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  • Philippines seen among least at risk

    09/30/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business World ^ | September 30, 2015 | Mikhail Franz E. Flores, Senior Reporter
    THE PHILIPPINES appears least vulnerable to major risks that could darken the economic growth outlook and affect the sovereign credit scores of emerging markets, debt watcher Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said in a new report. In a Sept. 29 report, titled: “Who’s at Risk? Emerging Market Sovereigns are Facing Adverse Global Trends,” S&P cited three risks on the growth prospects of 22 emerging economies: capital outflows from developing to advanced markets once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, unwinding of domestic credit built up in recent years and China’s economic growth slowdown. Among 22 markets it assessed, the Philippines...
  • Why doesn’t America have a treaty pledging collective defense of Israel?

    09/25/2015 11:49:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 25, 2015 | James Stavridis
    It’s Time for a Formal U.S. Alliance With Israel Here’s a quick pop quiz: Which of the following nations do not enjoy the protection of a mutual military defense treaty — a formal alliance, if you will — with the United States. (You know this type of treaty, right? It is one that requires our nation, by force of treaty, to come to the defense of another nation if it is attacked.) So which nation are we not sworn to defend: 1. Philippines 2. Israel 3. Albania 4. Slovenia Very few U.S. citizens would get this one right. We are...
  • This Is The First 3D-Printed Hotel Suite In The World: Yes, It Has A 3D-Printed Jacuzzi

    09/22/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Tech Times ^ | September 10, 2015 | Nicole Arce
    Forget 3D-printed food and 3D-printed cars. A hotel owner in the Philippines is 3D-printing an entire hotel suite, and unlike other 3D-printed buildings done before, this one will be completely and entirely operational, which means, if you're thinking of vacationing in the country soon, you'll be able to book a night at the 3D-printed suite. The Lewis Grand Hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga in the Philippines will soon have the very first 3D-printed hotel suite in the world. The idea to 3D print an entire room was proposed to hotel owner Lewis Yakich, materials science engineer and home builder from...
  • Tourists kidnapped in the Philippines

    09/22/2015 9:50:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 22, 2015
    State media report gunmen have kidnapped four people, including two Canadians and a Norwegian, from a resort in the southern Philippines. The official Philippines news agency reports the abductions took place Monday evening at the Oceanview Resort on Samal Island. ... The three foreigners are male, and the Norwegian is the manager of the resort. The southern Philippines has been plagued by unrest involving Islamist militants in recent years, including the taking of foreign hostages.
  • Philippines to complete 100 Go Negosyo centers in September (Business incubators)

    09/18/2015 8:24:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Rappler ^ | September 18, 2015 | Chrisee Dela Paz
    The centers are seen to help micro-, small-, and medium-scale entrepreneurs with business registration, financing, and market promotion.MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines expects to complete construction of 100 Go Negosyo centers by the end of September – 3 months ahead of target – providing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) extra push to expand operations. "For Negosyo centers, we have 92 up already. We continue to monitor the progress of the centers. Anecdotally, we’ve seen that they’ve been able to help micro and small entrepreneurs," Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV told reporters on the sidelines of P&G Leadership College 2015...
  • Philippines Woos Arms Manufacturers

    09/09/2015 3:23:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jason Strother and Malte Kollenburg
    BATAAN, PHILIPPINES—The Philippines ongoing territorial tensions with China have led it to try to modernize its military, which for years had one of the smallest budgets in Asia. The country is spending more on more advanced ships and planes, but it is also trying to entice arms manufacturers to set up shop locally. Each day 200,000 bullets are produced at the Government Arsenal. But it is not enough to supply the Philippine Armed Forces with the ammunition it requires. The facility’s director, Jonathan Martir, explained a plan to open a defense economic zone, a tax-free place for foreign arms manufacturers...
  • Golden State Warriors Star Stephen Curry Spices Up Filipino NBA Treat

    Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title overGolden State Warriors star Stephen Curry vowed to win a second straight National Basketball Association title during a visit to the Philippines on Saturday. Curry's visit to Manila was a godsend for the tens of millions of Filipinos who play or follow the game. "We feel like we're still the team to beat," the NBA's most valuable player (MVP) told reporters in the capital when asked about his team's odds of defending their title during the 2015-2016 season that starts on October 27.
  • How the Philippines Became Tech Startups’ New Source for Talent

    08/16/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ^ | 08/14/2015 | Oliver Segovia
    Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City — as the base is known today — is a modern, bustling financial district lined with blocks of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and luxury condos. The Southeast Asia city’s rapid growth echoes the story of the so-called “unicorns” — technology start-ups that rapidly grew to a billion-dollar valuation and beyond. So far, 2015 has produced 30 unicorns. But as start-ups mature, the grow-at-all-cost narrative will be replaced by...
  • Salt water for lamp designed to serve people without electricity

    07/29/2015 1:49:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | 07-27-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A startup team calls their work a product. They also call it a social movement. Many people in the over-7,000 islands in the Philippines lack access to electricity .The startup would like to make a difference. Their main ingredient is salt. Their product is a lamp that takes two tablespoons of salt and a glass of water in order to work. This is from the Sustainable Alternative Lighting, or SALt Corp. This is a startup focused on delivering a cost effective, environmentally safe lamp that runs on salt water. Their lamp could be an alternative to kerosene/battery powered lamps and...
  • Soldier of Fortune? The Pro’s and Con’s to Contracting Overseas

    07/17/2015 11:20:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/17/2015 | Robert Spunga
    Today, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women working overseas on various contracts and making good money, probably two to three times what they can make in the United States. On top of that, they may even be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion, which in 2014 meant that the first $99,200 of their total income earned overseas was excluded from being taxed at the Federal level (it’s higher for 2015). However – and I can’t emphasize this enough – they are earning it! Naturally, the best-paying jobs are in high-threat environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria,...
  • Boy Studying Outside McDonald's Gets Scholarship

    07/12/2015 6:15:03 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    A homeless boy who was pictured doing his homework by the light from a McDonald's has been inundated with offers of help. People who saw the photos have now donated cash, school supplies and a college scholarship - which he hopes will enable him to fulfil his dream of becoming a police officer. Daniel's mother, Christina Espinosa, said: "We're overjoyed. I don't know what I will do with all of these blessings. "Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies." The ABS-CBN channel tracked down the Cabrera family and found they did not have a permanent...
  • Rediscovering the American Spirit in the Philippines

    07/11/2015 9:29:06 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 36 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | May 11, 2015 | Paul M Winters
    For the third time in less than a decade, I find myself back in my adopted hometown of Cebu City, Philippines. While the specific purpose of my visit is business related, the timing of this venture was well-received as I found myself in need of a break from the divisive nature of the current political climate back in the States. My respite has been a busy one, one of professional demands mixed in with a bit of sightseeing and pleasure-seeking,  but what has struck me most about being back in the Philippines is a visual and emotional rediscovery of the...
  • China's "Ancestral" Claim to South China Sea Islands (Video)

    07/01/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    China Uncensored ^ | Jul 1, 2015
    China has vowed to never back down from its aggressive territorial expansion into the South China Sea because it would shame their ancestors. What their ancestors would say about angering all their neighbors by building fake islands in the middle of the ocean is still unknown. China is locked in territorial conflicts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia over what amounts to $5 trillion dollars a year in shipping lanes. And sharing does not seem to be an option.
  • Same-sex marriage impossible in Philippines – Belmonte

    06/29/2015 9:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Philippine Star ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jess Diaz and Christina Mendez
    MANILA, Philippines - Same-sex marriage is impossible to be legalized in the country, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. “From the point of view of our culture, it’s an impossibility for quite some time,” he told reporters. He said he does not see Congress approving a bill allowing same sex marriage because it is against the Filipinos’ culture. “The law lives within the culture and not the other way around,” he said. In the same breath, Belmonte said he does not see efforts to have Congress pass a divorce bill succeeding. “I don’t think we are going into something like...
  • More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippines

    06/21/2015 2:13:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Smithsonian's Smart News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    The creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water column.Shallow waters can be easily explored by divers and the deep sea is now starting to be scanned by robotic submersibles. But there’s an in between part of the ocean where its too dark for divers to see and too shallow for bots to bother with. The area 150 to 500 feet deep is called the Twilight Zone, at the California Academy of Sciences. And recent expedition to those mysterious waters just off the coast of the Philippines revealed more than 100 new species, reports Grace Singer...
  • The Filipino First Policy caused the Philippines to Fail

    06/20/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CoRRECT Movement ^ | June 20, 2015
    Are you proud that this is what the Philippines looks like to the rest of the World? If you are one of those Filipinos who thinks that the “Filipino First Policy” of actively discouraging Foreign Direct Investors and multinational companies from coming into the Philippines by requiring them to partner with local Filipino investors who will own at least 60% of the company set up in the Philippines is a step in the right direction, think again. Local Filipino investors are not numerous enough to create as many businesses that would create the huge number of jobs necessary to absorb...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • There’s Something Odd About Donald Trump’s Facebook Page

    06/17/2015 5:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Voactiv ^ | June 17, 2015 | Author Jennings Brown and Verne Analyst Adi Cohen
    Donald Trump has more followers on Facebook than any other candidate, but most are from developing countries.Donald Trump is running for president and whatever you think of his chances of picking up votes, on Facebook no candidate trumps The Donald. Yet, there’s something strange about a lot of the fans. Only 42 percent of Trump’s 1,694,561 followers on Facebook are American, while most come from developing nations like the Philippines, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Colombia, a Vocativ analysis shows. (GRAPH-AT-LINK)It’s not entirely unusual for Trump to have followers in developing countries given that he’s an internationally renowned business...
  • China is putting weapons on its artificial islands in the South China Sea

    05/28/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/15 | John Garnaut, David Wroe
    Diplomatic tensions surrounding disputed territories in the South China Sea could escalate dramatically following reports China is now putting weapons on its artificial islands in the area. Australia’s defence force is considering joining the U.S. in flying and sailing “freedom of navigation” missions over the disputed territory, where China has been building islands by dragging sand from a reef and piling it up to create structures now being monitored by satellites. Fairfax Media reports the Australian fly-over expeditions may occur as a result of heightened concerns that China is enhancing its military capabilities and reach across the maritime expanse.
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • US affirms ‘ironclad’ promise to defend Philippines

    05/27/2015 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been at loggerheads with the Philippines and other states in the region. Citing Washington's mutual defense treaty with Manila, Carter "stressed that the US commitment...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    05/25/2015 7:29:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/25/2015 | AFP
    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.
  • U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    05/21/2015 11:44:16 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft. When the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator...
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • South China Sea tensions have Filipino leaders hoping the US Navy returns to Subic Bay

    05/19/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 18, 2015 | Will Englund
    At the height of the Vietnam War, the vast U.S. Navy base here at Subic Bay, across the South China Sea from the fighting, was humming with activity, and for the 30,000 civilian Filipinos who worked on maintenance, repair and hundreds of other high-paid jobs, it was a golden era. "There was so much money to be made," said Jong Cortez, a member of the city council whose parents both worked on the base. Plus, there were good benefits and, everyone thought, job security. Even after the war ended, the Navy stayed active here to counter the naval base the...
  • Corregidor Island, Philippines - Journey with Jamie Logan [Video]

    05/08/2015 6:18:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 1, 2012 | Jamie Logan
    Welcome to Jamie's Journeys! Join Regent Seven Seas cruise director and adventurer Jamie Logan as he travels to this this small but heavily fortified island which was the site of one of the great battles during WWII. Here American and Filipino forces held off the Imperial Japanese Navy which delayed their advance and saved Australia from invasion. See the incredible remains of this battle torn island!
  • The Story of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor - 1/6

