Asia

The cave rescue you didn’t hear about — and its tragic outcome

Indian authorities have recovered one body from a flooded mine shaft where 15 miners were trapped in the northern state of Meghalaya last month. Siobhan Heanue ABC For 40 days loved ones hoped for good news, but there was little media coverage of the disaster, even in India. Rescuers struggled to pump water out of the mine after it flooded on December 13, and Indian navy divers were called in to help. The rescue operation was compared with the successful ... Read More »

Explained // What’s Behind Turkey’s Fervent Support for Venezuela’s Maduro

Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, with Turkey being shipped tons of Venezuelan gold for refinement and processing. Haaretz and Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to offer support after the opposition leader declared himself interim president and won the backing of Washington and… Socialist Maduro described Juan Guaido’s move as a coup attempt. The United States, Canada and right-leaning Latin American governments recognised Guaido. Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, ... Read More »

In Syria, Israel and Iran’s Conflict is Escalating

The Israel military forces said that an overnight operation on 20-21 January 2019 targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Syrian air defences near Damascus in Syria. fanack This is the latest move by Israel against Iran in Syria since the beginning of its involvement in the conflict. The Israeli strike, according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, targeted munitions depots, intelligence sites, a training camp and more, as well as Iranian warehouses at the Damascus International Airport and Syrian anti-aircraft batteries ... Read More »

A New Dimension of Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Ethnic Rakhine insurgents have attacked four police stations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, provoking a military counteroffensive. ICG Escalation could imperil both prospects for Rohingya repatriation and the country’s transition toward civilian rule. All sides should step back from confrontation and pursue talks about Rakhine State’s future. What’s new? Arakan Army attacks on remote police outposts in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State left thirteen officers dead, prompting the government to order military “clearance operations” against the ethnic Rakhine insurgents. The looming violent… ... Read More »

Exclusive: U.N. expert to lead international inquiry into Khashoggi murder

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions told Reuters on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the… Stephanie Nebehay Reuters Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents at its consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, provoking an international outcry. Earlier on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said ... Read More »

Fundamental freedoms and the right to participate in public and political life

Almost two quarters of a century have already passed since July 20, 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus, occupied 40% of its territory and used all possible means to force the 200 000 Christian inhabitants of the occupied area to flee their ancestral homes and settle in the free southern part of the island as refugees. Mattheos Economides Agora Dialogue More than 7 000 Cypriots of Greek origin were murdered by the invaders and around 2000 were held hostages, the fate ... Read More »

China’s gene-edited babies are real, and one more is on the way

Beijing: A second Chinese woman is pregnant with a “gene-edited” baby and is being medically supervised by local authorities, a Chinese government investigation has revealed. Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald Chinese researcher He Jiankui shocked the science world when he revealed the existence of baby twins, born to fathers carrying HIV, who had been altered genetically to make them HIV resistant. Authorities in Guangdong province moved swiftly to investigate the claims amid a worldwide backlash. On Monday investigators announced their preliminary findings, ... Read More »

Turkey’s Unjust Justice System: Armenian MP Under Attack

Turkish prosecutors have filed a motion to strip an Armenian lawmaker of his parliamentary immunity over his outspoken criticism of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Uzay Bulut Gatestone Institute Invoking Article 301 of the Turkish penal code — which states that “insulting the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish nation or Turkish government institutions” is punishable by a prison sentence — the prosecutor’s office of Diyarbakir began proceedings against Garo Paylan, who was elected in 2015 to Turkey’s Grand ... Read More »

Lebanon restricts dollar cash-outs in bid to bolster currency

A central bank decree that foreign currency entering via non-financial institutions must be cashed out in Lebanese pounds has sparked fears of a currency crisis Nasser Elamine Asia Times The Lebanese Central Bank has issued a circular requiring non-financial institutions that carry out money transfers from abroad to begin cashing out the amounts strictly in Lebanese pounds, sparking panic among a… The bank justified the January 14 announcement as a bid to shore up the national currency and to render transfers via ... Read More »

China’s looming great wall of debt may have ‘major global implications’

While many countries struggled following the 2008 global financial crisis, China appeared as though it had largely escaped unscathed. Tasha Wibawa ABC But observers are becoming increasingly concerned Beijing will struggle to repay an ever-increasing mountain of debt, with potential detrimental consequences for the global market. China’s debt has been a key factor to its economic success in riding out the GFC, due to a large government stimulus injected into its economy. However, the financial boost has mostly led to ... Read More »

Why the West won’t act on China’s Uighur crisis

Western nations have criticized but failed to impose punitive measures for China’s internment of as many as one million Uighur Muslims in de facto concentration camps David Hutt Asia Times As evidence mounts of China’s internment of almost one million Muslim Uighurs in the country’s far western region, Western nations have largely failed to respond to the reported abuses, a… In what some critics have referred to as a campaign of “ethnic cleansing”, Chinese authorities have since late 2017 corralled ... Read More »

Boris Johnson Claims He ‘Didn’t Say Anything About Turkey’ In The Brexit Referendum – But He Did

Vote Leave produced posters warning about Turkish immigration. Ned Simons HuffPost Boris Johnson has been accused of being a “bare-faced liar” after he claimed to have never mentioned Turkey during the EU referendum – even though he did. In a speech criticising Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Friday, the former foreign secretary insisted he was “not a nationalist”. But he was challenged after the speech over Vote Leave’s decision to focus on possible Turkish immigrants in 2016. The campaign, in ... Read More »

Saudi Women No Longer Need a Man’s Permission to Decide How They’ll Give Birth

The country’s health ministry announced they don’t need signed consent for childbirth procedures. By Leah Rodriguez Global Citizen Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system gives men complete control over where women work, where they travel, and who they marry. But on Wednesday, the kingdom’s health ministry announced women no longer need men’s permission to make decisions about their maternal health care, the National reports. “Women must have the right to access information and to choose the… In the past, a pregnant woman had ... Read More »

The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not. Steven A. Cook FP Should the United States recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights? The question has come up in the last few weeks, because Israel is having an election in April. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been lobbying the Trump administration on the idea of formally acknowledging Israel’s 1981 annexation of Syrian territory. There’s plenty of reason to suspect this diplomatic ... Read More »

Re-conquest of Constantinople

Vehbi Kara is just another Islamist columnist who would not surprise you. He writes for this columnist’s favourite Islamist daily, Yeni Şafak. Burak Bekdil Sigma Insight Turkey His column on January 11th did not offer readers a revolutionary view –nor was it expected to– but was useful in trying to decipher the “conquest fetish” among conservative Muslims. Mr Kara wrote: “Devout people (Muslims) view Hagia Sophia as a symbol of Islam’s domination in these lands … It (as it is ... Read More »

Turkey’s threat to Kurds demands US protection

Responding to a Turkish military buildup on its border with northeastern Syria, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat of a new incursion into Syria, President Trump has warned Turkey not to attack the Syrian Kurds. Dov S. Zakheim The Hill Kurdish forces have been allied to America and the coalition it leads; have borne the brunt of the ground war with ISIS; have suffered heavy losses in doing so. On the other hand, Turkey considers both the Syrian Kurdish militia ... Read More »