Aggression

Turkey calls on Russia, Iran to block Syria regime assaults after attack on Turkish post

Stopping attacks by the Syrian regime is the responsibility of Russia and Iran as guarantor states of peace, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Sunday, hours after an Assad regime attack on a… Daily Sabah with AA Earlier Sunday, Assad regime forces attacked a Turkish observation post in Idlib, Syria — with no casualties — and was retaliated upon by heavy weapons, the Defense Ministry said. “Turkey won’t tolerate Syrian regime harassment of its soldiers,” Çavuşoğlu said during his visit to ... Read More »

Australia has spent over $700m to curb domestic violence — but it’s unclear if it’s working

After almost a decade of action and more than $700 million spent, a scathing review has raised concerns about the effectiveness of Australia’s domestic violence strategy. By political reporter Eliza Laschon ABC Commonwealth auditor-general Grant Hehir reviewed the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, arguing the Department of Social Services’ effectiveness in implementing the… “Performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting is not sufficient to provide assurance that governments are on track to achieve the National Plan’s overarching ... Read More »

How did one of the safest cities in the world descend into violence?

Hong Kong (CNN) – Hong Kong is an extremely safe city. Darkened streets don’t harbor the same dangers that might be found in other major cities, but in recent years, simmering tensions over the city’s political future have created an underlying sense of unease. Analysis by James Griffiths, CNN While any metropolis of seven million will have some crime, violence is incredibly uncommon — around 2,600 violent crimes were recorded by police in the first four months of this year, ... Read More »

Turkey’s prestigious Army Aviation School commander was tortured by police

The commander of Turkey’s prestigious Army Aviation School (Kara Havacılık Okulu) was subjected to torture in police custody, documents obtained by Nordic Monitor have revealed. Abdullah Bozkurt Nordic Monitor Brig. Gen. Ünsal Coşkun, head of the aviation school at Güvercinlik Army Air Base in the Turkish capital, was beaten by the police and deprived of food for two days, according to his own testimony on… He was detained and arrested on charges of involvement in a failed coup on July ... Read More »

Turkey Forges Ahead on Defense Ambitions

Turkey’s NATO membership means that it has access to the same technologies as its allied partners. While the nation is involved in a number of large-scale projects—the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) being a… Beth Stevenson ΑΙΝ This is the result of a push from the government for Turkey to bolster its defense manufacturing capability. Progress is being made in many areas, but there is a still a reliance on guidance from partner nations that have a… This can both ... Read More »

Kim Jong Un Goes Bond Villain : Throws General In Piranha-Filled Pool

The general, not named by media sources, was reported to have been punished for plotting a coup. Alex Winston JPost North Korean leader Kim Jong Un borrowed an execution technique from a James Bond movie to rid himself of a top general, according to British media. In the James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’, antagonist Ernst Stavro Blofeld famously removes any opposition by releasing a trapdoor over a piranha-filled pool, causing the unfortunate victim to fall to a gruesome ... Read More »

With Friends Like Turkey, Who Needs Enemies?

Turkey, America’s erstwhile NATO ally, is now arming America’s enemies in Libya, a flagrant violation of the 2011 United Nations arms embargo. Richard Miniter Human Events The clearest evidence of Turkey’s violation of U.N. embargoes came in the hold of a Turkish-crewed ship named “Amazon.” It delivered some 20 Turkish-made armored vehicles, known as “MRAPs,” the military news website South Front reported. A local blogger photographed the armored vehicles on the dock. Turkey supports Libya’s Government of National Accord holed up ... Read More »

Iran urges Europe to normalize economic ties

Iran said on June 9 Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and it called on European leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions, or face consequences. LONDON- Reuters President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reposed sweeping sanctions. Trump condemned the accord, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran‘s ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts ... Read More »

Sudan: Stopping a Spiral into Civil War

Sudan’s political transition is in great peril following the unprovoked killing of dozens of protesters. ICG The African Union has rightly suspended the country’s membership. Western and Gulf powers should take urgent steps to compel Sudan’s interim leaders to accept a civilian-led transitional administration.  On 3 June, Sudan’s security forces launched a bloody crackdown on unarmed protesters in Khartoum, clearing a sit-in outside the country’s military headquarters and bringing its political transition to a… The horrific rampage left dozens dead ... Read More »

One in six women in Australia are physically or sexually abused before they turn 15

A new report has shed light on statistics surrounding family, domestic and sexual violence – showing one in six women and one in nine men experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15. Dubravka Voloder SBS Sydney woman Cynthia Huynh was still at primary school when she first experienced violence. “I spent my childhood immersed in abuse,” she told SBS News. What started out as discipline, she said, ended up as an excuse for being hit. “The violence, ... Read More »

US NATO ambassador says Turkey must back down on Russian missile purchase

The U.S. ambassador to NATO told CNBC that Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system could help the Kremlin in its bid to weaken NATO. David Reid CNBC Turkish officials reportedly have until the end of this week to cancel the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system and instead buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile. U.S. officials see Ankara’s purchase of the missile system as a pivot toward warmer ties with Moscow. Turkey’s integration of the Russian S-400 system is ... Read More »

Editorial: Turkey’s crucial decision

Turkey faces a momentous choice this summer between an unreliable alliance with Russia or continuing membership in NATO with the United States. The Post and Courier Turkey’s appalling autocratic President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, having agreed to buy a major Russian weapons system dangerous to NATO interests, unwisely is likely to stick to his chosen path. Perhaps he has been counting on the crisis being temporary, with only pro-forma complaints from NATO and no real consequences. If so, he will be ... Read More »

Artist hopes massacre mural will get Chinese tourists asking questions

Chinese tourists looked on curiously and took photos of a new piece of street art in Hosier Lane on Monday but they may not have “got” its meaning. Carolyn Webb The Age The paste-up mural depicts “Tank Man”, who famously stood in front of tanks in Beijing, on June 5, 1989, a day after the Chinese army killed hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of political protesters. The Chinese government has covered up, amongst its own people, what we know as the ... Read More »

Mexico’s Hydra-headed Crime War

It may seem that Mexico’s crime war, which has left over 100,000 dead in its wake, could not get any worse. Falko Ernst ICG But interviews with gunmen in deadly Tierra Caliente show that it can, as criminal organisations break into smaller and smaller parts, driving up the death toll. The body, dumped under a highway overpass, is charred beyond recognition. At the morgue, it takes four days to identify it. A day longer, and authorities would have laid the corpse ... Read More »

The Greek Genocide: Forgotten no longer

Raphael Lemkin, the lawyer and scholar who coined the term “genocide” and initiated the Genocide Convention, was working on a multi-volume history of such massacres at the time he passed in 1959. ekathimerini Endy Zemenides He had planned five chapters on the Greeks – more than for any other people – in this unfinished work. The Armenian Genocide has dominated the discussion about the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire on its Christian populations. The genocide of the Ottoman Empire’s ... Read More »

‘Internet brides’ abused and held captive in suburban Australian homes

An explosion of social media sites promoting prospective young Asian brides has caused a spike in abuse and exploitation, with reports some women are being held captive in suburban homes in… Erin Parke ABC Six women from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines have revealed their stories to ABC News in the hope of preventing other women being lured into abusive relationships with… “We have seen some horrendous cases where there’s been really severe physical violence and where women have simply ... Read More »