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Peter Apps

Commentary: Khashoggi case shows America's collapsing Mideast clout

17 Oct 2018

When it comes to defining America’s quandary on Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump’s description is mercenary in the extreme. If Washington doesn’t stay close to Riyadh and sell it arms, he told reporters in the Oval Office this weekend, the Saudis will turn to Moscow or Beijing instead. Given that, he seemed to be suggesting, the United States should just keep its plans for a $110 billion arms deal and the 450,000 jobs he says it would bring.

Commentary: The brutal new world of espionage and repression

12 Oct 2018

From unconvincing alibis on visiting cathedrals to highly public revelations of their personal details, a new generation of Russian and other assassins and spies are being publicly identified – and often ridiculed – in ever-growing numbers. But there is nothing funny about their antics, nor the way in which a growing number of states appear not to care if they or their agents are exposed. The world’s increasingly repressive dictatorships – not just Russia, but China, Saudi Arabia and others – are tightening their grip at home and overseas, and espionage and murder have become more central than ever to the playbook.

Commentary: Britain’s Brexit process approaches roller coaster endgame

03 Oct 2018

If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR.

Commentary: An imperfect UN is still the world’s best hope

26 Sep 2018

Four years after World War Two, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was asked to reflect on what would have prevented the conflict. The greatest mistake after World War One, he said, was not to properly resource the League of Nations, the international forum of countries created in 1919. Doing so “would have saved us all.”

COLUMN-Commentary: Covering the world, paralyzed from the shoulders down

06 Sep 2018

Sept 6 Twelve years ago this week, I woke up in a wrecked vehicle on a front-line road in eastern Sri Lanka. My neck was broken, I was paralyzed from the shoulders down and it took a matter of seconds to conclude my life was probably over.

Commentary: Covering the world, paralyzed from the shoulders down

06 Sep 2018

Twelve years ago this week, I woke up in a wrecked vehicle on a front line road in eastern Sri Lanka. My neck was broken, I was paralyzed from the shoulders down and it took a matter of seconds to conclude my life was probably over. | Video

Commentary: Why China and Russia are obsessed with vast new war games

30 Aug 2018

As the West obsesses over Donald Trump’s legal and political challenges, Brexit and a host of other domestic crises, Chinese troops will join their Russian counterparts for Moscow’s largest military exercises in more than three decades.

COLUMN-Why China and Russia are obsessed with vast new war games

29 Aug 2018

Aug 29 As the West obsesses over Donald Trump’s legal and political challenges, Brexit and a host of other domestic crises, Chinese troops will join their Russian counterparts for Moscow’s largest military exercises in more than three decades.

コラム:側近の窮地はトランプ氏を追い詰めるか

23 Aug 2018

[ロイター 21日] - トランプ陣営の元選対本部長が、起訴された18の罪のうち8つについて有罪評決を受けたことと、大統領の元個人弁護士が選挙法違反を認めたことは、2016年の米大統領選へのロシア介入疑惑を巡るモラー特別検察官の捜査が、いかに複雑なものかを示している。 | Video

Commentary: The messy meaning of the Manafort and Cohen cases

22 Aug 2018

The mixed verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, along with the guilty plea on campaign finance violations by the U.S. president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a sign of just how messy – and perhaps inconclusive – Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be. But Tuesday’s events also point to broader destabilization in U.S. politics.

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