spokesman for the PLO confirms that it had received instructions from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans.”