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  • Trump Foreign Policy Speech Alarms Allies [semi-satire]

    05/02/2016 11:36:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 May 2016 | John Semmens
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's emphasis that the guiding principle for foreign policy under his administration will be "America first" has made some of our European allies nervous. Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier characterized Trump's stance as "arrogant and selfish. To put America first is offensive to my ears. He is denying our equality and our right to participate in determining what America must do to protect all of our mutual interests. If this kind of self-centered viewpoint had prevailed in an earlier era my country and perhaps all of western Europe would today be run by fascists or communists."...
  • 'Look out, we are heading for a crash again', warns William White, the central banker (tr)

    The world is facing a new crisis caused by an explosion in debt. So warns William White, the central banker who famously predicted the crisis of 2008. As financial markets reeled last week and fears of a fresh recession or even banking crisis sparked panic, White was more than willing to issue yet another prophecy of doom. The world is now facing a crunch that could see a collapse in property prices, including those in London; a new global banking crisis; waves of cheap commodities savaging Western industrial centres; and the need for debts to be written off on a...
  • U.S. says following events in Poland 'very closely' after EU probe launched

    01/24/2016 9:12:50 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies ^ | January 24, 2016 | Reuters
    The United States is scrutinizing developments in Poland, the U.S. trade czar said on Sunday when asked if Washington was concerned about the European Union's rule of law inquiry into Poland and Standard and Poor's cut to Warsaw's credit rating. "As a fellow democracy we do follow developments here very closely," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters during his visit to Google Campus in Warsaw. "We certainly do follow it. As a democracy, we want to make sure that Poland's democracy continues to address the issues."
  • NATO 'categorically' denies it threatens Russia; says enlargement not directed against anyone

    01/05/2016 5:58:27 AM PST · by McGruff · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2016
    BRUSSELS - NATO is flatly dismissing a claim by Russia that its actions and expansion constitute a menace for Russia's security. Alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu said Tuesday that NATO is still studying Russia's new security doctrine, approved last week. "That said," Lungescu added, "we categorically reject totally unfounded claims that NATO and its policies constitute a security threat" for Moscow.
  • Russia propaganda machine gains on U.S.

    12/28/2015 12:21:50 PM PST · by familyop · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    American lawmakers push bill to counter Putin message Russia has reorganized and intensified its international propaganda machine so effectively over the past decade that some Western lawmakers and diplomats say Washington now is badly losing a global messaging war to the increasingly modernized blitz of anti-U.S. content from Moscow-backed news operations. Leaders in the House and Senate have not put their full weight behind the Royce-Engel legislation, although it moved swiftly through the committee in May.
  • Turkey's Davutoglu condemns Russia for strikes on Syria's Idlib

    12/22/2015 3:03:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 22nd, 2015 | by Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler
    urkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday condemned an attack on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib, believed to have been carried out by Russian jets, and said Syria will not be part of "Russian imperialist goals". Relations between Ankara and Moscow are already at their worst in recent memory after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria last month. This weekend's air strikes killed scores of people in the center of Idlib in northwest Syria on Sunday, rescue workers and residents said. Turkey, which has long called for the ousting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports the...
  • TRUMP: Vladimir Putin's praise is 'a great honor'

    12/17/2015 4:37:14 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 17, 2015 | By Maxwell Tani
    Republican US presidential front-runner Donald Trump is apparently "honored" that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the real-estate magnate a "flamboyant" and "very talented" man. "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond," Trump said in a statement, according to Politico. He continued: "I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect." (full article at...
  • Putin's Popularity, Explained (Putin, Russians are Conservatives)

    12/17/2015 3:07:40 PM PST · by marvel5 · 49 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | December 14, 2015 | Matthew dal Santo
    The main point is, however, that Russia's 'conservative turn' since Putin's return to the Kremlin in March 2012 — widely deplored in the West as a creeping authoritarianism with roots only in the wiles of Putin's mind — may be closer to the world view of Russia's conservative and patriotic majority than most Western governments would care to admit. In foreign and economic policy, Russia's post-Soviet government may never have cleaved as close to the views of the majority as it does now. That's the view of Igor Okunev, a vice-dean at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, whom...
  • Authority of new EU force to supercede that of member states

    12/15/2015 11:04:40 AM PST · by csvset · 26 replies
    France24 ^ | 15 december 2015 | AFP
    The European Commission unveiled plans for a new external border and coastguard force that will be able to intervene even without the host country's consent on Tuesday, saying it had to restore EU security threatened by the migration crisis. The new agency will have a rapid reaction force of 1,500 guards and a "right to intervene" in European Union nations that are either overwhelmed by a migration influx or are deemed to be failing to secure their frontiers. With 1 million mainly Syrian refugees and migrants set to arrive in Europe by the end of this year, the record movement...
  • Kerry in Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks with Putin

    12/15/2015 6:09:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2015 7:20 PM EST | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Russia to try and narrow gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria's civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine. [...] The trip is Kerry's second to Russia this year - he met with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May - but his first since frosty relations over Ukraine were exacerbated by Moscow's intervention in Syria in late September. President Barack Obama has seen Putin briefly twice since then at international summits in Turkey and France. ...
  • Russia is bracing for $30 oil in 2016

    12/14/2015 1:41:21 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies ^ | December 14, 2015 | Ivana Kottasova
    The country's top finance official, Anton Siluanov, said the government must be prepared for prices to fall further in 2016 as the global glut grows and new supply -- for example from Iran -- enters the market. "Everything indicates that low oil prices are likely to dominate next year. And it is possible that at some periods [the oil price] will be $30 per barrel," Siluanov was quoted as saying by Russian state-run news agencies. That would spell more pain for Russia. Oil and gas exports make up almost half of government revenue. Oil futures were trading at their lowest...
  • Brits to Trump: Stay away

    12/09/2015 12:50:01 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 164 replies ^ | 12/08/15 | Nahal Toosi
    Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States? Well, it turns out lots of Britons want to ban him from the United Kingdom. Trump detractors across the pond have started an online petition on an official government website asking British officials to block the GOP presidential front-runner from visiting. "The signatories believe Donald J. Trump should be banned from UK entry," the petition reads. "The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK," the petition says. "If the United Kingdom is to...
  • French Amb on Trump Gun Rights: ‘Only in the Movies’ Does Someone Use a Gun to Defend Himself

    11/26/2015 3:22:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 83 replies
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud defend a tweet he had posted in response to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump immediately following the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month. Araud described Trump as a “vulture” for a tweet Trump had made earlier in the year following the January attack on Charlie Hebdo. Araud acknowledged he deleted the tweet, explaining it was immediately as his home country was reeling from the attacks, but doubled down on the sentiment he originally conveyed, which was using a gun to defend themselves in such...
  • Turkish F16s shot down warplane after it violated airspace - military official

    11/24/2015 12:24:23 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 244 replies ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Reuters
    Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot down a war plane of unknown origin on Tuesday after it violated Turkish air space close to the Syrian border and ignored warnings, a Turkish military official told Reuters.
  • Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days

    11/23/2015 4:27:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 60 replies
    RT ^ | 11-23-2015 | RT
    Russian airstrikes have torched more than 1,000 tankers taking stolen crude oil to Islamic State refineries. This blow against the jihadists comes as the Russian Air Force has hit 472 terrorist targets in two days in Syria, making 141 sorties. All Russian aircraft have successfully returned to the Khmeimim airbase near Latakia, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said in a daily briefing.
  • Israeli premier accuses German department store of boycott

    11/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2015 7:47 AM EST
    Israel's prime minister is accusing a German department store of a "boycott" after it removed products made in Israeli settlements under new European Union labeling guidelines. Benjamin Netanyahu noted Sunday that Berlin's KaDeWe department store was once owned by Jews before the Nazis seized it. He says its decision to label products from Israeli communities and remove them from its shelves is "a boycott in every respect." ...
  • Is this the end of the E.U.?

    11/20/2015 2:10:58 PM PST · by Lorianne · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 17 November 2015 | Jake Novak
    It's always the things you don't expect that get you. After banking scandals, currency issues, and a Greek/Portugese/Spanish debt crisis just about every six months, the economic and political partnership that is the European Union seems much more likely to fall apart for an entirely different reason after all. That reason is ISIS. This is a political nightmare for the statist bureaucrats who have been working for decades to reduce true representative democracy all for the goal of a unified and monolithic economic entity without worrying about being hindered by annoying little things like the will of the people. Before...
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' – Bashar Assad

    11/17/2015 11:47:04 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 33 replies
    Sputnik News, Moscow ^ | 10:26 18.11.2015
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust.""When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence information...
  • Far Right Forms Coalition in European Parliament

    11/07/2015 10:44:52 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 16, 2015 | Kim Willsher
    France's National Front announced Tuesday it had formed a new far-right bloc in the European Parliament that will qualify for up to nearly $20 million in funding over the next four years. Marine Le Pen, leader of the FN, said the group would be called Europe of Nations and Freedoms. Her allies share Le Pen's desire to curb immigration and the influence of Islam in Europe -- a concern that critics have described as xenophobic. They include the Dutch Party for Freedom, the Freedom Party of Austria, Italy's Lega Nord and Vlaams Belang from Belgium as well as lawmakers from...
  • Experts say Syria insurgents used mustard gas on foes near Aleppo

    11/06/2015 6:32:07 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 88 replies ^ | November 6, 2015 12:00 AM | Anthony Deutsch / Reuters
    Experts say Syria insurgents used mustard gas on foes near Aleppo November 6, 2015 12:00 AM By Anthony Deutsch / Reuters THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another rebel group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.
  • The secret of Putin’s success: Defending Russia like a modern-day Bismarck

    11/05/2015 6:29:01 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 5 Nov, 2015
    RT: Forbes claims that Putin can do what he wants and get away with it. Do you agree that he wields that much power? MM: That is basically what he is doing because he knows exactly how far to go, he knows where the red line is, he isn’t going beyond that red line. He is not going to start a war with the US because Russia would lose it. He is not going to start a war with China because he would lose it. Therefore, in his policies he knows exactly how far to go. And he knows the...
  • Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal: A Dark Day for Brazil

    07/08/2014 7:49:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 8, 2014 | By Sam Borden
    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil The fireworks began at dawn. All around this city, loud pops and bangs rang out as men and women and children, so many dressed in yellow, set off flares and beeped car horns. It was supposed to be a magical day. The Brazilian national soccer team, playing at home, was one game away from a World Cup final. No one could have guessed the tears would come before halftime. No one could have imagined there would be flags burning in the streets before dinner. Certainly no one could have envisioned that any Brazilian fans, watching their...
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans prcdent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • Chart: Why $4-Per-Gallon Gas Is Damn Cheap (Compared to what the rest of the world pays)

    04/05/2011 12:45:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Good Environment ^ | 03/21/2011
    Inspired by Cord's thought-provoking post on the per gallon prices of various liquids, and by Sarah Palin's ill-informed Facebook rant on the "$4-Per-Gallon President," I decided to take a closer look at gasoline prices around the world. Mrs. Palin might be interested to learn, that the world already has quite a few $4-Per-Gallon Presidents. In fact, the world already has $6-Per-Gallon Parliaments, $7-Per-Gallon Prime Ministers, and $8-Per-Gallon Presidents! We've collected a broad sample of gas prices from throughout the industrialized Western world in the chart below. Important to note: this chart includes only official data from throughout the European Union...
  • Newsweek to American Guys: We Can Learn Some Lessons from Europe on How to Be a Man

    09/21/2010 12:22:01 PM PDT · by pissant · 50 replies
    Newsbusteers ^ | 9/21/10 | Noel Shepperd
    "To survive in a hostile world, guys need to embrace girly jobs and dirty diapers," argued the Newsweek writers Andrew Romano and Tony Dokoupil in the subheadline of their September 20 article "Men's Lib." The writers set out to explain "[w]hy its time to reimagine masculinity at work and at home." If American men want to be competitive in a global economy, they argued, they need to suck it up and get comfortable with the idea of working traditionally "girly jobs" and/or being stay at home dads: Its possible to imagine protectionist trade and immigration policies boosting blue-collar employment at...
  • Britain faces losing power over its own Budget...

    03/26/2010 6:38:38 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 302+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jason Groves
    Britain could be forced to have its Budget signed off by European leaders under plans to impose an 'economic government of the EU', it emerged yesterday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for 'oversight' of national economies to be included in controversial arrangements that were agreed by EU leaders yesterday. She wants to introduce financial penalties for states with persistently high budget deficits, giving the EU a high degree of control. This could see Britain forfeiting the 2billion annual 'structural funds' paid out to some of the nation's poorer areas by Brussels.
  • Eurostar train services canceled indefinitely

    12/20/2009 2:58:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 1,919+ views
    LONDON The only passenger rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday, promising more travel misery for thousands of stranded passengers just before Christmas. Services have been suspended since late Friday, when a series of glitches stranded five trains inside the Channel Tunnel and trapped more than 2,000 passengers for hours in stuffy and claustrophobic conditions. More than 55,000 passengers overall have been affected.
  • Somali pirates get $3.3M ransom, free 36 hostages

    11/20/2009 12:06:14 AM PST · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | November 18, 2009 | Mohamed Olad Hassan and Daniel Woolls
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — As a Spanish warship looked on, a $3.3 million ransom was delivered by boat Tuesday and Somali pirates freed a Spanish trawler and its 36 crew members. Spain's prime minister did little to deny paying off the hijackers — one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise. "The government did what it had to do," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a news conference in Madrid. "The important thing is that the sailors will be back with us. The first obligation of a country, of the government of a state, is to save the lives...
  • Somali pirates free 36, claim $3 million ransom

    11/17/2009 11:09:31 AM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies · 327+ views
    AP/ ^ | 11/17/09
    Pirates freed 36 crew members from a Spanish trawler Tuesday, and a self-proclaimed pirate said the hostage-takers were paid $3.3 million in ransom. Spain's prime minister did little to deny a payment was made one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise.
  • European "soft power" can't counter Russia's energy muscle

    05/22/2009 6:20:01 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 11 replies · 440+ views
    UPI ^ | May 22, 2009 | PAOLO LIEBL VON SCHIRACH
    Russia is the world's second-largest exporter of oil and the world's largest combined exporter of oil and gas. Europe would be crushed in a very short time without Russia's energy supplies. In this context, sadly, Europe is militarily irrelevant and economically dependent. Thus Moscow simply ignores it. Which is to say that soft power alone, when dealing with a rather rough neighbor, may not do the trick.... The general European attitude can be summed up by the thoughts, "Oh well, this is how the Russians are, you know. When provoked, they jump. Therefore, in order to stay out of trouble,...
  • Lilly-livered Europe has Surrendered to Islam

    05/06/2009 4:58:28 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 555+ views
    First Post UK ^ | 5/6/09 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    In 2006, I had a debate with Tariq Ramadan, the author of Western Muslims and the future of Islam. In the hypothetical event of a war between Egypt and Switzerland, for which community would he be prepared to die, I asked him. Mr Ramadan has dual citizenship. He's an Egyptian by birth and a Swiss by naturalisation. His response was one of rage on different levels. Above all I think he was outraged that one should ask such a question. He refused to answer. Mr Ramadan, like many other Muslims, may have two or more citizenships. From all that he...

    05/04/2009 11:09:41 PM PDT · by JLS · 6 replies · 685+ views
    National Review and Steynonline ^ | 5 May 2009 | Mark Steyn
    CHECK, PLEASE! Steyn on the World Tuesday, 05 May 2009 HAPPY WARRIOR from National Review At the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, theyre premiering a new ballet about a young French boy whos befriended by a giant helium-filled balloon. Any balletomanes at the US embassy might be forgiven for assuming it to be some hastily concocted metaphor to Euro-American harmony in the Age of Obama: a lithe young Continental prancing around the stage enraptured by his dazzling bag of gas. But, as it happens, The Red Balloon is an adaptation of some fey French movie from the Fifties, when...
  • Netanyahu: Europe will not dictate policy to Israel

    04/23/2009 9:54:48 PM PDT · by pissant · 12 replies · 645+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 4/24/09 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday dismissed European calls to suspend the upgrade in Israel's relations with the European Union. "Don't set conditions for us," Netanyahu told Mirek Topolanek during the Czech premier's visit to Israel. Netanyahu said Israel's relationship to Europe should not be linked to its relationship to the Palestinians. "Peace is in Israel's interest no less than it is in Europe's interest, and there's no need to make the upgrade in relations with Israel conditional on progress on the peace process," Netanyahu said. "We are in the process of reviewing our policy; don't rush us." Topolanek is the...
  • EU worried over Netanyahu commitment to peace

    02/23/2009 8:53:36 PM PST · by pissant · 14 replies · 408+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/23/09 | staff
    EU officials raised concerns over the commitment of Israel's prime minister designate Binyamin Netanyahu to pursue genuine peace talks with Palestinians. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said he is worried Netanyahu's talks with hard-line parties to form a coalition could halt peace talks with Palestinians. Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra says he expects a "rough start" once a new Israeli government takes office, warning a two-state peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians is narrowing now that Netanyahu is likely to form a government. The EU's 27 foreign ministers were discussing peace efforts in the Middle East at talks Monday.
  • So cruel - children roast puppies over fire

    02/04/2009 9:24:50 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 33 replies · 1,459+ views
    London Daily Mail via AdelaideNow ^ | 2-5-2009 | Jaya Narain
    A GANG of children have been caught trying to roast two puppies over an open fire. Shocked and huddled together for safety, the puppies were rescued from an act of almost unbelievable barbarity on a canal bank near Manchester in England. A gang of youths had seized the seven-week-old brother and sister puppies and were slowly roasting them over a bonfire. Yelping in panic and distress as their fur began to burn, the pair struggled desperately to escape the children's clutches. The commotion attracted a walker who ran over to the bonfire and ordered the gang to release them immediately.
  • Europe slow to offer new home to Gitmo inmates

    01/23/2009 11:19:44 AM PST · by Baladas · 14 replies · 252+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/23/09 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) Across Europe, President Barack Obama's decision to shut the Guantanamo Bay prison has raised an awkward question: Which EU states that railed against the camp will offer new lives to released prisoners? The U.S. Defense Department says about 50 of the 245 prisoners awaiting freedom cannot go home again on security or political grounds, raising the need to find an alternative place to send them. But European Union members long critical of Guantanamo shied away Friday from any firm commitments to help. Ireland has joined Portugal, France, Germany and Switzerland in saying it probably would participate...
  • World hopes Obama's Guantanamo move is step toward closure

    01/21/2009 7:47:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 698+ views
    AFP ^ | January 21, 2009
    US President Barack Obama's call to suspend trials of "war on terror" suspects at Guantanamo raised hopes worldwide that the prison could be closed soon, but not all welcomed the idea of repatriating ex-inmates. EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot hailed Obama's request to prosecutors as a step toward shutting the facility, which has been plagued by accusations of torture and become a symbol of US excesses. "I am delighted that one of the first acts of President Obama has been to turn the page on this sad episode of Guantanamo prison," Barrot said in a statement. He also stressed that...
  • Mourning the end of Bush era?

    01/17/2009 8:12:55 PM PST · by MimirsWell · 14 replies · 984+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SWAPAN DASGUPTA
    <p>Last week, Rahul Gandhi put his skills of persuasive politics on show by accompanying fellow mediap ro cl a i m e d prime minister-in-waiting, British foreign secretary David Miliband, on a poverty tour of Amethi. The outcome was not very fulfilling for India. Stimulated, presumably, by his night out in the real India, Miliband arrived at the scene of the 26/11 outrage in Mumbai and gratuitously proclaimed that the resolution of the dispute over Kashmir would help deny extremists in the region one of their main call to arms... The best antidote to terror, he added, was cooperation and instinctive multilateralism. Miliband may be complimented for his bluntness and liberal compassion but in terms of tact and sensitivity this was akin to a visiting Indian dignitary telling Londoners after the July 7, 2005 bombings that a more inclusive development of the ghettos would have helped dissipate the anger of alienated Muslim youth. Shorn of measured prose, Milibands message to India from the scene of the carnage was stark: You had it coming, mate! There are two ways of viewing Milibands unexpected assault on the geniality that has marked Indo-British relations since the 1990s. The first would be to link Milibands bleeding heart to the mundane compulsions of the Labour Partys vote-bank politics. But courting the Mirpuri vote was a minor consideration. The greater likelihood is that decent Leftliberals are unable to distinguish between empathy and condescension. The likes of Miliband are instinctively more at ease inspecting the good works in Amethi (he would, of course, loath the ambience of Tory-voting rural England) than soaking in the headiness of a Vibrant Gujarat meet. The hut in Amethi may have reinforced a stereotype of Third World poverty and invited patronising concern; the we-cando-it exuberance in Ahmedabad last week, however, invoked the fearful imagery of brash Texans and sinister Russian entrepreneurs. There is an unstated but real conflict between the bleeding India of NGOs and the shining India of the productive sector. Milibands thesis was an expression of that irreconcilable clash. If Milibands bid to bless Lashkar-e-Taiba with a nobility of purpose was purely the reflection of an individuals derangement, it could have been viewed with a generosity due to an earnest young man out to make a mark. In the nuanced world of diplomacy it could even be offset by Prime Minister Gordon Browns hard-headed observation that a majority of terrorist plots in the UK had a definite Pakistan connection. Unfortunately, a show of indulgence is unwarranted. Miliband wasnt, after all, concerning himself with terrorism in South Asia alone. The central premise of his lecture was that the war on terror as defined by President George W Bush after 9/11 was misleading and mistaken because it conferred an artificial unity of purpose on Islamist terrorism and because it also implied that the correct response was primarily military. Although, he did not say so explicitly, Miliband inferred that the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were misadventures. Although, it is now obligatory to abuse the outgoing US president, it is instructive to look back on 9/11 and ask whether or not the Bush response was flawed. On September 20, 2001, Bush promised Congress that We will direct every resource at our command... to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror networks. Bush walked the talk but with mixed results. His greatest achievement was in making Americans safe at home; his greatest failure was to get bogged down in a needless war in Iraq that diverted resources from the terror epicentre in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bush was audacious and took chances. But to Miliband, he should have responded by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it and built on the solidarity between peoples and nations... based not on who we are against, but on the idea of who we are and the values we share. Implicit is the advice to India to engage with terror rather than confront it. Yet, Miliband would have strengthened his case by specifying the values that bind the three democracies with those who idolise Osama bin Laden. Is it democracy? Religious freedom? Gender equity? Human rights? If this is a foretaste of the Obama order, India will have reason to mourn the passing of the Bush era.</p>
  • Guantanamo, Gone-tanamo, Obama Will Close It Down

    11/25/2008 11:09:02 AM PST · by foutsc · 6 replies · 243+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 25 Nov 08 | foutsc
    President Obama will close Guantanamo. It's just a matter of time. We should forcibly repatriate the prisoners and avoid the inevitable legal farce that will ensue. That won't happen because Europeans are shameless hypocrites.European Hypocrisy Earth Times reported a few months back how we had just returned six more well-fed, tanned and rested Guantanamo prisoners back to the 8th century house of horror societies they came from. One paragraph from the article stood out:About 270 detainees are still being held at Guantanamo. The Defense Department said it was still looking for countries that would take in about 65 prisoners deemed...
  • EU eager to work with Obama

    11/14/2008 12:53:06 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 588+ views ^ | 11/13/2008 | William Horsley
    Europe has fallen in love with America again because of Barack Obama. European leaders who celebrated his election victory are now signalling that they want an end to the estrangement between the two parts of the Western alliance during the Bush years.
  • Anti Americanism around the world (pictures)

    11/06/2008 11:59:22 AM PST · by libh8er · 33 replies · 3,162+ views
    Various | 11/06/08 | Me
    Hamburg, Germany ---------------------- Milan,Italy ---------------------- Geneva, Switzerland ---------------------- Washington DC, USA ---------------------- Obama,Japan ---------------------- Rome,Italy ---------------------- Paris, France ---------------------- Jakarta, Indonesia ---------------------- Honk Kong, China ----------------------
  • Analysis: Europe wants to love Obama

    11/05/2008 3:12:54 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies · 1,614+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, November 7, 2008
    CNN) -- Europe's expectations of a Barack Obama presidency are vibrant, vast and probably incapable of fulfillment by any president, let alone one who will come to office in the middle of a worldwide economic crisis and with huge, unfinished business in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no doubting the buzz and the optimism that the election victory of an African-American candidate has brought. Most in Europe are instinctively America's friends and, after the unilateralism of the Bush years, they want to have something to love about America again. Obama's arrival, they hope and believe, will give them that opportunity....
  • US allies to press Congress to pass bailout

    09/29/2008 7:47:13 PM PDT · by pissant · 54 replies · 731+ views
    The Standard ^ | 9/3-0/08 | staff
    US allies will press Congress to urgently pass a huge bailout package for the financial system as failure to do so would hurt the US and world economies, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said. Rudd said he had spoken to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown overnight and they had agreed to urge US lawmakers to reverse their decision to reject the US$700 billion (HK$5.46 trillion) package, saying that had been "a bad development''. "The attitude that we will adopt, and I believe other friends and allies of the United States will adopt, is to urge the United States Congress to...
  • The day America was born again

    09/15/2008 8:31:53 PM PDT · by Minn · 29 replies · 672+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 9/12/2008 | Justin Webb
    It doesn't matter who wins! Seriously, guys, America is about to become, once again, the coolest place on Earth. An era is ending. If you still think the US is home to all that is fatty and unwholesome and militaristic and cloth-eared and generally low-grade, and not much else, it may be time to give the Yanks another chance. Nothing Sarah Palin and her followers can do will prevent America's steady movement away from social conservatism Politically, socially, culturally, America is - as we watch transfixed and, in spite of ourselves, impressed - being born again. Suddenly we are reminded...
  • The Europeanization of the Democratic Party

    08/19/2008 1:21:57 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/19/2008 | William Moloney
    In the 19th century Americans took very seriously Washingtons warning against entangling alliances which might interfere with the countrys unfolding Manifest Destiny of dynamic growth and expansion. A corollary to this belief was that the Great American Democracy was a unique-perhaps even divinely inspired-form of political organization vastly superior to the Old Worlds tired regimes of aristocratic privilege and downtrodden masses. In the 20th century America entered upon the world stage powerfully and decisively coming to the aid of embattled European democracies and leading them to victory in two World Wars and the Cold War. Launching these extraordinary interventions were...
  • NATO's Inaction in Defense of Georgia

    08/13/2008 6:10:44 AM PDT · by Crush · 24 replies · 624+ views
    Human Events ^ | 13 Aug, 2008 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Recent fighting between Russian and Georgian forces (ostensibly over Georgias breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia) has spawned fears of a widening war in the Caucasus, Moscows resurging military aggressiveness, and the perceived inability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to deal with either. So far, the sum total of the Wests response to the Russian invasion has been negligible. And experts contend the invasion may be the kick-start needed to re-galvanize the nearly 60-year-old mutual-defense alliance formed during the early years of the Cold War as a means of collective defense against the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, a...
  • European Union says it won't support military action against Iran

    07/22/2008 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies · 147+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | july 22 2008
    European Union foreign ministers say they will not support a military strike on Iran but want more talks to try to resolve worries Tehran might be developing nuclear weapons. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says it is now up to Iran to respond to global powers and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana after talks in Geneva on Saturday.
  • Some Europeans Fearful of Obama Presidency

    07/02/2008 3:20:18 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies · 95+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 28 June 2008 | John Semmens
    Some European officials, speaking under conditions of anonymity, are expressing concerns that Senator Obama may become the next U.S. president. Its not that we dont like Obama on a personal level, said one source. He is a lot like us, but that is a cause for worry. We have always counted on America. America saved us from Hitler. America deterred the Red Army from marching into Western Europe. America was there to ward off the bullies who picked on us. Maybe having a gauche cowboy America to rely on is a crutch we dont really want to part with, said...
  • EU rule kept half a million homes in the dark

    06/18/2008 12:05:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 108+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/16/2008 | Robin Pagnamenta
    Blackouts that plunged 500,000 homes into darkness last month were compounded by European environmental restrictions over the use of coal and oil-fired power stations, The Times has learnt. The unexpected shutdown of two power stations on Tuesday, May 29, led to the worst disruption to the UKs power network in more than 20 years, prompting new concerns over the stability of Britains ageing power grid. However, industry sources say that a key factor was the European Unions Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), which sets strict limits on the number of hours that some of Britains largest and most heavily polluting...
  • Barack Obama beats John McCain in European vote: US election 2008

    05/29/2008 9:30:23 AM PDT · by propertius · 35 replies · 115+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Thu May 29 | David Blair
    Senator Barack Obama emerged as Europe's favourite candidate for Americas presidency today when a poll conducted for gave him 52 per cent support across five of the worlds richest nations, including Britain. John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, received only 15 per cent of the vote in unprecedented survey covering Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. Poll analysis: Barack Obama wins over anti-Bush Britain Poll analysis: Russians consider the US a force for evil Country-by-country poll results (Excel file) The poll also found a striking level of anti-American feeling in every country. A clear majority of Russians - 56...