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Kaplan on European ‘appeasement’/refusal to slaughter

This American security umbrella will not stay up for ever. Why should America defend a continent that will not defend itself?

So writes Robert Kaplan… 313 more words

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Peace and prosperity, built with a post-war constitution as the cornerstone

The Mainichi Shimbun recently reported that Crown Prince Naruhito, at a press conference on his 55th birthday on Monday, called for handing down history correctly, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this year: … 224 more words

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Crude conspiracy theories expensively confirmed

A reader sends news that, with ineffable condescension, Warwick University’s recent press release announces a research paper (‘Crude conspiracy theories could be right’) by three academics who have discovered that what observers have plainly noted and stated for years is correct. 83 more words

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Japanese-Palestinian relations: support in times of trouble

A March kite flying event was held in Gaza to express solidarity with the Japanese people affected by the tsunami disaster in 2011.

A thousand Palestine refugee students from UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in Gaza gathered to fly kites in commemoration of the disaster that killed thousands of people and caused immense damage. 502 more words

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International Criminal Court: the Palestinian membership process is expected to take about sixty days


On Wednesday President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute – and fourteen other international treaties, including U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, two additional protocols to the Geneva Conventions and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. 382 more words

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Our special relationship with the United States’ government: an insider’s view

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott is the first politician at this level to speak out, though – as one correspondent has pointed out – his regime was aware, complicit and therefore responsible. 320 more words

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