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China Cannot Be Expected to Punish North Korea

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In fact, China might exploit U.S. beliefs about its ability to control North Korea. Joel Wuthnow The National Interest North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch—the first to occur during the Trump administration—once again raises the question of how the United States should handle the North Korean nuclear program, and… China Cannot Be… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Extremism is no longer just a man’s game

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The lengths that extremist groups are willing to go in order advance jihad is traditionally thought to know no bounds. Brian Moore Asia Times Indeed, the onslaught of well-documented terrorist attacks in recent years has not discriminated in its targets: young or old, male or female, and despite religious and political beliefs. But on the… Extremism is no… Read More »

Al Bab: ‘When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic’

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Ankara’s plans to push further east and south of Al Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts. Mariya Petkova Al Jazeera In recent weeks, the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield has made significant progress against ISIL around the city of Al Bab in northern Syria. Russia, a key ally during the operation, has provided Turkey with military and… Al Bab: ‘When… Read More »

Vietnam’s Got a New South China Sea Strategy

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The Vietnam People’s Navy is shifting from sea denial to counter-intervention. Koh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest In 1287, Gen. Omar Khan of the Yuan Dynasty led a sizeable invasion force, including numerous war junks, against Dai Viet (present.. With battle-hardened Mongols forming the vanguard, it seemed as if the… Vietnam’s Got a New… Read More »

World community sizes up a diminished Trump

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For the world at large, the resignation by the US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Monday is not about an obscure 19th century law that defines a phone conversation between him and the Russian ambassador. M.K. Bhadrakumar Asia Times What it conveys are three things. First, the US… World community sizes… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia’s inaction

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A federal court verdict exposed how valid citizenship applications from people who arrived by boat were shunted into a drawer and ignored. Ben Doherty The Guardian Now the immigration department has to say what it is going to do about them. Kyar was overjoyed to the receive the letter, embossed with the coat of arms of Australia and the… Glimmer of hope… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Pakistan: Stoking the Fire in Karachi

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Ethnic, political and sectarian rivalries, jihadist groups, criminality and heavy-handed security policies are turning Pakistan’s biggest city into a pressure cooker of… ICG Feuding politicians must set aside their conflicts or Karachi’s law-and-order crisis may further… Pakistan: Stoking the… Read More »

Hamid Kehazaei was metres from care unit that could have saved him, inquest told

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Doctor who treated Manus asylum seeker said a cascading litany of mistakes led to the Iranian’s death, and if he had been moved just 10 metres away, he could’ve… Ben Doherty The Guardian If asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei had been moved to a better-equipped intensive care unit just 10 metres away from his hospital bed he would have been likely… Hamid Kehazaei was… Read More »

Do Iranian MPs want to send working women back home?

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On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age limit. Alireza Ramezani Al Monitor At present, the age limit for early retirement of women covered by the Social Security Organization (SSO) is 52. The law needs… Do Iranian MPs… Read More »

China’s creating, not stealing, US jobs; See the EB-5 visa

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President Trump’s recent travel ban executive order and the xenophobic rhetoric that peppered his campaign show that anti-immigrant sentiment is running high in America. Carly O’Connell Asia Times Trump and his followers believe that immigrants and China are stealing American jobs. Well, I want to… China’s creating, not… Read More »

Cyprus: an island divided

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Cyprus, the disputed island in Eastern Medit­erranean, has been inhabited since 9000 BC, and in its troubled recent history — as well as in its beauty — it has much in common with… Irfan Husain Dawn Both have been partitioned, with religion and nationalism featuring in the dispute. The baggage of history weighs heavily for both, and two bigger players call the… Cyprus has been populated since 9,000 BC, and… Cyprus: an island… Read More »

Think Asia Will Dominate the 21st Century? Think Again.

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Michael R. Auslin deconstructs the tensions lurking below the region’s prosperous surface. Dov S. Zakheim The National Interest MICHAEL R. Auslin opens his book with a preface entitled “The Asia that Nobody Sees.” He might better… Think Asia Will… Read More »