Japan’s World Cup is an economic stress test

Rugby event will be an ideal rehearsal for service sector as nation prepares for 2020 Tokyo Olympics By William Pesek  - Asia Times The Japanese love a mascot. Good luck finding a place – any place –...

Is Germany too stingy to fund the fight against climate change?

The German government is proposing a climate protection package that will cost billions of euros. The country is wealthy, but there are already concerns over how to fund the measures. German officials have acknowledged that...

Bibi’s out? Gantz refuses to meet with Netanyahu, says he will form unity govt...

Benny Gantz, whose centrist bloc narrowly defeated Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in a snap election, says he is forming a government that will exclude the current prime minister – signaling the end of Bibi’s...

Biden’s Brain Is Swiss Cheese and It’s Creepy That We’re Not Talking About It

Supporters of the Democratic frontrunner would be happy to have his unelected, unaccountable handlers run the country, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com I didn’t watch the last Democratic presidential primary debates because I figured that without Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...

Netanyahu need not fear Likud knives, for now

Analysis: The prime minister has a short breathing space as he tries to form a government, but if he fails for the second time in six months, he will find the voices in his...

Explainer: Why Armenia’s ex-president is on trial

Eurasianet-Robert Kocharyan, Armenia’s former president, is standing trial in Yerevan for “overthrowing the constitutional order.” We explain. Who is Robert Kocharyan? Kocharyan, 65, was president of Armenia from 1998 to 2008; before that he was a...

Elections in Israel: to hold onto power, Netanyahu invites rival Gantz to join unity...

AsiaNews.it- The outgoing premier called the centrist rival to propose an alliance. He would also have offered a possible rotating premiership deal with Gantz. With 63% of ballots  scrutinized, the Likud has 32 seats,...

Turkish incursion into southeast Syria unlikely – U.S. official

U.S. and Turkish forces have begun pulling down fortifications of Syrian Kurdish forces within the planned safe zone area in northeast Syria, substantially decreasing the likelihood of the offensive regularly threatened by top Turkish...

Turkey aims to triple exports by 2023 centenary – foreign minister

(Story was updated to correct export figure in second paragraph.) Turkey aims to triple its exports by 2023, the country’s centenary year, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavuşoğlu said. Exports are targeted to reach $500 billion, Cavuşoğlu said in comments on...

Turkish opposition energised as ruling party’s troubles deepen

The emergence of challengers to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from his own Justice and Development Party (AKP) has driven him closer to his far-right alliance partners and made snap elections more likely. Meanwhile, Turkey’s...

Netanyahu lost Israeli vote, but Palestinians were bound to lose whoever won (by George...

Vladimir Lenin is said to have opined that the only thing certain about British elections is who is going to lose. He meant the British working class, at a time when they were effectively...

Whatever comes next, the Netanyahu era as we know it is over

Signs point towards a unity government in Israel. But will that include the prime minister, whose corruption cases loom ever larger? By Lily Galili  -MEE The most expected outcome of Tuesday elections in Israel has somehow...

Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max

Sam Husseini goes over the presidential contender’s tracks, finding that he supported the war while trying to evade responsibility for it. By Sam Husseini Husseini.posthaven.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up...

Benjamin Netanyahu Struggles To Hold On To Power After Israel Election

Election in Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu, who fell far short of the decisive victory in the election still defiantly pledged to assemble the seats in the parliament. Steve Hendrix, James McAuley, Ruth Eglash, The Washington...

The latest Iran-Saudi flare-up exposes Trump’s bankrupt Middle East policy

Michael H Fuchs End support for the war in Yemen, change the relationship with Saudi Arabia, and talk to Iran – the answers for the US are clear ‘While there is growing support to completely change...

How did attack breach Saudi defences and what will happen next?

Escalation is dangerous because infrastructure could be exposed to retaliation Michael Safi and Julian Borger -  The Guardian Saudi Arabia’s state-of-the-art missile defence systems could do nothing to stop the swarm of drones and cruise missiles...

Netanyahu’s era is over, Israel is on a new path

Opinion: The prime minister has lost his allies and his touch, and the future identity of the state now rests on kingmaker Avigdor Liberman, Benny Gantz's determination, and the Likud's willingness to boot its...

Korea strips Japan of preferred trade partner status

By Nam Hyun-woo -  The Korea  Times Korea has removed Japan from its "whitelist" of countries receiving preferential status in the trading of strategic items, the government said Wednesday. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy...

Blunders eroded US military edge in Pacific

‘Averting Crisis’ report shows China has made big strides in region because of US inability to recognize the PLA as its key rival By Grant Newsham The United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney...

Jeremy Corbyn: I’ll stay neutral and let the people decide on Brexit

Labour leader’s call for ‘sensible’ deal is signal to party that he will resist call to pick sides Rowena Mason Deputy political editor  -  The Guardian Jeremy Corbyn has laid down a marker of his determination...