4:00 PM, Mar 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The G-7 will not be meeting in Sochi this summer, according to a statement just released by the seven-nation group. "This Group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit," reads the statement.
Here's the full statement:
3:41 PM, Mar 24, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With attention focused on the situation in Crimea and the Ukraine, Iran has been less in the news of late. But it is still there, still dangerous. At the conclusion of a recent speech, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, former CENTCOM commander, was asked about Iran and current diplomatic efforts to prevent its becoming a nuclear power.
Disarray in the Persian Gulf reflects White House Middle East policy.11:49 AM, Mar 24, 2014 • By HUSSAIN ABDUL-HUSSAIN
The Gulf Cooperation Council, consisting of Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and led by Persian Gulf superpower Saudi Arabia, has fallen into disarray. After the Saudis, Emiratis, and Bahrainis withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar two weeks ago, they are planning to turn the heat up further on this GCC spoiler. In addition, they’ve also decided to raise the stakes on Iran by backing forces, like the Yemeni military and the Syrian rebels, squared off against Iranian proxies.
7:18 AM, Mar 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The White House has been tight-lipped about the cost of First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China, but based on the choice for lodging, it could be considerable. Mrs. Obama and her entourage, which numbers seventy according to the Washington Times (including her two daughters and her mother), booked the Westin Chaoyang Hotel close to the U.S. embassy in Beijing for their first stop.
1:02 PM, Mar 23, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Omaha World-Herald has two big stories up today that might impact the hotly contested Nebraska Republican Senate primary between former Bush administration official and Midland College president Ben Sasse and former state treasurer Shane Osborn.
10:22 PM, Mar 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a question and answer session at Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China, First Lady Michelle Obama said that sometimes one needs to do things she's uncomfortable with. She made the comments in response to a question about studying abroad.
11:10 AM, Mar 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Josh Gelernter on how to sanction the Russians:
Crimea has been annexed, and the Kremlin isn’t impressed by meager American Anschluss sanctions. More sanctions are evidently coming, and they present an opportunity.
9:25 AM, Mar 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government of Turkey has pulled the plug on Twitter and the White House is not happy.
3:39 PM, Mar 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
An open letter from the Foreign Policy Initiative to President Obama:
March 21, 2014
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
12:37 PM, Mar 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Iran appears to be constructing a mock-up of the U.S.S. Nimtiz. The ship is not operational. Only 2/3s scale. And not militarily capable of much of anything.
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Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
The failures of American will exposed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are numerous and mounting. Coming on top of the tepid response to China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone over Japanese waters and the withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the “red line” in Syria, they have revealed Barack Obama as a man who not only “leads from behind” but marches to the rear.
The Iran-Israel struggle heats up.Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By LEE SMITH
Last week the Israeli Air Force bombed Syrian military and security positions in retaliation for an operation on the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded when Hezbollah attacked their Jeep. Hezbollah it seems was looking to kidnap them. This time they failed, but, said Hezbollah sources, “We are sure we will succeed in the near future.”
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