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  • Indonesia’s Minorities Under Threat

    11/07/2016 9:24:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/07/2016
    slamists misquoted a September speech in which Mr. Purnama cited the Quran and started a social-media campaign against him. He has since apologized, and a police investigation is expected to clear him. But the accusation led to Friday’s rally, at which participants openly incited violence against the Governor. Some protesters burned cars and looted shops. Mr. Purnama, who has been the target of assassination plots in the past, is running for re-election in February. His chances are good since he remains popular with Jakarta’s population, especially the middle class. Originally Deputy Governor, he took over when his predecessor, Joko Widodo,...
  • Terrorism and the Missing Southeast Asia Flights

    12/31/2014 10:16:51 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/31/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Are we so blinded by propaganda, lies by Muslim leaders, and political correctness perpetrated by the liberal left that we cannot recognize Islamic terrorism when it slaps us in the face? This article is simply the offspring of observation, and speculation regarding those observations. The AirAsia flight that recently vanished, without a word, was being flown by Captain Iriyanto, a devout and active Muslim (and his co-pilot was a Muslim-French National). The pilot of the Malaysian flight that vanished without a word was also a devout Muslim, as was his co-pilot. Both were experienced flyers, and experts found it to...
  • Japan Considers Getting Offensive

    07/27/2013 10:14:00 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    The American Interest ^ | July 26, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    A new defense paper published by Japan’s government today urges Tokyo to set up a rapid marine deployment force to counter threats to its territory and acquire offensive weapons, like surveillance drones and missiles that could strike enemy bases. Shinzo Abe’s government is clearly trucking on with plans to revamp Japan’s military and even considering changing the pacifist constitution, under which some of these new capabilities are questionable. The paper pushes the limits of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which states, “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use...
  • David and Goliath: Vietnam Confronts China Over South China Sea Energy Riches

    06/14/2011 3:25:02 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 14/06/2010 | John Daly
    An increasingly fractious maritime confrontation is developing in the South China Sea, with enormous implications for international companies interested in developing East Asia’s offshore hydrocarbon resources. Far from the radars of city of London and Wall Street investors, the clash has seen Vietnam emerge as spear carrier for its fellow ASEAN members on the dispute. Offshore drilling is the most capital-intensive form of exploiting hydrocarbons, but its expense and scarcity has also allowed technically advanced Western companies to drive hard bargains with third world countries over their offshore waters, as they don’t have indigenous advanced technical resources nor finances to...
  • Ethnic clashes in Burma put Chinese projects at risk

    07/12/2011 10:36:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 7/12/2011 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    This week deadly armed clashes near Burma’s border with China ended a nearly two-decade-old ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma’s government. About 10,000 people have fled to refugee camps along the Chinese border and 215 Chinese workers from the Datang United Hydropower Developing Co. returned home after the KIA captured a Chinese-built and operated hydropower plant last week. A KIA spokesperson told the Thailand-based Irrawaddy that the uprising began when the government reneged on an agreement to share electricity generated from the region’s Chinese-built hydropower plants with local people. “This electricity is now going to China, not...
  • 'Two suns' spotted in China defy explanation

    03/06/2011 1:10:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 5, 2011 | Natalie Wolchover (
    Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky — a story that was later debunked — two suns were caught on camera yesterday in China. The suns — one fuzzy and orange, the other a crisp yellow orb — appeared side-by-side, one slightly higher than the other. What's going on? Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to, asked Jim Kaler, the University of Illinois astronomer who squelched the excitement over the aforementioned exploding Betelgeuse and who has written...
  • Inauguration of the RSAF's First Local F-15SG Squadron

    04/05/2010 6:35:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 349+ views
    MINDEF ^ | 4/05/2010 | MINDEF
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the inauguration ceremony of 149 Squadron, the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF's) first local F-15SG Squadron, at Paya Lebar Air Base this afternoon. The F-15SG Squadron will join the fighter group under the Air Combat Command, which plans, controls and executes air warfare operations. This marks a significant milestone in the 3rd Generation RSAF's development of its advanced fighter capabilities. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Teo highlighted the crucial role that the F-15SG squadron will play in enhancing the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) ability to deal...
  • Singapore 'to get Israel's Iron Dome'

    04/04/2010 11:08:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/02/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    Singapore is reported to be acquiring Israel's new Iron Dome anti-missile air-defense system under a once-secret military cooperation pact with the Jewish state that dates to the 1960s. Indeed, according to the Paris Intelligence Online Web site, Singapore helped finance the development of the system by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It says that Iron Dome was always intended for the island, a key Asian shipping hub and one of the richest per capita states in the world, because of its strategic location as a trading center. The Israeli air force, which runs the Jewish state's air defense network, completed test-firings...
  • China's arms purchases fuel fears of clashes(sharp rise in arms purchase by S.E. Asia)

    03/14/2010 7:38:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 455+ views
    FT ^ | 03/14/10 | Kathrin Hille & Tim Johnston
    China's arms purchases fuel fears of clashes By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Tim Johnston in Bangkok Published: March 14 2010 19:12 | Last updated: March 14 2010 21:58 Military analysts are warning that China’s increased regional power has caused its south-east Asian neighbours to step up their own defence purchases, raising the prospect that territorial disputes in the South China Sea could turn violent. Siemon Wezeman, a senior fellow at the arms transfers programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), said that several south-east Asian countries had “dramatically” stepped up their purchases of submarines, fighter aircraft, and...
  • Malaysia's first submarine to be operational next week

    02/13/2010 1:47:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 306+ views ^ | 1/12/2010 | MCOT
    Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar has confirmed that the nation's first submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, was experiencing a mechanical fault which prevented it from submerging. He said the fault was detected on Jan 17, following maintenance works conducted at the RMN base in Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah. "The damage involves a part that channels water pressure movement which caused the submarine's failure to launch underwater," he told reporters after a ceremony where appointment letters were presented to members of the National Service Training Council here Thursday. Abdul Aziz was commenting on a local English daily on...
  • A Meaningful Agenda for President Obama's Meeting with Southeast Asian Leaders

    11/13/2009 3:40:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 647+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 10, 2009 | Walter Lohman
    The Bush Administration did a great deal for U.S. relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It developed the ASEAN Cooperation Plan, the Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative, the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership, and the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement. The Bush Administration also opened free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand and saw to successful conclusion a comprehensive U.S.-Singapore FTA that has resulted in a 73 percent increase in U.S. exports to Singapore. And it was President Bush who appointed the first ever U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration's public diplomacy was not as...
  • American leftists were Pol Pot's cheerleaders

    04/10/2008 8:01:03 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 75 replies · 2,272+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 30, 1998 | Jeff Jacoby
    The death of Pol Pot, 23 years to the day after he and the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia, occasioned long backward glances at one of the 20th century's most horrific genocides. It was noted everywhere that the communist reign of terror in Cambodia lasted nearly four years and that at least 1 million human beings -- by some estimates as many as 2 1/2 million -- were murdered in an orgy of executions, torture, and starvation. "In the name of a radical utopia," The New York Times recalled in its long obituary, "the Khmer Rouge regime had turned...
  • Obama's Other Controversial Church (Complete Article)

    06/14/2009 12:06:36 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies · 1,605+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    June 14, 2009Obama's Other Controversial ChurchBy Andrew Walden "This is a guy (former Weatherman terror-bomber Bill Ayers) who lives in my neighborhood ... the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago - when I was 8 years old - somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense." -- Barack Obama on the Campaign trail, 2008 As President Obama prepared to commemorate D-Day, the Associated Press dug up old details and photos to write a warm fuzzy story about the WW2 service record of Obama's maternal grandfather...
  • Asia: The Coming Fury

    02/13/2009 8:45:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 55 replies · 1,736+ views
    Foreign Policy in Focus ^ | February 9, 2009 | Walden Bello
    As goods pile up in wharves from Bangkok to Shanghai, and workers are laid off in record numbers, people in East Asia are beginning to realize they aren't only experiencing an economic downturn but living through the end of an era. For over 40 years now, the cutting edge of the region's economy has been export-oriented industrialization (EOI). Taiwan and Korea first adopted this strategy of growth in the mid-1960s, with Korean dictator Park Chung-Hee coaxing his country's entrepreneurs to export by, among other measures, cutting off electricity to their factories if they refused to comply. The success of Korea...
  • KhmerKrom

    12/16/2008 10:41:33 PM PST · by SaBinh · 3 replies · 494+ views
    Thach ^ | 12/16/2008 | SaBinh
    The purpose of this statement is to provide all Member States of the United Nation with an objective description of the various aspects of the problem arising from the Khmer territories of Cochin-China (South Vietnam). In the past those territories were part of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and they are still inhabited by over half a million Khmers who remain deeply attached to their culture, religion, customs, traditions and ancestral land. When the odds became unequal in 1854, the reigning Khmer ruler, King Ang Duong, found it necessary to appeal to a Power of the Western world, namely France, for...
  • Laos fears China's footprint [China to build Chinese city in Laotian capital]

    04/06/2008 12:46:05 PM PDT · by charles m · 18 replies · 287+ views
    AP ^ | 4/6/2008 | DENNIS D. GRAY
    VIENTIANE, Laos - A high-rise Chinatown that is to go up by Laos' laid-back capital has ignited fears that this nation's giant northern neighbor is moving to engulf this nation. So alarmed are Laotians that the communist government, which rarely explains its actions to the population, is being forced to do just that, with what passes for an unprecedented public relations campaign. The "Chinese City" is a hot topic of talk and wild rumor, much of it laced with anxiety as well as anger that the regime sealed such a momentous deal in virtual secrecy. The rumblings are being heard...
  • NYP: DITH PRAN, 1942-2008

    04/01/2008 12:34:17 PM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 135+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 1, 2008 | Editorial
    Dith Pran... used to say: "I'm not a hero - I'm a messenger." ...[He was] a tenacious survivor of the 1975-79 Cambodian holocaust, when the communist Khmer Rouge slaughtered 1 million people- nearly a third of the nation's population- while the world looked on. He devoted the rest of his life to telling the story- best known through the 1984 film "The Killing Fields." Dith, a translator-photographer for Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg, remained behind after the fall of Phnom Penh to help report the Khmer Rouge takeover. But when Western journalists were forced to leave, Dith became a prisoner, spending...
  • Archaeologists Find Evidence Of Origin Of Pacific Islanders

    03/31/2008 1:56:50 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,238+ views
    VOA News ^ | 3-31-2008 | Heidi Chang
    Archaeologists Find Evidence of Origin of Pacific Islanders By Heidi Chang Honolulu, Hawaii 31 March 2008 The origin of Pacific Islanders has been a mystery for years. Now archaeologists believe they have the answer. As Heidi Chang reports, they found it in China. The excavation of the Zishan site (Zhejiang Province) in 1996, where many artifacts from the Hemudu culture have been found China had a sea-faring civilization as long as 7000 years ago. Archaeologist Tianlong Jiao says, one day, these mariners sailed their canoes into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and stayed. He points out, "Most scientists, archaeologists,...
  • The Two Faces of Communist Laos

    02/29/2008 8:53:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 199+ views ^ | February 28, 2008 | Michael Benge
    There are two faces of Laos. One is the eco-tourism guided tour for backpackers with cheap hostels and an abundance of ganja (marijuana), coupled with the more expensive, more modernized Vientiane intent on luring western investors. The second is the insular Laos, behind a bamboo curtain, where the xenophobic, Pathet Lao communists (Lao People's Revolutionary Party), with apparent aid from the Vietnamese communists, are intent on annihilating an ethnic group of people -- the Hmong. During the Vietnam War, the US conducted a “Secret War” in Laos arming the Hmong tribesmen and using them to interdict North Vietnamese soldiers and...
  • Filipino/Filipino Americans plan $500 MILLION dollar lawsuit against ABC

    A group of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans is preparing a 500 million-dollar class suit against ABC Network in the United States in response to a slur against Philippine medical schools and Filipino medical professionals, aired in the premiere episode of the fourth season of “Desperate Housewives”. In that episode, the character Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) questioned the credentials of her gynecologist over a disputed diagnosis. Mayer said she wanted to check the doctor’s diploma to make sure it didn’t come “from some med school in the Philippines”. The class suit is being filed by the Northern California chapter...
  • The Manila Melting Pot

    10/11/2007 9:02:39 PM PDT · by bolabong · 4 replies · 180+ views
    October 12, 2007 | bolabong
    The Manila Melting PotLike many cities in developing nations, Manila is not without its pollution and traffic, nor the conspicuous divide between rich and poor. Nevertheless, this bustling Philippines capital, situated on the west coast of the island of Luzon, is a remarkable melting pot of Asian and Latin cultures, thick with history and flavor. When in Manila, sightseeing is protocol. Many history lessons have been learnt while visiting the oldest part of the city, Intramuros (Latin for “within the walls”), which was founded by the Spanish in 1571 and houses numerous historic buildings and churches. Rizal Park, named after...
  • MILF hails US Congress's recognition of Ramadan (barf alert)

    10/08/2007 10:55:39 AM PDT · by Baladas · 23 replies · 1,211+ views
    GMA News ^ | 10/08/2007 | staff
    The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) hailed Sunday the United States Congress's passage of a resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan as the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal. In a statement on its website (, the MILF described the US Congress' resolution as an "epoch-making" act that will help stop bigotry and racism against 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. “This is indeed an epoch-making for the rest of the world to follow suit and recognize this holy month observed by fasting by more than one billion Muslims all over the world," said Sheikh Mohammad Muntassir, chairman of the MILF...
  • Burmese monks defy army warning (Protests in Burma).

    09/25/2007 12:08:23 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 329+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
    The monks have vowed to continue their action Lorries with loudspeakers have been driving through Burma's main city of Rangoon warning residents to stop anti-government protests.The broadcasts threatened that "action will be taken against those who violate this order". But hundreds of monks and civilians defied the threats and began fresh protests at the Shwedagon pagoda. On Monday, there were protests in at least 25 towns, with tens of thousands of people marching in Rangoon. Several military trucks are now parked near Shwedagon pagoda, which has been the focus of the protests. Eyewitnesses said several hundred monks gathered at...
  • Filipinos fight to be recognized as U.S. vets

    09/05/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 93 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | September 5, 2007 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    They lived in the Philippines, but they were members of the U.S. armed forces. More than 200,000 of them fought during World War II. Tens of thousands died before the final hard-won triumph over Japan. But in the decades following the war, the title of U.S. veteran -- and resulting compensation -- has eluded them.  Now, Filipino-American World War II veterans, aided by their adult children, have stepped up a decades-long fight to get Congress to recognize them as bona fide U.S. veterans – a move that would qualify them for VA benefits."Our community has been lobbying for this...
  • In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends (Gets help from Invisible Elves)

    09/18/2007 11:56:22 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 18 replies · 837+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/17/2007 | JAMES HOOKWAY
    MANILA, Philippines -- As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year. Case closed? Not in the Philippines, where vampires are said to prey on unwary travelers and wealthy politicians consult fortune tellers and card readers. Mr. Floro, 54 years old, has become a media celebrity. He is now wielding his new clout to campaign for the return of his job -- and exact vengeance on the Supreme Court. Helping him, he says, are...
  • China offers to sell military choppers to the Philippines

    09/08/2007 4:28:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 401+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05 Sep 2007
    REFILE-China offers to sell military choppers to Manila 05 Sep 2007 09:11:46 GMT Source: Reuters MANILA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - China has offered to sell 8 utility helicopters to the Philippine military as it seeks to replace its Vietnam War-era aircraft, a Philippine air force official said on Wednesday. Defence ties between China and the Philippines -- a longtime U.S. ally -- have grown steadily since 2004 when the two sides launched an annual security dialogue. Beijing has since donated $2.5 million worth of engineering equipment to the military to help it carry out development projects in areas where communist...
  • Former Philippine Communist leader arrested

    08/29/2007 2:52:33 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 367+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | August 29 2007
    Jose Maria Sison, the former Communist leader in the Philippines, has been arrested in the Netherlands, charged with the murders of two former political associates. 66-year-old Sison has been living in the Netherlands since 1987, and was the founder of the Philippine Communist Party. The party's military wing, the NPA or New People's Army, is waging an armed rebellion across the Philippines that has cost 40,000 lives. The National Public Prosecutor for the Netherlands, John Lucas, explained the reasons for Sison's arrest. "He's suspected of involvement in the murder of two people in the Philippines. We think that he was...
  • Philippines fight over trade deal

    08/21/2007 3:06:06 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 299+ views
    BBC ^ | August 21, 2007.
    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is keen for the deal to be ratified The Philippine government is urging the country's senate to ratify a $4bn (£2bn) trade deal with Japan, which it says may create more than 300,000 jobs.The agreement, struck last year, would bolster local exports such as shrimp to Japan, the government said, a market being eyed by trading rival Thailand. Japan has also pledged to employ at least 1,000 Philippine nurses. But the opposition-dominated senate has objected with claims the deal would see toxic waste sent to the Philippines. However, this has been denied by the government, which...
  • Map reveals ancient urban sprawl (bad enviro-policy blamed).

    08/14/2007 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 16 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | August 14, 2007
    The researchers disovered at least 74 new temples The great medieval temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia was once at the centre of a sprawling urban settlement, according to a new, detailed map of the area.Using Nasa satellites, an international team have discovered at least 74 new temples and complex irrigation systems. The map, published in the journal PNAS, extends the known settlement by 1000 sq km, about the size of Los Angeles. Analysis also lends weight to the theory that Angkor's residents were architects of the city's demise. "The large-scale city engineered its own downfall by disrupting its...
  • Asean agrees on landmark charter (Assoc. of SE Asian Nations).

    07/30/2007 2:48:29 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 8 replies · 328+ views
    BBC ^ | July 30, 2007. | Michael Barker
    Asean members hope to adopt the charter formally later this year Ministers from South-East Asian countries have reached agreement on a landmark draft charter. The document gives the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) a set of binding rules for the first time in the bloc's 40-year existence. The agreement comes after nearly two years of deliberations among members. It includes a contentious provision to set up a commission monitoring human rights in the region - despite strong misgivings from some Asean countries. Credibility boost With governments in the region running the gamut from fully-fledged democracies to a military...
  • Rebels behead Philippine troops

    07/11/2007 1:44:04 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 16 replies · 1,016+ views
    BBC ^ | 11th July, 2007
    Islamic militants in the southern Philippines have killed 14 marines, beheading 10 of them, a military spokesman has said. Nine other marines were wounded and at least four rebels were killed during the incident on Basilan island. The clash took place as the marines were searching for an Italian priest. The priest was seized in June by kidnappers believed to be from either Abu Sayyaf or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Both groups are seeking an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. Ceasefire violation? The priest, named as Giancarlo Bossi, was seized by armed men near the coastal village...
  • NBC Promotes Toxic Chinese Light Bulbs

    07/09/2007 8:24:29 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 69 replies · 1,920+ views
    AIM ^ | 5 July 2007 | Cliff Kincaid and Andy Selepak
    The Alliance for Climate Protection, which is part of Al Gore’s Live Earth campaign, tells people that by using compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, they can save energy, save money and live longer. But they fail to mention that the bulbs are made in communist China and are potentially hazardous to human health.
  • Chinese deception, Nehru's naivete led to India-China war: CIA

    06/28/2007 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 1,509+ views
    DPA ^ | Jun 28, 2007
    New Delhi - In revelations that could jar improving India-China relations, recently declassified CIA documents detail what the US saw as Chinese deception and Indian naivete that led to the 1962 war between the Asian giants, Indian media reported Thursday. CIA documents on the India-China border dispute that were declassified on Tuesday offer insights on how the US intelligence agency viewed the former Soviet Union and China in the darkest days of the Cold War. In three chapters dealing with the 1962 border war that India lost, CIA analysts suggested that the Chinese government under Premier Chou En Lai deceived...
  • Muslim hardliners storm Indonesia church

    06/04/2007 5:25:41 AM PDT · by siunevada · 44 replies · 951+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | June 4, 2007
    JAKARTA (AFP) - Muslim hardliners stormed a church in Indonesia during services, smashing images of Jesus Christ and demanding that it be closed down, the pastor said on Monday. Dozens of churches have had to be closed in the Muslim-majority country in recent years, and Sunday's attack was the second on the small Protestant church in the West Java town of Soreang since 2005. Reverend Robby Elisa, who heads the church, said around 100 hardliners attacked while Sunday school was in session. He said his wife was beaten and that at least four stained glass depictions of Jesus were smashed....

    05/30/2007 5:12:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 96 replies · 4,079+ views
    An Enormous Crime is nothing less than shocking. Based on thousands of pages of public and previously classified documents, it makes an utterly convincing case that when the American government withdrew its forces from Vietnam, it knowingly abandoned hundreds of POWs to their fate. The product of twenty-five years of research by former Congressman Bill Hendon and attorney Elizabeth A. Stewart, An Enormous Crime brilliantly exposes the reasons why these American soldiers and airmen were held back by the North Vietnamese at Operation Homecoming in 1973 and what these men have endured since. Despite hundreds of postwar sightings and intelligence...
  • Bomb kills three in Philippines

    05/18/2007 1:00:45 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 433+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 18, 2007
    Three people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a bus station in the southern Philippines.A young boy was among the dead and at least 15 other people were hurt in the blast, in the city of Cotabato. Local police told reporters it was unlikely the explosion was related to the country's mid-term elections, held earlier this week. Cotabato is on Mindanao island, where Islamic militants have been fighting the largely Catholic government. Police chief Jomar Yap told the Associated Press that an improvised explosive device was left in a cluster of stalls at the station. "Witnesses heard...
  • The Big Shake Up! The race is on to catch up with the US

    05/11/2007 7:12:48 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 1,162+ views
    International Institute for Management Development ^ | 05/10/2007 | International Institute for Management Development
    The results of the 2007 edition of IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook highlight a big shake-up in economic and business power. Emerging nations are quickly catching up in competitiveness. New companies and new brands are appearing all over the world. They now contest the long-standing competitive supremacy of industrialized nations. “This could lead to an increase in protectionist measures in Europe and the US”, says Professor Stéphane Garelli, Director of IMD’s World Competitiveness Center. Of the 55 economies ranked by IMD, the US still ranks No. 1 in 2007, closely followed by Singapore and Hong Kong. However, 40 economies are now...
  • Sayyaf beheads 6 abducted workers (More Murderous Muslim Mayhem)

    04/19/2007 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 1,200+ views
    Manila Times ^ | 20 April 2007 | AFB via Manila Times
    Six road workers kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf extremists were found beheaded Thursday in Jolo. The severed heads of the six mostly-Christian workers were found in the jungles of Jolo by soldiers, four days after the workers were seized while heading to a government road project, said Major General Ruben Rafael. The workers were seized by Al Bader Parad, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf, responsible for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history. One of the soldiers who found the remains said, on condition of anonymity, that the heads had been scattered in various places in Jolo. The soldier said...
  • Appeal to end Philippine clashes (When the goings get tough, Muslims sue for peace)?

