Asia

How Europe boosts Russia-Turkey ties

The Russian-Turkish tandem has re-emerged with the two countries’ reconciliation, after seven months of glacial relations following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet on its… Maria Dubovikova Arab News  That is not to say Ankara and Moscow see eye to eye on everything, but they realize that they need each… Turkey has to… How Europe boosts… Read More »

Enough Kims, thanks

Memo to son of murdered Kim Jog-nam: North-Korea doesn’t need another Kim Bradley K. Martin Asia Times The appearance on YouTube last week of the son of the murdered Kim Jong-nam has sparked speculation that the young man may be next on Pyongyang’s hit list. The theory goes… Enough Kims… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

China: Trade war will only bring ‘pain’

China on March 11 warned the U.S. against launching a trade war, saying that both countries would suffer if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on his… BEIJING – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The billionaire politician has repeatedly accused China of using unfair trade policies to steal jobs from the US, threatening to… “A trade war is not in the… China: Trade war… Read More »

Japan remembers

March 11 is a day of remembrance in Japan. Daniel Hurst Asia Times Midafternoon, the nation falls largely silent to remember the children, wives, husbands, schoolteachers, grandmothers and thousands more whose lives were snuffed out in unexpected minutes on this day six years ago. At 2:46 p.m., the… Japan remembers… Read More »

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a… BBC The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr… But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the… Turkey referendum: Dutch… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

Drivers of change

Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Want To Be a Successful Dictator? Copy North Korea.

A blueprint for how to run a North Korea-style authoritarian regime. James Person The National Interest The White House has launched its review of U.S. policy toward the DPRK, making it a good time to dispel with the notion that the regime is unknown and unknowable, unpredictable and irrational, and to consider a number of… Want To Be… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

What’s on Kim Jong-un’s mind?

Kim Jong-un’s actions may seem ‘irrational’ on the surface, but he knows what he is doing and his policies are working. Andrei Lankov Al Jazeera News In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are… What’s on Kim… Read More »

IS or Taliban? Hospital raid leaves Kabul stupefied

KABUL, Afghanistan  -The Islamic State group claimed a spectacular assault on Afghanistan’s largest navy hospital that bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, prompting officers to voice misgivings as IS’s nascent presence within the… Usman SHARIFI Agence France-Presse Philippine News Now IS claimed through its propaganda company Amaq that its fighters dressed as docs stormed the… IS or Taliban… Read More »