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How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join?

The EU has urged Turkey to clarify if it still wants to join the bloc, as relations between Ankara and Western allies deteriorate. By ANDREW RETTMAN The EU’s enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, spoke out in Austrian newspaper Die Presse on Wednesday (24 August), saying EU concern was “justified” that Turkey had violated rule of law in its… Source: EU to Turkey: Do you really want to join? Read More »

China gears up for missile warfare with US

China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States. BY BILL GERTZ Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles… Source: China gears up for missile warfare with US – Asia Times Read More »

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Turkey’s brief democratic moment is ending. Doug Bandow, Policy analyst, writer The rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Development and Justice Party (AKP) in 2002 signaled the collapse of the militarized secular republic created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The recent failed coup killed the semi-liberal democracy that briefly replaced Kemalism… Source: Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West Read More »

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map. Akhilesh Pillalamarri Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the… Source: Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever | The National Interest Read More »

Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion?

On Aug. 11 and 12, coordinated bombings and arson attacks in tourist destinations in seven provinces of peninsular Thailand killed four people and injured 35. Originally published in The New York Times No group claimed responsibility, and senior officials of the military government almost immediately decided that the bombings were not acts of terrorism… Source: Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah

Dozens killed, thousands evacuated after second day of Syrian government air raids on Kurdish-controlled areas of city.. Syrian government jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee… Source: Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit

BEIJING/YANGON — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister, has gotten an unusually warm reception on her trip to China, meeting with both Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping as Beijing tries to regain clout with its neighbor to the south. China, not the U.S., became Suu Kyi’s first destination beyond Southeast Asia after her rise to power in Myanmar’s new government, formed in March… Source: China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit- Nikkei Asian Review Read More »

Ten things you can’t do in Dubai

Laws in the United Arab Emirates have again been thrust into the spotlight after a British citizen in Dubai was arrested for sharing a charity post on his Facebook page. Most people know Dubai is tough on drugs; that tourists can get in trouble for drinking alcohol outside designated areas; and people who have sex in public can find themselves facing the… Source: Ten things you can’t do in Dubai – BBC News Read More »

US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound

US and Asian companies are ramping up their interest in British firms as they look to capitalise on sterling’s collapse following the EU referendum. Despite fears that Brexit uncertainty would choke off M&A activity, dealmakers have seen a growing appetite from American, Chinese and Japanese firms looking to buy British, as the pound struggles to recover from record lows… Source: US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound – The Scotsman Read More »

Vietnam rejects rocket launcher report, says it believes in peaceful self-defense

Vietnam says the recent Reuters report on its alleged deployment of rocket launchers to its bases in the Spratly islands is inaccurate. Even if it had done so, such an act only reflects… Source: Vietnam rejects rocket launcher report, says it believes in peaceful self-defense – Asia Times Read More »

Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12

The Constitutional Court has ruled to annul a provision that punishes all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse,” stirring outrage from academics and women’s rights activists who warn that the decision will lead to cases of child abuse going unpunished. The Constitutional Court discussed the issue upon an application from a district court, which complained that the current law does not discriminate between age groups in… Source: Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have ... Read More »

The Ottoman Caper Part II

A month has passed since the ill-fated coup d’état in Turkey of 15 July. By Dr Bruce Mabley Tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists have been rounded up and either charged by the justice system or relieved of their employment. However, removing Gulenists from the upper-level professions has left the Turkish economy vulnerable to future troubles and could potentially weaken the… Source: The Ottoman Caper Part II – AIIA Read More »

Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law

Human rights group Amnesty India says charges of sedition laid against it in India are an attempt to stifle free speech. The human rights group held a weekend event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore discussing alleged rights abuses by Indian forces in disputed Kashmir… Source: Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world

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Conservation International finds 643 species around Timor-Leste island, some of which are believed to be entirely new A small island, a short boat trip from Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, appears to have the most biodiverse waters anywhere in the world. There is a push for the site to… Source: Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »