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major conflict unprepared saying that it's spending billions of dollars on new frigates and submarines that won't come into service for at least the next 10 years and the Institute also ones that there's not a real risk that the United States could walk away from its historic role as guarantor of security in the asia-pacific region and the military alliance with the United States is always underpinned Australia's national Security framework since the early 1950s actually filming for a long term long time Australia felt it was perhaps slightly outside be at the areas of international tension stuck as it is your name in it in a way that you know that area perhaps that isn't obviously anyone's target but it seems to be out of it doesn't really when you look back to the Bali bombings in 2000.
Voice Of America
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Waiting for Trump... A dispute between Turkey and Austria emerged on Tuesday when reports said the Turkish government has suspended cooperation with NATO members following Austrian opposition to Turkey’s membership in the EU. Austria is not a member of NATO but its troops sometimes partner with alliance forces. The big hope among European leaders is that seeing Trump face to face and hearing him repeat assurances that he no longer believes NATO is obsolete will quell anxieties about the U.S. role as guarantor of Europe’s security. Reports quote NATO sources as saying officials will hold off on issuing a formal declaration as is common after some summits. It may depend on what is said at the meeting. In this time of transition and surprises, that is something no one can predict.
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Voice Of America
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Waiting for Trump... A dispute between Turkey and Austria emerged on Tuesday when reports said the Turkish government has suspended cooperation with NATO members following Austrian opposition to Turkey’s membership in the EU. Austria is not a member of NATO but its troops sometimes partner with alliance forces. The big hope among European leaders is that seeing Trump face to face and hearing him repeat assurances that he no longer believes NATO is obsolete will quell anxieties about the U.S. role as guarantor of Europe’s security. Reports quote NATO sources as saying officials will hold off on issuing a formal declaration as is common after some summits. It may depend on what is said at the meeting. In this time of transition and surprises, that is something no one can predict.
21stCenturyWire
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In particular, he points to the dependence of Asian economies on Gulf petroleum exports. If the United States failed in “providing power projection forces and arms” to the region, he writes, its principal global rival, China, might fill the void. “ China may not yet be ready to try to assume the role, but the entire South China Sea crisis would pale to near insignificance if China became the de facto guarantor of Gulf stability.” Cordesman continues: “The real-world nature of US influence and power in the Pacific would be cut massively, China’s leverage over other major Asian economies like Japan and South Korea would be sharply increased, and the potential rise in tension between China and Indiaand cut in India’s relative positionwould have a massive impact on the balance of power in South Asia and the Indian Ocean.” In other words, the turn toward closer relations with Saudi Arabia and the related Gulf oil sheikdoms is bound up with US imperialism’s mounting conflict with China, which it has identified as the principal challenge to the drive for American global hegemony.
The Iran Project
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France 24
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The discussion will be "rather difficult and long," the diplomat said. Led by the tough negotiator Christine Lagarde, the IMF says Greece's debt is unsustainable and will be "explosive" in the long run, requiring a more ambitious plan from Europe. This would include dramatically extending grace periods and maturities on the loans far beyond what the eurozone has committed to so far. The question has served as a point of contention for months between the IMF and the eurozone's most influential official, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Schaeuble opposes debt relief, but at the same time refuses to unlock more loans to Greece without the partnership of the IMF, which he sees as a guarantor of financial rigour. "I think that we are in reality very close to an overall deal for Greece (that includes the debt question)," the EU's Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told French public radio on Sunday.
Al Jazeera
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Month after month, there are dozens of attacks in Sinai against security forces, and recently Christians, carried out by an ISIS affiliate, in an area that's been in an almost constant state of emergency since 2014. The fighting there is a major headache for President Sisi, who has sold himself as the only guarantor of Egypt's security and stability. Sisi's government, which already has put dozens of journalists in jail, has put a lid on independent reporting in Sinai. Journalism that deviates from official accounts has been criminalised under an anti-terror law. And a narrative is being pushed out across all forms of pro-government media, that the army's operations in Sinai are successful, just, and even heroic. That doesn't always square with the evidence, the most recent case in point being a video that was leaked, appearing to show brutal, extrajudicial killings by militias fighting on the government's side.
Sky News
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Saudi Arabia wants to see that they have a guarantor, a security guarantor, which was frayed under President Obama. And his pursuit in de Iranian nuclear deal. For the President, it is simple, he wants to see jobs, it.
France 24
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France 24
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"We warn that new tensions could be experienced in the summer months if instead of focusing on the solution, being aware of the fact that time is very tight, the unilateral hydrocarbon explorations continue." The Turkish Cypriots want a summit in June as new oil and gas drills offshore Cyprus are expected in July -- a process which Ankara wants halted until the reunification talks have reached an outcome. A previous conference in Geneva in January involved the guarantor powers for Cyprus -- Greece, Turkey and Britain -? but they failed to agree on a post-peace security strategy. The two sides have been engaged in fragile peace talks since May 2015 that observers have seen as the best chance in years to reunify the island. The talks have gone further than any previous peace initiatives over the decades. Much of the progress until has been based on the strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Politico
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Trump has a meeting with Abbas planned, but a key question is whether he will convene Abbas and Netanyahu in an effort to jump-start peace talks that have been dormant for three years. “Will there be a three-way Trump-Bibi-Abbas meeting—and if so will there be any announced understandings from it?” asked Dennis Ross, a former Middle East policy adviser to several presidents. 3. Does he really support NATO? Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign criticizing NATO. Many European leaders were relieved to hear Trump say in an April press conference with Italy’s prime minster that the 28-member military alliance is “no longer obsolete.” But Trump said that in response to what he says is NATO’s new attention to terrorism, which in fact remains a secondary mission for the alliance. What Trump has still not done as president is affirm NATO’s role as a guarantor of European securityparticularly against Russia, the country NATO was formed to defend against.
