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Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

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The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

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European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to prevent ‘intermingling’

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Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens. ABC The United Nations says around 69,000 people have fled the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine to Bangladesh since attacks that killed nine Myanmar border police on October 9. The attacks, believed to… Bangladesh plans to… Read More »

Is political solution in Syria any closer after Astana talks?

People walk past a billboard depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Saadallah al-Jabri Square, in the government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2VGTH

International peace talks have been taking place for several years now in an effort to come to a political solution for the ongoing war in Syria. Nour Samaha Al Monitor Yet the recent Astana talks, much like the previous Geneva talks, have demonstrated that they have little impact on the ground, as both the Syrian government and regional actors continue to push their own agendas. From the get-go, the… Is political solution in… Read More »

The real reason Erdoganists still love Trump despite ‘Muslim ban’

A woman and her daughter wait for two of her other children and her sister to arrive on a flight from Qatar after U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 30, 2017.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2YWWV

The executive order by US President Donald Trump, banning the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States, has sparked major protests all across America. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Most Muslims, naturally, were happy to see this solidarity offered to them by Jews, Christians, atheists and many others who do not share their faith. However, the same… The real reason… Read More »

What if they had a trade war and nobody came?

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Trump is looking for negotiations that bring results — not conflict Spengler Asia Times For those of us who cut our teeth on classical economics, it does seem a bit unusual for global stock markets (including Asian markets) to rally right after a new US administration pulled the plug on decades of Asian trade… What if they had a… Read More »

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

A mahout washes his elephant on November 26, 2016 in Baan Ta Klang, Thailand. 

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Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

Why the World Needs to Watch the India-Pakistan Nuclear Standoff

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Pakistan creates tension with India by ignoring its own problems. Michael Krepon The National Interest Nuclear dangers are growing in five different regions. The least noticed is… Why the World Needs to… Read More »

Who’s top rooster in the South China Sea?

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It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” there is a serious confrontation between Messrs Trump and Xi over “access” to the South China Sea. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The stakes could not be higher As we enter the… Who’s top rooster in… Read More »

4 reasons Turkey is destined for an imperial presidency

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends a Republic Day ceremony at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Ataturk, to mark the republic's anniversary as he is flanked by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (R) in Ankara, Turkey, October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2QXOL

Turkey’s president has his political propaganda machine all oiled up and ready to roll to victory in April, when voters will very likely grant him exceptional powers. Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor On Jan. 21, Turkey’s parliament approved 18 amendments to its tainted constitution, which dates back to 1982. The controversial reforms now… 4 reasons Turkey is… Read More »

Lunar New Year: Meet the men who have learned to think like lions

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Hong Kong (CNN)Over a billion people will celebrate the start of Lunar New Year this Saturday. Stephy Chung, Herbert Chow and Sai Ho CNN Customs practiced leading up to and during the 15-day period known as Spring Festival, include setting off fireworks to ward off evil spirits and eating dumplings. The most recognized celebration though… Lunar New Year: Meet the men who… Read More »

An uncertain future for peace

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It looks like the tide is high in the UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks, now that the focus is on the thorny issue of security and guarantees in a… Annie Charalambous incyprus The two leaders met in Nicosia yesterday for the first time since the Geneva-hosted security-focused Conference on Cyprus and agreed to meet again on… An uncertain future… Read More »

Cyprus hopes dashed by Turkes four freedoms demand

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Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tugrul Turkes, has torpedoed hopes for a settlement on the Cyprus problem after publically stating that his country will not budge on its request for four freedoms for the… in-cyprus Turkes – who had travelled to Geneva earlier this month to meet with Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami – said that the… Cyprus hopes dashed… Read More »

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey betrays our liberal values

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The prime minister is so desperate for trade deals that she is embracing a regime of full-frontal authoritarianism. This tawdry tour shames Britain Sarah Olney The Guardian And so the Brexit cavalcade gathers pace. After paying court to Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, Theresa May will fly to… Theresa May’s visit… Read More »

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

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There is a new theme these days in Turkey’s hard-core pro-Erdogan media: The unreliability of opinion leaders or activists who have led Turkey’s Islamist movement for decades, and who have also been strong supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Lately, some prominent Islamists have raised criticism about “corruption by power” in the ruling circles. The Islamists also have criticized the… Why Islamists are no… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »