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  • 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
    Malacańang 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 ^ | 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...
  • Hot Flight Attendants In Bikinis Made Vietnam Its First Female Billionaire

    03/31/2017 5:42:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 111 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/17 | DEREK HUNTER
    Airlines all have their own uniforms for flight attendants, but those uniforms were never a reason customers choose to fly a particular airline…until now. VietJet, a regional airline in Vietnam, has its young flight attendants dress in corporate colored bikinis, and that marketing gimmick has helped the company’s CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, become the country’s first self-made female billionaire. Bloomberg reports, “With the initial public offering of Vietnam’s only privately-owned airline, Thao is set to have a net worth exceeding $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making her the country’s first woman billionaire.”
  • US lawmaker moves Bill to declare Pak sponsor of terror

    03/11/2017 9:36:12 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Saturday, March 11, 2017 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington -- Seeking a "radical reset" of ties with Pakistan for having "aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years", a senior Republican lawmaker has introduced a Bill in the House of Representatives to push for declaring Islamabad a "State sponsor of terrorism". Sponsored by Congressman Ted Poe, the Bill requires the President to issue a report within 90 days on whether Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. And within 30 days after that, the Secretary of State must submit a follow-up report containing "either a determination that Pakistan is a State sponsor of terrorism or a...
  • Journalists Complain They Are Not Traveling With Secretary Tillerson…

    03/10/2017 2:04:50 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 10, 2017 | Sundance
    State Department Journalists are some of the most tender snowflakes in Washington DC. The latest outrage du jour is reporters complaining they are not allowed to fly with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Asia. There’s no-one stopping the reporters from flying to Asia and covering T-Rex’s visit. The entire complaint is that they don’t get to fly on his airplane. Who does the State Department run to when they need to voice their alarm,…. well, that would be CNN of course: (Via CNN) The new secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has been all but silent in his first month...
  • 2 weeks in Asia prove Trump is on right track

    03/03/2017 2:09:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | March 3, 2017 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I just returned from a 2-week speaking tour of Asia. I spoke in front of hundreds of people in 5 countries about “the Trump Phenomenon” and what his election will mean for the world economy. I gave speeches in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. What an experience of a lifetime! First I must comment on the people of Asia. I met wonderful people. I was welcomed with open arms and treated like “friends and family.” This trip was one of the finest experiences of my life. The people I met will be friends for...
  • Top Philippine Officials Fly to U.S. Carrier in Disputed South China Sea

    03/05/2017 10:04:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 3/5 | Jim Gomez
    The Philippine defense chief and two other Cabinet members on Saturday toured a U.S. aircraft carrier patrolling the disputed South China Sea on the invitation of the navy, U.S. Embassy officials said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II visited the USS Carl Vinson along with three Philippine security officials, said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina. The visit shows continuing top-level engagements between Philippine officials and the U.S. military despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to scale back engagements with American forces while reaching out to China and Russia.
  • OPEC Struggling To Hold On To Asian Market Share

    03/01/2017 7:49:51 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 01-03-2017 | Rocky
    Two years ago, OPEC took steps to increase its market share. It continued with this same policy for two years by pumping oil in an oversupplied market. The result: oil prices tanked and OPEC increased their market share by a small margin. Today, low oil prices are crippling the finances of OPEC members, forcing them to agree to cut production to support oil prices. But just over a month of production cuts and data shows that OPEC has lost around 5 percent market share in Asia since October. The U.S., Brazil, Britain and Libya have increased their supply to Asia...
  • Japan | No Country for Islam - Here's Why

    02/11/2017 3:13:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    You Tube ^ | 17/1/17 | Black Pigeon Speaks
    0:00as the West grapples with attack after 0:03attack after attack from members of the 0:05religion of peace or Islam there is one 0:09country industrial an ally of the west 0:12and even hosting US military bases on 0:16its soil that seems immune japan while 0:19truck attacks that modown people have 0:22been used in France and Germany there 0:24have been bomb attacks and suicide 0:26attacks in london brussels and Madrid 0:28execution squads squealing analog bar 0:32murdered hundreds in Paris Volgograd 0:35Belson and Moscow in fact the new Muslim 0:39Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that 0:42Islamic terror attacks are just and...
  • The Pivot to Asia Was Obama’s Biggest Mistake

    01/24/2017 10:37:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 21, 2017 | John Ford
    “The pivot failed to achieve key goals in Asia while inattention made matters worse in Europe and the Middle East.”It is impossible to know what a president’s foreign policy legacy will be until long after they have left office. But there is good reason to believe that the “pivot to Asia” will come to be seen as President Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy mistake. Obama once referred to himself as the first Pacific president and the pivot is touted by Obama’s defenders as a great success that properly rebalanced America’s foreign policy focus away from costly interventions in the Middle...
  • Thailand seeks to develop military production facilities with China

    12/21/2016 8:00:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 21, 2016 | Thanarith Satrusayang
    Thailand and China are in talks about building military production facilities in Thailand, a Thai defense ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest sign of warming relations between China and America's oldest ally in Asia. Relations between Thailand and the United States cooled following a May 2014 military coup that the Thai military said was necessary to end months of unrest, including street protests that led to the ouster of an elected government. The United States has said relations cannot return to normal until democracy is restored. The generals running Thailand have promised an election for 2017.
  • Many (Asian) airlines shamelessly exploit female sexuality

    12/18/2016 4:25:03 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 85 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 16th 2016 | J.Y.
    EVERY December, more than 1,000 female high school students, some as young as 15, take part in a “bikini competition” held in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. The event, hosted by Oriental Beauty, a modelling agency, provides a platform for aspiring flight attendants to show off their bikini bodies to eager recruiters from the Chinese airline industry. Those deemed the most attractive are invited to join a fast-track flight attendant trainee scheme, which can open the door to a dream job at one of China’s big airlines.
  • THE HEART OF TERRORISM: Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform?

    12/05/2016 12:29:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Editorial
    THE HEART OF TERRORISM Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform? At the Heart of Asia (HoA) summit which concluded on Sunday in Amritsar, Pakistan was well and truly cornered for promoting terrorism. Its isolation can be understood from the fact that for the first time, a HoA declaration named the Pakistan-based terror outfits, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, as forces that are working to destabilise the region. This is a severe indictment of Pakistan, since not only do the two organisations operate from Pakistani soil but they also get overt and covert support from the establishment, especially from the Army there....
  • Euro skids as Italy votes 'No' on reform, dollar in demand

    12/04/2016 3:45:55 PM PST · by aquila48 · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | Wayne Cole
    The euro slid in Asia on Monday after exit polls showed Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi clearly losing a constitutional referendum that could end his career and destabilize the country's shaky banking system. The single currency dropped to $1.0577 in thin trade, after starting around $1.0645 earlier. The dollar was underpinned by expectations of a U.S. rate rise this month, and even held its ground on the safe-haven yen at 113.20. Dealers said Italian bonds were set to come under pressure as top-rated U.S. Treasuries and German bunds gained. Asian investors are often reluctant to trade on European developments, preferring...
  • Billionaire 'princess' daughter of former Uzbek president ..been fatally POISONED [tr]

    11/22/2016 5:15:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2016 | Will Stewart
    Astonishing claims have emerged from authoritarian Uzbekistan today that the glamorous daughter of former dictator Islam Karimov has died from 'poisoning'. The sensational reports about ex-billionaire Gulnara Karimova - who has been locked away out of sight since her father purged her in 2013 - cannot be immediately verified. The 44-year-old was reported several months ago to have been shut away in a psychiatric hospital, while other accounts say she was held under house arrest, and one report suggested she was living in exile in Israel.
  • Japan PM says 'I can have great confidence' in Trump after meeting

    11/17/2016 5:20:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 17, 2016 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first world leader to meet President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. Abe met with Trump in New York, where the incoming president is working on setting up an administration after his surprise election victory last week that has injected new uncertainty into old U.S. alliances. "I do believe that without confidence between the two nations (the) alliance would never function in the future and (after) the outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader in whom...