© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskyEquipment in Syria’s Douma Chemical Lab Made in EU, N America - Russian MoDOn July 6, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) said in a report that the investigators found no traces of nerve agents in the environmental samples or samples collected from alleged casualties of April's reported chemical weapons attack in Douma. At the same time, OPCW experts said they had found traces of organic substances containing chlorine, along with explosive residues. The FFM pledged to continue its work to draw final conclusions. The OPCW has been probing the allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Douma that emerged in early April. Without waiting for the probe's results, the United States, backed by France and the United Kingdom, promptly fired over 100 missiles on what they called the Syrian government’s chemical weapons sites, accusing Damascus … [Read more...] about Russian Envoy: OPCW Report Failed to Clarify Delayed Inspection in Syria’s Douma
Wellings noted that the potential obstacles to trade relations between the two countries did not confine just to the US sanctions. READ MORE: 'The EU and US are Playing Good Cop/Bad Cop With Iran'- Analyst Earlier in July, US President Donald Trump stated that Washington intends to go ahead with the policy of sanctioning non-US companies which are doing business with Iran. Shortly afterwards, the US Treasury said that the licenses for Boeing and Airbus to sell planes to Iran would be revoked. In May, the United States also imposed sanctions on four Turkish entities for helping the sanctioned Iranian airlines in acquiring equipment and parts. © Sputnik / Alexey VitvitskyEU Firms Ask US to Let Them Trade With Iran, Get Shot Down – French Fin. MinisterIn response, Iran filed a lawsuit against the US in the International Court of Justice over the re-imposition of US … [Read more...] about UK to Continue Doing Business With Iran Despite Challenges
Politicians and refugee organisations have criticised Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok for claiming there are no peaceful multi-cultural societies. Blok, a member of the liberal VVD, the largest party in the Netherlands, also said that Suriname has become a failed state because of its ethnic divide. The minister made the comments during a private event last week, where he met with Dutch citizens working for international organisations. Footage of the speech was obtained by Zembla, a TV programme focused on investigative journalism. "Give me an example, of a multi-ethnic or multi-cultural society, where the original population are still living as well. [...] And where there are peaceful community relations. I'm not aware of any," Blok said during the event. After an audience members mentioned Suriname, a former Dutch colony, Blok disagreed vehemently. "Suriname peaceful? A functioning rule of law and democracy? Courageous, this remark. So the parties in Suriname … [Read more...] about Dutch FM under fire after making discriminatory remarks
The British media watchdog Spinwatch says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) spent millions of dollars to influence political decision making. It also says the Emiratis pressured journalists and think tanks - all aimed at influencing the British government against the Muslim Brotherhood. Spinwatch says it has leaked emails showing how the Emiratis were involved in what's described as "clandestine" lobbying tactics in both Britain and the United States. And it highlights the UAE's campaign against Qatar and the 2022 World Cup. The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar 13 months ago - and imposed an economc blockade. What's the impact of lobbying on decision making by the British government? And does it affect democracy? Presenter: Laura Kyle Guests: David Miller - founder, Spinwatch Afzal Ashraf - visiting fellow, Nottingham University Kevin Craig - chief executive, Political Lobbying and Media RelationsSource: Al Jazeera News … [Read more...] about What are the limits of foreign lobbying in the UK?
Hungary's right-wing government is withdrawing from a United Nations pact on migration, saying the global deal encourages movements of people which are "dangerous for the world". After 18 months of negotiations, the draft for the Global Compact for Migration was approved on Friday by 191 UN member nations except the United States, which pulled out in December saying it was "inconsistent" with its "immigration and refugee policies". Hungary, whose Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a third consecutive term in April on a fiercely anti-migration platform, decided not to sign the final document at a ceremony in Morocco in December. Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's foreign minister, said on Wednesday that the document is "entirely against Hungary's security interests". "Its main premise is that migration is a good and inevitable phenomenon. We consider migration a bad process, which has extremely serious security implications," Szijjarto said after a cabinet meeting in the … [Read more...] about Hungary follows US in pulling out of UN migration pact