Does America Need Rodrigo Duterte?

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Washington’s influence is not worth courting conflict with China. Doug Bandow America’s alliance structure in Europe and Asia dates back more than six decades. A few of the smaller, less viable organizations collapsed (CENTO… Does America Need… Read More »

Why Sectarian Violence Is Resurging in Pakistan

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is resurfacing in the geographical arch stretching from Balkh and Kabul in Afghanistan to Balochistan and Karachi in Pakistan. Abdul Basit After a decline in scale and casualties, the anti-Shia sectarian violence is once again resurging in Pakistan. In the… Why Sectarian Violence… Read More »

Ousted Thai PM says junta has ordered her assets seized

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Yingluck Shinawatra has also been fined 35 billion baht over rice subsidy scheme that helped put her in power By REUTERS Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the military junta that overthrew her has ordered her assets seized and… Ousted Thai PM… Read More »

How Erdogan’s Family Uses Non-Profits In D.C. For Lobbying

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“We created ‘Everything For Turkey Platform’ as if it was apolitical… a structure that was supposed to voice democratic demands of Turks in the U.S. … But because [Turkey’s ruling party] AK Party is not officially here, all our activities so far have been outright political. I am not disturbed by that. Of course, we… How Erdogan’s Family… Read More »

13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Aleppo Siege, Strikes Are ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’: UN Rights Chief

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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted “crimes of historic proportions.” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as “a… Aleppo Siege, Strikes… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

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A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

Asia-Pacific women dismayed at US presidential campaign

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Politicians, commentators express disbelief that Donald Trump has made it this far, compare US unfavorably with their own countries on gender issues By REUTERS Women in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed dismay about the US presidential campaign’s focus on the emotional topic of sexual harassment, saying it shows Asia-Pacific women… Read More »

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat

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Cold War–era Asia was a dangerous and often bloody place. Rajan Menon But its alignments were predictable and its problems readily identifiable. No longer. SEEN IN historical perspective, a… China May Be… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

Widodo backs castration for sex crimes

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended the use of chemical castration to wipe out sex crimes including pedophilia. AAP “Our constitution respects human rights but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise. We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the… Widodo backs castration… Read More »

Will China’s economy slow as Beijing squeezes property sales?

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With the government cracking down on property speculation, questions raised on what drives fourth-quarter growth By STEVE WANG, LIN WANXIA and POO YEE KAI China’s economy is on track to meet Beijing’s growth target of 6.5% to 7.0% for 2016 following the release of third quarter numbers in… Will China’s economy… Read More »

Palestinian builds dream car despite Gaza challenges

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Car enthusiast in blockaded Gaza Strip puts ingenuity to test, builds replica of classic 1920s-era Mercedes World Bulletin / News Desk At first glance, Muneer Shindi’s automotive workshop looks just like most others in Gaza City’s industrial district. But upon closer inspection, his badly-kept secret can be seen stowed in the… Palestinian builds dream… Read More »

Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi

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Iraqi artist’s major retrospective in Doha is a “manifesto” against events following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Andrew Chappelle Doha, Qatar – Dia Azzawi, the 77-year old Iraqi pioneer of modern Arab art, has described his latest major exhibition as a… Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »