Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Detention warrants issued for 110 Turkish Air Forces officers over alleged Gulen links

    09/22/2018 12:30:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | September 21, 2018 | TM
    The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for 110 members of the Turkish Air Forces including six pilots over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. According to the report, 100 of the 110 officers who were accused of communicating with people from the Gülen movement have been detained in operations in 16 provinces. The Turkish government has dismissed over 40,000 military personnel including gendarmerie and military cadets over alleged links to the movement since a failed coup attempt in July 2016, the tr724 new website reported on Aug. 4....
  • France: Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marechal opens 'Far Right' Training School for Future Leaders

    09/22/2018 12:10:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | Sep 2018 | Maia De La Bume
    This month, the doors will open at the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences (ISSEP) in Lyon, Frances third-biggest city. It will, its high-profile backers hope, become a breeding ground for the countrys next generation of conservative thinkers and leaders. It also marks the return to public life of Marion Marchal, once the great hope of the French far right, who is the colleges director. She said the idea was to train a new crop of politicians and officials to replace the visionless Parisian elite. She was the youngest member of Frances parliament before stepping away from politics in...
  • Ireland to give extra 1 million to help Palestinian refugees [barf]

    09/22/2018 10:25:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/22/2018 | Grinne N Aodha and AFP
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Tnaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney today. Coveney had invited Abbas to come to Ireland at their meeting in Ramallah in January. To coincide with the visit, the Tnaiste announced additional funding of 1 million to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Ireland is a longstanding supporter of UNRWAs vital work in delivering healthcare, education and food to 5.3 million Palestine refugees. The ongoing conflict in the Middle East region has meant an increased demand for UNRWAs services but funding has not kept pace...
  • China backs out of trade talks as U.S. imposes new tariffs: This is like the 1930s

    09/22/2018 8:55:44 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 24 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/22/18 | USA Features
    While the Chinese make good on a pledge to refuse negotiations while under threat, President Trump is making good on his campaign pledge to improve trade conditions for the United States with countries he believes have long taken advantage of the American market, the largest in the world. Its hard to fault the president. Chinas trade imbalances with the U.S. have been massive in the hundreds of billions for years. Now, much of that is due to the fact that U.S. manufacturing capacity had fallen off over the past few decades (not altogether caused by, but accelerated after,...
  • German politics fragment as support for big parties erodes

    09/22/2018 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    For most of Germanys postwar history, the conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) were the undisputed twin poles of German politics. Known as Volksparteien, literally popular parties, these big-tent associations of interests have led every government since 1949. They were the German equivalents of the Republicans and Democrats in the United States or Tories and Labour in the United Kingdom. But their popularity is eroding alarmingly. In the words of venerable German political scientist Herfried Mnkler, the Volksparteien look increasingly like last years models. The most recent Deutschlandtrend survey, published on September 20, put support for the CDU/CSU at...
  • Largest Trade Deficit By Country

    09/22/2018 7:55:02 AM PDT · by central_va · 14 replies
    worldsrichestcountries.com ^ | as of July 2015 | Unk
    As of July 2015, the USA's annual trade deficit of $803B was more then the next 14 largest debtor nations combined!
  • Gunmen kill at least 24 in attack on military parade in Iran, reports say

    09/22/2018 4:30:04 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 14 replies
    Associated Press via Stars and Stripes ^ | September 22, 2018, | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN, Iran Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 24 people, including eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard, and wounding 53 others, local media reported. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency cited "knowledgeable sources" without elaborating. It said gunmen were dressed in Guard uniforms and targeted a riser where military and police commanders were sitting. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser. However, Iran faced a bloody...
  • Chaos or not, Trump racking up record of foreign policy success

    09/22/2018 4:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegram ^ | September 22, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    In his new book Fear, Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lets f------ ing kill him! Trump told Mattis, according to the book. Lets go in. Lets kill the f---ing lot of them. Mattis, Woodward writes, assured the president that he would get right on it. But as soon as Mattis hung up the phone, he told...
  • The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate

    09/22/2018 2:38:43 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 34 replies
    breitbart.com/big-government ^ | 9/21/18 | Neil Munro
    The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate of 11 million, say three professors from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The shocking estimate will force establishment politicians and pro-migration advocates to recalculate the estimated impact of the huge illegal population on wages and salaries, on crime rates, welfare consumption, rental and real-estate prices, productivity rates, and the distribution of job-creating investment funds to coastal vs. heartland states. The higher illegal population estimate helps explain why Americans wages and salaries have risen so little amid apparently record-low unemployment rates, and it also...
  • Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul in December

    09/22/2018 1:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New Straits Times ^ | September 22, 2018 | Bernama
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to visit Seoul in December, South Koreas Yonhap news agency quoted the chief of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group Sohn Kyung- shik as saying. Kyung-shik was a member of the South Korean delegation that accompanied President Moon Jae-in this week for his three-day trip to North Korea. He joined the delegation as the head of the Korea Employers Federation, a major business lobby. During a joint press conference after the third summit, Kim said he made a promise to visit Seoul in the near future. Moon later added that what Kim meant by the...
  • Is the Korea denuclearization process for real?

    09/22/2018 12:24:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Quad-City Times ^ | September 22, 2018 | David Ignatius, Associate Editor & Columist, The Washington Post
    After the big bang of the Singapore summit in June, with its showy but vague North Korean commitment to denuclearization, many analysts doubted that the deal had any real substance. But we're beginning to see the first signs of what a serious accord would look like. This week's North-South summit meeting in Pyongyang produced accord on some basic essentials of a real denuclearization process. North Korea agreed to accept internal inspectors to monitor destruction of one of its test sites, a first step toward the broader inspection process that will be essential for any verifiable pact. North Korea also agreed...
  • Zarif: Trump administration is a threat to the world [Iranian foreign minster]

    09/21/2018 8:47:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 09/21/18 23:31 | Elad Benari
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of being a threat to the Middle East and to the international community. It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: That threat is the Trump Administrations sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along with rogue accomplices in our region, Zarif wrote on Twitter. The US must start acting like a normal state, he added.
  • France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets

    09/21/2018 3:33:47 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 17 replies
    msn news ^ | September 20, 2018 | Anne Renault Anne Lec'hvien
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group. Le Pen shared the images... after IS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, ... The leader of the National Rally ... was stripped of her parliamentary immunity over the pictures and charged with circulating violent messages.... a court order requiring her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. it calls for the tests to be carried out "as soon as possible" to establish whether Le Pen "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions"....
  • Trump Claims Foreign Allies Dont Want Him To Declassify Russia Documents

    09/21/2018 2:07:12 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 112 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/1212018 | Chuck Ross
    President Donald Trump claimed Thursday and Friday that foreign allies have asked him not to declassify documents from the Russia probe the unnamed foreign countries Trump said that he is honoring the allies wishes, as well as the DOJs, by backing off of his declassification request
  • Ireland Plans To Offer Abortions For Free, As Ban Is Officially Repealed

    09/21/2018 10:02:07 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | 09/20/18 | Bill Chappell
    Ireland officially revoked its ban on abortion this week and its health minister says that under a new law, women won't have to pay for abortion services in the country. The goal is to ensure access and make sure women aren't forced to travel for the procedure, Health Minister Simon Harris says. Irish President Michael D. Higgins signed the abortion referendum bill into law on Tuesday, striking the Eighth Amendment from the books. It was "an extraordinarily historic day," Harris said of the repeal, which follows up on a public referendum in May, when an overwhelming majority of...
  • Professor draws ire after declining to help student study in Israel

    09/21/2018 9:38:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Tamar Lapin
    A University of Michigan professor refused to help a student study abroad in Israel because of an academic boycott against the country and claims hes getting death threats for his decision. John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American culture department, told student Abigail Ingber he couldnt write her a letter of recommendation to study in Israel, citing an academic boycott of the country. As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of the Palestinians living in Palestine, Cheney-Lippold wrote in an email, a screenshot of which was posted to Facebook...
  • Russia, China embrace uneasily, aim for 'desirable world order'

    09/21/2018 9:19:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elena Holodny
    "The president and I agree that since the beginning of this year, Russian-Chinese relations have been showing dynamic growth," Xi said. He announced that ties with his "close friend" Putin had "entered a new era of rapid development and are reaching a higher level." It was the thirdXi-Putin meetingin four months, and the first time the Chinese president had attended the event in Vladivostok, which started in 2015 and encourages foreign investment. The growing rapport between the two countries has accelerated under President Donald Trump, whose policies have put greater pressure on both countries, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior...
  • US imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian weapons

    09/21/2018 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Sep 2018
    The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles. It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles. Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its Western allies since 2014. Its forces took part in giant Russian war games held earlier this month.
  • Back to 1979: Iranians want Reza Pahlavi

    09/21/2018 8:24:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/21/2018 | Amil Imani
    History is recorded daily, whether we like it or not. History isn't what happened, but the stories of what happened and the lessons these stories include. Iran is deteriorating faster than we thought, almost to the point of no return. The Iranian people are aware that after 40 years of complete devastation by the rulers of the Islamic regime, they no longer want the Islamic Republic. In an interview with the Associated Press, Reza Pahlavi remarked, "We all know that regime change is the ultimate formula." Mr. Pahlavi is a harsh critic of the clerical rulers who have dominated Iran...
  • THE OSLO ACCORDS AND THE FAILURES OF IDEALISTIC INTERNATIONALISM

    09/21/2018 8:11:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 21, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    A reflection on a wish-fulfilling folly. Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Twenty-five years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat stood in front of Bill Clinton in the White House Rose Garden and shook hands to mark their signing of the Oslo Accords. This pact included handing part of Judea and Samaria to the control of Palestinian Arabs. A year later the Palestinian Authority was created as the controlling authority that still governs part of the so-called West Bank. These changes were celebrated as a major step toward...