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  • In the heat of the sun: How Mao’s call for “disorder under heaven” tore China asunder

    05/31/2016 6:49:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 14, 2016
    The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976. By Frank Dikötter. Bloomsbury; 382 pages; $32 and £25. The Cowshed. By Ji Xianlin. Introduction by Zha Jianying. New York Review of Books; 188 pages; $24.95 and £14.99. FIFTY years ago the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, as it was officially known, plunged China into Maoist madness. It left well over 1m people dead and wrecked the lives of many millions of others. It was Mao Zedong, then 72, who launched the “red terror”, as young participants proudly called it, partly to purge the party of officials who were sceptical about his radical policies....
  • As in US, Trump draws strong reactions in China

    05/30/2016 5:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Dong Tongjian and Fu Ting, the Associated Press
    BEIJING (AP) -- China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China though, he's only just emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV shows. Although the government has denounced Trump's threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues instead of human rights and political freedoms. That could make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump "could in...
  • Clinton Foundation Snafu: Video Footage Catches FBI Probe Suspects Arriving At Hillary's House

    05/30/2016 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Recently we reported that Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was under investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's integrity unit regarding donations to McAuliffe's campaign during his time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Specifically, investigators were scrutinizing a $120,000 donation McAuliffe received from Wang Wenliang, a Chinese businessman, who was also a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million. The Daily Mail has obtained footage that shows the two men entering Hillary Clinton's residence off D.C.'s Embassy row as they attended a fundraiser on September 30, 2013.
  • MH370: new photo debunks 'planted debris' conspiracy theory

    05/29/2016 1:59:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    The Week (UK) ^ | May 20, 2016
    Jeff Wise, a private pilot and freelance writer, who has written a book on MH370, was among those to suggest the parts were planted. "There is only one reasonable conclusion to draw from the condition of these pieces. Since natural means could not have delivered them to the locations where they were discovered, they must have been put there deliberately. They were planted," he wrote last month. Photo: Dr Schalk Lückhoff
  • Power of Gupta family in South Africa has people fearing ‘state capture’

    05/29/2016 12:03:33 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Despite the denials, South Africa’s banks have had enough. In recent weeks, all four of the biggest banks have severed their links to the Guptas, closing the bank accounts of the Gupta holding company, Oakbay Investments. The Guptas were furious. In newspaper advertisements, they said the banks were jeopardizing the livelihoods of 7,500 of Oakbay’s “employees and dependents.” The Zuma government swiftly responded by delegating three cabinet ministers to meet with the banks to settle the matter. It was an extraordinary state intervention in a private business dispute. And, critics said, it was further proof of the remarkable power of...
  • Chinese Commercial Advertises Detergent Strong Enough to Wash Off Black Skin

    05/29/2016 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 52 replies
    A new television commercial has been called “jaw-droppingly racist” for advertising laundry detergent seemingly strong enough to turn a black man Asian. The ad — from China-based laundry detergent company Qiaobi — shows a black man flirting with a seemingly interested Asian woman. The women lures the man closer to a washing machine. She shoves a ball of washing detergent in his mouth before shoving his body into the washing machine. Moments later, the black man emerges from the water as an Asian man.
  • S. Africa bill to redistribute whites’ land to blacks risks leaving people homeless

    05/28/2016 3:26:36 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 128 replies
    rt.com ^ | 27 May, 2016
    South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill that would see the government make compulsory land purchases from rich whites and redistribute it more fairly to address racial disparities, two decades after the fall of apartheid. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has the August elections to consider, and the party has promised to ramp up the series of measures with its Expropriation Bill, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian reports. Having passed the National Assembly, which added changes on Thursday, the bill will now head to President Jacob Zuma’s desk for signing. The bill combines a series of measures that would...
  • DUTERTE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT !

    11/22/2015 5:34:38 AM PST · by knarf · 12 replies
    Inqirer.net (Philippine) ^ | November 22, 2015
    A man who. not too long ago was happy to remain Mayor, has decided to run for the presidency and I have a theory about that ...
  • McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor to Fundraiser at Hillary Clinton’s Home

    05/27/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 61 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Natalie Johnson May 26, 2016 | Natalie Johnson
    Hillary Clinton met with the Chinese businessman at the center of a federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) during a 2013 fundraiser at her Washington, D.C. home, according to a Time report. Clinton shook hands with Wang Wenliang during the Sept. 30 event. Less than a month later, Wang would donate $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, ultimately pledging a total of $2 million to the foundation throughout the year. McAuliffe, who was on the board of the Clinton Global Initiative, invited Wang to the fundraiser three weeks after one of the businessman’s companies, West Legend Corp., contributed $60,000...
  • CHINA'S NEW CARRIER GETS A SKI RAMP

    05/27/2016 5:11:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    cjdby.net Type 001A Takes Shape The Type 001A carrier, likely to be named after a Chinese province, already has most of its hangar bay installed, the next major parts are the ski ramp, control tower island, and flight deck. China's first domestically built carrier, "Type 001A", is making brisk progress in its Dalian drydock. Tracing its design to the Soviet Admiral Kuznetsov class of aircraft carriers, the Type 001A will displace around 60,000-70,000 tons, is powered by steam turbines, and will carry between 30 and 40 helicopters and J-15 fighter jets. Type 001A first began construction in late 2014, and...
  • Beijing’s Armed Fighter Jet of the Future Filmed In-Flight

    05/27/2016 3:30:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 27.05.2016
    The Hongdu Aviation Industries Group celebrated its 65th anniversary by unveiling an advanced L-15 Falcon trainer jet equipped with bombs and radar, thought to be a passive electronically scanned array (PSEA), that will help accuracy in airborne combat. The Falcon has not been known to carry weapons, until the Hongdu video was released and made the rounds on Chinese websites earlier this month. In the video, the jet can be seen with a centered-fuselage pod carrying a 23 mm cannon, PL-5II air-to-air missiles, and underwing fuel tanks. Hongdu, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), had originally...
  • The Truth in The Matter Reigns Supreme[Charismatic Caucus]

    05/26/2016 10:32:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Circumstantial evidence is when The enemy would have you believe in a lie instead of The Truth in the matter(substance) for truly as you are obedient to follow My Son "THE WORD" it is then My Spirit maintains your walk on the Highway of Holiness free from guile and the lies that distract you from My SON for I am not a man that should sway you from The Truth of My ~ Eternal Kingdom ~ and Glory forever, as you "ARE" My Children. Numbers 23:19 19 God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie,...
  • McAuliffe: 'I have never lobbied for a foreign government'

    05/26/2016 9:35:52 AM PDT · by randita · 43 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 5/26/16 | Graham Moomaw
    McAuliffe: 'I have never lobbied for a foreign government' BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:00 am Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that he has never lobbied in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government, adding that federal investigators looking into his foreign connections are focused on a "very specific" lobbyist registration issue. "I have never lobbied for a foreign government here. Ever," McAuliffe said during a morning radio appearance on Richmond's WRVA. The Democratic governor's remarks come a day after his attorney said the Department of Justice is looking into a potential violation...
  • Gov McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor to Hillary’s Home (donor gave Clinton Foundation $2 million)

    05/26/2016 2:37:22 AM PDT · by Liz · 35 replies
    time.com ^ | 5/25/16 | Michael Scherer
    Wang Wenliang, a Chinese national briefly shook Clinton’s hand at a 2013 fund-raiser in her home;a separate Wang company pledged $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the first of several totaling $2 million. The Clinton fundraiser was one of at least three interactions between Wang and McAuliffe. McAuliffe initially said he could not remember ever meeting Wang, though he later clarified that his staff had informed him of several likely meetings. Among the donations of DOJ interestwere a total of $120,000 in contributions to McAuliffe from a company controlled by Wang. DOJ told McAuliffe's attorney there were questions over foreign sources...
  • Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' (China)

    05/25/2016 11:05:03 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/25/16 | uncredited
    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses. [snip] Since September 2014, 505 factories...
  • China: Taiwan's female leader 'extreme' because she's single

    05/25/2016 9:12:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    new president is "extreme" in her politics because she's an unmarried woman lacking the emotional balance provided by romantic and family life, a member of China's body for relations with the self-governing island wrote in a newspaper opinion piece. In Beijing's harshest attack on Tsai Ing-wen since her inauguration last week, the new president was denounced as a flawed human being and strident advocate of Taiwan's formal independence from China, something Beijing says it will use military force to prevent. Tsai, Taiwan's first female president, has been criticized by Beijing for refusing to explicitly endorse the "one-China principle" that defines...
  • Vietnam May Buy F-18 Fighter Jets, Littoral Combat Ships From US (Russian source)

    05/25/2016 6:31:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 25.05.2016
    Littoral Combat Ships and F-18 Super-Hornet jets will probably top Vietnam’s shopping list for US-made weapons now that President Barack Obama has lifted Washington’s 50-year-old arms embargo on Hanoi, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama announced in Hanoi on Monday the lifting of the US embargo on Vietnam during his three-day visit. "Among the systems Hanoi reportedly is interested in are Lockheed Martin’s F-16 jets, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet jets, competing littoral combat ship designs from Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, and precision-guidance munitions from Raytheon and Boeing," Jatras said on Tuesday. Jatras dismissed Obama’s...
  • Just when McAuliffe thought he was out, he's pulled back in

    05/25/2016 4:53:42 AM PDT · by randita · 16 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 5/24/16 | Jeff Shapiro
    Michael Corleone’s words in the make-believe New York mob story “The Godfather: Part III” could’ve been Terry McAuliffe’s in real-life Virginia political drama “Governor II”: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” In his first campaign for governor in 2009 — he was badly defeated in a three-way Democratic primary — McAuliffe had to answer for his image as a Bill-and-Hillary confidant who amassed a fortune at the intersection of campaigns and commerce. There were eyebrow-raising investments: a shaky bank in Washington; an insider deal for shares in a telecom that went spectacularly bust; financing...
  • Inquiry Highlights Terry McAuliffe’s Ties to Chinese Company

    05/24/2016 7:19:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    Four years ago, one of China’s largest agricultural importers sent representatives to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., hoping that meetings with elite party officials might yield business opportunities. The company, the Dandong Port Group, was particularly focused on the governors in attendance, according to an interview with Dandong’s general counsel broadcast by Chinese state television. But now, the company’s widening influence is coming under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, who are examining the relationship between Dandong’s wealthy and connected chairman, Wang Wenliang, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat who was elected in 2013. A federal law enforcement...
  • 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Had Secret Ingredient

    05/24/2016 7:14:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    discovery.com ^ | May 24, 2016 09:42 AM ET | Tom Metcalfe, Live Science
    Scientists conducted tests on ancient pottery jars and funnels found at the Mijiaya archaeological site in China’s Shaanxi province. The analyses revealed traces of oxalate — a beer-making byproduct that forms a scale called “beerstone” in brewing equipment — as well as residues from a variety of ancient grains and plants. These grains included broomcorn millets, an Asian wild grain known as “Job’s tears,” tubers from plant roots, and barley. Barley is used to make beer because it has high levels of amylase enzymes that promote the conversion of starches into sugars during the fermenting process. It was first cultivated...
  • Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb

    05/24/2016 6:07:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    ABC(Australia) ^ | May 24, 2016 | Stephen Letts
    Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb by business reporter Stephen Letts Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering RMB 8 trillion - or $1.7 trillion - worth of losses according to the French investment bank Societe Generale. Put another way, 60 per cent of capital in China's banks is at risk as authorities start the delicate and dangerous process of reining in the debt-bloated and unprofitable state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector. Disturbingly though, debt is not only not shrinking, it is accelerating, making the eventual reckoning far worse. China's overall non-financial debt grew by 15.2...
  • Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

    05/24/2016 5:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Beijing and Manila both claim Scarborough Shoal. But, in June 2013, Chinese ships swarmed and chased off a...
  • First ‘Clinton Cash’ Domino to Fall: FBI Investigating Hillary Bagman Terry McAuliffe

    05/23/2016 4:47:16 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 May 2016
    Close Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation for campaign contributions from a Chinese billionaire who has also donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation. From CNN: Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton. There’s no allegation that the foundation...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Inside a Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector

    05/22/2016 9:30:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe? To better understand this facet of basic physics, energy departments in China and the USA led in the creation of the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment. Located under thick rock about 50 kilometers northeast of Hong Kong, China, eight Daya Bay detectors monitor antineutrinos emitted by six nearby nuclear reactors. Featured here, a camera looks along one of the Daya Bay detectors, imaging photon sensors that pick up faint light emitted by antineutrinos interacting with fluids in the detector. Early results indicate an unexpectedly high rate of one type...
  • President Obama Visits Vietnam – Poses For Picture With Ho Chi Minh Statue…

    05/23/2016 3:28:00 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 76 replies
    CT ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sundance
    President Obama is visiting Vietnam today and paused for a picture with communist party President Tran Dai Quang in front of a bust of Ho Chi Minh. Perhaps it’s just me, but given the nature of the diplomatic relationship this specific optic seems rather inappropriate.
  • Obama lifts U.S. arms ban on Vietnam

    05/23/2016 3:26:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/23/16 | Tiffany Ap, etc
    ....Obama has announced that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam, which has been in place for decades. In a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons w
  • China has conducted a 'war'—not trade—with steel, experts say

    05/22/2016 10:59:49 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 47 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | Friday, 20 May 2016 | 3:41 AM ET | Holly Ellyatt, Karen Tso
    Despite China signaling moves to cut its excess steel production capacity, industry chiefs say the country has declared a metals "war" that has had a "devastating" impact for the rest of the world's industry.
  • Obama weighs selling U.S. arms to Hanoi in bitter irony for Vietnam veterans

    05/22/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/16 | Dave Boyer
    In a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans, President Obama will discuss selling more U.S. arms to Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam that began Sunday night. Top White House advisers said Mr. Obama hasn’t made a decision whether to lift the partial U.S. embargo on sending military equipment to Vietnam, where more than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration sees advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record...
  • Why 'Antidumping' Tariffs Should Be Dumped

    05/22/2016 10:35:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    China produces more than 820 million tons of steel per year, of which about 100 million tons are exported and sold at a discount overseas. Only about 3 percent of those exports go to the United States, but American steel producers bristle at the competition. So in keeping with the time-honored practice of the US steel industry — "the backbone of American manufacturing," as it proudly calls itself — domestic producers are rising to the challenge.Are they doing so by making their operations more efficient? By improving the quality of the steel they sell? By cutting their prices to maintain market...
  • N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China(Ralph Lauren & Burberry)

    05/21/2016 11:44:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 19, 2016
    N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China North Korean workers are toiling for Chinese factories that make clothes for global labels like Ralph Lauren and Burberry, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday. One of their employers is Mei Dao Garment in Hebei Province, a source told the radio station. Mei Dao first employed 54 North Korean workers via a North Korean trading company from January to July 2012. In April last year it also established another firm in Dandong, Miryong Garment, as a joint venture with another North Korean company. Mei Dao now employs hundreds of North Koreans, according to...
  • Pentagon Report And Chinese Nuclear Forces

    05/21/2016 10:03:21 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 2 replies
    Fas.org ^ | May.18, 2016 | Hans M. Kristensen
    The Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military developments mainly deals with non-nuclear issues, but it also contains important new information about developments in China’s nuclear forces. This includes: The size of China’s ICBM force has been relatively stable over the past five years China has deployed a new version of a medium-range ballistic missile A new intermediate-range ballistic missile is not yet deployed China’s SSBN fleet has yet to conduct its first deterrent patrol The possibility of nuclear capability for Chinese bombers Changes (or not) to Chinese nuclear policy ICBM Developments The future development of China’s ICBM force has...
  • China denies selling human flesh as tinned corned beef in Zambia in Africa

    05/21/2016 8:37:58 PM PDT · by fision · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | Circa 5/21/2016
    China's foreign ministry has denied reports that Chinese food companies are canning human flesh and selling it in Africa as corned beef. The country's state-run Xinhua news agency said one tabloid newspaper in Zambia was falsely quoting an unnamed woman living in China. She said Chinese firms were collecting dead human bodies, marinating them and packing them in tins. Chinese spokesman Hong Lei said the reports were "irresponsible".
  • The coming debt bust [China’s financial system]

    05/21/2016 6:38:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Economist ^ | May 7th 2016
    China’s financial system The coming debt bust It is a question of when, not if, real trouble will hit in China May 7th 2016 | From the print edition Timekeeper CHINA was right to turn on the credit taps to prop up growth after the global financial crisis. It was wrong not to turn them off again. The country’s debt has increased just as quickly over the past two years as in the two years after the 2008 crunch. Its debt-to-GDP ratio has soared from 150% to nearly 260% over a decade, the kind of surge that is usually followed...
  • Study Casts Doubts on Apple’s Ethical Standards: Research on 1,261 pay stubs shows that Apple’s prot

    04/25/2016 3:30:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    China Labor Watch ^ | February 24, 2016
    In 2013, China Labor Watch (CLW) began investigating the labor conditions of workers at Pegatron Corporation factories in China making products for Apple... This year, CLW collected 1,261 pay stubs from Pegatron Shanghai workers, 13 times as many as stubs as last year. The documents were gathered with the assistance of 18 Pegatron workers coming from 12 departments... 1) Workers are paid at a rate of 1.82 USD/hour. 2) On average, overtime pay as a percentage of workers’ gross wages is 42.4%. 3) Workers work more than 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. 83.8% workers’ monthly overtime hours...
  • US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan

    05/20/2016 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Editorial
    US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan The US House of Representatives' decision to incorporate stringent requirements for the release of American aid to Pakistan, even in the face of opposition from the White House, is indicative of a gradual change of heart in Washington, DC, towards what was once its frontline ally in the war on terror. It comes days after the US Congress objected to the sale of American F-16s, which have little value in fighting insurgents but help Pakistan build parity with India. This is not to suggest that the US is anywhere close to changing its...
  • There is movement in God's rest[charismatic Caucus]

    05/20/2016 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-20-16 | Holy Spirit,
    There "IS" movement in My rest, Though you are at peace you wear My Best, The fullness of My Spirit moving in you, Accomplishing The Father's will in all you say and do, Step by step each jot and tittle performed, For in "My rest" you are Re-born, Into My peace bearing the fruit of Tranquility, For each step you now take is an image of Me in the shape of My Kingdom and Majesty, So all others see is me in you , For no other shape has the ability of My will to say and do, The form...
  • China denies exporting human meat to African supermarkets

    05/20/2016 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 70 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5/20/16 | Adam Boult
    Chinese officials have issued an angry denial following claims the country has been marinating human cadavers, putting them in cans and then selling them in African supermarkets. The outlandish rumour appears to have been started on Facebook, where a post featuring grisly images, supposedly of human meat being processed, went viral earlier this month. The post was picked up by Zambia’s Daily Post, among others, which published a report saying: “One cannot deny the possibilities (sic) of this being true since we all know that the Asians are among the largest population in the entire world. “Since China is so...
  • Not-So-Soft Spot: U.S. Embassy Q&A Scrubbed from Chinese Social Media Site

    05/20/2016 8:49:39 AM PDT · by kevin_in_so_cal · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal blogs ^ | 05/20/2016 | Felicia Sonmez and Olivia Geng
    Are American diplomats trying to subvert the Chinese government by answering questions on how to set up a food truck in the U.S. or buy cheap Broadway tickets? An online public outreach effort by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was abruptly shut down this week in a case that analysts said highlights Beijing’s anxieties over “Western values” – as well as the suggestion that Washington may be a bit too skilled at soft power for its own good. “The U.S. considers this as a cultural outreach or promoting cultural understanding,” he said. “But Beijing sees this, I think, as an...
  • Why might Vietnam let US military return? China.

    05/20/2016 5:10:16 AM PDT · by LoneCrusader · 74 replies
    CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam — The ghosts of the Vietnam War have finally faded at the strategic port of Cam Ranh Bay. More than 40 years ago, US forces left this massive base where Marines landed, B-52s loaded up for bombing raids, and wounded US soldiers were treated. Now, some Vietnamese say they are yearning for the US military to return. "On Facebook, there was a question recently: What do you want from President Obama's visit?" said Vo Van Tao, 63, who fought as a young North Vietnamese infantry soldier against the United States. "Some people said they wanted democracy....
  • China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea

    05/19/2016 6:13:15 PM PDT · by Celerity · 68 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5/19/16 | Seema Mody
    BEIJING — China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms. Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation.
  • Directing China's Little Blue Men

    05/19/2016 2:07:55 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative ^ | 09.11.2015 | Andrew Erickson & Conor Kennedy
    As the U.S. military operates near Beijing’s artificially-built South China Sea (SCS) features and seeks to prevent Beijing from ejecting foreign claimants from places like Second Thomas Shoal, it may well face surveillance and harassment from China’s maritime militia. Washington and its allies and partners must therefore understand how these irregular forces are commanded and controlled, before they are surprised and stymied by them.
  • China’s Nuclear Subs Are Ready to Terrorize the Sea (Now Russia, America and China)

    05/19/2016 5:47:20 AM PDT · by cba123 · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/19/16 | David Axe
    Beijing will soon be able to launch nuclear missiles from the sea. And that's going to make it harder to deter any future Chinese aggression. -- China's about to join an exclusive club for nuclear powers. After decades of development, 2016 could be the year the Chinese navy finally sends its ballistic-missile submarines-"SSBN" is the Pentagon’s designation-to sea for the first time for operational patrols with live, nuclear-tipped rockets. (link to full story) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/19/china-s-nuclear-subs-are-ready-to-terrorize-the-sea.html
  • Donald Trump meets Republican foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger

    05/18/2016 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 19, 2016 | David Lawler
    Donald Trump met Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state and long-time foreign policy guru on Wednesday. Mr Kissinger is the latest in a string of policy experts sought out by Mr Trump as he looks to reassure the Republican establishment that he is not, as Hillary Clinton has described him, a "loose cannon". Mr Trump's "America First" foreign policy aligns in part with Mr Kissinger's realist approach, with both men emphasising US self-interest in dealings with other countries.
  • 'We thought Mao was doing a wonderful thing,' says British Red Guard 50 years (after, trunc)

    05/18/2016 4:29:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5-16-16 | Neil Connor
    Michael Crook, a Briton whose Communist father moved to China before the Second World War, was one of a handful of foreigners living in the country when Mao launched an all-out class war. snip Far from worrying that he too could come under suspicion because of his Western background, he was among the first of his classmates to sign up for the Red Guard – the fanatical student group that became the revolution’s most devoted enforcers. snipThat Mr Crook is unapologetic about the Mao era is perhaps unsurprising given his family history. His father, David, fought for the Communists in...
  • Trump Would Set North Korea Straight as President

    05/18/2016 1:40:20 PM PDT · by Theo · 7 replies
    Fighting For Trump ^ | May 18, 2016 | Trump Nation
    In an interview on Tuesday with news agency Reuters at Trump Tower, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump revealed he is willing to “open talks” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. His goal would be to undo the nuclear weapons program in Pyongyang, as well as talk some sense into the isolationist state about their human rights atrocities. Giving some insight into how he would do it, Trump reveals he would start with China. “I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China,” Trump said, mentioning how China is Pyongyang’s only major diplomatic...
  • US slaps China steel imports with five-fold tax increase

    05/17/2016 10:12:24 PM PDT · by traumer · 51 replies
    The US has raised its import duties on Chinese steelmakers by more than five-fold after accusing them of selling their products below market prices. The taxes specifically apply to Chinese-made cold-rolled flat steel, which is used in car manufacturing, shipping containers and construction. The US Commerce Department ruling comes amid heightened trade tensions between the two sides over several products, including chicken parts. Steel is an especially sensitive issue. US and European steel producers claim China is distorting the global market and undercutting them by dumping its excess supply abroad.
  • US slaps China steel imports with fivefold tax increase

    05/18/2016 8:44:29 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18, 2016 | staff
    The US has raised its import duties on Chinese steelmakers by more than fivefold after accusing them of selling their products below market prices. The taxes of 522% specifically apply to Chinese-made cold-rolled flat steel, which is used in car manufacturing, shipping containers and construction.
  • THE ENEMIES WITHIN - Sen. Bernie Sanders

    05/17/2016 7:15:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 3, 2016 | Trevor Loudon
    Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders claims to be a democratic socialist who wants America to be more like Sweden, Denmark and Norway. But is honest Bernie telling you the truth? In 2014 Sanders endorsed longtime communist party supporter Chewy Garcia's bid for the Chicago mayoralty. Sanders spoke alongside Scott Marshall a leader of the Chicago Communist Party. In the early 1960's Bernie Sanders studied at the University of Chicago where he joined the Marxist Young People's Socialist League. In 1980 Sanders backed the presidential campaign of Andrew Pulley a leader of the pro-Cuba Socialist Workers Party.
  • Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

    05/17/2016 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/17/2016 | Staff
    A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, wrote to the general assembly president, Mogens Lykketoft, and said the groups appeared to have been...
  • Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in ... Trump ... on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S.

    05/17/2016 9:55:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2016 | interview with Vivek Wadhwa
    Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on Donald Trump's rant on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S. | Watch CNBC Live TV