US Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement

President Joe Biden has taken the United States back into the Paris Agreement on Wednesday 20 January, the day of his inauguration. Friends of Earth International, U.S., and Europe released the following statements in response: Karen Orenstein, Climate and Energy Program Director for Friends of the Earth U.S., said: “Rejoining the Paris Agreement was the…

Ugandan Election Worries

The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multiparty national elections on 14 January despite an environment of intimidation and fear. The US State Department expressed concern about the credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls. They have urged independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into…

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Actors

Michael R. Pompeo, US Secretary of State has issued a press communiqué accusing the Chinese Communist Party of malign activity at home and abroad that harms U.S. interests and undermines the sovereignty of US allies and partners. He states that the United States will use all countermeasures available, including actions to prevent People’s Republic of…

Pacta Sunt Servanda

A reply to a comment made by the Russian ambassador to Austria on the Ukraine conflict, written by Olexander Scherba, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria. There is naive hypocrisy, outrageous hypocrisy – and hypocrisy beyond comprehension. For example the hypocrisy of a state that has promised to respect your borders, then takes your country away…

Fighting Chinese Propaganda

The US State Department continues to clamp down on propaganda from the totalitarian government of China. The Department of State has terminated five programmes, disguised as “cultural exchanges,” with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These programmes include the Policymakers Educational China Trip Programme, the U.S.-China Friendship Programme, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Programme, the U.S.-China…

Inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue

The Office of the State Department of the USA issued the following press statement. “The close relationship between the United States and Taiwan is rooted in our commitment to the defense of freedom and the promotion of democratic values. Our partnership is built on economic investment and shared people-to-people ties, and we share a vision…

How will the US and the EU deal with China?

Joe Biden in the White House would remove the threat of a US-EU trade war from the table, and open up new areas for co-operation. But the US and EU would still disagree on many issues, particularly how best to deal with China, writes Sam Lowe. The EU’s trade relationship with the US has suffered…

Nuclear Arms Race

A new report has found nuclear-armed states spent a record $73 billion on nuclear weapons in 2019, a $14 billion increase from 2018 expenditures. The United States, the center of the global coronavirus pandemic, accounted for nearly half of that spending. As the economies of the US, China, France, and Russia all contract, their nuclear spending is…

US Ambassador Sondland “refreshes his recollection”

Gordon Sondland, US President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, reversed himself in new testimony to House impeachment investigators, saying he does believe Ukraine military aid was contingent upon the launch of politically motivated probes. In his revised statement, Sondland said he now remembers telling a top Ukrainian official on Sept. 1 that hundreds…

Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

Gorbachev and Reagan

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…