Mounting claims of civilian deaths after U.S. targets al-Qaeda in Syria – The Washington Post

BEIRUT — U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles and dropped a 500-pound bomb outside Aleppo on Thursday in an attack that the Pentagon said killed scores of al-Qaeda militants but that local residents described as an assault on a mosque crowded with civilians. U.S. officials said the strikes in the town of Jinah had killed “dozens” […]

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program – The New York Times

Tillerson: ‘The Policy of Strategic Patience Has Ended’ Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, in a visit to South Korea, said if North Korea increased “the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level, the Trump administration would consider action. “The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Mr. Tillerson said. By REUTERS. Photo by […]

U.N. Official: ‘World Faces Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945’ : The Two-Way : NPR

END CLASS=”STORYTITLE” END CLASS=”STORY-TOOLS” END ID=”STORY-META” CLASS=”STORY-META HAS-BYLINE” Acutely malnourished child Sacdiyo Mohamed, 9 months old, is treated at Banadir hospital in Somalia on Saturday. Somalia’s government has declared the drought there a national disaster. Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP The world is facing its greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945, says the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, Stephen […]

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Is Denounced by 134 Foreign Policy Experts – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — More than 130 members of America’s foreign policy establishment denounced President Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday as just as damaging to the United States’ interests and reputation as his original order that halted refugees and froze travelers from predominantly Muslim countries. In a letter to Mr. Trump, the former government officials and […]

For the first time in my life, the prospect of a united Ireland is not only credible but inevitable | The Independent

In order for the UK to enact its post-Brexit immigration policies and leave the single market, it must be able to control its borders. It is impossible to overstate the horror with which such a wall between the north and south would be greeted scald=4585456:article_responsive_images [if IE 9]>< ![endif][if IE 9]>< ![endif] END scald=4585456 St Patrick’s Day celebrations: […]

Rex Tillerson skips State Department’s annual announcement on human rights, alarming advocates – The Washington Post

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core American value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the State Department’s annual human rights report, released Friday. In a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, Tillerson’s remarks were […]

Trump Has No Foreign Policy – POLITICO Magazine

Whenever a new American president takes office, or even well beforehand, analysts and academics rush to discern their foreign policy “doctrine”—a grand theory that connects what might otherwise appear to be a Pollock-like splattering of dots. The Bush doctrine, for instance, was supposedly about the rejection of multilateral constraints on American power, or maybe it […]