How Gulf carrier subsidies threaten economic security

Last month, President Trump laid out his foreign policy doctrine in a speech that emphasized economic security as a key piece of America’s national security policy. He called for “trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity” and “firm action against unfair trade practices.” The administration has already correctly identified one of the mosLast month, President Trump laid out his foreign policy doctrine in a speech that emphasized economic security as at rampant… Please follow and like us:

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Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem gambit

Ever since the US government recognised Israel in 1948, no one has ever doubted where Washington stood in terms of the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. But while the US has always been pro-Israel, it tried, at least in theory, to adhere to international law and the worldwide consensus while dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.… Please follow and like us:

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An arrest in Saudi Arabia could be felt as far as Silicon Valley and Wall Street

Finance, technology, hospitality, entertainment and real estate: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has invested substantially and with great fanfare in all of them, as befits his status as one of the world’s richest men. He is also believed to be under arrest in his native Saudi Arabia, ensnared in an anti-corruption dragnet that also pulled in 10… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan in the Balkans: A neo-Ottoman quest?

The return of historic empires has long been a favourite theme in Western pundits’ writings on the Balkans. The crisis-ridden EU is losing ground, we are told, and Russia and Turkey are filling in the gap. “Neo-Ottomanism” is on everyone’s lips while Strategic Depth, Ahmet Davutoglu’s treatise making a case for a proactive foreign policy that… Please follow and like us:

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Tillerson denies reports he plans to resign, pledges support for Trump

WASHINGTON — In an unusual statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson forcefully denied persistent reports Wednesday that he planned to resign over foreign policy differences with President Donald Trump, and instead pledged strong support for the president. “I have never considered leaving this post,” Tillerson told a hastily called news conference at the State Department. “My… Please follow and like us:

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Philippine Pivot Back Toward America Will Offset Growing China Dependence

A new Philippine quest for stronger economic relations with the United States, a staunch post-colonial supporter that Manila has sidelined over the past year, appears aimed at offsetting an increasing dependence on help from its new friend China. The Philippines is now “seeking to intensify economic cooperation with the United States” in an effort to improve… Please follow and like us:

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How to Repatriate America’s Infrastructure

Democrats and Republicans disagree dramatically on a wide range of issues, from taxes to health care to foreign policy. One issue that both parties and their supporters, appear to agree upon, is the need to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure – our roads, bridges, ports, electrical grid, water systems, schools, airports, and rails. I have never heard… Please follow and like us:

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UNITED STATES – Trump signs ‘significantly flawed’ Russia sanctions bill into law

US President Donald Trump reluctantly signed off on new sanctions against Russia Wednesday, bowing to domestic pressure and putting efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin on ice. Trump signed the legislation behind closed doors and away from the cameras, after failed efforts to scupper or water down the bill. Trump’s reluctance was on full display… Please follow and like us:

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Qatar hires law firm to probe violations from blockade

The Qatari National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has hired a Swiss law firm to investigate thousands of cases of human rights violations from a Saudi-led blockade on Qatar and seek compensation . NHRC and Lalive signed a contract in Geneva on Saturday that will grant the international law firm the right to pursue the cases of… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Fatigue: What Is Left Of The Trump Trade?

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.” H. Arendt, The New Yorker, September12, 1970 In his inaugural speech, D. Trump promised an era of radical change, and the first few weeks of his administration were inspired by a revolutionary (and chaotic) vision of the United States’ role, interests, and priorities.… Please follow and like us:

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NSC reorganization: Steve Bannon removed from Principals Committee

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 – Early on in the Trump Administration, the appointment of Steve Bannon, a Trump insider credited for getting candidate Trump elected to the Presidency, has been removed from the National Security Council’s Principals Committee. The former executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon’s appointment to National Security drew criticism from some members of… Please follow and like us:

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Donald Trump’s first 100 days worst ever, according to the mainstream media. Really?

The mainstream media is breathlessly reporting President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office is officially the worst ever. “When you add up the totality of it … I actually think this may be the worst hundred days we’ve ever seen in a president,” CNN’s David Gergen declared. The LA Times editorial board decided to do… Please follow and like us:

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‘Trumpomania’ Cools in Russia

Once, there was effusive coverage on Russian state media. Once, Duma lawmakers offered champagne toasts and ovations to celebrate “our man in the White House.” And once, above all else, there was optimism: a sense among Russians that, after years of deeply contentious relations between the Kremlin and the Obama administration, a Donald Trump presidency would… Please follow and like us:

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Meadows: Leakers Are ‘People Searching for Power’

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that the administration officials who have been leaking information to The New York Times and The Washington Post are releasing the information in a “strategic” manner to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda during an interview Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” Meadows, the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, said that… Please follow and like us:

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EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the bloc. His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders ahead of a summit Friday in Malta. “Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation;… Please follow and like us:

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