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Aug 11 09:00

World Remains Blind To "Ticking Time Bomb" Counting Down To War On Australia's Doorstep

Asia is at risk of descending into a region-wide crisis with global implications, a leading expert in Asia-Pacific affairs has warned.

Dr Brendan Taylor, Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, argues Asia is at a dangerous crossroads in his new book The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War.

A lot is happening in the northeast. China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s dominant power over the next decade. Questions remain over Kim Jong-un’s supposed dismantling of his nuclear arsenal. Japan is building up its military power again, and regional battles for ownership of lucrative oceans are intensifying.

Dr Taylor argues there are four key “flashpoints” — politically unstable areas with the potential to erupt into sudden conflict — and all are situated within the continent.

Aug 10 15:50

Tokyo Olympics Using Facial Recognition For Security

By Aaron Kesel

The technology NeoFace will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 venues...

Aug 06 13:53

Reddit Censors Bangladesh Protest As Govt Shuts Down Mobile Internet; Protesters Being Injured and Killed

By Aaron Kesel

Bangladesh authorities have shut down mobile Internet across the country, officials and local media said on Sunday, ABS CBN News reported. Meanwhile, Reddit has begun a cardinal sin against free speech and human rights by censoring a user trying to shed light on the horrific human rights abuses happening in their country.

For a week, thousands of students across Bangladesh have been protesting against poor road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus on July 29th...

Aug 03 11:14

US Hegemony Declines As Southeast Asian Nations Pledge Integration With China

Southeast Asian elites have expressed doubts over the United States’ ability to retain its regional dominance, especially given the erratic leadership of President Donald Trump and his administration’s stubborn “America First” agenda.

(*Then we revert to Trump's Plan A campaign Promise and We Bomb The $#!^ Out Of Them !
whitehorse souce)

Aug 03 09:49

CHINA SCORES WITH ASEAN PLAY AS TRUMP’S AMERICA LOSES ITS WAY IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

On March 12, 1947, as the spectre of Soviet communism loomed over the horizon of newly liberated Europe, President Harry Truman vowed that it would be the policy of the United States to “support free people who are resisting subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressure”. Three months after enunciating the Truman Doctrine, his secretary of state, George Marshall, launched a US$13.5 billion Economic Recovery Plan, better known as the Marshall Plan, to rebuild and revitalise war-torn Europe. The plan’s commitment totalled more than 5 per cent of the US’ 1948 GDP – about a trillion dollars in today’s value.

Seven decades on, President Donald Trump singled out China and Russia in his National Security Strategy as strategic threats to the US that are “determined to make economies less free and fair, grow their militaries, and control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.” Seven months later, on July 30, Trump’s Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, unveiled a “new era in US economic commitment to the peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region” and, without a trace of embarrassment, resourced it to the tune of US$113 million.

Forget the chatter, Asean-China relations are actually stable
The administration’s puny down payment towards its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” is as short-sighted as it was predictable. >>>

Aug 02 14:53

Mindanao forces placed on ‘heightened alert’

Government security forces have been placed on “heightened alert” even as government officials said they have yet to confirm the involvement of Daesh extremists in the Middle East to the “car bombing” that killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded five others on the island province of Basilan in Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

In particular, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he ordered that all military camps to implement such alert to prevent a repetition of the tragedy amid increasing fears that it could be the first-ever case of “suicide bombing” in the country.

The alert was declared over the whole of Mindanao including Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte Lorenzana acknowledged they have yet to confirm the Daesh claim but also pointed out that they were not discounting such possibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that this is more than a little scary for Filipino residents of Mindanao.

Jul 22 17:30

Media silent as Pacific powers prepare for showdown with China

By watching the news on a regular basis, most of you probably wouldn’t even be aware that the major players in the entire Pacific theatre are preparing for showdown. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though; in March of this year I wrote an op-ed entitled“Australia and China on Pacific Ocean collision course and no one’s talking about it” in an honest attempt to get this story on the media’s radar.

No one is still talking about it, but as time goes on the stakes appear to rise consistently. Of course, you are free to read the situation however you feel and dismiss it if you so choose, but it cannot be a mere coincidence that Australia and New Zealand are in talks to sign a new “wide-ranging” security pact with other nations in the South Pacific with a specific intent of confronting China’s expanding influence.

Jul 10 07:25

Thai Navy confirms evacuation of 13 people from Khao Luang cave

All the 13 people who remained trapped in Thailand’s Khao Luang cave for more than two weeks have been brought out, the Thai Navy said on Facebook, adding that the 12 kids and their coach were safe. On June 23, national park staff found a motorbike, bicycles and sports equipment near a cave entrance and contacted a local football club, which confirmed that those things belonged to 12 kids aged between 11 and 16 years and their 25-year-old coach. The cave where the group went missing stretches almost ten kilometers, it has several entrances and exits, as well as large chambers, where the group members found shelter from the rising waters caused by a rainy season downpour.

Jul 10 03:50

Ninth kid brought out of Thailand’s Khao Luang cave

Rescue workers have brought out the ninth boy out of 13 people who have been trapped in Thailand’s Khao Luang cave for more than two weeks, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday. According to the news agency, another three kids and their 25-year-old coach still remain in the cave. The boy, whose name was not made public, came out of the cave at around 16:00 local time (09:00 GMT) and was immediately examined by doctors. He is expected to be taken to the hospital shortly. On July 8-9, divers managed to rescue eight children, who were taken to the hospital in helicopters. On Tuesday, rescue workers launched the final stage of the evacuation operation aimed at bringing out the remaining five people.

