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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...