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  • British Lords want more power over EU laws

    03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 10:15 | Benjamin Fox
    National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords’ EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process. “There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives,” it notes. “We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of...
  • Putin's Achilles' Heel [Europe and the U.S. have leverage against Russia, if they'll use it.]

    03/03/2014 5:02:44 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 51 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 3, 2014
    Russia's Micex stock index fell 11% on Monday and the ruble hit an all-time low after Vladimir Putin's weekend invasion of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. The sour reaction suggests that investors understand that Mr. Putin's Achilles' heel is the Russian economy and its access to world financial markets, if the West has the wit and will to exploit it. The conventional wisdom in the pundit class is that Russia holds the economic edge because of its natural gas supplies to Ukraine and much of Europe. But that supply is a double-edged sword because Russia needs the foreign-exchange earnings as much as...
  • The secret story behind Xi Jinping’s disappearance, finally revealed? (OMG, a flying chair?)

    11/03/2012 4:14:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 1, 2012 | Max Fisher
    <p>The meeting turned violent. They went at it hammer and sickle. Xi Jinping tried to calm them down. He put himself physically in the crossfire and unwittingly into the path of a chair as it was thrown across the room. It hit him in the back, injuring him. Hence the absence, and the silence, and the rumours.</p>
  • Off-Script Scramble for Power in a Chinese Leader’s Absence

    09/14/2012 7:42:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | 09/13/12 | IAN JOHNSON and JONATHAN ANSFIELD
    September 13, 2012 Off-Script Scramble for Power in a Chinese Leader’s Absence By IAN JOHNSON and JONATHAN ANSFIELD BEIJING — With still no sign of China’s designated new leader, Xi Jinping, who has not been seen in public since Sept. 1, many insiders and well-connected analysts say the Chinese political ship is adrift, with factions jockeying to shape an impending Communist Party conclave. The government has maintained its official silence about Mr. Xi’s absence. After an initial burst of chatter, blog posts alluding to Mr. Xi have been effectively smothered on China’s social media platforms, and China’s beleaguered Foreign Ministry...
  • Chinese Mystery: Where Is Xi Jinping?(Has he gone Chia Head?)

    09/11/2012 5:57:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/10/12 | JEREMY PAGE, FLEMMING EMIL HANSEN and JOSH CHIN
    Chinese Mystery: Where Is Xi Jinping? . By JEREMY PAGE, FLEMMING EMIL HANSEN and JOSH CHIN BEIJING—Speculation gathered steam about the health and whereabouts of the man expected to take the reins as China's top leader in a matter of weeks as Chinese authorities keep their usual tight grip on information about the nation's leaders. . Monday, Chinese authorities failed to explain why Vice President Xi Jinping, who hasn't been seen in public since Sept. 1, had missed another meeting with a visiting foreign dignitary, Denmark's prime minister. Rumors that all wasn't well with 59-year-old Mr. Xi were sparked last...
  • N.Korea Shuts Down Military-Controlled Investment Firm

    08/08/2012 5:30:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/06/12
    N.Korea Shuts Down Military-Controlled Investment Firm North Korea's Taepung International Investment Group, established in December 2009 to woo foreign investors, has been shut down due to poor performance, it emerged on Saturday. Experts believe the closure of the military-controlled firm is related to the ouster of North Korean Army chief Ri Yong-ho, who was apparently mired in corruption. Taepung was tasked with implementing key economic development plans and became known to the outside world when the powerful National Defense Commission appointed it as the official conduit to lure foreign capital into the North's state development bank. "When it was launched...
  • N. Korea: A Policy of Market Suppression (good analysis)

    07/25/2012 8:29:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 07/25/12 | Lee Young Hwa
    A Policy of Market Suppression [Lee Young Hwa Reform Outlook ①] By Prof. Lee Young Hwa, Kansai University, Japan [2012-07-25 18:00 ] According to recent defector testimony, low- and mid-level cadres and the North Korean people are expecting big things from the Kim Jong Eun regime. The focus is on economic reform. Everyone is wondering whether the Kim Jong Eun regime really will improve the lives of the North Korean people through economic restructuring. Widespread expectation means that many people are ‘watching the Kim Jong Eun regime closely.” The Kim Jong Eun regime needs to respond swiftly to these expectations....
  • Ominous rumblings in North Korea

    07/22/2012 4:42:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 07/22/12 | Arthur I. Cyr
    07-22-2012 16:14 Ominous rumblings in North Korea By Arthur I. Cyr Strange things are happening in North Korea, which is nothing new. This time, however, developments apparently reflect divisions within the leadership of the isolated totalitarian regime. Conceivably, this could spark a renewed Korean War. Ri Yong-ho, a powerful military figure and until recently a close ally of young North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, has been relieved of command, allegedly due to illness. This explanation is generally discounted. In a May statement, Kim criticized those in the military for "developing a taste for money" amid reports of corruption. Kim has...
  • Exclusive: China leadership rules Bo case isolated, limits purge: sources(truce?)

    05/25/2012 6:33:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/25/12 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley
    Exclusive: China leadership rules Bo case isolated, limits purge: sources By Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley BEIJING | Fri May 25, 2012 2:07am EDT (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao has demanded senior Communist Party officials stifle tensions over the ousting of ambitious politician Bo Xilai and show unity as they prepare for a change of leadership, sources briefed on recent meetings said. Hu urged the party to close ranks at a meeting of about 200 officials early this month at a Beijing hotel, declaring the downfall of Bo - China's biggest political scandal in two decades - to...
  • Exclusive: China considers delay of key party congress: sources

    05/13/2012 12:21:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/08/12 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards
    Exclusive: China considers delay of key party congress: sources By Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards BEIJING | Tue May 8, 2012 5:28pm EDT (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalize a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered in much doubt. But any delay in the congress, no matter the official reason, would likely fuel speculation of...
  • Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal

    04/15/2012 3:14:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/13/12 | MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE
    Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal By MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE BEIJING — The scandal that climaxed here on Tuesday when Communist Party leaders suspended the Politburo member Bo Xilai and accused his wife of murder seems poised to destroy a charismatic party leader who challenged President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s vision for China. But for the Chinese leaders who purged Mr. Bo, there are threats as well. In the view of some analysts and party insiders, that same scandal has raised the notion of high-level misconduct among China’s elite to a level that...
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama

    04/13/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China braces for next act in leadership drama By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT (Reuters) - "We can't keep a lid on this," China's disgraced leader Bo Xilai was reportedly told by his police chief when the murder scandal now engulfing Bo's family first began to unravel. With a once-in-a-decade leadership handover months away, the Communist Party's elite must be thinking the same thing as they confront the first very public turmoil at the centre of power in more than 20 years. Revelations about the former Chongqing party chief issued by...
  • China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies

    04/13/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/13/12 | Kathrin Hille
    China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies By Kathrin Hille, Published: April 13 BEIJING — Half of last week was a public holiday in China, but it was a busy week in the barracks. In many military bases and academies, political education sessions were scheduled at short notice to hammer home the message of the Communist Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces. “Everyone knows it’s about Bo Xilai, but we’re not supposed to talk about it,” said a young officer. As the party leadership scrambled this month to decide whether to strip the former Chongqing...
  • Communist paper urges unity after China scandal

    04/12/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    Communist paper urges unity after China scandal AFP – 9 hrs ago. China's top Communist Party newspaper on Thursday urged the country to unite behind the ruling party, as it seeks to minimise the fallout from the high-profile purge of top leader Bo Xilai. A front-page commentary in the People's Daily -- mouthpiece of the party -- urged Chinese people to "fully understand the great significance" of rising star Bo's suspension from the party, which had provoked "strong reactions". "Chinese people should firmly support the correct decision, and unite around the (party leadership) to push forward the cause of socialism...
  • China leadership succession back to old disorderly self

    04/12/2012 8:30:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/12/12 | Brian Rhoads
    China leadership succession back to old disorderly self By Brian Rhoads HONG KONG (Reuters) - A rising star is ejected from China's Politburo and faces trial for violations of Communist Party discipline. His wife is in custody, suspected of murdering a British national. So much for an orderly transition of power. Just weeks ago, the pending retirement of Chinese president and Communist Party Chief Hu Jintao to the younger generation headed by anointed leader to be Xi Jinping had appeared headed for a quiet repeat of 2002. That year, Hu took the reins from Jiang Zemin in what was hailed...
  • China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours'(& shut down 42 sites)

    04/12/2012 8:23:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours' China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online "rumours", state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The three-line announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to control online speculation about the purge of a top leader whose wife is suspected in the murder of a British businessman. It did not refer to this week's dramatic developments surrounding the high-profile and populist former leader Bo Xilai, who was sacked as Chongqing...
  • Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent (Bo has widespread support)

    04/11/2012 7:25:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    LAT ^ | 04/11/12 | Jonathan Kaiman
    Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent Residents who benefited from local chief Bo Xilai's initiatives openly defend him. But the crackdown, with sensational allegations against his wife, continues. By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times April 11, 2012 CHONGQING, China — Change has come quickly to this sprawling city of 30 million people since the charismatic local party chief, Bo Xilai, was fired last month by the national Communist Party leadership in China's most high-profile political shake-up in 20 years. Signs in public squares now ban gatherings to sing "red songs," a prominent element of Bo's effort...
  • China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder

    04/10/2012 11:55:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim | Reuters – 9 hrs ago BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party has suspended former high-flying politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks and named his wife a suspect in the murder of a British businessman, a dramatic turn in a scandal shaking leadership succession plans. The decision to banish Bo from the Central Committee and its Politburo effectively ends the career of China's brashest and most controversial politician, widely seen as pressing for a top post in China's next leadership to be...
  • Kremlinology in Beijing and Pyongyang [N. Korea & China]

    03/22/2012 8:19:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/22/12 | Michael Auslin
    Kremlinology in Beijing and Pyongyang By Michael Auslin March 22, 2012 /snip Washington Asia watchers are tantalized, and some are quite worried, over recent events in both Beijing and Pyongyang that may indicate hitherto unrecognized levels of dissension and possibly tension within the secretive ruling circles of both nations. In China, as I talk about on the homepage, one of the more colorful and controversial leaders, Bo Xilai, was fired from his job as party boss of massive Chongqing city. This almost certainly derailed his chances of becoming one of China’s “Supremes,” the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee. Was the populist...
  • N. Korea's defense minister sidelined in hereditary succession process: official(dangerous pbm)

    08/10/2011 10:48:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/11/11
    N. Korea's defense minister sidelined in hereditary succession process: official SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's defense chief Kim Yong-chun has been sidelined in the country's ongoing hereditary succession process due to apparent tensions between his loyalists and supporters of the heir-apparent, Kim Jong-un, a senior South Korean ruling party official said Thursday. Kim, the minister of the North's People's Armed Forces, is known to have the trust of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and serves as a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, headed by the leader himself. "Our intelligence officials have determined that Minister Kim...
  • Internal rift led to Osama killing: Saudi paper

    05/06/2011 4:40:44 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 7 replies
    Geo News ^ | Thursday, May 05, 2011
    RIYADH: US troops were led to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by his own deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, because of a simmering internal power struggle, a Saudi newspaper reported on Thursday. Al-Watan newspaper, quoting an unnamed "regional source," said the top two Al-Qaeda men had differences and that a courier who led US forces to bin Laden was working for Zawahiri. The courier was a Pakistan national and not a Kuwaiti as the US suspected, Al-Watan said. The man knew he was being followed by the US military but disguised the fact. "The Egyptian faction of Al-Qaeda is defacto running the...
  • N. Korea: No Love Lost Between Kim Jong-il's Sons

    10/29/2010 3:41:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/29/10
    No Love Lost Between Kim Jong-il's Sons North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's best-known sons -- his eldest Jong-nam and his third son and heir Jong-un -- barely know each other, sources say. A South Korean government source on Thursday said the conclusion was drawn from the time the two spent at school or living abroad and from intelligence reports. "They've hardly met," the source added. Jong-nam, who was born in 1971, was at school in Switzerland when his younger half brother Jong-un was born in 1983 or 1984. In 1980, Jong-nam left for Moscow with his mother Song Hye-rim and...
  • Kim Jong-il's oldest son against North Korea dynastic succession(plot thickens)

    10/12/2010 6:43:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/12/10 | Peter Foster
    Kim Jong-il's oldest son against North Korea dynastic succession The eldest son of Kim Jong-il who was passed over in favour of his younger brother in the race to succeed his father as leader of North Korea, has said that he opposes the idea of a dynastic succession in the secretive Stalinist state. By Peter Foster in Beijing Published: 9:20AM BST 12 Oct 2010 Kim Jong-nam, 39, who lives in the gambling hub of Macao and was once said to be too "wayward" for the leadership, said he did not approve of the hereditary principle that saw his 27-year-old half-brother...
  • NKorea's Kim, heir apparent son at lavish parade

    10/10/2010 12:28:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/10/10
    NKorea's Kim, heir apparent son at lavish parade Published October 10, 2010 | Associated Press Clapping, waving and even cracking a smile, Kim Jong Il's son and heir apparent joined his father Sunday at a massive military parade in his most public appearance since being unveiled as North Korea's next leader. Kim Jong Un, dressed in a dark blue civilian suit, sat next to his father on an observatory platform at Kim Il Sung Plaza as tanks carrying rocket-propelled grenades and long-range missiles rolled by as part of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the reclusive state's ruling Workers' Party....
  • Power struggle rages in North Korean regime

    09/24/2010 6:50:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Sep 2010 | Malcolm Moore
    A fierce battle is being waged behind the scenes for control of North Korea as Kim Jong-il prepares to anoint his successor, it has emerged. Factional in-fighting has broken out between Chang Song-taek, the rogue state's second-in-command, and a group of senior reform-minded officials... Chang has recently seen his hardline views being challenged by a group of reformists, bent on opening up the North Korean economy to Chinese-style capitalism. The split in the Workers' Party, which echoes the division in the Chinese Communist party between hardliners and reformists during the 1970s and 1980s, may have prompted the recent two-week delay...
  • N. Korea: Power struggle rages in North Korean regime

    09/25/2010 3:50:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09/24/10 | Malcolm Moore
    Power struggle rages in North Korean regime A fierce battle is being waged behind the scenes for control of North Korea as Kim Jong-il prepares to anoint his successor, it has emerged. By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai Published: 9:00PM BST 24 Sep 2010 Factional in-fighting has broken out between Chang Song-taek, the rogue state's second-in-command, and a group of senior reform-minded officials, according to a source who has recently met people at the highest levels of the North Korean government. The battle between the two sides comes as Kim Jong-il, the 68-year-old "Dear Leader", is in frail health and no...
  • Iran regime weakened: divisions exposed one year after disputed presidential election

    06/12/2010 6:47:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 173+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06/12/10 | Con Coughlin and Ahmad Vahdat
    Iran regime weakened: divisions exposed one year after disputed presidential election Deep divisions have emerged within the Iranian leadership in the run-up to Saturday's first anniversary of the hotly disputed presidential election contest that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power. By Con Coughlin and Ahmad Vahdat Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Jun 2010 Factional infighting fuelled by a series of splits since the vote was exposed as rigged last year have come to a head with a row over an attack on attack on the family of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution. The dispute has further eroded...
  • Arizona Official Threatens to Cut Off Los Angeles Power as Payback for Boycott

    05/19/2010 9:31:04 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 190 replies · 5,066+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/19/2010
    If Los Angeles wants to boycott Arizona, it had better get used to reading by candlelight. That's the message from a member of Arizona's top government utilities agency, who threw down the gauntlet Tuesday in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa by threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution. Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote the letter in response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision last week to boycott the Grand Canyon State -- in protest of its immigration law -- by suspending official travel there and ending future contracts...
  • Mehsud's death may set off power struggle

    01/31/2010 11:10:01 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 474+ views
    UPI ^ | February 1, 2010
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- If the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is confirmed, his successor could be a military strategist or suicide bomb instructor, a report says. Both Wali ur-Rehman, known as the chief military strategist, and Qari Hussain, chief instructor for suicide bombers, rank high on the Taliban hierarchy, The New York Times reports. While Mehsud's death could set off a power struggle within the group, the report said it may be only a short one. A brief succession struggle came after Baitullah Mehsud, the previous leader, was killed last August in a similar drone...
  • Flag-Waving Communists and Socialists Attack Capitalism in Copenhagen March - Video 12/17/09

    12/17/2009 11:27:35 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 536+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 17, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video showing flag-waving Communists and Socialists marching in the streets of Copenhagen in support of radical steps to stop the Global Warming hysteria they believe in. Many held banners attacking "Capitalism," and saying things like "Long Live Socialism." Many communist flags are visible featuring the "hammer and sickle." They marched in connection with the "Climate Change Summit" being held in Copenhagen. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Iran: Slow Clean in Tehran (Moussavi's all-pervasive connection)

    12/03/2009 8:41:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 351+ views
    City Journal ^ | 12/04/09 | ANDREW APOSTOLOU
    ANDREW APOSTOLOU Slow Clean in Tehran The limits of an Iranian purge 4 December 2009 Half a year after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the Islamic regime is suffering from partial paralysis. Despite thousands of arrests, scores of killings, widely publicized show trials, and the closure of independent-minded newspapers, the regime is seemingly reluctant to launch the kind of full-scale purge that could remove its opponents, who demand a new election and an investigation into the deaths and torture of detainees. The hesitancy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” and his ally, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is understandable. While a purge...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il’s mistress may have new lover (No.4 booted from inner circle)

