Out of obscurity

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The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels

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Emails reveal that a popular source for mainstream Western media is a U.K.-backed propaganda outlet. By Rania Khalek AlterNet The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and… British Govt-Funded… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Myanmar’s army to respect civilians’ rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority. ABC Mr Annan was meeting top officials during a three-day trip to Myanmar, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in the fractious western province Rakhine state. The army has been conducting aggressive sweeps through… Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about… Read More »

Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on board

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Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan’s singer-turned-preacher, among 48 people on plane that went down near Islamabad. Al Jazeera A commercial aircraft carrying 48 people onboard crashed in northern Pakistan near the capital Islamabad, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said. PK 661 went down on Wednesday on a domestic flight from…. Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »

Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth Peace with Israel

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Excerpt … Turkey is normalizing its relations with Israel — in theory, at least. The Gatestone Institute by Burak Bekdil Ankara and Jerusalem agreed to appoint ambassadors to each other’s country after an absence of more than six years. Two prominent career diplomats, Kemal Okem and… Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth… Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »

Uzbekistan: Reform or Repeat?

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After 25 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan faces unpredictable neighbours, a jihadi threat and deep socio-economic challenges. ICG New President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has taken small steps toward vital domestic and foreign policy reform, and… Uzbekistan: Reform or… Read More »

Could India’s Bold Nuclear War Plan Survive a Clash with Pakistan?

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Massive retaliation in India’s nuclear doctrine fails to serve the objective of nuclear deterrence. The National Interest Arka Biswas Debate on the review of India’s nuclear doctrine heated up recently after Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “personal” remarks on the… Could India’s Bold… Read More »

Making vaccines work in Timor-Leste: a small country with a big future

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It is seven o’clock in the morning, and as the cool night gives way to the heat of the day, a winding road stretches ahead of us towards the town of Gleno in Ermera province. On our way, we’re treated to unparalleled views of the jungle and the ocean. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Timor-Leste is a very young country, which is still recovering from the… Making vaccines work in… Read More »

A man walks into a bar — not just any old bar

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Co-creator of the infamous Star Wars ‘Cantina’ reminisces at Tokyo Comic Con about making the first movie 40 years ago Asia Times By Liu Hsiu Wen and Kenta Kato The Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley has to be one of the… A man walks… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »