Asia

Japan’s Southwest Pivot: How Tokyo Can Expand Its Eyes and Ears in the Ocean

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Beijing’s activity in the South China Sea could prompt Japan to look for creative ways to expand its maritime… Satoru NagaoKoh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest Amid uncertainty over the U.S. pivot to Asia under the current Trump administration, other key players in the Indo-Pacific continue about their own equivalent policies of… India’s “Act East” policy of… Japan’s Southwest Pivot… Read More »

Israel, European States advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline

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The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly… SHARON UDASIN TheJPost Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea natural-gas… Israel, European States… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

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When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

PFLP reiterates call to confront Oslo Accords, criticizes Al-Fatah, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

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The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), reiterated its call for confronting the… Christof Lehmann nsnbc The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called repeatedly for the… The PFLP also criticized the policies of Al-Fatah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and all policies that… PFLP reiterates call… Read More »

Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis

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The ruling invalidates a January decision that blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi… Al Jazeera An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a controversial deal to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia can go forward, voiding an earlier ruling that blocked the… The Court of Urgent Matters ruled against a… Egypt court voids… Read More »

April vote challenges established tutelage hegemony

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Reforming the Constitution is an absolute must to end coups, memorandum or coups attempts and the tutelage over Turkish… ÖMER BAYKAL Daily Sabah Turkey goes to the polls for the April 16 referendum to change its governing system and revise its… Indeed, holding the referendum has not always sounded great to the Turkish public since almost every past referendum, some… April vote challenges… Read More »

Iraqi parliament votes against flying KRG flag in Kirkuk

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The Iraqi Parliament on April 1 voted against the decision of Kirkuk Provincial Council to raise the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) alongside the Iraqi flag in the… Hurriyet Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the parliament session and the… “We left the parliament session after tensions erupted over the… Iraqi parliament votes… Read More »

China’s yuan a long way from challenging almighty dollar

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IMF’s renminbi disclosure shows currency has only small impact on global foreign-exchange… TOM BUERKLE Asia Times When Deng Xiaoping set China on the course of market-oriented reform nearly 40 years ago, he called his pragmatic and incremental approach “stepping on stones to cross the… The Chinese currency’s much-ballyhooed entry into global finance has landed on a… China’s yuan a… Read More »

Is India Still the World’s Largest Democracy?

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The failure of Delhi’s political institutions is rendering collateral damage upon the country’s social… Riju Agrawal The National Interest As a country of 1.3 billion people, more than 800 million of whom are eligible to vote, India takes pride in being the “world’s largest… India has often lauded its ability to transfer power peacefully every five years since the first general… Is India Still… Read More »

Why the Pentagon doesn’t want Turkey’s help in Syria

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Like a marriage held together for the sake of the kids, the U.S. and Turkey keep saying nice things in public, while privately fuming and… JAMIE MCINTYRE Examiner The growing rift between the two countries stems from the intractable dispute over the U.S. plan to liberate Raqqa with a loose coalition of… Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his military to… Why the Pentagon… Read More »

China’s new-found love for Confucius

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Confucius is synonymous with Brand China, but can the Chinese government live up to the wisdom of Confucius? Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News Ask any educated person in the world to name one great Chinese thinker, and you’ll always get the same answer: Confucius. Ask that person… China’s new-found love… Read More »

The Demise of the Anatolian Tiger

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Turkey’s Struggling Economy Turkey’s economy is suffering badly amid the country’s political… By Maximilian Popp Spiegel Investors have lost confidence, tourists are staying away and the lira is rapidly losing… President Erdogan hasn’t grasped the severity of the… Until recently, Haci Boydak was a… The Demise of… Read More »

Looming Dangers One Year after Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

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One year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s violent flare-up in April 2016, the danger of even more perilous fighting remains… Further hostilities risk a larger regional conflagration with far… Magdalena Grono ICG Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena Grono, assesses risks in… BAKU, Azerbaijan — The room… Looming Dangers One… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 13:  A couple walk past a large banner showing the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Taksim Square on March 13, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey will hold its constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017. Turks will vote on 18 proposed amendments to the Constitution of Turkey. The controversial changes seek to replace the parliamentary system and move to a presidential system which would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive authority. Campaigning will officially begin on February 25 with a pro referendum rally to be held in Ankara and attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

What the upcoming referendum means for Turkey. Zia Weise Politico ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president… Erdoğan’s power… Read More »

The uncertain future of democracy

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Joshua Wong was 17 when he was first arrested for his political views. Douglas Heaven BBC News But by then he had been taking part in pro-democracy protests for more than three years. In 2011, aged… The uncertain future… Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s coal romance, where’s the love for the climate?

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If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. Fahad Saeed The Conversation That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed large parts of Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces in that period. This was clearly… In China and… Read More »