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  • Aussie Agency Says it Knows Where MH370 Crashed

    08/18/2017 1:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Australia's main scientific agency said yesterday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea north-east of an area scoured in a fruitless, nearly three-year underwater search. Its assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), saying it was not specific enough. The Boeing 777 is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off...
  • The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand

    08/17/2017 5:06:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    Living Thai ^ | Not Specified | Editorial staff
    The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand I rarely copy a news story but a story about eating rats I can't pass up. This story from PDN about the price of rat meat in Phitsanulok. Before you think that's it's only poor farmers eating rats, the cost of rat meat is double that of chicken and pork. This lady says it costs 250 baht a kilogram for a big rodent, not that i'm noting to buy a whole kilo of it! Still I've eaten rat meat and although I prefer fried frog, fried rat isn't too bad...
  • Philippines: top N. Korean diplomat to join security meeting

    07/27/2017 12:00:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - North Korea’s top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference in Manila, where concern over the North’s nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said. A North Korean delegation led by its vice foreign minister flew to Manila on Wednesday to discuss the participation of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Ri’s attendance at the meeting is definite, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told a news conference. The meeting is scheduled on Aug. 7, the department said.....
  • Remember Bill Clinton's Asiagate Scandal?

    07/12/2017 7:35:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    The talking heads at CNN and MSNBC are positively giddy. Aha! A Russia connection. Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians! It's best when they can find a liberal guest to say what they're thinking, and they have plenty from which to choose. Here's a sentence of hyperbole from Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on CNN: "I think we are seeing an unprecedented amount of contacts, personal, political and financial, that Trump, his family, his team, his business had with Russia prior to the election." The use of the word "unprecedented" displays amnesia, or ignorance, or simply a rewrite of recent American...
  • CHINESE IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST: A GEOPOLITICAL TIME BOMB?

    07/08/2017 7:14:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 8 JUL 2017 | IVAN TSELICHTCHEV
    Recent meetings between Beijing and Moscow – at the Belt and Road Forum last month and at a two-day summit last week in Russia – are the latest in a string of efforts to strengthen Sino-Russian ties, especially along the border. However, like many nations, Russia has found that working with China can be a double-edged sword. Sino-Russian relations are “at their best time in history”, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian media attending the summit – words that were backed up with the announcement of a US$10 billion fund for cross-border infrastructure projects. But for all the fanfare surrounding...
  • Ralph Peters: 'Messy, Bloody' Military Action Probably Required in North Korea

    07/05/2017 4:51:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jul 05, 2017
    Ralph Peters: 'Messy, Bloody' Military Action Probably Required in North Korea Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters said that dealing with North Korea's expanding nuclear missile program will probably require "messy, bloody" military action by the United States. Peters called the idea a "grand delusion" that China would choose the good will of the U.S. over what it sees as a very valuable alliance with North Korea. "We will never see Beijing remove that regime or even bully it to the point where it threatens to destabilize the regime. Period," the retired officer said. North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile...
  • South Korea Tests Ballistic Missile That Can Hit Anywhere Inside North Korea

    06/25/2017 3:35:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 23, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    South Korea has successfully fired a fourth prototype Hyunmoo-2C short-range ballistic missile, which can reach any target in North Korea. The country’s new President Moon Jae-in lauded the test, which follows months of North Korean missile launches and escalating rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula, as in line with his administration’s foreign policy plans. On June 23, 2017, the South Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) conducted the test at its own facility approximately 120 miles southwest of Seoul. Video of launch showed the system’s standard semi-containerized truck-mounted launcher onboard either a ship or a sea platform. ADD, the country’s state-run...
  • Trump's dinner for Modi, a first for a visiting leader

    06/23/2017 10:44:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Lalit K. Jha
    Seeking to "roll out a red-carpet welcome" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump would host him for a working dinner at the White House on Monday, the first of its kind under this administration. "The White House is very interested in making this a special visit. We're really seeking to roll out the red carpet. In fact, the two (leaders) will have dinner, a working dinner at the White House. “This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. So, we think that's very significant," a senior administration official...
  • US will need India to counter China: US think tank

    06/23/2017 10:20:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, June 23, 2017 | Press Trust of India
    Washington -- Even as the Trump administration is cosying up to the Chinese, the US will need India to counter Beijing's growing influence in the world, a top American think-tank has said. Describing India as a "key piece in the jigsaw" for the US, the Atlantic Council urged the Trump administration to prioritise its ties with New Delhi. "Given the advancements that China has made both economically and militarily, the US will need to channel considerable resources to assert its global and regional primacy," Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank said in a policy paper 'Transforming India from a Balancing...
  • Southeast Asian market rises in importance as affluents flock to region

    05/25/2017 10:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Luxury Daily ^ | May 25, 2017 | Brielle Jaekel
    The 3.5 million high-net-worth individuals located in the Asia Pacific region makes the market increasingly important for the luxury sector, as the affluent group's appetite for high-end continues to grow. Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are becoming an increasingly important part of consumerism in the luxury market. Countries that make up the association such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are expected to become the fourth largest economy by 2020. “The ASEAN nations are part of a high-growth region where we are active in terms of member growth and hosting...
  • Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide

    05/21/2017 9:37:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 05/21/2017 | N. Balakrishnan
    As a newly married man in Singapore many years ago, my hairdresser once asked me when my wife and I were going to have our first child. I replied, like many people do even today, that it was too expensive to have a child and to bring one up. He said that people who were earning a fraction of what we were and living in a one-room flat were still able to have two children and bring them up, and so could we. It is a truism that we put up with hardships to do things we want to do...
  • China Plans $1 Trillion New ‘Silk Road’: Aims to re-create Marco Polo's ancient trade route

    05/12/2017 6:42:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/12/2017
    BEIJING — China is aiming to re-create Marco Polo's ancient "Silk Road" that connected Europe to Asia. But instead of the camels and caravans that transported spices and silk hundreds of years ago, a $1.4 trillion network of modern trading routes would be built. On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host 28 heads of state at the opening of a two-day summit focusing on the so-called "Belt and Road" initiative. Analysts suggest the project could shift the center of global economy and challenge the U.S.-led world order. Beijing hopes the gathering will rally international support for the plan. Xi's...
  • Trump confers with Asia allies on North Korea nuclear threat

    04/30/2017 4:17:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Brainerd Dispatch ^ | April 30, 2017 | Reuters
    U.S. President Donald Trump is stepping up outreach to allies in Asia to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat and make sure all are "on the same page" if action was needed, a top White House official said on Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump would speak to the leaders of Singapore and Thailand on Sunday, after North Korea test-launched another missile that Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful but which drew widespread international condemnation. The telephone calls follow Trump's conversation on Saturday night with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. A week ago, Trump spoke with the...
  • McCain wants a European-style US military buildup in Asia

    04/25/2017 9:40:10 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 47 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday called for the Trump administration to launch a new U.S. military deterrence initiative in the Asia-Pacific region, similar to what is already being done in Europe, as a counterweight to China. The administration could chart a new course with an initiative that includes new military funding to realign U.S. forces in the region, increase combat power, improve bases and add more exercises, McCain said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "I believe there is strong merit for an Asia-Pacific stability initiative which is similar to the European deterrence initiative we've pursued over the...
  • What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?

    04/23/2017 8:02:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 19, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The first 24 hours of war on the Korean peninsula could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.What would a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula look like? To many, this question might trigger a severe case of apocalyptic anxiety, where, on the one hand, we assume that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is willing to embrace Götterdämmerung-like catastrophic violence to defend its Stalinist regime, whereas, on the other hand, we seem to be incapable of genuinely fathoming the carnage any military conflict between Seoul and Pyongyang would cause. One explanation for this may be that estimates of casualties...
  • Hooters Altering Iconic Uniforms for More 'Family Friendly' Vibes at New Outlets

    04/21/2017 7:13:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 20, 2017 | Yvette Tan
    Family friendly isn't exactly the first thing to come to mind when you think of Hooters. But the company, which is opening more than 30 new outlets across Asia, plans to change that — with the help of a new image. According to Neil Bailey, the president of Hooters Asia, he wants the new stores in the region to have a "family restaurant experience."
  • Trump ‘indicated’ PH visit in November (Clark Field, Philippines for ASEAN Conference)

    04/19/2017 11:19:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Filipino Times ^ | April 20, 2017
    Malacañang protocols chief Ambassador Marciano Paynor on Wednesday said US President Donald Trump has personally indicated over the phone that he is coming to the Philippines later this year. The newly elected American leader is expected to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in November. “As of now, President Trump, for instance when President Rodrigo Duterte called him up to congratulate him had already indicated that he was coming in November,” said Paynor. “Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100 percent attendance,” Paynor added. He was referring to the leaders of nine other ASEAN members states...
  • Bad Reviews For Trump's Korea Policy Except in, um, Korea.

    04/19/2017 12:43:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2017 | Ethan Epstein
    The notices are in, and they're brutal. Donald Trump's nascent North Korea policy—announcing the end of "strategic patience" (Barack Obama's code for sitting around and doing nothing about the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons), leaning on China to rein in Pyongyang, strengthening sanctions, and issuing ambiguous threats about possible military strikes—is being panned by American foreign policy experts and journalists. The New York Times bemoans Trump's "recklessness." Ishaan Tharoor, a Washington Post blogger with the modest remit of covering the entire world, warns of the "dangers" of Trump's policies. Even Ian Buruma, an expert on Dutch politics most famous for...
  • Al Qaeda Quietly Expands in South Asia

    04/16/2017 2:26:41 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Cipher Brief ^ | 14 Apr 17 | BENNETT SEFTEL
    While al Qaeda’s affiliates in North Africa, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen continue to grab headlines, the terrorist network has surreptitiously expanded eastward, entrenching itself throughout the Indian subcontinent. Al Qaeda in the India Subcontinent was officially born in September 2014 when al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri released a video announcing the creation of an al Qaeda affiliate spanning Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Zawahari said the objective of AQIS is to “raise the flag of jihad, return the Islamic rule, and empowering the Shariah of Allah across the Indian subcontinent.” Zawahiri also appointed Asim Umar, a former commander in...
  • Wild Raddatz Disrespects, Harasses Ambassador Haley About Russia

    04/02/2017 1:23:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 2, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    ABC’s This Week went off the rails Sunday morning as fill-in host Martha Raddatz assaulted U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley with ridiculous questions about Russia, and at one point insinuated that she doesn’t speak for the U.S. “And you mentioned this. President Trump has said he respects Putin. But you say you don't trust him. You've said the U.S. needs to take hacking seriously. President Trump has been dismissive of it,” Raddatz prefaced before chided, “Which one of you should our allies and adversaries believe?” Raddatz’s dismissal of the Ambassador borderlines on contempt of her position, and was...