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US warship sails in South China sea amid trade war

The warship sailed “within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Doss.

The resource-rich sea has long been a source of tension between Beijing and Washington, which regularly dispatches its warships and warplanes to the waters as part of what it describes as “freedom of navigation” patrols.
You still don't travel through sea whose association is still undecided, especially when relations with one of the demanding sides are currently critically underlined. This is what people use to call warmongering...
Over the past few years, Beijing has constructed several artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a move that Washington has denounced as a land reclamation project. Washington also accuses Beijing of militarization of the South China Sea by building military installations on that islands and reefs.
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Trump expresses further comments on status quo with Iran

Drumpf has reportedly grown frustrated with the hardline approach toward Tehran taken by national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and wishes to negotiate directly with Iranian leaders, but escalated his own rhetoric earlier Sunday afternoon, warning that a military engagement would mean “the official end of Iran.”
That's right, he's tired of his secretary of defense's hardline stance which everyone already expected when he chose him for this office, but he himself threatens Iran's soon demise via Twitter, therefore waging another war in the Middle East. He is completely unable to be a functioning hypocrite, as always.
"I ended the Iran nuclear deal, and actually, I must tell you — I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was. It totally — the country is devastated from the standpoint of the economy," Drumpf said Sunday.

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Swiss president Uli Maurer visits Trump in DC


And you know you have fucked up bigly when even the Swiss president is going to visit you. I mean: When did you hear of the last foreign visit of a Swiss president to a foreign nation? I don't even know if Swiss has ever left any remarkable outcomes in the New Age, beside being a major tax haven and a landlocked mountainese country well-known for cheese, chocolate, and speaking one of the strangest German accents. 😁
It is possible that Drumpf wants the Swiss to reach out more actively to the Iranians. Up until now Switzerland has taken on the role of a letterbox, or a go-between, at best. In that capacity, Switzerland is not expected to directly transmit a phone number. It is up to Iran to go and retrieve it.

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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R - TX) believes Iran threats are credible

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) – the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations – requested in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he brief senators on the decision, saying they had "great concern" about the move.

“There had to be a strong signal sent to Iran that we would defend ourselves if we are attacked,” he said. “I hope everybody can rally around that. Showing that we are willing to stand up and defend Americans was an important thing to do.”

He added: “If we’re attacked, I expect our military forces will be in a position to respond. I hope that’s not what happens. ... It shouldn’t happen. I hope that the tensions start to diminish.”

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Austrian McDonald's stores now cooperate with embassy to help US tourists and expatriats to find their way

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement read.

In a statement to Independent.co.uk, McDonald’s spokesperson Wilhelm Baldia said the U.S. Consulate selected the fast-food company because of the "brand's great fame among Americans."
This story is only getting funnier while you read it. :'D
#US #USA #ForeignPolicies #ForeignAffairs #McDonalds #Culture #CulturalHeritage #Tourism #News #Politics #Funny #Humour #Humor

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/05/14/mcdonalds-austria-double-mini-u-s-embassies-tourists/3672262002/


 

Trump is fueling threats of another official war in the Middle East

Baeidinejad denied that Iran or its "proxies" were behind what Washington described as the "sabotage" of oil tankers in the Gulf belonging to Saudi Arabia, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. Tuesday, Saudi Arabia said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure, an incident that caused global oil price benchmarks to jump.

The details of that intelligence remain murky; some seasoned Iran experts fear the Drumpf administration's focus on possible threats from Iran are being driven by hawks looking for a pretext for military conflict.
Which spices did they use to season them? Muscat rumble?
Last week, Tehran announced that it was abandoning two of its obligations under the nuclear deal: exporting excess uranium and "heavy water" used in nuclear reactors. The Drumpf administration characterized the move as an attempt by Iran to hold the United States "hostage" through "nuclear blackmail."
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Ship seizure violated deal of US-DPRK summit, Kim Jong-Un's foreign affairs dept. claims

“This act is an extension of the U.S.-style calculation of trying to hold us in submission with its ‘maximum pressure’ and is a total denial of the fundamental spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement,” an unnamed ministry spokesman said.

U.S. Justice Department officials said the North Korean vessel, known as the “Wise Honest,” was being impounded to American Samoa. The announcement came hours after the North fired two short-range missiles on Thursday.

#US #USA #News #Politics #KimJongUn #DPRK #northKorea #BestKorea #Trump #DonaldTrump #US-DPRK-Summit #Pacific #Ocean #Maritime #Military #AmericanSamoa #JongUn #ForeignPolicy #ForeignAffairs


 

Links between Russia, NRA, Treasury Dept. thicken

In an interview with NPR on Thursday, Butina called her meetings with government officials, politicians and the National Rifle Association "civil diplomacy, this unofficial channel of diplomacy" and said it was meant to build relationships between the U.S. and Russian governments — and ultimately to promote peace.

Treasury aide Erik Woodhouse consulted with a number of officials inside its Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and the White House's National Security Council, but no red flags were raised about the meeting, which ultimately took place on April 7, 2015.

Of her meeting with Fischer, she said: "Torshin put it straight: that he is here as an NRA member and he's just interested in meeting similar-minded people. ... I don't remember, even, the details of this conversation, because it wasn't significant at all."

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Kim Jong-Un: Send us those famous basketballers in return to denuclearisation

Basketball diplomacy has been tossed around in the past as a way to breakdown roadblocks with Kim, who is a diehard basketball fan. Since boarding school in Switzerland, Kim has said he loves playing basketball and would wear a Chicago Bulls sweatshirt and Nike sneakers.
Maybe it's an inferiority complex, due to his small size and his broad physique. I mean, I can believe that in a civilised Western country, he would usually have been chosen the last in sports when it came to team elections. He may be a good sport, but he surely is not good at sports, regarding his appearance.
"When I was there on my trips, the father [Kim Jong Il] through his foreign ministry people wanted me to extend an invitation to Michael Jordan," former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recalled from his communications in 2000 in an interview with ABC News.

During the six-party talks towards denuclearization in 2008, the U.S. sent the New York Philharmonic orch
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VP Mike Pence again fails at foreign policies, increasing pressure upon Maduro regime

Pence is also set to outline new assistance for Venezuelans who have fled the oil-rich OPEC member, which has been plagued by hyperinflation and shortages of food, water, power and medicine - and a “Day One” economic assistance plan for Venezuela contingent on Maduro’s departure, the official added.

The administration also continues to work on other responses to increase financial pressure on Maduro, including “secondary sanctions” on companies from other countries that do business with Venezuela, and additional shipping sanctions for oil, the official said.

#US #USA #JuanGuaidó #Guaidó #Maduro #NicolasMaduro #MikePence #Pence #Trump #DonaldTrump #Venezuela #Sanctions #News #Politics #ForeignPolicy #ForeignAffairs #Diplomacy #Regime #Putsch #RegimeChange


 

Trump pardons Army Ranger convicted for murdering Iraqi civilian


Because, why not? I mean, it's just a civilian, that's what we call a collateral damage. War is like this, so why should we sentence those murders? What should they have done? It could have happened to them as well if the civilian was only a civilian in disguise, immediately exploding him- or herself, and so, this soldier would've died instead. So, you'd better murder the civilian before the civilian murders you, right? This is how it goes, war always causes innocent deaths, we cannot prevent it.
(This was meant to be sarcasm, though. You cannot pardon murderers just because they wear a uniform. But what do you expect from the man who grants a golf player the highest decoration of your country, because he is befriended with you? He's a narcissist who digs upon the support of the simple-minded.)
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a statement that upon his release from jail in 2014, "Dozens of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders met Mr. Behenna to escort him back to his home i
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Bitcoin couldn't help Venezuela surviving the troubles

This situation is particularly common in crypto. People armed with good intentions and misinformation about how Venezuela’s economy works – or better said, how it doesn’t work – spread their confusion and often diminish an extremely painful experience being shared by millions of Venezuelans.

The hyperinflation has stepped all over the Bolivar, as it also impacts US dollar-based prices that rise on a daily basis. So using bitcoin to get dollars, which is what many Venezuelans currently do, is still problematic and vulnerable to inflation issues.

While we are in this process, Venezuelans must stop being seen as a punchline for misleading arguments about the benefits of bitcoin. The country situation has shown the many phases of an economic crisis, and there are invaluable lessons that we have learned that give a whole new twist to our view on financial solutions.

