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US attack on Syrian forces marks a dangerous escalation

The Tomahawk missile attack on Syria’s Shayrat air base represents a dangerous escalation and calls into doubt how far things have changed with US foreign policy under President Trump argues Pat Harrington When President Trump was campaigning for the Presidency one of his most attractive features was that he didn’t go along with the demonisation … Continue reading

EU leaders reluctantly sign up for self-paced integration

“Any speed, one direction. Britain in the rear view mirror, French elections and Turkish hostility looming on the horizon ahead.” That’s how Pat Harrington, Director of the Third Way thinktank, described the meeting of European Union leaders who descended on Rome to reaffirm their vows to the project that began there 60 years ago. In … Continue reading

Trump promises peace and stability

US President-elect Doanal Trump promised a “new era of peace” on Thursday night — claimed he would to end the US’s regime-change policies of the past. Addressing a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the start of a “USA Thank You Tour 2016” for his supporters in the Midwestern swing states that secured his win last … Continue reading

Desperate terrorists use chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria

Iraqi troops edged further into Mosul on Friday as the United Nations revealed shocking new atrocities by the so-called Islamic State (Isis) terrorists occupying the city. Elite Counterterrorism Forces entered the Qadisiya district, advancing slowly to minimise civilian casualties and avoid being surprised by suicide car bombers, said Brigadier General Haider Fadhil. Regular army troops … Continue reading

Trump election scuppers globalisation deals

Globalisers are in disarray and panic. Trump has thrown a spanner in the works of globalisation.European Union leaders said the hated US-EU trade deal TTIP was in limbo yesterday following Donald Trump’s election as US president. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said that they “don’t really know what will happen” but “there is strong reason … Continue reading

Turkey attacks Kurds in Syria

Arrogant Turkey has refused to stop attacks on the YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia, and says that it will never negotiate with a “terrorist” organisation. The YPG’s Jarabulus military council said on Tuesday that it had agreed to a truce after consultations with the US-led coalition — allied to both the Turkish and YPG forces. … Continue reading