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  • Why is South Korea so intolerant of its gay community?

    09/17/2018 10:52:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | Crystal Tai and Marie Juhyun Lee
    Last weekend, Incheon, South Korea’s second-biggest port city, held its first-ever gay pride parade. Things took a violent turn, however, as more than 1,000 anti-gay protesters, including Christian groups, verbally and physically pushed back the 300 parade participants. The event was expected to last 20 minutes, but took hours due to the conflict. Since 2003, homosexuality has no longer been classified as “harmful and obscene” in South Korea, but discrimination against the community remains widespread. While the country’s national human rights commission act states that individuals cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, members of the...
  • US recalls diplomats from countries that abandoned Taiwan for China

    09/08/2018 2:59:00 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 21 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/8/18 | USA Features
    Analysis: As the Trump administration continues to express greater support for Taiwan, China is exerting more effort in peeling away as many of Taiwan’s remaining 17 allies as it can, as a way to further isolate the island. Moving into regions so close, geographically and politically, to Washington is akin to the Soviet Union moving into traditional U.S. zones of influence in the Caribbean (Cuba) and Latin America during the Cold War.
  • US oil exports hit new records

    09/07/2018 7:43:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 07, 2018 06:29 PM | John Siciliano
    U.S. oil exports reached new soaring heights in the first six months of 2018, with half of all exports going to Europe and Asia and India shoring up the rest, according to new data from the federal government. U.S. crude oil exports saw an 80 percent increase in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data and analysis issued Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. That's an increase of 787,000 barrels per day, to set a new monthly record in June of 2.2 million barrels on average per day. The largest...
  • Swedes enjoy world-class healthcare - when they get it

    09/03/2018 9:52:02 AM PDT · by mtrott · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | 9-3-2018
    Asia Nader didn't know whether to worry more about being diagnosed with a hole in her heart at the age of 21, or having to wait a year for Swedish doctors to fix it. "I completely fell apart when I found out," she told AFP, remembering the long agonising months until she finally had her operation in June this year, one month before her 23rd birthday.
  • Justice Scalia Found Trump 'Fascinating' and 'Refreshing'

    01/15/2018 7:18:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    The late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was a fan of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Bryan Garner a friend and now biographer of Scalia told The Wall Street Journal Monday.Garner, a long-time literary collaborator with Scalia and friend, said that the late justice “thought it was most refreshing to have a candidate who was pretty much unfiltered and utterly frank.”He had spent two weeks in 2016 traveling with Justice Scalia through several Asian countries just a week before his death.Garner added that while Scalia liked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “he was fascinated by the fact that Trump was so...
  • North Korea warns of natural disaster as heatwave sears crops

    08/06/2018 3:41:07 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06 Aug 2018 | Benjamin Haas
    The North Korean government has called on its people to wage an “all-out battle” against a record heatwave as the country’s already fragile crops face drought and the authorities struggle to respond. The drought represented an “unprecedented natural disaster”, reported the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ party. It urged citizens to “join the struggle” to save food production in a country that is no stranger to famine. Temperatures have reached more than 40C (104F) in some regions since late July and there have been sporadic reports of deaths from the heat. {snip} In South Korea, far...
  • The Trump administration offers Asia an alternative to Chinese investment

    08/01/2018 10:48:25 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2018 | Josh Rogin
    On Monday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led a team of Cabinet-level officials to unveil the economic piece of the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. While he didn’t actually call out China by name, the entire scheme is meant to show the countries of East and Southeast Asia they have an alternative to what many see as China’s predatory debt approach to energy, infrastructure and digital economy investment, which is already resulting in backlash in countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Critics may call the plan a drop in the bucket compared with the multitrillion...
  • Are Warming South Korea-Russia Ties a Game Changer?

    07/20/2018 6:26:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Jul 2018 | Samuel Ramani
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered an historic address at the Russian State Duma. During his address, Moon called for a sweeping expansion of economic ties with Russia and articulated his vision for trilateral cooperation between South Korea, North Korea, and Russia on the preservation of security in Northeast Asia. While the implications of Moon’s diplomatic outreach to Russia on the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline links and railways across the Korean Peninsula were the most widely discussed consequences of Moon’s trip to Russia, the strengthening rapprochement between South Korea and Russia also has far-reaching consequences for regional...
  • Seoul's Central Asian enclave undergoes demographic change

    07/14/2018 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | Kwak Yeon-soo
    Near the subway station of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park just west of downtown Seoul, there's a small ethnically diverse enclave along the alleys, better known as Central Asia Street, packed with restaurants and shops displaying signs in Russian. It's a home away from home for ethnic minorities from Mongolia, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The neighborhood is often called Mongolia Town as Mongolians are the dominant population in the neighborhood. But the early settlers were Russians and the neighborhood was once known as Little Moscow. In the wake of the "Wind of Change" that swept Eastern Europe in...
  • America’s Moment of Truth With North Korea Is Coming

    07/10/2018 6:04:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 10, 2018 | Uri Friedman
    Mike Pompeo’s visit wasn’t it. But the visit hinted at what it might look like. One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons.” That’s what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a “scintilla of hint” that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim’s vague promise to Donald Trump...
  • Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa

    07/09/2018 5:08:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa Study reveals 90 per cent of plastic waste comes from rivers in Asia and Africa Researchers suggest the best way of reducing plastic is by targeting these Bag ban skeptics meanwhile claim that shopping bags mostly end up in landfill University of Sydney professor calls the bag ban a 'low-hanging fruit' issue By Gavin Butler and Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com Published: 12:12 EDT, 2 July 2018 | Updated: 11:01 EDT, 5 July 2018 A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the...
  • Japan hangs seven men for 1995 gas attack on Tokyo subway

    07/06/2018 12:22:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 64 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07-06-2018 | Reiji Yoshida and Sakura Murakami
    Shoko Asahara, founder of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo and mastermind behind the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway system — and a number of other horrific crimes in the 1980s and ’90s — was executed on Friday, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa confirmed. She also confirmed that six other condemned Aum members — Tomomasa Nakagawa, 55, Kiyohide Hayakawa, 68, Yoshihiro Inoue, 48, Masami Tsuchiya, 53, Seiichi Endo, 58, and Tomomitsu Niimi, 54 — were also executed. In total, Asahara, 63, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, was found guilty for his role in 13 crimes that led...
  • 90 per cent of global plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa

    07/02/2018 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Sergio · 44 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 2 July 2018 | Gavin Butler
    Critics of Australian supermarkets' plastic bag ban continue to drum up protest, as it is revealed that 90 per cent of the world's plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa. The river systems that carry the most waste into the ocean include the Amur, Ganges, Hai, Indus, Mekong, Pearl, Yangtze and Yellow Delta in Asia, as well as the Niger and Nile in Africa, a research paper has revealed. (trunc) The study, carried out by Germany's Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, suggests that the most effective way of reducing the amount of plastic in the world's...
  • 1,500-Year-Old Love Story Between a Persian Prince and a Korean Princess that Could Rewrite History

    06/26/2018 9:10:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | May 2018 | Mark Oliver
    More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea’s shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses. Recently, historians took a second look an old Persian epic written around 500 AD and realized that, at the center of the tale, was the unusual story of a Persian prince marrying a Korean princess. It’s an incredible discovery. Up until recently, we weren’t sure that the Persians of that time even knew Korea existed. This new revelation shows Persia didn’t just make contact with Korea – these countries were intimately connected. The story is called the...
  • Anthony Bourdain loved Asia without fetishizing it. And Asia loved him back

    06/24/2018 8:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Quartz | June 9, 2018 | Anne Quito
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://qz.com/1300899/anthony-bourdain-loved-asia-without-fetishizing-it-and-asia-loved-him-back/
  • Chinese Christian artist declares ‘Mao Zedong is dead but his era is not over’

    06/22/2018 6:58:08 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | June 2018 | Emily Feng
    It might be decades since the Cultural Revolution, but Gao has never quite been able to leave his past behind. He still feels haunted by what he imagines as the more egalitarian and democratic country that China could have become, had it not been sent off-course by the political violence of the 20th century. Among his most famous works is “Miss Mao”, a series of sculptures of the eponymous Communist leader with a Pinocchio-nose and pert breasts, a reference to the party’s uncanny “reproductive” abilities, says Gao. “Even though Mao has died...the Mao era is not over yet. The systems...
  • Why North Korea is set to become the next big thing for investors

    06/16/2018 10:09:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 51 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 16 June, 2018 | Anthony Rowley
    To modernise North Korea’s economy, outside aid and investment – a great deal of it – will be needed from governments, multilateral agencies and private investors. . Will North Korea become the next big thing for investors now that the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit has ended with handshakes and a “walkabout” (rather than a walkout) by the two leaders? The question is not premature, even if denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is some way off. The general verdict on the Singapore summit is that there is still a long way to go before we can say Trump’s “art...
  • MasterChef man John Torode on new Asian street food inspired cookbook

    06/08/2018 6:05:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Irish News ^ | June 9, 2018 | Lauren Taylor
    IT MIGHT not feel like it, but MasterChef veteran John Torode has been putting amateur cooks, and some famous faces, through their paces for 13 years on the popular BBC show. And while you might know him best for his TV partnership with co-host Gregg Wallace, he's also just published his 11th cookbook. The chef, 52, hails from Melbourne, Australia, but has been living in England for 27 years. His first culinary love, however, comes from much further afield – the street food of the Far East, which, Torode says, "the world is slowly falling in love with". His new...
  • What can the Vatican gain from an agreement with communist China?

    06/05/2018 1:33:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06/05/2018 | Steven Mosher
    June 5, 2018 (One Peter Five) – After expressing my concerns from afar about the Vatican's proposed agreement with the China here and here, I decided to go to Rome to talk directly with senior Vatican officials. As someone who has worked with the Chinese Catholics for decades, I wanted to find out what these officials thought the Church would gain from inking an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party.  I also wanted to let them know that, in my opinion, such an agreement would be seen by Chinese believers as nothing short of a rank betrayal. So it was that...
  • EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Lieberman Praises Trump: USA in Position to Bring Stability in Middle East and Asia

    05/11/2018 5:43:47 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    brietbart ^ | 05/10/2018 | Penny Starr
    Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) discussed the Iran nuclear agreement on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily, stating that President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that the United States is pulling out of the deal “took guts.” “I actually think it’s a great thing,” Lieberman told Breitbart Editor-in-chief Alex Marlow. “I think the president made the correct decision, and, frankly, it’s a courageous decision.” Lieberman, who now is on the advisory board at the Gatestone Institute and chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran, said former President Barack Obama “basically gave all our leverage away” and only stalled–rather than stopped–Iran’s nuclear weapons program....