Diplomacy

PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

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Turkey has issued a first-ever statement offering condolences to the descendants of slain Ottoman Armenians just a day before of 99th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in a historic statement April 23 on ... Read More »

Indonesia makes veiled criticism of Tony Abbott as Marty Natalegawa emphasises human rights of asylum seekers

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The Indonesian Foreign Minister has again made a series of implied criticisms of Australia’s asylum seeker policies, saying the problem “defies national solutions” and any policy should protect the human rights of smuggling victims. Without specifically mentioning the Abbott government’s boat turn-back policy, Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Monday that “shared responsibility, not shifting of responsibility,” was the way forward. ... Read More »

Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline

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Stanford’s acceptance rate was just 5% this year as other prestigious colleges and universities see rise in number of applicants. Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson’s wish list. So when the Long Beach high school senior received a rejection from the Ivy League campus, she was disappointed but also knew she ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

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(Reuters) – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which ... Read More »

Iran president offers olive branch

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Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day. Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. He said: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we ... Read More »

US assures Turkey about “Armenian genocide” bill

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ANKARA, April 15 (Xinhua) — Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John A. Boehner Tuesday gave assurance to Turkey that the Congress will not get involved in any “Armenian genocide” bill. “The issue about Armenians comes up to the agenda (of Congress) from time to time. Don’t worry. Our Congress will not get involved in this issue, we ... Read More »

Turkish FM calls Kerry over ‘Armenian genocide’ resolution in US

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that he spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry late on Wednesday to discuss the resolution on the “Armenian genocide” which was introduced to the US Senate last week. Speaking to journalists in Ankara before departing on a visit to Japan on Thursday, Davutoğlu said that he does not expect any steps ... Read More »

The more intelligence I read, the more conservative I become

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Despite the best efforts of some within the gullible self-loathing left and the anarcho-libertarian right to romanticise Edward Snowden, he’s not a folk hero. He’s a traitor. Jump to comments As is true of every generation, today the threats to freedom come from many sources. And there is none more pervasive and insidious than terrorism. It has become commonplace to ... Read More »