Asia

China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan

The ‘Finland Option’ is a bad deal for Beijing.. Taiwan, as widely understood, is one of the most dangerous flash points in U.S.-China relations, and has fair probability to serve as catalyst for crisis and war. In a recent article in the National Interest, Ted Galen Carpenter made an… Source: China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan | The National Interest Read More »

No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister

Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator with the bloc, Volkan Bozkır, said if the EU does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel, Turkey could stop accepting migrants sent from Greece. “If the EU does not grant visa-free travel [to Turkish citizens] then we can suspend the readmission agreement. This is a bargain. If there is no… Source: No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister – EUROPE Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Judge rules against couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case

A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he did not expect the ruling so soon – within just a few hours. The plaintiff Sun Wenlin said he would appeal until he exhausts all legal options… Source: Judge rules ... Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas

Some villagers, high in the Himalayas, maintain centuries old tradition of growing charas, Indian cannabis.. Indian Himalayas, India – Torn between a widespread tradition and an internationally imposed prohibition, thousands of villages scattered on the Indian Himalayas survive on the production of charas, hashish produced in India.  In India, the use of cannabis dates back to the sacred Vedas texts and has been a part of religious rituals and festivities for millennia… Source: Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas – Al Jazeera ... Read More »

The Myth of Saudi Power

The ‘Salman Doctrine’ can’t back up its tough talk.. Mohammed Nuruzzaman Analysts from the Gulf Arab states are generally upbeat about Saudi Arabia’s possible military dominance in the Gulf neighborhood and the Middle East… Source: The Myth of Saudi Power | The National Interest Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »

Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations

An unprecedented family feud between Singapore’s prime minister and his sister over the death of their father Lee Kuan Yew has burst into the open in the strictly-controlled city-state.. Lee Hsien Loong said that he is “deeply saddened” that his sister Lee Wei Ling had accused him of abusing his power to commemorate the first anniversary of their father’s death in order to… Source: Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at war with sister over Lee Kuan Yew commemorations Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

The Saudi Succession Stalemate

Is Saudi Arabia’s leadership crisis inevitable? After more than two decades of domestic drift under geriatric rulers and overdependence on U.S. protection in a dangerous region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to stand up to shape its own future. There are two… Source: The Saudi Succession Stalemate | The National Interest Read More »