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  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo

    09/24/2014 9:26:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 23, 2014 | LESLEY WROUGHTON AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China. Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales. Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of China's increasingly assertive activities in the...
  • Racy photos of scantily-clad VietAir flight attendants stir controversy

    09/24/2014 6:29:58 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Fox News
    Airlines like Air New Zelanad and RyanAir have come under fire for their less-than-family friendly promotions, but the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, VietJetAir, is facing backlash over racy publicity photos that weren't part of an official ad campaign. Ngoc Trinh, a Vietnamese lingerie model, recently posted pictures of herself along with other women wearing skimpy bikinis in the VietJetAir’s colors to her Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. They were allegedly captioned: “Just finished shooting promo photos for VietJet Air for 12 hours nonstop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.”
  • WSJ: Obama will require military to get his personal approval for U.S. strikes in Syria

    09/18/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A man who’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political directors, and who knows more about policy than his policy advisors must surely also be a better general than his generals, no? The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than...
  • Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comrades

    09/15/2014 4:55:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Brad Lendon
    (CNN) -- As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday. Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam's A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • Kerry Says Islamic State Is Not Islamic

    09/13/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry challenged ISIL’s definition of itself and insisted that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is not, in fact, Islamic. “I studied Islam in college,” Kerry asserted. “None of the books I read or classes I took mentioned anything about beheading unbelievers or raping women. I’ll stack this up against the mutterings of an uneducated terrorist any day of the week.” Palestinian-Jordanian politician Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi disagreed with Kerry and maintained that ISIL’s “actions and words stem directly from the Quran and Sunna—two of Islam’s most sacred texts.” A spokesman for ISIL suggested that “perhaps this chattering...
  • Medal of Honor: Lawrence Joel, Specialist 6, United States Army

    09/13/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | March 2006 | Michael Robert Patterson, webmaster
    Born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 22, 1928, he earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade on November 8, 1965. In spite of being wounded himself, he saved the lives of many members of his unit. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on March 9, 1967 at the White House. He was the first living black American to have received the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War in 1898. He died on February 4, 1984 and was...
  • Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

    09/12/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Jason Szep
    ANKARA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led action against Islamic State, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the challenges of building a willing coalition to wage what will likely be a tough offensive. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides...
  • Obama's ISIS Offensive Is Not 'War,' Kerry Insists

    09/11/2014 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT
    The U.S. is not at war with ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted today. Kerry was asked today whether the U.S. was at war with ISIS. "No. Look, we’re engaged in a counterterrorism operation of a significant order," the secretary responded. "And counterterrorism operations can take a long time, they go on. I think 'war' is the wrong reference term with respect to that, but obviously it involves kinetic military action."
  • Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, Talks Strategy With Arab Leaders

    09/11/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Secretary of State John Kerry plunged into an intensive series of meetings here with Arab officials on Thursday to coordinate strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The meetings are being hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has agreed to provide bases for the training of moderate Syrian rebels who are battling the Sunni militants and the Assad government in Damascus. The talks will also include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. The Obama administration is eager for the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to...
  • Last Days in Vietnam, a Documentary in Theaters

    09/09/2014 8:06:24 AM PDT · by grayhog · 35 replies
    The Treehouse Letter ^ | 9/7/14 | Mylinh Shattan
    Rory Kennedy, film-maker and daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, produced a film which debuted in theaters this week about the fall of Vietnam. I haven’t seen it yet and am debating whether I will. I'm half Vietnamese and have mixed feelings and for many years refused to watch coverage of the war and the pervasive inaccuracy in the media. It's too close to home. In 1995, 20 years after the withdrawal and debacle, reporters interviewed my father who was Vietnam's last cultural attaché. Perhaps they were trying to get the record straight. My father left Vietnam with Ambassador Martin...
  • Vietnam building deterrent against China in disputed seas with submarines

    09/08/2014 6:15:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2014 | Greg Torode, Megha Rajagopalan, Martin Petty, Tommy Wilkes & Dean Yates
    Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbor around in disputed waters. A master of guerrilla warfare, Vietnam has taken possession of two of the state-of-the-art submarines and will get a third in November under a $2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009. A final three are scheduled to be delivered within two years. While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China and annual trade has risen to $50 billion,...
  • Vietnam tests hi-tech submarines as navy expansion gives China food for thought

    09/08/2014 8:27:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, 08 September, 2014
    Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbour around in disputed waters. A master of guerrilla warfare, Vietnam has taken possession of two of the submarines and will get a third in November under a US$2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009. A final three are scheduled to be delivered within two years. While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China and annual trade has risen to US$50 billion, Hanoi...
  • Obama talks with communists to air radio show

    09/01/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 30, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Former enemy could broadcast 'Welcome to America'The Obama administration is looking to negotiate with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the government that emerged after a war costing more than 58,000 American lives, to carry a “Welcome to America” radio program over its state radio station, WND has discovered. If the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, has its way, its Voice of America program will work in tandem with the Voice of Vietnam, or VOV, to broadcast the 15-minute prime-time radio program Monday through Friday across the communist nation. BBG is looking for a distributor to do its bidding...
  • US criticizes Vietnam convictions of dissidents

    08/26/2014 9:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
    The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2½ years respectively on Tuesday as “bogus.” …
  • Rights before weapons for Vietnam

    08/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by ProgressiveAmerican · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | D Hoang
    Earlier this month, Senator John McCain indicated that it was time for the United States to consider selling lethal weapons to Vietnam after a 30-year embargo. The recent maritime standoff between Beijing and Hanoi over Chinese oil exploration off the central coast of Vietnam exposed Hanoi’s many strategic weaknesses. Providing Vietnam with coast guard and maritime systems as a first step - and eventually radar, fighter aircraft and spare parts for leftover American military equipment - would bolster Hanoi’s strategic capabilities vis-a-vis China and give substance to the "comprehensive partnership" announced last year between Hanoi and Washington. But more than...
  • Top US Military Officer in Vietnam for Historic Talks

    08/14/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The United States’ top military officer is in Vietnam for historic talks with Communist Party officials, as part of the latest effort to expand defense ties between the two former foes. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets Thursday in Hanoi with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. Before entering a closed-door meeting, Dempsey told reporters the visit is “one of the highlights” of his career. It is the first time since 1971 a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has visited Vietnam. Vietnam’s defense ministry said the talks...
  • Japan offers vessels to Vietnam to boost its sea strength

    08/11/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 16 replies
    Thanh Nien News ^ | 1 August 2014 | Thanh Nien News
    Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the East Sea (aka South China Sea), Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China. The used vessels, worth 500 million yen (US$4.86 million), would be accompanied by training and equipment to help the coastguard and fisheries surveillance effort, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said after talks with Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. The deal represents a notable shift in the two countries' close diplomatic and investment ties towards defense,...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

    08/08/2014 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 2014 10:10 AM EDT
    U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday in Vietnam that it’s time for the United States to ease the ban on selling lethal arms to the communist country, saying it has progressed on human rights. McCain told reporters in Hanoi that the easing should happen gradually, but he hoped it could begin as early as next month. “It should be limited at first to those defensive capabilities such as coast guard and maritime systems that are purely for external security,” he said.
  • Jesse Ventura Swoons Over Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    08/01/2014 3:57:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-1-2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that somebody like Jesse Ventura is also a major fan of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? (Or claims to be for the publicity value among the “hip”?) Recalling his visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro in 2002 Ventura grew misty-eyed: “Fidel Castro looked into my eyes and told me I was a man of great courage…Maybe he (Castro) saw a little of him in me.” Recall the Cowardly Lion’s reaction when the Wizard grants him “the NERVE.” Well, Jesse Ventura’s moronic gloating outdoes even the lion’s (“Shucks, folks, I’m speechless..ha-ha…Ain’t it the truth!...
  • Welcome to Vietnam

    07/29/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    World Affairs ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Ho Chi Minh would be appalled if he could see Vietnam now. Share submit to reddit inShare EmailEmail PrintPrint Well, perhaps not appalled—he was less doctrinaire than the likes of Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro, and even hard-line ideologues can become more flexible over time—but he certainly wouldn’t recognize it. The Doi Moi market reforms that began in 1986 (a mere eleven years after the fall of Saigon and national unification under the Communist Party) and a general slackening of state micromanagement have transformed the country out of all recognition.
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Honoring Vietnam veterans: Help us put a face on sacrifice

    07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mark Green
    Courtesy of the author The genius of Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- “The Wall” -- is the visitor’s overwhelming sense of loss. The names of the dead, on 140 black granite panels, appear infinite in number. It has been 32 years since The Wall was dedicated. It has become a place of healing, where Americans could separate the sacrifice of the warriors from what had become America’s most unpopular war. Back then, a young veteran, Jan Scruggs, took $2,000 of his own money and began raising the $8.4 million in private contributions to build what...
  • China Removes Contentious Oil Rig From Waters Claimed by Vietnam

    07/16/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 4:40 AM 7/16 | David Stout
    On Tuesday, the state-backed China Oilfield Services Limited said the billion-dollar platform, which had been drilling in the heart of highly contested waters claimed by Vietnam, had “precisely extracted the related geological data as planned” and was being redeployed to sea blocks off China’s Hainan Island. (Please see full article at link)
  • China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute

    07/15/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2014 | Ben Blanchard
    China told the United States on Tuesday to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension. Michael Fuchs, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the U.S. view that "provocative and unilateral" behaviour by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain...
  • What Happened to This Wheelchair-Bound Veteran in a Lowe’s Store Is the Best Thing You’ll Read Today

    07/14/2014 3:07:27 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-14-2014 | Gina Cassini
    Above: Employees of the nightshift at Lowe’s in Staten Island, New York - David, Marcus and Souleyman - get to work.by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsVeteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years. But as with so many vets suffering under scandalous conditions in the VA system, he got nowhere. His wheelchair was rickety and always seemed on the verge of collapse. Then one day it did exactly that-- right when he was shopping in a Staten Island-area Lowe's. But what happened next That’s when three strangers stepped right in to help...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • CNN's "The Sixties" : What a Bunch of Crap!

