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East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

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An excerpt from Michael Auslin’s new book I am hunched over, almost on my hands and knees, nearly 250 feet below ground. Michael Auslin The National Interest Behind me is close to a mile of tunnel, hewn through solid rock. In front of me is a steel door set into a… The End of… Read More »

Asean GDP all set to surpass the UK this year after Brexit

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Strong growth suggests the regional grouping’s economy will become larger than those in the UK, France and India this year Johan Nylander Asia Times The slump in pound sterling after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union will mean the economy of the ASEAN group of 10 Southeast Asian countries will likely surpass the UK this year, something unthinkable not that long ago. Rajiv Biswas, chief economist on… Asean GDP all set to surpass the… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »

Turkey’s bloody 2016 puts West’s portal to Middle East in jeopardy

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A dramatic coup attempt, 100 terror attacks that killed more than 500 people, the brazen assassination of a Russian diplomat and a shocking nightclub attack that left 39 dead in Istanbul on the final day of the year underscored the precarious status of the… FoxNews Turkey’s descent into… Turkey’s bloody 2016… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Europe’s slow rot

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Threats to the EU and liberal democracy are developing in mundane, not dramatic, fashion. Dalibor Rohac AEI After everything that Europeans saw last year – the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the coup in Turkey and the Italian referendum – the default expectation is that Europe will again be in a firefighting mode in 2017. However, the expectation of… Europe’s slow… Read More »

Cyprus, the endgame

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A deal to reunify Cyprus would give the EU a win it desperately needs. Sara Stefanini Politico It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break… Cyprus, the… Read More »

Small hands big missiles: Trump’s dangerous adolescence

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What happens when two teenage leaders get access to nuclear weapons? Marwan Bishara The Guardian When people, notably women, say “men are boys with more expensive toys”, they mean cars, boats or golf clubs. Not a university, a foundation or… Small hands big missiles… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

The Sea Where The Sun Rises

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How Japan plans to keep its seas open and free­, with more than just American help Sheila A. Smith Outlook As an island nation, the sea defines Japanese identity. For centuries, the sea separated those who lived on the main four islands from those who lived in the thousands of smaller islands that make up the… The Sea Where… Read More »

Turkey’s collapse has been years in the making

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Washington: An exotic country goes up in flames and the world turns elsewhere for an alternate holiday destination. Paul McGeough  The Courier But in researching the chaos of our times, historians likely will keep coming back to Turkey, to pick apart an explosive collision of destructive forces, in… Turkey’s collapse has… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »