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Draft Resolution on the Status of Jerusalem (US veto)

The Security Council, Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 298 (1971), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), and 2334 (2016), Guided by the purpose and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, Bearing in mind the specific status of the Holy City of Jerusalem and, in particular, the need for protection and (...)

Divergences between Peking and Washington over North Korea

Peking sent a note Washington assessing the points of conflict over North Korea. The US Position China's position North Korea is developing an offensive nuclear programme to reconquer South Korea. North Korea is developing a defensive nuclear program to protect itself from an operation orchestrated by Washington, to bring about a regime- change. North Korea has violated the 1994 Protocol which placed a ban on manufacturing atomic bombs by launching a space satellite that works using (...)

The BRICS countries plan to set up their own Internet

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are going to set up their own system for Internet governance so as to by pass US control. What we know as the Internet today, has been governed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a para-administrative association of the US Trade Department. The new system of Internet governance is a proposal from Russia's National Security Council. We do not know how it will link up with the system of alternative DNS (...)

Is Brexit going to rekindle war in Ireland?

Since 8 November 2017, the Brexit negotiations have reached a stumbling block. The bone of contention: the Irish border. A solution was found to the Irish issue in 1998. This involved, notably, free movement between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland (a region in the United Kingdom). At the time, both countries (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland) belonged to the European Union. Those negotiating Brexit on behalf of the United Kingdom are envisaging re-establishing the (...)

Turkey authorizes the construction of a church

Turkey has authorized the construction of an Assyrian church in Istanbul. This will be the first construction of a place for Christian worship since the fall of Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. Turkish law prohibits the construction of churches even though the country provides shelter to several Christian patriarchs. However, several years ago, a derogation was granted to re-establish liturgic celebration in an old Church. Turkish law has also applied in the Northern (...)

Macron succeeds in negotiating Hariri’s liberation

True the French President Emmanuel Macron had been given an icy reception when he visited Riyadh, but he has now at last secured the liberation of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri. The latter had been detained with his family in Saudi Arabia. After the United States and Russia had got Saudi Arabia to reconsider the rational basis for its decision, France officially invited Mr Hariri and his family to Paris. It would appear that Saudi Arabia has accepted this arrangement. To save (...)

Israel rejects the Russian-US Peace Agreement

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, participated in a meeting of his political party (the Likoud), he declared that he is opposed to the US-Russian Peace Plan for Syria. He cited news published by the BBC that Iran has been authorized to set up a permanent military base at Damascus (see the satellite photos below). Israel made a request for Iranian troops to commit to keeping at least 40 kilometres from the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line. The Israeli request appears all the (...)

Mattis thinks that US military occupation in Syria is legal

Responding to a question on the status of US troops present in Syria, the US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, declared that his country had a UN guarantee to chase out the Islamic Emirates (Daesh) from Syria. And following this, he declared that US troops in Syria would not be withdrawn until the Geneva Process was complete, the purpose being to avoid Daesh from returning. The constitutional government of the Syrian Arab Republic has repeatedly denounced the illegal presence of US troops (...)

The United Kingdom is trying to organize Aramco’s flotation

Whilst it appears that an agreement has been concluded between the White House and Aramco for Aramco to be floated on Wall Street rather than Riyadh, the United Kingdom has put another offer on the table. Theresa May has proposed a secured loan of 2 billion dollars to the oil giant if it floats in the City [of London]. Aramco is Saudi property. Its director is the Crown Prince, Mohamed Ben Salmane (« MBS (...)

Somaliland’s Presidential Election

On 13 November, the non-recognized Republic of Somaliland is organizing a presidential election that the Western Press has presented as “exemplary”. A public debate between the three candidates was organized. Social networks have been interrupted during the election to prevent the broadcasting of fake news and the call to voting along tribal lines. The Presidential Election was first forecast two years ago. As for the recent legislative elections, plans for them date back to 2005. (...)