America turns its back on the Palestinian leadership

FORTY years ago the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) took a first step to representation in Washington, DC. President Jimmy Carter allowed it to open a three-person “information office” in 1978, though it was then considered a terrorist group. It was a move towards an American-brokered peace process meant to lead to a two-state solution.

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South Africa:Land Redistribution in South Africa, Trump’s Tweet, and U.S.-Africa Policy

[Brookings] Washington, DC -United States President Donald Trump’s incendiary August 22 tweet, contending that white farmers are being killed on a “large scale” in South Africa and that farms and other lands are being expropriated, has become part of his well-known toolkit for boosting appeal among his political base while sowing racial discord at home and abroad.

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Somalia:Govt Hires US Lobbyists to Help Get More Aid

[Shabelle] The government of Somalia is paying a US lobbying firm Sh40 million ($400,000) through the end of this year to help it gain renewed funding for the country’s army and to lift the Trump administration’s ban on Somalis’ travel to the US.

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Eager to please America, the Gulf states want a role in Afghanistan

NEXT month the American war in Afghanistan will pass a surreal milestone. The army will begin recruiting soldiers who were not yet alive during the attacks of September 11th that led to the invasion. For most Americans, the conflict is all but forgotten.

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