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Kosovo still dreams of EU and NATO membership

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:17:07 +0100

Kosovo's foreign affairs minister has reaffirmed his country's ambitions to join both NATO and the European Union, in an interview with EurActiv Spain . Speaking to Spanish journalists, Enver Hoxhaj outlined his country's future plans for better relations with the EU and the Vatican, as well as ambitious plans to join NATO and the EU.

UPDATE 1-NATO fears Russian battle group to be used against Aleppo civilians

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:07:00 +0100

Oct 25 A Russian naval battle group heading for Syria could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday, calling on Moscow to implement a lasting ceasefire. "The battle group may be used to increase Russia's ability to take part in combat operations over Syria and to conduct even more air strikes against Aleppo," Stoltenberg said.

Dump Duterte -- for Starters

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:52:08 +0100

When Britain, allied to France, declared war on Germany in 1914, America sat out, until our own ships were being sunk in 1917. When Britain, allied to France, declared war on Germany, Sept.

Florida in Focus for US Presidential Candidates With 2 Weeks Before Election

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:52:07 +0100

U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are focusing their campaigning efforts Tuesday on the state of Florida, which will play a big role in two weeks when the majority of American voters decide which of them will be the country's next leader. It takes 270 electoral college votes to clinch the presidency, and under the system that gives greater weight to more populous states, the winner of Florida gets 29 electoral votes.

US to deploy 330 troops in Norway

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:47:58 +0100

The United States will deploy over 300 troops in Norway, the Norwegian government announced Monday, in a move set to upset neighbouring Russia. The 330 Marines, to be stationed on rotation around 1,000 kilometres from the Russian border, will be engaged in training and manoeuvres in almost Arctic conditions, the Norwegian defence ministry said.

Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:54:00 +0100

President Erdogan wants a direct role in the battle, but his real priority seems to be defeating Kurdish separatists.

As Syrian deaths mount, world's 'responsibility to protect' takes a hit: experts

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:25:10 +0100

As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to the world's responsibility to protect populations under threat? The Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Security Council were established after World War Two to maintain peace and protect people in conflict zones. But a 21st-century U.N. doctrine called Responsibility To Protect , set up by the world body's member states to prevent mass killings, has only had limited success.

David Swanson: "We need to unite globally around opposition to the entire institution of war"

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:53:03 +0100

In your website you say: "We strive to replace a culture of war with one of peace, in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed". So which role and value can nonviolence have in building such a culture? It can demonstrate a superior means of resisting tyranny that causes less suffering, is more likely to succeed, and is likely to have a longer lasting success.

Bulgaria presidential candidate vows to improve relations with Russia

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:29:49 +0100

The main opposition contender in Bulgaria's presidential election vowed on Monday to seek better relations with Russia and a lifting of European Union sanctions against Moscow that he called harmful to both sides. Rumen Radev, a former air force commander, also said in an interview with Reuters that he would pursue a balanced foreign policy taking into account Bulgaria's membership in NATO and the EU but based on national interest.

Putin's Literally Moving The Russian Border Forward A Little Every Day

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:13:11 +0100

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan following their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal Putin invaded Georgia in 2008 under the auspices of protecting the ethnic Russian population, and established the de-facto Russian state of South Ossetia.

No More NATO Expansion: U.S. Should Downsize Defense Commitments

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:44:26 +0100

NATO, the alliance informally known as North America and The Others, remains committed to expansion. Powerhouse Montenegro, with 2080 men in uniform, will be the next entrant.

Was Russia's Hesitation in Syria a Strategic Mistake?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:33:13 +0100

A month ago I wrote a column , " He Who Hesitates Is Lost-And Russia Hesitated ." The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent: 1/ A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo.

Leonardo Unveils Net-Centric Centauro II Armored Vehicle

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:31:17 +0100

Power, observation, mobility, ergonomics, firing accuracy, communication, and, of course, best survivability: these are the basic requirements that have led to the development and production of the latest member of the Centauro family, the new Centauro II armoured vehicle, a product with an outstanding amount of technological content, unique in its category. Cutting-edge technology Equipped with fully digital architecture, the Centauro II, realised by CIO, the Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, is a champion of technology, the result of a close collaboration between Industry and Defence.

Taliban's deadly onslaught across Afghan provinces draws increased U.S. air power

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:19:51 +0100

An F-16 fighter jet takes off from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in May 2015. One after another, American fighter jets and armed drones screech down the runway at this mountain-fringed northern military outpost, launching missions around the clock to support Afghan forces battling militants aligned with Islamic State and the Taliban .

Still here? EU reality dims British demand on full membership

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:18:32 +0100

Britain will "continue to play a full role until we leave", Prime Minister Theresa May told fellow leaders at her first EU summit; but for many Britons in Brussels that is a forlorn hope. British Prime Minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 21, 2016.

on Target: Allied troops tipping the scales against Daesh

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:27:38 +0100

Now that the long-anticipated offensive to recapture Mosul has begun, the media coverage has become akin to that of hometown sports reporting. The tone is all rah-rah for the allied forces and abject contempt for the Daesh evildoers.

Russia and U.S. on Collision Course Beyond Syria

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:33:13 +0100

With the final stretch of the U.S. presidential elections upon us, Russia's challenge in Syria has rapidly developed into a centerpiece of the foreign policy debate. The candidates need to formulate a clear vision of how to deal with Moscow.

Bulgaria's Presidential Hopefuls: The Low-Profile Candidates

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:32:52 +0100

There are as many as twenty-one presidential pairs running the forthcoming elections in Bulgaria, all competing to take over the office of President. While a head of state does not enjoy too many powers, but virtually serving as a broker between institutions and a key stakeholder in shaping the country's agenda and vision, being able to call consultations, veto bills, and make key appointments.

A New Weapon in Russia’s Arsenal, and It’s Inflatable

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:00:31 +0100

The Russian military is using life-size decoy tanks, jets and missile launchers for disguise and deception.

After ‘Brexit,’ E.U. Revives Idea of Its Own Joint Military Command

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:04:14 +0100

The notion of a European military headquarters outside of NATO is back, and the United States now seems quietly supportive of the idea.

European Leaders Debate Proposals for Closer Military Ties

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:24:09 +0100

Amid high levels of anti-European Union sentiment across the Continent, European nations are considering greater coordination among their armed forces.

Never Forget: Sept. 12

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:42:39 +0100

Fifteen years ago, America’s NATO allies proved their commitment to collective defense. That promise lives on.

Taliban Close to Overtaking Afghan Provincial Capital, Officials Say

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:27:59 +0100

The militants were firing on government buildings in the southern city of Tirin Kot, the capital of Oruzgan Province, officials reported.

Russia and Turkey Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 21:25:15 +0100

The symbolism of a meeting in St. Petersburg between the Russian and Turkish presidents was probably enough to raise alarms in Western capitals.

What Made Two Republican Women Back Hillary Clinton

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:13:48 +0100

“The Republican Party has left us,” said the founder of Republican Women for Hillary. “We haven’t left the Republican Party.”

Turkey’s New Anti-Americanism

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:21:14 +0100

In accusing the United States of aiding a coup attempt, the Turkish president has made tensions between the NATO allies worse.

How to Play Nice With an Angry Erdogan

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:46:42 +0100

The United States won’t abandon Turkey at this critical time. But perhaps it can push it in the right direction.