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  • Will there be war in the South China Sea?

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by originalist_1776 · 20 replies
    Podcast Reuters and War College on Soundcloud.com via War is Boring ^ | May 21, 2016 | U.S. Naval War College professor James Holmes
    <p>As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India.</p> <p>At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict.</p>
  • The man who seduced the 7th fleet: Fat Leonard's trail of corruption

    05/27/2016 10:01:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2016 | Craig Whitlock
    For months, a small team of U.S. Navy investigators and federal prosecutors secretly devised options for a high-stakes international manhunt. Could the target be snatched from his home base in Asia and rendered to the United States? Or held captive aboard an American warship? Making the challenge even tougher was the fact that the man was a master of espionage. His moles had burrowed deep into the Navy hierarchy to leak him a stream of military secrets, thwarting previous efforts to bring him to justice. The target was not a terrorist, nor a spy for a foreign power, nor the...
  • Obama races to cement the big Pacific Rim trade deal that all his potential successors oppose

    05/26/2016 5:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 25, 2016 | Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons
    President Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration eyeing a looming fight on Capitol Hill while starting to implement as much of the complicated pact as it can.
  • Exposed: Sweatshop ‘slaves’ earning just 44p an hour making ‘empowering’ Beyonce clobber(?)

    05/15/2016 7:16:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | 5/07/2016 | JAMES MILLS
    But poverty-stricken seamstresses making some of the clothes in the MAS Holdings ­factory in Sri Lanka earn just £4.30 a day. It would cost them more than a month’s wages to buy a pair of Beyonce’s £100 leggings. The workers, mostly young women from poor rural villages, can only afford to live in boarding houses and work more than 60 hours a week to make ends meet. Most are reluctant to speak out for fear of losing their jobs. Campaigners insist the women are being exploited and treated like slaves. " We have to share the shower block with the...
  • Controversial mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine president election following incendiary campaign

    05/09/2016 3:24:09 PM PDT · by buwaya · 52 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 5-9-2916 | Adam Harvey
    Controversial mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election following incendiary campaign By South-East Asia correspondent Adam Harvey, wires Updated about an hour ago Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an election campaign rally in Manila PHOTO: Rodrigo Duterte said he would "accept the mandate of the people". (AFP: Mohd Rasfan) RELATED STORY: Controversial Mayor Duterte leads Philippines election vote countRELATED STORY: Philippines presidential candidate jokes about Australian missionary's rape MAP: Philippines Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte has claimed a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals. Key points: Rodrigo...
  • Unpredictable Trump could swing either way on China

    05/04/2016 7:47:57 AM PDT · by Milhous · 13 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016-5-4 17:28:01
    The GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a sweeping victory in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, dealing a heavy blow to his rival Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the race later that night. Trump cleared his way to the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidential election. Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus declared Trump to be the party's "presumptive" presidential nominee and called for unity against Hillary Clinton. Trump's breakthrough in the Republican primaries has caused a sensation in US politics, public discourse and the international community. At the beginning of the race, most analysts...
  • Rare rallies in Vietnam over mysterious mass fish deaths

    05/01/2016 8:57:07 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/1/16
    Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths along the country's central coast, with some also blaming the government for a sluggish response to a major environmental disaster. Though an official investigation has found no links between the fish deaths and a $10.6 billion coastal steel plant run by a unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, public anger against the company has not abated. Hundreds gathered in Hanoi holding banners that said: "Formosa destroying the environment is a crime" and "Who poisoned the central region's waters?" Others said: "Formosa out...
  • Al-Qaeda Claims Student's Murder, Details Who's Next in Assassination Campaign

