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May 19 12:39

Vietnam says U.S.-based group, culprit behind social disturbance

Social order in Vietnam's capital Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City have been recently disrupted due to mass gatherings held in the name of environment protection using the context of the unusual mass fish deaths in the country's central coastal region.

"The U.S.-based terrorist organization Viet Tan was the real culprit behind the social disturbances," according to Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA on Wednesday.

Viet Tan members inside and outside the country incited people, including juveniles and ex-convicts, to gather at public places. They even delivered money to participants, with the hidden intention of blowing up the protest into a riot, thus hindering the upcoming general elections, said VNA.

May 17 11:41

Armenian, Azeri leaders reiterate commitment to Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a ceasefire in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region and to a peaceful settlement of the conflict during a meeting in Vienna on Monday, according to a joint statement by United States, France and Russia.

Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev also agreed on a next round of talks to be held in a mutually-agreed location, with the aim of resuming talks on a comprehensive settlement, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a "cross your fingers and pray moment" for this region.

Any major flareup in activities could have regional allies, like Russia for Armenia, and Turkey for Azerbaijan, joining the fray as well.

May 12 09:32

IN TOONS ~~ POTUS RUBS SALT ON THE SURVIVORS OF THE HIROSHIMA BOMBING

Many are expecting Obama to apologise for atomic bomb during historic visit, but the White House says it won’t happen.

May 10 01:50

US Navy Carries Out Patrol In Disputed Part Of South China Sea

US Navy carries out patrol in disputed part of South China Sea after PLA wraps up combat drills in the area
The latest US ‘freedom of navigation exercise’ close to Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef, amid increasing tensions over territorial claims in region

A US navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near a disputed reef in the South China Seas on Tuesday, the US Department of Defence said, after the Chinese military wrapped up a military drill in the area.

The operation by the USS William P. Lawrence, travelling within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, was to “challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea”, a defence department spokesman said.
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The US operation came after the Chinese military had carried out a combat drill involving its most advanced warships as Beijing boosts its military presence in the South China Sea.

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May 09 12:53

Yen tumbles on intervention warning, higher risk appetite

The yen hit a roughly two-week low against the dollar on Monday after Japan’s finance minister said Tokyo was ready to intervene in the currency market if needed, with stronger risk sentiment also easing demand for traditional safe havens such as the Japanese currency.

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May 08 08:16

Hillary Clinton’s Israel, Iran, Iraq & Libya Record Indicates She’s A Proven Warmonger

Looking back over Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record, it’s clear that she is neither a progressive nor a liberal, but a proven warmonger whose record has contributed greatly to war, bloodshed and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa.

May 07 08:43

Armenia, Azerbaijan forces resume fire

Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have reportedly resumed fire in violation of a ceasefire that had ended deadly clashes in the disputed Caucasus region of Karabakh last month.

On Saturday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Armenian armed forces had violated the truce on the contact line with the Azerbaijani armed forces in the conflict area 122 times over the past 24 hours.

Armenian forces shelled Azerbaijani positions both from Armenian territory and from the territory under dispute, it said. “Taking into account the operational situation, the Azerbaijani armed forces delivered 123 strikes upon the enemy positions,” the ministry said.

Yerevan had earlier claimed that Azerbaijani forces had violated the ceasefire on the border with Armenia in the early hours of Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Sergei Lavrov; sir, you are one diplomat the Azerbaijanis and Armenians trust, because you have earned it.

Please do everything you possibly can to ratchet down tensions here.

With Russia supporting Armenia, and Turkey supporting Azerbaijan, this conflict could spread out of control quickly, and turn into another horrific regional war, which could generate a world war.

May 05 14:23

Japan’s Prime Minister Invites Putin to Tokyo Despite Washington’s Fury

Much to Washington’s chagrin, Tokyo and Moscow appear to be forming a partnership.

On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, as Abe seeks to settle territorial disputes and gain improved trade deal conditions.

May 04 23:05

Apple loses trademark fight over 'iPhone' name in China - BBC News

The ruling comes shortly after to Apple's latest results which showed a 13% drop in revenue on slower iPhone sales. Sales in China had plunged by 26%.

Apple is also facing difficulties in other operations in China.

May 02 13:58

Hundreds in Vietnam Protest Mysterious Mass Fish Die-Off

It's rare for Vietnamese people to publicly protest anything in their Communist country.

But things have gotten out of hand. Over the past month, nearly 50 tons of dead fish have washed up on Vietnam's shores — without official explanation.

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Apr 30 12:59

The Hong Kong Housing Bubble Implodes

Apr 29 11:08

Pot, Kettle: UK Urges Saudis To Speed Up Yemen Inquiry, Despite Its Own 6-Year Chilcot Wait

In a rare bout of public criticism of the Saudi regime, a UK minister has urged the theocracy to speed up an inquiry into its brutal war in Yemen.

Apr 28 09:32

Japanese Bloodbath After BoJ Disappoints - Nikkei Drops 1000 Points, USDJPY Crashes

If there was a sign that nothing else matters but central bank largess, this was it. The moment The Bank of Japan statement hit and proclaims "unchanged" a vacuum hit USDJPY and Japanese stocks. Reflecting that Japan's economy has "continued a moderate recovery trend" which is utter crap given the quintuple-dip recession, Kuroda and his cronies said they will "add easing if necessary" and apparently that is not now. Not so much as a higher ETF purchase or moar NIRP.. and the aftermath is carnage - NKY -1000 points and USDJPY crashed to a 108 handle!!

Apr 26 09:46

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

Thailand-based newspaper Bangkok Post in its article, “Yingluck denies Thaksin’s involvement,” refers to ousted, US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra, removed from power in 2006 by a military coup after nearly two terms in office trampling the rule of law and the lives and livelihood of the Thai people, and claims that he has extensively relied on foreign lobbyists in a bid to return to power.

Apr 25 13:02

Fatalities Reported After Bus Blast in Yerevan, Armenia

A bus explosion has occurred in Yerevan, Armenia, killing at least three people and injuring six, according to Major-General Nikolay Grigoryan of the the Armenian Emergencies Ministry.

The explosion occurred in downtown Yerevan at the intersection of Halabyan and Arzumanyan streets and could be heard from miles away.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the explosion. The bus explosion occurred one day after the Armenian capital hosted ceremonies to mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One little factoid this article very carefully left out; it was the Turks who created genocide against the Armenians in 1915

The timing, right after ceremonies to honor those killed during the Armenian genocide, strikes me as more than a little interesting, and I have to wonder; did a Turkish or Azerbaijani agent/provocateur do this?!?

I hope Putin advises the Armenian government strongly upon good forensics on the investigation,and geopolitical restraint against Azerbaijan.

Apr 25 10:37

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been working out specific details of how best to use the new high-speed rail infrastructure project spanning the vast space of Eurasia from Beijing across Russia and the states of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union including Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus and on to the west to include, so far, states of eastern and central Europe. A series of recent agreements by Chinese companies in Kazakhstan gives a hint of the economic boom being planned.

Apr 25 09:34

MALAYSIA WILL LIKELY FORCE ‘POLITICAL BLOGS’ AND NEWS WEBSITES TO REGISTER WITH THE GOVERNMENT

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry has formally proposed legal amendments to the Attorney General that would require the country’s political blogs and online news portals to register with the government. Minister Salleh Said Keruak denies that the legislation amounts to censorship, arguing that the proposal is designed to preserve the Internet as a tool for promoting Malaysia’s economic growth, and meant to protect the country against internal divisions brought about by misleading information published online, he says.

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, saying the move reverses the government’s earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Minister Salleh Said Keruak: this proposed legislation is absolute, and complete, codswallop, and you know it!

Instead of attempting to silence the messenger, is it possible that the current government of Malaysia could, please, be a little less corrupt and a little more transparent?!?

Apr 24 08:11

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

Thailand-based newspaper Bangkok Post in its article, “Yingluck denies Thaksin’s involvement,” refers to ousted, US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra, removed from power in 2006 by a military coup after nearly two terms in office trampling the rule of law and the lives and livelihood of the Thai people, and claims that he has extensively relied on foreign lobbyists in a bid to return to power.

During this struggle to return to power, he has placed a series of proxies in his place, most notably his own brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat who served as prime minister in 2008, and his own sister Yingluck Shinawatra who served as prime minister from 2011-2014 before being removed by a subsequent coup...

Apr 23 16:57

Japan panel greenlights gene editing of human eggs for basic study

A government bioethics panel on Friday approved gene modifications of fertilized human eggs for basic research purposes, while rejecting the technology’s clinical use due partly to the unknown impact on the next generation. Studies on so-called genome editing are under way to use it for animals, plants and human body cells, but whether the technology should be applicable to fertilized human eggs is being debated worldwide after Chinese scientists reported gene editing of human embryos last year, in what was believed to be the world’s first such case.

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 22 14:28

Obama Bows to Turkish Genocide Denial as Erdogan Calls for War on Armenia

President Obama broke a campaign promise in refusing to honor the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians so as not to anger Erdogan, his dictatorial, terror sponsoring counterpart.

Nonetheless, with one last opportunity to identify a historical truth and properly honor the suffering of an entire people, President Obama once again joined a chorus of deniers, embracing what he once called an untenable policy, and sending a direct message to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US endorses his plans to kill dissenting ethnic minorities to recreate his version of the Ottoman Empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am beginning to wonder if Edrogan is dealing with the result of multiple medications which are fighting each other, with results like this statement happening (multiple medication is a problem for older people), or if he is simply starting to lose his reality license.

Either way, it is a scary moment, particularly in light of the fact that Turkey is a NATO partner.

Apr 22 07:46

Giant hornet discovered in unsuspecting Japanese woman's wardrobe

A woman in Japan had an unwelcome surprise when she opened her cupboard to discover an enormous Japanese Giant Hornet nestling in her clothes.

The insects, which are often around 4.5cm long and have a sting which can pierce leather, are a sub-species of the Asian Giant Hornet, one of the most dangerous bugs in the world.

The woman, known by her Twitter handle @sun_s_k, posted the photos to social media, showing off the size of the hornet and asking for advice on dealing with it.

This should do the trick:

Apr 21 23:20

Space Mystery: Japan’s $273 Million “Black Hole” Satellite Has Vanished

Japan claims its “Black Hole” satellite Hitomi was “essential” to solving the mysteries of the universe, but now the satellite itself is the mystery, as Gizmodo explains it has just up and disappeared, “leaving behind only an ominous trail of debris and some cryptic messages”...

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Apr 19 09:19

HPV vaccine makers to be sued in Japan for damage and deaths caused by toxic immunizations

In response to vaccine injuries linked to the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, 12 plaintiffs in Japan plan to file a class action lawsuit against the Japanese government, Merck and GlaxoSmithKine after June 2016. The plaintiffs are seeking answers about why they were not told about the HPV vaccine risks before they received the vaccination.

Apr 14 07:56

Lavrov holding talks with his Mongolian counterpart in Ulan Bator

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday has baun his official visit to Mongolia with a meeting with his counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren.

The sides will discuss current regional and global problems, key issues of bilateral cooperation in various multilateral formats.

Later in the day, the Russian foreign minister will also meet with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Chimed Saikhabbileg. He is also expected to speak to representatives of political and academic circles.

Apr 11 11:53

South China Sea warning looms over G7 summit

Meeting begins with call to end nuclear weapons, but Beijing says Japanese plan to raise maritime concerns threatens to overshadow proceedings

Apr 08 07:30

Japan's Migrant Crisis

Apr 08 06:41

Three Japanese nationals attempt getting inside Russian embassy in Tokyo

"Early in the morning, three Japanese nationals were trying to get inside the embassy’s territory through the main gate," the press service said. "They claimed to be from Switzerland - a father with two daughters of between 15 and 20 years of age." "They mentioned political persecution they are suffering in Japan ‘because of their anti-American position’ and thus said they wanted to address the embassy regarding political asylum." The Russian embassy spoke about "rather aggressive behavior of those people" and said the embassy had asked the local law enforcers for assistance in settlement of the situation. "We also made a similar address during a conversation this morning between the embassy’s minister counsellor and Japan’s head of the Europe Department at the Foreign Ministry." At the same time, the Russian embassy said the request for political asylum would be "considered in due course," and the Japanese nationals would be informed about the results.

Apr 08 05:01

Damage Extensive for Crippled U.S. Littoral Ship in Singapore

The USS Fort Worth, the third Littoral Combat Ship deployed by the U.S. Navy, suffered “extensive damage” during the botched maintenance procedure in January that’s left the crippled vessel sidelined in Singapore ever since, according to the service’s top weapons buyer.

A Navy team has been examining the vessel built by Lockheed Martin Corp. since the January 12 incident, when gears that propel the ship were damaged, Assistant Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said in Washington. An investigation is continuing into the failure that’s thought to have been caused by crew error rather than a design flaw.

Apr 06 10:44

‘Sporadic Fighting’ Reported as Ceasefire Takes Hold in Nagorno-Karabakh

Locals reported “sporadic firing” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region today, but no major fighting after Armenian and Azerbaijan officials agreed to a joint ceasefire, which seems to be ending the fighting in the territory for now.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been disputed between Armenians and Azeris for a century now. The UN recognizes the territory as Azerbaijan’s, but the de facto autonomous government is Armenia-backed. The two sides have fought several wars over the issue.

This latest fighting, which spanned the weekend and Monday, was the first major dust-up since 1994. Both sides continue to accuse the other of starting it, and dozens of people were killed in the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one; for cessation of hostilities to truly end, there needs to be a good-faith, intelligently negotiated, peace treaty which makes both sides believe that they have been treated reasonably and fairly, and can abide by the treaty comfortably.

This is a moment in time when Russia (as it generally does)needs to be "the adult in the room", and get all parties in Baku and Yerevan talking as a prelude to true peace treaty negotiations.

Apr 05 08:05

Azerbaijan tells Armenia to 'free occupied territories,' sends letters to UN, NATO, EU

Azerbaijan has set conditions for ceasefire in the troubled Nagorny-Karabakh region, saying that Armenia must withdraw from "occupied territories." Meanwhile, Armenia has said it would recognize the region's independence if the situation on the ground worsens.

Apr 05 06:12

Turkish President Erdogan announces support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh war

Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that Turkey would support Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

At the congress of the Red Crescent Society in Ankara, Erdogan expressed his firm belief that one day Karabakh would return to its real owner. Erdogan made it clear that Turkey had always been on the of Azerbaijan, and was not going to change this position.

Apr 04 11:41

Why US Neocons Consider Azerbaijan 'as Important' as Ukraine for Russia

After the fighting, both sides reported numerous victims and accused each other of breaking the ceasefire. However, who really stands behind the escalation of the frozen conflict, remains unclear.

The newspaper referred to US political expert Zbigniew Brzezinski who said the fate of Azerbaijan is closely connected with the fate of Russia. New violent clashes in the disputed regions could prove dangerous for Moscow especially given the fact that important oil and natural gas pipelines run through the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which suggests a third party might have fired the first few shots that broke the cease-fire.

Apr 04 11:39

Baku Threatens to Launch 'Powerful' Strikes Against Karabakh Capital

The Azeri defense minister will order artillery shelling of the capital of the self-proclaimed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Hankendi (Stepanakert), if the Armenian army continues to carry out artillery strikes against settlements of the territory of Azerbaijan, the Azeri Defense Ministry said Monday.

Apr 04 10:20

Encirclement of Russia: the War for Ngorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Plan U.S.A.?

Is it because Armenia refused to become a NATO base? According to the NATO website*** dated March 10, 2016 Armenia would be a basis for the establishment of partnerships. NATO would, therefore, try to support Armenia in its intent to keep Nagorno-Karabakh and to infiltrate the lines of Russian diplomacy?

NATO has, in any case, the desire to open a new front against Russia, since, according Azernews article dated as of March 10, 2016, as on the NATO website, we clearly see NATO’s attempts to obtain agreements with Armenia and Azerbaijan to encircle Russia. Azerbaijan, which has been trying for years to distance itself from Russia has finally agreed to become the NATO base against Armenia since 10 March 2016. Azerbaijan, as an ally to Turkey including on the Armenian genocide issue and as a NATO partner, would attack Armenia to injure an ally to Russia, which refused to support NATO%?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The maps here absolutely tell the story....

Apr 04 09:52

Ceasefire Fails to Take Hold, Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages

Heavy fighting in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday night and into Saturday left at least 33 people dead, including 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers. The fighting was the worst since 1994’s ceasefire, and despite Azeri calls for a unilateral truce, fighting is continuing throughout the weekend.

Both sides are blaming the other for starting this latest dust-up, with Azerbaijan reporting shelling from the region hitting their border villages, and Armenia claiming Azerbaijan just attacked for no reason. Either way, Azerbaijan fairly quickly gained some advantage, and took part of the region back under control.

This is complicating the ceasefire push, for while the international community is backing the notion of ending the battle, pro-Armenia forces within Nagorno-Karabakh are insisting they would only accept a ceasefire that returned all lost territory back to them.

Apr 04 07:46

Azerbaijan Launches Wide Scale Attack on Nagorno-Karabagh. Geopolitical Implications

Azerbaijan launched a full-blown attack on multiple positions of the Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh, NKR) contact line overnight on April 1-2. The Azerbaijani army employed tanks, military helicopters, drones, and various caliber weapons in an assault targeting the Line of Contact on the southern, southeastern, and northeastern fronts. The NKR Defense Army retaliated, and, according to the NKR Defense Ministry Twitter page, brought down two helicopters and two drones, and destroyed three tanks. There are multiple casualties on both sides. Civilians have also been targeted. According to reports, 12-year-old Vaghinag Grigoryan was killed in the Marduni region, while two other children were wounded, from a Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launcher attack.

Apr 04 07:43

South China Sea: Japanese Warships Dock in Philippines Near Disputed Waters

A Japanese submarine and two destroyers have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.

Apr 04 07:36

Escalation of hostilities in disputed Nagorny-Karabakh

Violence on the border with Azerbaijan in Nagorny-Karabakh region escalated overnight on Saturday, reportedly with the use of tanks, artillery and military aircraft. Baku and Yerevan blame each other for triggering the hostilities.

Apr 04 06:32

Death by overwork on rise among Japan’s vulnerable workers

Japan is witnessing a record number of compensation claims related to death from overwork, or karoshi, a phenomenon previously associated with the long-suffering salaryman that is increasingly afflicting young and female employees.

Labor demand, with 1.28 jobs per applicant, is the highest since 1991, which should help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe draw more people into the workforce to counter the effect of a shrinking population, but lax enforcement of labor laws means some businesses are simply squeezing more out of employees, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Claims for compensation for karoshi rose to a record high of 1,456 in the year ending in March 2015, according to labor ministry data, with cases concentrated in health care, social services, shipping and construction, which are all facing chronic worker shortages.

Apr 03 09:03

Azerbaijan Destroys 10 Armenian Tanks in Nagorno-Karabakh - Ministry

Armenia has lost 10 battle tanks during the intensified Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a repeat of the Georgian conflict a few years ago. The goal is to plunge that isthmus into war to prevent its being used by Russia when the US invades Iran.

Apr 03 09:01

Karabakh Defense Army liberates base captured by Azerbaijan in Talish direction

At dawn, in response to large-scale artillery shelling by Azerbaijani forces, the Defense Army undertook counteroffensive measures and dominated the strategic base in the direction of Talish, which was earlier occupied by Azerbaijani forces. The enemy suffered heavy losses, and was forced to retreat, informed the Press Service of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army.

Apr 03 08:41

Sputnik reporters shelled in Nagorny-Karabakh despite Baku’s claim of ceasefire

Sputnik Armenia news outlet journalists came under fire when entering the city of Martakert in Nagorny-Karabakh, the media says. The journalists weren’t injured.

According to social media reports, residents are leaving the city, which is some three kilometers from the frontline.

Apr 03 08:39

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Simulation of War

ussia has been very careful not to take sides in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in order not to upset the delicate balance, seeking closer relations with both countries and maintaining peace in the Caucasus, however Turkey and USA had professed their support for Azerbaijan, which may provide it with too much dangerous confidence. Incidentally, Azerbaijani president was visiting Washington during the break out of the new round of hostilities.

Apr 02 11:13

The US Is Militarizing the Pacific – and Not Taking Questions

Though overshadowed by unrest in the Middle East, the pivot remains very much underway. Already the US has expanded and established new military exercises and agreements with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other parts of Southeast Asia – as well as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, and even China.

The linchpin of this military realignment is my home state of Hawaii, which has hosted the headquarters of the US Pacific Command, or USPACOM, for almost 70 years.

Beyond Scrutiny

Based on the island of Oahu, USPACOM claims the Asia-Pacific as its “area of responsibility.” Home to 36 nations – and more than half the world’s population – the region stretches, in the words of top military brass, “from Bollywood to Hollywood and penguins to polar bears.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "power projection" of US military might from here on Oahu, coupled with the military activities controlled here, make this island potentially a first-strike, decap target for any Chinese war against the United States.

As an Oahu resident, that makes me more than a little nervous.

I would strongly suggest we constituents deserve some kind of answer from the "alleged" Representatives who ducked this reporter's questions, and ask them seriously about what they are doing to prevent a potential "Oahuclypse" if there is a war with China.

Apr 02 07:22

Albuquerque Police Release Video of Cop Shooting Fellow Cop

Albuquerque police released body cam video of an officer shooting another officer during an undercover drug sting operation last year that led to a $6.5 million settlement this week. The video is graphic and shows an incompetent and trigger-happy Lieutenant Greg Brachle pulling up in his car, stepping out and yelling at an occupant of another car to place his hands in the air, who turned out to be a cop he had worked with before.

Apr 01 17:38

Swift rise to high post - from Otago freezing works to Myanmar's second vice-president

Dunedin's small Myanmar community is buzzing after one of their own went from working at an Otago freezing works to being sworn in as second vice-president of the Southeast Asian country.

Henry Van Thio was this week sworn in as second vice-president in a historic moment for Myanmar - formerly known as Burma - in which the first president with no military ties in more than half a century officially took power.

Mr Van Thio, who lived in Dunedin from 2011 until last year, is part of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which recently won landmark elections in the country.

Only two years before his swearing in, he was working at Silver Fern Farms' Finegand freezing works, while his wife Anna Sui studied towards a PhD at the University of Otago.

Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Apr 01 08:08

Narcotics flooding into Japan

In early February, the anti-narcotic unit of the Tokyo police was in the limelight after arresting Kazuhiro Kiyohara, a former star professional baseball player, on suspicion of unlawfully possessing stimulant drugs. But the case is just a tip of the iceberg as illegal drugs keep permeating through Japanese society with no end in sight.

A former anti-drug police officer has pointed to a lack of ability on the part of the authorities charged with controlling narcotics such as the police and the health ministry, saying, “Why did it take so long to arrest a guy like Kiyohara who had been heavily dependent on drugs?”

Indeed, it was in March 2014 that the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine reported that Kiyohara, who had long been rumored to be using stimulant drugs since the 1990s, was rushed to a hospital after suffering drug poisoning.

Mar 28 16:05

Australian government spends $6m of taxpayers' money on anti-refugee film

The Australian government has spent $6 million of taxpayers' money on a straight-to-TV movie intended to discourage refugees from claiming asylum in Australia.

Mar 28 07:01

AIIB says more than 30 countries await membership

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on Friday.

The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes.

Despite the opposition of Washington, almost many major US allies – Australia, Britain, German, Italy, the Philippines and South Korea – have joined.

Mar 27 07:39

Japan's Finance Minister Accidentally Reveals How It All Ends: "War"

While this all started with a currency "war," it seems - according to a stunningly candid transcript of Japan's finance minister's conversation with none other than Paul Krugman - that the real endgame here is actual war. Aso remarked that "a similar [deflationary mindset] had occurred in the US in the 1930s. What solved the question? War! Because World War II had occurred during the 1940s and that became the solution for the United States. [We] have to switch [the Japanese] mindset... we are looking for the trigger."

Mar 25 11:02

Old technologies regain popularity among Japanese

In Japan, a country famous for its high-tech electronics technology, there is a surprising resurgence in the popularity of the gadgets from the previous generation. Specialty stores, dedicated to retro electronics, are starting to open up and are seemingly doing well.

Webmaster addition: Those old computers do not have NSA back doors in them!

Mar 24 08:41

Japan Goes Full Krugman: Plans Un-Depositable, Non-Cash "Gift-Certificate" Money Drop To Young People

The Swiss, the Finns, and the Ontarians may get their 'Universal Basic Income' but the Japanese are about to turn the Spinal Tap amplifier of extreme monetary experimentation to 11. Sankei reports, with no sourcing, that the Japanese government plans to unleash "vouchers" or "gift certificates" to low-income young people to stimulate the "conspicuous decline" in consumption among young people. The handouts may not be deposited, thus combining helicopter money (inflationary) and fully electronic currency (implicit capital controls and tracking of spending).

Mar 21 00:14

Japan to return US 331kg of Plutonium, enough to make 50 nuclear bombs

Japan will return the US cargo with radioactive Plutonium, which is enough to make 50 nuclear bombs. 331kg of Plutonium was delivered to Japan from the US, Great Britain, and France in the 60s and 70s years of the previous century. Plutonium is reported to be sent with an armed British transport ship and under armed escort. Ecological organizations call return of 331kg of Plutonium to be a dangerous counter-attractive manoeuvre from the Plutonium which stays in Japan. The shipment may take place as early as this Sunday from the port to the north of Tokyo. As it was reported before, Plutonium delivery from Japan to the US is dedicated to the fourth and the last summit on nuclear security, which is to be held in Washington on 31 March 2016. the Japanese delegation will have possibility to render an account given the work done. At the same time, Japan possesses over 40 tons of Plutonium, which was obtained under processing of the exhaust nuclear fuel.

Mar 20 19:21

These 4 Nations Prove Decriminalization Works Better than Prohibition

Waking Times

In 2012, the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico called for a United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs, scheduled for 2019, to be reassigned an earlier date, given the crisis of drug trafficking and related violence in Latin America. As the session’s April 2016 date approaches, drug policy reform groups across the globe are organizing to educate and influence world leaders on the advantages of ending the criminalization of people who use drugs. Most recently, civil society groups condemned the UN for failing to acknowledge and work to resolve “the devastating consequences of punitive and repressive drug policies.”

Mar 19 11:41

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government and military could possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, the placement of these munitions caches being a sterling case in point.

Mar 19 10:54

US, Philippines agree on locations covered by defense pact

The U.S. and the Philippines announced Friday five locations where American forces will have access under a new defense pact, including one facing disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The announcement came at strategic talks in Washington, where the allies reiterated their opposition to the militarization of outposts in those waters, where six Asian governments have competing claims.

China has built artificial islands with airstrips and military facilities as it asserts its claim to virtually all the South China Sea, including land features claimed by the Philippines.

Another of the five Philippine military bases where the U.S. will have access is on southern Mindanao island, where the U.S. is concerned about the presence of Muslim extremist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, taken together with a soon-expanded US military presence in Australia, will give the US military a reasonably strong "footprint" against China.

But unfortunately, it will do nothing to ratchet down trade, or military, tensions with China at all; but of course, that appears to be the plan; to goad China into a position where its leadership believes there is no other recourse than a military response to the US military's "playing chicken" in the South China Sea.

Mar 18 08:18

Russia, China, Mongolia to promote tourism on ‘Great Tea Road’

Russia, China and Mongolia have decided to promote tourism on the ‘Great Tea Road,’ which was once called the longest overland trade route in the world, Sputnik News reports. “This is a project of the widest geographical coverage, the longest of the existing land routes, allowing to cross Eurasia and visit countries such as Russia, China and Mongolia,” Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Alexei Konyushkov told the website. The road will be honored as a tourist route seeking to tap the world's two billion tea drinkers, according to the report. Russia’s first supplies of tea came from camel caravans from China via Mongolia.

Mar 17 12:24

Moscow, Hanoi to increase security cooperation

Russia and Vietnam will intensify defense and security cooperation, the Russian Security Council said in a statement that was released after high-level talks in Hanoi on March 15. The talks were held between Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. The sides agreed to step up cooperation between Russian and Vietnamese law enforcement bodies and intelligence services to tackle cyber crime, drug smuggling and terrorism. Patrushev and Quang agreed on the need to expand cooperation between Russia and the Southeast Asian Association of National Police (ASEANPOL) to combat money laundering. Russia is a dialogue partner of ASEANPOL. Patrushev also met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.

Mar 15 09:29

US INVITES THAI FUGITIVE MASS MURDERER TO NYC

US special interests have been pursuing a decades-long regional agenda in Southeast Asia in an attempt to create a united supranational front with which to confront Beijing.

Exposed first in the “Pentagon Papers” in the 1970s, it was revealed that three fronts existed along which the US sought to “contain” China; the Japan-Korea front; the India-Pakistan front; and the Southeast Asia front.

America’s military occupation of Afghanistan, Japan, and South Korea, along with the South China Sea confrontation it is cultivating against Beijing illustrate how from the 1970s to today, the US is still actively trying to contain China along precisely these fronts.

Since being ousted from power in 2006, Shinawatra has staged violence across the country, murdered well over 100 people through bombings, riots, mass arson, assassinations, and targeted killings.

NYC Media Event for Mass Murderer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, once a dictator is "our thug", he, or she, STAYS our Thug!!

Official White House Souse.

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