Mabuhay, Papa Francis! Peter Sales On The Papal Visit To The Philippines

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The recent visit by the Pontiff to the island archipelago has done little to settle ongoing tensions within the country and church, writes Dr Peter Sales. New Matilda – Peter Sales * The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. Pope Francis has paid a spectacular visit to the Philippines. The welcome extended to him was amazing – at least ... Read More »

India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

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The US and India have announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow American companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. ( BBC ) It came on the first day of President Barack Obama’s visit to India. The nuclear deal had been held up for six years amid concerns over the liability for any nuclear accident. Indian Prime ... Read More »

Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe

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As Holocaust day nears, anger erupts at arrival in Rotterdam of the Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest vessel The Observer – Ed Vulliamy Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. ... Read More »

Syria Calling: Radicalisation in Central Asia

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The Islamic State (IS) is attracting Central Asians to Syria and fostering new links among radicals within the region. Unless the five Central Asian governments develop a credible, coordinated counter-action plan, including improved security measures but also social, political and economic reforms, growing radicalism will eventually pose a serious threat to their stability. The fallout from the conflicts in Syria ... Read More »

Indonesia executes six drug convicts, including foreigners

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Indonesia has put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo. Bali Nine man on death row ‘full of hope’ The Age Two women were among those executed by firing squad on Sunday, in a move swiftly condemned by Amnesty International as “seriously regressive”. The foreigners ... Read More »

Russia, China and India building new multipolar world order

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Is the new Russian approach towards China and India a vector for a multipolar world order? Will the new Davos – gathering between vanity fair and summit of the mightiest – in future take place in Kyrgyzstan – Central Asian country surrounded by the most prosperous and promising powers? Pravda.Ru - By Francesco Brunello Zanitti * The last months of 2014 ... Read More »

A growing list of ‘tigers’ snared by Chinese president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign

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Since his ascendency to general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November 2012 and the presidency in March 2013, Xi Jinping has executed a sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has targeted hundreds of thousands of officials at all levels of government and state-owned industry. ABC – Compiled by Adam Connors “The problems among our party members and cadres – ... Read More »

Japan reveals record defence budget as tensions with China grow

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Justin McCurry – The Guardian At US$42bn the budget is another yearly increase but it is still dwarfed by both China and the US Japan has announced its biggest ever defence budget in response to China’s increasing military influence in the region and Beijing’s claims to a group of disputed islands administered by Tokyo. The 4.98 trillion yen (US$ 42bn) ... Read More »

Indonesia’s new marine laws threaten sustainable fisheries

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Illegal fishing by foreign vessels costs Indonesia billions of dollars each year, but measures to stop them could bankrupt sustainable pole and line fisheries The Guardian – Johnny Langenheim Indonesia’s new zero tolerance policy towards foreign fishing vessels illegally entering the country’s territorial waters has been making headlines in recent weeks, alongside images of Navy warships blowing up boats. Indonesia’s popular ... Read More »