China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe

China’s road to global influence runs through Europe. EPA/Wojciech Pacewicz

Małgorzata Jakimów (TC) : The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across Asia and More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Israel attacks Syrian positions, protects Al-Nusra terror hordes in the occupied Golan

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), launched two attacks against Syrian Arab Amy (SAA) positions within two days, claiming shells had been fired from Syrian-controlled territory into the Israeli occupied. More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Sunday, June 25th, 2017
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Egypt transfers Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, on Saturday, ended months of disputes about the transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia when he ratified the transfer More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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KDP official on Tehran’s comments on Kurdish referendum in Iraq: The Ayatollah should mind his own business

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Ali Awni, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council told reporters on Wednesday that Iran’s Supreme Leader who had said Tehran was opposed to the Kurdish More...

Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraqi Vice President and head of the newly-founded United for Iraq Sunni party [L] and Kurdish president Masoud Barzani discuss the future of Iraq on June 5, 2017 . Photo courtesy KAR Presidency.
By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
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Barzani and al-Nujaifi discussed future of post-ISIS Iraq and Sunni autonomy

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Masoud Barzani, the President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region, and Osama al-Nujaifi, the vice president and head of the United Iraq or Mutahidun party, discussed the future More...

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By Fahwad Al-Khadoumi On Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Norwegian special forces in Syria for “Self Defense”: Defense Ministry

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : After being contacted about the presence of Norwegian special forces in Southern Syria last week, the Norwegian Defense Ministry stated that it cannot disclose operational details about More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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China & Philippines launched dialog over South China Sea controversies

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 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...