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China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

Even after The Hague decision, China’s government continues to vociferously argue that its ‘nine-dash line’ of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea is based on centuries of maritime history, and that China’s claim is air tight. Daniel Wagner In a letter to The Economist, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has even asserted that ample historical documents and literature demonstrate that China was “the… Source: China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride | Huffington Post Read More »

Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years

A Chinese court has sentenced defense lawyer Xia Lin to 12 years in prison, his attorney said Sept. 22, the latest blow in a broad crackdown on human rights defenders and activists. BEIJING Xia is best known for his work defending artist Ai Weiwei and fellow rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was detained after a private seminar discussing the… Source: Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years – ASIA Read More »

Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction

The August bombings in seven of Thailand’s tourist towns portend a wider conflict, while the peace dialogue process has lost momentum. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a… Source: Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction | International Crisis Group Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’

Kim Kardashian takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times to hit back at people who deny the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians a century ago was genocide. It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event. The United States and Australia are among the… Source: Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’ – ABC News ... Read More »

Educate refugee children or lose them forever

Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling. by Bassam Khawaja As world leaders gather for US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, they should urgently address how to get the… Source: Educate refugee children or lose them forever – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Leader raps fear-mongering in name of Shia Islam

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says inciting sectarian sentiments of Muslims under the guise of a fake version of Shia Islam has led to the emergence of such groups as Daesh and al-Nusra Front (recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham). “Inciting the feelings of other Islamic sects in the name of Shia [Islam], which is in fact “British Shia,” has resulted in the emergence of evil and mercenary groups that are affiliated with the US and the ... Read More »

‘This is my job’: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about risking her life to take on ISIS and how George feels about her dangerous new case

An emotional Amal Clooney spoke about her latest high-profile case during an interview on Today Monday morning, revealing that she is preparing to take ISIS to court. By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM The human rights lawyer appeared on the program alongside her newest client Nadia Murad, who was captured by the terrorist group when she was just 19 and… Source: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about taking ISIS to court | Daily Mail Online Read More »

Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran

A Christian convert from Islam in Iran has been sent back to prison in spite of suffering long-term health issues. Ruth Gledhill  Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who has gone on hunger strike twice while in prison, had been released last month to get medical treatement after serving three years of a… Source: Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up

As the battle of Mosul looms, it may be wise to place on the back burner the debate on regional formation initiatives. by Michael Knights The decentralisation of security, spending and administrative power is regularly cited as a means of reducing tension in a post-Islamic State Iraq. The logic is commendable: If Sunnis… Source: Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail?

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will head a commission to investigate solutions for the Rohingya people living in Myanmar. By Dung Phan There is no warm welcome for Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, as he arrives in Myanmar. Only jeers, shouts and… Source: Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail? – ASEAN Today Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Juncker calls for EU defense HQ

The European Union should set up a headquarters to coordinate efforts towards creating a common military force, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Sept. 14. “We don’t have a permanent structure and without that, we are not able to work efficiently and so we must have a European HQ and… Source: Juncker calls for EU defense HQ – EUROPE Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »