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  • Explaining the Vatican’s surprising pro-US line on Iraq John Allen-Boston Globe link only)

    08/12/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | John Allen
    Link only from the Globe
  • Report: Obama Has Not Spoken With Netanyahu Since Israel-Hamas Violence Flared Up

    07/10/2014 4:42:36 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 17 replies
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama has reportedly not spoken to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since violence flared up between Israel and Hamas this past week. The Times of Israel reports that the Israeli prime minister has spoken with Secretary of State John Kerry, but has yet to have a conversation with Obama or Mideast adviser to the White House Philip Gordon. “Gordon met with his opposite numbers from the Israeli national security team,” an official from the prime minister’s office told The Times of Israel. Gordon was in Israel and the West Bank earlier this week and met with...
  • US ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns

    03/31/2014 10:31:58 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 3 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | March 31, 2014 10:18 pm | Press Trust of India
    In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Monday resigned in the midst of general elections in India in which Narendra Modi is perceived to be a front runner for the post of Prime Minister. The announcement of her resignation to her colleagues in the US mission here today came a week after media reports here that she may be shipped out by the Obama Administration to “clean the state” with India. Powell has been in India for less than three years. “US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell announced in a US Mission Town Hall meeting...
  • Top U.S. Diplomat For Europe: “F*** The EU” [Told to U.S. Ambassador to...UKRAINE]

    03/11/2014 2:59:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 2/6/14 | Rosie Gray
    A phone call is leaked that appears to expose a conversation between a top U.S. State Department official and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The United States’ top diplomat for European affairs appears to have been caught on tape saying “f*** the EU” in a leaked phone call with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
  • Upper house to demand recall of Moscow ambassador to U.S.

    03/01/2014 12:16:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2014 | Lidia Kelly
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's upper house of parliament will ask President Vladimir Putin to recall Moscow's ambassador from the United States, the chamber's speaker said on Saturday....
  • Iran Won’t Take Part in Syria Summit

    01/07/2014 4:32:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/14
    Tehran snubs U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that it participate from the ‘sidelines’ Iran’s government has rejected a U.S. offer to participate in the upcoming Syrian summit in Switzerland. Reuters reports that the move is a snub to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion earlier this week that Tehran could play a constructive role “from the sidelines.” The U.N.-backed Geneva 2 peace summit is set to convene on Jan. 22 and will host representatives of the Syrian opposition and President Bashar Assad’s government, with the aim of brokering an end to a bitter civil war that has killed...
  • MK, Police Chief Link Bus Bomb to 'Peace Talks'

    12/22/2013 1:04:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Orit Struk of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party called on the Israeli government to stop releasing Arab terrorist murderers from jail, following the terror attack Sunday on a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. The release of the murderers has been presented to the public as a “gesture” accompanying “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority (PA). "The release of terrorists is the fuel on the fire of the terrorism that is returning to our streets,” MK Struk said. “I call on the government to stop the release of terrorists and bring back sanity, responsibility and security...
  • Yaalon: Iran Using Diplomatic Mail, Drug Routes to Attack U.S.

    12/09/2013 9:31:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/13 | David Lev
    Iran is using diplomatic pouches to smuggle weapons into and out of the country, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday. “The Iranians are taking advantage of diplomatic mail in order to transfer these items,” Yaalon told Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who is visiting Israel. “They are taking advantage of the drug smuggling routes from South America into the United States in order to move weapons there,” he said. Iran, said Yaalon, was pulling out all stops in order to export its Shi'ite Islamic revolution to the West, preparing communities of Shi'ite Muslims for the day they must help Iran...
  • A New ‘Rough Patch’ in U.S.-South Africa Relations

    12/07/2013 4:18:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    International Policy Digest ^ | 5/4/12 | Scott Firsing
    The U.S.-South Africa bilateral relationship over the past eighteen months has been a diplomatic minefield. Issues include everything from military equipment and nuclear energy/weapons to oil, communication companies and the global north versus the global south. The most recent, and the most serious issue regarding U.S.-South Africa relations is Iran.
  • Setting the record straight: DEBKA exposed secret Obama-Tehran track in January 2012!

    11/26/2013 6:27:41 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Debka ^ | November 25, 2013, 2:53 PM (IDT)
    Certain US media suddenly this week claimed to have broken the news of a secret track used by President Barack Obama for secret negotiations with Tehran through Oman’s Sultan Qaboos. debkafile and DEBKA Weekly were in fact way ahead of the field. We uncovered the Qaboos track on Aug. 26, 2013 and were on the trail of back-channel communications between Washington and Tehran on Jan.26, more than a year earlier, when he exposed the first secret rendezvous between US and Iranian emissaries in Baghdad. For a while, they continued intermittently at venues in Ankara and Vienna (next door to the...
  • Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal [Obama makes new enemies on every continent]

    11/12/2013 6:39:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | Bruce Douglas
    Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA). But whereas those other countries may not have appeared too surprised by the extent of US spying, Brazil was outraged.
  • The Global Vatican: A Supra-National Force for Good

    10/30/2013 6:47:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The American / American Enterprise Institute ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Ambassador Francis Rooney
    The Catholic Church has been disparaged at times throughout its long history, and sometimes rightly. But while it has occasionally fallen short of its ideals, that does not overshadow the good it has accomplished — and can accomplish in the future. With the latest controversy in Germany and the ongoing scandal over priests charged with sexual abuse, it is clear that the Catholic Church, being a human enterprise, occasionally falls short, and its leaders sin greatly. But these lapses do not overshadow the good the church has accomplished in the past and — more to the point — can accomplish...
  • Kissinger Awarded Honorary Russian Doctorate in Diplomacy

    10/29/2013 11:50:55 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies
    MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that its diplomatic academy had bestowed an honorary doctorate upon former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is currently on a visit to Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov congratulated Kissinger on the new title, and the two men exchanged thoughts about prospects in US-Russian diplomatic ties, the ministry said in a statement. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also met with the veteran US diplomat, said Kissinger’s views on global problems were always of particular interest to Russian politicians and diplomats, according to a Kremlin transcript. “You...
  • Kerry: US won´t succumb to Fear tactics of those who oppose Iran diplomacy

    10/29/2013 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/29/13 | Staff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that it would be "the height of irresponsibility" for Washington not to test Iran´s diplomatic overtures in regard to its nuclear program. In what could be construed as a reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s warnings to the world not to fall for the "charm offensive" of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Kerry stated that the US would not "succumb to fear tactics," of those who oppose diplomacy. Speaking at a Washington gala in support of nuclear disarmament, Kerry said that the US has "an opportunity to try to put to test
  • Cheney: Mid East Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies ‘Don’t Fear Us’

    10/27/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/27/13
    Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown. The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild. The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.”
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

    10/23/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 133 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | Staff
    Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a 'major shift' in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to...
  • Rouhani: Israel Trying to Sabotage Our Diplomacy Efforts

    10/20/2013 10:53:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran’s president on Sunday blamed Israel for trying to sabotaging his country’s efforts to get closer to the West. According to PressTV, President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic’s “active diplomacy” has slowed down the increasing pace of illegal sanctions against the country. “The administration’s diplomatic initiative in constructive interaction with the world ... has both made the [world] governments praise the democracy in Iran and halted the growing process of [imposing] sanctions [against the country],” the Iranian president was quoted as having said. “Iran’s active diplomacy has taken the initiative and attracted world public opinion ... and is moving...
  • Saudi Arabia, angered over Mideast, declines Security Council seat

    10/18/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58am EDT | Angus McDowall
    Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, said on Friday it would not take up its seat on the United Nations Security Council. The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council. Riyadh's frustration is mostly directed at Washington, its oldest international ally, which has pursued policies since the Arab Spring that Saudi rulers have bitterly opposed and which have severely damaged relations with the United States, Saudi...
  • Report: US sends back antique artifact to Iran

    09/28/2013 11:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The United States returned to Iran a 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by US Customs officials a decade ago, NBC news reported. The cup is valued at a million dollars at least. … The cup, cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been stored in a New York warehouse, since authorities seized it from an art dealer who was arrested trying to sell it. For years, US officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until diplomatic ties with Tehran were normalized. …
  • Obama's Weak-Horse Diplomacy Claims Another Victim: Brazil

    09/19/2013 11:43:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 Sept 2013 | Editorial
    Geopolitics: President Obama put all the U.S.' foreign policy eggs on Latin America in a Brazilian basket, lavishing attention on the giant in a big "reset." Now that Brazil has walked out on a state visit, the U.S. has egg on its face. It's believed to be the first time ever that a world leader has canceled a state visit to the U.S., a visit so special, so elaborate, and so intent on showing the esteem in which the U.S. holds its guest of honor that it was the only one planned for 2013. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday told...
  • SharkNATO is Real!

