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  • Asia's military budgets surge as armies go high-tech

    12/19/2014 7:20:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 12/19/2014 | HAMISH McDONALD
    SYDNEY -- On two recent occasions, a pair of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters have taken off from their base near the old Indonesian trading port of Makassar and flown far across the Indonesian archipelago to intercept unidentified aircraft. One of the mystery planes, a light aircraft being ferried from Darwin in northern Australia to its new owners in the Philippines, was chased a long distance before being forced to land in Manado, a city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The other, an executive jet flying Saudi officials to Brisbane ahead of the Group-20 meeting, was ordered to land in the...
  • Ruble jumps on Russia rate hike, oil pressured

    12/15/2014 7:54:01 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2014 | Lisa Twaronite
    (Reuters) - Sliding oil prices and a downbeat China factory survey weighed on Asian shares on Tuesday, while the ruble jumped against the dollar after Russia sharply increased its benchmark interest rate in a bid to halt a collapse in its currency. Activity in China's factory sector shrank in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, adding to a spate of data showing more fatigue in the world's second-largest economy and heightening expectations that more stimulus will be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. "Concerns about the Russian economy and a slowdown in the...
  • China: We Will Continue Building An Island In Disputed South China Sea Waters

    11/25/2014 2:49:05 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 11-25-2013 | Sui-Lee Wee
    Sui-Lee Wee, Reuters November 24, 2014 China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich with minerals and oil-and-gas deposits and one of Asia's biggest possible flashpoints. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. The comments by China's foreign ministry signal that Beijing would firmly reject proposals by any country to freeze...
  • Asia trip tests Obama's postelection global clout

    11/09/2014 12:48:58 PM PST · by W. · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9 Nov. 2014 4:54 AM ET | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — His influence at home fading, President Barack Obama is looking abroad to China, the opening stop of a three-country trip that will test his ability to play a commanding global role during his final two years in office. Once Obama was treated like a superstar on the world stage. But the president will arrive in Beijing on Monday under far different conditions, with his most powerful days behind him. At home, Republicans are still rejoicing at having pummeled Obama's party in the midterm elections, relegating Democrats to the minority in both chambers of Congress. His counterparts in...
  • Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

    11/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 9, 2014 | BY GEORGE E. CONDON JR
    The president will spend 10 days in Asia, where leaders know all about his domestic political weakness. No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the next two years. So it is perhaps serendipitous that the president left Saturday for the longest foreign trip of his presidency, a 24,000-mile trek through three countries and two continents that will have...
  • Hagel Approval Rating Just 26 Percent Among National Security Workers, Troops

    11/08/2014 4:30:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Defenceone.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Gordon Lubold
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just a 26 percent approval rating among individuals currently serving within the national security community, according to findings from a new survey commissioned by Defense One. The findings come as scrutiny on the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and Syria grows. At the same time, a variety of media reports hint that President Barack Obama, himself trailing in the polls after a poor showing for the Democrats in Tuesday’s election, is considering a shake-up of his national security staff. That could include Hagel. The “Defense One National Security Survey” released Friday found...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...
  • Singapore Upholds Sodomy Ban

    11/02/2014 12:36:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | November 1, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    In a huge setback for LGBT activists, this week, the high court of Singapore upheld the country’s ban on anal and oral sex between men. Challengers to Section 377A of the Penal Code argued that the ban violated their rights to equal protection and to life and liberty. The court rejected these claims and said any changes in the law must come from the legislature. Two separate challenges were brought, one by a man caught having sex with another man in a public toilet and the other by a homosexual couple. A High Court judge rejected both cases last...
  • Thai Authorities To Promote 'Martial Law Tourism'.

