World Politics

NATO Official Sounds Alarm on Russia Libya Role

BRUSSELS—Russia’s role in Libya is causing growing concern at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a senior official said Saturday, with the Kremlin appearing to throw its support behind Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a rival of the United Nations-backed coalition government in Tripoli.<p>“I am very …

Libya

Trump is dragging us into another war...and no one is talking about it

Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington …

Syria

U.S. Farmers Seek Shelter From Nafta Storm

U.S. agricultural producers are lobbying hard on both sides of the Mexico border to try to ensure that a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement doesn’t turn U.S. farm exports into collateral damage.<p>Farm groups are making their case in Washington in the hopes that changes to the …

NAFTA

How Did Russia Stop Hitler in WWII?

Michael Peck [2]<p>In October 1941, the Second World Wa [3]r [3] teetered on a knife edge.<p>There was war in China and war in North Africa, and soon there …

Military History

Donald Trump Is From Mars

I’ve come to the conclusion, after about 60 days of presidential antics, that the problem is not “fake news.” The problem is a fake administration.<p>So, let me see if I’ve got this right.<p>North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is …

Foreign Policy

Trump Unlikely To Find Trade Grass Greener

In the wake of President Trump’s failure to move healthcare reform through the House of Representatives, some news reports mentioned the White House’s eagerness to move on to other issues, including trade. Presumably, this is because President Trump draws encouragement from the strong positive …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

The lies of the right that debase civilised society

Instead of using a horrific terror attack to bolster prejudice, politicians should consider how Muslims in the west should be treated<p>After every attack, there is a pause while ideologues sniff the wind. If it is an Islamist easterly, the worst elements of the right know what to do. They score …

Foreign Policy

Royal Jordanian had the best response to Trump's new travel restrictions

As if traveling to the United States wasn’t hard enough already, now travelers flying from from the Middle East and North Africa can’t carry their electronic devices onboard with them — just what the people knee-crunched in economy on a 14-hour flight need right now.<p>Travelers are already bemoaning …

Foreign Policy

Winter stands out (and not in a good way): Arctic sea ice sets record-low peaks for third year

Unusually warm winter weather had a hand in slowing sea ice growth this winter<p>Constant warmth punctuated by repeated winter heat waves stymied Arctic sea ice growth this winter, leaving the winter sea ice cover missing an area the size of California and Texas combined and setting a record-low …

Global Warming

Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren’t Applying to American Colleges

Application and acceptance season is underway at America's colleges and universities. But this year, some institutions of higher learning may see a noticeable dip in attendance from one group purposely choosing to stay home: foreign students.<p>Applications from international students from countries …

College & University

Bangladesh honours 1971 war victims

The Bangladeshi government has observed its first Genocide Day, marking the anniversary of a crackdown on civilians by Pakistani forces in 1971.<p>The Bangladeshi government has observed its first Genocide Day, marking the anniversary of a crackdown on civilians by Pakistani forces in 1971.<p>The events …

Armed Conflict

Lessons From the Deadliest Chemical War That Didn’t Happen

Soviet Pioneers in 1937. Viktor Bulla photo via WikimediaBritain and Germany were loaded to the gills with chemical weapons but avoided them on the …

Armed Conflict

One of Europe's largest Nato exercises begins

<b>Thousands of Nato army, navy and air force personnel are in Scotland for one of the largest military exercises in Europe.</b><p>Joint Warrior is held twice a year - in spring and autumn.<p>The first of this year's exercises runs to 6 April and involves warships operating from Faslane on the Clyde and …

Armed Conflict

How China Would Invade Taiwan (And How to Stop It)

So how do Taiwanese military experts plan to defend their country against attack, and how can the United States help? Various sources from within the …

Foreign Policy

Israel has 'violated international law' by ignoring UN resolution to stop settlements in Palestinian territory

Israel has ignored a demand by the UN Security Council to stop building settlements in the Palestinian West Bank, the UN has warned.<p>In the first …

Israel

What George W. Bush, John Kerry, and Hugh Hefner Have in Common

In America, there are a few last names that most people will recognize. Among them are Kardashian, Clinton, and Bush.<p>With two former presidents in …

Foreign Policy

War by any means: The story of DARPA

With the nature of war changing fast, what goes on in the Pentagon’s most secretive research agency, asks the first insider to lift the lid in The …

Armed Conflict

Navy Test-Fires Electromagnetic Railgun

The U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research has released new video of a test of BAE Systems’ electromagnetic railgun, a hypervelocity weapon that has a …

Military

Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam voted leader amid claims of China meddling

A pro-Beijing election committee elects its favoured candidate as pro-democracy MP Nathan Law dismisses the result as a ‘nightmare’<p>China’s preferred candidate has won the heavily restricted election for a new leader of Hong Kong in a contest that pitted popular appeal against lobbying by …

Hong Kong

Japan's Role in American Defeat in Vietnam

In March of 1945, and just five months before surrendering to the Allies, Japan did something with profound consequences: it conquered Vietnam …

Military History

Congress’s Duty in the War With ISIS

On the verge of driving the Islamic State out of Mosul, once Iraq’s second-largest city, the United States and its allies are beginning a push to recapture Raqqa, the Syrian city that is the de facto capital of the self-declared caliphate.<p>Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their American military …

Foreign Policy

Saudi general: My country supports America's tough stance against ISIS, terror and Iran

Leaders from 68 countries gathered in Washington for a meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh (ISIL) hosted by President Trump’s administration this past week.<p>Saudi Arabia welcomes the new administration’s attention to the Middle East and its support for America’s friends who are fighting …

Foreign Policy

German state vote a test for Merkel's party, resurgent rival

A state election Sunday in western Germany offers Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a tough test against their resurgent center-left rivals …

Immigration

How Pakistan Is Planning to Fight a Nuclear War

Forget North Korea, this is the real nuclear threat the world should be thinking about.Sandwiched between Iran, China, India and Afghanistan, …

Armed Conflict

The Perverse Thrill of Chaotic Times

For all the rational appeal of peace and stability, Americans have a powerful attraction to calamity and disruption. World War II veterans commonly speak of their time in the military, when they felt deeply connected to a meaningful goal, as the best years of their lives. For many baby boomers, the …

Lifestyle

No, M Juncker, David Cameron did not “destroy” the United Kingdom. | Coffee House

Jean-Claude Juncker could have been invented by Nigel Farage’s spin doctors. He is sneering one-man advert for Brexit, Frexit and any other kind of EU-exit. As Hugo Rifkind argues in this week’s magazine, he is a caricature of the arrogant Eurocrat: “smug, lazy, unelected and utterly impervious to …

Brexit

(2nd LD) U.S. stealth fighters carry out precision bombing drill in Korea

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with USFK commander's statement; CHANGES photo)<p>SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- Several F-35B stealth fighter jets conducted …

North Korea

Stop Trying to Make a New Russian Aircraft Carrier Happen

“No, it’s not feasible, neither from a technical nor from a financial point of view,” Dmitry Gorenburg, a senior research scientist specializing in …

Cold War

New War In Africa? Al-Shabab In Somalia Must Be Dealt With, US General Says

The U.S. military has requested that the White House grant it more freedom in its approach to fighting a terror group that has been wreaking havoc in …

Armed Conflict

Coarse language and the Labour party

A Comment piece by Nick Cohen prompted widespread anger<p>Let’s be clear: Nick Cohen should not have sworn at Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters in his column last week, headlined “Don’t tell me you weren’t warned about Corbyn”. It was against the spirit of our guidelines, which state that swear words are …

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