Asia

Who’s top rooster in the South China Sea?

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 »

4 reasons Turkey is destined for an imperial presidency

Turkey’s president has his political propaganda machine all oiled up and ready to roll to victory in April, when voters will very likely grant him exceptional powers. Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor On Jan. 21, Turkey’s parliament approved 18 amendments to its tainted constitution, which dates back to 1982. The controversial reforms now… 4 reasons Turkey is… Read More »

Lunar New Year: Meet the men who have learned to think like lions

Hong Kong (CNN)Over a billion people will celebrate the start of Lunar New Year this Saturday. Stephy Chung, Herbert Chow and Sai Ho CNN Customs practiced leading up to and during the 15-day period known as Spring Festival, include setting off fireworks to ward off evil spirits and eating dumplings. The most recognized celebration though… Lunar New Year: Meet the men who… Read More »

An uncertain future for peace

It looks like the tide is high in the UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks, now that the focus is on the thorny issue of security and guarantees in a… Annie Charalambous incyprus The two leaders met in Nicosia yesterday for the first time since the Geneva-hosted security-focused Conference on Cyprus and agreed to meet again on… An uncertain future… Read More »

Cyprus hopes dashed by Turkes four freedoms demand

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tugrul Turkes, has torpedoed hopes for a settlement on the Cyprus problem after publically stating that his country will not budge on its request for four freedoms for the… in-cyprus Turkes – who had travelled to Geneva earlier this month to meet with Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami – said that the… Cyprus hopes dashed… Read More »

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey betrays our liberal values

The prime minister is so desperate for trade deals that she is embracing a regime of full-frontal authoritarianism. This tawdry tour shames Britain Sarah Olney The Guardian And so the Brexit cavalcade gathers pace. After paying court to Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, Theresa May will fly to… Theresa May’s visit… Read More »

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

There is a new theme these days in Turkey’s hard-core pro-Erdogan media: The unreliability of opinion leaders or activists who have led Turkey’s Islamist movement for decades, and who have also been strong supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Lately, some prominent Islamists have raised criticism about “corruption by power” in the ruling circles. The Islamists also have criticized the… Why Islamists are no… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

China as the leader of the global liberal order?

Just under a year ago, the prospect that the United States would turn into the fierce critic of the current economic and political order while China could become its ardent advocate was almost inconceivable. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But, in a new era of world politics, wherein what is normal becomes abnormal and vice versa, such an unreal reversal of roles is now in the offing. For over the last seven… China as the leader of… Read More »

Make Jerusalem Safe Again

Relocating the American Embassy to Jerusalem, as President Donald Trump has pledged to do, is more than symbolic. Ilana Mercer The Daily Caller It’s what Christians should be praying for if they value celebrating future Easter Holy Weeks, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem’s Old City. With such a forceful gesture… Make Jerusalem Safe… Read More »

How sports became means of defiance in Syria’s besieged al-Waer

The Assi River and orchards surrounding the river separate al-Waer district, a northwestern suburb of Homs, from the city. Orwoa Kanawati Al Monitor Despite its proximity to strategic sites such as the military academy, the military hospital and Homs’ refinery, the district was considered a paradise and a summer destination. But when the Syrian revolution… How sports became means of… Read More »

New reign takes hold in Thailand

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 »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »