Asia

Time for Donald Trump to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Kim Jong-un

Forget Duterte: this is the Asian dictator Trump should be welcoming. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest Donald Trump is inviting the wrong Asian dictator to meet him in Washington. Instead of focusing on Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, he should extend an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. His comments today that… Time for Donald… Read More »

North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile

The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern… TheJournal.ie  NORTH KOREA HAS test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of its capital Pyongyang, according to a news agency report, as the US pushes for tougher sanctions to curb the… “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the… North Korea reportedly… © – AFP, 2017  Read More »

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. BBC Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or … Turkish authorities block… Read More »

Fighting ISIS: The Road to and beyond Raqqa

The U.S. campaign against ISIS in northern Syria both benefits from and is complicated by its partnership with an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting against its NATO ally… ICG The challenges will grow as the war on ISIS moves further… Overview In Raqqa the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) faces its toughest test to date in… Fighting ISIS: The… Read More »

China launches first indigenous aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries, and… Taipei Times AP, BEIJING The 50,000 tonne carrier was yesterday towed from its dockyard just after 9am following a ceremony in Dalian, where its predecessor, the… Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in… China launches first… Read More »

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a… BRUSSELS – Reuters Hyrriyet Kati Piri said ahead of a plenary debate on the matter that if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan implemented the new charter, Turkey would close the… Erdoğan said on April 25 that Turkey would not wait forever to… EU Ankara negotiator… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

Eureka! the price is right

Asia Times had one excited economist this week as a deeper delve into the first-quarter growth data threw up some intriguing… STEVE WANG Asia Times Anyone fortunate enough to have shared an office with a follower of the dismal science will know that when a eureka moment strikes, the… “I’d like to thank my mom, my first grade math teacher, professor Ma … ad… Eureka! the price… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »