Thursday, September 22, 2016

Asia's Unbalanced Spin Cycle

Given these seemingly coordinated Russian geopolitical advances in the world to the detriment of the U.S.-led alliances, it would be legitimate to wonder whether Abe, by going out of his way to court Putin in the desperate hope of solving the long-standing territorial issue, will not simply play into the latter’s cold global strategic calculations, all the while ruining G7 solidarity. The fact that Tokyo and Moscow have started a dialogue on security matters can only confirm Washington’s suspicion of a Russian effort to drag Japan away from the United States, strategically speaking.

“In my view, the danger that someone will be wrongfully convicted or a violent felon will be set free is imminent because of these prosecutorial practices in Honolulu,” Holcomb said. “This is a real world consequence of government secrecy.”
Honolulu criminal lawyer Richard Holcomb is on a crusade against prosecutorial misconduct in Hawaii's courts - and now new evidence has given it legs. Nick Grube reports

Indonesia demonstrates that in battling terrorism, democracy and serious efforts to gain legitimacy from the people before taking action are still necessary as part of a grand narrative to counter ISIL. 
Abubakar Eby Hara on how the evolution of Indonesia's state away from 
despotism has made the country more resilient against terror compared with her neighbors’s-counter-terrorism-policy

One statement that I’ve heard repeated over and over again as I’ve traveled these routes is: “X years ago there was nothing here.” From the west of China to the east of Europe, new large-scale infrastructure is being built as the economic dynamics of Eurasia are undergoing a fundamental transition.

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