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16 Days to Campaign Against Gender Violence

During the campaign we will publish stories, debates and conversations from social media around the world.

Cleveland Protesters Shutting Down Major Freeway Right Now

Happening now, people protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury non-indictment are shutting down a major freeway near downtown Cleveland. In spite of the best efforts on the part of the local reporter to make it a race issue, most of the protesters are clearly white. So far, Cleveland Police are standing back and just observing. There’s no [...]

Breaking Down Asia’s Iron Curtain in Korea: Lessons from Germany

Jongsoo Lee Security, North Korea As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western press reexamined the process that culminated in this momentous event on Nov. 9, 1989.  Lessons from this German experience have policy implications for the other Iron Curtain that still stands, dividing the Korean Peninsula. Show More Summary

The Ferguson Protests are Actually About Russia. Here's Why.

The controversial grand jury decision in the Ferguson case generated much discussion on social media in the US. Turns out, the RuNet users had opinions as well.

Expert: Mystery Sword Was Ivan the Terrible's

A medieval mystery sword found nearly 40 years ago in Siberia belonged to the notorious Ivan the Terrible, if a rather colorful theory can be believed. Scholars have long wondered how the 12th-century blade—which looks central European by design and was adorned with Norse runes and a silver handle...

Bahrain police 'raid home of top Shia cleric'

Security forces search house of Sheikh Issa Qassem, the spiritual leader of al-Wefaq, the Shia opposition group says.

Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than 40 people die,...

A hidden agenda behind Iran's nuclear talks?

Could it be that the West wants Iran to help solve wider regional issues than just nuclear proliferation?

An Attack on a Volleyball Match in Paktika: A Brutal "One Off" or the Taliban Reasserting Social Control?

On November 23rd, a (probably) Taliban suicide attacker targeted a local inter-district volleyball tournament in southeastern Paktika province, Afghanistan. At least 45 people were killed during the explosion and many of the 20+ who were injured died at a nearby hospital. Show More Summary

Senator Schumer’s Chamber of Commerce Toadiness…

Senator Schumer’s Chamber of Commerce Toadiness    New York Senator Chuck Schumer is attempting to rewrite his history for being ‘captured’ by the Wall Street crowd as well as the Chamber of Commerce, with his latest pronouncement in which he disagreed with President Obama.  And such Schumer has repeatedly proven himself to be a hypocrite, [...]

East Timor, Australia and the 'Timor Gap'

Tom Allard recently reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that Australia and East Timor are ready to restart talks on the maritime boundary between the two countries, with all its complications of petroleum revenues and history. TheShow More Summary

Solomon Islands needs a parliament that will deliver results

The conduct of the general elections in Solomon Islands on 19 November appears to have been largely successful. An interim report from the Commonwealth Observer Team led by former Prime Minister of PNG Mekere Morauta has praised theShow More Summary

Failed Nuclear Talks Are Not Iran's Fault

Nov. 24, the deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement between Iran and P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany -- came and went without the agreement. What happened? Iran made major concessions. Show More Summary

Genetically modified food: The sum of all China's fears

Among the worries that keep Chinese leaders awake at night surely is food security. Li Keqiang's first priority upon taking the premiership in 2013 was agricultural modernisation. Civil rebellions and wars throughout China's history were fueled by the Malthusian need to keep people fed. Show More Summary

Pope Francis criticises 'haggard' Europe

Pope tells Strasbourg's European assembly that "elderly" continent needs to help migrants and reclaim global leadership.

Hagel was never a good fit for Obama White House

[youtube:X7Sp6w4KRUc] US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unexpectedly resigned this morning (AEST), the apparent victim of heavily criticised Obama Administration foreign-policy failures and brooding discontent within the White House. Hagel,...Show More Summary

Iran nuclear negotiations: A negative non-failure

This morning it was announced that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 have been extended for another seven months; or to be specific, another four months to reach a political agreement and another three months beyond that to finalise technical details. That the talks did not end simply in a comprehensive failure was no great surprise. Show More Summary

Southeast Asia links: Jakarta's new governor, Vietnam-China, Hunger Games and more

In what the Bangkok Post dubbed 'the three-finger fallout', Thailand detained activists for displaying the Hunger Games-inspired anti-government three-finger salute. Army officials noted that the activists were held for 'attitude adjustment'...Show More Summary

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