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Syria: bottom line questions

Graham E. Fuller — The Trump administration has just delivered several dozen military strikes against Syria purportedly aimed at chemical production and storage facilities. It was an act the international community feared might lead to overt war in Syria between the US, Iran and Russia, but it came off a bit …

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IMF boss urges ‘rainy day fund’ for Eurozone

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Monday that Eurozone countries should set up a “rainy day fund” that could cushion members when they hit economic hard times. “For a relatively modest cost … a central fiscal capacity could reduce the negative effects on output by more than 50 …

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Former Brexit volunteer alleges campaign ‘cheated’

An individual who volunteered for a Brexit campaign effort said the organization broke the law, and in turn, is arguing the referendum vote “wasn’t legitimate,” according to the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News. Shahmir Sanni told Channel 4 that the organization “Vote Leave” coordinated spending over the legal limit, using …

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Cambridge Analytica misled MPs, says ex-director

Cambridge Analytica conducted data research for one of the leading Brexit campaign groups — and then misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken, according to a former employee who has spoken to the Guardian. In an exclusive interview, Brittany Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica’s business development director …

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EU readies tax on US tech titans

The European Union will next week unveil plans for a digital tax on US tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google as transatlantic tensions flare over prospects of a trade war. The move is aimed at recovering billions from multinationals that divert European earnings to low-tax countries, and opens a …

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Lagarde warns trade wars are seldom ever won

No one emerges victorious from a trade war, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, warning that the economic impact of US import tariffs would be serious if other countries respond with their own barriers. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump reiterated his plan to slap big tariffs …

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Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Britain would be able to have a bespoke deal with the European Union after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s objectives. But in an interview with the BBC, Macron said London’s financial center could not enjoy the same level of access to …

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EU still open to Britain changing mind on Brexit

Leaders of the European Union institutions weighed into a new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May and her main opponent Jeremy Corbyn have ruled out giving voters …

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Iran—On the Brink?

by Graham E. Fuller* — With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints—North …

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Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence

Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers have presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement. Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticized Madrid’s handling of the crisis with its northern region but refrained …

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Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

Venezuela’s opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in a weekend regional election, potentially rekindling protests and fresh foreign sanctions on the oil-rich country’s moribund economy. Venezuela’s pro-government electoral board said President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus six for the opposition, in …

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Britain seeks ‘special’ EU ties as Brexit talks start

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels on Monday to launch talks he hoped would produce a “new, deep and special partnership” with the EU in the interest of Britons and all Europeans. Beaming as he met the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU executive’s Berlaymont headquarters, …

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Globalization: Made in the USA

By Gary A. Grappo — First published in Fair Observer — Visiting Senior Scholar at Center for Global & Area Studies, University of Wyoming Globalization has become bad word of late. It has been the punch line for the “Leave” supporters of Brexit, a campaign platform—if indeed he has such …

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NATO versus the EU?

by Graham E. Fuller* — The NATO summit is over. Most Americans unfailingly believe NATO generously serves EU interests. Yet many Europeans don’t see it that way. They fear that NATO actually undermines a balanced Europe. Is it NATO with the EU? Or NATO versus the EU? The two organizations …

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Expect More Violence in the Post-Brexit UK

By Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz* — Well, that really was a close one. On June 23, over 51 percent of voting citizens shockingly opted for the U.K. to leave the EU. They effectively voted against the status quo, the “entire political class” and globalization. But what’s next for the country, …

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Brexit- Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller — What an irony that Great Britain should be the one country in the world to deliver what could be the coup de grâce to the modern European order and to a meaningful Atlantic relationship. It is incredible that the population of …

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Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

By Bill Schneider for Reuters — Thanks to Donald Trump, Americans now know what a populist foreign policy looks like: “Not isolationist, but America First.” That’s how the Republican presidential front-runner defined his views to an interviewer last week. “I like the expression,” Trump said, implying that he had never …

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