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The solitude of female politicians in South Asia

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To deflect the sexist charge of being barren viragos, female politicians in the region have to deny their sexuality. Al Jazeera News Mukul Kesavan All the women who have become heads of government in India have been single. It’s an unwritten job requirement. Indira Gandhi, who became… The solitude of female… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

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Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

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Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Farms to focus on more dairy, hogs; less corn planting in 2017

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The most important and market-moving stories from the Chinese-language media Asia Times Poo Yee Kai and Liu Hsiu Wen China will reduce inefficient planting of corn on 10 million mu (1.65 million acres) of land in 2017 while expanding and improving the dairy and hog industries, the Ministry of Agricultural said in a report by the Shanghai Securities… Farms to focus on more dairy… Read More »

Japan civic groups help refugees, despite official reluctance

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Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. Asia Times Satoko Horii Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. While the door has been… Japan civic groups help… Read More »

Hacks show N. Korea not quite the digital backwater reported

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Pyongyang’s “intranet” is vanishingly small, although larger than recently intimated. Asia Times David Volodzko Its cyberwarfare capacity, though, should not be taken lightly Araid last week by South Korean… Hacks show N. Korea not quite… Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

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Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

Turkey at the precipice

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Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed today while he attended an art exhibit in Ankara. By MICHAEL RUBIN Washington Examiner According to eyewitnesses, the assailant — an Islamist terrorist dressed as a policeman — shouted, “You killed innocent people, Ya… Turkey at the… Read More »

Indian police torturing suspects, says HRW deaths in custody report

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Human Rights Watch said nearly 600 people have died between 2010 and 2015, but not one officer has been convicted The Guardian Michael Safi Indian police are torturing suspects – including using sexual abuse, forms of waterboarding and beatings with a “truth-seeking belt” – a new Human Rights Watch investigation has claimed. A report released by the rights group on… Indian police torturing suspects, says… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »

Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC

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How a fast-food marketing campaign turned into a widespread Yuletide tradition for millions. BBC News Mark Peters Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as… Why Japan celebrates Christmas… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

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Are Washington and Beijing fated to repeat the mistakes Britain and Germany made a century earlier? The National Interest Ali Wyne Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is… Are the United… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »