17:59 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
A puerile propaganda stunt pulled by U.S. negotiators in Vienna this week ahead of talks with Russian counterparts was both at insult to China and a reprehensible distraction from credible bilateral business with Moscow on the vital issue of strategic security.
17:50 [Global Research] (E)
UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on ‘Israel’ to cancel plans to annex parts of the West Bank, saying such a decision would be “the most serious violation of international law.”
12:49 [Middle East Eye] (E)
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January. The Iranian prosecutor was reported as saying that Iran requested an Interpol “red notice” be put out for Trump and 36 others, which represents the highest-level arrest request issued by Interpol. The move will no doubt be dismissed in Washington, despite the fact that the actions by the US in January on Iraqi soil had all the appearance of an extrajudicial assassination of a senior government official.
23:08 [Consortium News] (E)
Russian hopes dashed: Whatever hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin may have had for a more workable relationship with the Trump administration have been “trumpled,” so to speak. This came through loudly and clearly in acerbic remarks by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in an interview Friday with The National Interest. Ryabkov lamented the sad state of Russia-U.S. relations, while pointing, not very subtly, to China as Russia’s ace in the hole. He was simply acknowledging that what the Soviets used to call “the correlation of forces” has changed markedly, and strongly implied that the U.S. should draw the appropriate conclusions. No amateur diplomat, Ryabkov used unusually sharp, almost certainly pre-authorized, words to drive home his message
7:47 [Voltairenet] (E)
The Turkish police arrested four members of a cell spying for France. According to the police, the spy cell had been operating in Turkey since 2013. It was headed by Metin Özdemir, a former Turkish military, who underwent intelligence training in France and was attached to the French Consulate General in Istanbul. He was in charge of overseeing the Turkish far right and associations linked to Fettullah Gülen (banned after the 2015 coup). The spies were in possession of fake MIT (Turkish Secret Service) cards and reported to two DGSE (French Secret Service) officers. They received a salary of 600 euros per month.
11:19 [The Saker] (E)
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “positive consensus” on resolving the latest border issue was achieved following “effective communication” through diplomatic and military channels. New Delhi said the two countries had agreed to “peacefully resolve” the border flare-up after a high-level meeting between army commanders. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had sought to ease the tensions at summits over the past two years when they agreed to boost border communications between their militaries.
10:57 [The Unz Review] (E)
One of the most disturbing aspects of American foreign policy since 9/11 has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world, best exemplified by President George W. Bush’s warning that “there was a new sheriff in town.” Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other, nor has any government sought to punish foreigners using sanctions with the cynical arrogance demonstrated by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
11:44 [Indian Punchline] (E)
Britain has joined France and Germany to break with the United States over President Trump’s Executive Order on June 11 authorising economic sanctions against International Criminal Court [ICC] officials directly engaged in investigation over possible war crimes committed by American troops and intelligence personnel during the 19-year old war in Afghanistan.
17:28 [Donbass Insider] (E)
The trial before The Hague District Court in the framework of the investigation into the crash of flight MH17 over the Donbass continued on Monday after a break. The main news was the epic file of the Americans. Those, instead of data from satellites, provided the court on the MH17 in the Netherlands with a paper with text that contains a description of these photos. The photos themselves are secret, they will not be published. In fact, this is an admission that the information available to the Americans contradicts the official version of the investigation.
10:52 [Asia Times] (E)
Professor Sergey Karaganov is informally known in influential foreign policy circles as the “Russian Kissinger” – with the extra bonus of not having to carry a “war criminal” tag from Vietnam and Cambodia to Chile and beyond. Karaganov is the dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. He’s also the honorary chairman of Russia’s Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. In December 2018, I had the pleasure of being received at Karaganov’s office in Moscow for a one-on-one conversation essentially about Greater Eurasia – the Russian path for Eurasia integration.
15:21 [Donbass Insider] (E)
The US-controlled countries of Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, Ukraine and a number of Middle Eastern countries expect great difficulties and a problematic future. This was declared by Israeli military and political analyst Yakov Kedmy on Iton-TV. The expert stressed that due to America’s huge economic problems, the hopes of these countries for the “new Marshall Plan” will not be fulfilled under any circumstances. “All international relations will change depending on the new role, abilities and desires of the USA. After World War II, Americans came with great opportunities, and there was a Marshall plan. Today, Americans are in a worse position. No money – where will they get it from?” asked Kedmy.
9:29 [Tass] (E)
US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea said on Monday he has agreed with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to have talks on nuclear weapons later in the month. China has been invited.
10:55 [Voltairenet] (E)
Through Switzerland’s good offices, the US and Iranian governments have reached a new deal on the exchange of their respective prisoners. On 7 December 2019, Switzerland had facilitated the exchange at Zurich airport between US citizen Xiyue Wang, held in Iran on spying charges, and the Iranian Massoud Soleimani, charged with violating U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
14:44 [China Daily HK] (E)
In the United States, one city after another goes up in flames, as African Americans and other protesters are battling the police, even the National Guard, while protesting against the continuous and brutal killings of black people, in all parts of the country. The spark came, as George Floyd in Minneapolis was allegedly choked to death by the police as he was screaming in agony: “I can’t breathe!”
9:43 [Indian Punchline] (E)
This past week has been a catastrophic seven days that shook America. Some of the debris may have inevitably fallen on President Donald Trump too. Most important, the Trump administration has lost the plot on China. The tragic Memorial Day murder of an African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota highlights that as much as racial violence and the targeting of non-whites in incidents of police violence signals the surge of the most backward and reactionary layers of American society, the latent class oppression under the Trump presidency lies exposed.
19:41 [Asia Times] (E)
Everyone was expecting US President Donald Trump to go nuclear by de facto sanctioning China to death over Hong Kong. In an environment where Twitter and the President of the United States are now engaged in open warfare, the rule is that there are no rules anymore. So in the end, what was announced against China amounted to an anti-climax.
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