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Thanks to Trump's tariff threat, Dow Jones slumps approx. 450 points

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures implied an opening decline of about 450 points as of Monday morning stateside. S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 Index futures also pointed to declines for the two indexes at Monday’s open.
Hooray! Thanks, President Trump. This is exactly what the economy needed: A bloodletting decline.
Two sources briefed on talks confirmed that news to CNBC. The Chinese may back out of negotiations this week after Drumpf’s escalated tariff threat, they said, abandoning a six-month truce after Beijing waffled on some previously discussed commitments.
Works out for him, doesn't it?
The president’s announcement also appeared to contradict fresh suggestions from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Asked Tuesday about Mnuchin’s prior suggestion that the White House could announce an agreement with Beijing in the next two weeks, Mulvaney said, “I t
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Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn rejects invitation to state banquet

"[British Prime Minister] Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a President who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric," Corbyn said in a statement.

Other prominent British politicians, including House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Vince Cable, have also declined invitations to the state dinner, according to the BBC.

#Trump #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #Corbyn #JeremyCorbyn #Britain #GreatBritain #UnitedKingdom #England #GB #UK #Brexit #US #USA #ForeignAffairs


 

Daimler-Benz will nichts von Verkauf gepanzerter Limousinen an Nordkorea wissen

Daimler-Benz clueless of how DPRK gained access to their company's armoured sedans

Als Kim diese Woche für seinen Gipfel mit Kremlchef Wladimir Putin am Bahnhof der russischen Stadt Wladiwostok eintraf, warteten schon zwei Limousinen der Daimler-Marke Mercedes auf ihn. Es wird auch vermutet, dass der Machthaber bei seinen Treffen mit US-Präsident Donald Drumpf in Singapur im Juni 2018 und zuletzt im Februar in Hanoi auf dieses Transportmittel zurückgriff.
Man stelle sich nur vor, am Ende hätte Daimler-Benz ihm doch diese Luxusschlitten verkauft hätte, praktisch unter der Hand. Wie peinlich müsse das für das Autohaus wohl sein? Lustig wäre es garantiert, nur eben nicht für den Vorstand.
Daimler-Sprecherin Mockert erklärte, das Unternehmen mit Sitz in Stuttgart pflege schon seit mehr als 15 Jahren keine geschäftlichen Beziehungen mit Nordkorea. An die Embargos von EU und USA halte sich der
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DPRK's Kim Jong-Un meets Russian president Vladimir Putin

"I am happy to visit Russia," Kim said. Russian Minister for the Far East and the Arctic Alexander Kozlov, who met the North Korean leader in Hasan, expressed hope that this visit will stay with Kim "as a heartwarming memory." "Kim Jong Un said that this is not his last visit to Russia. He said that this is only the first step," the administration said.

#DPRK #Northkorea #BestKorea #KimJongUn #JongUn #Kozlov #AlexanderKozlov #Russia #News #Politics #ForeignAffairs #ForeignPolicy

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Trump to visit France and England amid D-Day commemorations


Previous to his visit, I would like to demand every member of his administration to be briefed on what has happened during D-Day, so that we can avoid the fauxpas that we were sadly to experience the year before. We don't need any further exhibition of his administration's incapability to recall historic events of this expense. Thanks a lot!
Remember the outstanding relationship between Germany and the US: The Independent
“President Donald J. Drumpf and First Lady Melania Drumpf accepted the invitation of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom from June 3 to 5, 2019,” a statement said. “This state visit will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Sanctions for interactions with Revolutionary Guards lowered in certain cases

The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives who do business in Iran, where the IRGC is a major economic force, as well as humanitarian groups working in regions such as northern Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to do so without fear they will automatically trigger U.S. laws on dealing with a foreign terrorist group.

The State Department’s Near Eastern and South and Central Asian bureaus, wrote a rare joint memo to Pompeo before the designation expressing concerns about its potential impact, but were overruled, two U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo’s carve-outs appear designed to limit the potential liability for foreign governments, companies and NGOs, while leaving open the possibility that individuals within those groups could be punished for helping the IRGC.
Thus, you have to either belong to an NGO or to a company to interact legally with the Revolutionary Guards. Otherwise, when you... show more


 

Russia and the US both rejected to support truce in Libya

The United States gave no reason for its position on the draft resolution, which would also call on countries with influence over the warring parties to ensure compliance and for unconditional humanitarian aid access in Libya, which has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

The U.S. reluctance to support Security Council action is in contrast to Washington’s earlier public opposition to Haftar’s offensive, which began while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Tripoli.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then said in a statement on April 7 that “we have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital.”

