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Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

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Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

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The Trump team has options for stabilizing Syria, but each one comes with its own set of… Nicholas A. Heras The National Interest The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s mission to fully defeat the would-be… Will the United… Read More »

Investment in Africa: There’s room for everyone

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What African countries want are partners who are in it for the long haul and can deliver the best return on investment. Rosa Whitaker Al Jazeera News China is not “moving relentlessly across Africa”. Despite what Peter… Investment in Africa… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Are America and China destined for war?

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In his recent book The Improbable War, professor Christopher Coker explains that it is “of vital importance that the possibility of a conflict between China and the United States continues to be discussed.” Harry J Kazianis Asia Times Coker’s rationale for this is simple: “If the United States and China continue to convince themselves that war is too ‘improbable’ to take seriously, it is not they but the rest of the world that may ultimately pay the price.” It would ... Read More »

EU reaches for the rising sun

EU President Donald Tusk (R) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (C) welcome Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 3, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s PM visits Brussels as pressure rises on the EU to clinch trade and political agreements. David M. Herszenhorn, Hans Von Der Burchard and Christian Oliver Politico As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits Brussels Tuesday, the European Union faces intensifying pressure to deliver on a promised pivot to Asia by sealing a new trade accord and strategic political partnership with… EU reaches for… Read More »

Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »

Green cities will change the world

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As our world becomes increasingly urban, our opportunity to create more sustainable ways of living also increases. Christiana Figueres Asia Times I am hopeful that we are now entering an era of renewed social and economic growth, driven by civic leaders and savvy citizens who are reshaping their communities on a green-building model. Around 66% of… Green cities will… Read More »

Japan: Open Letter to the U.S.

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In return for abolishing the Japanese military, the United States guaranteed peace and stability in Japan, Korea and, to a lesser degree, in various areas of the Pacific, in place of a not-yet-functioning United Nations. Amir George Gatestone Institute A new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps unintentionally suggested upsetting this arrangement, which has worked so well for so many years. According to reports, Tillerson “refused to rule out increased weaponization… Japan: Open Letter… Read More »

PM: Timor-Leste should be in WTO

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for Timor-Leste to be made a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so the… Khmer Times Mr. Hun Sen made the call at the opening of the Fifth China Round Table on World Trade Organization Accessions in… Mr. Hun Sen recalled how joining the WTO in 2004 helped Cambodia open its… PM: Timor-Leste… Read More »

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone’s Happy

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The German city of Trier has never been particularly fond of its most famous son, Karl Marx, who helped turn communism into an ideology that changed the course of history. npr Conservative and Catholic, the picturesque city on the French border took an ambivalent view of the radical revolutionary, born into a Jewish family in 1818. But now, as… German City Accepts… Read More »

The case against Turkey

Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yuksekdag (C) arrives at the Cumhuriyet Daily headquarters, on November 27,2015 in Istanbul, during a demonstration after the arrest of the Editor in Chief. A court in Istanbul charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying after they alleged Turkey's secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, Turkish media reported. Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets". Both men were placed in pre-trial detention. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

A European parliamentarian’s visit to Ankara yielded no reasons to reconsider freezing accession talks. Kati Piri Politico As I landed in Ankara earlier this month, I knew it would not be an easy trip. The Turkish government… The case against… Read More »

UN official says ‘crimes against humanity’ could be unfolding in Myanmar

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(CNN) – Their homes burned and relatives killed, Rohingya have been fleeing northern Myanmar since October. James Griffiths and Kristie Lu Stout CNN They trek for miles along a dangerous route — risking drowning, disease and capture by the military — to cross the border into neighboring Bangladesh, where refugee camps provide temporary shelter. Tens of thousands… UN official says… Read More »

The politics of water insecurity

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To achieve universal water security, we need to let politics and culture drive water planning as much as economy does. Majed Akhter Al Jazeera News This March 22, World Water Day, we focus attention on global issues of water access. The statistics are not comforting. The poorest ninth… The politics of… Read More »

Protests over plans to rename bridge after Aung San Suu Kyi’s father

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The bridge would be named after Bogyoke Aung San, who is seen as an independence hero in Myanmar by some – and a divisive figure by others Logan Connor Southeast Asia Globe On Sunday, thousands of people gathered in Myanmar’s Mon State to protest the government’s plan to rename a bridge after the father of state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The Thanlwin Bridge… Protests over plans… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »