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Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

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Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island. It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 ... Read More »

330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

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A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the… Hurriyet The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the… The expulsion of the… 330 more academics… Read More »

No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to convince President Trump in a telephone call that arming Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight the Islamic State would be counterproductive to the… Kareem Fahim and Adam Entous The Washington Post One of Erdogan’s objectives in the call was to try to… No decision yet… Read More »

China’s Naval Shipbuilding Sets Sail

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The United States needs to reengineer a naval shipbuilding “sweet spot.” Andrew S. Erickson The National Interest China has parlayed the world’s second-largest economy and second-largest defense budget into the world’s largest ongoing comprehensive naval buildup, which has already yielded the… All that is only part of an… China’s Naval Shipbuilding… Read More »

Trump reiterates ‘close, long-standing relationship’ in phone call with Turkish president

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President Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he reiterated support as “a strategic partner and NATO ally,” according to the White… Fox News Trump discussed the “close, long-standing relationship” between the U.S. and Turkey, in addition welcoming the… Trump reiterates ‘close… Read More »

Chinese ships sail near disputed Japanese islands

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The sailing comes just days after US Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Japan and its disputed islands. Brad Lendon CNN According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, protests were lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and in Beijing through the… Tensions have flashed numerous times in recent years over the… Chinese ships sail… Read More »

Frozen out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe’s border – video

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Jamshid and Mati served the US military as interpreters during the war in Afghanistan, but like many, haven’t been granted visas to emigrate to the… Max Duncan, Alice Aedy and Michael Tait, theguardian.com The Guardian With their lives threatened by the Taliban, they joined the migrants heading for western Europe, only to find themselves trapped in Serbia on the… Frozen out: the… Read More »

When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

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President Vladimir Putin may be hammering out an endgame in Damascus, but Russia has no money to rebuild once the shooting stops, but Beijing does Sami Moubayed Asia Times All signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President is seemingly ready and willing to outsource the entire Syrian conflict to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who will be given a free hand to… When the guns go… Read More »

Why this statue of a young girl caused a diplomatic incident

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(CNN) – In the busy South Korean port city of Busan, the young girl sits on a wooden chair, her fists balled in her lap. Sol Han and James Griffiths CNN She looks impassively forward, her expression unsmiling and determined. Her feet are bare, and on her shoulder sits a small bird. This statue has sparked… Why this statue of… Read More »

Seeking solace

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After their husbands die, many Indian widows, some young and others old, are tossed aside like… SASCHA RICHTER Asia Times There are around 40 million widows in India at this time. In the classical, brahmanical view, they are physically alive but socially… They were expected to die before their… Seeking solace… Read More »

The week in finance: US banks jump on deregulation, China tightens and RBA to hold

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After a recent loss of momentum, the so-called “Trump Trade” has bounced back on news the new administration will be taking the knife to tougher bank laws put in place in the wake of the… By business reporter Stephen Letts ABC The banking sector drove the S&P 500 up 0.7 per cent to just short of a… The ASX 200 futures were bid… The week in… Read More »

China: The Real Winner of the 2016 Election

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Can the U.S.-China relationship survive a Twitter president? Thomas J. Shattuck The National Interest After a president of the United States takes office, he normally enjoys what is called a “honeymoon period,” which is when the public and Congress generally approve of his actions and policies. During this time… China: The Real… Read More »

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

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“God, Buddha — where are they?” asks Aera magazine. Michael Hoffman The Japan Times At the Cafe de Monku, is one answer. It’s a good… Does contemporary Japan… Read More »

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

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Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

Former Norway PM held at Washington airport over 2014 visit to Iran

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Kjell Magne Bondevik describes shock after being held and questioned at Dulles hub under new US entry controls Nadia Khomami The Guardian A former prime minister of Norway has spoken of his shock after he was held and questioned at Washington Dulles airport because of a… Former Norway PM… Read More »

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

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The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »