Asia

Why China Won’t Overtake the United States

Economic growth no longer translates as directly into military power as it did in the past. So rather than expecting a rising China to seize the United States’ preeminent position in the global order, everyone should start getting used to a world in which the United States remains the sole superpower for decades to come… Source: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States | Foreign Affairs Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Genocide and Democracy in Burma

Azeem Ibrahim and Richard Cockett plot Myanmar’s uncertain trajectory. SOUTHEAST ASIA is a miracle of modernization. In the course of a few generations, the region has experienced startling change… Source: Genocide and Democracy in Burma | The National Interest Read More »

Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

When U.S. officials first approached Turkey about joining NATO, the Turkish government was enthusiastic. Thousands of Turks were fighting alongside American forces in Korea. It was “imperative that democracies work in complete harmony, without competition among themselves or differences in policy objectives,” the U.S. ambassador to Turkey reported in a top-secret memo that Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Fuat… Source: Kick Turkey Out Of NATO – Erdogan Is Not An Ally Read More »

Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey

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“Today Turkey is – and this is not just a political, formal assessment, it is also my very private personal feeling also after our today visit – today Turkey is the best example for the whole world how we should treat refugees. No one has the right to lecture Turkey what it should to do”. We shall not engage with the… Source: Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe

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In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. She… Source: Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe Read More »

Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability

This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey… Source: Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability – Asia ... Read More »

Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice

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Thailand plans to sell the remaining 11.4 million tonnes of rice in government stockpiles within two months, the country’s rice management board says. The world’s second-biggest rice exporter after India has been reducing stocks left over after the end of a rice-buying scheme under the previous, civilian… Source: Thailand to sell 11.4m tonnes of rice | The Mercury Read More »

Untold Story of Syrian Coup: Who is Really Behind the Plot to Topple Assad?

Thanks to modern technologies one can easily reconstruct the story of Washington’s conspiracy aimed at destabilizing Syria by exploiting the country’s ethnic and religious divisions. In his recent Op-Ed for Russia Today Neil Clark, a journalist, writer, broadcaster and… Source: Untold Story of Syrian Coup: Who is Really Behind the Plot to Topple Assad? Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

N Korean leader hails ‘successful’ missile test from submarine

(From AFP) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile test as an “eye-opening success”, state media said on Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases. The US, joined by Britain, said Saturday’s apparent test was a violation of UN Security Council… Source: N Korean leader hails ‘successful’ missile test from submarine – Asia Times Read More »

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »