Asia

ISIS Is Pushing America and the Philippines Back Together

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Sharing an enemy has a magical way of forcing estranged allies back into each other’s embrace. Richard Javad Heydarian The National Interest In many ways, this is exactly what is happening to bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States, as both nations grapple with the prospect of an… Throughout his first year in office, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte rarely missed a chance to lash out at Washington and promote his distinct “Asia for… ISIS Is Pushing… Read More »

The Many Agents Of Tajikistan’s Path To Peace

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On June 27, Tajikistan marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Tajik Peace Accord that ended a five-year civil war… Bruce Pannier RFE/RL The man who will be taking much of the credit for achieving peace in Tajikistan is President Emomali Rahmon, aka “Asosguzori sulhu vahdati milli — Peşvo’i millat” (“Founder of Peace and Unity — Leader of the… The first part of this title, bestowed upon Rahmon by Tajikistan’s parliament in December 2015, seems overly… The Many ... Read More »

Turkey’s Identity Crisis

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As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence. Steven A. Cook  The Atlantic On June 14, a Turkish court sentenced Enis Berberoglu to 25 years in prison for spying. The decision sent shockwaves through Turkey, even after a year during which the government arrested, detained, or purged more than 200,000 people in the… Turkey’s Identity… Read More »

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

The European Union dumps China

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In one fell swoop, a legislative committee of the European Union Parliament has snubbed China’s recent easing of restrictions on inbound foreign investment, rejected Beijing’s demand to be recognized as a… Emanuele Scimia  Asia Times On Tuesday, the EU Parliament’s trade committee overwhelmingly adopted a resolution amending the European Commission’s proposed legislation on… In other words, EU lawmakers have decided to toughen the bloc’s… The European Union… Read More »

UK: Demands made of Qatar must be measured, realistic

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also calls Saudi-led bloc of countries to lift embargo imposed on Qatar. Al Jazeera Britain’s foreign secretary has said that a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf will end only when “measured and realistic” conditions are discussed, in comments made shortly after a… “Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic,” Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to a… UK: Demands made… Read More »

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

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With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more… Martin Chulov The Guardian As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started… In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years… Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and… Kurds see chance… Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »

Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and eventually to the… RFE/RL Putin on June 23 called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a ship off the Black Sea coast near Anapa in southern Russia to launch the… TurkStream is one of several major undersea pipeline projects the Kremlin has pushed in recent years in an… Putin Officially Launches… Read More »

North Korea Must Apologise for American Tourist Warmbier’s Death

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A public apology for death of American tourist Otto Warmbier is the best way for North Korea to show it did not plan this tragedy, keep over-zealous public security officials in line and improve the chances of any dialogue with the… Christopher Green ICG The death of an American tourist just days after he was released from North Korean custody and repatriated to his home in Ohio has cast another long shadow over relations between Pyongyang and… 22-year-old Otto Warmbier ... Read More »

Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918’ Published by Berghahn Books

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NEW YORK—Vahé Tachjian’s book, Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918, was recently published by Berghahn Books. TheArmenianWeekly Tachjian is the project director and the chief editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, which aims to reconstruct Ottoman Armenians’ local history and life stories. Historical research into the Armenian Genocide has grown tremendously in recent years, but much of it has focused on large… Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life… Read More »

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

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Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul The Guardian Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for… Turkish schools to… Read More »

Japan missile defence drill aims to ease concern over North Korean threat

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A PAC-3 Patriot battery drove on to the Asaka Self Defence Forces base near Tokyo, deployed its radar antenna and raised its missile launcher to firing… Reuters Asia Times Japan opened a missile defence drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North… A PAC-3 Patriot battery drove on to the Asaka Self Defence Forces base near Tokyo, deployed its radar antenna and raised ... Read More »

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea?

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America is facing a countdown that ends with a verified North Korean ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear weapon. Robert E Kelly The National Interest It is increasingly clear that North Korea is driving toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could strike the U.S. homeland. A central question for war and peace in East Asia, then, is how the Americans will respond if or when North Korea achieves this… Will America Wage… Read More »

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

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NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as… Reuters Arab News Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as… Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on… India eyes breakthrough… Read More »