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  • US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

    10/25/2011 7:48:27 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 123 replies · 1+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | October 25, 2011 | BETSY BLANEY
    "The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal...
  • Asian Markets See Red And Gold Sees Green

    10/25/2011 8:34:49 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-25-2011 | Sam RO
    Asian Markets See Red And Gold Sees Green Sam Ro Oct. 25, 2011, 10:16 PM Asian markets are extending the global market selloff as investors prepare to be disappointed by EU leaders on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei is down 0.8%. Korea's Kospi is down 0.7%. Australia's S&P/ASX is down 0.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng is down 1.0%. Meanwhile, gold continues its rally. Check out the chart: Gold Image: FinViz
  • WSJ Economists On Recessions And GDP: The Great Disconnect

    10/24/2011 2:37:59 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    Advisor Perspectives ^ | 10-24-2011 | Doug Short
    WSJ Economists On Recessions And GDP: The Great Disconnect By Doug Short October 24, 2011 Yesterday I posted a preview (see below) of the Q3 GDP Advance Estimate, due out on Thursday, with a review of the consensus forecast at and close look at the forecasts of the 50 economists who responded to the October Wall Street Journal survey. What I didn't mention was their response to this WSJ survey question: Please estimate on a scale of 0 to 100 the probability of a recession in the U.S. in the next 12 months. Before I reveal the collective response,...
  • FINALLY, Asia Rallies, Korea Explodes Higher

    10/05/2011 8:54:10 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-5-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    FINALLY, Asia Rallies, Korea Explodes Higher Joe Weisenthal Oct. 5, 2011, 9:36 PM After missing out on the recent rally, finally Asia is participating. While US futures are down modestly, Japan is up 2%, and Korea's KOSPI (after getting drubbed two straight days) is up huge.(snip)
  • World stocks dive to 15-month low (Europe & Asia get hammered AGAIN)

    10/04/2011 4:26:33 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 8 replies
    Financial Post ^ | October 4, 2011 | Natsuko Waki
    LONDON — World stocks hit a fresh 15-month low on Tuesday and the dollar rose to a nine-month peak as fears over a major banking crisis in Europe mounted along with expectations Greece could soon default, accelerating a global economic slowdown. Sovereign debt insurance costs for the region’s economic powerhouse Germany hit a record high after eurozone finance ministers said they were reviewing the scale of private sector involvement in a second bailout package for Greece, a move that threatens to hasten a default.
  • Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union"

    10/03/2011 4:49:50 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 24 replies
    Reuters via yahoo ^ | 10/03/11 | Gleb Bryanski
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a "Eurasian Union" in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country's next president. Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries. "We are not going to stop there and are setting an ambitious goal -- to achieve an even higher integration level in the Eurasian...
  • Solyndra Tied to Asian Suppliers (imported more than 2.83 million pounds)

    09/27/2011 4:32:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Hispanic Business ^ | 9/23/11 | Lou Kilzer
    Solyndra Tied to Asian SuppliersLou Kilzer Sept. 23, 2011 **SNIP** Chief Financial Officer W.G. Stover in court documents blamed Solyndra's demise on attractive funding subsidies and extended payment terms provided to its foreign competitors by their governments. But Solyndra, which began shipping solar panels in July 2008, has tapped more than 60 foreign manufacturers to provide it with panels and related assembly goods, the Trib found through an analysis of shipping records maintained by ImportGenius, an international company that tracks imports into the United States. During the past 12 months, Solyndra received 154 shipments of goods, primarily from companies in...
  • India Faces Standoff With China on Sea Oil

    09/23/2011 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 September 2011 | Jeremy Page
    India is being pulled into a complex and increasingly tense territorial dispute in the South China Sea, with China repeatedly warning ONGC, the Indian state oil company, that its joint exploration plans with Vietnam amount to a violation of Chinese sovereignty. The Indian government responded to the latest Chinese warnings Thursday by repeating its pledge to continue exploring for energy in the South China Sea, where China is embroiled in territorial disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei .."We plan to restart drilling there," said ONGC Chairman A.K. Hazarika. "The [Indian] Ministry of External Affairs has informed us...
  • The 10 Countries That Are Trying To Be The Next China (Something for investors to consider...)

    09/20/2011 8:01:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/19/2011 | Sam Ro
    "Sourcing goods in China purely because of ultra-low costs is a thing of the past,” said KPMG's Nick Debnam. In a new report title Product Sourcing In Asia Pacific, KPMG notes China's disadvantages include rising labor costs and an aging workforce. Of the 11 countries discussed, China has the oldest population with a median age of 34. More companies are turning to Indonesia and Vietnam for footwear manufacturing. India's specializations in hand stitched fabrics and metalware have made it a major alternative to China. Cambodia and Bangladesh are experiencing a booming export industry thanks to favorable trade agreements with the...
  • Asia stocks fall as Europe fears revive

    09/18/2011 9:29:12 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.18.11 | Sarah Turner
    SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Asian stocks fell on Monday, as concerns about a Greek default came back to the fore amid indications that Europe is losing patience with the country’s efforts to cut its debt pile...
  • Asia stocks dragged down by selloff in Europe

    09/05/2011 7:36:53 PM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | September 5, 2011 | AP
    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets opened lower Tuesday after fears of a worsening global economy sparked a session of free-falling losses in Europe. Oil prices fell to below $84 a barrel in Asia as investor fears of a recession in developed countries sent equities and commodities lower. The dollar was higher against the euro but lower against the yen. Japan's Nikkei 225 index dropped 1.2 percent to 8,676.12. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was 1 percent down at 19,420.47. Australia's S&P ASX 200 lost 1.1 percent to 4,095.50. South Korea's Kospi index was 0.6 percent down at 1,774.73. The slump...
  • Never Fight a Land War in Asia

    09/01/2011 5:43:07 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Stratfor ^ | George Friedman
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking at West Point, said last week that “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.” In saying this, Gates was repeating a dictum laid down by Douglas MacArthur after the Korean War, who urged the United States to avoid land wars in Asia. Given that the United States has fought four major land wars in Asia since World War II — Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq — none of which had...

    09/01/2011 1:38:05 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    World Affairs ^ | August 30, 2011 | Gordon G. Chang
    A retired Chinese general recently revealed that his country might be planning a surprise missile attack on the United States. The public comment of Xu Guangyu came in response to WikiLeaks revelations that last year Washington had warned its allies beforehand of China’s test of a missile interceptor.
  • India bids to be Africa's 'new best friend'

    08/25/2011 10:45:23 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 4 replies
    CNN -- While China has been able to use its considerable economic clout to forge strong ties with Africa, experts say India is hoping that a mix of soft power and business expertise can win it friends and customers on the continent. Over the last few years, Beijing has struck deal after deal with African countries, often building extensive infrastructure projects and providing loans in exchange for access to natural resources, trade opportunities and expansion into new markets. Lacking China's deep pockets, analysts say India has often struggled to compete directly with Beijing, especially for natural resources such as oil...
  • Asian markets slammed in global selloff(very ugly end to the week?)

    08/18/2011 6:47:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | 08/18/11 | Yoshikazu Tsuno
    Asian markets slammed in global selloff By Yoshikazu Tsuno | AFP – 1 hour 17 minutes ago. Asian stock markets early Friday caught a global selling fever after new warnings of world recession coupled with fears that rapid-fire growth in China is set to slow down. Investors in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney picked up on the mounting anxiety evident in the United States and Europe, where fresh carnage ripped across the markets on Thursday. "The bears returned aggressively overnight as very disappointing US economic data and fears over the stability of European banks had traders reaching for the sell button,"...
  • U.S. Budget Cuts Will Reshape Power Balance in Northeast Asia

    08/11/2011 9:14:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Budget Cuts Will Reshape Power Balance in Northeast Asia The U.S. defense budget amounts to approximately US$700 billion a year, 10 times higher than China's. But the U.S. has decided on drastic cuts to its defense spending, which account for around 20 percent of the national budget. The Obama administration intends to cut defense spending by $400 billion over the next decade, and U.S. media forecast between $550 billion to $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. China, on the other hand, has the biggest foreign currency reserves in the world and has been boosting its annual...
  • Asia shares nosedive as gold scales another peak

    08/08/2011 7:06:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/09/11
    Asia shares nosedive as gold scales another peak (Reuters) - Asian stock markets nosedived on Tuesday and the Swiss franc held near a record high, as investors dumped riskier assets in a global rout triggered by fears that political leaders are failing to tackle debt crises in Europe and the United States. Major indexes across the region fell between 2 and 5 percent, following drop of more than 6 percent on Wall Street in the first trading session since the historic downgrade of the United States' AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor's. The panicked flight-to-safety pushed gold to the...
  • Asia stocks plunge to join in global rout(off by 4~5%)

    08/05/2011 12:45:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 08/04/11 | Sarah Turner
    Asia stocks plunge to join in global rout By Sarah Turner, MarketWatch SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Asian shares nose-dived on Friday, joining in a global rout fueled by heightened debt and economic-growth fears, with energy and financial stocks among the worst performers. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index (HSI:HK:HSI) fell 4.9%, while the Shanghai Composite index (SHA:CN:000001) dropped 1.7%. Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average (TYO:JP:NIK) closed the day down 3.7%, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index (ASX:AU:XJO) ended with a 4% loss. South Korea’s Kospi (KRX:KR:0100) dropped 3.6%. “A complete crisis of confidence has emerged in the market,” said Toby Lawson, head...
  • Australia wants Indian participation in Square Kilometre Array project

    07/26/2011 1:20:51 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    Domain B ^ | 26 July 2011 | Domain B
    Mumbai: Australia would like Indian scientists to join it in building the "world's biggest" telescope, its minister for innovation, industry, science and research, senator Kim Carr said on Monday. "We want Indian scientists to participate in the prestigious project of world's largest telescope - Square Kilometre Array (SKA)," Carr told media. Australian astronomers are regular visitors to the India's Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) facility located near Pune. Minister Carr will broach Indian participation in the project in his talks with India's department of science and technology today. The SKA is a new generation radio telescope with a discovery potential...
  • Chinese think-tank slams United States' overtly pro-India stance

    07/21/2011 11:11:07 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 34 replies
    IANS ^ | July 21, 2011 | IANS
    BEIJING: China has taken careful note of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech pitching for a larger global role for India in East Asia, with an official Chinese think tank saying Washington's "overtly pro-India stance" will hurt its larger goal of fighting militancy in Pakistan. "Not surprisingly, counter-terrorism is one of the top issues on Clinton's agenda during her (recent) visit to India," says an article titled "US-South Asia policy", published in the state-run China Daily. Both the US and India are doing the "opposite of what they should have done to help Pakistan fight terrorists", said the article...
  • Dollar “on the run” in Asia (Thank you very much Ben!)

    07/14/2011 11:42:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I’d blame this on the Presidential Temper Tantrum, but the proximate cause of the US dollar’s overnight decline was actually Cheerful Ben Bernanke. After the Fed chair told Congress that a third round of quantitative easing might be in the offing if deflationary pressure began building, the market in Asia called his bluff and began dumping the greenback. One JPMorgan analyst called that news “unambiguously bad for the dollar” (via Instapundit): The U.S. dollar was on the run in Asia on Thursday after a ratings warning from Moody’s and a hint of further policy easing from the Federal Reserve unleashed...
  • Mercedes-Benz posts record sales on strong Asia demand

    07/05/2011 9:09:24 PM PDT · by traumer · 4 replies
    Mercedes-Benz has reported its best half-year sales on record, thanks in large part to growing demand in emerging economies, particularly China. The German luxury carmaker said it had sold 610,531 passenger cars over the first six months of the year, a rise of almost 10% on a year earlier. Sales in China rose by more than 50% while sales in Russia were up by more than 70%. Mercedes added that June and the second quarter also saw record sales. "The first half of the year went very well for Mercedes-Benz," said Dr Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president of sales and...
  • Durable-goods orders rise 1.9% for May, 1Q GDP revised slightly higher

    06/24/2011 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.24.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Stronger orders for airplanes translated into a better-than-expected 1.9% increase in durable-goods orders in May, the Commerce Department estimated Friday. In a separate report, the government reported that U.S. real gross domestic product for the first quarter was revised to an increase of 1.9% on an annualized basis from the earlier estimate of a 1.8% increase. It marks the final revision to the measure of total output of goods and services in the largest global economy for the first three months of 2011.
  • U.S. Warns Israelis on Tourist Visa Work Scam

    06/23/2011 12:20:00 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 7 replies · 1+ views
    [Still looking for that scary youtube video of State Dept. official warning illegal aliens from south of the border seeking "work", that they could be banned from the U.S. for life if caught working here illegally.] [So far, not having any luck finding that video. Mabye they just made one for the benefit of young Israelis thinking about coming here to work illegally.] From INN: "The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv released a video warning young Israelis not to be tempted by illegal offers of work in the United States. The YouTube video features testimony by young Israelis who were...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The World Turned Upside Down — Again

    05/13/2011 8:51:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 11, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The World Turned Upside Down — AgainWill the strains in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe resolve themselves — or are we on the brink of epochal change? Every once in a while, the world is turned upside down in just a few years, whether by ideological ferment or force of arms. We may be entering such a phase now — unsure whether the unrest in the Middle East, the rise of China, and the crisis in the EU will sputter and dissipate like the upheavals of 1848 or make the world unrecognizable in the way that Alexander the Great’s...
  • India, Indonesia, China, Wider Asia Buy Physical Gold And Silver On Dip As Stagflation Threatens

    05/11/2011 8:46:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/11/2011 | Tyler Durden
    From GoldCoreIndia, Indonesia, China and Wider Asia Buy Physical Gold and Silver on Dip as Stagflation Threatens Gold and silver have extended their recovery and may be headed for the fourth day of gains due to the continuing European sovereign debt crisis, Chinese inflation (+5.3%) and the real risk that rising oil and commodity prices are leading to an inflation spiral internationally and stagflation. Cross Currency Rates German inflation data this morning was worse than expected jumping to 2.7% from 2.3% due to surging energy costs and despite recent strength in the euro. This has led to the euro falling...
  • Asian Finance Ministers Endorse Importance Of Fiscal Soundness To Sustainable Development

    05/03/2011 3:32:59 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 1 replies ^ | 5/3/2011 | Dow Jones
    HANOI -(Dow Jones)- Finance Ministers of some of Asia's key economies endorsed the importance of fiscal soundness to sustainable economic development, and reiterated their commitment to accelerating economic structural reform, according to the draft of a joint statement by officials attending a high-level gathering organized by the Asia Development Bank. In a prepared joint ministerial statement of the finance ministers from the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea, which was seen by Dow Jones Newswires, the ministers said they will also promote domestic demand, trade and investment while opposing protectionism. "In dealing with the large...
  • Strategic Lessons From Hannibal’s War

    04/05/2011 6:11:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 21, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    With the world melting down and the Bard semester heating up, I’ve fallen behind in my grand strategy posts; apologies to all and I hope to catch up with a post next week (during Bard’s spring break) on Machiavelli. But today’s business is still the Second Punic War, the conflict between Carthage and Rome that engulfed most of the Mediterranean world in what would prove to be the most important war in the history of what would, thanks to Rome’s victory, one day become western civilization. In the last post I wrote about how Rome had a grand strategy that...
  • Vietnamese Communists' Fear Factor is Rising

    04/03/2011 12:49:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 03, 2011 | Michael Benge
    As a Libyan protester said, "After we saw Tunisia and Egypt, we thought that we can do it too;" their "fear wall broke" and the people of Libya no longer feared their corrupt and brutal dictatorship.  In contrast, the prospect that the Middle-East pot might boil over into their region has dramatically increased the fear factor of Vietnam's and China's communist rulers.  Since the Middle-East uprisings began, in fear of popular uprisings, they have reacted with increasingly brutal crackdowns and arrests of possible dissidents, with Vietnam following China's lead.  Vietnam's pucker factor must have ratcheted up several notches when the...
  • Pictures: New Ruby-Eyed Pit Viper Discovered (Vietnam)

    03/30/2011 10:33:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 28, 2011 | Brian Handwerk
    Seen coiled around a branch in an undated picture, a new species of snake called the ruby-eyed green pit viper (Cryptelytrops rubeus) has been discovered in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study. The snake lives in forests near Ho Chi Minh City and across the low hills of southern Vietnam and eastern Cambodia's Langbian Plateau. Scientists collected green pit vipers from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia between 1999 and 2003 and examined them in the lab, using physical characteristics and genetics to identify new species. "We know this species from only a few specimens, and very few people in...
  • Morgan Stanley On The Inflation Story Scaring The Bejusus Out Of Asian Investors

    03/23/2011 10:40:34 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-23-2011 | GREGORY WHITE
    Morgan Stanley On The Inflation Story Scaring The Bejusus Out Of Asian Investors Gregory White Mar. 23, 2011, 12:59 PM Asian investors are frightened of the current inflation environment and believe that consumers are going to spend less in the next 12 months, according to a survey by Morgan Stanley. The survey suggests that the Asian economic region, sans Japan, will not be able to deal with rising inflation and, instead, will experience a consumer slowdown over the next year as a result of consumers having to pay more for staple goods. In fact, 71% of survey respondents said they...
  • Can Japan Rise Again?

    03/15/2011 5:24:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 15, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    We can thank Providence that the earthquake was not 150 miles closer to Tokyo, else Japan's dead might number in the millions. Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls it the worst crisis since World War II. Yet, horrendous as it is, it does not, thus far, compare with that. For the earthquake dead are not 1 percent of those who perished in World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, Japan was stripped naked of an empire that embraced Formosa, Korea, Manchuria, the entire China coast, all of French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia),...
  • Islamic Rebels Burn Christian Village

    02/11/2011 8:56:32 PM PST · by 0beron · 13 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/11/11 | Tancred
    [Manila] Moslem extremists have burnt down a Christian village in the vicinity of the city of Mang (Mindanao). According to current information there have been no dead. The entire population must in any case leave their homes and is homeless. Sources at the Philippine Army have laid the blame upon Ameril Umbra Kato, the earlier Chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He is building up a new army for the battle to promote the islamic State of Mindanao.
  • China’s Carrier Killer Ballistic Missiles are Operational

    02/09/2011 9:13:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/28/2010 | Defense Tech
    It looks like this is the week China’s military rapidly advancing military tech keeps getting the limelight . First, we saw pics of the Asian giant’s new stealth fighter. Now, it looks like China is one step closer to fielding ballistic missiles aimed at holding U.S. forces throughout the Pacific at bay. Adm. Robert Willard, the top U.S. officer in the Pacific said this week that China’s new DF-21D anti-ship balistic missiles, with their 900-mile range, have reached an early operational status. Apparently, the missiles, widely fretted over in Washington as one of the most serious threats to the United...
  • Asia Recalibrates Defense to China's Fast Growing Military

    01/22/2011 8:58:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 14/20/2011 | Heda Bayron
    China’s fast growing military might have made some of its neighbors uneasy about the security outlook in East Asia. Recently, Japan made significant changes to its defense posture with an eye on China. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier this month stressed the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance in Asia’s security. Gates lauded Japan’s decision in December to shift military resources from the north near Russia to southwestern islands closer to China. And he asserted that without the six-decade-old U.S.-Japan security alliance China “might behave more assertively toward its neighbors.”
  • Chinese fighter jet rewrites power in region, says critic

    01/18/2011 10:08:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    The Border ^ | 1/15/2011 | Robert Oakes
    THE shock unveiling of a Chinese stealth fighter plane has changed the power balance in Asia and means Australia must rethink its regional strategy, an Australian analyst has said. Peter Goon, a vehement critic of the F-35 joint strike fighter that Australia has committed to buying from the United States, says the Chinese J-20 is far superior to the American fighter and we must immediately adapt to the new status quo. The Chinese tested the J-20 for the first time last week, on the day that the US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, arrived in Beijing for defence-related talks. Although the...
  • Muslim Million Man March In Support Of Executing A Christian Mom

    01/13/2011 5:51:35 AM PST · by BillKneer · 25 replies
    The Patriot Statesman ^ | 1/13/2011 | Aisha Foda
    Asia Bibi is a wonderful hard working 45 year old Mom. Her children are in tears pleading for their Mom’s life. Her husband is working tirelessly to try to gain his wife’s freedom. Her only crime: Being a Christian in a “moderate muslim” nation of Pakistan. Being poor, she did not sit back idly to receive government assistance. To provide for her family, she went to work as a laborer in the field day in and day out. Not too long ago, she was working on a farm with fellow workers, when muslim women started to harass her about her...
  • Wrong On So Many levels

    01/07/2011 3:35:28 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    Asia Bibi is a 45-year-old christian mother of five, living in Pakistan, who has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Her troubles began when she drank water out of communal cup and offered some to her Muslim neighbors as they did field work together. The Muslim women became indignant, believing that she had defiled the water, being a christian. An argument ensued, in which she confessed her faith, and in the process, exposed herself to “blasphemy” charges. Within a few days the accusation spread through the village, allegedly a mob of locals assaulted her (in the name of...
  • NKorea Vows Better Ties With SKorea

    12/31/2010 3:02:29 PM PST · by edpc · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 31 Dec 2010 | Kim Kwang-Tae
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests in the past, on Saturday welcomed the new year with calls for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, better ties with rival South Korea and a promise to boost its military strength. The North's annual New Year's message comes in the wake of its Nov. 23 artillery attack on a front-line South Korean island near the Koreas' disputed western sea border.
  • [Red] Chinese military aircraft more aggressive since September, Japan claims

    12/30/2010 11:30:27 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/30/2010 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    Chinese military aircraft have become more aggressive in confrontations with Japanese aircraft operating over the East China Sea, since a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese Coast Guard vessel in September. Red Chinese aircraft are not turning home as soon as they realise they have been detected but are continuing on their course Defence officials in Tokyo told the Asahi newspaper that in addition to the harassment of Japanese aircraft, China has stepped up its probing of air defences in the region and the monitoring of military exercises involving units from the United States and Japan. In the last...
  • The American 21st Century

    12/30/2010 1:25:02 PM PST · by Delacon · 24 replies · 47+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 30, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    America’s rivals lack the culture necessary to sustain greatness. The current debt, recession, wars, and political infighting have depressed Americans into thinking their country soon will be overtaken by more vigorous rivals abroad. Yet this is an American fear as old as it is improbable.In the 1930s, the Great Depression supposedly marked the end of freewheeling American capitalism. The 1950s were caricatured as a period of mindless American conformity, McCarthyism, and obsequious company men.By the late 1960s, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., along with the Vietnam War, had fueled a hippie counterculture that...
  • 'India presence at Oslo weird': China

    12/10/2010 12:29:34 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 19 replies · 1+ views
    HT ^ | December 11, 2010 | HT
    OSLO: As India went ahead with attending the ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo in Oslo on Friday, resisting last minute efforts from Beijing, an irate China said it was "unfortunate" and "weird" that India joined a "China-bashing chorus." With Premier Wen Jiabao slated to visit to India from December 15-17, officials here have been maintaining that that the Oslo ceremony is not a "bilateral one" and India attending a multilateral event should cause no concern to China. "I merely regard this vicious handout of the prize an allied effort to demonise China; unfortunately India joined...
  • Senior US official visits Myanmar

    12/07/2010 3:40:57 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 6 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | Dec. 7, 2010 | Staff
    A senior U.S. official arrived Tuesday in Yangon on an unannounced trip to continue Washington's new policy of engaging the military government, in the first visit since the country's recent elections. The trip by Joseph Y. Yun, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific, comes after widely criticized Nov. 7 elections that were overwhelmingly won by a military-backed party. Yun's visit also will allow the U.S. to review its humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, embassy spokeswoman Adrienne Nutzman said. Yun was scheduled to stay through Friday for a visit that will include talks with senior government officials, ethnic...
  • Pakistan cleric offers reward for killing Christian woman

    12/04/2010 1:08:32 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December 3, 2010
    Maulana Yousuf Qureshi issued the call in Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, at a rally against moves to pardon the woman. Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was sentenced on November 8 to death by hanging, under controversial blasphemy laws that human rights activists say encourage Islamist extremism. The government attempted to pardon Bibi after an international outcry over the case, but a Pakistani court on Monday prevented it from granting her a swift pardon. "We demand that the government should hang her to death under the law. If it does not do so, we will offer a...
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • China Getting Serious About Offensive Ops

    11/20/2010 8:51:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/15/2010 | Defense Tech
    Continuing the theme of a newly assertive China, the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s latest report to lawmakers highlights the fact that the previously inward-focused nation is getting serious about offensive operations outside its territory. From the paper’s executive summary: Augmenting its modernization efforts, Beijing has expanded the PLA Air Force’s focus in recent years from solely concentrating on territorial defense operations to now include extraterritorial offensive operations. It goes on to say: As China’s air and missile modernization efforts progress, Beijing’s ability to threaten U.S. forward deployed forces and bases in the region is improving. Any PLA...
  • Obama Meets Female "Robot" in Japan - Photo (Your Caption/Quotes, Please)

    11/16/2010 4:52:49 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies · 1+ views
    DVice ^ | 17 November 2010 | Gizmodo
    Good ahead. Have a field day.
  • "Obama Delivers Only Hot Air" (ASIA TIME) (Messiah's Epic Fail in Asia)

    11/15/2010 8:20:56 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Asia Times ^ | 15 November 2010 | Donald Kirk
    Obama delivers only hot air By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Theodore Roosevelt, a great American president with a clearly imperialist agenda, uttered one of the most famous lines in US history in 1901 when he advised a crowd, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". These days, US President Barack Obama seems to have gotten that aphorism reversed. He speaks a lot but doesn't seem to be carrying a big stick. That was the impression he gave after winding up his 11-day Asian odyssey in Japan at a tepid weekend gathering of Pacific rim leaders banded together in the Asia...
  • Tensions flare with reporters

    11/14/2010 10:52:11 AM PST · by Free America52 · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/10 11:19 PM Updated: 11/12/10 11:21 PM | Carol E. Lee
    YOKOHAMA, Japan – The scene after President Obama’s meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard showed just how long of a trip his nine-day Asia excursion has been – for all involved. A reporter thanked Obama at the end of he and Gillard's remarks. Obama, who scolded White House reporters on Friday for their coverage of his trip, was informed that it was a member of the Australian press who delivered the thanks. "I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you," Obama replied With that, the White House press pool, in unison, gave...
  • ABC News: Obama Strikes Out in Asia (Video)

    11/13/2010 11:19:35 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 13, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Dateline: Asia