    04/17/2007 2:21:03 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 11 replies · 598+ views
    BBC ^ | April 16, 2007
    The Philippine government and a Muslim rebel group have been urged to end a three-day battle that has left at least 12 people dead and displaced thousands.The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) called on both sides to abide by a 1996 peace agreement. Government troops and helicopter gunships pounded a base of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on southern Jolo island at the weekend. It followed a mortar attack on two marine camps on Friday. That attack, which killed two marines and a child, has been blamed on an MNLF commander, Habier Malik. Government forces retaliated by...
  • Burma's new capital city unveiled

    03/27/2007 12:35:10 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 18 replies · 915+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Jonathan Head
    Journalists caught a rare glimpse of Burma's military leader Than Shwe Burma's military rulers have been showing off their new capital for the first time to the outside world. The new city, called Naypyidaw, or Abode of Kings, is being built about 460km (300 miles) north of the old capital, Rangoon. Until now few outsiders were allowed to go there, but the foreign media has been invited to the capital to watch the huge Armed Forces Day parade. However, it is still not clear why the generals have moved here. The rutted and overcrowded roads of Burma suddenly give...
  • Is border conflict in Southeast Asia spreading abroad?-(ROP Thai)

    03/11/2007 4:50:43 PM PDT · by Flavius · 9 replies · 510+ views
    commercial paper ^ | March 11, 2007 | By Denis D. Grayand Vijay Joshi
    THANNAM THIP, Thailand -- A shallow river, deep jungles and a 12-mile wall mark the divide not just between Thailand and Malaysia but between Southeast Asia's Muslim and Buddhist worlds. This ragged stretch of border is viewed by some as a potential front in the Muslim insurgency wracking southern Thailand, mysterious in its goals and undeterred by either government crackdowns or peace overtures. Analysts have been divided over whether Thai insurgents are plugging into a broader Islamic movement. But an Associated Press investigation conducted over the past three months indicates the separatist rebellion, which has already taken the lives of...
  • Australian PM begins Japan visit

    03/11/2007 11:19:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 325+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 11, 2007
    Mr Howard will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Australian Prime Minister John Howard has arrived in Japan on a visit which will include the signing of a bilateral security pact. The declaration is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. The government has dismissed suggestions that the defence deal could strain ties with China. Meanwhile, Australian diplomats are due in North Korea for talks on its nuclear programme. The delegation will urge Pyongyang to abide by its agreement last month to start dismantling its nuclear facilities. Such progress could result in Australian aid,...
  • Doctors of Depravity

    03/04/2007 2:53:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 298 replies · 5,170+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/2/07 | Christopher Hudson
    After more than 60 years of silence, World War II's most enduring and horrible secret is being nudged into the light of day. One by one the participants, white-haired and mildmannered, line up to tell their dreadful stories before they die. Akira Makino is a frail widower living near Osaka in Japan. His only unusual habit is to regularly visit an obscure little town in the southern Philippines, where he gives clothes to poor children and has set up war memorials. Mr Makino was stationed there during the war. What he never told anybody, including his wife, was that during...
  • Muslim insurgency stokes fear in southern Thailand

    02/25/2007 2:04:06 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 26 replies · 1,033+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 25, 2007 | Seth Mydans
    Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years, with almost- daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings. It is a conflict the government admits it is losing. [...] A new policy of conciliation pursued by Thailand's junta since it took power in a coup five months ago has been met by increased violence, including a barrage of 28 coordinated bombings in the south that killed or injured about 60 people a week ago. [...] "Buddhist monks have been hacked to death, clubbed to...
  • Filipino remittances hit $12.8bn

