Analysis

Failed Islamic State?

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The once-sleepy town of Idlib is fast becoming a hotbed for militants who are being funnelled there by outside powers, possibly as part of grand plan Sami Moubayed Asia Times Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten city in the Syrian northwest, famed for its agricultural fields and for a celebrated resistance leader it produced at the end of World War I, who staged a… Failed Islamic… Read More »

Who’s top rooster in the South China Sea?

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It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” there is a serious confrontation between Messrs Trump and Xi over “access” to the South China Sea. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The stakes could not be higher As we enter the… Who’s top rooster in… Read More »

New reign takes hold in Thailand

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The country’s royal succession has been smooth, defying predictions of a tumultuous transition, as King Maha Vajiralongkorn consolidates his position Shawn W. Crispin Asia Times On government buildings, shopping malls, and luxury hotels, larger-than-life portraits of recently deceased Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej are slowly but surely being replaced with images of his succeeding son. While black-clad Thais continue… New reign takes hold in… Read More »

Euro ‘could fail’, says man tipped as US ambassador to EU

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The man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union has told the BBC the single currency “could collapse” in the next 18 months. Kamal Ahmed BBC News Professor Ted Malloch said he would “short the euro” – taking a market position which bets on the value of the currency falling. He also said Britain could… Euro ‘could fail’, says man… Read More »

Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the death of the TPP (yet)

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TPP was never about trade for Washington Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times You can already hear it starting. The cries and eulogies of… Why Asia shouldn’t mourn the… Read More »

The Looming Islamist Threat… in Latin America

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And money freed up by the Iran deal will only make things worse. J.P. Carroll The National Interest In recent weeks, a variety of foreign-policy issues have been raised regarding President Donald Trump’s nominees for key national-security posts. The issues that have been… The Looming Islamist Threat…  Read More »

Will Arctic trade prompt China to build an ‘ice-water navy’?

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The final of a two-part series looks at the global implications of China’s trade interests in the Northwest Passage and other navigation routes Doug Tsouruoka Asia Times While China doesn’t border Arctic regions, this doesn’t preclude Beijing from making future security moves involving the Northwest Passage or other northern reaches, especially if such routes become shipping lifelines and… Will Arctic trade prompt… Read More »

New Year message from Kim Jong-un: Same old, same old

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Kim Jong-un made scant mention of grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il. Bradley K. Martin Asia Times He didn’t need to — he just repeated their economic policies. Some foreign commentators… New Year message from… Read More »

Rethinking Trump’s policy options for North Korea

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Strategic patience, as exercised by the outgoing Obama administration, is highly unsustainable as a long-term policy Asia Times Jana Hajzlerova and Michael Raska In 2016, North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, multiple missiles tests, and staged a rare Workers’ Party of Korea congress signaling the “official start to Kim Jong-un’s era” with no changes in its political course. At the same time… Rethinking Trump’s policy… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

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Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

Three big secrets lurking in China’s banking system

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A close look at lending and money supply data reveals three notable kinks in the system Asia Times Steve Wang New yuan loans handed out by Chinese banks in November expanded about 10%, more than analysts had been expecting, while the broad M2 money supply figure came in at a respectable 11.4% year-on-year gain. At first glance these numbers portray an image of… Three big secrets lurking in… Read More »

What Comes After the Bloody Battle for Aleppo?

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Despite the Syrian regime’s brutally effective campaign to recapture Aleppo, it cannot celebrate victory yet. ICG Noah Bonsey In this Q&A, Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey talks about the factors likely to fuel greater violence, increased radicalisation and… What Comes After… Read More »

Towards a true democracy with the Apolitical Party

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With the aim of injecting true representative democracy into Australia’s flawed political system, IA announces the launch of its True Democracy Project and calls for interest in its proposed ‘Apolitical Party’. Oliver de Nicolai Independent Australia Project coordinator Oliver de Nicolai and managing editor David Donovan explain what’s going on. Australia has a… Towards a true… Read More »