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European Allies Want Used F-16s, But Are There Enough To Go Around?

American allies across Europe want used F-16 fighter jets, but there might not be enough planes to go around, U.S. Air Force officials say. First produced in 1974 by General Dynamics and built since 1993 by Lockheed and its successor Lockheed Martin, the F-16 is attractive to some NATO allies that are increasing or planning to increase defense spending and weapons purchases in the wake of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Read Here – Defense One

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What Happens When Putin Goes — And Will He Ever?

Vladimir Putin has been such a dominant figure in international relations since coming to power in 1999 that it’s hard to imagine a world without him. Moreover, Russia is so large — spanning 11 time zones — and so diverse in ethnic and socioeconomic terms, that’s it’s equally difficult to foresee Russian reaction to the absence of someone who has really functioned much like the czars of old. But nothing is eternal, not even in Mother Russia, so sooner or later, things will change.

Read Here – Ozy

This Is The Real Story Behind The Economic Crisis Unfolding In Qatar

The Qatar crisis proves two things: the continued infantilisation of the Arab states, and the total collapse of the Sunni Muslim unity supposedly created by Donald Trump’s preposterous attendance at the Saudi summit two weeks ago.

Read Here – Independent

Duration of Diplomatic Dispute is Key to Qatar Impact

Making the Middle East Worse, Trump-Style

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on their official. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Behind the bluster, bombast, tweetstorms, and general atmosphere of comic opera, is the Trump administration reverting to the successful Middle East grand strategy that both Democratic and Republican presidents followed during the Cold War?

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Xi Says China, India Should Focus On Cooperation

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph of the SCO Member States’ at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 09, 2017.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling for closer cooperation between the two countries. Faced with profound and complex changes of the international situation, China and India, as the world’s two largest developing countries, should pay more attention to cooperation and go ahead with each other as partners, so as to instil more momentum into each other’s development and contribute to world peace, stability and common development, said the Chinese president.

Read Here – Xinhua

In Trump’s White House, Everything’s Coming In ‘Two Weeks’

President Donald Trump has a plan. It’ll be ready in two weeks. From overhauling the tax code to releasing an infrastructure package to making decisions on Nafta and the Paris climate agreement, Trump has a common refrain: A big announcement is coming in just “two weeks.” It rarely does.

Read Here – Bloomberg

How The Muslim World Was Invented

The notion of a “Muslim world” is not a result of Islamic “theological requirements or a uniquely high level of Muslim piety,” Aydin writes. It is a product of the West’s historical “imperial racialisation of Muslimness,” on the one hand, and of “Muslim resistance to this racialised identity,” on the other. This process of exchange, concentrated in the 19th and 20th centuries, made meaningful the idea of a Muslim world for those beyond and within it.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Crisis In The Gulf: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain Cut Ties To Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain say they are severing diplomatic relations with Qatar. The Saudi kingdom said it was cutting ties to its neighbour and has pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ Vision Is A Desert Mirage

Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia. Photo Courtesy: White House

Trump was seemingly determined during his recently concluded visit to bring new vigour to the dragging war on jihadism and the West’s unsettling relationship with Iran by offering a different tact: Unite with Washington behind a common mission to eradicate a barbaric strand of Islamist extremism and, in return, Uncle Sam will mind his own business when it comes to the region’s domestic affairs.

Read Here – Stratfor

This Is Where Intolerance Is Highest On Religion, Culture, Race

At a time when media headlines point to a spike in global intolerance, here’s some good news: most people around the world don’t say they believe any single race, religion or culture is better than another.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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