    04/11/2016 6:04:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 11, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent took credit for the brutal murder of a critic of Islam, detailing his secular "crimes" in a statement warning that the assassinations will continue.Nazimuddin Samad, 28, a law student at Jagannath University, was walking down a Dhaka street with a friend on Wednesday evening when a trio of men approached on a motorbike and attacked him with machetes, police said. As Samad lay on the ground, his attackers shot him before fleeing.Police said witnesses reported hearing the killers shout "Allahu Akbar." They said Samad had recently moved to Dhaka to begin his law studies, and...
  • North Korea threatens China with a 'nuclear storm'

    03/31/2016 4:00:20 PM PDT · by Ulmius · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | March 31, 2016 | Becca Stanek
    The United Nations' recently implemented sanctions against North Korea are already driving a wedge between longtime allies North Korea and China, a document from the Workers' Party of North Korea reveals. In the document, the Workers' Party condemns Beijing for partaking in the sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear program and urges its people to confront China with a "nuclear storm" for its alleged "betrayal of socialism," Daily NK reports.
  • Singapore’s Midlife Crisis

    03/28/2016 3:33:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | March 27, 2016 | Joel Kotkin
    The still-booming city-state looks to the future with some foreboding. Lee Kwan Yew, one of the great political architects of our time, died a year ago, but the regime he established in Singapore remains entrenched in power. In fact, the parliamentary elections last year—to the surprise and consternation of Lee’s critics—enlarged his People’s Action Party (PAP) majority in Parliament from a record low of 60 percent to close to 70 percent. Despite talk of a “new normal” defined by more competitive politics, the city-state’s norms remain very much as they have been for the better part of a half century....
  • Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia

    03/28/2016 6:44:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | March 27, 2016 | Tessa Wong
    Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia By Tessa Wong BBC News 27 March 2016 Korean television dramas have always been popular across Asia, but the region may have hit peak K-drama fever with military romance Descendants of the Sun. "This show satisfies all my fantasies," 35-year-old Beijing fan Ms Dai tells the BBC. "It reminds me of the feeling you have in a romantic relationship." Seoul's latest offering chronicles the star-crossed relationship between a soldier and surgeon. It has won millions of fans across the region, but also caused alarm from some authorities. Love is a...
  • Land bridges linking ancient India, Eurasia were 'freeways' for biodiversity exchange

    03/26/2016 11:21:19 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/24/16 | Jesse L. Grismer, et. al.
    For about 60 million years during the Eocene epoch, the Indian subcontinent was a huge island. Having broken off from the ancient continent of Gondwanaland, the Indian Tectonic Plate drifted toward Eurasia. During that gradual voyage, the subcontinent saw a blossoming of exceptional wildlife, and when the trove of unique biodiversity finally made contact with bigger Eurasia, the exchange of animals and plants between these areas laid the foundations for countless modern species. "Today, mainland Asia and India have all this unique biodiversity -- but did the mainland Asian biodiversity come from India, or did the Indian biodiversity come from...
  • TRUMP: "Outsourcing Creates Jobs in the Long Run"

    03/02/2016 5:39:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 142 replies
    The Trump Blog ^ | August 29, 2005 | Donald J. Trump
    The Trump Blog Ideas & opinions from Donald Trump and the TrumpU faculty The Real Estate Investor Training Program Outsourcing Creates Jobs in the Long Run by Donald J. Trump Chairman, Trump University We hear terrible things about outsourcing jobs--how sending work outside of our companies is contributing to the demise of American businesses. But in this instance I have to take the unpopular stance that it is not always a terrible thing. I understand that outsourcing means that employees lose jobs. Because work is often outsourced to other countries, it means Americans lose jobs. In other cases, nonunion employees...
  • Op-Ed: Observations on Israel-India relations

    01/19/2016 2:57:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/16 | Dr. Shalom Solomon Wald
    Asia’s growing economic clout is already translating into greater political and military strength. Jews and Israelis have taken longer to grasp the importance of this shift for their own future. There are historical and political reasons for this, including Israel and the Jewish people’s privileged links with the United States, although Israel is now making efforts to strengthen its relations with Asia, including India. India fascinates many and confuses many more. Its growing importance is not always understood. In 2015, India’s population stood at 1.28 billion, with a very young median age (27 years – China’s was 36 years). In...
  • From NYC to Harvard: the war on Asian success

    12/30/2015 9:16:29 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 70 replies
    The year 2015 was a dismal one for American public education — at least by the numbers. But don’t blame the kids. Parents are missing in action. Except most Asian-American parents, that is. They tend to oversee their children’s homework, stress the importance of earning high grades and instill the belief that hard work is the ticket to a better life. And it pays off. Their children are soaring academically.
  • Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo

    12/19/2015 2:15:25 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 19, 2015
    Tokyo (AFP) - Anti-Christmas protesters calling themselves "Losers with Women" marched through Tokyo's streets Saturday, bashing the upcoming holiday as a capitalist ploy that also discriminates against singletons. The group of about 20 -- part of the Communist-inspired group that routinely protests Western holidays -- marched under angry banners that read "Smash Christmas!" in Tokyo's Shibuya district, where couples and families strolled for holiday shopping. The scrooges -- mostly single men -- said they were against capitalism and were opposed to the commercialisation of Christmas. "In this world, money is extracted from people in love, and happy people support capitalism,"...
  • Asia’s Meth Wars: Speed and brutality in Myanmar’s borderlands

    11/14/2015 5:51:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | November 12, 2015 | Patrick Winn and Mark Oltmanns
    MYITKYINA, Myanmar — Methamphetamine has become Asia's drug of choice. From Bangkok to Manila, these little pink pills are destroying countless lives across the region. Most of it is produced here, in the lawless borderlands of Myanmar. GlobalPost traveled to the heart of the meth trade, Myanmar's northern frontier, where narco-militias crank out speed pills with impunity. Our investigation there uncovered a startling truth: The government of Myanmar, recently emerging from decades of global isolation, supports and profits from this billion-dollar business. In the borderlands, meth is so cheap and pervasive that the region suffers from one of the highest...
  • March 17, 2015: Christian burn alive two Muslim in lahore Youhanabad

    11/08/2015 5:39:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Also http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2jk6wl
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Dogs 'Can Trace Origins To Central Asia'

    10/21/2015 2:37:41 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-20-2015 | Paul Rincon
    By Paul Rincon 20 October 2015 Dogs may have become man's best friend in Central Asia, according to the study Today's dogs can trace their origins to Central Asia, according to one of the most comprehensive genetic surveys yet. Dogs are the most diverse animal on the planet - a legacy of thousands of years of selective breeding by humans. But they derive from wild wolves that were gradually tamed and inducted into human hunting groups - perhaps near Mongolia or Nepal. The findings come from an analysis of DNA from thousands of pooches, and are published in PNAS journal....
  • China Threatens The U.S., Says Will "Not Tolerate Violations Of Its Territorial Waters"

    10/09/2015 10:56:08 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-9-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/09/2015 While the geopolitical posturing between the US and China over the South China Seas is nothing new, the latest and most dramatic installment started just one month ago, when as part of its celebration to commemorate the successful victory over Japan in World War II, China sailed five warships to the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, just as Obama was quite literally taking selfies of himself a few hundred miles away. Then yesterday, in the latest US attempt to one-up China despite the now long forgotten visit of China's president to the US which clearly...
  • More Asian than Hispanic immigrants: political implications?

    09/29/2015 4:33:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 28, 2015 | Story Hinckley
    By 2065, Asians will surpass Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants entering the US. Asians will increase from 26 percent of the immigrant population to 38 percent, and Hispanics will decrease from 47 to 31 percent, according Pew Research Center released a report released Monday. Asians currently account for 6 percent of the total US population, but this will increase to 14 percent by 2065, experts say. Pew study suggests that in the past 50 years since the Immigration and Nationality Act was passed, almost 59 million immigrants have moved to the US, pushing the total foreign-born population...
  • Jeb Bush is reaching out to Asia for campaign donations

    09/08/2015 9:16:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 8, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT | Michal Addady
    He’s not leading in the polls, but he is leading in donations. Jeb Bush is making fundraising calls to Americans living in China, the Financial Times reports. He is hosting a fundraising event in Hong Kong where he is expected to speak to supporters via video conference. Bush anticipates 40 guests to attend; at $2,700 per guest, his campaign is expected to raise around $100,000. The event is being hosted by Michael DeSombre, the Republicans Overseas global president, who helped Mitt Romney raise $2 million in Asia during his 2012 campaign. The group caters to the 8.7 million Americans living...
  • China Is Falling Into A Vicious Circle As It Burns Through Cash Reserves Faster Than Ever Before

    09/07/2015 6:19:50 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    BI ^ | 9-7-2015 | Ben Moshinsky
    Ben MoshinskySeptember 7,2025China is spending billions propping up its struggling currency and as a result its foreign currency reserves fell by a record amount last month. China spent $93.9 billion in August, reducing its cash pile to $3.56 trillion. This is almost double the drop in July, when $50 billion was spent. The People's Bank of China is spending all this cash on propping up its currency, the yuan, which has been suffering since China devalued it against the dollar. China's central bank is selling the dollars it holds and buying yuan in a bid to boost the price by...
  • Donald Trump may be good news for India

    08/24/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Sitaramarao Yechuri
    There have been many news stories in recent days about Donald Trump's proposed policy on H1-B visas and how that would be bad for India. Trump has advocated raising the minimum wage for H1-B visas, lowering the H1-B visa cap and generally making H1-B visas more difficult to obtain. Trump points out that his competitor Florida Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas and Trump contends that this would lower the average wage because the H1-B workers are willing to work harder for a lower wage because they want to get a green card. News...
  • Asia Is Deflating And China Is Going To Have To Do Something About It

    08/20/2015 4:14:21 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 8-20-2015 | David Scutt
    David Scutt, Business Insider AustraliaAugust 20,2015Deflationary pressures across Asia are building, reaching a fresh six-year low in July. There is no better demonstration of this than examining recent movements in producer price inflation. In annualised terms, they’ve fallen for 41 consecutive months in China. South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore have all seen prices fall for more than 30 months. Indonesia, at 4.3%, is one of the few nations to have recorded an compared to a year earlier.#(snip)
  • Iran offers India control of strategic Chabahar Port

    08/15/2015 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | Saturday, August 15, 2015 | Anirban Bhaumik
    NEW DELHI (DHNS) - As Tehran wants New Delhi to raise its stake in Chabahar Port in Iran, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Friday offered India a deal that not only involves developing the second phase of the port but also for operating it. New Delhi already pledged to build a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal on two berths at the Chabahar Port in south-eastern coast of Iran. Tehran's new offer appeared to be lucrative to India, as the strategically important port could give it a sea-land access to Afghanistan and Central Asia,...
  • Jakarta emerges as the US’s go-to friend

    07/12/2015 1:50:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    An increasingly powerful Indon­esia may supplant Australia in the future as the go-to ally for the US in the Asia-Pacific region, the new report on ANZUS says. It calls for the creation of a trilateral security process to milit­ate against potential rifts between Jakarta, Canberra and Washington. The report, by the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, says a stronger Indonesia is likely to attract far greater interest from Washington — to the extent that Jakarta would, over time, become­ a competitor with Canberra for US attention. “Under such...
  • Asia just overtook Europe in wealth for the first time in centuries — and North America is next

    06/15/2015 9:30:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/15/2015 | Mike Bird
    The Asia-Pacific region steamed past Europe in terms of private financial wealth in 2014, according to estimates released by Boston Consulting Group on Monday. In 2014, BCG estimates that eastern and western Europe combined had a private wealth of $42.5 trillion, beaten by Asia-Pacific's rapidly growing pile, now worth $47.3 trillion. The Asia-Pacific figures exclude Japan, which gets its own estimate.BCG doesn't provide a long-run estimate for when the last time Asia-Pacific was likely wealthier than Europe. The report has been produced for 15 years, but given the performance of the two continents throughout history, it's likely to have been...
  • South Korean man arrested for slaughtering 600 cats

    05/30/2015 8:38:32 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    BUSAN, South Korea, May 21 (UPI) -- A South Korean man was arrested for slaughtering 600 stray cats and selling the meat for medicinal soups. The man, identified only by the surname Jeong, was taken into custody in May for violating South Korea's animal protection laws, reported Yonhap on Thursday. Jeong, who is in his 50s, said he sold the meat to traditional Korean health care centers – claiming the meat could be used in soups to treat arthritis. South Korea's Chosun TV reported Jeong employed a brutal method of butchering the cats. After trapping the cat, he would throw...
  • Spelling bee officials confront racist reaction

    05/27/2015 9:41:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Bob Collins
    The National Spelling Bee preliminary round is being held today, and its officials are confronting the racism that has accompanied it in recent years. Indian American children have won the spelling bee for seven straight years and 11 of the last 15. Paige Kimble, the Bee’s director, addressed the question last week, partly because of the racially charged tweets that have grown to accompany the spelling bee. “We certainly followed the coverage last year,” Kimble said, “and we are aware of Twitter posts that are not nice, that indicate that we have a long way to go as a country...
  • Is Harvard racist? Asian-Americans claim unfair Harvard admission quotas

    05/16/2015 10:19:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    CSM ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    Washington — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against HarvardUniversity, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for the complaint, which was filed with the civil rights offices at the Justice and Education departments. They are calling for an investigation and say these schools should stop using racial quotas or racial balancing in admission. "We are seeking equal treatment regardless of race," said Chunyan Li, a professor and civil rights activist,...
  • GOP RALLYING TO SAVE OBAMA’S SECRET TRADE DEAL

    05/09/2015 1:50:12 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 05/07/2015 | Mike Flynn
    Securing the “fast track” authority to finalize a new trade deal, covering 40 percent of America’s exports, is a top priority for the Obama White House. The agreement, named the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would set new rules for America’s economic relations with Asia.
  • Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House

    04/17/2015 5:39:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 61 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 16, 2015 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists working at the Rising Whale site at Cape Espenberg, Alaska, have discovered several artifacts that were imported from East Asia. Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

    03/28/2015 3:14:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 March 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document. The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank...
  • The AIIB Debacle: What Washington Should Do Now (China)

    03/22/2015 7:29:16 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/21/2015 | Elizabeth Economy
    U.S. strategy on China’s new bank has been flawed from the start. Time to step back and regroup. It is time for Washington to take a step back and regroup. Its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) strategy, ill-considered from the get-go, has now taken a major hit with the announcement this past week by the United Kingdom that it plans to join the Chinese-led AIIB. Washington’s concerns over the AIIB are well-established: the competition the AIIB poses to pre-existing development institutions such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank; concern over the potential for weak environmental standards and social...
  • When Did Humans Come to the Americas?

    01/27/2013 9:08:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | Feb 2013 | Guy Gugliotta
    Recent scientific findings date their arrival earlier than ever thought, sparking hot debate among archaeologists For much of its length, the slow-moving Aucilla River in northern Florida flows underground, tunneling through bedrock limestone. But here and there it surfaces, and preserved in those inky ponds lie secrets of the first Americans.For years adventurous divers had hunted fossils and artifacts in the sinkholes of the Aucilla about an hour east of Tallahassee. They found stone arrowheads and the bones of extinct mammals such as mammoth, mastodon and the American ice age horse.Then, in the 1980s, archaeologists from the Florida Museum of...
  • Human populations are tightly interwoven

    09/30/2004 11:17:34 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 33 replies · 1,075+ views
    Nature ^ | September 29, 2004 | Michael Hopkin
    The most recent common ancestor of all humanity lived just a few thousand years ago, according to a computer model of our family tree. Researchers have calculated that the mystery person, from whom everyone alive today is directly descended, probably lived around 1,500 BC in eastern Asia. Douglas Rohde of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his colleagues devised the computer program to simulate the migration and breeding of humans across the world. By estimating how different groups intermingle, the researchers built up a picture of how tightly the world's ancestral lines are linked. The figure of 1,500...
  • ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Asian Men Descended From 11 Dynastic Leaders

    03/12/2015 6:10:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 10, 2015 | Luke Hurst
    Hundreds of millions of Asian men alive today could be descendents of just 11 dynastic leaders who lived up to 4,000 years ago, according to researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK. The study, published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, looked at the Y-chromosome - the chromosome passed from father to son - in around 5,300 Asian men from more than a hundred different ethnic groups and nationalities. Most Y-chromosome types are extremely rare and so the prevalence of common Y-chromosome types amongst those they found in the Asian men they tested suggests hundreds of millions...
  • Is there another East Asian-style financial crisis coming?

    02/24/2015 6:13:26 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 2 replies
    Falling oil, rising dollar and fears over US rate increase present in 1997-98 Mark Twain reputedly stated that history does not repeat but it rhymed. In an eerie parallel to 1997-98, falling commodity — especially oil — prices, a rising US dollar and potential increases in US interest rates may presage a new financial crisis. Weak growth, high debt levels, disinflation or deflation, policy driven destructive competitive devaluations, inflated financial risk taking and mispricing compounds the problems. The impending crisis may develop as follows. First, US equity prices come under pressure from a stronger dollar. Given 40 per cent of...
  • TransAsia Pilots Apparently Shut Off Wrong Engine

    02/06/2015 12:24:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | DAN GOOD
    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle soon after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other engine before the plane crashed, according to Taiwan’s top aviation official.
  • North Korea might be restarting nuke plant, US institute says

    01/29/2015 4:31:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | 1/29/15
    North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North's neighbors at a time of increasing animosity over recent U.S. sanctions against the North and Pyongyang's fury about a U.N. push to punish its alleged human rights abuses.
  • Curcumin's ability to fight Alzheimer's studied

    01/20/2015 12:46:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 01/13/2015 | Provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. "Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer's with reduced toxicity," said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt and senior author of the...
  • My Imported Bride

    01/05/2015 3:11:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    Orange Coast Magazine ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Haldane
    I’m an older O.C. divorcé with a young Filipino wife I met on the Internet, and I know what you’re thinking. Can’t say I blame you. But you’re wrong.I’m pouring drinks for my guests when the police arrive. It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday and we’re hosting a friend’s baby shower in our open garage. The two officers survey the scene carefully before striding toward me with bad news. “We got a complaint from your neighbor,” one of the officers says with a nod. After they sort it out and determine we’re not committing any crimes or posing a public...
  • Report: 40 bodies recovered from AirAsia Fl. 8501 crash

    12/30/2014 5:27:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Various Twitter comments copied by Twitchy ^ | December 30, 2014 | Various Twitter accounts
    BREAKING: Indonesian officials confirm they have found debris from the missing AirAsia flight 8501 in the Karimata Strait. Sad news from Indonesia the wreckage of AirAsia Fl. 8501 has been reportedly discovered in the Karimata Strait off the coast of Borneo, about 10 kilometers from the plane’s last reported position:
  • Air Asia Flight Bound for Singapore Lost Contact with Air Traffic: Report

    12/27/2014 7:44:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 486 replies
    The Straight Times ^ | (Sunday) December 28, 2014
    An Air Asia plane travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, Indonesia's Metro TV reported on Sunday. - See more at: SNIP ...He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, Reuters reported. There are reportedly 162 people on board.
  • Asia's military budgets surge as armies go high-tech

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

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

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

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