    05/08/2015 6:17:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 3, 2008 | Department of National Defense, the Philippines
    "The Filipinos did most of the fighting and most of the dying..." This tells the "true story" behind the "forgotten war" of Bataan and Corregidor -- savage battles that violently hurled falsely reassured Filipinos and an ill-prepared Philippines into the Second World War in the Pacific. Produced by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office this series of videos documents the outstanding courage, heroism and nobility of Filipinos regardless the inevitable fall of the country to the unrelenting Imperial Japanese military juggernaut. An outcome inevitably irreversible despite the fierce resistance of the mostly...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    05/03/2015 6:23:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision. Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said "the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist."(continued)
  • Vietnam Buys Deadly New Missiles Capable of Hitting China

    04/30/2015 1:47:27 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 49 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 30 April 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Hanoi is the first Southeast Asian nation arming its submarines with land attack cruise missiles. Vietnam is in the process of acquiring 50 anti-ship and land attack 3M-14E Klub supersonic cruise missiles for its burgeoning fleet of SSK Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, Der Spiegel Online reports. According to the article, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website, based on information obtained from the United Nations’ register of conventional arms, indicating that Russia has already delivered 28 missiles over the last two years to Hanoi, although the precise number remains unknown. The Klub is a Russian-made...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 49 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • Filipino Bishops Reverse Position on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

    03/28/2015 5:19:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bob Shine
    In a reversal from their earlier position, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines have endorsed an LGBT non-discrimination bill, with only one reservation. Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines sent a pastoral guidance letter to dioceses endorsing non-discrimination as a “Christian imperative,” reports Gay Star News. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the conference’s president, said further: ” ‘Insofar as the proposed piece of legislation renders illegitimate the relegation of persons with sexual orientation and gender identity issues to citizens of a lower category enjoying fewer rights, the CBCP cannot but lend its support to this proposed legislative measure.’...
  • Give Muslims self-rule or ‘count body bags’: Philippines’ Aquino

    03/28/2015 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Arab News ^ | 03/27/2015 | AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
    MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has called on lawmakers to pass a bill endorsing a pact aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, warning them they would otherwise start counting “body bags.” Aquino had wanted the bill, which would give autonomy to the majority Catholic nation’s Muslim minority in the south, passed this month. But Congress suspended debates on the proposed law in the face of public outrage over the killings of 44 police commandoes by guerrillas in a botched anti-terror raid in January. “This is the crossroads we face: we take pains to forge peace today, or we...
  • US said to play key role in ill-fated counterterror raid in the Philippines

    03/18/2015 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila. At least six Americans were present at a Philippine command post during the ill-fated January raid and supplied Philippine forces with surveillance data collected by U.S. aircraft, the investigation found. One of the Americans went so far as to order a Philippine army general to call in artillery fire, though the general angrily refused, investigators found.
  • Philippine offensive against Muslim rebels displaces thousands

    03/05/2015 11:05:29 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Daily Mail/ Reuters ^ | 3-6-2015 | Manuel Mogato
    A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on Friday as he appealed for an end to the fighting, saying he was running out of money to feed the displaced. The predominantly Christian Philippines has been battling Muslim rebels in the south of the archipelago for decades and while negotiations with the biggest group have raised hopes for peace, fighting with smaller factions erupts regularly. The latest clashes are between the army and a faction known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a marshy region of...
  • So I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    10/25/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by squidly · 5 replies · 848+ views
    James Hornfischer
    I used to be a tin can sailor. Great book. Like most books, it reinforces how the admirals were wrong. But that's easy to say 60 years after the fact. As Nelson DeMille said, anyone can be a military genius with the benefit of hindsight. I continue to be amazed that the Yamato and Musashi were able to shoot 3,200 lb. shells a distance of 26 miles. In my day, we did that with missiles.
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:14:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Flora Drury
    Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years. Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than...
  • Japanese ship found after 70 years

