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  • Defense Firms Vie to Build New Pacific Fleets

    06/10/2018 8:12:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2018 | Rob Taylor
    A FREMM vessel designed by Fincantieri in Sydney’s harbor. PHOTO: FINCANTIERI CANBERRA, Australia—U.S. allies are embarking on a naval shopping spree as territorial standoffs intensify in the Pacific. Contracts valued at about $70 billion are up for grabs from Australia to Canada, as governments update aging fleets to protect shipping lanes and their territorial waters. While defense spending globally had fallen over the past decade, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute expects spending this year to be the highest since the close of the Cold War. Nations in Asia and the Middle East are leading the charge. That is a...
  • China lands bombers on South China Sea isles

    05/19/2018 9:51:28 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 15 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | <ay 20,2017 | Marvin Sy & Jaime Laude
    ....State-run Chinese newspaper People’s Daily on Friday posted on its Twitter account a video of a long-range bomber landing in an island in the disputed waters. Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said the video was taken at Woody Island, China’s largest base in the Paracel Islands that is also being claimed by Vietnam. “Chinese bombers including the H-6K conduct takeoff and landing training on an island reef at a southern sea area,”read the Twitter post by People’s Daily. With its deployment in the Paracels, AMTI said the bombers could now reach almost the entire South China Sea. “Nearly all...
  • Pacific island leaders pledge action toward North Korea denuclearization

    05/19/2018 5:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Nikkei Asian Review ^ | May 19, 2018 | Saki Hayashi
    FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- The leaders of 16 Pacific island nations and territories, as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand, adopted a declaration at the end of a two-day summit Saturday committing to concrete action toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It was the first time for participants to refer to the North Korean threat at the summit, which is held every three years. This year's summit, the eighth, was held in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The leaders welcomed the Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, issued at the April summit between the leaders of...
  • Chem. weapons dumped at sea corroding but haven't yet released toxic contents [Hawaii 2010 news] TR

    04/14/2018 11:25:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    DMZ Hawaii ^ | July 28, 2010 | Kyle
    Full title: Researchers report that chemical weapons dumped at sea are corroding but have not yet released toxic contents KyleJuly 28, 2010DMZ Hawaii http://www.dmzhawaii.org/dmz-legacy-site-two/?p=7485  University of Hawai'i researchers have concluded a three year research project to determine whether chemical munitions dumped at sea off O'ahu pose a threat to the health of humans or the environment. Documents disclosed by the Army in 2007 reported that approximately 16,000 munitions containing 2,558 tons of chemical agents were dumped at three deep-water sites off Oahu.   The chemical agent included lewisite, mustard, cyanogen chloride and cyanide. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/99399389.html...
  • 13,000-year-old human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast

    03/29/2018 1:06:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Science Daily ^ | March 28, 2018 | PLOS
    New evidence of human population living on the west coast of Canada at the end of last ice age. Human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast may be 13,000 years old, according to a new study. The finding adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the hypothesis that humans used a coastal route to move from Asia to North America during the last ice age.
  • Chinese Wreckers Inflicted 50 Millions Rubles in Damage in a Pacific Federal District Indicted

    02/21/2018 7:42:23 PM PST · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    The damage from the actions of citizens of PRC in Primorye amounted to more than 50 million rubles. They face a lengthy imprisonment if convicted. Citizens of China are jailed before trial in Primorye for attempting to illegally export a large batch of wild animal parts, including the endangered Amur tiger, as well as firearms, ammunition and amber to the PRC, PRIMPRESS reports citing the press service of the Amur Tiger Protection Center. According to the experts, the main part of the contraband are the derivatives of at least five individuals of the Amur tiger (clad skins, 18 claws, bones...
  • Today we honor the men of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2018 8:09:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 55 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/19/18 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Seventy three years ago today the United States Marine Corps sent waves of teenaged men onto the black foreboding beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered bombers to safely land which would save the lives of hundreds of airmen returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes. The average age of these men was just under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped...
  • Pacific island thought to be sinking is actually growing

    02/10/2018 7:16:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2016 | Rick Moran
    "Save Tuvalu, save the world" was the battle cry at the 2015 climate conference in Peru.  The prime minister of that tiny Pacific island nation begged the conference to keep his country from "disappearing." Independent: Enele Spoaga arrived in Brussels on Monday to call on [E.U.] leaders for support ahead of the next [U.N.] climate change summit in Paris in December. The group of islands, home to just 10,000 people, is under direct threat by rising sea levels due to climate change as it is no more than 4m above sea level at its highest level. "If this island disappears...
  • Whales in the desert: Fossil bonanza poses mystery

    11/20/2011 1:41:13 PM PST · by Daffynition · 69 replies
    AP via Phys.org ^ | November 19, 2011 | EVA VERGARA and IAN JAMES
    Maybe they became disoriented and beached themselves. Maybe they were trapped in a lagoon by a landslide or a storm. Maybe they died there over a period of a few millennia. But somehow, they ended up right next to one another, many just meters (yards) apart, entombed as the shallow sea floor was driven upward by geological forces and transformed into the driest place on the planet. Today, they have emerged again atop a desert hill more than a kilometer (half a mile) from the surf, where researchers have begun to unearth one of the world's best-preserved graveyards of prehistoric...
  • As North Korean threat grows, Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack

    11/10/2017 8:50:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Friday, November 10, 2017 | Jaweed Kaleem
    For decades, the wail of the nuclear bomb warning siren was ubiquitous in U.S. cities. Public service commercials drilled the "duck and cover" mantra into the minds of Americans, and the possibility of a Soviet attack was always around the corner. But after the Cold War, most places abandoned their sirens. Fears of terrorism grew more urgent and, for many younger Americans, being on notice for nuclear war became a relic of the past. That's no longer the case in Hawaii. Amid increasing North Korean threats against the U.S., Hawaii has launched the most aggressive effort in the country to...
  • Trump visits Hawaii as islands prepare against potential North Korea nuclear threat

    11/03/2017 3:23:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | Friday, November 3, 2017 | Greg Milam
    The trip is Donald Trump's first to the Pacific state, which residents fear could be in the firing line of a North Korean missile. Image: Hawaiians fear they may be in the firing line if the war of words escalates Donald Trump will arrive in Hawaii later as the islands step up emergency preparations to deal with a possible nuclear strike from North Korea. The US President is making his first visit to the country's Pacific outpost en route to a critical 12-day swing through Asia. And Hawaiians are growing increasingly nervous that Mr Trump's war of words with Kim...
  • North Korea reiterates warning to carry out hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific

    10/26/2017 5:05:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Money Control ^ | Oct 26, 2017
    North Korea reiterates warning to carry out hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific North Korean official Ri Yong Pil warned that Pyongyang’s threat to conduct a hydrogen bomb test above the surface should be taken seriously By Moneycontrol News A top official from North Korea has reiterated the country's warning to conduct a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. North Korean official Ri Yong Pil warned that Pyongyang’s threat to conduct a hydrogen bomb test above the surface should be taken seriously, as per a report by CNN. "The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of...
  • What a North Korea hydrogen bomb would do to the Pacific Ocean and space stations

    09/30/2017 8:34:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    PBS ^ | NSIKAN AKPAN | NSIKAN AKPAN
    What a North Korea hydrogen bomb would do to the Pacific Ocean and space stations BY NSIKAN AKPAN September 30, 2017 at 9:38 AM EDT "Nutmeg" nuclear test at Bikini Atoll on May 22, 1958. This surface blast was 25.1 kilotons, so 1.5 times stronger than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. North Korea's alleged hydrogen bomb test in early September was 11 times stronger than Nutmeg. Image by NewsHour/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “Nutmeg” nuclear test at Bikini Atoll on May 22, 1958. This surface blast was 25.1 kilotons, so 1.5 times stronger than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. North Korea’s alleged hydrogen...
  • If North Korea gets ready to test a nuclear missile in the Pacific Ocean destroy it first

    09/24/2017 5:39:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2017/09/23
    If North Korea gets ready to test a nuclear missile in the Pacific Ocean destroy it first By Harry J. Kazianis, Fox News If U.S. intelligence discovers that North Korea has a nuclear tipped, long-range missile getting ready to fire into the South Pacific with the goal of detonating it—to prove to the world it is a nuclear power—there is only one thing President Trump should do: destroy it before it ever goes into the air. And that could mean war with North Korea—a war that I have waged many times in computer simulations and in tabletop exercises and it...
  • A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

    09/22/2017 7:23:39 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Sep 2017 | Hyonhee Shin, Linda Sieg
    SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons program but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country. “It may mean North Korea will fire a warhead-tipped (intermediate range) Hwasong-12 or Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile...
  • (URGENT) N.K. FM says 'highest-level' actions in Kim's remarks may be H-bomb detonation in Pacific

    09/21/2017 6:03:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 157 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/09/22
    (URGENT) N.K. FM says 'highest-level' actions in Kim's remarks may be H-bomb detonation in Pacific Headline only for now
  • America Out of Asia-Pacific? Think Again

    09/14/2017 8:14:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/14/2017 | By Erik Khzmalyan
    It has become conventional wisdom to prematurely claim that the days of American presence in Asia Pacific are numbered, and that the region will eventually be incorporated into Sino-centric system where, of course, Beijing will be ascendant. Proponents of this argument are quick to point out the halting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Obama’s Pivot to Asia, which failed to come to fruition. It is true that America’s relative influence is declining and its ability to have an impact on internal developments among the region’s actors will be limited. But is America ready to exit the region, and are...
  • Mexico earthquake: Tsunami alert as magnitude 8 tremor rattles buildings in the capital

    09/07/2017 10:23:16 PM PDT · by Drago · 32 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | 09/07/2017 | Chris Graham
    A very powerful earthquake has struck south Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital. The USGS said a magnitude 8 quake struck 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33 km (21 miles). Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said...
  • Myths of dominance - China did not ever enjoy military or cultural supremacy in Asia

    09/03/2017 2:01:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | August 30, 2017 | Kanwal Sibal
    Caption -- Borobudur: hardly Chinese The author is former foreign secretary of India sibalkanwal@gmail.com The West has built a lot of myths about China which others, including in India, have accepted without challenge. That China was for centuries the dominant power in Asia and is now on the way to recovering that lost status is one such myth. This historical distortion is serving to legitimize China's hegemonic ambitions, as if China has the right to recover its natural position in Asia and any resistance amounts to denying the Chinese their due. This explains why even when China is aggressive...
  • US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order

    07/27/2017 4:36:40 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, July 27, 2017 | AP
    <p>Canberra, Australia -- The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Donald Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief.</p>