Jul 06 01:35

Japan executes founder of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult

The founder of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo, was executed by hanging together with some of his followers on Friday, the NHK TV channel reported. Shoko Asahara (born Chizuo Matsumoto), along with 10 high-ranking Aum Shinrikyo members, were sentenced to death in a trial that ended this January. About 180 members were sentenced to varying prison terms. Aum Shinrikyo was founded by Shoko Asahara of Japan in 1987 and sprang into global focus in 1995, when its adepts sprayed the nerve agent Sarin in the Tokyo subway. The attack claimed the lives of thirteen people, over 6,300 people were injured.

Jul 05 11:01

Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity

DECEMBER 1941. Japan has just entered the second world war. China, already fighting its neighbour, is in the firing line. At the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hu Chengzhi carefully packs two wooden crates with the world’s most precious anthropological artefacts. Peking Man – in reality some 200 fossilised teeth and bones, including six skulls – is to be shipped to the US for safekeeping. This is the last anyone ever sees of him.

At the time, the Peking Man remains were the oldest known fossils belonging to human ancestors. Their discovery in the 1920s and 30s caused a sensation, triggering declarations that the cradle of humanity had been found. But just a few decades later, all eyes had turned to Africa. A slew of discoveries there left little doubt that it was our true ancestral home. As far as human evolution was concerned, Asia was out of the picture.

Jul 02 10:41

TEPCO aims to build more Fukushima-type nuclear reactors, vows to ‘excel in safety’ this time

TEPCO is conducting an independent geological survey to confirm the absence of active faults in Aomori Prefecture, where it wants to resume the construction of a Fukushima-type nuclear plant, frozen following the 2011 disaster.
“It’s necessary to form a consortium for building a nuclear plant that is excellent in safety, technology and economy,” TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa said in Tokyo, announcing the decision to conduct a survey of the Aomori Prefecture nuclear site.

READ MORE: Fukushima operator turned down tsunami simulation plan 9yrs before disaster

The Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant hosts two adjoining sites administered by Tohoku Electric Power Company and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). While Tohoku Unit 1 began commercial operations in December 2005, TEPCO never got a chance to finish their unit, the construction of which began only in January 2011. All activity at the site has ceased since the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Kobayakawa has not been handed his hat, and fired, is a complete mystery to me.

But the Japanese people need to ask themselves; do we need another Fukishima-type disaster, no matter the pretty words defending the new project, when they know that TEPCO will simply value engineer the next one no better than it did Fukishima?!?

Jun 29 10:34

Prosecute Blair govt officials at ICC after torture report – ex-diplomat Craig Murray (VIDEO)

Craig Murray, the only British civil servant to express written concerns over UK complicity in torture and rendition, has told RT that former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should face the International Criminal Court.
Murray was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan when he noted that MI6 operatives were receiving intelligence from the "torture chambers of the Uzbek regime," later expressing written concerns back to the Foreign Office and "to Jack Straw personally," only to be told that "in the War on Terror, the decision was that we would accept intelligence from torture."

"I subsequently became aware that in fact the Americans were also shipping people into Uzbekistan specifically in order for them to be tortured under the extraordinary rendition system," said Murray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Torture is not about getting actionable intelligence; it is about getting confessions to use, in order to justify the US's current occupation of... well, fill in the blank: Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya; or Niger, or whatever country is coming up next on the US government's "to invade' list.

One German interrogator from World War II stood out from the rest; his name was Hanns Scharff, Wikipedia: Hanns Scharff and he never used violence or torture. In fact, he did the absolute converse, and was very kind to the men he interrogated, and took them on day passes for cultural events in the community.

He was so respected by the Allies that after the war, he was invited to teach his techniques to the American military.

Torture is uselessly barbaric, and those countries still using it, should be prosecuted to the fullest possible extent of international law; unfortunately, that will only happen...when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 28 09:45

EU’S SANCTIONS AGAINST CRIMEA EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The European Union is committing to its policy of perceiving revolutionary determination as its course of legitimacy. Apparently, a referendum gaining nearly 100% popular support isn’t sufficient to qualify for the self determination of a region. Therefore, the EU will continue to consider the Crimea as politically a part of the Ukraine. This, of course, means that the EU has reason for its sanctions regime against Crimea, which it will be extending for yet another year.

Deutsche Welle reports:

The European Union extended economic sanctions on Crimea and its port city of Sevastopol on Monday. The 28-member bloc imposed the measures after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula four years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deutsche Welle chooses collectively to continue to lie through its teeth in this report, and obviously must well and truly believe that its readers suffer greatly from SMD (selective memory disorder).

So let me correct the record here, again, still, yet; and Deutsche Welle, when will you realise that lying to your readership cannot change the actual facts on the ground?!?

In 2014, the putsch in Kiev threw the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" Petro Poroshenko as its president, in an election which was about as crooked as is a dog's hind leg.

Oh, and let's remember; Obama was up to his neck in this, because Poroshenko was considered more western-centric than was Yanukovych, and even admitted US complicity in brokering the deal.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

So understanding, post-coup, that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, Crimean politicians did two things. First, they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become part of the Russian Federation. The Crimean people, voted overwhelmingly, to request attachment to the Russian Federation
Status:
Crimean referendum, 2014
, and then Crimean petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member, and Russia accepted the petition.

The Crimean people were absolutely allowed to do this, under the UN Charter, which holds the principal of "peaceful self-determination" as a highly respected notion, and is clearly articulated in the UN Charter; but the US government, even though allegedly a signatory to the UN Charter, refused to acknowledge this, and accused Russia of having "annexed Crimea", which never actually happened, and power-squeezed Europe into singing the same, tone-deaf,fact-free, and sanction-studded song.

Punishing a country for something it absolutely didn't do, as is the case with Crimea having chosen to become part of the Russian Federation, rather than Russia having annexed it, seems to have become a US norm in the geopolitics of the 21st century.

This is precisely the same song Europe is singing today, demonstrating in the immortal words of the America commedian Ron White, that "you can't fix stupid"; and unfortunately, you can't fix stupid lies, if they are spun to suppport a war-centric agenda which has no basis in actual fact.

Jun 27 08:28

Almost USD 30 million seized in raids linked to Malaysian ex-PM

Malaysian police said on Friday they found cash amounting to almost USD 30 million in a raid on a luxury apartment as they probed corruption allegations swirling around ousted leader Najib Razak.

The money was seized along with 284 boxes containing designer handbags, as well as watches and jewellery from a condominium in Kuala Lumpur, which was raided along with Najib's home and other sites last week.

Najib's coalition was thrown out of power for the first time in over six decades in the May 9 poll, defeated by a reformist alliance headed by his former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.

Public disgust at allegations of corruption swirling around Najib was a major factor for the loss, with the ex-leader, his family and cronies accused of looting billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Jun 26 17:55

New Air Force spy drones to monitor South China Sea, fleet of six planes to cost $7 billion

Australia will spend $7 billion on six unmanned spy planes that can stay in the air for more than a day and will be used to hunt enemy submarines and carry out surveillance flights.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government would be spending $1.4 billion on the first of the six remotely controlled planes.

But the first of the new Triton drones will not be in operation for another five years.

Once they are in the air, the South China Sea is expected to be a prime target for the long-range, high-tech planes.

Jun 23 10:58

'CHINESE MARITIME MILITIA' LAUNCHES LASER ATTACKS AGAINST US MILITARY PILOTS IN PACIFIC OCEAN

Pilots of American military aircraft operating over the western Pacific Ocean have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in recent months, US officials told The Wall Street Journal, following similar incidents in which Chinese nationals used lasersagainst American fighter pilots operating over Djibouti.

In April, the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or “Notice to Airmen” warning of “unauthorized laser activity” resulting in minor injuries to an unspecified number of pilots over Djibouti. The lasers originated from a Chinese military base in the African country, just 8.3 miles from the American base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these injuries, and to whom did they occur, if in fact, they existed?!?

Is this real... or more demonisation of the Chinese ahead of a war against it?!?

I noticed a companion piece in zerohedge.com this morning:

China Steps up Cyber attacks as trede tensions worsen.

And I am reminded of a Paul Craig Roberts story, presented last year:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Just because such an action on the part of the US government would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that this government will not do it.

IF the US government understands what CIA Director Haspel is doing in Yemen, courtesy of her UAE minions (torture, actually, and BTW, they do), any horrifically idiotic decisions the US government could possibly make, may well happen, and soon.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 18 12:19

Nearly 2,000 Dead In Myanmar Amid Military-Led Ethnic Cleansing Of Rohingya

The horrific ethnic cleansing and genocide being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by military and paramilitary forces left at least 400 dead following the most recent attacks. The total number killed has been estimated to be nearly 2,000, with some Rohingya activists claiming an even higher death toll.

Aung Su Kyi, a Nobel Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, has been criticized for being morally irresponsible in regards to responding to attacks against the Rohingya population, as well as accused of “legitimizing genocide.”

Jun 13 08:23

How Trump is killing America’s alliances

The story of the past few days in news has become clear: It was America versus its allies.

After President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump announced that he would be suspending joint military exercises — “the war games,” as he put it — with South Korea, as a gesture of goodwill toward the North. This seems to have come as a shock to America’s allies in Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office released a statement saying “we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks,” implying they had no idea this was coming.

Jun 08 07:15

Pepe Escobar: How Singapore, Astana, & St.Petersburg Preview A New World Order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance...

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government, in its last gasp of Empire, will fight this tooth and nail, until every single war which can be fought, will be fought to stop this progressing; but ultimately it cannot win such an economic war through military means, that is, unless it indends to blow up the entire planet.

Jun 07 08:09

US bill calls for Pentagon to send troops to take part in Taiwan military drills

Move comes as island’s annual Han Kuang war games are under way

>>>

Jun 07 08:05

Taiwanese think tank floats South China Sea base plan for US troops

Unnamed researchers call on Taipei to lease Taiping Island to the Pentagon as tensions rise in contested waters
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The bold proposal by some experts of an unnamed pro-independence think tank calls for the Pentagon to set up a base on Taiping Island for humanitarian and rescue operations, according to local news media.

Taiping, the biggest islet in the Spratly chain, is technically controlled by Taiwan, though an international arbitration tribunal has ruled that it is merely a land formation over which no claimants are entitled to claim sovereignty.

>>>

(*what are they thinking ?
None the less; A Win For Trump !)

Jun 05 12:48

Exclusive - At delicate moment, U.S. weighs warship passage through Taiwan Strait

The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials say, in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing at a time when Sino-U.S. ties are under pressure from trade disputes and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

A U.S. warship passage, should it happen, could be seen in Taiwan as a fresh sign of support by President Donald Trump after a series of Chinese military drills around the self-ruled island. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

U.S. officials told Reuters that the United States had already examined plans for an aircraft carrier passage once this year but ultimately did not pursue them, perhaps because of concerns about upsetting China.

The last time a U.S. aircraft carrier transited the Taiwan Strait was in 2007, during the administration of George W. Bush, and some U.S. military officials believe a carrier transit is overdue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this suggested deployment could possibly be worse, with issues of Chinese trade, and a potential denuclearization deal with North Korea in the works; but I must swear to you, I really don't know how.

May 23 13:33

Chosin Reservoir - Epic of Endurance | KOREAN WAR

Toughest fight in USMC history except maybe Iwo Jima and Okinawa!

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was fought November 26-December 13, 1950 during the Korean War and saw UN troops fight through larger Chinese forces.
Not UN troops. US Marines and USA Infantry!

May 19 11:51

Japan tells WTO it’s ready to retaliate against U.S. steel tariffs

Japan told the World Trade Organization on Friday it was ready to take retaliatory measures against U.S. tariffs on its steel and aluminium, reversing its earlier conciliatory stance toward its close ally.

Japan informed the WTO it had the right to impose tariffs on U.S. goods worth ¥50 billion ($451 million) — equivalent to the impact of the U.S. tariffs newly imposed on Japanese metal products, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

But the ministry stopped short of saying Tokyo might take action, saying: “We plan to decide appropriately, considering the impact on Japanese companies as well as related U.S. measures.”

May 19 09:37

HUNDREDS OF HANDBAGS, 72 SUITCASES FULL OF JEWELS SEIZED FROM OUSTED MALAYSIAN LEADER'S HOME

Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife were barred last week from leaving Malaysia in the wake of his stunning election loss, over fears that they may evade prosecution in a massive corruption scandal.

Then, police announced Friday that raids on properties linked to Najib had turned up 72 suitcases stuffed with jewels and cash. It took five trucks to haul away some of the belongings, because police also had to fit 284 boxes filled with designer handbags - including Birkin bags from Hermes, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Photos show police carrying out orange boxes, with labels reading "Paris, H Bag Gray Croco Skin Hermes" and "Switzerland, Bag Blue w/Diamonte Croc Skin, Hermes."

"Exactly how much jewelry, I would not be able to say, because we know that we confiscated bags containing jewelry, and the number of jewelry is rather big," Amar Singh, head of Malaysia's commercial crime investigation unit, told reporters on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Certain American politicians who believe that they are "too big to nail" for corruption, please take note!!

May 15 13:34

EAEU enhances integration, accepts Moldova as observer

Leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member-states agreed to grant observer status to Moldova, Russian President said when opening a broad meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Putin extended a welcome to Moldovan President Igor Dodon who joined the meeting. "We expect that as an observer state, the Republic of Moldova will actively participate in our union’s activities," Putin said. Igor Dodon stressed that he considers the move to grant observer status to Moldova to be a historic event for the country... The meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council that took place in Sochi on Monday has become an important step towards boosting comprehensive collaboration and integration of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Leads of the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) member-states discussed cooperation in energy, digital economy, medicine and ecology.

May 15 13:11

Russia, Philippines agree to strengthen military-technical cooperation

Russia and the Philippines have agreed to strengthen military and technical cooperation, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Philippine counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday...

May 15 12:50

On US Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism

By David Pear. If you want to know the untold history of the U.S.A., then a good place to start is with the history of US imperialism in Asia from the mid-19th century until today. Not only will that reveal the history of the criminality of US foreign policy, but it will also reveal the true nature of U.S. capitalism, imperialism, fascism and U.S. wars of aggression: past, present and future. For centuries the U.S. has preached that it believes in democracy, freedom and self-determination, but its actions towards other countries speak louder than words. Internationally the U.S. is a predator and a bully. It subjugates small countries, corrupts them by backing right-wing dictators, and enables death squads to commit mass murder of all suspected dissidents. During the First Cold War leftists, anti-colonialists, nationalists and intellectuals were called "communists" and imprisoned, tortured and executed. Now they are called "terrorists". The foreign policy interests of the U.S.

May 14 08:53

Malaysian new P.M. immediately after take over ordered a raid at the residence of out-going P.M.

May 13 13:28

Chart: The Most Influential Countries in Asia

May 13 05:36

Man with large weapons cache, body armor, found posted up in Waikiki hotel, claimed to be federal agent on a mission

Police and FBI are investigating a 38-year-old man after finding a large cache of weapons during a raid of a Waikiki hotel room after authorities were alerted of several disturbing social media posts in which the man claimed to be a federal agent who’s hunting terrorists.

May 11 04:24

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit?

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit? It’s the boring choice, and that’s a good thing

Singapore’s sheer predictability – along with robust security infrastructure, a North Korean embassy, and the approval of China – make it a safe pick to host its unpredictable guests on June 12

It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little boring – Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that the summit – a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader – would take place in Singapore on June 12.

Singapore also confirmed it would host the meeting, but did not give further details.

May 09 07:21

China, Japan, South Korea agree on North Korea nuclear action

In the first trilateral talks since 2015, the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea sent a powerful message of unity in the push to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Trade deals were also on the table.

May 03 09:28

Australian Government and Press Ignore “Hands Off Syria” Anti-War Rally In Melbourne

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Australian government continues to support the war on Syria and the secular government of Bashar al-Assad, even supporting America’s recent missile strikes on Syria in defense of al-Qaeda, it is proving that while it may be listening to big business, the United States, and the international Deep State, it is not listening to the very people it is claiming that it wants to defend...

May 02 12:12

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

“Full spectrum dominance” was the watchword in a 2000 document, “Joint Vision 2020” (updated from a 1996 version), which the authors described as a “conceptual template” for the U.S. military’s evolution over the two decades to come. Its language was even more hubristic than that slogan suggests: “a force that is dominant across the full spectrum of military operations – persuasive in peace, decisive in war, preeminent in any form of conflict… prepared to win across the full range of military operations in any part of the world… [with the ability] to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the full range of military operations.”

Defeat any adversary? Control any situation?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, I would very much appreciate it if this country tried to achieve its geopolitical goals with hard-won, intelligent, and morally honorable negotiations rather than through wars.

Unfortunately, the leadership of this country has gotten drunk on the smell of its own propaganda, and is both morally, and intellectually, slack, when it comes to finding other solutions to its perceived geopolitical challenges than war; I am very sorry to have to say this, but it is the God's truth right now.

The US government is riding herd over an empire in decline, and doing just what every empire, at this point in its devolution, does; fighting back with every bit of fire power at its descretion to prevent the inevitable. It may be able to postpone its demise, somewhat, but not prevent it.

Like everything else on this planet, empires have a life cycle; a beginning, a middle, and an end; we are very close to that end, at this moment in history.

May 02 11:25

UN Envoy Calls on Myanmar to Hold 'Proper Investigation' of Rohingya Crisis

A UN Security Council envoy said on Tuesday that Myanmar must conduct a "proper investigation" into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in its northwestern state of Rakhine.

During the visit to both the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, from whence the Rohingya were driven, UK Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce spoke to several women and girls who recounted their ordeals and pleaded for the UN's help.

May 02 10:24

Tokyo to Host Summit With Chinese, South Korean Top Politicians on May 9

Top politicians of Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Tokyo on May 9 in order to discuss the possibility of cooperation on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean presidential administration said on Tuesday in a statement.

According to the statement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss the results of Moon's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as other issues of the international agenda.

READ MORE: 'Bigger Credit Goes to Koreas' Than Trump for Denuclearization of DPRK – Expert

The Kyodo news agency reported that Abe had already confirmed that the trilateral meeting would be held on May 9.

Apr 28 09:08

The Byron Bay you don't see: How an idyllic holiday hotspot popular with A-list celebrities is now being gripped by homelessness and drug addiction

They call Byron Bay the playground of the stars - where the rich and famous go to party and live in beach side comfort.

But it is also home to Australia's second-largest homeless population, with 12 times more rough sleepers than the average town despite 20 percent of the homes marked as empty in the latest census.

Apr 28 04:41

Hang on, what language is Kim Jong-un speaking?

Livestreaming reveals that the North Korean leader has a unique ‘Swiss-influenced’ accent, a result of his years studying at a German-language boarding school near Bern

While all eyes have been on the historic summit meeting between the two Koreas, those who kept their ears cocked were in for a surprise.

Kim Jong-un’s multicultural accent stole the show as viewers around the world were able to hear the North Korean leader address South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with parts of the sessions livestreamed over the internet.>>>

(*We'll get multi lingual when Trump demonstrates his hard Manhattan NY accent with masterful high school vulgarity , and he cusses out Kim Jong Un , in The Nobel Peace Prize Finals , ensuring the win)

Apr 27 11:44

South Korean President Credits Trump For Denuclearization

The leaders of North and South Korea have pledged to jointly eliminate the risk of war and work together to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. According to Moon Jae-in's foreign minister, the South Korean president is giving much of the credit to President Trump for getting the two sides together for negotiations

Apr 27 08:31

Island Of Fire

As we’ve come to appreciate with each passing year, World War Two was the most evil manifestation in human history. No other conflict even comes close in matching that war for its vast and unspeakable crimes. Mass murder of surrendering soldiers, mass starvation of helpless civilians, mass rape of women and children, assembly-line style torture in the tens of thousands, uprooting and expulsion of millions to certain death, the deliberate destruction of ancient cultures--these atrocities and many more add annually to World War Two’s menu of beastly war crimes.

Apr 26 01:40

Peninsula One Step Closer To Peace

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The forthcoming meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and ROK President Moon Jae-in is expected to promote communication between the two sides and enable the families separated by the Korean War to meet, which will help advance efforts to secure permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. The summit is also expected to prepare the ground for the proposed summit between the US and DPRK leaders in late May or early June.

Since January, Pyongyang and Seoul have been sincerely seeking progress in the peace process. They have not only agreed to resume inter-Korean talks, but also made efforts to organize a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

But the United States administration has said that the DPRK should dismantle its nuclear arsenal to get sanctions relief from Washington, and Pyongyang seeks phased denuclearization and sanctions relief after the completion of each phase.>>>

Apr 25 10:53

Taiwan To Simulate Chinese Invasion In Live-Fire Military Drill Starting Next Week

As concerns about nuclear war with North Korea wane, Taiwan is reminding the world that its own relations with Beijing have been progressively deteriorating; to do that the small island nation will simulate a response to an "invading force", along with using civilian operated drones, in war games next week amid its increasing tensions with China the defense ministry said Tuesday according to Reuters.

While the annual Han Kuang drills, set to begin on April 30 with a computer-aided command post exercise, make no mention of China, only “offensive forces invading Taiwan” and will include a live-fire field training exercise and “enemy elimination on beaches”, it is clear that the "hypothetical" aggressor is China.

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Oh, that will be calculated to calm things down...NOT!!

Apr 25 05:10

Armenian opposition lacks 13 votes to elect its leader as prime minister

Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan have secured 40 votes out of 53 needed to elect him as the country’s prime minister, opposition MP from the Elk faction Edmon Marukyan told TASS on Wednesday. "Some 53 votes of MPs are needed for the parliament to elect Pashinyan as the country’s prime minister. The Elk faction and the Prosperous Armenia Party, which joined the protests, have a total of 40 votes. Another 13 votes are needed from the ruling Republicans and the Dashnaktsutyun faction. I think we will be able to collect these votes," Marukyan stressed. The Elk bloc plans to officially nominate Pashinyan as the head of government, he noted. The ruling Armenian Republican Party’s faction has 58 seats in the parliament, Elk and Dashnaktsutyun have 9 and 7, respectively. The Tsarukyan bloc has 31 seats. Several Armenian opposition parties have joined the movement of Pashinyan, which calls for power transition.