    07/06/2014 9:13:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
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    CNN's "The Sixties" episodes started out giving me feelings of nostalgia, as I grew up in that era. The Beatles coming to America and all the great 60's TV shows brought a smile to my face! But then they started getting into the Vietnam War which I really didn't pay attention to until I enlisted in 1969 and spent a year there. I guess I missed the obvious bias of Walter Cronkite etal as they declared us baby killers. One of the CNN segments quoting CBS said US Forces were killing 25,000 Vietnamese civilians a year. Bull crap! Vietnam is...
  • How Vietnam Vets were embraced - what media did not cover

    07/04/2014 6:56:05 PM PDT · by se99tp · 19 replies
    ChristianConcepsDaily ^ | June 4th, 2014 | Dr. Joseph Horton
    Independence Day is the yearly pinnacle of patriotism. But, as the media in the 1960s and 70s reported, Americans did not seem very patriotic when it came to the Vietnam War. What if what we know about Americans’ lack of support for our troops in Vietnam is wrong?
  • Bill Whittle: Losing the Peace in Iraq (video)

    07/02/2014 1:07:08 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-2-2014 | Bill Whittle
    History is written by the victors. But it doesn't take a lot of digging to reveal that the history of Vietnam -- written by the American Left -- is not the story of America losing the Vietnam War. America WON the Vietnam War. What America lost was the Vietnam PEACE. In his latest hard-hitting Firewall, Bill Whittle shows how that happened and how the exact same thing is happening in Iraq, as the Left once again tries to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. ------------------ TRANSCRIPT: LAST HELICOPTER OUT OF BAGHDAD Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is...
  • Bill Ayers: U.S. should ‘build monuments to the unknown deserters’ like Bergdahl

    07/01/2014 3:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 1, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday night, University professor and former Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers joined Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly where he was grilled over his past violent activities and his controversial views. The interview became heated when Kelly and Ayers argued over whether the violence he advocated is equivalent to the violence perpetuated by the United States in conducting operations overseas. “You sound like — with respect — Osama bin Laden,” Kelly said when Ayers asserted that it would be “fair and balanced” for American media outlets to examine the violent history of the United States as thoroughly as they...
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • In Push to Assert Rights, China Plans to Send 2nd Oil Rig to Waters Near Vietnam

    06/20/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    HANOI, Vietnam — The day after tough talks between Vietnam and China that made no progress over a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea, the Chinese government said Thursday it was sending a second rig to waters close to Vietnam.
  • The More Things Change....

    06/19/2014 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Makana · 5 replies
    Macrohistory and World TImeline ^ | June 19, 2014 | Unknown
    In 1961, France's Charles de Gaulle told President John F. Kennedy that in Vietnam the U.S. would sink "step by step into a bottomless quagmire," however much it spent "in men and money." President Kennedy had begun sending more advisors to Vietnam to help the Diem regime, increasing their number to 800 in 1961. Kennedy refused his military advisors advice to send combat divisions to Vietnam, but he increased the number of so-called advisors and aid to the Saigon regime.
  • Slaughter in Iraq -- Bush's Fault?

    06/19/2014 6:22:37 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/19/2014 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama, on Dec. 12, 2011, called Iraq "self-reliant and democratic." He praised that country, calling it a "new Iraq that's determining its own destiny -- a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." Obama said, "I have no doubt that Iraq can succeed." He campaigned to end the war in Iraq. He did -- at least he ended America's military involvement in the war. He pulled out all the troops, without leaving a residual force behind as we did, for example, in South Korea, where we...
  • John Kerry Discusses Whether Iraq is Aware of Global Warming

    06/18/2014 7:44:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Front Page ^ | 6/1/8/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Al Qaeda has been taking over Iraq, Obama and Kerry have kept a laser focus on oceans. Obama ordered the Department of Defense to fight mislabeled seafood and Kerry kept tweeting about Leonardo DeCaprio and the oceans. Then he opened up for questions on Twitter and the ones he got, he didn’t like much. Typo Dynamofo @TypoDynamofo Follow #OceanChat How is it you have time to chat with Iraq in flames and a major crisis in Israel? #tcot 8:53 AM - 17 Jun 2014 Typo Dynamofo @TypoDynamofo Follow John Kerry ? @JohnKerry Follow .@TypoDynamofo: 1/2 Have talked to 3...
  • Totally Unworthy Liberal Icons

    06/16/2014 4:31:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 15, 2014 | Alicia Colon
    There was a time when we would honor symbols of excellence that had some significant achievements that deserved our adulation. Whether it be enormous talent, superior intelligence, political or business success, etc. there would be something in the makeup of one's character that generated praise. I am having a very difficult time figuring out now why so many liberal icons come up short on substance unless it's thanks to media dishonesty. Two of the most dubious icons who continue to garner liberal endorsements are Jane Fonda and Hillary Clinton. Last week Jane Fonda was presented with the American Film Institute's...
  • U.S. to Evacuate Many Staff Members From Baghdad Embassy

    06/15/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by sunmars · 76 replies
    <p>The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.</p> <p>The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily-secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also located, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.</p>
  • Sgt. Bergdahl letter roundup: Don’t judge his platoon; He’s not anyone’s ‘child’ anymore

    06/15/2014 12:11:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 14, 2014 | Letters to the Editor
    Don't judge platoon I am not in position to judge Mr. Bergdahl, but I get a strong case of nausea when I read political and military experts passing judgments against his platoon. These political and rear-echelon military experts sitting on their fat fannies in air-conditioned offices calling them a raggedy bunch, undisciplined and wearing headbands and cut-off T-shirts. What do they expect? Those guys on outposts in dangerous territories are trying to survive, not go on parade. I can recall duty in the Pacific in WWII where our uniforms consisted of even less. If those so quick to judge those...
  • John Kerry: Climate change as big a threat as terrorism, poverty, WMDs [FLASHBACK]

    06/12/2014 2:56:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2014 | By Steve Almasy
    Saying that climate change ranks among the world's most serious problems -- such as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on all nations to respond to "the greatest challenge of our generation."
  • Iraq crisis: al-Qaeda militants push towards Baghdad - live

    06/12/2014 1:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 12, 2014 | By Raf Sanchez
    ... John Kerry, the US secretary of state, continues the tradition of urgent-sounding vagueness about what the US plans to do: "I know the president of the United States is prepared to make key decisions in short order. And as he made clear earlier, options are on the table right now, and at the appropriate time I'm sure you'll hear from the president."
  • Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Vietnamese fishing boat

    06/06/2014 9:50:59 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 20 replies
    Video of event ^ | 6 June 2014 | Jeff Head
    What follows is a riveting video and set of pictures regarding the increasing tensions in the South China Sea. We are not likely to know what went on before what is shown in the video that may have provoked the Chinese. But this is what happened in the South China Sea last month when a couple of Veitnames fishing vessels came too close to a Chinese operation: Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Chinese fishing vessel - Youtube Video Let's take a hard look at several of the frames of the video itself. Large Chinese vessel chasing Down a small...
  • Veterans outraged over Jane Fonda pick for UCLA speech: ‘We hate her’

    06/02/2014 5:07:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some Vietnam veterans in California are outraged after learning Jane Fonda, a.k.a. “Hanoi Jane,” will be giving the commencement speech for UCLA’s School of Theater next Friday. Miss Fonda was given the disparaging nickname in 1972 after she called American soldiers “war criminals” and traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to meet with enemy soldiers. “The Butler” actress is scheduled to speak on June 13 for the school’s commencement ceremony, but her appearance is drawing harsh criticism from veterans all over the country. “We hate her,” Nick Callas, president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, told Fox News....
  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 6:14:10 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-28-2014 | Mike M. Ahlers
    (CNN) -- The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN. The acknowledgment came Wednesday as searchers wrapped up the first phase of their effort, having scanned 329 square miles of southern Indian Ocean floor without finding any wreckage from the Boeing 777-200.
  • Vietnamese boat capsizes after collision with Chinese vessel in South China Sea

    05/27/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 2 replies
    Ship-technology.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | NA
    A Vietnamese boat has capsized in the disputed waters of South China Sea after colliding with a Chinese vessel amid on-going maritime territorial disputes between the two Asian countries. The incident took place 17nm from a $1bn Chinese oil rig off the Paracel islands. Vietnam coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Chinese boat rammed and sank the Vietnamese fishing vessel; however, nearby Vietnamese ships rescued the ten fishermen on-board. "A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by...
  • China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling

    05/27/2014 6:00:55 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 5-27-2014 | Reuters
    China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling ReutersMay 27, 2014, 6:20 AM  A giant Chinese oil rig has finished its first round of drilling in South China Sea waters also claimed by Vietnam and moved to another site in the area, the rig's operator, China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL), said on Tuesday. In a statement, COSL said exploration would still take place off the Xisha islands, China's name for the disputed Paracel chain, suggesting the rig was not moving far. In early May, the rig was deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast, sparking...