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Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

Hope burns bright for Indian tigers

Tiger, tiger burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? So wrote William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827. But Blake could not have… Source: Hope burns bright for Indian tigers – Asia Times Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan

A territorial spat over the Kurils could bring Moscow and Tokyo together.. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida recently met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of an upcoming meeting between Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main item on the agenda will be working toward resolving the ongoing dispute over the Kuril… Source: A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan | The National Interest Read More »

Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

“We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey … we were never involved in such an action… Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world… Source: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy Read More »

Why China Won’t Overtake the United States

Economic growth no longer translates as directly into military power as it did in the past. So rather than expecting a rising China to seize the United States’ preeminent position in the global order, everyone should start getting used to a world in which the United States remains the sole superpower for decades to come… Source: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States | Foreign Affairs Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Genocide and Democracy in Burma

Azeem Ibrahim and Richard Cockett plot Myanmar’s uncertain trajectory. SOUTHEAST ASIA is a miracle of modernization. In the course of a few generations, the region has experienced startling change… Source: Genocide and Democracy in Burma | The National Interest Read More »

Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

When U.S. officials first approached Turkey about joining NATO, the Turkish government was enthusiastic. Thousands of Turks were fighting alongside American forces in Korea. It was “imperative that democracies work in complete harmony, without competition among themselves or differences in policy objectives,” the U.S. ambassador to Turkey reported in a top-secret memo that Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Fuat… Source: Kick Turkey Out Of NATO – Erdogan Is Not An Ally Read More »

Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey

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“Today Turkey is – and this is not just a political, formal assessment, it is also my very private personal feeling also after our today visit – today Turkey is the best example for the whole world how we should treat refugees. No one has the right to lecture Turkey what it should to do”. We shall not engage with the… Source: Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe

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In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. She… Source: Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe Read More »

Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability

This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey… Source: Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability – Asia ... Read More »

Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice

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Thailand plans to sell the remaining 11.4 million tonnes of rice in government stockpiles within two months, the country’s rice management board says. The world’s second-biggest rice exporter after India has been reducing stocks left over after the end of a rice-buying scheme under the previous, civilian… Source: Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice | The Mercury Read More »