Asia




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Erdoğan v. free Speech: how does it feel to live in Turkey right now ? - the Guardian:

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  • "a referendum on constitutional changes, where Erdoğan wants to expand presidental powers, will take place on 16 April"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Turkey, once a secular democracy, is now the world’s biggest prison for journalists"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slowly tightened his grip on freedom of expression, choking his critics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "tell us, how does it feel to live in Turkey right now ?!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GEORGIA
- Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ GEORGIA



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Capital: Tbilisi
| Population: 3.7 million









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AZERBAIJAN - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ AZERBAIJAN


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Capital: Baku
| Population: 9.6 million









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ARMENIA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ ARMENIA


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Capital: Yerevan
| Population: 3.0 million



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Pope Francis denounces Armenian 'Genocide' during Visit to Yerevan - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Pope Francis denounced the planned "genocide" of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks a century ago"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as he arrived in Yerevan, Armenia, a visit to mark the centenary of the massacre"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "sadly that tragedy - that genocide - was made possible by twisted racial, ideological and religious aims"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that darkened the minds of the tormentors even to the point of planning the annihilation of entire peoples"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "most historians consider the massacres of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians genocide. Turkey rejects the term"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the Apostolic patriarch Karekin II by his side, Francis urged all people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to unite to prevent religion from being exploited and manipulated"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KAZAKHSTAN - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ KAZAKHSTAN


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Capital: Astana
| Population: 17.5 million



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US Investment - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09ASTANA22

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  • "the United States policy for Kazakhstan:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "expanding its hydrocarbon transport infrastructure for export"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of its energy resources to the global market"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Trade - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07STATE30227

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  • "US letter to support "Phillip Morris""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we strongly recommend sending a generic letter or statement indicating"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the US supports inclusion in the foreign investors council"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of US companies without naming "Phillip Morris" specifically"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elite
- US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09ASTANA1761

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  • "the elites surrounding President Nazarbayev are split into two camps:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the "hawks" and the "doves""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the hawks, or the "old guard," believe that the international community can do little but accept Kazakhstan "as is""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of its vast natural resources and strategic geopolitical position"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the doves want to create the image of progress"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "President Nazarbayev makes all the major political decisions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but his decisions depend on which group has his ear"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kazakhstan's political system is a "caste system""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is hard to penetrate without the neicessary family connections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TURKMENISTAN - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ TURKMENISTAN


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Capital: Ashgabat
| Population: 5.1 million



 

 

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UZBEKISTAN - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ UZBEKISTAN


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Capital: Tashkent
| Population: 31.0 million








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TAJIKISTAN - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ TAJIKISTAN


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Capital: Dushanbe
| Population: 8.6 million




















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Aung San Suu Kyi meets Xi Jinping in Beijing
- BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the second day of her visit to China"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "China was a close ally of Myanmar when it was under a military junta"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but after the end of military rule and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from years of house arrest, the military-backed government of President Thein Sein opened the country more to the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Aung San Suu Kyi is barred by the constitution from running for the presidency because her children are foreign citizens"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a long-awaited bill to amend the constitution was tabled in parliament, but retained the clause"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the bill also slightly reduces the role of the military, but allows it to keep a quarter of all seats in parliament"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aung San Suu Kyi - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ AUNG SAN SUU KYI

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  • "one of her most famous speeches is the "Freedom from Fear" speech, which begins:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is not power that corrupts but fear"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wir müssen dafür einstehen, was richtig ist - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Aung San Suu Kyi kündigt Rückkehr in Politik an und will mit "allen demokratischen Kräften" zusammenarbeiten"

 

 

 

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  • "Grundlage der demokratischen Freiheit ist die Meinungsfreiheit"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Demokratie ist, wenn das Volk die Regierung kontrolliert"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THAILAND - Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ THAILAND


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Capital: Bangkok | Population: 67.9 million



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Television - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06BANGKOK1747

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  • "the government of Thailand owns all of the country's six television licenses"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "although three are licenses to commercial operators"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "producers at all three commercial stations confirmed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that self-imposed censorship is maintained by the tacit threat of reprisal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "TV hosts and producers who dare to cross over the invisible line"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "have routinely lost their airtime or faced exile to some forgotten corner of the newsroom"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "powerful commercial interests influence programming decisions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIETNAM - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ VIETNAM


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Capital: Hanoi
| Population: 91.7 million








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LAOS - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ LAOS


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Capital: Vientiane
| Population: 6.8 million

















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INDONESIA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ INDONESIA


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Capital: Jakarta
| Population: 255.4 million


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Deforestation in Indonesia overtakes Brazil - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 - compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Indonesia has greatly under-reported how much primary rainforest it is cutting down"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the country with the third biggest stretch of tropical forest after the Amazon and Congo"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the new study suggests that nearly twice as much primary forest is being cut down as in Brazil, the historical global leader"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the new figures are significant because Indonesia is the world's third-largest producer of greenhouse gases"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "behind China and the US, with 85% of its emissions coming from forest destruction and degradation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "primary forests are the largest above-ground carbon stores in the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the extra losses came largely from the felling of primary forest in wetlands and in government-protected areas"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHILIPPINES - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ PHILIPPINES


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Capital: Manila
| Population: 102.6 million








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SINGAPORE - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SINGAPORE


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Capital: Singapore
| Population: 5.5 million








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MALAYSIA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ MALAYSIA


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Capital: Kuala Lumpur
| Population: 30.8 million








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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ASIA
- Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ ASIA

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  • "Asia is the Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres"

 

 

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  • "it comprises 30% of Earth's land area, and has historically been home to the bulk of the planet's human population (currently 60%)"

 

 

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Asia - Map: LINK ¤ WIKIMEDIA

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