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Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

Appeasing Iran will only give it more room for maneuver

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Donald Trump must adopt a “don’t make the landlord go crazy” approach to the regime. Farhad Rezaei Asia Times And he should be prepared to punish it, writes Farhad Rezaei Ehud Barak, Israel’s Prime… Appeasing Iran will only… Read More »

China as the leader of the global liberal order?

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Just under a year ago, the prospect that the United States would turn into the fierce critic of the current economic and political order while China could become its ardent advocate was almost inconceivable. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But, in a new era of world politics, wherein what is normal becomes abnormal and vice versa, such an unreal reversal of roles is now in the offing. For over the last seven… China as the leader of… Read More »

Make Jerusalem Safe Again

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Relocating the American Embassy to Jerusalem, as President Donald Trump has pledged to do, is more than symbolic. Ilana Mercer The Daily Caller It’s what Christians should be praying for if they value celebrating future Easter Holy Weeks, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem’s Old City. With such a forceful gesture… Make Jerusalem Safe… Read More »

How sports became means of defiance in Syria’s besieged al-Waer

Children play soccer at a playground in the northwestern Homs district of Al Waer January 17, 2015. U.N. aid workers have started delivering food to tens of thousands of people trapped in a besieged district of Homs city in Syria following negotiations with warring parties, officials said on Friday.  . REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR4LTIK

The Assi River and orchards surrounding the river separate al-Waer district, a northwestern suburb of Homs, from the city. Orwoa Kanawati Al Monitor Despite its proximity to strategic sites such as the military academy, the military hospital and Homs’ refinery, the district was considered a paradise and a summer destination. But when the Syrian revolution… How sports became means of… Read More »

New reign takes hold in Thailand

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The country’s royal succession has been smooth, defying predictions of a tumultuous transition, as King Maha Vajiralongkorn consolidates his position Shawn W. Crispin Asia Times On government buildings, shopping malls, and luxury hotels, larger-than-life portraits of recently deceased Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej are slowly but surely being replaced with images of his succeeding son. While black-clad Thais continue… New reign takes hold in… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

She’s two years old, works in restaurant – inexperience shows

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Jie Jie’s flashing eyes and can-do attitude belie the fact that she’s quite possibly the worst waitress in the world Johan Nylander Asia Times Her name is Jie Jie, she is two years old and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in… She’s two years old, works in… Read More »

Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the death of the TPP (yet)

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TPP was never about trade for Washington Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times You can already hear it starting. The cries and eulogies of… Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

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Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

SPECIAL FEATURE: As The Guns Fall Silent: Women And The War In Yemen

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Women’s rights forms another frontier in war-torn Yemen, writes Pat Griffiths in this special New Matilda feature. Pat Griffiths New Matilda BOMBS fall on Yemen. They have done so… SPECIAL FEATURE: As The Guns Fall… Read More »

China Slams Western Democracy as Flawed

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China’s state media used Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president to warn about the perils of democracy, touting the relative stability of the Communist system as President Xi Jinping heads toward a twice-a-decade reshuffle of senior leadership posts. Bloomberg With ministries and senior officials stressing unity as a priority for China, smoothing the path for the party’s congress in the fourth quarter, state media were quick to highlight divisions within America shown by Trump’s… China Slams Western… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

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With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »

Beyond borders

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The Asian giant’s area of national interest is no longer confined to its continental region – a fact that has serious geopolitical implications, Roger Bradbury writes Roger Bradbury Asia Times Paul Keating’s analysis of China’s geopolitical strategy, offered in his 24 December interview with veteran political journalist Paul Kelly, was at once fascinating and provocative. But it was built on… Beyond borders… Read More »

Women and Iran’s elections: ‘This is not the atmosphere for change’

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In May this year Iranians will go to the polls twice: first to vote for their next president, and then for nearly 120,000 council members in the municipal election. Rebecca Barlow Lowy Interpreter Women, like youth, form a critical component of Iran’s electorate.. They played a key role in the election of reformist president Muhammad Khatami (1997-2005) and the… Women and Iran’s… Read More »