A Tough National Defense Strategy

The National Defense Strategy, released this morning, may be the single most important document penned by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It encapsulates the Trump Administration’s defense policies in one place for the first time and provides guidance for the 2019 defense budget, to be released in a few weeks. That budget will mark the administration’s first… Please follow and like us:

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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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EU – IRAN – EU powers urge Trump to back Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to endorse a key nuclear deal with Iran as the US president mulls reimposing sanctions on Tehran. “The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica… Please follow and like us:

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EU leaders have power to stop Brexit, says Blair

Britain’s former leader Tony Blair has told Euronews that the European Union must show leadership over Brexit—and if it tackled fundamental problems with the European project then the UK could stay in the bloc. The ex-Labour prime minister and increasingly vocal critic of the UK’s plans to leave the EU appeared to go beyond the established… Please follow and like us:

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Secretary of State: Americans Should Be ‘Encouraged’ with US Diplomatic Efforts

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has touted the diplomatic accomplishments of President Donald Trump’s administration this year, saying “Americans should be encouraged” by its dealings with the U.S.’ “greatest security threat,” North Korea, along with China and Russia. In an Op-Ed published Thursday in The New York Times, Tillerson wrote that Trump “abandoned the failed… Please follow and like us:

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Xi’s China rising, Trump’s America waning

In less than a year in office, US President Donald Trump has managed to alienate more allies and provoke more enemies faster and more decisively than any of his predecessors in recent history. All of a sudden, we face the simultaneous threats of war from the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East. Meanwhile, US’ chief rival,… Please follow and like us:

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Investors look to 2018 for increased growth as the IPO market returns to pre-crisis level highs in 2017

– By deal number, 2017 is the most active year for global IPOs since 2007- IPO activity in all regions up double digits; Asia-Pacific dominates global activity- 2018 outlook: IPO activity levels expected to rise with a busy year ahead and mega deals on the horizon LONDON, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global IPO activity surged… Please follow and like us:

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Putin, Erdogan warn US move risks escalating tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded a whirlwind one-day regional tour with a stop in Turkey, where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Before landing in Ankara on Monday to meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin made an unscheduled visit to war-torn Syria, where he ordered Russian… Please follow and like us:

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US Isolated at United Nations Over Jerusalem Decision

Some of the United States’ oldest allies turned their backs on Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy there, during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. “It contradicts international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told the council. “Jerusalem is a final status… Please follow and like us:

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The GCC’s worst summit

The future of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is extremely unclear six months into the bitter Qatar crisis. On December 4, Kuwait hosted the GCC’s annual summit, which marked the sub-regional organisation’s lowest point in its 36-year history. Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended, but absent at the summit were the Bahraini, Emirati, and… Please follow and like us:

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Pentagon Data Leaked Online Because Of Misconfigured Amazon Server

Information collected by the United States Department of Defense, including two Pentagon unified combatant commands, was left exposed online for anyone to access, according to security researcher Chris Vickery. The director of cyber risk research at cybersecurity firm Upguard discovered three Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud storage buckets that were configured to allow any person… Please follow and like us:

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Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

In this UpFront special, we ask US Congressman Ro Khanna why he believes the US government should stop supporting the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. Also on the show, we debate with a panel of experts the rights and wrongs of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s domestic and regional policies. Headliner: Is the US complicit in Saudi… Please follow and like us:

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Asia stocks down as plunging oil prices hammer energy firms

Asian energy firms extended a global sell-off Wednesday, dragging regional equity markets, as oil prices continued to tumble on the back of warnings of slowing demand and rising stockpiles. Both main contracts were down more than one percent as investors were spooked after the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its forecast for crude consumption, saying recovering… Please follow and like us:

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Pawning of Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabia

While Sophia the Robot adroitly addressed the throng assembled at Saudi Arabia’s “Future Investment Initiative,” she /it wore no hijab. Sophia once claimed she/it would destroy humanity, yet she/it was now promising to play nice if treated well. The robot doesn’t have a lower half of a body – not yet. Yes, it’s a bit creepy.… Please follow and like us:

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At Least 8 Killed by New York Motorist in ‘Cowardly Act of Terror’

At least eight people were killed Tuesday and more than a dozen others were injured when a man drove a rented truck onto a busy bike path in New York City. “Based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,”… Please follow and like us:

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