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Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

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On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

What’s on Kim Jong-un’s mind?

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Kim Jong-un’s actions may seem ‘irrational’ on the surface, but he knows what he is doing and his policies are working. Andrei Lankov Al Jazeera News In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are… What’s on Kim… Read More »

IS or Taliban? Hospital raid leaves Kabul stupefied

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KABUL, Afghanistan  -The Islamic State group claimed a spectacular assault on Afghanistan’s largest navy hospital that bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, prompting officers to voice misgivings as IS’s nascent presence within the… Usman SHARIFI Agence France-Presse Philippine News Now IS claimed through its propaganda company Amaq that its fighters dressed as docs stormed the… IS or Taliban… Read More »

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’ Justin McCurry at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant The Guardian Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a… Dying robots and… Read More »

‘But what about the railways …?’ ​​The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

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Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Shashi Tharoor The Guardian Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no… ‘But what about… Read More »

Hard times for feminists in China

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On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar protests took place around the globe. Jiayun Feng SUP China But not in China, a country with 645 million women — nearly one-sixth of the world’s female population. China’s absence in… Hard times for… Read More »

Ani Choying Drolma: Nepal’s rock star nun

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(CNN) – Ani Choying Drolma was not stabbed as a teenager by her Tibetan sculptor father in one of his many fits of rage. Jenni Marsh CNN That, says Drolma, is an urban legend which has been amplified during the two decades in which she has been telling her incredible story to journalists around the world. Not that her… Ani Choying Drolma… Read More »

Stop targeting humanitarian workers

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Humanitarian workers have to balance the risks they are facing with the life-saving impact of their humanitarian work. Dominik Stillhart Al Jazeera News Names you’ve never heard. Places you’ve never… Stop targeting humanitarian… Read More »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

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Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

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Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

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As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

A Polish plan runs into economic reality

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Since he joined the Polish government in November 2015, first as minister of development and later also as minister of finance, Mateusz Morawiecki has been extremely critical of the legacy left by his predecessors. Dalibor Rohac and Martin Miszerak AEI His criticisms are not unfounded. Yet his own… A Polish plan… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Will China and the EU team up against Trump?

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Regardless of their many disagreements, China and the European Union appear willing to team up against anti-globalist and anti-systemic forces that, they argue, threaten world stability. Emanuele Scimia Asia Times Exchanging views with French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Beijing on February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed that Europe was an important pole in the multipolar world that China was committed to building. He then added… Will China and… Read More »

Can China afford to challenge the United States?

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Trump calls China’s bluff on a naval arms race in the South China Sea. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News As China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, meets this week in Beijing, one problem is on everyone’s mind: China’s surging levels of government and private sector debt. For the past… Can China afford… Read More »

TURKEY: Reverse Regime Change, Replacing Secularism with Sultanism

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Since 2002, the Republic of Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), founded Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and… Dr Can Erimtan 21st Century Wire At first, Erdoğan and his henchmen appeared to respect the rule of law and the political traditions established by Mustafa Kemal… The economic boom of the early AKP years and the… TURKEY: Reverse Regime… Read More »