    02/16/2007 3:17:45 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 1,157+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007
    Globally, remittances make up about $230bn Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas last year totalled a record $12.8bn (£6.5bn), the Philippines' central bank has said.The remittances - a 20% rise on 2005 - account for about 10% of the country's economy, the bank added. Most of the eight million overseas workers are in the US or Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the fifth-largest recipient of foreign remittances behind India, China, Mexico and France. It has forecast that Filipinos will send home about $14.1bn this year. Their remittances play an increasingly significant role in...
  • Pakistani pacts with rebels led to more attacks - report

    12/11/2006 8:55:26 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 9 replies · 548+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:10 PM IST
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani pacts with pro-Taliban militants on the Afghan border have facilitated attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan and allowed the militants to expand influence in Pakistan, a think-tank said. Instead of appeasing militants, Pakistan must impose the rule of law in its semi-autonomous tribal lands on the border, where Taliban and al Qaeda sympathisers have sheltered since 2001, disarm the militants and shut their training camps, the International Crisis Group said. "Despite Pakistani denials, the tribal belt, particularly agencies such as the Waziristans, remains a Taliban sanctuary and a hub for attacks on the U.S.-led coalition and...
  • Report: Taliban regrouping in Pakistan (Pakistan "allowing" Taliban to establish 'mini-state')

    12/11/2006 1:49:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/06 | Matthew Pennington - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A peace deal between Pakistan's government and Islamic militants in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan has created a virtual Taliban mini-state where mullahs dispense justice and fighters are launching cross-border attacks into neighboring Afghanistan, a think tank reported Monday. The U.S. military confirmed that attacks have risen sharply since the deal was reached earlier this year despite concerns it would give a freer hand to Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants who fled to Pakistan after the fall of the hard-line regime in Afghanistan in 2001. "Over the past five years, the (President Gen. Pervez) Musharraf government...
  • Pak ready to give up Kashmir claim

    12/05/2006 4:45:59 PM PST · by mylife · 13 replies · 513+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 5, 2006 | United News of India
    Pak ready to give up Kashmir claim United News of India New Delhi, December 5, 2006|14:36 IST Pakistan is prepared to give up its claim on Kashmir, the demand for plebiscite in the region and on implementation of UN Resolutions if both countries agree on the four-point solution. In an interview with a private channel here, Gen Musharraf said self-governance or autonomy did not mean independence and Pakistan is against independence for Kashmir. He said Pakistan was prepared to give up its claim to Kashmir if India and Pakistan agree on the four-point solution (a solution in which boundaries are...
  • Thailand's junta shows its (heavy) hand

    09/25/2006 5:15:31 AM PDT · by starbase · 4 replies · 338+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Sep 26, 2006 | Shawn W Crispin
    BANGKOK - Thailand's military coup last week nominally aimed to break the country's grinding political deadlock and usher in a new era of democracy and political reform. But the new ruling junta's handling of the transition from democratic to military rule is raising hard new questions about the country's political direction. The military-run Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM) has vowed to promulgate an interim constitution this week, hand power to a civilian-led administration of its own choosing next week, and restore full democracy through new parliamentary elections within one year. At the same time, the junta has...
  • US Treasury names suspected al Qaeda fund-raisers

    08/03/2006 12:57:36 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 6 replies · 840+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | August 3, 2006 | Reuters Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday named the Philippine and Indonesian branches of the International Islamic Relief Organization as fund-raisers for al Qaeda and other terror groups. It also designated one of the Saudi-based organization's high-ranking officials, Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, as a fund-raiser for al Qaeda. The action means that no American can have any dealings with the two branches of the organization or with Al-Mujil and that any assets they have in the United States will be frozen. "Al-Mujil has a long record of supporting Islamic militant groups, and he has maintained a cell...