Asia

Bahcelism in Turkey

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When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

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Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

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Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is To Steal Your Oil, And Your Future

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As one of our closest – and poorest – neighbours marks 14 years of independence, Australia is still stealing their natural resources. New Matilda Ella Fabry Ella Fabry explains. Tomorrow, November 28, one of the world’s newest nations… Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

The Personal Feud That’s Strangling Afghanistan’s Precious Mineral Trade

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Complicated power struggles are paralyzing the country’s development. Franz J. Marty The settlement in the shadows of the mighty peaks and cliffs of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan is mostly deserted. The small stone huts are crumbling, and… The Personal Feud… Read More »

Kuwait poll: Opposition wins nearly half of parliament

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Kuwait’s opposition groups have won 24 of the 50 contested seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. Al Jazeera Kuwait opposition groups and their allies have won nearly half parliament’s 50 seats, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the… Kuwait poll: Opposition… Read More »

Hundreds of thousands protest for fifth straight week against South Korean President

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Huge rallies have been held in Seoul for a fifth straight week to protest against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratise South Korea. ABC Ms Park’s presidency has been rocked by allegations that a close friend used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence. Prosecutors have indicted her… Hundreds of thousands protest for… Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

Xinjiang locals told to turn in their passports

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All residents in China’s restive region of Xinjiang must hand in their passports to local police stations for “examination and management”, the Global Times newspaper said yesterday. “Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police station,” an anonymous police officer in Aksu prefecture told the paper, adding that the… Xinjiang locals told… Read More »

Duterte Harry

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At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

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Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »