Beijing vows never to stop construction in South China Sea, says it’s lawful

Сrew members of China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. File photo. © AFP Beijing has pledged to “never stop” construction in the South China Sea, insisting its activities are “justified and lawful.” A tribunal at The Hague has rejected…

Such a Sweet Spot: What’s at Stake in the South China Sea

The Hague’s recent ruling against China’s claim to the South China Sea and Beijing’s response prompt questions as to why the region is so hotly disputed; one Australian expert in the Asia-Pacific Region and an American geopolitical analyst have revealed what is it that makes the area so attractive. © REUTERS/ Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Based…

Analysis: It seems everyone predicted the coup in Turkey except its spy agency

After the failure of the recent military coup d’état in Turkey, much attention has been given to the country’s armed forces, the police, even the judiciary. In contrast, little to no information has surfaced about Turkey’s intelligence establishment, which is led by MİT, the National Intelligence Organization. Did it anticipate the plot, and how did…

Beijing announces S. China Sea drills, warns foreign navy patrols could end in disaster

© Edgar Su / Reuters Beijing has announced that it is closing off part of the South China Sea for military exercises this week, warning that freedom of navigation patrols by foreign navies could end “in disaster.”   Hainan’s maritime administration said an area southeast of the island province would be closed from Monday to…

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan

When Turkish President/aspiring Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early Saturday morning, he declared the attempted coup against his government a failure, and a “gift from God.” © AFP 2016/ STR / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE God apparently uses Face Time. It was via that iconic iPhone footage from an undisclosed location shown live…