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Nuclear war has become thinkable again – we need a reminder of what it means

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As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to… Paul Mason The Guardian Last week, Donald Trump deployed his superweapon Moab, the “mother of all bombs” – 10 tonnes of high explosive detonated in mid-air in such a… The Russian media immediately reminded us that their own thermobaric… Nuclear war has… Read More »

China factories put weight behind forecast-busting 6.9% GDP

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Economic growth accelerates in first quarter as signs emerge of recovery taking broader… STEVE WANG and BEN RICHARDSON Asia Times China’s economic growth accelerated for the second straight quarter, beating expectations as a robust performance by the nation’s manufacturers weighed in… Growth in the secondary sector of the economy — manufacturing and… China factories put… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

Will China intervene in North Korea?

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If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera North Korea is in the headlines – again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it’s the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since… Donald Trump is in… Will China intervene… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

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THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

China warns of N Korea conflict ‘at any moment’

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A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment,” China said April 14, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the… Beijing Hurriyet On the same day, the Kremlin said it’s watching the developments around North Korea with “great… China’s sharp language came after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of,” as… China warns of… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

CGA to buy devices to protect EEZ

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The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) is to buy thermal imaging devices and drones to boost its efforts in deterring Chinese fishing boats from… Cheng Hung-ta and Jonathan Chin Taipei Times Lee made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, during which lawmakers demanded that the… Lee was reporting to the committee in connection with the… CGA to buy… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

Mother Of All Bombs: What is it and why is the US now using it to fight Islamic State?

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On Friday, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped on a battlefield after the US unexpectedly unleashed one on a network of Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. By Steven Viney, staff ABC Observers were almost instantly stunned as… US President Donald Trump was… Mother Of All… Read More »

‘China Matters’

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Book Extract In China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (LaTrobe University Press), its authors Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson look at the… By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson By Daily Review The two expert China-watchers take a concise look at modern China, its tensions and contradictions, and pose questions about how it might use its power and influence in a… A major aim of… ‘China Matters… Read More »

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »