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Indian police torturing suspects, says HRW deaths in custody report

Human Rights Watch said nearly 600 people have died between 2010 and 2015, but not one officer has been convicted The Guardian Michael Safi Indian police are torturing suspects – including using sexual abuse, forms of waterboarding and beatings with a “truth-seeking belt” – a new Human Rights Watch investigation has claimed. A report released by the rights group on… Indian police torturing suspects, says… Read More »

Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC

How a fast-food marketing campaign turned into a widespread Yuletide tradition for millions. BBC News Mark Peters Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as… Why Japan celebrates Christmas… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »

Putin, Abe signal no resolution on island dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Dec. 15, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two. Tokyo Hurriyet Putin was heading home with promises of economic cooperation after appearing to… Putin, Abe signal… Read More »

Three big secrets lurking in China’s banking system

A close look at lending and money supply data reveals three notable kinks in the system Asia Times Steve Wang New yuan loans handed out by Chinese banks in November expanded about 10%, more than analysts had been expecting, while the broad M2 money supply figure came in at a respectable 11.4% year-on-year gain. At first glance these numbers portray an image of… Three big secrets lurking in… Read More »

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning the question of whether, “The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.” The National Interest Christopher A. Preble Arguing in the affirmative was the esteemed constitutional scholar Richard Epstein. I argued that the nation’s interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, ... Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: World must not stand and watch Aleppo slaughter

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the world cannot “stand back” in the face of “slaughter and destruction” in Aleppo. The Scotsman By Laura Paterson She said she supported more evacuation of the wounded, further discussion of humanitarian airdrops and a determination to… Nicola Sturgeon: World… Read More »

Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State

Recent attacks by an émigré-led force of trained Rohingya fighters mark a dangerous turn. ICG To remove a main root of the violence – Rohingya despair – the government must reverse longstanding discrimination against the Muslim minority, moderate its military tactics, and… Myanmar: A New… Read More »

What Comes After the Bloody Battle for Aleppo?

Despite the Syrian regime’s brutally effective campaign to recapture Aleppo, it cannot celebrate victory yet. ICG Noah Bonsey In this Q&A, Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey talks about the factors likely to fuel greater violence, increased radicalisation and… What Comes After… Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

An Emerging Alliance: Russia and Israel

It helps to have more than a million Russian-born Israelis inside one’s borders. The American Spectator Robert Zapesochny In October 1991, the Soviet Union and Israel agreed to restore diplomatic relations that were severed during the 1967 Six Day War. Two months later the… An Emerging Alliance… Read More »

Chinese retirees could fuel the next overseas property boom

More and more of China’s elderly are looking to retire abroad – and property developers are looking to cash in, writes Justin Bergman. BBC News Justin Bergman When Mika Sun started looking for a retirement house for his parents, he had a few non-negotiable requirements. Decent healthcare was a must, as was a safe… Chinese retirees could fuel the next… Read More »