    09/18/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 18, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    Remember when Thunder Levin, the writer of Sharknado, said that when he was approached to write the film he misheard and thought they were pitching a movie called SharkNATO? About a daring international treaty organization battling a shark army? NOW IT IS A THING.
  • Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock

    09/10/2013 11:53:46 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Instapundit ^ | September 10, 2013 | http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/175684/
    Full title:MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock. And that was written before yesterday afternoon’s absurd new developments. I am aware that 'USA Today' forbids direct links to their news stories, articles but as I understand it, providing a link is permitted
  • China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit [Obama FAILURE on worldwide display; US Media Silent]

    09/05/2013 3:35:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/13 | Timothy Heritage
    China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin's attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air strikes. The rift over Syria could overshadow a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg at which global leaders want to forge a united front on growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion. The club that accounts for two thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its output is divided over issues such as turmoil in emerging markets...
  • Quiz: Great Moments in US Diplomatic History

    07/08/2013 4:56:19 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jewish PRess ^ | July 8th, 2013 | Barry Rubin
    In this test, find which entry does not belong on this list. The young Teddy Roosevelt studying foreign policy from his cat, Slippers. Speak softly but carry a big claw. Originally published at Rubin Reports. In this test, find which entry does not belong on this list. 1914: President Woodrow Wilson allies with Britain and France to fight autocracy in World War One and “make the world safe for democracy.” 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt allies with Britain, France, and the USSR to fight fascism and destroy it. 1947: President Harry Truman allies with the Free World to fight Communist aggression...
  • Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his NBA diplomacy

    07/03/2013 10:33:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his NBA diplomacy Dennis Rodman sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Franz Lidz to talk about his controversial trip to North Korea, saying that his efforts in world diplomacy should be enough to earn him a Nobel Peace Prize. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” he said. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in...
  • Kerry: Syria peace talks unlikely until at least September [SMELL the FAIL!]

    07/02/2013 5:51:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/2/13 | Karen DeYoung
    A proposed peace conference on Syria will likely not happen until at least September, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting here with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry spoke privately with Lavrov for nearly two hours outside an Asian security meeting that both diplomats are attending. He said in a statement that he concluded from the conversation that both the United States and Russia are “serious, more than serious, [and] committed” to ending the bloody civil conflict in Syria and working toward a negotiated peace.
  • Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ (BHO nominates homosexual activist to Dominican Republic)

    06/30/2013 9:05:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2013 | James Morrison
    Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ Church leaders in culturally conservative Dominican Republic are outraged that President Obama nominated an openly homosexual activist to serve as ambassador to the Caribbean nation. Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, Bishop Pablo Cedano and the Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, are urging President Danilo Medino to reject the nominee, Chicago lawyer James Brewster. “It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” Father Cardozo said last week. Bishop Cedano denounced the nomination for showing “a lack of respect,” and added cryptically:...
  • Kerry Extends Diplomacy – Possible Sign of Progress

    06/29/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry extended for a third day on Saturday his shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, raising speculation of progress in reviving long dormant "peace talks." In a sign of Kerry's desire to keep negotiating, AFP reported, he paid a rare visit to Jerusalem during Shabbat – the sabbath day. Kerry arrived just before sundown to see Peres, with aides warning that the two would have been obliged to cancel a photo opportunity after the sabbath began at around 7:15 pm. Peres, realising that they were cutting it close, quipped that the sabbath began at...
  • Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

    06/19/2013 11:31:19 AM PDT · by what's up · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mark Landler
    “You don’t need to be buddies with someone to establish an effective relationship,” said Mr. Burns, who now teaches at Harvard. “Not everyone can be Roosevelt and Churchill forming a personal bond to end the Second World War.” Even with friends, however, there is tension. President François Hollande of France was initially thrilled with Mr. Obama because he saw him as an ally against Ms. Merkel on economic issues.
  • A Call for Convicted Civility

    06/17/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    In the early 1990's an influential Lutheran thinker, Dr. Martin Marty, affirmed the practice of "convicted civility." He observed, "People who have strong convictions these days aren't very civil, and people who are civil often don't have very strong convictions. What we need is 'convicted civility.'" The future of any republic depends upon the active participation of an informed electorate. It's built on a patriotism laced with free disagreement and vital dialogue about our differences. It's not built on just "getting along" or "bipartisanship." It thrives when "convicted" citizens care enough to attempt to influence politicians and their neighbors on...
  • Obama: ‘North Korea hasfailed again’

    05/08/2013 1:21:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/7/13
    “If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again,” Obama said during a joint press conference with the two leaders. “The United States and the Republic of Korea are as united as ever … North Korea is more isolated than ever.” Obama said North Korea’s manufactured crises will no long elicit concessions and committed to protecting the United States and its allies.
  • North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs'

    North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs' North Korea sent a large amount of illegal drugs to its embassy in an East European country last December and ordered diplomats there to sell it for cash by early April, a diplomatic source here claims. "South Korean intelligence obtained the information from a North Korean agent who defected recently," the source said. "Similar orders were delivered to other North Korean embassies." North Korea has ordered each diplomat to raise US $300,000 to prove their loyalty and mark the birthday of nation founder Kim Il-sung on April 15. Each North...
  • They’re digging up Obama’s tree? [BO Brings In Magnolia Not Cleared By Agriculture Ministry: FAIL]

    03/20/2013 11:43:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/20/13 | Staff
    Ynet is reporting that by order of the Agriculture Ministry, the magnolia tree brought from the US by the president and planted by Obama and Peres earlier this afternoon is being dug up. Really. Plants cannot be brought in from abroad “without undergoing a check” by the ministry, the report quotes the bureaucrats as saying. If this were April 1, we’d assume this was a wind-up. As the Netanyahu-Obama talks near their mid-evening break — there’ll be a press conference in 20 minutes or so, and then a working dinner — Ambassador Michael Oren is asked whether, for all the...
  • 'Diplomacy' game inventor Allan Calhamer dies

    03/03/2013 2:16:57 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | 3 March 2012 | Jason Keyser
    CHICAGO — As a kid rooting around in the attic of his boyhood home, Allan Calhamer stumbled across an old book of maps and became entranced by faraway places that no longer existed, such as the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. That discovery and a brewing fascination with world politics and international affairs were the genesis of "Diplomacy," the board game he would create years later as a history student at Harvard University in the 1950s. After its commercial release in 1959, the game earned a loyal legion of fans in the U.S. and elsewhere that reportedly included President John F....
  • I rescued Argo hostages in my orange Austin Maxi with a GB sticker on the back...

    03/03/2013 5:49:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-3-13 | Martin Williams
    Martin Williams was a First Secretary at the British Embassy in Iran when militants invaded the US Embassy in November 1979, taking 52 hostages and sparking an international crisis that lasted 14 months. In his Oscar-winning film Argo, director and star Ben Affleck tells how six American diplomats hid in the Canadian Ambassador’s house in Tehran until the CIA arranged an ingenious escape plan – after they had been callously turned away when they sought shelter at the British Embassy. Here Mr Williams, 71, who later was High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and New Zealand, says this is a gross misrepresentation...
  • Walter McDougall on Early U.S. Diplomacy (Part 1)

    01/13/2013 9:08:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jan 13, 2013 (lecture in 2010 I think) | Walter McDougall
    Set of 4 videos of a lecture on early US diplomacy, each video about 14 minutes long Walter McDougall on Early U.S. Diplomacy (Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFv9SnycB6s Walter McDougall on Early U.S. Diplomacy (Part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Zt6nwuEt0 Walter McDougall on Early U.S. Diplomacy (Part 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CHIv3OmI2U Walter McDougall on Early U.S. Diplomacy (Part 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZwidN85gK8
  • Edelstein: Peres Comments Hurt Public Diplomacy Efforts

    12/31/2012 3:54:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres's comments that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace hurt Israel's public diplomacy efforts, Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said on Monday. Edelstein told Arutz Sheva that it is now clear that the Oslo Accords were a nightmare, adding that the focus of the storm around Peres's comments should not be whether the president should express a personal opinion during an election period but rather how his remarks affect Israel's public diplomacy. "We spit blood while the Palestinians - sometimes successfully - try to convince leaders in Europe and North America that...
  • Tangled History Snarls China-Japan Island Dispute

    12/20/2012 7:58:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Austin Bay
    2012 was not an easy year for diplomats, defense officials and cartographers addressing Asian border disputes. In September 2012, a senior Chinese general angrily suggested that China should prepare for war with Japan. Control over five tiny islets was his immediate casus belli. Located in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Taiwan and midway between China's coastline and the Japanese island of Okinawa, the Chinese dub the disputed micro-archipelago the Diaoyus. Japanese maps, however, label them the Senkakus. Don't think never the twain shall meet. Google's map site wisely employs both names. So do international diplomats promoting nonviolent resolution of a...
  • Joe Biden's Vice Presidential Debate performance

    10/12/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT · by L.Thermador · 16 replies
    The Pie Hole of The Vice President | 10-12-12 | L Thermador
    Please excuse me if my first post, ever, is out of place; I simply cannot keep this in. I have always thought that a debate, besides being an arena where multiple opposing views may be voiced and argued publicly, is a forum to showcase ones skill in the art of diplomacy. If Vice President Biden's behavior during last night's debate is, even remotely, indicative of how he deals with allies or opponents that have differing views at the international level, I am more surprised than ever that we have ANY friends at all left in the world at large.
  • The Truth Behind the New Islamic Flashpoints

