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Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

When China’s far-flung fishing fleet trespasses in other nations’ waters, Beijing has its back

With fish stocks declining in much of the Asia-Pacific region, it’s tempting for fishing fleets—from any country—to venture into waters belonging to another nation. In the case of China, fishing boats appear to be giving in to that temptation with some confidence, perhaps… Source: When China’s far-flung fishing fleet trespasses in other nations’ waters, Beijing has its back – Quartz Read More »

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years… Source: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation Read More »

The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane

The forcible return of refugees from Greece to Turkey violates international humanitarian law and standards of decency.. The first boatload of refugees sailed from Greece to Turkey Monday, forcibly expelling refugees and migrants who fled their homelands for sanctuary in Europe. The deportations are part of a controversial deal with the European Union, an agreement… Source: The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane – The Boston Globe Read More »

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops plans to run two major ministries, but will act as spokeswoman for the President.. Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Ms Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country’s first civilian-led government in… Source: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level violence tends to break out, policymakers worry about incidents spiraling out of control due to miscalculation or escalation by leaders in […] Source: What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh? | Crisis Group Read More »

Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush

Western and Asian governments and commentators have pilloried the Chinese government for its inscrutability on the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea. Because the nine-dash line allegedly lacks a basis in international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they… Source: Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush | East Asia Forum Read More »

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?

People who reflexively blame the wrong party for criminal acts are either misinformed or disingenuous. The sad truth is that in the Palestinian territories, Christians are forced to live like dhimmis — second-class citizens who survive largely by the… Source: Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land? Read More »

Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.. When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the… Source: Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good – Bloomberg View Read More »

Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects

Last month Turkey released seven suspects accused of being major figures in the Islamic State in Turkey. Now all 96 ISIS suspects have been freed. Late last month, a Turkish court released the last seven suspects who had been arrested on suspicion of being members of the Turkish branch of ISIS… Source: Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects Read More »

Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 30 dead as Armenian-backed troops and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejected by rebel forces. Fighting in what has been a mostly dormant… Source: Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Iran appoints new attorney general

The Iranian judiciary chief has appointed the head of Iran’s Court of Administrative Justice as the country’s new attorney general. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani issued a directive on Sunday, assigning Mohammad Jafar Montazeri to the position. The directive read, “It is hoped… Source: PressTV-Iran appoints new attorney general Read More »

Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over

Turkish authorities appear to be sending Russia a signal that Ankara is ready to make an effort to improve ties with Moscow, but experts warn against reading too much into it before any real and meaningful steps are made… Source: Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over Read More »

Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers

The Turkish government has agreed to restore the historic San Stefano Russian monument in Istanbul, Hurriyet Daily News reported.. According to the newspaper, the Turkish parliament’s national defense commission said it would build the monument to commemorate fallen Russian soldiers in return for the… Source: Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers Read More »