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The new hope for Afghanistan (October 1, 2017 8:24 am)

What we’re watching: December 11 to December 17, 2017

♦ The fall-out from President Trump’s announcement that “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” and that he has “directed the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”.  The move has widespread bipartisan support in Congress and across the United States, but it has been denounced by mainstream opinion just about everywhere: the US foreign policy establishment, the media, US allies, and at “emergency meetings” of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Two dimensions worth watching: the Saudi reaction and the level of violence of Palestinian street demonstrations.
♦ The UN Security Council will hold a ministerial-level meeting about North Korea on Dec 15, no doubt informed by the recent confab which the UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs had with the North Koreans last week. He didn’t meet Kim.
♦ Russian President Putin is having a busy time. After announcing last week that he will run again for president, he made a “surprise” visit to Syria on Sunday to announce victory and the start of Russian troop withdrawals. Next he goes to Turkey and Egypt, and then home to hold his annual news conference on Thursday.


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