Asia

Japan missile defence drill aims to ease concern over North Korean threat

A PAC-3 Patriot battery drove on to the Asaka Self Defence Forces base near Tokyo, deployed its radar antenna and raised its missile launcher to firing… Reuters Asia Times Japan opened a missile defence drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North… A PAC-3 Patriot battery drove on to the Asaka Self Defence Forces base near Tokyo, deployed its radar antenna and raised ... Read More »

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea?

America is facing a countdown that ends with a verified North Korean ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear weapon. Robert E Kelly The National Interest It is increasingly clear that North Korea is driving toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could strike the U.S. homeland. A central question for war and peace in East Asia, then, is how the Americans will respond if or when North Korea achieves this… Will America Wage… Read More »

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as… Reuters Arab News Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as… Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on… India eyes breakthrough… Read More »

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said on June 22, making the policy official for the… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had to be the… “The real change I’ve made on this question, is that I haven’t said the… Removing Assad no… Read More »

Thai politicians predict “meaningless” polls

Sidelined political parties say promised elections in 2018 will only further entrench military power Peter Janssen Asia Times Three years after the May 2014 coup that brought General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military clique to power, Western democracies are impatiently awaiting Thailand’s next general election, as promised by the junta under their declared… But with the promulgation of a constitution that severely curtails the… Thai politicians predict… Read More »

Cyprus: A call for a new strategy

International Hellenic Association 815 Naudain Avenue, Claymont, Delaware 19703,    U.S.A www.Professors-PhDs.com – mail: IHAHellas@gmail.com 21 June 2017 The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Switzerland on 28 June 2017: A call for a new strategy in support & in defence of The Republic of Cyprus Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Kotzias, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Greece Mr Rex ... Read More »

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached ‘Tipping Point’

“If Erdogan is investing in the Trump administration, I can say that he will be disappointed,” Turkish opposition leader Hişyar Özsoy said. Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost WASHINGTON ― Rising American criticism of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spurred hopes that the U.S. will take a tougher line against his repression, according to a top opposition Turkish… “They can do more,” Hişyar Özsoy, a parliamentarian associated with Turkey’s pro… U.S. Distaste For… Read More »

Iran’s Real Missile Target Wasn’t Syria

Old obsessions die hard. On June 18, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched missiles into Syria in retaliation for a terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb the previous… Michael Rubin Commentary While these missiles appear to have caused no casualties, Iranian officials were clear that their target went far beyond the Islamic State. According to the Tehran… Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the… Iran’s Real Missile… Read More »

Five takeaways from Iran’s missile strike in Syria

Tehran’s strike was targeted at Islamic State but it also puts US bases in the region on notice and exposes the flimsiness of the Trump Administration’s Middle… M.K. Bhadrakumar Asia Times At its most obvious level, Iran’s missile attack on the Islamic State command centre in the Syrian city of Dier Ezzor on Sunday may be regarded as the demonstration of an extraordinarily innovative… Iran says it fired six ground-to-ground missiles from Islamic… Five takeaways from… Read More »

Let Us Not Ignore Our Ocean, EEZ’

Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilvesau spoke to more than 50 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel at the RFMF Training Centre in Vatuwaqa over the weekend on Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and… FijiSun “Ideally, this topic should of concern to every Fijian as it is this important geographical feature that has given us the greater bounds within which we have derived great values and… “Fiji, like any other island state, is surrounded by the… Let Us Not… Read More »

Japan PM Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scan

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on June 18, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a… Reuters Hurriyet Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to… The education ministry… Japan PM ... Read More »

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

No justice for slain Myanmar lawyer Ko Ni

Contributor Bertil Lintner knew intimately the ruling National League for Democracy’s top legal advisor and his plan to enact a more democratic… Bertil Lintner Asia Times Four months since Ko Ni, one of Myanmar’s most prominent and talented lawyers, was assassinated in broad daylight outside Yangon’s airport and local authorities are not any closer to solving the… The gunman, Kyi Lin, was apprehended only because furious taxi drivers parked outside the… No justice for… Read More »

Israeli planes ‘may soon be allowed’ into Saudi airspace as the two countries ‘negotiate ties’

Israeli El Al airline may soon be allowed to fly over Saudi airspace… Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the path to normalising relations by negotiating ties, according to a report by British newspaper The… The New Arab According to the report, the negotiations will lead to a range of provisions for Israel, such as allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the… Palestinian officials are said to be anxious about the… Israeli planes ‘may… Read More »

Why the Middle East Needs the Qatar Crisis

A unique moment has presented itself where a majority of the Middle East has had enough of Qatar’s promiscuous foreign policy. Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest When a crisis arises, it is only natural to call for calm. In most cases it is a laudable reflex, especially when one is not the cause of the consternation. In the case of the recent Gulf crisis with Qatar, President Trump, the… Why the Middle… Read More »

Indian research labs face financial crisis

India’s 38 premier scientific laboratories are in a budgetary pinch. A jump in expenditures on salaries, pensions, and perks for government employees, recommended by an advisory commission, is leaving little money for… Sanjay Kumar Science The increase in personnel expenses comes on top of a 2015 call by the government for CSIR to raise 30% to 50% of its total budget itself… The stark reality is that “we will be left with no funds to… Indian research labs… Read More »