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How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed

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This animated map shows how the borders of the Indian subcontinent have evolved since partition Shakeeb Asrar Al Jazeera Seventy years ago, in August 1947, the British decided to end their 200-year long rule in the Indian subcontinent and to divide it into two separate nations, Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. The process of partition, however, was not simple. In addition to the British-controlled territories, the subcontinent also consisted of many other territories under French, Portuguese or Omani rule, as well as more than ... Read More »

Guam in Crosshairs of US and North Korean Wargames

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Many of the 163,000 residents of the tiny US territory of Guam are unnerved by North Korea’s threat to launch a mid-August attack that would create “an historic enveloping fire” around the… Lisa Remick Currency Solutions Others feel protected by the presence of 7,000 US soldiers on the island’s two US military bases, Anderson Air Force base and Naval Base Guam. Guam is the US’s strategic Pacific centre, with an arsenal including B-2 stealth bombers and nuclear-powered submarines capable of ... Read More »

N Korea considers missile strike on Guam amid ‘mini nuke’ reports

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orth Korea said on Aug. 9 that it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury.” GUAM/SEOUL – Reuters Hurriyet The tension comes at a time when the U.S. intelligence reportedly concludes that North Korea had made a breakthrough and could now build nuclear bombs small enough to fit on missiles. ... Read More »

The Kurds’ Treatment In Turkey Is Indefensible

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Given the plight of the Kurds in Turkey and the need to find a solution to the 40-year-old violent conflict between the PKK and successive Turkish governments, I thought it was critically important to respond to Mr. Kurtulus’ criticism of my previous article and bring to light the terrible mistreatment of the Kurds under Erdogan’s reign of… Alon Ben-Meir, Contributor Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, NYU HuffPost Kurtulus resorts to sweeping absurdities and dishonesty to rebut my position, but ... Read More »

North Korea is more rational than you think

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The assumption that the country is run by a lunatic is not only incorrect — it’s dangerous. Updated by Zeeshan Aleem Vox Would North Korea really fire a nuclear weapon at the US? As belligerent rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalates to new heights, it’s a question that many Americans are asking themselves with increasing levels of fear and anxiety. Attacking the US with a nuke would seem completely reckless, since it would almost certainly ... Read More »

We can stop hacking and trolls, but it would ruin the internet

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A new way to run the internet would scupper ransomware and hacking, but its authoritarian backers could control everything we do online. By Sally Adee and Carl Miller New Scientist CYBERTERRORISM fears are through the roof. Ransomware is wreaking havoc on corporations, hospitals and individuals. Printers can be hacked to take down the world’s largest websites. Put simply, the internet is a mess. You’re probably familiar with all this hand-wringing. What you might not know is that a solution has ... Read More »

Is anything left of Mosul?

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The battle to save the city and its people The brutal fight to rid Mosul of so-called Islamic State has left the northern Iraqi city in ruins, thousands dead and survivors scattered far and wide. By Lucy Rodgers, Nassos Stylianou & Daniel Dunford BBC Just how much devastation was caused by the battle between Iraq’s forces – backed by US-led air strikes – and the militant group, and what will happen now? While the battle for Mosul is over after ... Read More »

What is China’s PLA doing in Laos?

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Beijing’s ‘Train of Peace’ mission to provide medical care to Lao armed forces was nominally a goodwill mission but underscored the country’s strategic importance to China’s plans for Southeast Asia. Zi Yang Asia Times China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest fighting force with over 2.3 million soldiers, is fast expanding its operations in its near abroad. A 90-person PLA medical team recently concluded a little noticed goodwill mission in neighboring Laos. Dubbed “Train of Peace 2017”, the team ... Read More »

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

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TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation’s weapons, an expert has claimed. Rebecca Flood Express With tensions threatening to reach breaking point between the US and North Korea it has emerged Turkey could be trying to build up its weaponry as relations with the EU reach a new low.  In a worrying claim, an expert has warned Turkey is the next country looking to expand ... Read More »

Vietnam backs off South China Sea drilling at behest of Beijing

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Suspension of project near border of exclusive economic zone another victory for Beijing Asia Unhedged Asia Times Spanish energy firm Repsol has suspended oil drilling off the coast of Vietnam in waters claimed by China, after Hanoi came under pressure from Beijing to stop, Reuters reported this week. “We are working with the PetroVietnam and with the Vietnamese authorities and the only comment is that right now, operations have been suspended,” Repsol’s chief financial officer, Miguel Martinez, was quoted as ... Read More »

Vietnam, Yielding to Beijing, Backs Off South China Sea Drilling

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HONG KONG — Vietnam appears to have retreated in a high-stakes maritime gambit against China, suspending a gas-drilling project that it had approved in the South China Sea but that was said to have irritated Beijing. Mike Ives The New York Times The drilling, by a subsidiary of the Spanish energy company Repsol, had started in June off the southern Vietnamese coast, analysts said. The offshore block where the drilling was occurring straddles the border of Vietnam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic ... Read More »

China set for easy ride from ASEAN on disputed South China Sea

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MANILA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian ministers meeting this week are set to avoid tackling the subject of Beijing’s arming and building of manmade South China Sea islands, preparing to endorse a framework for a code of conduct that is neither binding nor enforceable. Manuel Mogato Reuters The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has omitted references to China’s most controversial activities in its joint communique, a draft reviewed by Reuters shows. In addition, a leaked blueprint for establishing an ... Read More »

It’s time to stop kowtowing to Turkey

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Israel’s great relationship with Turkey is over, here’s what’s needed. The break in relations between Israel and Turkey is often identified as happening in May 2010, when the Israel Navy took control of the Mavi Marmara protest ship that was on its way to Gaza. YAIR LAPID JPost Nine protesters were killed during the operation, all Turkish citizens. The response was harsh. Turkey announced it was suspending all joint military exercises with Israel, the families of Israel’s diplomats were returned home. ... Read More »

A Dangerous Gulf in the Horn: How the Inter-Arab Crisis is Fuelling Regional Tensions

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The Gulf crisis and the scramble for military outposts in the Horn of Africa are exacerbating regional tensions that risk triggering a conflict. Rashid Abdi ICG In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director Rashid Abdi untangles the complex web of relations that tie the Horn and the Gulf. How has the Gulf crisis affected security and stability in the Horn? The Gulf and the Horn are intricately intertwined regions that face common threats and vulnerabilities: armed conflict, ... Read More »

Can Boris Johnson deliver on his colossal naval expectations?

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Boris Johnson’s ebullient pronouncements last week on a future Royal Navy freedom of navigation ‘operation’ in the Indo-Pacific region have attracted attention, but also criticism. Euan Graham Interpreter At the press conference following the “2+2” meeting of Australian/UK defence and foreign ministers (AUKMIN), on 27 July, Mr Johnson initially said this: ‘One of the first things we will do with the two new colossal aircraft carriers that we have just built is send them on a freedom of navigation operation ... Read More »

US, NATO wait to see if Russia-Turkey defense deal goes through

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Turkey’s plans to procure an advanced long-range air and missile defense system (LORAMIDS) has been dragging on for 10 years, but now it could be leading to a profound crisis of confidence between Turkey and the US-Western security blocs. Author:  Metin Gurcan  Translator: Timur Göksel The latest indicator was a July 23 statement by Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford at an Aspen, Colorado, security forum: “[Turkey has] not bought the S-400 air defense system from Russia. ... Read More »