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Sputnik The White House spokesperson said that the US remained open to work with Russia and Iran to mitigate the Syrian conflict. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States remains open to work together with both Russia and Iran to mitigate the Syrian conflict, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said in a briefing on Monday. The US will work with both Russia and Iran to bring peaceful solution to Syria, Spicer stated. Russia and Iran should acknowledge [Syrian president Bashar] Assad's atrocities… and use their influence to address them. At the fourth round of negotiations on the Syrian ceasefire, which took place in Kazakh capital of Astana earlier in May, safe, or de-escalation, zones in Syria's Idlib province and seven other regions were agreed on. The monitoring and management of the safe zones is set to be carried out by military personnel from the ceasefire guarantor states of Russia, Turkey and Iran, while third parties may be brought in if there are mutual arrangements made between the three states, according to the Russian General Staff.
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The Guardian
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For all the US constitution’s great virtues, it’s impotent against a man who respects no limits on his lust for power Donald Trump is giving America and the world a lesson in the value of shame – and the power of shamelessness. Through his actions, most vividly his firing on Tuesday of the FBI director James Comey and his comments about it since, Trump has taught us that shame performs a vital democratic function – and how dangerous is the man who feels none of it. First, though, take a step back. For years, reformers in this country and many others believed a written constitution was the true guarantor of democracy. Only such a document could properly entrench the rights of citizens and impose restraints on their masters. An unwritten constitution, like Britain’s, was no constitution at all, just a murky accumulation of custom and convention that surely had no force because it existed only in the ether: it wasnt worth the paper it wasnt written on.
The Guardian
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For all the US constitution’s great virtues, it’s impotent against a man who respects no limits on his lust for power Donald Trump is giving America and the world a lesson in the value of shame – and the power of shamelessness. Through his actions, most vividly his firing on Tuesday of the FBI director James Comey and his comments about it since, Trump has taught us that shame performs a vital democratic function – and how dangerous is the man who feels none of it. First, though, take a step back. For years, reformers in this country and many others believed a written constitution was the true guarantor of democracy. Only such a document could properly entrench the rights of citizens and impose restraints on their masters. An unwritten constitution, like Britain’s, was no constitution at all, just a murky accumulation of custom and convention that surely had no force because it existed only in the ether: it wasnt worth the paper it wasnt written on.
The Iran Project
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MNAThe establishment of safe zones in Syria proposed by Russia and signed by it in a memorandum alongside two co-guarantors Turkey and Iran could impact at least 2.6 million people, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday.When you talk about four of the de-escalation areas, this has the potential of affectinghopefully positively from a humanitarian point of view — at least 2.6 million people, de Mistura said at a briefing in Geneva. The May round of the Astana talks resulted in a memorandum signed by the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states (Russia, Iran, Turkey) aimed at creation of four zones of de-escalation in Syria, which include the province of Idlib and seven other regions. Any clashes between the government forces and opposition armed groups must stop within the zones. The memorandum on de-escalation zones took effect on May 6.
France 24
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The US is the South's security guarantor and has 28,500 troops stationed in the country, but Seoul was startled when Trump suggested it should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system.
The Sun Daily - World News
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Under Moon, Seoul's policy towards the North will change "substantially", Robert Kelly of Pusan National University told AFP, "but less substantially than many people on the South Korean left and Moon himself would like". Unlike 20 years ago, when the Sunshine policy was first introduced, the North now has nuclear weapons, an increasingly advanced missile programme, and a reputation as a drug manufacturer and counterfeiter. "That doesn't mean we shouldn't talk to North Korea," Kelly said, but if Moon wants to pursue re-opening Kaesong or a 'Sunshine Policy 2', "he's going to collide with the American government where there is a pretty solid consensus right now that North Korea is a genuine global menace". 'Good cop' The new president wants the South to have a greater say in its alliance with security guarantor the United States, which has 28,500 troops in the country.
France 24
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- 'De-escalation zones' - The agreement calls for the creation of four "de-escalation zones" to shore up a ceasefire, ban flights and allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. Washington has given the deal a skeptical welcome, citing concerns about Iran's role as a guarantor even as it expressed hope the agreement could set the stage for a later settlement. "We will look at the proposal, see if it can work," said Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Monday. Several ceasefires have been agreed on since Syria's conflict broke out in 2011, but they have failed to permanently stem the fighting. Over the past six years Moscow and Washington have sparred multiple times over the conflict in Syria, especially concerning Assad's fate. Donald Trump's White House takeover has not brought the former Cold War adversaries closer to seeing eye to eye -- and in early April the US even launched direct military action against the Syrian regime in retaliation for a chemical attack attributed to it.
21stCenturyWire
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France 24
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Unlike 20 years ago, when the Sunshine policy was first introduced, the North now has nuclear weapons, an increasingly advanced missile programme, and a reputation as a drug manufacturer and counterfeiter. "That doesn?t mean we shouldn?t talk to North Korea," Kelly said, but if Moon wants to pursue re-opening Kaesong or a 'Sunshine Policy 2', "he's going to collide with the American government where there is a pretty solid consensus right now that North Korea is a genuine global menace". - 'Good cop' - The new president wants the South to have a greater say in its alliance with security guarantor the United States, which has 28,500 troops in the country. Their presence is also in Washington's own interests, he said. "They are important not only to our own security but also to the global strategy of the US." He has expressed ambivalence over the US THAAD missile defence system, whose deployment in the South has infuriated China, and which Trump has demanded Seoul pay for.