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  • The Marxist Plan to Destroys Israel’s Economy: MUST VIEW for All Friends of Freedom

    07/21/2011 11:00:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 7/21/11 | Trevor
    Omar Barghouti is a Columbia University educated Palestinian commentator and “human rights activist”. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The talk (below ) was presented on July 1, 2011, at the United States International Socialist Organization‘s Socialism 2011 conference, which was held in Chicago, July 1-4, 2011. This is the most comprehensive overview of the Marxist strategy to wreck Israel’s economy, and bring the country its knees you are ever likely to see. Barghouti outlines to the assembled...
  • Latest amphibious warship launched in Shanghai

    07/21/2011 8:20:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 1+ views
    China Daily ^ | Jul 20, 2011
    Latest amphibious warship launched in Shanghai China Daily/Asia News Network Wed, Jul 20, 2011 The Jinggangshan dock landing ship, which is the largest warship in the Chinese Navy, was officially launched in Shanghai, Monday's Jiangxi Daily reported. The report did not give the exact date of the launch. With a displacement of 19,000 tons, the amphibious warship is 210 meters long and 28 meters wide and can carry helicopters, armored fighting vehicles, boats and landing craft as well as nearly 1,000 soldiers, Jiangxi Daily said. According to an earlier report on, Jinggangshan is the second of the Type 071...
  • Gang of Six deficit plan. Read it here.

    07/20/2011 4:18:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/20/11 | Lynn Sweet
    A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO REDUCE OUR NATION'S DEFICITS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This bipartisan, comprehensive, and balanced plan consistent with the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission that will: • Slash our nation's deficits by $3.7 trillion/$3.6 trillion over ten years under CBO's March 2011 baseline, or $4.65 trillion/$4.5 trillion under the original fiscal commission baseline (which used the President's 2011 budget request as the starting point for discretionary spending). • Stabilize our publicly-held debt by 2014. • Reduce our publicly-held debt to roughly 70% of our economy by 2021. • Impose unprecedented budget enforcement. A COMPREHENSIVE AND BALANCED PROPOSAL The plan...
  • Yesha Reservists Write PM Requesting Housing Plan

    07/19/2011 4:22:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    As Israel's housing crisis comes to a head in the press, a group of resevists, second and third generation residents of Judea and Samaria, have written Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanding a solution to the region's housing shortage, which they term "the quiet freeze." The letter states, "we are reserve soldiers and officers, members of the second and third generation born in Judea and Samaria, and we plan to build our homes near our parents in the communities that reared us. We protest your government's construction policy in Judea and Samaria. "Although the freeze officially ended long ago, the truth...
  • Rush Limbaugh, Head of the GOP, Orders Obama to Present His Plan

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, so the president is saying that he is giving the Republicans until tomorrow to have the general outlines of some deal. Republicans have until tomorrow. And I'm not gonna be here tomorrow so I gotta do something because I am the titular head of the Republican Party, by their own claim. According to Obama's own people, I am ordering the president to present his spending cuts to the American people by tomorrow. While I'm at it, I'm ordering Harry Reid to propose a budget in the Senate for the first time in two and a half...
  • Chinese Navy Drone Spotted

    06/26/2011 9:03:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 26, 2011 | David Axe
    <p>Japan's Defence Ministry reports the sighting of a previously unseem drone launched by the Chinese Navy.</p> <p>The Chinese Navy's annual sortie through the disputed waters between the Japanese islands Okinawa and Miyakojima held a surprise for foreign observers. Japanese forces tailing the 11-strong Chinese fleet spotted a previously unknown Chinese weapon system: a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, apparently launched from the deck of a Chinese warship.</p>
  • Obama’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Jeopardizes Hard-Won Gains

    06/22/2011 7:24:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Heritage ^ | 6/22/11 | Lisa Curtis
    President Obama’s plan for a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan risks squandering the hard-won gains made on the battlefield in southern Afghanistan over the last ten months. U.S. military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan had reportedly requested a slower pace of withdrawal to afford them the opportunity to consolidate recent gains against Taliban insurgents. President Obama has denied his military commanders flexibility to determine the pace and scope of withdrawal based on conditions on the ground, and instead appears to have based his decision largely around the U.S. domestic political calendar. The plans for rapidly withdrawing U.S....
  • Saudi Men Plan to Beat Female Drivers

