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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Trump Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

    10/13/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/13/2019 | Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt
    Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday that President Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that will effectively cede control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia, and could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State. Mr. Esper, appearing on both Fox News and CBS News, said that American troops, mostly Special Operations forces, would leave the northeastern part of the country in the face of Turkey’s incursion into the section of Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, a group of fighters trained and backed by the United States government. The bulk of...
  • Trump keeps his promise on Syria, driving the Deep State crazy

    10/13/2019 12:25:43 PM PDT · by rintintin · 8 replies
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | Oct 13 2019 | Paul Mulshine
    What took him so long? That’s the question we should be asking about President Trump’s decision to remove troops from Syria. If you paid attention to Donald Trump’s comments on foreign affairs during the 2016 campaign, you heard a lot of pronouncements like the following: “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE....
  • Exclusive: Damascus, Kurdish-led SDF held talks at Russian airbase - Kurdish politician

    10/13/2019 11:36:18 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 9 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | October 13, 2019 | By Tom Perry and Rodi Said
    BEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Syria, (Reuters) - The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been holding negotiations at a Russian airbase in Syria, a Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack. Ahmed Suleiman, a senior member of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, said the talks were being held at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Latakia. He did not say if he or his party - which is independent from the SDF - had a role in the negotiations. Asked about Suleiman's comments, the head of the SDF media...
  • The Kurdish Question: From Paris (1919) to Erbil (2019)

    10/13/2019 9:51:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    Ed Maps ^ | October 2019 | Cristian Ionita
    Often described as one of the largest national communities in the world without their own state, the Kurds, numbering somewhere between 25 and 30 million, are a very distinct community, with its own language, history and traditions. Nonetheless, their ethnic identity has been for a long time denied by their major neighbors, the Arabs, the Turks and the Persians. Without their own state, the Kurds have seen the Kurdistan, “the land of the Kurds”, divided mainly between these neighbors (the present-day states of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran). The Kurdish nation originated from the ancient communities indigenous to the Mesopotamia...

    10/13/2019 8:30:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | Octoer 13,2019 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Most members of America’s foreign-policy establishment see Turkey as an ungrateful ally, perhaps even a Trojan horse inside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s walls. On Capitol Hill and in many Washington think tanks, a call for concessions to Tehran will get a more sympathetic hearing than a call to compromise with Ankara, a treaty ally for 67 years. Turkey’s determination to secure its southern border against the YPG is a wanton impulse, in the prevailing view. But the YPG has substantial ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK, as then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter testified before Congress in April 2016....
  • China's Xi warns attempts to divide China will end in 'shattered bones' (Pooh is Nervous)

    10/13/2019 8:10:38 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 16 replies
    Rueters ^ | October 13, 2019 | Yawen Chen and Ryan Woo; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any attempt to divide China will be crushed, as Beijing faces political challenges in months-long protests in Hong Kong and U.S. criticism over its treatment of Muslim minority groups. FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter “Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones,” he told Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in a meeting on Sunday, according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV....
  • The NBA-China Disaster Is a Stress Test for Capitalism (we-are-ALL-guilty barf alert)

    10/13/2019 7:20:20 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 12, 2019 | Derek Thompson
    On August 19, the definition of a company in America changed. The Business Roundtable, a U.S. lobbying group that represents nearly 200 companies, issued a statement proclaiming that the “purpose” of a business in 2019 was no longer to look out merely for shareholders. It was to protect the interests of all “stakeholders”—employees, partners, suppliers, communities, the environment, the very world itself. The group’s lofty statement seemed to reorient the role of a public company from the maximization of profit to the maximization of goodness.’Twas a lovely sentiment. And it lasted about 50 days. This week, the news dunked all...
  • Latest Trump Tweets concerning Kurds

    10/13/2019 7:17:52 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    Twittwer ^ | 10/13/2019 | President Trump
    Do you remember two years ago when Iraq was going to fight the Kurds in a different part of Syria. Many people wanted us to fight with the Kurds against Iraq, who we just fought for. I said no, and the Kurds left the fight, twice. Now the same thing is happening with Turkey...... .....The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars! Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC...
  • Putin says Trump not to blame for lack of improvement in Russia-U.S. ties

    10/13/2019 7:02:31 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 15 replies
    reuters by yahoo ^ | October 13, 2019
    MOSCOW, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Moscow is not blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for failing to improve U.S.-Russian relations, a pledge he had made during his election campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Arab broadcasters. "We know that, including during his previous election campaign, he spoke in favour of a normalisation (of U.S.-Russia relations), but unfortunately it has not happened yet," Putin told Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia and RT Arabic. "But we have no claims because we see what's going on in U.S. domestic politics," he said, according to a transcript published on the Kremlin's...
  • Another Newsweek Conspiracy: 'Greta Thunberg Snubbed for Nobel Peace Prize' By Big Oil

    10/13/2019 6:03:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 10/12/2019 | Clay Walker
    Newsweek reporter Rosie McCall offered a conspiracy theory as to how a 16-year-old environmental activist somehow failed to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year: “Greta Thunberg Snubbed for Nobel Peace Prize by Committee Run by Norway, One of the World's Biggest Oil and Natural Gas Exporters.” This new theory comes courtesy of a magazine fresh off breaking the news that opening tanning salons in urban neighborhoods were a plot to give gay men skin cancer, or something.
  • Police Officer running against Omar; "she's an absentee landlord" (Democrats' violence recounted)

