Day: December 3, 2016

‘Fait accompli’ for Washington

Source: Arab News: Coming 52 days before the inauguration of Trump, the reshaping of Syria’s military landscape is also a strong signal to the new White House. Bahout said that a “most probable calculus in Russia’s mind was that a substantial Aleppo gain was needed at all costs before the […]

China lodges complaint over Trump-Taiwan call

Source: CNN China’s foreign ministry said Saturday it has lodged a complaint with the United States over a controversial phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s President that has overturned decades of diplomatic protocol. China views Taiwan as a renegade province and, since 1979, the US has acknowledged Beijing’s claim […]

Trump Breaks Protocol, Calls Taiwan

Source: The Daily Beast Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan on Friday, risking a diplomatic dispute with China prior to his inauguration. It is believed to be the first contact between a president-elect in the United States and the leader of Taiwan since diplomatic […]

Croatia Urged to Fine Tune Foreign Policy Goals

Source: Balkan Insight Croatia needs to precisely set its foreign policy goals and plan its international diplomatic initiatives more thoroughly, according to Dejan Jovic, a professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Political Sciences and chief analyst to former President Ivo Josipovic. Jovic commended Croatia for recently taking “a more active […]

Banned mosque construction, the use of a muezzin at prayer times and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab and the burkini.

Source: ET One of Hungary’s main Muslim organisations decried on Monday what it said were ‘xenophobic’ steps taken by an ultra-nationalist town mayor to preserve traditional Christian values and prevent immigration. Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, last week banned mosque construction, the use of a muezzin at prayer times and […]

Trump-Taiwan call breaks US policy stance

Source: BBC US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan – breaking with US policy set in 1979, when formal relations were cut. Mr Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” between the US and Taiwan in a […]