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Terry Gou, Head of Foxconn Technology steps back, contemplates presidential run

1. 660 City News:

Terry Gou told reporters Monday at an event in Taipei that he wants to work on a book about his management philosophy honed over 45 years and prepare a younger generation to eventually take over operations at the company. Foxconn counts Apple, Google and Amazon as customers and has said it will build a manufacturing facility in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

He said he felt “I should tone down my personal influence” in company matters and leave more time for long-term planning.

2. Reuters:

“I didn’t sleep last night ... 2020 is key for Taiwan. The reason for the tense situ
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On the book Assange clutched onto when being arrested

Looking frail after seven years in his cramped embassy quarters, Assange emerged and pointedly held out a copy of ‘Gore Vidal: History of The National Security State (Includes Vidal on America)’.

The book immediately drew attention given Assange’s long-running battles with those who wield power and seek to protect powerful interests, and Vidal’s musings on the same topics. The U.S. Justice Department accuses Assange of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon; his defenders, including whistleblower Edward Snowden, called Assange’s arrest a grave blow to press freedom.

After Assange’s copy of the book was spotted, the Real News Network posted a series of Jay’s interviews with Vidal from 2007. They cover power, public information, politics and more, and include Vidal’s assertion that President Harry Truman decided, after the Second World War, to make a ready-made enemy out of J
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BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti rejected to step on US soil

"Barghouti was not provided an explanation for his denial of entry beyond 'immigration matter,' " the Arab American Institute, which had arranged the trip, said in a statement.
"It is disturbing that policymakers and the American people will not have the opportunity to hear from Omar directly about his views," Arab American Institute President James Zogby said, according to the news outlet.

He has a master’s degree from Columbia University and lived in the U.S. for a decade, and has had difficulties traveling between the U.S. and Israel, where he is a permanent resident, according to NPR, which added that those issues typically involve the Israeli government rather than Washington.

“Barghouti’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate must not be tolerated, empowered or embraced, and I applaud the Administration's denial of his entry to the United States," the Jewish lawmaker said in a statement.

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Does Julian Assange seriously face death penalty amid extradition to UK?


(Normally, I couldn't care less for such ridiculous claims, especially when they are uttered by reporters of Russia Today, a Kremlin-controlled proxy news station for people who only see an opponent state oppressed by the US-led Western elite. But since I have seen some talking heads here on the Diaspora who have got enough influence to feed their fellowship with such some information, I guess that it's worth to prove them wrong. Feel free to read the article)
The claim that was made:
In her next Telegram post, Simonyan asserted: “Kindly Ecuador, which today surrendered Assange to the police, demanded that the British not extradite him to the country where he faces death penalty – i.e. the States. A few years ago Assange told me the UK will extradite him to Sweden and [from]Sweden to the U.S. Precisely where he is under the threat of the death penalty.”
Corrections:
According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute
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Who caused the downfall of Libya?

Yet, even the harshest critics agree NATO’s involvement in Libya did not cause that country’s deterioration: it was already in a civil war, with the UN and Arab League warning the regime could commit mass atrocities amid Muammar Gaddafi’s vows to “cleanse Libya.”

The United Nations University (UNU) wrote in a 2011 analysis: “Whenever States decide to use force against another State, whether individually or as a group, the first question that arises is whether such an action is pursuant to the right of self-defense (Article 51 UN Charter) or is one authorized by the Security Council. In the case of Libya, Article 51 does not apply, as Libya had not attacked any NATO member State. It therefore follows that only an authorization by the Security Council could provide a sound legal basis for any military action against Libya and keep NATO action from being in violation of UN Article 2(4). The question is: Was NATO action in Libya authorized?”

Critics argue th
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Sec. Of State Mike Pompeo makes false claims about Assad's power in Syria

The false claim:

Pompeo, April 8: I might add, Bashar al-Assad controls a small fraction of Syria today. The work that the Drumpf administration has done to deny Assad the capacity to rebuild his nation — this is the guy who believes he won, but the truth is the Middle East is in a much more stable, much better place today than it was when President Obama was running the joint in Syria.

The correction:

“Pompeo’s comment is false,” Steven Heydemann, director of Middle East Studies at Smith College, told us in an email. “The Assad regime controls about 60% of Syrian territory, including the entire western ‘spine’ of the country that includes all its major cities and a large majority of its population.”
The civil war in Syria started in March 2011, and, at its weakest point in 2015, Assad’s government held less than a fifth of Syria. “However, the Asad government —
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wins general election for 5th term

With 97 per cent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates’ parties had captured a ruling majority, but Netanyahu was clearly in a strong position to form a coalition government with other right-wing factions that have backed him.
I guess that this was the first time I recall in my life in which the last single-digit-percent of votes yet to be counted actually made a significant difference in regards to who has won the election at last. Yesterday night, they couldn't tell who's the winner and therefore reported a temporary stalemate. Now it turns out they do the same mistake as we did in Germany, with electing another Merkel government. Well, I guess that we've got more in common with Israel than one might expect. 😁
Netanyahu highlighted his close relationship with US President Donald Drumpf, who delighted Israelis and angered Palestinians by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and moving the American Embassy to the holy city
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Iran reacts to Trump's declaration of Revolutionary Guards as «terrorist organisation»

In a statement carried on Monday by Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, the council said it also declared all US forces operating in the Middle East "terrorist groups".

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, for his part, criticised Drumpf's decision as "another dangerous US misadventure" in the Middle East and a "misguided election-eve gift" to Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, Iran's regional archenemy.

Drumpf said the decision "underscores the fact that Iran's actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments" and vowed to continue increasing financial pressure on Tehran until "it abandons its malign and outlaw behaviour".

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US urges halt for any military action near Tripoli, Libya

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Sunday that Washington was "deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli" and urged talks to end the fighting.
And because of his words, they immediately withdrew their troops, therefore avoiding another civil war in this country. God bless the USA - and nowhere else.
All sides had a "responsibility to urgently de-escalate the situation, Pompeo said, adding that there was "no military solution to the Libya conflict" and sides should return to negotiations.
Also not alongside the US-MEX border, just saying.
The GNA controls Tripoli, situated in northwestern Libya, while the LNA is allied to a parallel administration based in the east of the oil-rich country, which splintered into a patchwork of competing power bases following the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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US raising countersystems to maintain maritime security in Azov sea

"Russia is putting defensive weapons in Crimea – Crimea is part of Ukraine, and it is very important that Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, as well as Georgia, have the security in that Black Sea area both for ships but also for their land-based safety," Hutchison said.

“As for the passage of the Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait ... no matter how much NATO beats its chest, the ships will pass through it only in accordance with Russian rules, and not anybody else’s. Let NATO launch even half of its fleet into the Black Sea.”

“If you are trying to arrange a provocation, based on the idea that Crimea is not ours and without complying with international norms, you will be attempting to break through the border of the Russian Federation, all of which will be harshly suppressed, whether we are talking about Ukrainian, American or any other ships,” he said.

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Serbian government hires US lobbyists to deal with the Kosovo

“We are delighted that the Republic of Serbia has retained our Firm to represent it in connection with U.S. matters (including communications vis-a-vis the government of the United States of America) arising in connection with a dispute with the Kosovo and Metohija region (outside Serbia often referred to as “Kosovo*”) over certain regional cooperation issues, including trade restrictions imposed by the acting Kosovo* authorities on, in particular, Serbian origin goods and services (the “Engagement”),” said the contract that the FARA Registration Unit received on March 28.

The Kosovo government initially imposed a tariff of 10 per cent on imports of Serbian goods on November 6 last year, citing Serbia’s “negative behaviour” towards Kosovo’s statehood and its international campaign against Kosovo’s recognition.

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South Africa downgrades embassy to Israel, subsequent to op-ed by former ANC minister Ronnie Kasriels

First, the op-ed, published by The Guardian:

Israel’s repression of Palestinian citizens, African refugees and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza has become more brutal over time. Ethnic cleansing, land seizure, home demolition, military occupation, bombing of Gaza and international law violations led Archbishop Tutu to declare that the treatment of Palestinians reminded him of apartheid, only worse.

Last week, a public meeting in Vienna where I was scheduled to speak in support of Palestinian freedom, as part of the global Israeli Apartheid Week, was cancelled by the museum hosting the event – under pressure from Vienna’s city council, which opposes the international movement to divest from Israel.
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Ecuadorian embassy to London throws out Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after years of residence

"BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest," WikiLeaks tweeted from its verified account.
If I remember correctly, he was persecuted for a sexual abuse, right? What was the #INAPapers scandal again?
"The leak has sparked a congressional investigation into President Moreno for corruption. Moreno can’t be summoned for a criminal probe while he remains president. He is currently being investigated and risks impeachment," the blog post read.
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Palestinian militant group cooperated with Israeli secret service to return an IDF soldier's dead body

Based in Syria and headed by Ahmad Jibril, PFLP-GC is an offshoot of the PFLP and is violently opposed to any peace with the Jewish State. The group was involved in dozens of deadly attacks against IDF troops in southern Lebanon and Israeli civilians during the 1970s and 1980s.
Damn, I hate those counterproductive militant groups, they are standing in the way for a peace process. They remind me of the Tory party within the Brexit negotiations, just without the deadly attacks against the opposition.
IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis on Wednesday refused to say which country helped find Baumel’s remains, saying only that a “third-party” was involved. But on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s troops along with Syrian forces located Baumel’s body.

Jerusalem likely asked Moscow to have militants on the ground familiar with the rumors of where they were buried do t
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On the NATO's 70th anniversary

1. CGTN America:

The U.S. Congress invited Jens Stoltenberg to demonstrate its unwavering support for NATO amid rising tensions with Russia over the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty aimed at preventing a nuclear confrontation.

“We do not want a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War. But we must not be naive. An agreement that is only respected by one side will not keep us safe,” said Jens Stoltenberg the NATO Secretary-General.

Drumpf’s individual relationship with NATO has been turbulent, partly because he wants closer relations with Russia, though his administration is pressuring fellow NATO member Turkey to drop an arms purchase from Moscow.

2. Foreign Policy:

As policymaker
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Sigmar Gabriel über seinen Besuch in Nordkorea

Vor allem das Gespräch mit dem Botschafter Südkoreas in Deutschland war sehr interessant. Er unterstützte mich darin, diese Reise anzutreten. Südkorea möchte jede Möglichkeit nutzen, die Gesprächspartner im Norden dazu zu ermutigen, die Friedensgespräche auch nach dem Scheitern des Gipfels zwischen US-Präsident Drumpf und dem nordkoreanischen Führer Kim Jung Un in Hanoi fortzuführen. Die Sorge im Süden ist scheinbar groß, dass es wieder zu Rückschritten und erneuten Konfrontationen kommt.

Ich bin ich weder mit einem öffentlichen Auftrag nach Nordkorea geflogen, noch wurde die Reise von öffentlichen Stellen organisiert oder bezahlt.
Die Frage ist halt, mit welchen Intentionen man ein solches Land besucht, wenn man doc noch eine öffentliche Position innehat, und sich dann auch noch mit anderen politischen Persönlichkeiten trifft. Aber gut, wenn man natürlcih die Reise aus eigener Tasc... show more


 

On a mutual trade agreement between the US and Japan

While it may prove tempting for the administration to harvest short-term political gains from a narrow trade deal with Japan centered on agriculture, I believe there could be significant costs to U.S. interests and the global trading system long term. That’s because a narrow, first-stage agreement is likely to rely on relief from the threat of unilateral U.S. tariffs as the principal driver of a deal, which could spur protectionist moves by trading partners and further destabilize a global trading system already tottering under the effects of Drumpf’s trade policies.

Lighthizer emphasized that an agriculture deal with Japan is urgent, given the benefits our competitors are receiving through the successor agreement to the TPP and through the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

Still, the ledger in such a deal might appear too heavily weighted in favor of the U.S. to be palatable to Japan. That could change if the deal addresses Japan’s most pressing need
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Ideas on how to solve the ISL-PAL conflict

__But when the book was published, my life changed. It provoked a stormy conversation. Right-wingers who saw me treating the left’s arguments with respect and admiration accused me of being a leftist; left-wingers who saw that I presented the strongest possible forms of the right’s positions angrily called me a right-winger in disguise. One of them was former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who wrote in Israel’s leading broadsheet that Catch-67 was “steeped in a right-wing agenda.” A book that sought to heal Israel’s most impolite disagreements ended up inflaming some rude arguments of its own._

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be shrunk, and it can be shrunk dramatically. Israelis could take eight practical steps right now that would maximize Palestinian freedom without compromising Israeli security. These steps won’t solve the conflict. They won’t help manage it. But they can shrink it.

The dominant narrative on the right is no longer about the sa
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Libyan Dictator Gaddafi raised tent on Trump's estate


(Please mind that this article is highly outdated, about ten years old. In the meantime, Gaddafi has died, and Trump has become the president of the United States. Hence, things have changed while I found this article, so that it only serves to entertain the reader who might wonder why Gaddafi chose especially Trump's property. Maybe like-minded people always connect to one another (although Gaddafi had a fare more prudent interior policy than Trump)).
Doors all over New York have been slammed in the colonel's face, but Drumpf says he has rented part of a large property in Westchester county to Middle Eastern tenants who may be associated with Gadaffi.

Gadaffi arrived in New York yesterday, It is likely he will face protests over Scotland's recent release of Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270.
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Trump to cut three Central American nations off the aid programme

The State Department notified Congress that it would look to suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the trio of nations, which have been home to some of the migrant caravans that have marched through Mexico to the U.S. border.
But didn’t he meet some of these nations’ leaders only recently? What has happened suddenly? Did they dare to criticise his foreign policy against Venezuela? I’d doubt that, to be hoenst, but something must have happened. What did the Fox News pundits talk about the past few days?
“It would be so easy to fix our weak and very stupid Democrat inspired immigration laws,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “In less than one hour, and then a vote, the problem would be solved. But the Dems don’t care about the crime, they don’t want any victory for Trump and the Republicans, even if good for USA!′
Yawn… Yawn…
The U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods d
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**Trump to cut three Central American nations off the aid programme
The State Department notified Congress that it would look to suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the trio of nations, which have been home to some of the migrant caravans that have marched through Mexico to the U.S. border.
But didn't he meet some of these nations' leaders only recently? What has happened suddenly? Did they dare to criticise his foreign policy against Venezuela? I'd doubt that, to be hoenst, but something must have happened. What did the Fox News pundits talk about the past few days?
“It would be so easy to fix our weak and very stupid Democrat inspired immigration laws,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “In less than one hour, and then a vote, the problem would be solved. But the Dems don’t care about the crime, they don’t want any victory for Trump and the Republicans, even if good for USA!′
Yawn... Yawn...
The U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the U.S. Chamber
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Israeli PM chains links to the gulf kingdoms that hate his country so much

Still, over the years, pan-Arab solidarity and boycotts of the “Zionist entity” have largely faded away. The last Arab-Israeli war was in 1973. Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan are unpopular, but have lasted decades. The 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was an historic – if ultimately disappointing – achievement. And what is happening now with the Gulf states is a hugely important shift.
Still, it doesn't mean that the tensions sank into oblivion: The Hamas still fires rockets towards Israel (although most of them are being intercepted thanks to Israel's high-end, cutting-edge Iron Dome system), and the Arab monarchies still rush against the sole Jewish nation-state in the Middle East, despite Netanyahu's rapproachments towards diplomatic relations. At least one of those two major behaviours are a façade to cover the other.
Yet Netanyahu is seeking to norma
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Is Israel moving towards the far right wing?

In fact, just last May, Israel passed a nation-state law, which ended once and for all, any supposed confusion about Israel's identity. The new law openly declared Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people", completely disregarding the Palestinian people and marginalising their rights, culture, language and history.

Camus, himself, has expressed his admiration for Israel on a number of occasions. In December 2017, after Donald Drumpf moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, he tweeted: "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Israel is a model of resistance. We must make Europe a greater Israel".

"There is nothing wrong with preserving our own Judeo-Christian civilization. That is our duty […] Look at Israel, learn from Israel; Israel is an island in a sea of Islamic barbarism. Israel is a beacon of freedom and prosperity in a region of Islamic darkness. Israel refuses to be overrun by jihadists. So should we."

