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Cameron backs down over Syria

Posted by seumasach on May 11, 2013

We’ve now seen the Syrian national army enjoying some significant success in the last few weeks in taking back rebel-held areas of the country. I think this has produced panic, actually, in Washington, London and Paris, which is why David Cameron has been so keen to fly to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin.”

Well, at least panic in London and Paris, to say nothing of Doha and Riyadh.Yes, this is prudent of Cameron to jump onboard the peace process already initiated by Obama and Putin- better late than never. For appearances he continues to stress “that there was “no secret” that the two sides still had “differing views on how best to handle this situation.”” However, the “Assad must go” mantra which we have heard ad infititum over the last two years is being dropped and governance in Syria is being seen as the prerogative of the Syrian people rather than Washington, Paris and London. It’s good to see the West embracing democracy for a change- Hilary must be turning in her political grave.

Russia, UK both interested in ending Syrian violence – Putin


19th May, 2013

Despite having a different approach to Syria, Russia and UK share an interest in preserving the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Vladimir Putin said after talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Sochi.

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In wake of Boston, Congress calls for greater security ties with post-Soviet states

Posted by seumasach on April 27, 2013


27th April, 2013

The bombing of the Boston marathon has appeared to whet the appetites of some members of Congress to increase cooperation with post-Soviet governments in taking a strong hand against the threat of Islamist radicals.The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held ahearing on Friday, “Islamist Extremism in Chechnya: A Threat to the U.S. Homeland?” And it provided the opportunity for several members of Congress to tout not just greater security cooperation with Russia vis-a-vis Chechnya, but across the post-Soviet space.

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Forceful call on Obama to rethink Iran sanctions

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2013

“It flags that the US and Iranian intelligence should partner in counterterrorism activities directed against Al-Qaeda, since both countries have been victims of terrorism.”


Indian Punchline

20th April, 2013

In the past week, the discourse within the United States regarding the policy towards Iran swung notably toward the argument favouring the diplomatic option. Two influential reports contributed to this — one by the United States government and the other, arguably more prestigious, by a galaxy of America’s best-known diplomatists, strategic thinkers and Iran specialists.

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Elites ask Washington to drop Iran gun

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2013

Jim Lobe

Asia Times

17th April, 2013

WASHINGTON – The administration of President Barack Obama should put more emphasis on diplomacy in its quest for a satisfactory resolution of Iran’s nuclear program, according to a major new report released by The Iran Project.

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US belittles Iran’s nuclear offer

Posted by seumasach on April 11, 2013

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Asia Times

11th April, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – In the aftermath of nuclear talks between Iran and international powers in Almaty, the US media has been replete with Iran-bashing commentaries that place the blame for the stalled process squarely on Iran’s shoulders. Relying on information and input from various “anonymous US officials,” the mainstream media’s coverage has essentially boiled down to the argument that Iranian negotiators in Almaty did not behave as if they were interested in reaching a deal and therefore missed a great chance

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Obama Beats Bibi on TKO

Posted by seumasach on April 7, 2013

Philip Giraldi

28th March, 2013

As a long time commentator on American policy in the Middle East, I have been following with interest the discussion on the recent visit by Barack Obama to Israel, Jordan, and the state-or-non-state of Palestine.

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Obama to host Syria talks

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2013

Assad warns of instability

Al Ahram

6th April, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the fall of his regime would destabilise the region “for many years”, as US President Barack Obama announced talks with Middle East allies over the crisis.

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Tread softly, US-Russia dalliance is resuming

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2013


Indian Punchline

2nd April, 2013

The Russian-American dalliance is one of the most enchanting moments for any longtime observer of the tumultuous relationship. Things can be very misleading unless one goes real slow in making judgments. To be sure, our pundits who see the spectre that is haunting India to be a Sino-Russian alliance and the antidote being anIndian alliance with the US and Japan had better take out their abacus for a quick recount. Great-power politics never runs along straight lines. In fact, the curves are what really matter.

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France backtracks on arming Syria’s rebels

Posted by seumasach on March 29, 2013

Al Jazeera

29th March, 2013

France will uphold the EU embargo on weapon deliveries for Syrian rebels after all, changing course from just two weeks ago, according to comments by President Francois Hollande.

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FBI arrests al-Qaeda-linked US army veteran

Posted by seumasach on March 29, 2013

FBI arrests al-Qaeda-linked US army veteran as he returns from Turkey


29th March, 2013

FBI agents have arrested a U.S. army veteran at Dulles International Airport in Virginia as he was returning from Turkey on accusations that he joined an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

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Cut military spending-Fund human needs!

Posted by seumasach on March 28, 2013

The peace dividend promised at the end of the Cold War has not materialised- it is imperative for humanity that it should do so

Global Day of Action on Military Spending


In 2011, global military spending surged to US $1.74 trillion. Given the numerous crises facing the planet — economic, environmental, health, diplomatic — it is imperative that we create a global movement to shift this money to human needs. We know that there are thousands of organizations and millions of individuals who support this point of view – what is needed is to begin a serious mobilizing effort to make it visible.

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