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Five takeaways from Iran’s missile strike in Syria

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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 »

California Approves Millions for Armenian Museum and Genocide Education

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ANCA-WR Praises State Legislators GLENDALE, Calif.–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) praised California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and… The Armenian Weekly On June 15, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the… “The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very… California Approves Millions… Read More »

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area Bertil Lintner  Asia Times A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the… New Cold War… Read More »

Y-chromosomal analysis of Greek Cypriots reveals a primarily common pre-Ottoman paternal ancestry with Turkish Cypriots

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Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus PLOS A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and… Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and… In terms of more recent (past millennium) ancestry, as… Y-chromosomal analysis of… ... Read More »

UN Issues Stark Warning On Pacific Drought Threat

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The United Nations says the looming El Nino threat could impact on more than four million people in the Pacific. FijiSun The UN’s Resident Co-ordinator, Osnat Lubrani, says communities and governments need to prepare now for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually… He says some countries are already implementing or drafting drought plans and the UN is ready to help co-ordinate this and to provide technical… Issues Stark Warning… Read More »

Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language

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Cultural disappropriation A new step in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign against foreign influences The Economist TURKEY’S president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded to last summer’s attempted coup by sacking or suspending 160,000 public servants and arresting 60,000 more. But his latest purge has a… Turkey’s president wants… Read More »

US reassures Qatar with arms sale, drill

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The United States agreed a major warplane sale to Qatar and began maneuvers with the emirate’s navy on June 15, underscoring its commitment to their military alliance despite Doha’s rift with… Hurriyet Washington has sent conflicting signals to its longtime ally about its position on the diplomatic crisis which has seen Saudi Arabia and its allies impose sweeping sanctions on the… Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed support for the… US reassures Qatar… Read More »

Why is Turkey standing up for Qatar?

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“Thank you Turkey for the milk!” posted one Twitter user from Qatar, along with a picture taken in a supermarket whose shelves were full of… Selin Girit BBC Over the weekend, fresh stocks of milk, yogurt, poultry and juice from Turkey were flown to Doha as the country faced a shortage of fresh produce due to the recent crisis in the Gulf – the worst in the… On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the isolation of Qatar as… ... Read More »

Refugee-turned-lawyer helps others in Australia ahead of deportation deadline

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Hundreds of Israeli commandos are headed to Cyprus as the two countries prepare to start a large-scale, week-long military drill Sunday. Jacqueline Breen ABC Ahmad Dostizada was 10 years old when his father left Afghanistan and travelled by boat to Australia to seek asylum for the family. After months in detention and years on a temporary protection visa, his father was recognised as a refugee, winning the right to bring his wife and… Refugee-turned-lawyer… Read More »