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Pompeo blasted by ex-State Department adviser for running a ‘grift’ out of his office 23.5.2020 Raw Story
On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former State Department adviser Nayyera Haq excoriated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his apparent use of his office for personal gain, including the “Madison Dinners” in which he lavishly entertained businessmen on the taxpayer’s dime. “NBC News has a report on whether Mr. Linick was investigating these […]
Amanpour Mocks Trump's 'America First' as 'First' in Corona-Deaths and Infections 21.5.2020 NewsBusters
On Tuesday's Amanpour & Co. on PBS and CNN International, host Christiane Amanpour's hyperbole button was on as she essentially mocked President Donald Trump's "America First" policy by touting misleading claims that America is "first" in coronavirus infections and deaths, and also highlighted quotes calling the U.S. a "collapsing republic" and likening it to a "Third World ...
Democrats launch probe into Trump’s ouster of State Department watchdog 17.5.2020 Raw Story
Congressional Democrats on Saturday launched a probe into President Donald Trump’s “politically-motivated” dismissal of a government watchdog believed to have been investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The announcement came after Trump told House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Friday that he planned to dismiss State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. It was Trump’s […]
CNN Hacks Dismiss Unmasking as ‘Contrived Scandal,’ ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Shameful,’ Politics 14.5.2020 NewsBusters
On Wednesday’s Situation Room, a cast of CNN charlatans engaged in shameless gaslighting viewers on the unmasking list in the Michael Flynn case, insisting that not only were “all of the rules….followed” and Flynn’s “name was protected” (not true), but the list’s declassification was “disgraceful,” “shameful,” and “100 percent politics.” Predictably, the panel never explained why individuals like an Energy Department official, Treasury staffers, and the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino ...
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“Obamagate” Is Trump’s Latest Lie to Smear Joe Biden 14.5.2020 Mother Jones
The Trump White House has released a list of officials in President Barack Obama’s administration who “may have received” access to National Security Agency reports from electronic surveillance in which Michael Flynn, who later became Trump’s national security adviser, was identified by name. NSA electronic surveillance of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had picked up secret […]
Pompeo makes quick trip to Israel to strategize over Iran, Palestinians and China 13.5.2020 LA Times: Nation

Secretary of State's visit to Israel for strategy meetings is also seen as an endorsement of Israel's plan to annex a large part of the West Bank.

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Column: The U.S. and China are sliding into a Cold War nobody needs 6.5.2020 LA Times: Nation

The coronavirus is pitching the U.S. and China into a new Cold War -- a confrontation over ideology as well as trade and security. It's happening partly because President Trump needs an issue to run on -- and it's dangerous

Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Schtick: Trump’s Most Outrageous Ambassadors 20.4.2020 Mother Jones
When Gordon Sondland took his turn in the impeachment spotlight back in November 2019, the hotelier turned US ambassador to the European Union became the poster boy for President Donald Trump’s corps of deep-pocketed, politically connected diplomats. But the now-former ambassador was hardly the only envoy with a fat wallet and a skimpy resume. Jeffrey […]
From virtual conferencing to real leadership 16.3.2020 Hindu: Policy & Issues
New Delhi has a chance to step up the SAARC video conference — as its assertive expression to stabilise the region
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Just when it's needed most, global diplomacy becomes the latest casualty of coronavirus outbreak 13.3.2020 LA Times: Nation

With his "America first" approach to foreign policy, Trump and his team may find themselves ill-equipped for global coordination in the fast-growing crisis.

Rudy Giuliani Has Emerged as Trump’s Shadow Secretary of State 5.3.2020
Giuliani has had a hand in U.S. foreign policy and politics from Iran to Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and ...
Trump’s Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace 4.3.2020
Trump’s own former national security aides say he is “far less interested in an actual Afghan ...
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What does UNHCR intervention on CAA mean? 4.3.2020 Rediff: News
'It may serve the interests of the rule of law if the Supreme Court were to appoint the UNHCR as amicus curiae in the CAA case,' notes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
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US-India ties: One step forward, two steps back 2.3.2020 Rediff: News
Trump's visit symbolised heightened partisanship and a return to chemistry between leaders defining bilateral ties, notes Kashish Parpiani.
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MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts Trump scheme for keeping unqualified ‘lackey’ as intel chief 2.3.2020 Raw Story
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough busted President Donald Trump for nominating an already-rejected candidate for the top intelligence job as a ploy for keeping another unqualified nominee in place. The president has tapped Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be the permanent director of national intelligence, after raising alarm by tapping German ambassador Richard Grenell for the job […]
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Post-Brexit talks: France warns UK against 'artificial deadlines' 28.2.2020 BBC: Front Page
France's Europe minister says the focus must be on substance, as details and timings of the talks emerge.
Key Senator Says Richard Grenell “May Have Misled Congress” 27.2.2020 Mother Jones
Following a 2017 Senate hearing on Richard Grenell’s nomination to be ambassador to Germany, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), submitted some quite specific written questions to the nominee. “I understand that you have written many articles and op-eds over the past eight years on foreign policy issues, including with respect to Moldova,” Cardin wrote. “Did you […]
Trump’s NSC is ignoring intelligence reports and basing policy on handouts of Trump’s tweets: report 22.2.2020 Raw Story
According to a report from the New York Times, members of the National Security Council under Donald Trump no longer uses their extensive knowledge of international relations, politics, and history to formulate foreign policy security proposals for the president’s review — and are instead using the president’s tweets to make policy based upon his desires […]
Angered by more Russia revelations, Trump appoints unqualified hack to lead purge of intelligence agencies 22.2.2020 Raw Story
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has had a long career in politics, and I’m sure she has many accomplishments that she’s proud of. But I’m afraid she’s going to be remembered for one thing and one thing only: Her declaration that President Trump had “learned his lesson” after his impeachment trial in the Senate. That would have been […]
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An almost ‘toxic situation’: New deputy secretary of state tasked with putting down revolt against Pompeo 21.2.2020 Raw Story
According to a report from the New York Times, a career diplomat was installed as a deputy secretary of state in December with the specific task of calming the waters in the State Department, which has been in an uproar since Donald Trump appointed the abrasive Mike Pompeo as its head. The report points out […]
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