• THE US SHOULD LEAVE SYRIA, BUT MUST PROTECT ITS KURDS FROM TURKEY

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    STEPHEN ZUNES Donald Trump’s sudden decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria appears to have been impetuous and ill-considered — apparently a result of a conversation with Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Erdoğan. That doesn’t mean, however,...
  • THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE KURDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    The role and status of the various Kurdish groups in Iraq, Iran. Turkey and Syria are shaping the conflicts which continue in these nations. Historically the Kurdish national territory has been split among the four countries...
  • TURKEY AND THE POLITICS OF WATER

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    There is an important aspect of the relationship of Turkey to its neighbours which has been largely overlooked in describing Turkey’s important role in the conflicts of the Middle East. There is a severe crisis of...
  • WHY IS THE WORLD SILENT ON CHINA’S UYGHUR MUSLIMS?

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    Protesting against China over the treatment of its minority is, in the eyes of Muslim leaders, presumably not worth the loss of economic privilege and security alliance Ekraj Sabur and Reuben James Barrete In the age...
  • SOUTH EAST ASIA WARY OF CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian countries should be cautious in negotiating with China on its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to avoid being trapped in unsustainable debt, 70 percent of respondents said in a policy survey released...
  • BRAZIL’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FIGHT BACK AGAINST BOLSONARO

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    Germany and Brazil have a long history of partnering on environmental protection. But President Jair Bolsonaro’s stances on Brazil’s indigenous people and their lands threaten the progress that has been made. “Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio...
  • TRUMP SPEWS INCOMPREHENSIBLE NONSENSE

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    By JUAN COLE “A Commentary on the words that spewed from Trump’s mouth at his news conference during a cabinet meeting on January 2, 2019,” or, “A Ph.D. who has been teaching at a public Ivy...
  • BRISTOL-MYERS TO FACE SUIT OVER US SYPHILIS EXPERIMENT IN GUATEMALA

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    A US federal judge has ruled pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s medical experiment that saw hundreds of Guatemalans...
  • CHINA FIRST TO LAND ON FAR SIDE OF MOON

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    China became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on Jan. 2. But, more importantly, it became the first to do so on the far side of the moon, often called the dark...
  • SINGAPORE TAKES A LEAP INTO THE FUTURE

    by - Jan 9, 2019
    From a robotic police force and facial recognition ID to free skills training for all public servants, Singapore is at the forefront of government innovation. Much of its success can be attributed to government prioritising the...