Opinion – Trump can Make the Most of a Bad Iranian Deal – Op-Ed – New York Times

Here’a a really informed op-ed in the NYT from Michael Singh, a former senior director for Middle East Affairs at the United Nations Security Council and now managing director of Washington Instute of Near Eastern Policy.

Whilst I accept many of the points raised, I fear that Mr. Singh’s intelligence on the politics is out of date. To talk of the US acting with the EU3, namely, the UK, France and Germany is naive and simplistic. Both Russia and China gained geopolitical leverage because of the UK’s reduced global influence triggered by Brexit. With Angela Merkel likely to be reelected leader in Germany, Mr. Singh needs to ponder that German/US relations since Donald Trump became US President are at an post WWII low.

Both Iran and North Korea should be top of the foreign policy agenda for diplomatic attention but for the moment the smarter intiatives look like they might come from Russia and China.

Thoughts?

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Russian Foreign Ministry welcomes Facebook’s initiative to tackle fake accounts

Russia’s news agency TASS reports that Russia’s Foreign Ministry welcomes Facebook’s initiative to tackle fake accounts. It added that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman also suggested that direct contact be established between Facebook and Russian government agencies.

Source: TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Russian Foreign Ministry welcomes Facebook’s initiative to tackle fake accounts

Once again, the timing is fascinating. Today, the NYT publishes a high profile editorial entitled, ‘ Opinion – Russia’s Fake Americans – The Editorial Board – the NYT’.

Before the NYT story gained any traction, TASS deflected the issue back to Facebook. Russian readers will today be blaming Facebook and US readers will again be struggling for the truth, especially about their President’s possible links with Russia.

Perhaps Russia’s looking to deflect Western media attention from its huge military excercise in East Europe at NATO’s border?

Thoughts?