    03/04/2015 9:18:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    . The Musashi was one of a trio of vessels built by Japan during the war that, at 263 metres (863 feet) each, were its biggest battleships ever. American warplanes sank the Musashi on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, regarded as the largest naval encounter of the war in which US and Australian forces defeated the Japanese. Dozens of Japanese warships that were sunk during World War II have since been found in the Philippines, with some of them now popular dive locations. The Sibuyan Sea where the Musashi was reportedly found is...
  • Philippine GDP growth to outpace China's from 2016 as Asia's fastest growing economy

    02/27/2015 10:35:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Economic growth in the Philippines will overtake China's by 2016 as the former country continues to be an outperformer due to a strong domestic upswing in businesses and industry, growing foreign direct investments and record-high remittances from Filipinos working abroad, according to GDP forecasts in the recently released "2015 Annual Outlook" by Citibank. In turn, China, long time among the fastest growing countries in Asia and worldwide, is cooling down its economy to make GDP growth "more sustainable" as it is suffering from high public debt, reduced domestic consumption, over-investment in housing and infrastructure and regional economic imbalances. China will...
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • The Strenuous Life (1899) [Theodore Roosevelt]

    02/20/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 11 replies
    United States federal government ^ | (1899) | Theodore Roosevelt
    I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little...
  • Hizb-ut-Tahrir may become dangerous than ISIS: Report (One Million Members)

    02/15/2015 12:56:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | February 15, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Radical Islamist group Hizb-ut- Tahrir which cleverly avoided global scrutiny while spreading its ideology may become a more dangerous terrorist group than the ISIS and it's presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India, according to a report. "While ISIS runs amok in Syria and Iraq, demanding media attention through acts of barbarous cruelty, HuT (Hizb-ut- Tahrir or the Party of Liberation) is quietly building a global infrastructure of radicalised youth and deep-pocketed Arab support in preparation for the global Khilafat," said the report published in the latest edition of CTX Journal. The group has cleverly...
  • How General Pershing dealt with Islamic Terrorists

    10/07/2001 7:14:26 PM PDT · by GuillermoX · 33 replies · 4,072+ views
    Various ^ | 10-7-01 | Vendyl Jones
    THE WISDOM OF KNOWING YOUR ENEMY  "In the years preceding World War I, General Pershing was commander of the American forces in the Philippines.  The small Moslem community on the island nation began to wreak havoc against the Philippine government and American forces.  The American troops captured a large group of these terrorists.  During the interrogation by the Military Court, the fanatics were heard to repeatedly shout, 'Allah Achbar!  Allah Achbar! Jihad!  The Philippines are the lands of Islam!'    "Pershing ordered the Amalekites executed one by one in the presence of the whole group. (The author is referring to ...
  • Philippines mourns police killed in anti-terror bloodbath [44 Cops Ambushed]

    01/30/2015 3:26:57 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Yahoo! News
    A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins of comrades brought home from the southern island of Mindanao, the scene of the worst loss of life by the country's police or troops in recent memory. President Benigno Aquino has declared Friday a day of mourning for the 44 men slaughtered in a cornfield Sunday when their top-secret mission -- to catch or kill one...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • The Philippines: Another Jihad the World is Ignoring

    01/26/2015 5:59:12 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Unattributed
    Not a week goes by these days in which we are not reminded that there is a global Jihadist insurgency. It is not homogenous; the various Islamic insurgent groups are not united. But they do all possess the same basic goal: to see to it that allah’s law rules supreme on earth. Yes, we’re in a world war. Our enemies know it, but we continue to deny it. For example, the Jihadist insurgency in the southern Philippines, which has been going on for many years, continues to flare up periodically. It’s a bloody war that most of the world knows...
  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    01/25/2015 4:26:01 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 25 2015 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines – More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...