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  1. Stark reminder that alliances are not free

    Posted Aug 18th 2008, 12:00am by Doug Bandow

    ... Doug Bandow Some Nato advocates argue that peace would have ruled the Caucasus had the western alliance offered Georgia a membership action plan last spring. Actually, Georgian and Russian perceptions of potential Nato support for Georgia probably radicalised both sides, making war all but certain. In practice, alliances can be destabilising as well as stabilising. When the cold war ...

  2. India pays the price for joining US alliance

    Posted Jun 21st 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... alliance in Asia in 2005, but now the price is clear. China is claiming the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, some 83,000 sq km of mountainous territory in the eastern Himalayas containing more ... 38,000 sq km next to Kashmir. And that might actually have happened in the end- if India had not signed what amounts to a military alliance with the United States. On the face of it, India got ...

  3. Alliance activists in clash with riot police

    Posted Mar 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Kaohsiung Protesters take to the streets in a number of the island's cities Supporters of the opposition alliance smashed a campaign van into a security barrier ... and 'recall the president', the crowd marched to the office from the alliance's Kaohsiung campaign headquarters after opposition leader Lien Chan demanded that Saturday's vote ...

  4. Alliance of banned militants in Pakistan

    Posted Dec 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... agencies. Police arrested five MUA members in Pakistan in June, who pointed them towards the previously unknown Sheikh Ahmed as the alliance's new leader. 'Al-Qaeda's jihad [holy war] ...

  5. An alliance of convenience?

    Posted Aug 16th 2003, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... region. The question is: is this just a temporary alliance of convenience or is Mr Howard seeking to build a genuine long-term friendship? Based on his record so far, a deeper understanding ...

  6. An alliance built on interests, not friendship

    Posted Jul 05th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Chinese students of their country's history discover that, apart from a dozen years of 'communist friendship', Russia has been as hostile as any of the 'imperialist' powers. The Sino-Russian Treaties of Aigun (18 ...

  7. Libya's pragmatic vote for reform

    Posted Jul 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Libya apart is that the election result defied the regional trend, seen in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, of Islamist parties sweeping to power. The moderate National Forces Alliance ... of the personality cult that sustained Gaddafi's regime. The alliance has won the contest for 80 seats reserved for parties under an electoral list system. The remaining 120 seats in an assembly ...

  8. Who said it?

    Posted Aug 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... As a Hongkonger involved in the incident, I feel it shows we are inferior to citizens on the mainland Manila bus siege survivor Li Yick-biu The Obama administration strongly opposes all aspects of China's coercive birth-limitation policies A spokeswo ...

  9. Who said it?

    Posted Jun 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... After further review of the reporting, I feel I was accurately quoted U.S. Brigadier General Neil Tolley, who was replaced as commander of U.S. forces in South Korea for saying that troops had been parachuted into North Korea Growth of the market has been ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The reason for North Korea's war talk

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by CHUNG MIN LEE

    ... should think again. Despite sequestration and looming budget cuts in the US, the US-South Korea alliance has never been stronger and Kim should understand that President Barack Obama, who has ...




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