    11/22/2009 6:31:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 1,212+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 11/23/09
    Kim Jong-il’s mistress may have new lover November 23, 2009 A one-time partner of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may have married another man and left her job as Kim’s secretary, South Korean intelligence sources said. Sources told the JoongAng Ilbo that they have received tips that Kim Ok has married an official from the ruling Workers’ Party. “We’re analyzing intelligence that Kim Ok, who had been Kim Jong-il’s personal secretary, has tied the knot with a Workers’ Party member,” a source said. “We believe Kim Ok has quit her job in the secretariat.” In North Korea, women working in...
  • China: Enter the Princelings to Ensure Continued Rule by the CCP(owns PLA; ready to crush dissent)

    08/03/2009 5:09:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 496+ views
    Boxun ^ | 07/29/09
    Enter the Princelings to Ensure Continued Rule by the CCP By Boxun Jul 29, 2009 - 2:16:22 PM Exclusive Report of Boxun Though the 18th CCP Party Congress is still three years away, skirmishes on personnel matters have already begun. This time, however, something unprecedented has happened ?C the princeling clique, who has so far kept a low profile, are playing an unusually active role, as many of them believe the CCP is faced with such serious challenges that its continued rule is at stake and that the CCP rule is able to survive only if they, descendants of the...
  • China: Hu Jintao Protege Li Keqiang's Two Secretaries Arrested(real cause of caceling G8 trip?)

    07/16/2009 10:02:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 568+ views
    Boxun ^ | 07/09/09
    Hu Jintao Protege Li Keqiang's Two Secretaries Arrested, Cause of Hu Jintao's Emergency Return From G8 By chinafreepress.org (translation) Jul 9, 2009 - 12:47:29 PM Hu Jintao Protege Li Keqiang's Two Secretaries Arrested, Cause of Hu Jintao's Emergency Return From G8 Boxun reports that most people assumed Hu Jintao left the G8 meeting in Italy early to return home because of the ongoing violence in Xinjiang. In fact he rushed back because He Guoqiang--head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection--had taken the opportunity of Hu's absence to detain Li Keqiang's two secretaries on corruption charges. In fact Li's assistants...
  • N.Korea's Grandstanding 'Suggests Internal Power Struggle'

    05/21/2009 6:47:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 257+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/22/09
    N.Korea's Grandstanding 'Suggests Internal Power Struggle'North Korea's recent grandstanding may be motivated by internal power struggles over who is to succeed ailing leader Kim Jong-il, Korean and U.S. diplomats speculate. In an interview with VOA on Wednesday, Scott Snyder, the director of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at the Asia Foundation, said the internal situation in North Korea is ominous and recent actions including the launch of a long-range rocket seem to have something to do with the succession question. There are opinions that for want of a properly prepared heir apparent, one of Kim's sons will end up as...
  • Power Struggle Looms in N.Korea(rift bet. top and mid-level)

    05/08/2009 12:03:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 399+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/08/09 | Kang Chol-hwan
    Power Struggle Looms in N.Korea The North Korean elite lead insecure lives nowadays. Some members of the Unification and Propaganda Department of the Workers Party, accused of having bungled their South Korea policy, have recently been sent to the Yoduk concentration camp. All North Korean intelligence officers assigned overseas were called back home early this year to undergo questioning by the State Security Department. About 30 percent of them have yet to return to their overseas posts, and those who have returned were emaciated from harsh interrogations, according to sources. Asked what the food situation is like in North Korea,...
  • "Hamas a black and bloody militia" (Fatah official rips on Hamas)

    01/11/2009 5:21:54 PM PST · by ksm1 · 3 replies · 525+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 12, 2009 0:17 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    A Fatah official in Ramallah on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Hamas and described its leaders as "criminals." Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on condition of anonymity, the Fatah official denounced Hamas as a "black and bloody militia" that was responsible for the "catastrophe" in the Gaza Strip. The official warned that failure to crush Hamas completely would undermine Fatah and pave the way for the collapse of moderate Arab regimes. He said that Hamas was fighting on behalf of Iran and Syria - the only two countries that have been supplying the movement with weapons and money. "The...
  • Abbas: Israel Must Accept Egyptian Plan to End Gaza Fighting (Or what?)

    01/10/2009 5:01:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 551+ views
    fox news ^ | 1/10/2009 | fox news
    The Palestinian Authority president urged both Israel and Hamas to agree to an Egypt-brokered truce Saturday, but he singled out the Jewish state, saying it would be responsible for a "waterfall of blood" if it didn't accept the deal. Mahmoud Abbas is in Cairo Saturday for talks with Egyptian officials on a truce to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip, now in its 15th day. In a news conference Saturday in Cairo after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mahmoud Abbas also stressed that there was no time to waste in ending the bloodshed in Gaza, home to 1.4...
  • Hamas moves on Fatah "collaborators"

    01/03/2009 7:18:58 PM PST · by ksm1 · 8 replies · 656+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 4, 2009 0:32 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Hamas government has placed dozens of Fatah members under house arrest out of fear that they might exploit the current IDF operation to regain control of the Gaza Strip. The move came amid reports that the Fatah leadership in the West Bank has instructed its followers to be ready to assume power over the Gaza Strip when and if Israel's military operation results in the removal of Hamas rule. Fatah officials in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas militiamen had been assaulting many Fatah activists since the beginning of the operation last Saturday. They said at least 75...
  • N. Korea, Chaos from Succession Intrigue [Mainichi Shimbun] (1st and 2nd son at each other)

    12/01/2008 6:24:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/01/08
    /begin my translation N. Korea, Chaos from Succession Intrigue [Mainichi Shimbun] Yonhap News Jang Sung-taek, Director of Party's Administrative Department(& brother-in-law of Kim Jong-il), who is backing Kim Jong-nam(age:37, Kim Jong-il's eldest son,) asked Lee Je-gang, First Vice Director of Party's Personnel Department and the close associate of Kim Jong-il, to unite behind Kim Jong-nam (as the successor,) but was refused, according to Dec. 1 report of Mainichi Shimbun in Japan. Lee Je-gang is backing Kim Jong-chol, the second son (of Kim Jong-il.) Lee's refusal drove an irrevocable wedge between two sponsors. Succession problem, coupled with deteriorating health of Kim...
  • Sankei Shimbun "N. Korea May Announce Entry Ban of Foreigners"

    10/18/2008 9:16:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 820+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/19/08
    /begin my excerpts Sankei Shimbun "N. Korea May Announce Entry Ban of Foreigners" Soon after Yomiuri Shimbun reported that N. Korea ordered its diplomats on stand-by for upcoming 'important announcement,' Sankei Shimbun also reported on Oct.19 that N. Korea is on the verge of announcing the entry ban of foreigners. The paper reported that, according to sources at Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry, and experts on N. Korea, Japanese authorities are urgently trying to verify the intelligence that N. Korea is about to make an important announcement that prohibits foreigners from entering the country which would be in effect on Oct....
  • Kyrgyz Prosecutors:Severed Ears,Fingers Sent To Officials-AFP

    02/07/2008 9:20:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 129+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 02/06/08
    Kyrgyz Prosecutors:Severed Ears,Fingers Sent To Officials-AFP BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AFP)--Intelligence agents in Kyrgyzstan are investigating after severed ears and fingers were sent in packages to three high-ranking government officials, prosecutors said Wednesday. Opposition leader Omurbek Tekebayev told the Delo N newspaper the recipients were Medet Sadyrkulov, head of presidential administration; the director of the competition monitoring agency; and a member of the electoral commission.
  • Clinton tangles with Obama in 'Oppression Sweepstakes'

    01/27/2008 12:51:59 AM PST · by jdm · 21 replies · 160+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 27, 2008 | By John Blake
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may be competing in the South Carolina Democratic Primary Saturday, but they're also vying for the top prize in another contest: The Oppression Sweepstakes. That's how Michael Jelani Cobb, an African-American historian, describes the surge of venom that recently erupted between the Clinton and Obama camps. The sweepstakes kicks in when two excluded groups find themselves competing for the same prize. He says that took place in the 19th century when the abolitionist, Frederick Douglass and his ally, women's rights' activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, argued over what group should first be...
  • S. Africa: Power struggle pushes ANC factions to naked hostility

    12/18/2007 2:35:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Times of London ^ | 12/18/07 | Jonathan Clayton
    Power struggle pushes ANC factions to naked hostility Jonathan Clayton in Polokwane A second day of ill-tempered chaos marred attempts by the African National Congress to elect a new leader and sparked warnings of “anarchy” if the populist Jacob Zuma won later today. Voting by 4,000 delegates was delayed again by arguments over procedure as party elders lamented the unprecedented mob-like scenes and bitterness that have dominated the party conference. Tensions between the factions of Mr Zuma and Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, burst to the surface as they were confirmed as the only two leadership candidates. With a...
  • China: Finance chief toppled by sex scandal (one harlot downs many officials)

    08/30/2007 2:58:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 687+ views
    The Times ^ | 08/30/07 | Jane Macartney
    August 30, 2007 Finance chief toppled by sex scandal (VIVEK PRAKASH) Jin Renqing: had an affair with the mistress of another senior official Jane Macartney, China Correspondent A sex scandal has claimed the job of the man who has overseen China’s economic boom for the past four years. Jin Renqing, the Finance Minister, has been forced to step down after having an affair with the mistress of another senior Communist Party official. Mr Jin’s dismissal reflects growing concern in the Communist Party about the behaviour of senior party members. The decision was taken as the party prepares for its five-yearly...
  • China's Hu stronger, but no strongman

    07/27/2007 12:03:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 355+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/24/07 | Benjamin Kang Lim
    China's Hu stronger, but no strongman Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:11AM EDT By Benjamin Kang Lim - Analysis BEIJING (Reuters) - Almost five years in power, Chinese President Hu Jintao has grown in strength but a failed attempt to retire the chief official bodyguard illustrates a behind-the-scenes struggle as he seeks to consolidate power. At 68, General You Xigui was past the compulsory retirement age, but long-time patron Jiang Zemin used his residual influence as the previous party chief to force Hu to keep You on as director of the Communist Party's Bodyguards Bureau. "Jiang lost his temper ... He...
  • [China]Urgent: Former Shanghai party chief expelled from Party, government

    07/26/2007 4:59:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 404+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 07/26/07
    Urgent: Former Shanghai party chief expelled from Party, government www.chinaview.cn 2007-07-26 19:19:28       BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Former Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from all government posts, said the CPC Central Committee on Thursday. Senior Shanghai official  on trial for role in pension fund scandal     BEIJING, June 29 -- Ling Baoheng, Shanghai's former chief watchdog of state-owned assets, became the second official to stand trial for alleged involvement in the city's pension fund scandal, as hearing of his case began yesterday. Full storyChinese auditors reveal billions of...
  • Hamas accuses Fatah of revealing Palestinian resistance secrets(Hamas,Fatah at each other's throat)

    01/16/2007 6:35:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 01/16/07
    Hamas accuses Fatah of revealing Palestinian resistance secrets www.chinaview.cn 2007-01-16 20:13:26 Special report: Internal situation in Palestine GAZA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) - The military wing of governing Hamas has accused on Tuesday rival Fatah movement of uncovering "the plans of resistance in agreement with the Zionist occupation." In a fiery written statement faxed to reporters, Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas accused a spokesman of Fatah of revealing their "military projects" in accordance with serving the Israeli occupation and "achieving ignoble political goals." The media escalation began Monday when Abdel Hakim Awad, a spokesman for Fatah, told a news conference...
  • China: Hu is urged to cede his position to the vice president(open power struggle?)

    01/11/2007 2:28:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 736+ views
    IHT ^ | 01/11/07
    Hu is urged to cede his position to the vice president Zeng is proposed for state president Reuters Published: January 10, 2007 BEIJING: The Chinese leader Hu Jintao has been urged to cede the presidency to a rival-turned-ally, sources said, a step that would sweep aside two decades of established practice and let him focus on extending Communist Party power. Political allies of Vice President Zeng Qinghong have urged that he be promoted to state president at Parliament's annual session in 2008, the sources with close ties to the top leadership said, requesting anonymity to avoid repercussions for speaking to...
  • Saudi Power Struggle?

    12/21/2006 4:11:39 AM PST · by Mel Gibson · 6 replies · 915+ views
    Stratfor ^ | December 15, 2006 | Stratfor
    The sands are shifting in the Saudi kingdom, but the direction is still unclear. The questions began with the out-of-the-blue resignation of Saudi Ambassador to the United States Turki al-Faisal on Monday. Turki said he resigned to spend more time with his family -- the usual excuse given for abrupt diplomatic departures -- but his absence has raised questions in Washington regarding the stability of the Saudi royal family.