    10/13/2019 6:00:15 AM PDT · by Liz · 15 replies ^ | 10/10/19 | Staff Writer
    Chris Kelley a Minneapolis police officer running against Ilhan Omar: “She’s traveling the world. She’s fighting the president. She’s not doing anything in the district. And, I can say firsthand, the homelessness, the opioid problems, and other issues aren’t improving.” “Ilhan Omar is an absentee landlord; residents aren’t happy,” continued Kelley. 2020 is “going to be a totally different animal,” continued Chris Kelley, “you’re going to have a lot of people coming out, and I think we have an excellent chance of coming out on top.” Kelly tweeted that the actions of the two Democrats are putting officers in danger...
  • Islamic State torturer who wants to return to UK refuses to apologize for beheading of aid worker

    10/13/2019 5:49:54 AM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | OCT 12, 2019 5:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Islamic State torturer who wants to return to UK refuses to apologize for beheading of aid worker OCT 12, 2019 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER Kotey claims that his interpretation of Islam has changed, but this refusal to apologize suggests otherwise, and leaves the strong impression that he is still committed to the jihad. “‘Will you apologise for the murder of David Haines?’: ITV News confronts ISIS ‘Beatles’ over death of British aid worker,” ITV News, October 11, 2019: The two surviving British members of the ISIS terror cell dubbed “The Beatles” have been confronted by ITV News about what...
  • U.S. "Preparing To Evacuate" Remaining Troops From Northern Syria, Defense Secretary Says

    10/13/2019 5:39:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Face The Nation ^ | 10/13/19 | EMILY TILLETT, MARGARET BRENNAN
    Washington — The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops remaining in northern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" in an interview airing Sunday.The move comes a week after President Trump announced the repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive.Esper told "Face the Nation" the troops remaining in the country were caught between Turkish forces and the Kurdish-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), the main U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS. Esper said Mr. Trump had authorized "a deliberate withdrawal" on Saturday night, saying it...
  • Canada’s Justin Trudeau wears bulletproof vest after security threat

    10/13/2019 4:34:27 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 October 2019 | Dom Calicchio
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore a bulletproof vest onstage Saturday night as he delivered a speech amid heavy security after authorities learned of a security threat, according to reports. Trudeau, leader of the nation’s Liberal Party, is seeking reelection Oct. 21. He addressed an audience of about 2,000 supporters in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto, the CBC reported. Liberal officials would not disclose the nature of the security threat, but the event was delayed for about 90 minutes, according to the Toronto Star. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also would not comment. SNIP New Democratic leader Jagmeet Singh posted...
  • Trump says Obama 'hiding' from questions about Bidens and Ukraine: 'I think he knows all about it'

    10/13/2019 4:26:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/2019 | Melissa Leon
    Former President Barack Obama has been hiding from questions about former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Hunter’s work for a gas company in Ukraine, President Trump insisted Saturday night. “I think he knows all about it,” Trump said of Obama during an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” […] When Pirro asked why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wasn’t calling for a formal vote to open an impeachment inquiry, Trump said it was because she “can’t get the votes because we’re [the GOP] doing so well right now.” …
  • Pressed by Trump over defense, Germany says can pay more for NATO running costs

    10/13/2019 12:16:14 AM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 16 replies
    Reuters via YAHOO ^ | October 11, 2019 | Sabine Siebold and Robin Emmott
    Germany is willing to contribute more to NATO's running costs as long as other allies also step up to help reduce the United States' share of funding, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Friday. President Donald Trump has long accused European allies, especially Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, of taking U.S. security guarantees for granted and says they need to spend much more on their own defense. With a meeting of NATO leaders looming in December, some allies now see reform of financing for the U.S.-led military alliance as a way to preempt another round of criticism from...
  • Trump did not betray the Kurds

    10/12/2019 8:31:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | October 11, 2019 | Caroline Glick
    The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump’s move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world. There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths...
  • Exclusive: Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US 'you are leaving us to be slaughtered'

    10/12/2019 8:25:23 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 3:59 PM ET, Sat October 12, 2019 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria. "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN. "You are not willing...
  • Ecuador protests: President imposes curfew amid worsening violence

    10/12/2019 7:24:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | 10/12/2019
    Parts of Quito have descended into chaos after more than a week of clashes between demonstrators and riot police. Mr Moreno said the protesters, who are led by indigenous groups, had agreed to direct talks for the first time. They are demanding the return of fuel subsidies, scrapped by the government as part of a package of austerity measures. Some have called for the resignation of the president, who has declared a two-month national emergency. Earlier on Saturday, protesters attacked a television station and newspaper office in Quito. The Teleamazonas channel broadcast pictures of its broken windows and a burning...
  • EU cannot accept Turkish "blackmail" -Italian prime minister

    10/12/2019 7:24:38 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2019 | Angelo Amante
    The European Union must not bow to threats from Turkey to push millions of Syrian refugees into EU countries, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday, adding that Ankara should stop its military operations in northern Syria at once. “The EU cannot accept this blackmail. Turkish efforts to welcome in Syrian refugees cannot then become a tool of blackmail for a military initiative that we cannot accept and which must immediately stop,” Conte told reporters. Turkey, which still formally aspires to join the European Union despite mounting EU criticism of Ankara’s human rights record, has been stung by EU...