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  • 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.”
  • UCLA players returning to U.S. after being detained in China

    11/14/2017 8:52:24 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 30 replies
    ESPN with AP information ^ | Today, undated | ESPN.com news services
    UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who have been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting, are headed back to the United States and are scheduled to arrive later Tuesday in Los Angeles, the Pac-12 confirmed. The players were seen checking into a Los Angeles-bound Delta flight at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, airline staff told The Wall Street Journal, who first reported that the players were heading back to the U.S.
  • North Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now, source says [until they can strike E. Coast]

    10/16/2017 1:47:52 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/16/2017 | Will Ripley, Zachary Cohen and Richard Roth
    A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.
  • North Korea added to Trump’s travel ban

    09/26/2017 1:14:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Hankyoreh ^ | September 26, 2017 | Yi Yong-in, Washington correspondent
    The Trump administration has added North Korea to a list of countries subject to an anti-immigration executive order limiting or banning entry to the US. Trump announced the addition of North Korea to the travel ban list in a presidential proclamation on the evening of Sept. 24. “North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect [in terms of information about those attempting entry] and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements,” the proclamation stated. In the proclamation, Trump stated the terms as applying to “immigrants and non-immigrants” - effectively banning entry to the US for all...
  • Trump, Putin held a second, undisclosed meeting at G20 summit

    07/18/2017 4:00:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2017
    U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday. The two leaders held a formal two-hour bilateral meeting on July 7 in which Trump later said Putin denied allegations that he directed efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The White House official did not say how long the second meeting took place or what was discussed.....
  • Learning to resist Trump’s America First

    07/14/2017 8:01:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 15, 2017 | Paul Kelly, Editor-At-Large
    As Donald Trump lives out his “America first” mantra riddled with a presidential character of unreliability and unpredictability, the existential question for other nations looms large: is Trump an aberration or harbinger of a permanently changed America? For Australia, there is no more important foreign policy issue. The test is whether our task is merely to survive the traumas Trump poses for the world and his alliance partners or whether the forces that created Trump are permanent and reflect the most decisive shift in US society, culture and outlook since World War II. The notion that after four years of...