    10/14/2014 12:48:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BANGKOK - The Tourism Authority of Thailand says its preparing to add one more tourist attraction to the Kingdom's long list of temples, beaches, and mountains: life under martial law. "The TAT is preparing a campaign called '24 Hours Enjoy Thailand 'to attract foreign tourists to visit Thailand under martial law," TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik told Thai Rath newspaper on Friday. Thawatchai said that martial law is beneficial to tourism, because it ensures that foreign tourists can be safe 24 hours a day. "We want the tourists to be confident that they can travel in Thailand both day and...
  • Iberian pig genome remains unchanged after five centuries

    09/27/2014 1:49:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 17, 2014 | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig found at the site of the Montsoriu Castle in Girona, the data obtained indicates that this ancient pig is closely related to today's Iberian pig. Researchers also discard the hypothesis that Asian pigs were crossed with modern Iberian pigs. The study, published in Heredity, sheds new light on evolutionary aspects of pig species, and particularly on that of the Iberian breed, considered to be representative of original European Mediterranean populations... The sample dates approximately from the years 1520...
  • Joe Biden Refers to Asia as the ‘Orient’

    09/17/2014 5:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/17/14 | Eddie Scarry
    Just hours after apologizing for using what was perceived as an anti-Semitic slur, Vice President Joe Biden deployed another term Wednesday that some might consider ethnically offensive. Speaking at a campaign finance reform rally in Iowa, Biden recalled a meeting he had with Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Biden described Yew as “the wisest man in the Orient.” The terms “orient” and “oriental” are considered widely outdated and offensive to Asians. Earlier in the day, Biden apologized for having recently described opportunistic bankers as “Shylocks,” a reference to a greedy Jewish money loaner in an Shakespearean play.
  • S. Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle & pop-How a really uncool country became tastemaker of Asia

    09/10/2014 12:10:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2014
    The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. By Euny Hong. Picador; 288 pages; $16. Simon & Schuster; £14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FROM “Gangnam Style” and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world. Filipinos are hooked on its dramas. The French love its pop music and its films. Last year South Korea raked in $5 billion from its pop-culture exports. It has set its sights on doubling that by 2017. Much has changed since 1985, when Euny Hong, a Korean-American journalist and...
  • While the world focuses elsewhere, is China tightening its grip on Hong Kong?

    09/05/2014 10:23:41 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-09-05 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Recently we have been pouring over “Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America,” a collection of numerous speeches written by Reagan primarily in the years leading up to his 1980 run for the presidency. One such speech on treaties — and how frequently throughout history they have been broken — is ringing particularly timely, not just in light of the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations or Russia’s eastward march, but in context of two recent stories out of Hong Kong, where as the New York Times writes, “Pro-democracy advocates…are girding for...
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian

    08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
    SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Korea’s 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes. Yoido Full Gospel Church’s 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Belief’s farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moon’s "ascension". The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage...
  • US tries to cool tensions at ASEAN security summit

    08/10/2014 3:52:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Rappler / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 10, 2014 | Kelly Macnamara
    (UPDATED) US Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for an agreement to end all acts that risk further inflaming relations between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors.US Secretary of State John Kerry and some of his fellow foreign ministers - dressed in traditional shirts - pose for an "ASEAN-style" handshake before a dinner with members of the Southeast Asian regional group in Naypyitaw, Burma, on August 9, 2014.The United States sought to ease maritime tensions as Asian and global powers gathered for security talks Sunday, August 10, but said that it did not want to "confront" China over its...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • North Korea furious over viral Chinese video that mocks Kim Jong-un (Humor)

    07/19/2014 10:05:30 AM PDT · by Dacula · 30 replies
    Liveleak ^ | Jul-19-2014 | Zhang from Suzhou
    North Korea furious over viral Chinese video that mocks Kim Jong-un North Korea has asked China to stop the spread of a video clip lampooning leader Kim Jong-un. According to a source in China on Tuesday, the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, "seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority." Beijng was unable to oblige.
  • Russia's Centuries-Long Modernization Project Has Come to an End

    07/16/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    The New Republic ^ | July 14, 2014 | Igor Fedyukin
    The current outburst of tensions over Ukraine is typically described as a replay of a centuries-old Russian tradition of imperial dominance of its neighbors. Yet, beneath this “Russia as usual” façade there might be a truly tectonic shift: For the first time in centuries, it appears that the Russian state does not have a modernizing project. This means nothing less than a reinvention of the Russian state. Back in the eighteenth century, Catherine the Great insisted provocatively in her programmatic “Instruction” that “Russia is a European power.” Decades later, Alexander Pushkin conceded that the government “is the sole European in...
  • This Chart Explains Every Culture In The World

    07/03/2014 5:09:24 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 7-2-2014 | Christina Sterbenz
    Christina SterbenzJuly 3, 2014Cultures are complicated, and anyone attempting to explain or group them will struggle to avoid giving offense. Political scientists Ronald Inglehart of the University of Michigan and Christian Welzel of Luephana University in Germany put forth their best effort by analyzing data and plotting countries on a "culture map." Their system stems from the World Values Survey (WVS), the largest"non-commercial, cross-national, time series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed," which dates back to 1981 and includes nearly 400,000 respondents from 100 countries. The latest chart, published several years ago, includes data from surveys conducted from...
  • Is U.S. Being Duped Into Funding Jihadist Startup?

    07/02/2014 3:47:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    The Islamic terrorist army often referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made a faster womb-to-superstardom ascension than Justin Bieber. Largely unheard of just a few weeks ago, the group is now the self-proclaimed new ruler of an Islamic caliphate, or republic, extending across Iraq and Syria. These countries currently have internationally recognized heads of state -- but, you know, whatever, man. It's not like U.S. President Barack Obama is going to stop ISIL. In fact, he's asking Congress to give it $500 million, under the guise of funding the "Syrian opposition." Recipients...
  • South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China

    06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 6, 2014 | AFP
    South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week. It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems. South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added....
  • As Ties With China Unravel, US Companies Head to Mexico

    06/12/2014 2:19:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | Damien Cave
    With labor costs rising rapidly in China, American manufacturers of all sizes are looking south to Mexico with what economists describe as an eagerness not seen since the early years of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s. From border cities like Tijuana to the central plains where new factories are filling farmland, Mexican workers are increasingly in demand. American trade with Mexico has grown by nearly 30 percent since 2010, to $507 billion annually, and foreign direct investment in Mexico last year hit a record $35 billion. Over the past few years, manufactured goods from Mexico have...
  • 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Taiwan

    05/20/2014 7:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    South China Morning Pot ^ | Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
    No reported casualties or damage as yet; epicentre said to be in southwestA 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan today and shook buildings in the capital, the Seismology Centre said. SNIP The quake struck at 8.21am local time, with its epicentre 33.3 kilometres southwest of the eastern city of Hualien, at a depth of 18 kilometres, the centre said. SNIP
  • Results of Largest Election in Human History Mean India-Russia-China Ties Will Advance

    05/20/2014 2:10:13 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 12 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    After five weeks, and more than 800 million ballots cast, the largest election in the history of mankind ended with a landslide win—announced on Sunday—for India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. The bjp is now set to form a new government under Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi. Modi’s mammoth victory means he has something no ruler of India has had for over 30 years: an absolute majority in the lower house of Parliament. This gives him powers his predecessors could only have dreamed of—and the indications are that he will use it. “Good days are coming,” Modi said in a victory speech....
  • PLA chief blames Obama’s focus on Asia for stirring trouble at sea

    05/17/2014 8:12:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Shanghai Daily ^ | May 17, 2014
    CHINA’S top general blamed the Obama administration’s new focus on Asia for various disputes in the East and South China seas, claiming that “some neighboring countries” were using it as a chance to provoke problems. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, the People’s Liberation Army’s Chief of the General Staff General Fang Fenghui also warned that the US must be objective about tensions between China and Vietnam or risk harming relations between Washington and Beijing. He defended China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea and said China had no intention of abandoning drilling despite...
  • India Stepping Up to the Plate in Afghanistan

    05/11/2014 1:35:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | May 07, 2014 | Niharika Betkerur
    A deal with Moscow makes clear that India has no plans to abandon Afghanistan post 2014.In a recent deal with Moscow, India has agreed to pay for military equipment sourced from Russia to Afghanistan. The equipment will include artillery, helicopters, tanks, and armored vehicles. India will also pay to repair old Soviet hardware left behind after the Russian withdrawal in 1989. The scale and exact composition of the deal have yet to be announced, but it is known that the first order has already been placed. India had so far hesitated to provide lethal weapons to Afghanistan for fear of...
  • Vietnam Boats Ram China Boats 171 Times in 4 Days

    05/10/2014 7:18:27 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 18 replies
    Newser ^ | May 10, 2014 | John Johnson
    "China is in yet another territorial dispute with a neighbor, and this time things are already getting a little physical. After Beijing plunked down its first-ever deepwater drilling rig in disputed waters off Vietnam this week, the Vietnamese navy made clear its displeasure. China says Vietnam's vessels rammed its ships 171 times over the course of four days, reports the New York Times. The newspaper quotes a Vietnamese political analyst who sums things up thusly: “Invasion is in their blood, and resistance is in our blood.”
  • Obama’s Trip to Asia: Who Needs Reassurances Now?

    05/10/2014 6:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    President Obama’s most recent visit to Asia probably struck many Americans as simply the latest round of executive-level diplomacy -- basically the kind of trip abroad that chief executives have been making for decades. He’s been to the region six times as president, after all -- not much different than President Bush at a comparable point in his presidency. But there was more to it than that. The unstated mission seemed to be to reassure our nervous allies that we remain committed to their security, and that we’re ready, willing and able to defend them against escalating threats. Unfortunately, it’s...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership a Bad Deal for America

    05/08/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs. The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia. President Obama's recent trip to Asia revived debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the cornerstone of this administration's so-called pivot to Asia. The controversial agreement -- not likely to be finalized anytime soon -- currently involves the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. Other countries expressing interest include China, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and the Philippines....
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • The Philanthropic Superpower

    05/02/2014 10:55:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    If a single word could sum up the goal of Barack Obama's Asia tour, it would be "reassurance." Obama went to Tokyo to reassure Japan that, should China attempt to seize its Senkaku Islands, America will fight at her side. He reassured Seoul of our commitment to defend South Korea. He went to Manila to reassure the Filipinos, who threw our Navy out of Subic Bay at the end of the Cold War, that America will be there in any clash with Beijing in the South China Sea. Yet, as Clyde Prestowitz writes in the Financial Times, while we are...
  • Obama shows His remarkable Strength during Asian pivot [Satire]

    04/27/2014 9:16:51 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 27, 2014 | Dan Miller
    President Obama's renowned grasp of, and historic successes in, foreign policy show that He is the Strongest and Bestest little President ever!President Barack Humble Obama, pausing briefly in South Korea during the second leg of His tour of Asia to reassure our allies that He has their backs, gave a strong warning to North Korea against conducting a fourth nuclear test while He was in Seoul. Since no test occurred during His visit, it is beyond dispute that North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Chi-un fears Him greatly. Kim's fears are totally justified. As reported here, SEOUL – President Obama arrived in Seoul on Friday to news that North Korea may be counting down...
  • BREAKING: On Human Rights, Obama Says Malaysia’s ‘Got Some Work To Do, JUST LIKE THE UNITED STATES’

    04/27/2014 1:01:09 AM PDT · by absentee · 37 replies
    At a joint press conference in Malaysia today, Major Garrett asked President Obama about human rights concerns in Malaysia, saying the issues were “up for grabs” in the country. He asked the President why he hadn’t discussed human rights while in Malaysia, and why he hadn’t met with jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. (video here) President Obama said that not meeting with Mr. Anwar was “not indicative of a lack of concern,” and said that “there are a lot of people I don’t meet with.” “I think the Prime Minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia’s still got some...
  • President Obama Must Show Support for the Philippines

    04/25/2014 6:48:49 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 25, 2014 | Paul Winters
    Commentary by Paul Winters, Dignitas News Service In comments made Thursday in Japan, US President Obama pledged his support for Japanese rights in its dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The disputed land, known to the Japanese as Senkaku and referred to as Diaoyu are at the center of the Sino-Japanese tensions. The comments come as part of Mr. Obama's week-long trip through Asia in which he has been vocal in support for Japan and Korea in the region, but has been embarrassingly silent on support for the Philippines amid increased Chinese aggression in the South...
  • Russia, India Planning $30 Billion Oil Pipeline Through Xinjiang

    04/25/2014 6:45:58 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23 April 2014 | John Daly
    Russia is changing its energy export policy vector as strong demand for hydrocarbons in both in China and in India continues to grow. The recent unease in both the U.S. and Europe over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s March 17 annexation of Crimea has only added to Moscow’s efforts to diversify its markets beyond Europe. Now Russia and India are planning to construct a $30 billion oil pipeline through China’s restive Xinjiang province. If successful, the pipeline will be the most expensive in the world. The groundwork for the project was laid on October 21, 2013, during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan...
  • Japanese MP [claims] Obama CHEATS...looming divorce is 'an open secret'

    04/24/2014 5:12:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/24/14 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy.
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • The richest man in Asia is selling everything in China

    04/17/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 04/17/2014 | Simon Black
    Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing. Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor. Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China back in the early 90s, way back before it became the trendy thing to do. Now, Li wants out of China. All of it. Since August of last year, he’s dumped billions of dollars worth of his Chinese holdings. The latest is the $928 million sale of the Pacific Place shopping center in Beijing– this...
  • Is the 'Tiger Mom' Controversy Misunderstood?

    04/16/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book ‘The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,’ and what it means to be a Tiger Mom. Watch Fareed’s interview with Chua and Rubenfeld this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.Your 2011 book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, sparked an intense debate with its look at the differences between Chinese and Western parenting. What are the key...
  • Finding lost Malaysia plane may be impossible: US official

    03/30/2014 11:08:33 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    New York Post | March 31, 2014 | Bruce Golding
    A US Navy official warned Sunday that finding the missing Malaysian jet may be impossible, as efforts to locate the plane intensified ahead of the expected failure of its black-box homing beacons. “It all depends on how effective we are at reducing that search area,” Capt. Mark Matthews told reporters at Australia’s Stirling Naval Base near Perth. “Right now, the search area is basically the size of the Indian Ocean, which would take an untenable amount of time to search.”
  • Tesla's 'GigaFactory': Batteries not included?

    03/22/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 21, 2014 | Daniel Mcgroarty
    To convey some sense of the audacity of Tesla's Elon Musk and his plans, consider that the sale of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. reached a high of 100,000 in 2013 — but that's still less than 1 percent of all cars sold. Enter Tesla's GigaFactory, aiming by 2020 for annual production of 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs. Under one roof — a very large one, at 10 million square feet — Tesla will “manage everything from processing raw materials to the assembly of the batteries.” All of which begs the question: Where is all that lithium going to come from?...
  • Creation of a tough & resilient Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (video)

    03/11/2014 10:45:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 10, 2014 | JGSDF
    Video LinkThrough a wide variety of projects, in order to quickly respond to any contingencies at home and abroad, we will build an "Adaptive Agile Ground Defense Force," rapidly deployed in phased sequence for effective deterrence and response, so as to bring forth a Dynamic Joint Defense Force. We are resolved to create a "Tough & Resilient JGSDF" capable of quickly responding and completing any mission anytime, thus defending our people's lives and property, and the territorial integrity of Japan.
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food

    02/24/2014 5:59:29 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food Matthew BoeslerFeb. 24, 2014, 8:28 PM Renaissance Macro Research, Congressional Research Service This chart plots the share of household income in a given country spent on food against the level of household income in that country. Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro, warns that rising food prices may serve as an additional economic headwind to some of the emerging markets in the top-left region of the chart (India, China, Indonesia, and Nigeria, to name a few). "Food prices are climbing for a range of items including cattle,...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Abe lays out detailed plan for expanding defense powers (Japan)

    02/06/2014 6:57:12 AM PST · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 2/6/2014 | Press
    In hopes of persuading a nervous coalition partner and skeptical public, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday mapped out a three-step path for allowing Japan to use force to defend allies without altering its pacifist constitution. "We're now facing disadvantages because we don't have" the ability to exercise the right to collective self-defense, Abe told the upper house budget committee Wednesday. By spelling out his plans in detail, Abe hopes to sway the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's dovish coalition partner, New Komeito, which has been reluctant to go along with his effort to expand Japan's military role. The prime minister...
  • China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea

    01/30/2014 5:18:41 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    BI/Global Post ^ | 1-30-2014 | Benjamin Carson
    China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea GlobalPost Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost Jan. 30, 2014, 7:51 AM HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision. Just this week, Chinese sailors...
  • Battling antiquity: The Army’s siege within

    01/16/2014 6:19:20 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 4 replies
    IDRW.org ^ | 1/15/14 | Admin
    IN a private conversation during the late 1990s, a Defence Attache posted in an embassy of an advanced western democracy in New Delhi, who had also previously studied at India’s Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, remarked that the Indian Army is ‘a first class antiquated Army’. For the Army as also the other services, the 1990s was a severely difficult decade. There had been minimal modernisation of the armed forces due to a combination of factors that had comprised a severe resource crunch (that had subsequently led to the liberalising of the economy) and the disintegration of the Soviet...