Both Wilders and Robinson have received money from the
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US not amused about Russia sending troops to Venezuela


If I'm not mistaken, Putin was a strong supporter of the Maduro regime, so it's no surprise Russia sent troops to join the Venezuelan military. Of course the US dislike this move because they think they were the only country to send out peace Corp.s to improve their global reputation, while Trump told the world that he was to send the troops back home. Now, if there is no-one else to support Guaidó, Russia is goign to enter the stage. It's simple as that, there was a vacuum to be filled.
It’s not entirely clear why they’ve arrived now, although some fear they’ve come to help Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro fend off a US-led attempt to depose him. While Russia has in the past sent a few advisers to Venezuela, 100 is more than normal, CBS News reported.

“Were Venezuela ever to fall from the Russian orbit, it would be very painful for the Kremlin,” Vladimir Rouvinski, an expert on Russia-Venezuela relations at Colombia’s University o
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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry approves of secret nuclear deal with Saudi-Arabia

The Drumpf administration has quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants. Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia are in competition for that deal, and the winners are expected to be announced later this year by Saudi Arabia.

Perry’s approvals, known as Part 810 authorizations, allow companies to do preliminary work on nuclear power ahead of the deal, but not ship equipment that would go into a plant, a source with knowledge of the agreements said on condition of anonymity. The approvals were first reported by the Daily Beast.

Last month, Democratic House members alleged in a report that top White House aides ignored warnings they could be breaking the law as they worked with former U.S. officials in a group called IP3 International to advance a multibillion-dollar plan to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East,
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Lawmaker presses SoS Mike Pompeo on US-DPRK policy

"He made that statement. We all know that the North Korean regime was responsible for the tragedy that occurred to Otto Warmbier. I've met that family, I know those people, I love them dearly. They suffered mightily," Pompeo said.

Drumpf tweeted last week that he had withdrawn "additional large scale Sanctions" on North Korea -- sparking mass confusion over what sanctions Drumpf was referring to and what the policy implications would be. The White House declined to offer details, saying only that Drumpf "likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary."

"We will continue to enforce the UN Security Council Resolutions and do our best to encourage every nation in the world to do so," Pompeo continued. "I only wish the previous administration had undertaken this same effort."

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Tough tensions between US and Pakistan in Afghanistan peace process

Here’s what happened: John Bass, America’s top diplomat in Afghanistan, tweeted early Wednesday morning directly at Pakistan’s new prime minister and former cricket star, Imran Khan, over a controversial statement he made about Afghanistan’s government.
“Some aspects of #cricket apply well in diplomacy, some do not,” he wrote, adding that it’s “important to resist temptation to ball-tamper with the #Afghanistan peace process and its internal affairs.”

Khan has yet to respond to Bass’s tweet, but Shireen Mazari, Pakistan’s human rights minister, had some choice words for the US envoy.
If you’re thinking “surely she will retract that” — no such luck. In response to criticism on Twitter, she sent out another z
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Would the really Mike Pompeo please stand up, please stand up?

His congressional past will loom over the setting as Pompeo has made moves recently that appear aimed at plotting his political future, including visiting several U.S. states, such as Iowa. As Pompeo ponders whether to run for Senate, or perhaps a higher office, he’s also showing signs of restlessness and irascibility in his role as the top U.S. diplomat.

When in Congress, Pompeo rarely missed a chance to slam the Obama administration, and Clinton in particular, over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. At one point, he said, Clinton "put her own political legacy ahead of the people that she sent into harm's way."

In his first public speech as CIA chief, for instance, Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Critics quickly noted that, while in Congress, Pompeo had happily pointed to disclosures from WikiLeaks as a means of discrediting Democrats, including Cl
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Romania and Honduras decided to declare Jerusalem Israel's capital

The leaders of Romania and Honduras announced on Sunday that they would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, following the lead of U.S. President Donald Drumpf.
And Honduras closely behind. Never forget about that.
"Today I have announced the first step, which is to open a trade office in Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel, and this will be an extension of our embassy in Tel Aviv," Hernandez said in a statement issued by his government. He said the office would open immediately.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a government rival who's in charge of the Eastern European nation's foreign policy, blasted his country's prime minister over the move, saying he had not been consulted on the matter. He further accused Dancila of "total ignorance" of foreign policy.
Netanyahu's allies are the Crème de la Crème; two corrupt politicians of whom one at least is known to be investigated. It matches Netanyahu... show more

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