Germany’s coal-fired Datteln power plant sparks fresh protests

The petition called on Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin to quickly decommission the plant, which only went online in May. BUND’s Antje von Broock describing Datteln as “superfluous,” given Germany and Finland’s policies on climate warming.  

Chinese envoy asks U.S. to change course over Iran nuclear issue

China will continue to work with the international community to jointly uphold the Iran nuclear deal and Security Council Resolution 2231, and it will always be on the side of international fairness and justice, world peace and stability, and multilateralism, and work hard for the political settlement of the Iran nuclear issue, he said.

UAE-Israel Deal: How Breakthrough Agreement Could Help Keep Netanyahu in Power

“Israel and the Gulf states have to say a big ‘thank you’ to Iran because it was the fear of the Islamic republic [particularly their nuclear program] that made this agreement possible,” said Shoval. Rabbi Marc Schneier, the President of the Foundation of Ethnic Understanding and the man, who has been advising various Gulf leaders, […]

Czech political party criticizes Pompeo’s visit to Prague

“We consider the unprecedented pressure of Pompeo for the Czech Republic to exclude Chinese and Russian companies from all key infrastructure projects as outrageous interference in internal affairs and also as a violation of Czech and European law. The argument that one has to pay extra for security again smells of hidden blackmail,” said the […]

South Korea’s Moon says always ready to talk with Japan over history disputes

In a move widely seen as retaliation for the ruling, Japan last year said it would stop preferential treatment for shipments to South Korea of some key high-tech materials whose production it dominates and which are used by firms such as Samsung Electronics Co.

Medical groups call climate change a ‘health emergency’ ahead of Democratic debate

The groups are also pushing for some form of carbon pricing, although without any reference to potential taxation of emissions, and “a plan and timeline for reduction of fossil fuel extraction in the U.S.” However, they do not join some Democratic candidates in calling for an outright ban on the oil and gas extraction technique known as […]

Grizzly Creek fire update: Wildfire near Glenwood Springs grows to 4,624 acres

Wildfire map Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire […]

Gaps in the casting of India’s foreign policy

Dealing with ChinaThe most recent example of a relationship clouded by fairy tales is the one with China. With all the investments made by the Prime Minister and our large galaxy of China experts, we had no inkling of the Chinese perfidy as we had romanticised the ‘Wuhan Spirit’ and the ‘Chennai Connect’ in Mamallapuram, […]

U.S. Navy Calls Iran War Games Targeting Fake Aircraft Carrier an Attempt ‘to Intimidate, Coerce’

“We are aware of the Iranian exercise involving attacking a mock-up of a vessel similar to a motionless aircraft carrier,” Fifth Fleet spokesperson Navy Commander Rebecca Rebarich said in a statement sent to Newsweek. “The U.S. Navy conducts defensive exercises with our partners promoting maritime security in support of freedom of navigation; whereas, Iran conducts […]

Iran’s Zarif Says Bolton Book Shows U.S. Plot to Collapse Regime

The two sides have flirted with open conflict over the past year. After a series of sabotage attacks on commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf attributed to Iran, Iran shot down a U.S. drone over the waterway in June 2019. Trump said he ordered an airstrike on Iranian positions in retaliation but called it off […]