    09/19/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2012 | Rachel Marsden
    The CIA claims that it never saw the storm coming, but Canadian intelligence sure did. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird landed in Vladivostok, Russia, earlier this month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and had barely stepped off the plane when he announced that Canada would be pulling its diplomats out of Iran and closing its embassy while kicking all Iranian diplomats out of Canada. At the time, some thought that maybe the minister had a few too many mini vodkas on the ride over. Several days later, when protests and embassy attacks erupted in Islamic nations, and the...
  • An Evil Errand, and a Dereliction of Duty

    09/17/2012 6:38:35 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/16/12 | Mario Loyola
    Let’s leave aside how shameful it is to argue that the anti-American violence which has swept much of the Muslim world was not targeted at America generally. We have overwhelming evidence that it was (e.g., “USA Go To Hell!”). Let’s leave aside the even greater shame of apologizing for a 14-minute spoof in order to spare the tender feelings of people who attack churches, burn Bibles, propagate incitements and blood libels like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, degrade women and homosexuals and virtually every ethnic minority they come in contact with, and celebrate when Americans are killed. Let’s...
  • President Obama’s ‘Ally’ Remark on Egypt Was Not Intended to Be a Factual Statement

    09/13/2012 9:13:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New Yorg magazine ^ | 9/13/2012 | Dan Amira
    In 1989, Egypt was officially designated as an American ally — specifically, a "Major Non-NATO Ally," a status granting it various privileges — and it has remained one ever since. That is, until yesterday, when President Obama made a surprising remark in a Telemundo interview: Jose Diaz Balart: Would you consider the current Egyptian regime an ally of the United States? Pres. Obama: I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They’re a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Romney Advisor To London Telegraph: Obama Doesn’t “Fully Appreciate” Our “Anglo Saxon Heritage”

    07/24/2012 11:16:41 PM PDT · by GLH3IL · 27 replies
    Liberaland ^ | July 24, 2012 | Alan Combs
    Ahead of Mitt Romney’s trip to Britain, Jon Swaine of The Telegraph says a Romney advisor told the paper, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” Another Romney advisor said, “Obama is a Left-winger. He doesn’t value the Nato alliance as much, he’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.”
  • Russia's military threatens pre-emptive strike if NATO goes ahead with missile plan

    05/03/2012 4:29:29 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 03, 2012 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW – Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and...
  • Danes Ridicule our goofy prez

    03/25/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 26 replies · 5+ views
    Denmark TV ^ | 03/25/2012 | Denmark TV
    The president keep on saying how all his allies are the most important and are punching over their weight class.
  • North Korean Diplomacy: Mysterious and Unpredictable

    03/05/2012 12:04:45 AM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Financial ^ | 3/4/2012 | Guy de Fontgalland
    In mid 1995, I was accorded the privilege of an invitation to travel to Pyongyang, North Korea to discuss, with key North Korean institutions, the feasibility of inviting foreign direct investments into what was then and now a nation that no one really knows or understands. My mission at that time was orchestrated by the North Korean Trade Office in Singapore and the projected outcome was to entice one or more mining companies from Australia to commence exploration. The offers on the North Korean table were extremely appetising. I flew to Beijing and boarded an old Antanov aircraft which was...
  • Bulgaria and Israel to Sign On Defense Cooperation

    01/14/2012 10:53:18 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/12
    Bulgarian Defense Minister Anu Anguelov and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are expected to sign two defense cooperation agreements that will include joint military training and a memorandum on cooperation in the armament industry. ...
  • Former Mossad Head Yatom: Israel Can't Afford Not to Strike Iran

    11/26/2011 3:53:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/11 | BESA staff
    The Begin Sadat Center, a respected think tank based at Bar Ilan University, held a conference on November 23, 2011 on the subject of "Israeli Security in a New Regional Envornment", which focused on the so-called "Arab Spring" and its implicatons. Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West, and may make things even worse for Israel. "As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat," argues...
  • Benetton pulls pope-imam kiss ad after Vatican protest

    11/16/2011 12:44:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov.16, 2011
    Italian clothes company Benetton backed down and pulled a photo montage showing the pope a leading imam from its new global ad campaign on Wednesday after the Vatican issued a stern condemnation. The company, which is no stranger to controversy over its advertising campaigns, said it was "sorry that the use of the image had so hurt the sensibilities of the faithful." The statement came shortly after the Vatican expressed "the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father." Benetton's poster showed Pope Benedict XVI kissing on the lips Egypt's Ahmed el Tayyeb, imam...