Asia Times Online
Founded in late 1995, the printed edition of the Asia Times, English news daily of Hong Kong, disappeared in July 1997 and appeared again in 1999 as a real regional online newspaper. Since 2003, its Chinese version Yazhou Shibao Zaixian, has been in charge of translating articles from the English version and of making original reports about China.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing with fire as he belittles the popular protest spreading among a cross-section of secular Turkey and totally opposed to his highly personalized/autocratic mix of hardcore neoliberalism and conservative religion. The prime minister now deriding demonstrators as "looters" is the same man who said Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak "must listen to his people" and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go.
The subterfuge and ideological drive seen in Senator John McCain’s flight to Syria had heavy overtones of the 1980s tour by Charlie Wilson to secure arms for the Afghan mujahideen. McCain’s maneuver aligns well with Europe removing an arms embargo and wavering US resistance toward boots on the ground. This time, however, Russia could respond in kind, posits Ambassador Bhadrakumar.
The unilateral military policy of George W. Bush has led to the creation of new geo-strategic alliances. The most interesting one is that of China, Iran and Russia.
The increasing ties between Moscow and Beijing are one of the most important events of the last 18 months but it has gone unnoticed. This new close relationship has even included a joint military exercise in 2005. Weapon sales between both countries flourish and develop along with non-military exchanges, particularly in the (...)