The erratic presidency of Mr Donald Trump is careering from policy to policy, mixing some up, cancelling others and inventing a few on the hoof while trying to cope with self-inflicted crises affecting important international affairs. The recent debacle over the enforced exit of National Security Adviser, General Flynn, was more than just a PR calamity, because it seems that some important international commitments then fell by the wayside.
Australia and Europe Should Conduct a Trade Reset – and Would Be Wise to Unite with Russia and China
Reports in the US and international media indicate that the President of the United States hit a new low in spiteful animosity when he tweeted about Federal Judge James Robart that ‘the opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!’...
Donald Trump won’t be formally forbidding entry of Palestinians to his New Great America, because he doesn’t recognise Palestine and never will. But he has designed a way of preventing their travel and that of countless others by introduction of ‘extreme vetting,’ which will help to deny Palestine the legitimacy that the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly agreed upon five years ago.
Afghanistan is America’s longest war, and it seems it could go on indefinitely. President Trump has said he ‘will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past’ but has inherited a blunder that he is going to find very difficult to rectify. The situation in Afghanistan is dire to the point of disaster, but Mr Trump’s intentions are not yet clear. It is difficult, however, to imagine him approving negotiations with the Taliban.
The report on January 15 that Donald Trump had announced there would be a trade deal between Britain and America, to be ‘done quickly and done properly,’ came as a surprise. The British media greeted the impromptu comment with predictable enthusiasm, as if it had been thought through and was ready for instant implementation. It hadn’t, and it isn’t...
The Al Jazeera television channel has revealed an Israeli plan to destroy the careers of senior British government figures because they have been critical of Israel. Shai Masot, a senior official in the Israeli embassy in London, was recorded by an Al Jazeera undercover reporter in conversation in a London restaurant with Ms Maria Strizzolo, formerly chief of staff to the British government’s ‘minister of state for skills’, Robert Halfon, the past political director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, who has a colourful history...
Place yourself in the mind of a Palestinian. You have just been told by the Secretary of State of the outgoing US Administration in Washington that your people should have «a future of freedom and dignity» and «the Israeli Government’s program of establishing civilian settlements in the occupied territory is inconsistent with international law». Might you have a warm glow about there being such support by the world’s «indispensable nation»?..
The Bible’s Book of John records Jesus as challenging a bunch of would-be woman-stoners who wanted to punish her for allegedly committing adultery. It was intended that the man in the case should receive a lesser penalty or no punishment at all, as continues to be the custom in such primitive nations as Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan in which it is legal to stone women to death ; but in neither of these valued allies of the West is there a Jesus to protect women from being barbarically murdered, as approved by fanatical Islamists...
The Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels is generally thought to have said that «If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it». In fact, he didn’t state that, exactly, but based his propaganda largely on the premise that «credibility alone must determine whether propaganda output should be true or false». What he did say, however, was «the English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous»...
Some interesting things have been happening in the oceans recently, with movements of naval vessels for various purposes around the world. In October, for example, Russia deployed eight ships to the Mediterranean to support Syria in its fight against Islamic jihadist rebels, an action condemned by the governments and media of some countries in the US-NATO military alliance...