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  • More than 100 new species discovered in Mekong region

    12/21/2017 8:48:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 12/21/2017 | Staff
    BANGKOK: A Vietnamese ‘crocodile lizard’ and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world. Each year scientists announce scores of new species discovered in the region, which includes Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. But there are fears that many more species could die out before they are found in...
  • [Vanity] The History of Southeast Asia Podcast

    03/11/2017 8:02:39 AM PST · by Berosus · 45 replies
    Blubrry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Charles Kimball
    I have been a minor participant on FR since 2004, but this is the first time I have ever started a thread. For the past eight months I have recorded a podcast on Southeast Asian history, and I thought some other Freepers would be interested in hearing it, especially when I cover twentieth century events like World War II and the Vietnam War. Although the podcast is hosted on, you can also access it from iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and four other websites. As of March 2017, I have seventeen episodes online, and because I have been going in...
  • 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,...