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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Bill Speakman, first soldier to receive a Victoria Cross from Queen, dies aged 90

    06/22/2018 4:45:06 AM PDT · by GreenLanternCorps · 6 replies
    Sky News ^ | 22 June 2018 | not named
    The first soldier to receive a Victoria Cross from the newly crowned Queen in 1952, has died at the age of 90. Bill Speakman was awarded the VC - Britain's highest military honour - for his bravery in leading a military action during the Korea War.
  • Trade conflict already sapping German economy

    06/22/2018 4:44:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | June 22, 2018
    STUTTGART (GERMANY) (AFP) - An industrial powerhouse built on massive exports and a gigantic car industry, Germany is among the nations most sensitive to mounting trade tensions between the United States and other major economies. US President Donald Trump has in recent weeks struck his first tariff blows at the European Union and China, who both vowed retaliation -- risking a tit-for-tat trade conflict on two fronts that could weigh on the global economy. "Germany's second economic miracle is over," influential daily Die Welt wrote this week, comparing the years of steady growth since the financial crisis to the post-World...
  • North, South Korea to hold family reunions

    06/22/2018 4:16:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    AAP via SBS.com ^ | Updated Updated 32 mins ago
    Delegations from North and South Korea have agreed to arrange reunions for families separated by the Korean War from August 20 to August 26, South Korea's Ministry of Unification says, citing the delegations' joint statement.
  • House lawmakers step up probe on green groups' international work

    06/22/2018 2:40:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jun 2018 | Valerie Volcovici
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday stepped up their scrutiny of environmental groups’ work with foreign countries, requesting that the Center for Biological Diversity turn in a list of documents detailing their work with Japanese officials. It was the third action that Representatives Rob Bishop and Bruce Westerman have taken this month to put a spotlight on foreign governments’ relationship with green groups, who they allege can be used to influence U.S. policy or national security. {snip} Last week, the lawmakers sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking him to provide information about environmental litigation against...
  • German Car Makers Call on EU to Scrap Auto Tariffs to Preserve Access to U.S. Market

    06/22/2018 1:01:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Germany’s leading car manufacturers have called on the European Union (EU) to scrap its import tariffs on U.S. cars, which are far higher than those imposed on European cars entering America. The firms called for all tariffs to end, on both the EU and U.S. side, to boost free but also fair trade across the Atlantic, passing the message to the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
  • North Korea media tone down anti-US rhetoric

    06/21/2018 8:38:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 21, 2018 | Bryan Harris and Kang Buseong
    For decades, the US was a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” in the eyes of North Korea’s propagandists. Then almost overnight the hate stopped. Following a landmark summit between Pyongyang and Washington on June 12, anti-US vitriol has disappeared from state media reports — a development that some analysts see as preparing North Koreans for a new era in relations between the two long-time adversaries. “The anti-American slant is just gone. North Korea appears to be preparing people for a new beginning,” said Peter Ward, an expert at Seoul National University who studies the North’s propaganda. The changes in Pyongyang’s rhetoric...
  • The German Air Force Wants To Know If Its Eurofighters Can Carry U.S. Nuclear Bombs

    06/21/2018 7:40:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 21, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    German officials have reportedly asked their American counterparts about whether it would be possible to turn the Eurofighter Typhoon into a nuclear strike aircraft. The answer to this question could have serious ramifications on Germany’s effort to replace its aging Panavia Tornado combat jets, which are certified to carry U.S. B61 nuclear bombs during a crisis as part of an inter-NATO agreement, and reinforces previous reports that the European fighter jet is the German Air Force’s preferred option. In April 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Defense sent a formal letter to U.S. officials asking about whether it would be...
  • Exclusive: Canada could make it harder for U.S. to win fighter bid - sources

    06/21/2018 7:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 21, 2018 | David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is discussing changes to a multibillion-dollar fighter jet procurement process that could make it harder for a U.S. company to win the order as trade relations between the neighbors sour, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said. Canada is considering whether to penalize companies from countries that have caused it economic damage, the sources said on Wednesday. While a final decision is not expected before next year and the threat could be posturing, the move shows how the Trump administration’s trade disputes are spilling over into other areas. A spokeswoman for federal Procurement Minister...
  • U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit

    06/21/2018 6:25:33 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | June 21st, 2018 | Andrew Hay
    (Reuters) - Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents' consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did...
  • Washington Post blames Charles Krauthammer for the Iraq war in the opening line of his obituary.

    06/21/2018 5:38:57 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 23 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 6-21-18 | Ryan Saavedra
    The Washington Post blames Charles Krauthammer for the Iraq war in the opening line of his obituary.
  • Kurdish-Swedish MP Arrested in Istanbul, Deported to Stockholm

    06/21/2018 5:32:33 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BAS News ^ | 22/06/2018 - 00:49 | none stated
    ERBIL — Turkish border police on Thursday arrested a Kurdish member of the Swedish parliament after he arrived at Ataturk International Airport as part of a parliamentary group to observe the upcoming Turkish elections. MP Jabbar Amin was denied entry at the airport, Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed. Swedish news agency TT quoted Amin as confirming his arrest at his arrival. His passport was also taken away before being deported to Sweden. “We have just recently been informed that Jabar Amin has been denied entry into Turkey. We have raised the issue with the Turkish representatives and demand an explanation,” said...
  • Home of China's dog meat festival defiant amid outcry

    06/21/2018 4:59:38 PM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 21, 2018 | Joyce Zhou and Christian Shepherd
    Residents of China's southern city of Yulin defended eating dog meat to celebrate the summer solstice on Thursday, as animal rights activists seek new ways to pressure organizers to cancel the annual festival. The ten-day event, dubbed the lychee and dog meat festival by residents, has become a lightning rod for dog lovers, who every year confront those who buy, sell and eat canines. In recent years, animal rights activists have raided slaughterhouses and intercepted truckloads of dogs in efforts to limit the number of animals killed. Activists say the dog meat trade is inhumane and unhygienic, pointing to videos
  • China will have the world's most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025

    06/21/2018 3:42:48 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/21/2018 | Amanda Macias
    China is currently testing the world's most powerful naval gun and people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report say it will be ready for war by 2025. Railguns use electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder to propel rounds, and China's is capable of striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second, according to the report. For perspective, a shot fired from Washington, D.C., could reach Philadelphia in under 90 seconds. Railguns have long appeared on Russian, Iranian and U.S. military wish lists as cost-effective weapons that give navies the might of a...
  • In Trump’s North Korea diplomacy, China is the loser

    06/21/2018 2:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | June 21, 2018 | Brahma Chellaney, Special to the Globe and Mail
    North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un’s latest visit to Beijing this week cannot obscure the fact that China, once the primary conduit between Washington and Pyongyang, is at risk of being largely left on the outside. The White House has eroded China’s leverage by establishing a direct telephone link — a virtual hotline — to Mr. Kim. In fact, U.S. President Donald Trump, by directly engaging Pyongyang over a nuclear and peace deal, has effectively cut out the middleman, China. Beijing, which values North Korea as a strategic buffer against the U.S. military presence in South Korea, has reason to be...
  • Illegal Immigration, Internment Camps, and Useful Idiots

    06/21/2018 1:57:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | June 21, 2018 | by David Catron
    Laura Bush needs a remedial course in history and immigration policy. The Bush family has a famously adversarial relationship with English. It became clear this week that at least one of them is also illiterate where U.S. history and immigration policy are concerned. This was demonstrated when former First Lady Laura Bush took to the pages of the Washington Post to denounce President Trump for enforcing a statute signed into law by her own husband, George W. Bush. Even worse, she compared the HHS facilities where the children of illegal immigrants are briefly housed to the infamous internment camps where...
  • Uncle abandons 6-year-old illegal immigrant boy in Arizona desert

    06/21/2018 1:50:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2018 | By Stephen Dinan
    While official Washington’s attention has been focused this week on President Trump and illegal immigrant parents separated from their children, Border Patrol agents in Arizona spotted a completely different type of family separation. Agents say they were patrolling the border road near Lukeville, Arizona, on Tuesday night when the discovered a 6-year-old Costa Rican boy abandoned on the road in 100-degree heat. The child told the agents he’d been dropped off on the road by his uncle, who’d told him the Border Patrol would pick him up, agents said. The boy said his mother was an illegal immigrant living in...
  • Trump’s North Korea Play: a Ploy to Secure Vast Deposits of Rare Earth Elements?

    06/21/2018 1:45:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | June 21, 2018 | Pepe Escobar
    It’s not far-fetched to consider ‘The Art of the Deal’ applied to North Korea’s allegedly vast rare earth resources. This may not be about condos on North Korean beaches after all. Arguably, the heart of the matter in the Trump administration’s embrace of Kim Jong-un has everything to do with one of the largest deposits of rare earth elements (REEs) in the world, located only 150 km northwest of Pyongyang and potentially worth billions of US dollars. All the implements of 21st century technology-driven everyday life rely on the chemical and physical properties of 17 precious elements on the periodic...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'They're together and they're safe.' Father of Honduran two-year-old who became [Trunc]

    06/21/2018 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Cecily · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 21, 2018 | Daniel Bates and Karen Ruiz
    The father of the Honduran girl who became the face of the family separation crisis has revealed that he still has not been in touch with his wife or daughter but was happy to learn they are safe. Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas. In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and...
  • The Families Who Sacrificed Everything for Assad

    06/21/2018 1:11:19 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 12, 2018 | Sam Dagher
    Syria's Alawite community have been a key source of support for the regime. But even they could turn on him. BEIRUT—Since Syrian regime forces were accused of conducting a chemical-weapons attack on Saturday on Douma, the largest rebel town near Damascus to surrender, the world has waited anxiously for the U.S. response. In the aftermath of the suspected attack, President Donald Trump spoke of imminent retaliation and had tough words for Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, and his patron Russia; he has since hedged to say an attack could come “very soon or not so soon at all!” Still,...
  • Smuggler abandons 6-year-old in blazing desert heat

    06/21/2018 12:16:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    FOX5NY ^ | Jun 21 2018
    A 6-year-old Costa Rican boy was rescued by U.S. Border Patrol agents after he was abandoned on a border road in Arizona on Tuesday evening. The agents discovered the boy just north of the border west of Lukeville in temperatures over 100 degrees. The child claimed that he was dropped off by "his uncle" and that Border Patrol would pick him up.