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WikiLeaks reveals 57,000 emails from the son-in-law of President Erdogan, ‘proving his connection to ISIS operation smuggling oil into Turkey’

WikiLeaks has released a tranche of more than 57,000 personal emails from the account of Turkey’s Minister of Oil Berat Albayrak. By HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Albayrak is the son-in-law of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The emails span a six-year period from 2000 to 2016 and allegedly reveal his level of influence in the country’s political scene. The emails appear to have been obtained by Turkish hacktivist group Redhack, and which threatened to make his communications public back in… ... Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »

Uzbekistan: Reform or Repeat?

After 25 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan faces unpredictable neighbours, a jihadi threat and deep socio-economic challenges. ICG New President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has taken small steps toward vital domestic and foreign policy reform, and… Uzbekistan: Reform or… Read More »

Making vaccines work in Timor-Leste: a small country with a big future

It is seven o’clock in the morning, and as the cool night gives way to the heat of the day, a winding road stretches ahead of us towards the town of Gleno in Ermera province. On our way, we’re treated to unparalleled views of the jungle and the ocean. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Timor-Leste is a very young country, which is still recovering from the… Making vaccines work in… Read More »

A man walks into a bar — not just any old bar

Co-creator of the infamous Star Wars ‘Cantina’ reminisces at Tokyo Comic Con about making the first movie 40 years ago Asia Times By Liu Hsiu Wen and Kenta Kato The Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley has to be one of the… A man walks… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Erdoğan’s call to citizens: Sell dollars for lira, gold

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth. Ηurriyet Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar. “Those who… Erdoğan’s call to… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers boats to ship migrants to Greece over EU anger

EUROPE is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks. Express Alix Culbertson Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast. The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to… Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers… Read More »

Nauru blocking release of information about asylum seekers, court documents show

Documents filed by the immigration department urge blocking of freedom of information request The Guardian Calla Wahlquist Nauru is blocking the release of information requested under Australian freedom of information laws relating to refugees and asylum seekers held on the island, according to court documents. Documents filed by the immigration department to… Nauru blocking release of information about… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis, must engage with Ankara despite concern about its response to a failed coup in July. Bild newspaper ran a story under a ... Read More »