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Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as… TIM ARANGO  The New York Times The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to… Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in… ‘Sherlock Holmes of… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

Philippine terror risk jangles nerves Down Under

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Islamic State-aligned terror groups could soon establish a caliphate in the… HELEN CLARK Asia Times When Australia issued a travel advisory this month warning its nationals against travel to the Philippines, the official notice was the latest indication that Islamic State (ISIS) and… Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop underscored those rising… Philippine terror risk… Read More »

Election campaign kicks off in Iran

Campaigning began on April 21 for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former… Hurriyet Ahmadinejad’s disqualification by the conservative-run Guardian Council was no surprise — he had been advised not to run by supreme leader… His populist economics and defiant attitude to the establishment had alienated even Ahmadinejad’s hardline… Election campaign kicks… Read More »

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think

The human and financial costs of reunifying Korea would be… Bruce W. Bennett, Harry J. Kazianis The National Interest If the United States were to attempt to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, the regime in Pyongyang could do significant damage to both South Korea and Japan—not to mention U.S… One the reasons previous U.S. Administrations have left the… Why the North… Read More »

‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted Indian court ruling has lawyers baffled

Incomprehensible judgment leaves parties none the wiser in case that has already lasted 20… Michael Safi in Delhi The Guardian Legal judgments rarely make for riveting reads, but the purple prose of one Indian judge has been declared so incomprehensible that even the… India’s top court set aside a decision from the Himachal Pradesh high court this week because the text of the judgment was too… ‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted… Read More »

Pakistan court: Insufficient evidence to remove Sharif

Supreme Court rules not enough evidence to order prime minister’s removal over alleged corruption, orders… Asad Hashim Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there was insufficient evidence to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, but… The court issued its verdict on Thursday afternoon after months of hearings in a case based on the “Panama Papers” leaks that… Pakistan court: Insufficient… Read More »

America’s Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s… Mohamed Zeeshan The National Interest Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in… In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military raid on suspected Al… America’s Yemen Crisis… Read More »

G7 ministers call for implementation of Hague ruling on South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies reiterated its opposition to the… By Patricia Lourdes Viray The Philippine Star The ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States maintained their commitment to maintaining a… “We consider the July 12, 2016 award rendered by the G7 ministers call… Read More »

Out of Taiwan

Legislator Kolas Yotaka and academic David Blundell will give talks on Saturday about Taiwan’s impact on Austronesian language and culture and… Noah Buchan Taipei Times David Blundell will give a lecture on Saturday titled “Taiwan roots of the Austronesian Language and Culture,” at the Legislative Yuan, sharing the… Blundell, a professor at National Chengchi University who has been… Out of… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab follows authoritarian script

The Turkish president broke the country so he could pretend to fix… MELIK KAYLAN Politico NEW YORK — Any media outlet telling you that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan legitimately won the referendum vote is… The free world has refused to get literate in the ways wily despots overpower the state and willingly overlooked the Putin-Chávez-Erdoğan formula now in vogue: a… Erdoğan’s power grab… Read More »

The More Things Change, the More Iraq Stays the Same

Some of those watching the Tomahawk missiles lift off from the USS Porter on April 7, 2017, to strike Syria might have been reminded of similar scenes in January 1991, when the Tomahawk was chosen to open the… Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest The United States has been increasingly involved in Iraq since August of… First, the United States helped… The More Things… Read More »

‘Need to protect interest in Exclusive Economic Zone’

CM also appeals for steps to safeguard fishermen from attack by Sri Lankan… TAMIL NADU The Hindu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday urged that the Indian fishermen must be protected from attacks (by Sri Lankan Navy) and called for safeguarding the maritime interests of the… Speaking at an event on board INS Chennai , which was dedicated to the… ‘Need to protect… Read More »