US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, condemns latter’s bias against Israel

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley. (File |AP)

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WASHINGTON: The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Both insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect Trump’s general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general. Continue reading “US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, condemns latter’s bias against Israel”

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Remarks by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
June 2, 2018

Allow me first to thank very warmly Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his splendid keynote opening address last night, which was a joy to listen to, and I think his text deserves a full reading. And I’m quite certain by now it’s on the IISS website, possibly even on your telephone apps, and I think it’s something that should not just be heard, but also studied in slower time.

Let me thank also, of course, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for graciously hosting our dinner last night, Deputy Prime Minister Teo, Minister Ong, foreign minister and other hosts of the government of Singapore for insuring that yesterday’s dinner was such an excellent celebration of the spirit of the Shangri-La Dialogue and all that it represents.

This morning’s proceedings in plenary are on the record. The prepared remarks of each of the speakers are on the record. The answers to questions are on the record. I’d also like to underscore the questions themselves that are on the record. So, as you pose your questions, think, also, of your own reputations, as you make those brief remarks.

I will ask, when we do come to questions and comment that, you take no more than about 90 seconds in making that comment or question and perhaps, if you have something particularly profound to say, stretch to a maximum of two minutes. If I sense a speech coming on or serious momentum or building to a crescendo, I might, with the powers available to me here, turn off your microphone, so do exercise discipline.

I will be doing so, only in the democratic interest of insuring that as many of you as possible are able to join the conversation, as we say.

If you do want to make a brief comment or ask a question from the floor and we do want to engage as many people as possible, you need to do three things. First, you take your name badge and tap it on the left side of the microphone unit. And the second thing you do is touch the screen, either the left or right, depending on where you’re sitting in respect to the microphone, and then press the silver button on either the left or the side — or the right side. And when you do that, you will be joining the queue.

The microphone unit will turn green. That does not mean your microphone is on. So if you whisper something to your neighbor, you can be confident that not everybody in the hall will hear it. I will turn on your microphone when I call you, but it is important to put your name badge on the microphone. Press the green button. Press the silver button. Do those three things. You’re in the queue. There could often be 10 or 12, 15 people in the queue, and then I’ll shall call people as — as I can.

Our first plenary is on U.S. leadership and the challenges of Indo-Pacific security, and we’re delighted, of course, for the second year running to have the Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis address us in this opening plenary. Continue reading “Remarks by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue”

Mattis takes hard line on China in Singapore speech

US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific and declared that the United States does not plan to abandon its role in the region during a speech Saturday in Singapore.
Friday, June 1st 2018, 9:17 pm EDT

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Friday, June 1st 2018, 10:22 pm EDT
By Joshua Berlinger CNN

SINGAPORE (CNN) — US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific and declared that the United States does not plan to abandon its role in the region during a speech Saturday in Singapore.

“Make no mistake: America is in the Indo-Pacific to stay. This is our priority theater,” Mattis said. Continue reading “Mattis takes hard line on China in Singapore speech”

Rev. James Swarts: Remarks at Spring Action 2018

Rev. James Swarts, President of the Rochester chapter of Veterans For Peace, was a member of the VFP tour group which traveled Viet Nam for 18 days recently, with stops in Ha Noi, the former DMZ and Khe Sanh, Da Nang, My Lai (on the 50th anniversary of the massacre there), and Sai Gon.

Statements by Pres. Donald Trump and U.S. government (and British and French) officials to justify American military actions in Syria are painful reminders not only of lies we were told about Viet Nam a half century ago. We heard echoes of those same lies regarding Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and many other places in the world that are now much worse off after our military actions — actions that were illegal, no matter how we try to parse the meanings of the documents and international agreements that we signed. Continue reading “Rev. James Swarts: Remarks at Spring Action 2018”

U.S. seeks to deport thousands of Vietnamese protected by treaty: former ambassador

April 12, 2018 / 2:28 AM / Updated 11 hours ago

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) – The United States is seeking to send thousands of immigrants from Vietnam back to the communist-ruled country despite a bilateral agreement that should protect most from deportation, according to Washington’s former ambassador to Hanoi.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, speaks during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam November 2, 2017. Picture taken November 2,2017. REUTERS/Kham

A “small number” of people protected by the agreement have already been sent back, the former ambassador, Ted Osius, told Reuters in an interview.

Osius said that many of the targeted immigrants were supporters of the now defunct U.S.-backed state of South Vietnam, and Hanoi would see them as destabilizing elements. Continue reading “U.S. seeks to deport thousands of Vietnamese protected by treaty: former ambassador”

Donald Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comments Are Racist, United Nations Says Amid Global Backlash

 The United Nations has condemned President Donald Trump’s “racist” description of African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries,” amid global outrage over the vulgar comments.

In a discussion with lawmakers on immigration, Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries.”

The United Nations human rights office on Friday rejected his words as “racist” and inciting xenophobia.

“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but ‘racist,'” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments. Continue reading “Donald Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comments Are Racist, United Nations Says Amid Global Backlash”

Arab League to Lobby UN to Recognize Palestinian State

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Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R), and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit speak during their joint news conference in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 6, 2018.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R), and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit speak during their joint news conference in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 6, 2018.

Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

Six Arab foreign ministers met in Amman on Saturday to follow up on earlier decisions taken by the Arab League to counter U.S. President Donald Trump’s move in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a decision that overturned decades of U.S. policy on the Middle East. Continue reading “Arab League to Lobby UN to Recognize Palestinian State”

Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is ‘fabricated’

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran rejected as unfounded a U.S. accusation on Thursday that it supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen on Nov. 4, describing weaponry displayed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as “fabricated.”

Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the accusation by the United States was “irresponsible, provocative and destructive.”

“These accusations seek also to cover up for the Saudi war crimes in Yemen, with the U.S. complicity, and divert international and regional attention from the stalemate war of aggression against the Yemenis,” the statement said.

(Reporting by Michelle NicholsEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)

UN Security Council to meet Friday to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem move

US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration

Update: December, 04/2017 – 11:40

In September 2016 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure access to education and jobs. — AFP/VNA Photo
Viet Nam News UNITED NATIONS — The United States has withdrawn from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it “inconsistent” with its policies.

“The US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the US said in its statement on Saturday. Continue reading “US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration”

Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order

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Beijing is determined to shape a global order in which its interests are respected because of its disproportionate power relative to its neighbours, says James R Keith.

 
What will a new global order look like, from China’s perspective? (Photo: AFP/Karim Jaafar)

WASHINGTON: The essential question of leadership in Asia comes into focus as we reflect on China’s ambitious aspirations enunciated at the 19th Communist Party Congress and on the heels of President Donald Trump’s long trek through Asia this month. Continue reading “Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order”

North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un’s Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Chemical War

Newsweek, Pentagon Report By Tom Porter On 11/5/17 at 8:29 AM

North Korea is prepared to use its stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons if war broke out with the U.S. and its allies, according to a letter Pentagon chiefs sent to lawmakers.

The letter, written by Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, the vice director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, details how a conflict between North Korea and the U.S. could play out. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the “‘best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'” should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the U.S. would have of a North Korean attack. Continue reading “North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un’s Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Chemical War”

US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula

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Handout photo of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer takes-off to fly a bilateral mission with Japanese and South Korea Air Force jets in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan from Anderson AFB in Guam

WASHINGTON: US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday (Nov 2) as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North.

Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out its sixth nuclear blast. Continue reading “US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula”

Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer

By New York Times

President Trump in Dallas last month. He leaves on Friday for an 11-day, five-nation trip through Asia. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump departs on his first trip to Asia on Friday weakened and scandal-scarred, ready to face off against newly empowered Chinese and Japanese leaders in a region increasingly determined to set its course without American direction.

The White House is framing the trip as a chance for Mr. Trump to showcase his budding personal relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan — a forceful world leader pressing his peers to negotiate fairer trade deals with the United States and to intensify the pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea.

Continue reading “Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer”

U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum

Oct. 27, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum
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Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono gives a speech at Columbia University in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky Reuters

By David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants a meeting soon aimed at reviving a four-way dialogue between itself, Japan, India and Australia to deepen security cooperation and coordinate alternatives for regional infrastructure financing to that offered by China, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

The so-called “Quad” to discuss and cooperate on security emerged briefly as an initiative a decade ago – much to the annoyance of China, which saw as an attempt by regional democracies to contain its advances. Continue reading “U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum”