Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang charged with misconduct in public office

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the Asian financial hub. Brisbane Times - Mr Tsang, 70, retired in 2012 after a high-flying career as a civil servant, serving as a ... Read More »

EU must speak out on media repression in Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels this week with a big agenda to discuss, from the torrent of refugees leaving his country for Europe to Russia’s entry into the Syrian war. Europe and Turkey need each other on these issues but, as awkward as it will be, Erdogan must also be urged to end his suppression of free ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei finds ‘listening devices’ hidden in Beijing studio

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Dissident artist posts images of suspected bugs on Instagram after returning to China following first overseas trip in four years The Guardian – Fergus Ryan in Beijing Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden in his studio. In a series of Instagram ... Read More »

Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby. The New York Times – By ALISSA J. RUBIN The attack, which the military said ... Read More »

Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

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Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. Australian Institute of International Affairs – By Marlene Millott An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or ... Read More »

Success Is No Longer Foreign to East Timor, but the Players Are

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MELBOURNE, Australia — With so little to cheer in their nation’s brief soccer history, fans of East Timor’s national team would be correct to consider this the squad’s golden era. East Timor, which did not play a World Cup qualifying match until 2007 and did not win one until this year, has advanced to the second round of World Cup ... Read More »

Putin Aims at Syria — and Strikes Europe

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Take note, Europe: By bombing Syria, Putin has finally put Russia back at the center of the world. FP - By Benjamin Haddad *, Hannah Thoburn * On Sept. 30, Russian jets began airstrikes on rebel-held territories in the Syrian cities of Hama, Homs, and Latakia. This should have come as no surprise. During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, ... Read More »

Afghan Forces on the Run

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One cannot help but feel horror and déjà vu as the battle over the northern Afghan city of Kunduz unfolds. On Monday, the Taliban seized the city, the first provincial capital to fall to the militants since they were routed by the United States in the war after September 2001. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD On ... Read More »

Challenged Ambitions: Turkey’s Africa Policy and the G20

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An economic slowdown and rocky politics might slow, but are unlikely to stop, Ankara’s ambition to broaden its profile in Africa. © Chatham House – Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme Turkey is continuing a long-term push to increase its profile in Africa. Today, before a G20 energy conference, Istanbul will play ... Read More »

Is Turkey Returning to Civil War?

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The cease-fire between the government and the Kurdish PKK has broken down, with increasing repression of the media and opposition political activists. The Nation – By Constanze Letsch On the evening of June 7, Ahmet Yildiz celebrated. The leftist, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which he supported, had succeeded in breaching Turkey’s unusually high 10 percent election threshold—a remnant of the Constitution drawn ... Read More »

Kyrgyzstan: An Uncertain Trajectory

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OVERVIEW ICG – Bishkek/Brussels – Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°76 Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia’s only even nominal parliamentary democracy, faces growing internal and external security challenges. Deep ethnic tensions, increased radicalisation in the region, uncertainty in Afghanistan and the possibility of a chaotic political succession in Uzbekistan are all likely to have serious repercussions for its stability. The risks are ... Read More »

An Aegean Alliance

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Greece, Turkey, and Migration Cooperation Foreign Affairs – By Victor Gaetan Greece and Turkey are two neighbors best known for their antagonism. A history of military skirmishes, population exchanges, and deeply divergent cultural and religious views wedge the two apart. Over the last six months, however, Greece and Turkey have tacitly colluded to deliver a staggering load of human cargo ... Read More »