Thai police say wave of attacks connected, one arrested

A series of bombing and arson attacks in southern Thailand that killed four people and wounded dozens was orchestrated by a single person, Thai police said yesterday, while a man has been arrested in relation to one of the attacks.. Blasts on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 targeted some of Thailand’s best-known tourist resorts, just days after Thais voted to accept a military-backed constitution that paves the way for an election at the end of 2017… Source: Thai police say ... Read More »

Turkey’s Cyclical Coups

Turkey has faced an unprecedented number of crises in the last year. The spillover from the war in Syria has undermined a peace process between the government and the country’s Kurdish community, with the success of Syrian Kurdish militias on the border with Turkey producing fears of separatism among Turkey’s Kurds and prompting the government to relaunch a counter-insurgency campaign (read: war) in the largely Kurdish southeastern provinces. Nationwide, the… Source: Turkey’s Cyclical Coups | Dissent Magazine Read More »

Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost

Bulgarian PM vows to keep good relations with Turkey as he returns pro-FETÖ businessman to Ankara Following the extradition of Abdullah Büyük, one of the largest financiers of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko… Source: Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost Read More »

Putin’s Turkish Delight 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was ostensibly intended to bury the hatchet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near its border with Syria last year. by Guy Verhofstadt But, at a time of rising tensions tensions between Turkey and the EU, there may be more to the story… Source: Putin’s Turkish Delight by Guy Verhofstadt – Project Syndicate Read More »

A New Page in Russian-Turkish Relations?

The talks between Erdogan and Putin herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as Turks now see Russia as a true friend and admire Russia’s motion to support the Turkish President in the midst of a coup, Valdai Club expert Huseyin Bagci believes. The talks between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as… Source: News Read More »

Towards a new Turkish foreign policy

Ankara’s diplomatic strategy was shifting even before the coup attempt, but now that transformation has been kicked into high gear.. A few days after he took office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now famously said that his government would pursue a foreign policy aimed at “reducing the number of enemies and increasing the number of friends”… Source: Towards a new Turkish foreign policy | Middle East Eye Read More »

China keeps testing Japan near disputed islands

TOKYO — Beijing appears to be asserting its claim to the disputed Senkaku Islands more actively this week, sending numerous ships into what Tokyo considers its exclusive economic zone. Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters around the East China Sea islands, which Beijing calls the Diaoyu, on three straight days through Tuesday, according to the… Source: China keeps testing Japan near disputed islands- Nikkei Asian Review Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt

PINAR TANK Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues. The shockwaves that followed the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 suggest that Turkish society has developed a strong resistance to one of… Source: Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Read More »

Thousands of distressed Jews in Ethiopia left stranded by Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – Due to the worsening security situation in Ethiopia, the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura in transit camps there are waiting for the Israeli government to implement its decision to bring them to Israel; activists in Israel warn of impending disaster for those waiting to rejoin their families in Israel. Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the… Source: Thousands of distressed ... Read More »

Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Erdogan’s move towards Putin began before the failed attempt. Bruno Macaes It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was carefully crafted to… Source: Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup? | The National ... Read More »

Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics

According to experts, talks between the Russian and Turkish presidents in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9 yielded impressive results on economic issues. At the same time analysts warn that many elements in relations between Moscow and Ankara depend on whether or not solutions to political problems will be found, primarily concerning the Syrian issue… Source: Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS

Although Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied that she sold weapons to the Islamic Stats while serving as Secretary of State, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he has proof to the contrary. reported: In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… Source: Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS | Read More »

Russia Keeps Its Friends Close and Turkey Closer

Henry Kissinger reminds us that in international relations, states do not have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. That lesson reverberated Tuesday in St. Petersburg, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan let bygones be bygones with his “dear friend, the esteemed Vladimir” in an ironic (and somewhat excessive) display of diplomatic reconciliation. Over the course of only seven months, Turkey and Russia have gone from ranking each other as public enemy No. 1 to catching up as old friends. Erdogan ... Read More »

US Says More Military Transparency Needed in South China Sea

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QINGDAO, China — The response from Beijing and others to an arbitration panel’s ruling invalidating China’s vast South China Sea maritime claims has brought no surprises, but much more military transparency is needed to reduce tensions in the region, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. Adm. Scott Swift also criticized China-Russia joint naval exercises planned next month in the South China Sea, saying the choice of location was not conducive to “increasing the stability within the region.” ... Read More »

Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter?

During his recent trip to the US, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with US President Barack Obama, made a joint pitch for the ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, the hope that the TTP would form the foundation of a robust and prosperous East Asian security regime centered on economic integration and positive US engagement is fading as China… Source: Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter? – Asia Times Read More »