China & Philippines launched dialog over South China Sea controversies

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : China and the Philippines, on Friday, launched what was described as candid but friendly discussions about their territorial dispute in the South China Sea and related issues after President Rodrigo Duterte, shortly after his election, decided to temporarily shelve the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration hoping More...

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By Fahwad Al-Khadoumi On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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Erdogan – Trump avoided discord about Kurds: More shared interests than disagreements

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : After meeting at the White House on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart President R. Tayyip Erdogan focused on the strength of U.S. – Turkish relations More...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Making America great again with really dumb diplomacy?
By Christof Lehmann On Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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US – Japanese Defense Treaty also covers disputed Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands: Pence

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also covers the disputed Senkaku Islands said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday while visiting Japan during his current Asia More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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Meet Russia’s New Arctic Military Base: And what have ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson to do with it?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Russia’s Ministry of Defense invited to a virtual tour around its very real military base on Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago in the Arctic. The architecture is futuristic, More...

Tillerson arrives in Moscow - is a new era with a policy of tensions that benefits Moscow as much as it benefits Washington in the pipeline?
By Christof Lehmann On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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Tillerson visits Moscow: A New “Yalta” during the Trump and Putin Administrations?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in the Russian capital Moscow on Wednesday, April 12, for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On the top of their agenda will More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
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No “Problems” with Export of Iraqi – Kurdish Oil via Turkey and Drawing New Borders in the Middle East

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Amidst intense discussions about a referendum on the independence of northern Iraq’s predominantly Kurdish region, the Kurdistan Ministry of Natural Resources notes that there were More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Iranian Kurds Attack Revolutionary Guards in New Year Offensive

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Iranian – Kurdish Peshmerga branding themselves as Zagros Eagles launched an offensive against the headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Command in the predominantly More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Friday, March 10th, 2017
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U.S. Deploys Marines to Syria for Raqqa Operation Into Highly Disputed – Congested Theater

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The United States deployed U.S. Marines to northeastern Syria to provide artillery support for local forces in the upcoming assault against Islamic State in Raqqa. Turkey criticized the More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Sunday, February 26th, 2017
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Baghdad Lawmakers Ask Iranian Kurdish KDP-I in Iraq to Disarm or Leave – Wildcards in a Wider ME War

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Iraqi lawmakers in the capital Baghdad demand that Iranian and Turkish Kurdish militants, primarily the KDP-I and PKK leave the country. The KDP-I is a sister-party to the northern Iraqi More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Russia Hosts Pan-Kurdistan Conference – The Third Great Middle East War

nsnbc : Russia hosted the annual pan-Kurdistan conference in the capital Moscow with participants of major Kurdish parties from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran to discuss the future of Kurdistan and Kurdish politics More...