Apr 25 05:07

Revolution in Armenia to continue until logical end — opposition leader

Opposition in Armenia will continue the revolution through to the logical end, parliament deputy Nikol Pashinyan, a leader of the opposition, told a news conference on Tuesday. "There'll be no breaks until our revolution gets through to the logical end," he said when a reporter asked him if he would continue appealing to the nation to join protest actions or would make a pause for talks with the authorities.
Peskov stressed that the Kremlin’s position on Armenia remains unchanged. "We still consider that this is a domestic affair (of Armenia) and hope that our Armenian friends will be able to solve this situation and find a stable structure and a consensus decision soon," he said. "We are very carefully monitoring this situation," Peskov noted. http://tass.com/politics/1001676

Apr 24 23:36

the secret world of the japanese swordsmith

Documentary from 1997
©1997 Troivision Co., Ltd/Warabe No Mori Co., Ltd. kobayashi dldg, 4-7 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan

The Japanese sword is the soul of the Samurai. The crafting of this work of art - which embodies beauty, strength and tradition - has been shrouded in secrecy for more than thousand years.
Because of the highly advanced techniques and numerous years of dedicated effort required in crafting Japanese swords, the skill has always been a closely kept and jealously guarded secret.

Apr 24 12:30

US Decries China’s High-Speed Rail in Laos. Connecting China’s Yunnan to South East Asia

China’s plans to build high-speed rail connecting Kunming in its Yunnan province with the rest of Southeast Asia are already underway. In the landlocked nation of Laos, tunnels and bridges are already under construction.

The United States has, in general, condemned China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) sweeping infrastructure programme, with US and European policy circles accusing Beijing of what they call “debt trap diplomacy.”

Quartz in an article titled, “Eight countries in danger of falling into China’s “debt trap”,” would claim:

Beijing “encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 6. “Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa’s infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most countries,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what, pray tell, does the US actually have in the works, to counter this intelligently, and proactively?!?

The answer is, one big, fat, hairy nothing.

Even the desperately needed infrastructure projects right here in the US are not getting done.

The Chinese leadership is thinking long-term; the US government can barely keep its though processes straight through the next elections.

Apr 24 07:56

Daesh Militants Moving to Central, Southeast Asia After Defeat in Syria, Iraq

Militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization are moving to Central and Southeast Asia after having been defeated in Syria and Iraq, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

"After the defeat of the so-called Islamic State, militants are moving to other regions from Syria and Iraq, including to Central and Southeast Asia. New terrorist cells are being created there," Shoigu said during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Beijing.

"The situation is complicated by the fact that terrorists use modern means of destruction, including unmanned aerial vehicles… capable of operating over a distance of 100 kilometers [62 miles]. Their creation is impossible without the technical assistance of developed countries," he added.

Apr 24 07:46

Meeting of SCO Foreign Ministers' Council Kicks Off in Beijing

The meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has kicked off in Beijing in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, a Sputnik correspondent reported Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Aslov, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, Secretary-General of the SCO Rashid Alimov, and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeniy Sysoyev are attending the meeting.

China is defending its proposed cybersecurity laws as beyond reproach in the wake of harsh criticism from the US - criticism that the state -run Xinhua news agency called arrogance and hypocrisy.

Apr 24 07:12

The Economic Stumbling Block Set To Dog The Inter-Korea Summit

Why economic cooperation could be the stumbling block at the inter-Korea summit
South Korea’s support for sanctions aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear goals limit Seoul’s power to help Pyongyang boost its economy, sources say

The leaders of North and South Korea might stumble over barriers to economic cooperation when they meet for their historic summit in the border village of Panmunjom on Friday, diplomatic sources said.

Although South Korea wanted to revive relations with a North Korea battered by United Nations and US sanctions, Seoul was not expected to present a detailed economic cooperation plan at the meeting, the sources said.

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Apr 24 06:48

Armenia Heats Up as the Proxy War Continues. Regime Change in Armenia? PM Resigns After Mass Protests

Armenia is an important part Russia’s long-term plans. A member of the Eurasian Economic Union Armenia is key to protecting Russia’s southern flank. So, I was not shocked back in 2016 when the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was activated by the U.S. after a brief visit by then Secretary of State John Kerry as punishment for Russia’s intervention into Syria. Nagorno-Karabakh had been peaceful for more than twenty years before Kerry’s visit. And within days, fighting broke out on the Azeri side of the region which lies between the two countries. So, color me not shocked that as the Neoconservatives take control of the Trump White House that they activate a color revolution in Armenia while simultaneously pushing Russia in Ukraine, Syria, the U.K., the financial markets and seemingly everywhere else at the same time.

Apr 24 04:21

Chinese Foreign Ministy Welcomes North Korea’s Missile Halt Promise

BEIJING, China – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China welcomed the DPRK’s decision “to stop nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile experiments,” speaking at the press conference in Beijing on Monday.

“We believe that North Korea’s actions will help further ease the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, and it will also help to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and political settlement of the peninsula,” stated Lu Kang.

This comes North Korea announced a halt to weapon testing>>>

Apr 23 10:57

UNIT 731: HOW LEADERS OF JAPAN’S WWII GERM WARFARE UNIT ENDED UP WORKING FOR THE US

Unit 731, the notorious germ warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that conducted horrific lethal experiments on Chinese civilians and Allied prisoners of war before and during World War II, is back in the news again after the Japanese government released the names of more than 3,000 of its former members. The unit is little known in either Japan or the United States; what’s even less known is that rather than punish its members, US authorities during the postwar occupation of Japan paid them millions of dollars to share knowledge gained from, among other crimes, dissecting live POWs and killing hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians by aerial spraying of bubonic plague and other deadly diseases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is an ugly reality that the American Deep State frequently does not punish horrific war criminals, but co-opts them for scientific gain, as happened here.

Apr 23 08:37

Canada Signs Deal With Japan Allowing to Use Each Other's Military Equipment

Ottawa and Tokyo concluded a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement which will step up military cooperation between the two states, and allow them to use each other’s military equipment in various operations, the Global Affairs department of the Canadian government said in a statement on Sunday.

"The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, signed the bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA). This agreement will strengthen cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and will allow both countries to make efficient use of each other’s military equipment during operations and exercises in Canada, Japan and other locations," the statement read.

Apr 21 09:02

Palestinian scholar killed in Kuala Lumpur, family blames Mossad

A Palestinian scholar has been shot dead by two assailants in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, local police said.

Fadi al-Batsh, a 35-year-old Palestinian academic and member of Hamas, was instantly killed by the unknown gunmen in a residential neighbourhood of the capital on Saturday.

Al-Batsh's father told Al Jazeera that he accuses Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad, of being behind his son's killing and called on the Malaysian authorities to look into who carried out the "assassination" as soon as possible.

Apr 21 09:01

China’s show of force pushes Philippines back to America

Earlier this month, China conducted its largest-ever military exercise in the South China Sea, raising new concerns about the future of freedom of navigation and overflight in the contested maritime region.

The exercises put a new spotlight on the Philippines, with the United States and its key regional security allies now bidding to step up their strategic cooperation with Manila.

Apr 18 14:04

Opposition fails to derail Armenian PM’s endorsement

Meanwhile, the experts interviewed by Kommersant noted that the initial mass protests after Armenia’s transition to parliamentary rule could turn the country into a new hotbed of tension in the post-Soviet space. "The opposition wants to flex its muscles for potential voters and encourage more people to take part in the protests," Hrant Mikaelian, a researcher at the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, told the paper. "Constitutional reform was actually aimed at preserving the status quo in Armenia’s policy under the guise of reforms with the same actors and the same approaches to all key issues, from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to socio-economic development and foreign relations," said Sergei Oznobishchev, Director of the Institute for Strategic Assessments. "However, conservatism is appropriate when there is something to conserve.

Apr 18 13:52

Opposition leader urges allies to blockade Armenia’s government facilities: a "velvet revolution"

The leader of the Civil Contract opposition party, MP Nikol Pashinyan, has urged his supporters to blockade all government facilities across the country, TASS reports from the site. "The whole country can hear me at the moment. I am urging everyone to head to government buildings, get into offices, paralyze the activity of the entire government sector," Pashinyan told a meeting late on Wednesday. He said "rural residents and residents of townships should compel all heads of local administrations to join the opposition movement". The opposition movement has pledged money awards to those police officers who will join the protesters. "The first police officer who becomes our comrade-in-arms and joins our fight will get $10,000. All the rest will get $2,000 each," political analyst Armen Grigoryan told the meeting in central Yerevan. He said the money had been promised "by a fellow countryman living abroad".

Apr 16 09:20

‘Growing Anger’ High Turnout at Tokyo Rally Demanding Prime Minister Abe Resign

On Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in front of the National Diet Building in central Tokyo to protest growing scandals surrounding the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"We hold a sense of crisis that the falsifying and hiding of public documents means nothing less than the destruction of our nation and democracy," said economist Masaru Kaneko to a crowd of some 30,000 people in front of the Diet building.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front C) leads his cabinet ministers as they attend a photo session at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2017

"If these developments are allowed, any form of impropriety or corruption can be legitimized," Kaneko stated.

Apr 15 11:08

'It's too late to leave!' Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets off emergency

AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control.

More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now "too late".

Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as "apocalyptic" after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.

Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base - and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.

Apr 12 09:40

Scientists find 'SEMI-INFINITE' trove of rare-earth materials in shock discovery in Japan

A DISCOVERY has given manufacturers the opportunity to make an almost unlimited amount of batteries, mobile phones and electric cars after a “semi-infinite” trove of rare metals were discovered off the coast of Japan.

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The report, published in Scientific Reports, says that the patch contains 16 million tons of rare-Earth oxides – equivalent to 780 years' worth of yttrium supply, 620 years of europium, 420 years of terbium and 730 years of dysprosium.

It added that the discovery "has the potential to supply these metals on a semi-infinite basis to the world”.

Apr 11 14:12

China Launches Massive Combat Drill In Hainan As War With Taiwan “Becomes More Probable”

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a more transparent China on Tuesday, during a keynote speech at an economic forum in Boao, on the southern island of Hainan. Immediately after the conference, China’s PLA Navy began a 3-day combat war drill in waters to the south of Sanya, the southern tip of China’s Hainan Island, which is about 112-miles south from the economic forum.

Apr 10 02:18

IPL vs Cauvery – 4000 Cops never been this Tough

4,000 police have been deployed at the Chennai Chepauk Stadium to ensure the IPL (Indian Premier League) match is played without any disruption

Apr 09 10:14

Russian Security Council chief, North Korean top diplomat discuss Inter-Korean dialogue

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev discussed the possibilities of inter-Korean dialogue with North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday. "Nikolay Patrushev and Ri Yong-ho discussed the issues of regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the possibilities of developing inter-Korean dialogue," the Russian Security Council press service stated. The DPRK’s foreign minister arrived in Moscow earlier on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported earlier that negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ri Yong-ho would be held on April 10 in the Russian capital. The ministers will discuss development of bilateral cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 08 08:04

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China

Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China.

Apr 06 12:54

US Has Over 400,000 Troops in Asia-Pacific Region – Russian Intelligence

The United States has deployed more than 200 military facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, where over 400,000 servicemen are stationed, First Deputy Chief of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Kostyukov said Thursday.

“To implement its guidelines, including creating conditions for the projection of force through the rapid deployment of troops anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has created a contingent of more than 400,000 troops. At the moment, more than 50 large military bases are operating in the region, there are more than 200 US military facilities,” Kostyukov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

READ MORE: US Expands Military Capabilities in Northeast Asia — Russian Envoy to Seoul

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Those are one heck of a lot of military assets to keep maintained, and at key readiness.

Apr 06 11:47

'IF MY PLANE EXPLODES, ASK THE CIA’ – DUTERTE AFTER REQUESTING ARMS FROM RUSSIA & CHINA

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia a threat, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. However, Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid the ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap.

READ MORE: Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

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Duterte has a very clear grasp of how the United States government deals with governments it does not like.

Apr 06 08:38

Russia to Join U.S.-China South China Sea Face Off After Vietnam Pact

Russia has agreed a new military cooperation roadmap with Vietnam, which could bring Moscow into the ongoing power struggle between the China and the U.S. in the South China Sea.

The deal was signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The agreement—signed on the sidelines of the seventh Moscow Conference on International Security—set out the details of military cooperation between the two countries from 2018 until 2020. Gen. Ngo told Shoigu he was pleased that Russia and Vietnam were taking steps to increase their military and naval coordination.

Apr 06 06:11

Taiwan Official's Remarks On Independence Dangerous: mainland spokesperson

-- A Taiwan official's recent remarks on independence are dangerous and presumptuous, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Monday.

Ma made the comment in response to remarks advocating "Taiwan independence" by the island's executive head, Lai Ching-te.

The spokesperson said Lai's words harm peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides, especially Taiwan compatriots.

Ma reiterated that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China.>>>

Apr 05 08:52

Duterte: If my plane explodes, you can ask the CIA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a fresh expletive-filled tirade against the United States, accusing one of the country's closest allies of lacking "word of honour", while suggesting that the CIA is out to get him.

In a speech in Manila on Thursday, Duterte lashed out at the US government for halting the planned sale of firearms to the Philippines because of human rights concerns.

"At least, if ever my airplane explodes, or if some roadside bomb explodes, maybe you can ask the CIA," Duterte told a group of farmers and fishermen gathered at the Malacanang presidential palace.

It was not the first time the Philippine president accused the CIA of plotting against him.

Apr 03 16:42

Malaysia’s Fake News Bill Enables Imprisonment Of Journalists, Follows Larger Trend

By Aaron Kesel

Malaysia has approved a law against “fake news” under the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill that would allow for a prison time of up to six years for offenders, shrugging off critics who say it was aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a general election and amid a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Chicago Sun Times reported.

The Malaysian government is run by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s who secured majority of the vote in parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, which sets out fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($123,000) and a maximum of six years in jail. Of alarming note, the first draft of the bill had proposed an insane disturbing prison sentence of 10 years...

Apr 03 11:17

Taiwan, China Spar Over Taiwan Premier's Independence Remarks

Taiwan’s government said on Tuesday that China was stirring up its media to threaten the self-ruled island after a major state-run newspaper said China should issue an international arrest warrant for Taiwan’s premier for his comments on independence.

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Mar 31 05:38

Why Kim’s China visit raises (and dashes) hopes for Trump summit

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?
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Mar 31 05:22

IN CHINA , KIM JONG-UN WAS AN ASTUTE PLAYER ON HIS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, the North Korean leader showed the world had underestimated his skill in playing a potentially explosive game of geopolitical chess

By mutual agreement, the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing and his meetings with President Xi Jinping last week were meant to be kept top secret until he left China.

The Chinese authorities, which equally value secrecy, were happy to oblige. Official media reports about Kim’s visit were not released until he was safely back in his own country on Wednesday morning.

This has given rise to black humour on Chinese social media platforms. One of the better jokes regards the perfect timing of the massive sandstorm that swept much of Northern China, coinciding neatly with Kim’s brief stay from Sunday night to Wednesday.

Mar 30 01:10

Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture hit by 5.1 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck Central Japan on Friday, with the epicenter in the Ibaraki prefecture, the country's Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at the depth of 60 kilometers. No damage or injuries were reported, and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Mar 29 11:08

Asian Hotel Chain Bans Single Use Plastic Such as Plastic Water Bottles

It is refreshing to see a company that is making operational changes in its business practices to back up marketing claims of being Eco-friendly. Thailand’s Akaryn Hotel Group has announced it will become Asia’s first hotel chain to ban single use plastic on its properties.

Mar 28 10:04

Father Effectively Treats Daughters’ Crohn’s Disease by Juicing Cannabis

ABC News Australia recently reported on a story about a desperate father. Stephen Taylor’s two daughters were fighting Crohn’s disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. When all else failed, Taylor turned to juicing cannabis and discovered that the plant may have the potential to cure his daughters’ illness.

Mar 28 06:49

Japan warns against Russia’s military exercises near Kuril Islands

Japan has remonstrated against Russia’s military drills held in the south of the Kuril Islands, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in his speech in the lower parliamentary chamber on Wednesday. "This leads to the strengthening of the Russian army on the ‘northern territories’ (this is how Japan calls the southern part of the Kuril Islands - TASS), which is incompatible with our position on these islands," Kyodo News quoted him as saying. It notes that the protest was sent through diplomatic channels. Pilots of the Eastern Military District fighter aviation earlier trained deployment from the Khabarovsk Region to the island of Iturup for the first time.

Mar 27 06:14

Ironically: Liberals spend too much time 'freaking out about everything Trump does'

(*Right along with The Russians , Syrians , Iranians , Koreans , Afghans , Chinese , Palestinians , Cubans , Venezuelans , Pakistanis and The Filipinos !)

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