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  • 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...
  • China Plans To Seize South China Sea Island From Philippines, Says "Battle Will Be Restricted"

    01/12/2014 6:34:36 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 96 replies
    Following Japan's proclamations that it will take over another 280 'disputed ownership' islands, it appears the increasingly dis-approved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's path of militarism and provocation is working. As China Daily Mail reports, citing experts, China intends to take back Zhongye Island - 'illegally' occupied by the Philippines, according to the Chinese. The Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. Philippines military is building up on the island and the Chinese see as 'intolerable' the "arrogance" relying on US support.
  • US sending extra combat unit to South Korea

    01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers. A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....
  • Turkey's Kemalists see secularist legacy under threat

    11/17/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/2013 | Humeyra Pamuk and Gulsen Solaker
    For decades his picture dominated Turkey, piercing blue eyes staring from hoardings, keeping watch over city streets and army barracks. Schoolyards echoed every morning to his oath: "Happy is he who can say 'I am a Turk!'" Now that oath rings out no more and the image of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the secular republic, seems for some to be retreating into the shadows, victim of a new ruling class they suspect of cherishing a new more 'Islamic' Turkey. Turkey's "Kemalists" flinch at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan advising women on the number of children they should have, fostering restrictions...
  • Russia’s Pacific Destiny

    10/30/2013 10:23:43 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    The American Interest ^ | EKATERINA KUZNETSOVA & VLADISLAV INOZEMTSEV
    By virtue of our unique geography”, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in a 2011 Foreign Policy article, “the United States is both an Atlantic and a Pacific power.” Russia, meanwhile, has seen itself as a Euro-Asian country, as Vladimir Putin has argued from the start of his first term in the Kremlin. The American attitude, which in Secretary Clinton’s locution is about as uncontroversial a statement as an American Secretary of State can make, reflects the country’s historic “maritime” vocation. The Russian one reflects the longstanding fascination with the country’s continental scale and reflects its traditional terrestrial focus....
  • Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy

    10/22/2013 6:17:42 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/22/2013 | Max Fisher
    <p>People in Japan are so averse to romantic relationships that the country's media even has a name for it: sekkusu shinai shokogun, or "celibacy syndrome," according to a widely circulated Guardian story on the country's low rates of marriage, childbearing and even sex.</p>
  • IRGC and the Spiritual Vacuum of Latin American Leftists

    IRGC and the spiritual vacuum of Latin American leftists The following is a glimpse of the kind of thing I often see while researching the activities of the IRGC (writ large) in Latin America. Communism fails to provide for the spiritual needs of leftwing political activists, and the Islamic Republic of Iran seems to have done a pretty good job of inserting themselves and the Khomeinist version of Shiism into that void. (Either that or the IRI is throwing lots of money around and the leftists are whores, which is certainly possible, but for the moment I'll take the more...
  • Six wars China is sure to fight in the next 50 years

    10/15/2013 3:01:26 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    On July 8, 2013, the pro-PRC Chinese-language newspaper, Wenweipo, published an article titled “????50????????? (Six Wars China Is Sure to Fight In the Next 50 Years)”. The anticipated six wars are all irredentist in purpose – the reclaiming of what the Chinese believe to be national territories lost since Imperial China was defeated by the Brits in the Opium War of 1840-42. That defeat, in the view of Chinese nationalists, began China’s “Hundred Years of Humiliation.” Below is the English translation of the article, from a Hong Kong blog, Midnight Express 2046. (The year 2046 is an allusion to what this blog believes will be the last year...
  • Azerbaijan releases election results...before election

    10/10/2013 2:41:43 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | Matt Clinch
    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev was elected to serve a third term on Wednesday evening but voting was marred by local media reports that suggested the results were released even before the polls opened. With counting soon to be completed, election officials said last night that Aliyev was one course to receive nearly 85 percent of the votes, with opposition candidate Jamil Hasanly receiving 5 percent. However, 24 hours beforehand, local media outlet Meydan TV reported that the results were accidentally pre-announced by the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan using a new mobile phone application that the organization has introduced. Users...
  • Young Chinese: Take This Factory Job and Shove It

    10/10/2013 1:14:54 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 31 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 7, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Young Chinese workers don’t want to work in factories anymore. Terry Gou, founder and Chief executive of Foxconn, China’s largest private employer and one of the manufacturers for the iPhone and iPad, claims that Chinese millennials aspire to more than the low-wage, mundane factory jobs which were held by so many in the previous generation and  which spurred China’s decades-long economic boom. Gau is now worried that the company will soon be unable to fill the low-wage factory positions that have been the bread and butter of employment in China for years. The FT reports: “The young generation don’t want to...
  • Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei...

    10/03/2013 9:07:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 3, 2013 | Staff
    Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on Thursday, the White House said in a statement... will no longer visits to Malaysia and the Philippines... //snip// http://english.cri.cn/index.htm Chinese Premier to Attend East Asia Leaders Meetings, Visit Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Shutdown or no, Obama's Asia trip is still a go

    09/29/2013 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/29/13 | Dave Boyer
    With the prospects growing of a government shutdown on Tuesday, the White House said Thursday that President Obama has no intention of postponing a week-long trip to Asia that begins Oct. 6. “Our schedule remains as planned,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. He said one of the president’s jobs is to ensure that promising economic markets “are exploited” for the benefit of Americans. “That’s one of his responsibilities. He’s going to fulfill it,” Mr. Carney said. The president will visit Indonesia, where he grew up as a boy, and the Philippines as part of a trip that will...
  • Asia's richest may outpace North America's wealthiest by 2014

    09/25/2013 5:06:47 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 5 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 25 Sep 2013 | Staff
    Wealth among the richest in the Asia-Pacific region could surpass that of North America as soon as next year, a joint report by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management showed on Wednesday. The total wealth of high net-worth individuals in the region – defined as those with investable assets of $1 million and above – is expected to rise to $15.9 trillion by 2015, compared with $12 trillion in 2012. Wealth of the equivalent group of individuals in North America stood at $12.7 trillion last year.
  • Imminent threat of China brings Vietnam, India, and US closer together

    09/10/2013 8:45:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    DNA ^ | Sep 4, 2013 | Harsh V Pant
    From India's Look-East policy emerges Vietnam an ally to tackle the Asian dragon By lashing out against India for its dealings with Vietnam and other states in East and Southeast Asia, China has shown it will try to deter strategic competitors from collaborating against it. Both India and Vietnam must stand firm.In a significant move India decided to offer a $100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment which will be finalized during the visit of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam later this year. Usually, a privilege reserved for its immediate neighbours, this is the...
  • GGG thread, on Asian Inter Marriage.

    08/21/2013 3:05:37 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 59 replies
    self | 8/21/13 | Self
    I was watching a cooking show and the cast preparing a Engagement Feast for a Guy and this Smoking 1/2 Korean Girl. I have known quite a few Koreans but she looked like a semi-round rye, Viet Nam term. It kicked me back to late 1967, when driving through the front gate of Cu Chi base camp, I saw a hot smoking young lady sitting out side the gate, as opposed to squatting, waiting for someone. I had done a tour through the cat houses of Cu Chi so I knew she wasn't one of the local talent. I asked...
  • The allure of 'yellow fever'

    08/11/2013 7:25:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 95 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2013 | By Margot Peppers
    A new documentary, which airs tonight on PBS, explores the psychology behind yellow fever - the phenomenon that sees white men attracted to, and sometimes even obsessed with, Asian women. Filmed and directed by Debbie Lum, a fourth-generation Chinese-American from St Louis, Missouri, Seeking Asian Female looks to discover why many men see Asians as ideal wives, a concept that is 'very painful for the Asian-American community,' Ms Lum told ABC News.
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — and to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • It’s time for conservatives of Japan to get over the war

    07/30/2013 6:50:52 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/30/2013 | Shaun O'Dwyer
    “And why shouldn’t we?” With a thumping Upper House election victory behind them, this question is likely on the minds of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his political allies as they contemplate a visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15, the day Japan commemorates the end of World War II. If they do visit the shrine, they will probably insist that they are doing what politicians do in every other country with military conflicts in its past — proudly commemorating their war dead, with an utterance seemingly indifferent to the rights and wrongs of that past: “They sacrificed their...
  • Japan Considers Getting Offensive

    07/27/2013 10:14:00 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    The American Interest ^ | July 26, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    A new defense paper published by Japan’s government today urges Tokyo to set up a rapid marine deployment force to counter threats to its territory and acquire offensive weapons, like surveillance drones and missiles that could strike enemy bases. Shinzo Abe’s government is clearly trucking on with plans to revamp Japan’s military and even considering changing the pacifist constitution, under which some of these new capabilities are questionable. The paper pushes the limits of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which states, “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use...
  • China's border row with India has misfired, says regional security expert

    06/20/2013 7:31:44 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 20, 2013 | Raissa Robles
    China's three-week border stand-off during April in Ladakh, in Indian-administered Kashmir, had misfired, an Indian security expert told a forum in Manila, saying Beijing's move galvanised Indian leaders into finally sealing an historic security deal with Japan. The dispute strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours, but both sides pulled troops back ahead of a visit to New Delhi by Premier Li Keqiang, who agreed to fresh talks to settle their long-running border row. [India could help provide] security architecture in the region to restrain China Retired army major general Vinod Saighal, saw the subsequent India-Japan deal last month as possibly...
  • Pulp Liberation Army

    06/14/2013 3:01:49 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MAY 23, 2013 | ISAAC STONE FISH, HELEN GAO
    Welcome to the strange -- and terrifying -- underground world of Chinese military fantasy novels. It is the year 2049. China's economic development has so disturbed the world's other major powers that the United States, Japan, and Russia form an alliance and invade China. Fierce battles break out on the plains of northeast China, where Japanese troops and U.S. fighter jets besiege Chinese infantry. Caught by surprise, China's army nonetheless stages a glorious counterattack by deploying levitating tanks, and employing a strategy based on lessons learned from the Anti-Japanese War and the Resist America War (better known in the West...
  • China steals new Australia spy agency blueprints: Report

    06/01/2013 9:07:41 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 28 May, 2013 | The Times of India
    CANBERRA: Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done. Australian Broadcasting Corp. television reported on Monday night that the plans for the 630 million Australian dollar ($608 million) Australian Security Intelligence Organization building had been stolen through a cyberattack on a building contractor. Blueprints that included details such as communications cabling, server locations and security systems had been traced to a...
  • India to forge new military ties with Australia

    06/01/2013 9:04:20 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Deccan Herald ^ | 30 May, 2013 | The Deccan Herald
    Signalling the formation of a new strategic axis in the Indo-Pacific region, Defence Minister A K Antony will travel to Australia on Monday to forge new military ties between the two nations, both of which are seen by the US as linchpins to its “Asia Pivot” strategy. Canberra has accorded special status to Antony since he is India’s first defence minister to visit Australia. The defence minister will arrive in Perth where he would be received by his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith. Antony will lay a wreath at the State War Memorial and proceed to Canberra along with Smith in...
  • The 'Two Asias' - Economic Asia and Security Asia - Heading for Confrontation

    05/30/2013 11:25:35 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 4 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 31 May 2013 | John A. Prasetio
    "Economic Asia" ... is a dynamic, increasingly integrated, rising and successful region. "Security Asia” ... is a dysfunctional region with rising nationalism, escalating territorial disputes and distrust among the key players. The question ... is whether security Asia in the next few years would destroy economic Asia, thus, Asia is actually heading toward a profound crisis. If ... rivalry [between China and the US] escalates, countries in Asia could drift into bipolarity and indeed the dynamics of economic development in the region would be affected.
  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1955.aspx Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • Indian warships conducting cooperative military exercise in South China Sea

    05/28/2013 2:06:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    IDRW ^ | May 26, 2013
    Four vessels from the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, on operational deployment to the South China Sea and the Western Pacific, made a port call here today.Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral P. Ajit Kumar, who is officially in the country with the vessels for the second time, said he was looking forward to enhance ties with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).< He said a Passage Exercise (Passex) had been planned with the RMN, adding that it would immensely contribute to furthering peace and maritime security in the region. “The spectrum of this exercise encompasses both conventional war fighting drills...
  • Panic in the Philippines Over Taiwan Diplomatic Crisis

    05/22/2013 9:23:13 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/22/2013 | TexGrill
    If news reports correctly reflect public sentiment, it seems fair to deduce that worry and frustration are rising in the Philippines amid diplomatic tension with Taiwan, triggered by the tragic killing of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman by members of the Philippine Coast Guard on May 9 in Balintang Channel. Angered by the incident, Taiwan has made four demands: a formal apology, compensation, punishment for the guilty officers, and fishing talks. Taiwan has since stopped issuing work visas to Filipinos and has conducted military exercises near Philippine waters. To make matters worse, Filipinos, especially politicians, did not immediately recognize the political...
  • India Mulls Stationing of Ground Forces in Afghanistan

    05/24/2013 12:42:54 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 18 replies
    PKKH ^ | May 18, 2013
    NEW DELHI — The Indian government is evaluating the possibility of stationing troops in Afghanistan after the international forces begin leaving the country in 2014. An Indian Ministry of Defence source said no decision has yet been taken, but the possibility of putting boots in Afghanistan is under consideration by the Indian government. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting New Delhi May 20-22 and the issue of stationing of Indian troops is likely to be discussed, said an official of the Indian External Affairs Ministry. “It is in India’s interest to enhance security and defense cooperation with Afghanistan,” added the...
  • Indian aircraft to keep an eye on Straits of Malacca

    05/21/2013 12:58:42 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    The Indian Navy plans to deploy its medium-range Dornier surveillance aircraft at its furthest air station at Campbell Bay in the Andaman and Nicobar islands to keep a regular watch on the oil and cargo traffic passing through the strategic Malacca Strait and two other crucial sea lanes used to ferry these materials to China and South East Asia. Almost a year after a 3,500 ft runway was made operational at the “INS Baaz” – the Navy’s eastern most air station in the Campbell Bay – Defence Minister AK Antony told the navy commanders on Tuesday to go ahead with...
  • Daggers Drawn by Philippines and Taiwan in Latest South China Sea Dispute

    05/21/2013 12:54:16 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 19, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Filipino police shot a 65-year old Taiwanese fisherman in the neck a few days ago in the latest dispute to heat up the South China Sea. Things escalated quickly after the “accident” and now two American allies are at each other’s throats. The Philippines apologized twice for the “accident,” in which the coast guard riddled the fisherman’s boat with dozens of bullets, but Taiwan was having none of it. Taiwan recalled its ambassador and stopped accepting applications from Filipino workers applying to live in Taiwan. Then the Taiwanese navy held threatening drills near the spot where the fisherman was killed....
  • Returning to the Land or Turning Toward the Sea? India’s Role in America’s Pivot

    05/07/2013 3:25:54 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    The Diplomat ^ | April 28, 2013 | Evan Braden Montgomery
    Few diplomatic overtures have generated loftier expectations in recent years than Washington’s rapprochement with New Delhi. Frequently at loggerheads during the Cold War, then kept apart by the U.S. commitment to counter-proliferation and India’s pursuit of a nuclear deterrent, the two sides have never had a warm relationship. That began to change during the George W. Bush administration, a transformation that was symbolized by a controversial agreement allowing the United States to sell civilian nuclear technology to India, despite its status as a nuclear-armed nation that is not recognized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Obama administration has since picked up...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • “Arab Spring” in Central Asia?

    04/24/2013 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 22 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Mirroring what is happening in the world, there is an Islamic revival in the Caucasus and Central Asia, with all that it means for local Christians. The predominantly Muslim Central Asian Republics, after the collapse of the Soviet Union of which they were part, have seen an increase in the persecution of Christians. The fall of dictatorship, in a pattern similar to that of post-war Iraq and the “Arab Spring” in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, seems to have “liberated” the radical elements within Muslim communities. The now independent countries of Central Asia are the following five, in order of population...
  • Japan leads the world in population collapse

    04/20/2013 3:49:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 19, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Japanese elderly now outnumber children. TOKYO, April 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Japan is seeing the most rapid decline in population of any country on earth, according to the World Population Data Sheet produced by the U.S. Population Reference Bureau. A newly released report on demographic trends by the Japanese government reveals that Japan's population continues to plummet, and that 2012 saw the biggest population drop since record-keeping began in the 1950s. On October 1, 2012, the country’s population was estimated at 127,515,000, down 0.22 percent from the previous year, said the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in a April 16 report....
  • Hagel picks Navy vet as chief of staff (Mark Lippert)

    04/20/2013 6:14:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday named Mark Lippert, a Navy veteran and Pentagon official, as his chief of staff. Lippert, 40, currently assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, takes over May 1 as Hagel’s right-hand man. Marcel Lettre, Hagel’s acting chief of staff for the moment, will become Lippert’s deputy, and later move to an still-undetermined senior position, officials said. A White House insider, Lippert has ties to both Hagel and President Barack Obama that stretch back years. He accompanied both men, when they were still senators, on a 2008 visit to Afghanistan,...
  • 'American Owned' nail salon sign seen as offensive to some

    04/03/2013 12:23:14 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    WOAI ^ | 04/03/2013
    A sign posted outside a Collin County nail salon promoting it as "American Owned, American Staffed" is generating controversy. The merchant defends her sign by saying it's a "patriotic business decision." But others believe it's focused more on what her Fairview business isn’t: Asian owned and operated. Ed Thayer said he was offended when he saw the sign in the window of the St. Tropez Nail Spa. He's a regular customer at a Vietnamese restaurant next door. He and his wife adopted four girls who are Vietnamese-Americans. Thayer said he was so upset, he went into the salon to confront...
  • Hiding Intentions And Biding Time In Af-Pak

    04/02/2013 4:39:15 PM PDT · by Jyotishi
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | Ashok K. Mehta
    China does not want the Taliban to dominate after the withdrawal of the US-led forces from Afghanistan. But it is also unwilling at this stage to be a caretaker in the region. It is keeping its cards close to the chest China’s policy on Afghanistan consists of five Noes: No military role, no involvement in domestic economic and social order, no objection to Taliban in any legal power-sharing arrangement; no criticism of the US role; no participation in NDN (Northern Distribution Network). From a recent visit to Beijing, it was clear that China has risen; and a new China is...
  • Border Patrol China mobilizing troops, jets near Korea [Obama Fails Diplomacy]

    04/01/2013 5:58:20 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    ...China’s navy also conducted live-firing naval drills by warships in the Yellow Sea that were set to end Monday near the Korean peninsula, in apparent support of North Korea, which was angered by ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that are set to continue throughout April.
  • Walmart foresees losses amid corruption probes against it

    03/27/2013 11:34:34 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | PTI
    Multinational retail giant Walmart has said that the company is expected to incur financial losses in view of ongoing investigation into alleged corruption cases pertaining to its foreign subsidiaries. “...We expect to continue to incur costs (in addition to the $157 million of costs incurred in fiscal 2013) in conducting our on-going review and investigations”, the company said in a filing to US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company claimed that Audit Committee comprising its independent directors (on board) is conducting an internal investigation into, among other things, alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practises Act (“FCPA”) and other alleged...
  • OECD Says Oil Prices Could Reach $150-$270 By 2020

    03/23/2013 2:33:16 PM PDT · by Laurent.w · 32 replies
    4-traders ^ | 6 March 2013 | Jenny Gross
    Oil prices could rise to anywhere between $150 and $270 a barrel by 2020 as demand growth in emerging markets like India and China out paces expected supply, the OECD said Wednesday. The report shows the central role that Asian oil demand will play in determining prices, even as the U.S. reduces its need for energy imports amid a surge in its unconventional hydrocarbons production. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest net oil importer.