    05/28/2011 11:17:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1+ views
    INN ^ | 5/28/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Activist Manal Alsharif recently jump-started a campaign to allow Saudi women to drive when she filmed herself behind the wheel. Now Saudi men are planning to put a stop to the fight for women's rights by beating female drivers until they give up. A Saudi group has launched what it is calling “The Iqal Campaign,” a reference to the rope (iqal) used to hold men's headdresses in place. The group suggests that men use the ropes to hit female drivers. Women are planning to take to the streets on June 17 to protest the driving ban. According to Algerian news...
  • Cain Breaks From GOP Script, Praises Ryan Plan

    05/27/2011 9:45:24 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 62 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 5/26/11 | Eric Kleefield
    Herman Cain appeared Thursday on Fox & Friends, and spoke strongly in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) controversial proposal to privatize Medicare. And Cain quite proudly called the proposal a "voucher" program -- a word that Republicans are trying to avoid. Fox host Gretchen Carlson asked Cain what he thought of the fact that none of the various budgets in Congress can pass. "Well what's going on is, they're not being honest with the American people," said Cain. "The fact of the matter is, Ryan's plan represents giving people a choice -- but if you're 55 years of age...
  • Editorial: A Solid A For Gingrich's Economic Plan

    05/24/2011 6:11:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 24, 2011 | Staff
    Economic Reform: Newt Gingrich may have, to the glee of the left, been written off by everybody who's anybody on the right. But he's put forth one of the most laudable economic plans in memory. The Wall Street Journal's editorial page says the former House speaker has a big mouth and timid policy instincts, and that his best move right now would be to shut down his presidential campaign and donate the cash he's raised to House Republicans. Indeed, no one can understand why Gingrich stuck his foot in his mouth and Paul Ryan's hindquarters at the same time, unfairly...
  • Report: Pakistan wants Chinese to have naval base(and permanent Chinese navy presence)

    05/23/2011 9:56:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Report: Pakistan wants Chinese to have naval base Stars and Stripes Published: May 23, 2011 Pakistan has asked China to build a naval base at its port of Gwadar, and wants the Chinese navy to maintain a regular presence there, Britain’s Financial Times reported Monday. “We have asked our Chinese brothers to please build a naval base at Gwadar,” Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, Pakistan’s defence minister, told the Times, confirming that the request was conveyed to China during a visit last week by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Such a foothold would be the first overseas location offering support to...
  • Red Chinese move towards their first Carrier Strike Group

    05/22/2011 2:41:44 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 31 replies
    WORLD-WIDE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ^ | May 21, 2011 | Jeff Head
    The Red Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been rapidly and busily building up over the last several years. They are about to launch their first large aricraft carrier and have developed all the necessary technologies to field a Carrier Strike Group. Here is what the Carrier looks like as of this date: Here's some of the self defensive weapons outfitted including two 10 barrel 30mm CIWS and four 18-cell RAM-type close in defensive missile systems. The have also developed their own indigenous, updated carrier strike fighter, the J-15 based on the SU-33 from Russia to embark on the carrier deck. So...
  • Barack Obama to be able to text terror warnings to all US phones

    05/11/2011 1:20:06 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 81 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/10/2011 | Alex Spillius
    From next year, new phones and other hand-held devices will be required to be fitted with special chips to receive the alerts, which will also be sent by state and local authorities. Users will be able to opt out of every type of alert except those from the president, said the Federal Communications Commission. The system will include alerts about missing children and will supersede all other phone traffic to avoid delays. Mr Obama, who has been dubbed the "texter-in-chief" thanks to his devotion to his BlackBerry and heavy use of text messages during his 2008 campaign, may face criticism...
  • China Boosts Destroyer Prowess

    05/09/2011 6:22:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | May 9, 2011 | David Axe
    China Boosts Destroyer Prowess May 9, 2011 By David Axe Enhancements to the Chinese Navy's destroyer capabilities are a step closer to achieving blue-water goals. With the impending entry into service of China's first aircraft carrier, the upgraded Russian Varyag, renamed Shi Lang, one US analyst explains how the Chinese might employ the vessel. The expert, a respected naval officer whose ideas are widely discussed, spoke on condition of anonymity. According to the officer, Shi Lang could represent the major vehicle for the second phase of a two-step process for the People's Liberation Army Navy. The process would see the...
  • BREAKING: House Passes Paul Ryan's 2012 Budget

    04/15/2011 8:01:43 PM PDT · by Justaham · 113 replies ^ | 4-15-11 | Guy Benson
    The deed is done. The way our president tells it, senior citizens, children with autism, and, um, people who drive on bridges should be trembling with fear, or something. In actuality, all American taxpayers should be proud that the people's House has acted to save the social safety net by halting its inexorable self-implosion while slowing and reversing the debt tsunami racing toward our fiscal shores -- all without raising taxes on families and small businesses during a punishing recession. Conservatives should be filled with gratitude for Paul Ryan's courageous leadership on this very difficult issue, fraught with political risk....
  • Obama’s new plan may actually rely 60 percent on tax increases

    04/16/2011 5:59:01 AM PDT · by library user · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2011 | by James Pethokoukis
    ~ EXCERPT ~ In his budget speech earlier this week, President Obama described his budget plan this way: It’s an approach that achieves about $2 trillion in spending cuts across the budget. It will lower our interest payments on the debt by $1 trillion. It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in tax expenditures — spending in the tax code. And it achieves these goals while protecting the middle class, protecting our commitment to seniors and protecting our investments in the future. Now with all these plans floating around — the debt commission, Paul Ryan’s — Goldman...
  • Christina Romer’s Memo to Obama: “It Takes a Plan to Beat a Plan”

    04/07/2011 10:05:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/7/11 | Stacy Curtin | Daily Ticker
    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speak of the House John Boehner at the White House again last night. But, yet again there was no compromise about how to fund the federal government for the rest of the year. If you think this debate has gone on far too long, get ready for the battle over the 2012 budget! Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan released his proposal earlier this week. Rep. Ryan's plan would cut $6.2 trillion dollars more over 10 years than Obama has proposed. "I certainly...
  • 70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality

    04/07/2011 6:47:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 109 replies
    South China Morning Post (SCMP) ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Minnie Chan & Julian Ryall
    70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality Minnie Chan and Julian Ryall in Tokyo Apr 7, 2011 Twenty high-resolution pictures of China's first aircraft carrier, the 67,500-tonne Varyag, appeared on the Xinhua website yesterday, with captions saying the vessel was almost finished and expected to sail this year. It was the first time official state media reported on the nation's first aircraft carrier project as well as indicating its construction progress at a shipyard in Dalian , Liaoning . The Xinhua report came as Japan's National Institute for Defence Studies released its annual strategic review, which said the influence...
  • Paul Ryan responds to distortions and demagogueries: "Shame on them for doing it"

    04/05/2011 3:19:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-5-11 | Jeff Poor
    It was certain to attract this sort of response, but Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan released his budget plan going forward that includes some sweeping changes to federal expenditures, including entitlement spending. One of those criticisms came from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman New York Rep. Steve Israel. On Tuesday, immediately following Ryan’s release, Israel called it a “privatization scheme” and blasted it for addressing subsidies to oil companies. However, in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, Ryan fired back, admitting he saw this coming and called such criticisms “distortions and demagogueries.” Ryan specifically called out Israel...
  • Socialist Labor Bosses Plan Mass Actions Across America

    03/29/2011 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 3/28/11 | Trevor Loudon
    An Emergency Labor Meeting was held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 4-5, 2011. Ninety-six union leaders and activists from 26 states and from "a broad cross-section of the labor movement" gathered at the Laborers Local 310 Hall in Cleveland in response to an invitation sent out in January urging them to “explore together what we can do to mount a more militant and robust fight-back campaign to defend the interests of working people.” Three weeks prior to the Emergency Labor Meeting (ELM), "unionists and community and student activists in Wisconsin unleashed a resistance movement against Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting and...
  • Obama's Plan Lost in Glare of Global Crises (Rookie Hussein's laser-like focus on jobless recovery)

    03/25/2011 7:40:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Hispanic Business ^ | 3/23/11 | Susan Page
    Obama's Plan Lost in Glare of Global CrisesMarch 23, 2011 By Susan Page President Obama returns to the White House today after a six-day trip to Latin America that was intended to focus on jobs, trade and the economy -- but the world just wouldn't cooperate. A partial nuclear meltdown in Japan, a U.S. military operation in Libya, a looming budget showdown in Washington and more have overwhelmed Obama's agenda, raised risks for the nation's fragile economic recovery and opened him to criticism from not only the emerging Republican presidential field but also some congressional Democrats. Welcome home, Mr. President....
  • A Former SEIU Official's Plan to Crash America's Financial System

    03/23/2011 11:57:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America -- A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to 'destabilize' the country. The plan is designed to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street's grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government. The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace University forum last weekend."
  • Support dips for California governor's budget plan

    03/23/2011 10:58:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/24/2011 | Peter Henderson
    (Reuters) - Support for California Governor Jerry Brown's plan to shut a $27 billion budget gap has eroded since he introduced it in January, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed on Wednesday. Democrat Brown wants to close the budget hole with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes, and he wants voters to get the chance to approve the package in a special election. So far Republicans have opposed the special election and tax hikes.
  • Organized Left Plan Massive Protests for April 4th

    03/23/2011 2:00:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/23/11 | Brett Healy
    In the wake of changes to government employee unions’ power in Wisconsin and elsewhere, The Communist Party USA is working in conjunction with national labor unions and other left wing political groups to organize protests in Madison, Wisconsin and across the nation on April 4th. Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of The Communist Party USA said his organization is working with the likes of, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and others to make April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national day of action. “Support is beginning to grow,” said Marshall in an...
  • What to Make of SEIU Official's Supposed Socialist Fantasy Plan ("destabilize the country")

    03/23/2011 10:26:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 3/22/11 | John Hudson
    What to Make of SEIU Official's Supposed Socialist Fantasy PlanBy John Hudson Mar 22, 2011 A new tape posted on Glenn Beck's political website, The Blaze, purportedly shows a former Service Employees International Union official sharing plans to "destabilize the country." In the seven-minute video, a voice that sounds like Stephen Lerner, the former director of private equity at the SEIU pictured above, details plans to "bring down the stock market," bankrupt major U.S. banks and create an environment where a weakened financial sector cedes power to union organizers and the middle class in general. The talk purportedly happened at...
  • China's Military Space Surge

    03/14/2011 10:57:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Space Ref ^ | 3/8/2011 | Space Ref
    China's surging military space program is poised to challenge U.S. aircraft carrier operations in the Pacific, as Chinese military spacecraft already gather significant new radar, electrooptical imaging, and signal intelligence data globally. During 2010, China more than doubled its military satellite launch rate to 12. This compares with three to five military missions launched each year between 2006 and 2009. Since 2006, China has launched about 30 military related spacecraft. Its total of 15 launches in 2010 set a new record for China and for the first time equaled the U.S. flight rate for a given year. Most U.S. public...
  • Must Read: Arab Communists Meet - Plan Major Changes for Middle East

    03/06/2011 8:23:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New Zeal ^ | March 07, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    Representatives of several  Arab communist parties met in Beirut on the 18th and 19th of February  in an Arab Left Forum meeting  organized by the Lebanese Communist Party. Arab Left Forum, February 2011 The urgent meeting was called to coordinate communist response to the wave of revolutions sweeping much of the Arab World. If successfully implemented, the decisions laid out at this meeting, will affect not just the Middle East, but the entire planet. Some excerpts from the statement issued by the Exceptional Meeting of the Arab Left Forum, with emphasis added. These two revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have...
  • Unions Plan April 4 Mass Mobe - Socialist Labor Sec. Solis Supportive

    03/06/2011 7:02:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 3/6/11 | Trevor Loudon
    President Barack Obama's  Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, is backing labor unions in their campaign against plans to cut collective bargaining from government workers. Like the President himself, Solis has an history with both the Communist Party USA and Democratic Socialists of America, two of the main groups backing recent nationwide labor protests. Hilda Solis, D.S.A. Nat. Convention, Los Angeles, Nov. 2005 From the Communist Party USA's Peoples World"Labor is planning a mass mobilization nationwide on April 4 to support workers' rights, specifically the right to collectively bargain. The decision was reached at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Washington, March...
  • After Beijing sends a frigate to the Med, a leading author poses a chilling question...

    03/06/2011 6:55:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 5th March 2011 | Ian Morris
    After Beijing sends a frigate to the Med, a leading author poses a chilling question... How long until a Chinese aircraft carrier sails up the Thames? By Ian Morris Almost 600 years have passed since Chinese warships last cruised the coasts of Africa. But now they are back. In 1418, China’s Ming dynasty sent its eunuch admiral Zheng He into the Indian Ocean at the head of the largest armada the world had ever seen. Sweeping aside all opposition, Zheng suppressed pirates, extorted payoffs from princes and sent missions as far as Kenya and Arabia. And then, as suddenly as...
  • Libyan Turmoil Prompts Chinese Naval Firsts

    02/25/2011 8:01:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 25, 2011 | Jeremy Page
    Libyan Turmoil Prompts Chinese Naval Firsts. China has sent one of its most modern warships to protect vessels extracting thousands of its citizens from Libya, in the Asian power’s first naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea and its first deployment of military hardware in a civilian evacuation mission. The Chinese navy diverted the Xuzhou, a 4,000 ton missile frigate, from anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia and dispatched it to the Libyan coast on Thursday, according to a statement on the Chinese Defense Ministry’s web site. The Chinese government has also sent civilian ships and aircraft to evacuate about...
  • What's This?Translate What's This?Return Growing concern down under

    02/09/2011 4:45:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/9/2011 | Tom Mahnken
    The past two months have witnessed a series of revelations regarding China's growing military power. In December 2010, Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, declared that the aircraft carrier-killing DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile had achieved initial operating capability. Last month, photographs and video of the J-20 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, a plane considerably more advanced than observers expected of China, appeared on the internet. On Monday, Ross Babbage, the founder of Australia's respected think tank, the Kokoda Foundation, issued a monograph, Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030 that examined the changing military balance in the Western Pacific and its implications...
  • China Builds A Different Kind Of Carrier Air Wing

    02/08/2011 11:27:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/8/2011 | The Strategy Page
    China has two aircraft carriers (Shi Lang and "Carrier F") under construction, with one going to sea by next year. With the ship designs fixed, attention turns to the aircraft, both the types and their organization and operation. Current Chinese practice is to base seagoing aircraft (helicopters) at land facilities, sending them to serve on ships that are going to sea as needed. It appears that China will do the same thing, at least initially, with their carriers. This is different from American practice, where the carrier air wings are assigned permanently (except when the carriers are out of action...
  • title:Palin Abandons Plan for Early Visit to Israel

    02/08/2011 9:44:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 2/8/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin turned down a chance to speak at the prestigious Herzliya Conference this week, abandoning her plan to visit Israel early this year. "She was invited; the president was invited,” a conference spokesman said, according to the Washington website The Hill. “All of the top people in the U.S. were invited. But it's not as if her attendance was imminent or expected." Palin's advisors have not commented on her no-show. The former Alaska governor reportedly planned to visit Israel early this year to try to improve her image of being poorly informed on foreign affairs....
  • Chinese Succeed With SLBM Launch: The Week Ahead

    02/07/2011 10:14:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/6/2011 | Colin Clark
    Reports are swirling around that the People’s Liberation Army Navy has successfully tested Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles. If so, this achievement would represent an important advance in China’s strategic capabilities. Norman Polmar, the respected naval and intelligence author. mentioned this at a presentation Wednesday evening while discussing his new book, Project Azorian. Since then, we’ve been trying to get more details. Polmar says in an email that the missile test submarine is a Soviet-built Project 629/Golf diesel-electric submarine. The only public mention of this so far (in English) comes in a South Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ibo. This is what...
  • Building Navies Fast

    01/25/2011 5:12:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 24, 2011 | James R. Holmes
    Back to Flashpoints Building Navies Fast By James R. Holmes January 24, 2011 Underestimating the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is a matter of course for many Asia specialists in the West, as senior US military officials concede. Some reasons given for overlooking China’s naval potential are specific to China. Also commonplace, however, is the claim that a great Chinese fleet won’t take to the sea anytime soon simply because it takes so long to build one. Typical of the genre: writing last year, George Friedman of the private intelligence firm Stratfor maintained that China possessed only: ‘a weak navy...
  • Pro-Palestinian groups plan largest Gaza flotilla ever

    01/24/2011 11:44:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/24/11 | Yaakov Katz
    International pro-Palestinian groups are preparing a massive flotilla of ships to the Gaza Strip in the spring to coincide with the first anniversary of the Israeli operation to stop the Mavi Marmara in late May, organizers said on Monday. The convoy of ships will be named “Freedom Flotilla 2” and is expected to include delegations from close to a dozen different countries as well as ships, for the first time, from the United States and Canada. According to the organizers, the different groups are currently in the process of collecting funds, purchasing vessels and recruiting volunteers.
  • Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier

    01/19/2011 2:50:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | January 19, 2011
    Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier (01-19) 00:14 PST BEIJING, China (AP) -- China has taken a major step toward commissioning its first aircraft carrier by largely completing the restoration of a derelict ship purchased from Ukraine, a news report said Wednesday. The restoration includes all living and working compartments, engines, navigation systems and power-generating equipment, Hong Kong-based Kanwa Asian Defense magazine said. Additional work is still needed on the elevator and flight deck, it said, but it was unclear when the restoration would be completed. The U.S. Department of Defense has said it expects the ship to be relaunched...
  • In House, new Republican majority plans to act fast to undo Obama's agenda (20-day plan)

    01/05/2011 7:18:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/05/11 | Paul Kane
    In House, new Republican majority plans to act fast to undo Obama's agendaBy Paul Kane Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 12:43 AM Almost as soon as they take control of the House at noon Wednesday, Republicans will embark on a 20-day plan aimed at undoing major aspects of President Obama's agenda as they seek to take advantage of the weeks before the Senate's return and the president's State of the Union address. The first move will come Friday, when the House begins the process of repealing the new health-care law. House leaders will then quickly begin to...
  • 2011 UPDATE - The Rising Sea Dragon in Asia (about the Red Chinese Navy)

    01/02/2011 9:18:32 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 23 replies
    THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA ^ | January 2, 2011 | Jeff Head
    (Click on any image for a larger picture) The year of 2010 has seen the PLAN ramp up its shipbuilding again significantly. New units of the Type 054A FFG Guided missiles Frigate, the Xuzhou Class with radar reducing signatures, VLS missiles and helo capabilities. New units of the Type 052C DDG Guided missile Desroyer, the Lanzhou Class with VLS, Phased Array Radar (PAR), and an AEGIS style battle management system. New units of the Type 093 SSN, Nuclear attack Submarine, the Shang Class, with improved reactors, sensors, and weapons suite. New units of the SSK Independent Air Propulsion diesel/electric...
  • China's navy takes charge on the high seas

    12/17/2010 7:35:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 1+ views
    China Daily ^ | December 17, 2010 | Cheng Guangjin
    China's navy takes charge on the high seas December 17, 2010 Just upon its arrival at the Gulf of Aden towards dusk on Christmas Day in 2009, the frigate Chaohu received its first task - to escort the Chinese bulk carrier Dexinhai 800 nautical miles away. At that time, the ship had been hijacked in late October - with 27 crew aboard, dangerously short on food, drinkable water and fuel - and was still under the control of pirates waiting for a negotiated ransom to be paid. After 38 hours of high-speed sailing, the frigate arrived at the waters east...
  • Beijing admits it is building an aircraft carrier.

    12/16/2010 11:37:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies ^ | 12/17/2010 | Kenji Minemura
    China has officially admitted for the first time that it has embarked on an aircraft carrier building program, part of a grand strategy to "build itself up as a maritime power." A report published by the State Oceanic Administration says the country's leaders decided last year to back plans to build China's first aircraft carrier. The Chinese government and military had kept the program under wraps until now. The annual national ocean development report says that asserting China's power at sea is "indispensible to accomplishing the great resurgence of the Chinese people." Chinese military sources said initial plans had called...
  • For Obama, Tax Deal Is a Back-Door Stimulus Plan

    12/08/2010 9:18:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/8/10 | David Leonhardt
    A year ago, President Obama and the Democrats made the mistake of assuming that an economic recovery was under way. This week’s deal to extend the Bush tax cuts shows that the White House’s top priority is avoiding the same mistake again — even if it has to upset many fellow Democrats in the process. Mr. Obama effectively traded tax cuts for the affluent, which Republicans were demanding, for a second stimulus bill that seemed improbable a few weeks ago. Mr. Obama yielded to Republicans on extending the high-end Bush tax cuts and on cutting the estate tax below its...
  • New FCC plan to oversee Internet draws GOP fire

    12/01/2010 9:47:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/10 | David Eldridge
    Attracting immediate fire from congressional Republicans, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a modified "net neutrality" plan that would expand the federal government's power to regulate traffic over the Internet. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Obama's pick to head the agency, said he was pushing for an FCC board vote later this month on his proposal - before the next Congress is seated with a GOP majority in the House and an expanded Republican minority in the Senate. The chairman's modified proposal was seen as decidedly more friendly to business interests than a proposal he outlined...
  • First Chinese Carrier Nearly Complete

    11/27/2010 9:00:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 43 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/24/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Work is picking up on what appears to be China's first aircraft carrier, the Shi Lang. For eight years now, China has been tinkering with a half finished Russian aircraft carrier. Two years ago, this ex-Russian aircraft carrier, Varyag, was renamed the Shi Lang (after the Chinese general who took possession of Taiwan in 1681, the first time China ever paid any attention to the island) and given the pennant number 83. Until last year, progress was slow. But there has been a lot of work lately. Early in 2009, China moved the Shi Lang into dry dock, where work...
  • Training plan for TSA agents blasted, 'Staff encouraged to sign off without providing evidence of

    11/26/2010 3:23:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    wnd ^ | 11/26/10 | Bob Unruh
    Amidst all of the criticism of the Transportation Security Administration over its implementation of President Obama's plans for invasive image scanners or pat-down procedures that involve touching airline passengers' private parts an inspector general's report has been released blasting the training procedures for the agents. "At one airport. TSA officials allow TSOs to bypass the use of the Online Learning Center and provided little time for training because of staffing challenges," said the newly released report. "One lead TSO indicated that he had not accssed the Online Learning Center since 2005." The report, dated October 2010 and released just a...
  • Photos provide clues for Chinese Type 056 corvette design

    11/19/2010 6:17:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Jane's ^ | 18 November 2010 | Ted Parsons and Mrityunjoy Mazumdar
    Photos provide clues for Chinese Type 056 corvette design By Ted Parsons and Mrityunjoy Mazumdar 18 November 2010 The first images of a probable new corvette design for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have emerged following a visit by the deputy commander of the Hong Kong military garrison to a local college. Photographs published on the Hong Kong University website showed Major General Wang Junli presenting a model of the vessel, which has an estimated displacement of between 1,000 tons and 1,800 tons and bears the pennant number 056, to the institution's vice chancellor during the visit on 4...
  • Australia could be a martyr, says Brigadier General John Frewen

    11/17/2010 8:23:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11/17/2010 | Michael Sainsbury
    ONE of Australia's most senior military officers has warned that the appearance of the first Chinese aircraft carrier within the next five years poses the "greatest risk" to regional harmony. He adds that Australia runs the risk of "martyrdom" in the case of any China-US conflict. The warnings come amid unease across Asia about China's growing military power - particularly the rapidly expanding People's Liberation Navy - and its new-found aggression in territorial disputes with neighbours such as Japan and Vietnam. "Each of the Pacific nations will manage China's carrier ambitions differently, but the US response will set the regional...
  • Australia could be a martyr, says Brigadier General John Frewen

    11/17/2010 7:13:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | November 16, 2010 | Michael Sainsbury
    Australia could be a martyr, says Brigadier General John Frewen Michael Sainsbury, China correspondent AUSTRALIA runs the risk of "martyrdom" in the case of any China-US conflict. ONE of Australia's most senior military officers has warned that the appearance of the first Chinese aircraft carrier within the next five years poses the "greatest risk" to regional harmony. He adds that Australia runs the risk of "martyrdom" in the case of any China-US conflict. The warnings come amid unease across Asia about China's growing military power - particularly the rapidly expanding People's Liberation Navy - and its new-found aggression in territorial...
  • Chinese Nukes Move South

    10/27/2010 9:55:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/27/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Chinese Type 093 class SSN (nuclear attack sub) was recently seen moored at their new naval base on Hainan island. This base, just north of Vietnam, must make the Indians nervous, because more and more Chinese warships are showing up in the Indian Ocean. It was only a year ago that China confirmed, as many suspected, that the first Type 093 boar entered service in December, 2006. Officially, that was a secret, and Chinese nuclear subs don't go to sea at much, so it's difficult to tell if new ones are actually in service, and not just tied up at...
  • Japan, worried by China, may boost submarine fleet

    10/26/2010 11:09:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    AP via Google ^ | 10/26/2010 | AP via Google
    Japan may increase the size of its submarine fleet, officials said, as concerns rise that the expansion of the Chinese navy is tipping the regional balance of power. The Defense Ministry said a bigger submarine fleet is under consideration, with a firm proposal likely to come as early as December. Officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday refused to give further details because the plan has not yet been formally tabled. According to Japanese media reports, the number of submarines would be increased from 16 to 22 over the next four years, a substantial rise that could generate...