Peru fears Venezuela headed toward civil war-foreign minister

Peru fears Venezuela may be headed toward civil war as a political crisis deepens and its economy implodes under the rule of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Peru’s foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday. Speaking a day after summoning his counterparts from across the region to Lima to condemn the “rupture of democratic order” in Venezuela, Ricardo Luna said Maduro’s support at home and abroad had shrunk as he seeks to consolidate power through the constituent assembly, a powerful new body run by the ruling Socialist Party loyalists. Peru has been one of Venezuela’s harshest critics since centrist President Pedro … Continue reading Peru fears Venezuela headed toward civil war-foreign minister

Tillerson tightens the reins at U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month tightened his control over the State Department by taking back powers previously held by the top career foreign service officer, an action critics said would delay major decisions and marginalize career diplomats. The move retracted broad decision-making authority granted to the agency’s third-highest ranking official, the undersecretary for political affairs, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Most of those powers will be reserved instead for Tillerson and his deputy. Tillerson is broadly reviewing how authority is delegated, a State Department official said, which will “result in a streamlining of delegations, which … Continue reading Tillerson tightens the reins at U.S. State Department

Russia, EU bristle at proposed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, warn of action

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS – Russia warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, while the European Union said the move might affect its energy security and it stood ready to act too. The lower house of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Moscow on Tuesday and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers’ permission before easing any punitive measures on Russia. “This is rather sad news from the point of view of Russia-U.S. ties,” said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman. “We are talking about an … Continue reading Russia, EU bristle at proposed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, warn of action

Meridian Announces Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) Office in Beijing, China

CINCINNATI, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced the opening of Meridian Bioscience Beijing, LLC, its wholly foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) in Beijing, China. Meridian opened a representative office (RO) in Beijing in 2015, and now this office has been transitioned to a WFOE to better serve its Chinese customers. The office is located on Chang-An Avenue (close to Tiananmen Square and government offices) in the New China Life Insurance (NCI) Tower Center, in the heart of the central business district (CBD) of Beijing. Over the years, Meridian has established strategic relationships with the top … Continue reading Meridian Announces Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) Office in Beijing, China

50,000 Syrians and Iraqis Visit UN Migration Agency, Germany’s Family Assistance Progamme Offices in Last 12 Months

Iraq – Since July 2016, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has assisted in person over 50,000 vulnerable migrants with family reunifications in Germany through its Family Assistance Programme (FAP). The aim of FAP, which was initiated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, is to support family reunification applicants in Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon during the visa application process for Germany. At their offices, IOM helps them to correctly complete the forms and prepare their documents in order to reunite with close family members already granted asylum in Germany. The FAP project also works to dissuade refugee families from … Continue reading 50,000 Syrians and Iraqis Visit UN Migration Agency, Germany’s Family Assistance Progamme Offices in Last 12 Months

Presidential Revisionism

The New York Times published the flimsiest defense of Trump’s apparent emoluments violations yet. The Framers of the Constitution were deeply committed to preventing the corruption of their new republic. In fact, their anger over the corruption of the British monarchy and Parliament was a driving force behind the American Revolution. So the Framers built systemic safeguards to prevent American officials from falling prey to corruption. In recent months, one of those safeguards, the Emoluments Clause, has received a great deal of attention. This clause states that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under the United States, … Continue reading Presidential Revisionism

Party chief meets heads of VN’s foreign representative offices

VGP – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on July 12 in Ha Noi met the Ambassadors and Heads of Viet Nam’s foreign representative offices who begin their terms from now until 2020. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met the Ambassadors and Heads of Viet Nam’s foreign representative offices. At the meeting, the diplomats promised to make every effort to fulfill their assigned tasks and speed up the implementation of cooperation agreements Viet Nam signed, thereby boosting friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and other countries and partners. They pledged to make outstanding performance in protecting overseas Vietnamese, national … Continue reading Party chief meets heads of VN’s foreign representative offices

Israel vs. boycott movement: From defense to offense

One of Israel’s most important and difficult battles is being waged from the 29th floor of a Ramat Gan tower. With a biennial budget of NIS 250 million, Ministry of Strategic Affairs now stands at forefront of the war on delegitimization, adopting methods from the fields of intelligence and technology. At first sight, it looks like a startup company’s office. But it is from this place, on the 29th floor of Ramat Gan’s Champion Tower, that the State of Israel is waging one of its most important and difficult battles: The war on delegitimization and on the boycott movement. Brigadier-General … Continue reading Israel vs. boycott movement: From defense to offense

China says the U.S. has apologized for name gaffe

China said Monday that the U.S. has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and that the U.S. said it was a technical error and corrected it. In a statement issued Saturday about a meeting in Germany between Xi and President Trump, the White House press office described Xi as president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan. Communist China, led by Xi, is called the People’s Republic of China. The issue is particularly … Continue reading China says the U.S. has apologized for name gaffe

Trump Admin. Lobbied Lawmakers to Weaken Russia Sanctions

Trump officials met with key leadership and committee staff to push their case against a Senate bill that could weaken the president’s role in sanction enforcement. Trump administration officials huddled privately on Capitol Hill last week as part of a bid to weaken legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia and Iran, The Daily Beast has learned. A top Treasury Department official met with House leadership staffers and committee aides last Thursday to discuss changing a key component of the Senate bill which was sent to the House for approval after a procedural violation stalled it for weeks, two … Continue reading Trump Admin. Lobbied Lawmakers to Weaken Russia Sanctions