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  • Vanity-Home Invasion

    10/04/2013 9:21:23 AM PDT · by riri · 120 replies
    10-3-13 | self
    Yesterday as I was doing some work and surfing Free Republic, I got a knock on the door. I never answer the door when home alone and didn't yesterday. I didn't think much of it initially as we get a lot of solicitors, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. The individual kept knocking rather aggressively and ringing the bell. I looked out a side window and saw a car. Because there can sometimes be lawsuits at my husband's company, my immediate thought was that perhaps he was receiving a summons for a court case that needed his testimony. While this has never happened...
  • Al Qaeda tells Germany to change government

    09/18/2009 12:29:44 PM PDT · by riri · 44 replies · 3,264+ views
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | September 18, 2009 | AFP
    NICOSIA - Al Qaeda warned Germans on Friday to change their government in the September 27 election, saying they will face a ‘bad awakening’ if they do not, according to two intelligence monitoring services. Germany was also told to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan or face attacks at home, the US-based monitoring groups said. In video footage a man identified as Abu Talha the German, and speaking in German, asks his Muslim ‘brethren’ to ‘stay away from anything not vital for two weeks after the election,’ according to IntelCenter. Abu Talha, whose real name is said to be Bekkay Harrach,...
  • Baucus: Health negotiators coming together

    09/15/2009 12:59:22 AM PDT · by riri · 20 replies · 832+ views ^ | 9/14/09 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate negotiators are finding common ground on a healthcare reform bill and a bipartisan compromise will soon be unveiled, a senior Democrat said Monday. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told reporters in Washington Monday that the negotiators, known as the "Gang of Six," are coming together on a healthcare bill that will "have some significant bipartisan support," CNN reported. "As senators on and off the committee, (including) Republicans, begin to know more about all of this, their comfort level is starting to come up a bit," Baucus said, adding that the group...
  • Arizona Prepares For Secession From US

    01/14/2004 2:59:22 PM PST · by riri · 46 replies · 255+ views ^ | 1-14004 | Julie Foster
    An Arizona state legislative committee has approved a resolution calling for the dissolution of the federal government in the event that it abolishes the U.S. Constitution, declares martial law or confiscates firearms -- scenarios some say are not unrealistic. Critics of the resolution, however, call the measure a "total waste of time." Rep. Karen Johnson, a Mesa Republican and chair of the House Committee on Federal Mandates and States' Rights, authored the resolution which the committee approved 3-2. Only the committee's vice-chair, Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, abstained from voting. Specifically, House Concurrent Resolution 2034 outlines the origin of the United...
  • Savings Dwindle as Americans Spend, Spend, Spend

    12/20/2003 5:39:43 PM PST · by riri · 63 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12.20.03 | Andrea Hopkins
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As an economist, Beth Armington, 41, knows the value of saving money for the future, and she puts money aside from every paycheck for retirement. But as a divorced mother of two a week before Christmas, she's thrilled with the sale at Hecht's department store. "Hecht's is practically giving it away," she said as she browsed the upscale store. "I can buy five different presents for my kids but spend only half as much as last year." With small children, a "huge mortgage" and a nanny to pay for, Armington echoes the sentiments of many Americans fighting...
  • Manufacturers pulling workers into political fray

    12/13/2003 9:07:05 AM PST · by riri · 10 replies · 77+ views
    MSNBC News ^ | 12-13-03 | Doug Campbell
    Toward that end, Pavlansky is launching an unprecedented employee-awareness campaign that will be anchored by the bulletin-board display of a list of "pro-manufacturing" congressional and presidential candidates on one side, and "anti-manufacturing" on the other.Manufacturers pulling workers into political fray
  • China's IT output to lead the world by year 2010

    12/07/2003 10:52:34 AM PST · by riri · 30 replies · 197+ views
    BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- China's information technology industry output will triple in 2010 to become the world's largest, a senior official from the National Development and Reform Committee said Friday at a conference in Beijing. Besides strong output, the country is also emerging as a leader in technology, thanks to the growth of domestic companies, said Xu Qing, vice director of the committee's high-tech division. This year, the IT industry output is expected to hit 2.4 trillion yuan (US$289.16 billion) to become the world's third-largest following the United States and Japan, Xu said. Xu's confidence is based on some...
  • Bush's Trade Policies Seen As Protectionist, Tied To 2004 Election

    11/20/2003 9:09:54 AM PST · by riri · 52 replies · 207+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11-20-03 | Jed Graham
    The Bush administration's decision this week to limit imports of some textiles and apparel from China heightened the world's perception of growing protectionism in the U.S. The move comes just a week after the World Trade Organization ruled U.S. steel tariffs imposed last year are illegal. The European Union is threatening retaliation. Europe also says it'll impose $4 billion in punitive duties on U.S. goods if Congress doesn't repeal tax breaks for exporters ? also struck down by the WTO. All this follows the failure of world trade talks over the summer in which U.S. and European farm subsidies were...
  • Trade focus: Central America

    10/23/2003 3:48:42 PM PDT · by riri · 1 replies · 119+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10-22-03 | Mark Drajem
    Trade focus: Central America A deal could open markets, lead to wider agreements, and support democracy. BLOOMBERG NEWS Negotiators from the United States and five Central American nations are trying to reach agreement on cutting tariffs on factory goods and creating rules for investment as a step toward reaching a free-trade accord this year. Procter & Gamble Co., Intel Corp., and other U.S. companies are urging the United States, during talks in Houston this week, to ensure that any agreement will make it easier for them to build factories, invest in government-owned utilities, cut piracy, and tap new markets to...
  • After our industries exit, then what?

    10/21/2003 12:17:11 PM PDT · by riri · 37 replies · 232+ views
    seattle post intelligencer ^ | 10.21.03 | Bill Virgin
    So what's going on these days in the world of offshoring and foreign outsourcing? * The latest to sound warnings about the dangers of sending technology-based jobs offshore is Intel Corp. Chairman Andrew Grove. Speaking to a conference last week, Grove said the software and information-technology industries are going the way of the steel and semiconductor industries. But at least one reader responded with "gee Andy, now you tell us," noting that Intel has been among the more aggressive American companies in shifting work abroad. * But why wander so far afield for an explanation of whether this stuff matters?...
  • 'The lights are going off' Lost jobs in Rockford, Ill., underscore free trade issue

    10/20/2003 9:55:39 AM PDT · by riri · 48 replies · 313+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 10/20/2003 | Mary Leonard
    <p>ROCKFORD, Ill. -- On April 15, Ingersoll International Co., a manufacturing mainstay here for 112 years, told its 300 employees to stop work midshift because it was shutting down. The company, one of two in the nation that had produced drilling machines to build F-35 fighter jets, had recently lost a defense contract to a Spanish firm and had been staggered by fast-growing competition from Asia.</p>
  • Candidates' stand on trade is watched closely in Iowa

    10/06/2003 7:39:07 PM PDT · by riri · 9 replies · 37+ views ^ | 10.06.03 | Phillip Brasher
    <p>Washington, D.C. - Democratic presidential candidates are fighting over whether it is a good idea to keep pursuing the free-trade policy that was a hallmark of the Clinton administration.</p> <p>Because of the importance of trade to Iowa farmers and manufacturers, the intraparty struggle will have implications for the state if Democrats retake the White House.</p>
  • New Jeans Fit Levi Well as Profit Doubles

    10/01/2003 10:11:30 AM PDT · by riri · 44 replies · 1,009+ views ^ | 10.01.03 | Leslie Earnest
    For Levi Strauss & Co., the future is stacked on the shelves at Wal-Mart. The struggling San Francisco-based apparel maker said Tuesday that its fiscal third-quarter profit nearly doubled, thanks to a new low-priced brand it began selling at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s 3,000 U.S. outlets two months ago. Earnings in the quarter ended Aug. 24 jumped 95% to $26.7 million, compared with $13.7 million in the year-earlier period. The results, which also were helped by favorable currency rates, were in line with Levi's projections.
  • US socks made in Africa

    10/01/2003 9:50:03 AM PDT · by riri · 7 replies · 291+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10.01.03 | Kwaku Saky-Addo
    There are socks, socks, and more socks, everywhere at Network Knitwear Fabrics (NKF). [NFK knitting and sewing machines] About 700 people are employed by the sock factory It is a manufacturing and export company, located at the industrial and port city of Tema, 18km east of Accra, established a year and a half ago. Its purpose is to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), a US legislation designed to allow more than a thousand products, including textiles, to be sold in the United States without paying any tariffs. With the Agoa sock factory, what we bring...
  • Bush Support Sink in Arizona

    09/26/2003 11:58:03 AM PDT · by riri · 24 replies · 147+ views
    Arizona Tribune ^ | 09-26-03 | Le Templar
    Many Arizona voters are disgruntled with President Bush's handling of the economy and funding for the Iraq war and wouldn't re-elect him right now, according to a poll released Thursday by Arizona State University. Only 34 percent questioned during a weekend telephone survey would vote to give Bush a second term, according to the poll results. Forty-four percent said they would prefer someone else and 22 percent said they were undecided. Bush's standing in Arizona has national implications |because |while |the president won the state in 2000, voters narrowly picked a Democratic governor last year. "People have kind of looked...
  • Jobless Rate Worse Than the Headlines Say

    09/22/2003 10:32:06 AM PDT · by riri · 146 replies · 276+ views ^ | 9-22-03 | Justin Bachman
    <p>An analysis of the latest government monthly economic data suggests the unemployment situation is worse than the headlines portray.</p> <p>August numbers from the Department of Labor found a 6.1 percent unemployment rate, or about 8.9 million people out of work. But in its analysis of other monthly data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. reported the real unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.</p>
  • Senators Threaten China With Tariffs

    09/09/2003 1:03:27 PM PDT · by riri · 49 replies · 254+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 9.09.03 | By Mary Dalrymple
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Republican and Democratic senators said Tuesday they will push for tariffs on imports from China if the Chinese government does not take steps toward letting its currency float freely on world markets. "It's a shot across the bow," said Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. Chinese goods would face a 27.5 percent American tariff and China would lose its special trading status under the senators' bill, designed to prod China into changing its currency practices. The lawmakers argue that China unfairly undervalues its currency, making goods produced in China less expensive and making foreign imports too...
  • Patient at SGH tests positive for Sars virus

    09/08/2003 4:07:01 PM PDT · by riri · 7 replies · 305+ views
    The Straits Times Interactive ^ | 9.08.03 | By Salma Khalik Health Correspondent
    A PATIENT at the Singapore General Hospital tested positive for the Sars virus on Monday, triggering concern that the respiratory disease may have resurfaced here. Hospital staff asked visitors to leave wards 74 and 78 in the late afternoon. The Straits Times learnt that more tests were done on the Singaporean man to confirm if the preliminary test result was correct, or if it was a false positive. He worked in a virology laboratory at Kent Ridge, but apparently was not working with the Sars virus. A Health Ministry spokesman said that Acting Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan will hold...
  • Stocks Close Lower on Weaker-Than-Expected Jobs Data

    09/05/2003 7:39:27 PM PDT · by riri · 50 replies · 144+ views
    Investors who spent the week bidding stocks higher reversed course Friday after the latest labor statistic Despite Friday's losses, the Dow industrials rose 0.9% for the week, its fifth-consecutive weekly gain, and the Nasdaq gained 2.6%. Nonfarm payrolls dropped 93,000 last month, the steepest in five months, after falling a revised 49,000 in July, the Labor Department said early Friday. The unemployment rate edged down to 6.1%. Economists had predicted an increase of 12,000 in nonfarm payrolls and expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 6.2%. Economists weren't impressed. "The jobs report is just awful," said Bill Cheney, chief...
  • SARS worries surround birth of twins

    06/06/2003 6:34:06 PM PDT · by riri · 19 replies · 231+ views
    cnews ^ | 06.06.03 | Helen Branswel
    TORONTO (CP) -- The city's SARS outbreak took a distressing turn Friday with news that a medical resident was likely coming down with SARS when he was present for the delivery of a set of twins at a downtown hospital during a full day's work earlier this week. The health-care worker was believed to be infected May 23 at North York General Hospital and didn't show with symptoms until two days past the 10-day incubation period, said Dr. Donald Low, a key member of the city's SARS containment team. He was showing no symptoms when he assisted in the delivery...
  • SARS vaccine booster

    05/25/2003 12:14:03 PM PDT · by riri · 4 replies · 118+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 05.25.03 | Michael Fumento
    <p>Back in 1984, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler announced a vaccine for AIDS "will be ready for testing within two years." Today there's no AIDS vaccine approval in sight. Now with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) it's the same silliness. But the new tools of biotechnology do bring hope of much faster vaccine development.</p>
  • NTUH reports first possible case of relapse by SARS patient

    05/23/2003 3:48:45 PM PDT · by riri · 9 replies · 119+ views
    National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday reported the first case of a suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome patient who had recovered and checked out of the hospital but was readmitted with symptoms similar to those of SARS. Hospital officials reported that the middle-aged women visited the hospital on April 23 after developing a fever, and was listed as a suspected SARS case. She checked out May 12, but developed a fever again May 19, and her lungs showed changes. The officials believed that she was contagious between the first time she checked out and her relapse. Chang Shan-chun, director of contagious...
  • Doctors may have to look out for more symptoms following latest SARS case

    05/21/2003 10:59:48 AM PDT · by riri · 8 replies · 174+ views
    asianews. com ^ | 05.21.03
    Being fever-free for more than 72 hours or 3 days is what doctors may now have to look out for in their patients. Parkway Shenton that manages the clinic which treated the latest SARS case, says this experience shows that more symptons have to be looked at when sifting out SARS cases. Between 5 May to 11 May, the latest SARS patient Lee Chong Kian saw the doctor at this clinic opposite Bukit Gombak MRT Station five times. From his first visit to his third visit, his temperature was going down and he was responding to antibiotics. But the 39-year-old...
  • Experts Claim to Have Discovered SARS Antibodies

    05/17/2003 7:43:21 AM PDT · by riri · 15 replies · 361+ views
    China Daily ^ | 5.16.03
    A Chinese newspaper reports that Chinese experts claim discovery of SARS antibodies that may one day help protect people against the disease. The China Daily quotes Li Gang, a medical researcher specializing infectious disease as saying that after three months of research his team has detected two kinds of antibodies - IgG and IgM - in SARS patients. Mr. Li says IgG, or Immunoglobulin G, is what all SARS patients have during recuperation and on recovery. Mr. Li says people who have recovered from the disease should be traced to see they still have the antibody. He predicted that vaccines...
  • Pfizer Compound May Help to Find SARS Drug-Study

    05/13/2003 10:37:43 AM PDT · by riri · 15 replies · 249+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/13/03
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An experimental drug made by Pfizer to treat the common cold may provide a starting point for finding a treatment for SARS, researchers in Germany said on Tuesday. The compound, known only by its laboratory name AG7088, is not likely to itself be a treatment for severe acute respiratory syndrome, said Rolf Hilgenfeld of the University of Luebeck in Germany, who led the study. "There are some minor clashes between the inhibitor AG7088 and the structure of SARS coronavirus main protease; therefore, this compound, AG7088, is unlikely to be a drug active against coronavirus infections," Hilgenfeld said...
  • Breakthrough: SARS Hope For a Quick Cure For SARS is Rising

    05/10/2003 3:16:50 PM PDT · by riri · 22 replies · 243+ views
    The American Reporter ^ | 05.09.03 | Joe Shea
    LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2003 -- Chances that a proposed drug for use against SARS will prove effective against the deadly pneumonia epidemic were sharply improved by findings that only insignificant mutations are occurring in the cornoavirus identified as its cause, according to a respected British medical journal, making it a stable target for rapidly-produced "antisense" drugs that prime the immune system to prepare it for the SARS virus and then attack it when the victim is infected. Corvallis, Ore.-based AVI BioPharma CEO Dennis Burger told Congress in sworn testimony May 7 that he believes a compound newly created by...
  • U.S. Working on Mystery Illness Vaccine

    04/04/2003 2:40:34 PM PST · by riri · 17 replies · 126+ views ^ | 4.04.04 | LAURA MECKLER
    WASHINGTON - Federal researchers are beginning work toward a vaccine that could eventually help control the mystery illness that has spread from Asia to North America and killed at least 85 people The research is just getting under way at the National Institutes of Health, but officials said Friday they are already trying to interest industry in producing a vaccine based on the results. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say they are 90 percent sure the mystery illness, dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, is a new form of the coronavirus, a cause...
  • First Case of Mysterious SARS Disease Confirmed in Germany

    04/01/2003 8:21:52 AM PST · by riri · 14 replies · 288+ views
    International health experts are hunting for the virus that causes SARS, the flu-like disease that has killed 61 people worldwide and infected at least one in Germany. The first case of the flu-like disease Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was confirmed in Germany on Tuesday. A 72-year-old man who recently traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam and Singapore was diagnosed as having the illness by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. [Clinic in Hemer near Iserlohn in North-rhine Westphalia. ] The man is being treated at a clinic in the town of Hemer in southwestern Germany (photo). He is...
  • OBL´s Right-Hand Man, Al-Zawahiri, Interviewed On Fighting In Afganistan

    12/21/2001 1:30:14 PM PST · by riri · 9 replies · 28+ views
  • Egyptian Islamists - US Will Be Targeted With NBC Weapons

    10/04/2001 9:09:50 AM PDT · by riri · 26 replies · 26+ views ^ | 10-4-01 | The Middle East Media Research Institute
    The Egyptian newspaper, Al-Sha'ab, the mouthpiece of the Egyptian Islamist Al-Amal (Labor) party, was closed last year by Egyptian authorities following severe student riots that were prompted by an article published in the paper. After a few months, Al-Sha'ab was permitted to resume publication, but only on the Internet. In the cover story for the September 23, 2001 issue, which was dedicated to the attacks on N.Y. and D.C., Dr. Muhammad Abbas, who prompted last year's riots, threatened the U.S. with chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and with attacks against Americans working in the Middle East. Following are excerpts ...
  • War with China? US Shifting Massive War Material to Asia

    09/01/2001 6:39:31 PM PDT · by riri · 182+ views ^ | 9-01-01 | John L. Perry
    War With China? US Shifting Massive War Material To Asia Listen for howls from America's European allies and its non-ally communist China. The Army will be relocating massive war materiel - and strategic emphasis - to Asia. &nbsp; This latest development underscores that the Bush-Cheney administration definitely regards the People's Republic of China as a major potential military threat to the United States. &nbsp; It sets the stage for a strong protest from Beijing that the United States is embarked in the Pacific on warlike policies, directed at China. &nbsp; And it is certain to arouse resentment and criticism ...
  • Taiwan Key To US Strategy For Attack On China

    04/27/2001 8:34:19 AM PDT · by riri · 23+ views ^ | 4-26-1 | By Charles Snyder
    The Final War: Should the two nations descend to nuclear blows, a shower of warheads would rain down on China, particularly on missile sites that target Taiwan Taiwan considerations will play a key role in a strategic review of US nuclear war options by the George W. Bush administration, which is expected to target hundreds of Chinese sites for nuclear attack in case of war, a leading US nuclear war expert says. The Chinese sites will be contained in a war plan the administration is scheduled to present to Congress in July after a thorough strategic review. The review ...
  • China upgrading military in Nanjing, Spratly Islands

    08/17/2000 12:46:40 AM PDT · by riri · 213+ views
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army has designated the Nanjing military district as the main battle theater for any struggle against Taiwan, Chinese press reported earlier this month, even as the PLA improves its military facilities in the Spratly Islands. According to the Hong Kong Ta Kung Pao newspaper, dated July 22, PLA military officials have begun preparing the Nanjing district as the main theater of battle in a war with Taiwan and foreign interventionists. During a forum of Communist Party committee secretaries, Fang Zuqi, political commissar for the Nanjing Military Region emphasized that for the army, "the most realistic ...
  • State Department opposes 'one China' condition for Taiwan WTO entry

    07/28/2000 7:48:37 AM PDT · by riri · 21+ views
    The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it was opposed to the "one China" condition set by Beijing as terms for Taiwan's entry into the World Trade Organization, Taiwan's Central News Agency said. A State Department official, who was not named in the report, said the agency believed that the WTO working party protocol negotiations -- currently being held in Geneva, at the WTO headquarters -- was "not an appropriate forum to address political issues" concerning China's policy demand. "Let me reiterate that we support the admission to the WTO of both China and Taiwan as soon as possible," ...
  • House Committee Blasts Administration over China Policy

    07/20/2000 7:55:19 AM PDT · by riri · 36+ views
    Analysts and lawmakers critical of the Clinton administration's China policies blasted the White House Wednesday for ignoring what they view as an emerging Chinese military threat in deference of economic relations. During a hearing, members of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee expressed concern over Beijing's capacity to challenge Washington's strategy in the region. "The administration appears to take a more forgiving view of China's military potential -- and the challenges it poses to U.S. security interests, than I believe is warranted," said committee Chairman Floyd Spence, R-S.C. Spence accused the administration of downplaying the Chinese threat in ...
  • Iraq Claims Biological Weapons

    07/19/2000 7:04:50 AM PDT · by riri · 19+ views ^ | 7-18-00
    MIDDLE EAST | Former UNSCOM executive director Richard Butler said yesterday that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz had told him his country has biological weapons "to deal with the 'Zionist entity,'" according to a report Tuesday in the Jerusalem Post. Butler said he believes Aziz's statement, made during Butler's tenure as a UN-mandated Iraqi disarmament official during a meeting, demonstrates "genocidal character." Speaking at a lecture in Jerusalem, the paper said, Butler claimed that two years after Baghdad expelled UN weapons inspectors, Saddam Hussein is back to manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. He said only a united UN ...
  • Our Nation's Heritage is under Attack in Our Classrooms

    07/16/2000 1:14:32 AM PDT · by riri · 16+ views ^ | 7-12-99 | David Horowitz why doesn't anybody care? INTERSECTION of the Fourth of July weekend and the release of Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" provided a perfect opportunity to reflect on the way America's heritage is under continuous assault by the determined legions of the political left. This attack has been mounted by an intellectual class based in the media and in America's politically correct educational institutions, whose inspiration is a set of discredited 19th-century dogmas masquerading as "progressive" nostrums. Not even the collapse of communism has been able to reconcile their alienated psyches to the American cause. Elsewhere around the world, the patria ...
  • China-Capitalists Infiltrating Party Article Warns

    07/14/2000 8:35:10 AM PDT · by riri · 28+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | 7-14-00 | Jasper Becker
    Too many private businessmen are joining the Communist Party, an article in the party's monthly ideological magazine, Zhongliu, has warned. In some coastal areas, half of the new members in small towns and rural districts were private business owners, it complained. By July 1998, Qinghui county outside Shanghai had 158 capitalists in the local party. Of the county's 52 party cells, 36 were run by private businessmen. In three cities in Jiangsu province, 40 per cent of private business owners, 858 people, had applied to join the local branch. "If we do not take stern measures there will be ...
  • Taiwan appeals to US for more arms

    07/13/2000 6:17:25 AM PDT · by riri · 6+ views
    ASIA | Taiwanese officials have appealed to the United States to continue selling the island democracy arms, claiming such sales are in the best interests of the U.S. On Tuesday, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian made his appeal, adding that the U.S. "should continue to supply the Republic of China (Taiwan) with defensive weapons if the military development in the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is taken into consideration." During a meeting with former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, Chen said, "To ensure security in the region will benefit the ROC but also complies ...
  • Clinton Softens Chinese Threat?

    07/06/2000 12:11:01 AM PDT · by riri · 13+ views
    The Fiscal Year 2000 National Defense Authorization Act directs the secretary of defense to submit a report "on the current and future military strategy of the People's Republic of China." According to an article published in Aviation Week and Space Technology, "China Seen Building Conventional Might" by Robert Wall, a senior defense official involved in writing the report is now charging the White House with deliberately altering the conclusions of the report. "The National Security Council staff and State Department have intervened with the details to soften the tone of the report to preserve good relations with China," charged ...
  • China Stepping Up Taiwan Invasion Plans

    05/27/2000 1:53:59 PM PDT · by riri · 182+ views
    Chinese military leaders are growing increasingly impatient with the communist leadership and have begun stepping up calls to invade Taiwan, according to U.S. and Asian sources reporting this week. In one case, said a noted Chinese journalist last week, Chinese generals are presenting petitions written in blood offered by People's Liberation Army [PLA] soldiers and officers to the communist leadership in Beijing. The inscriptions, said South China Morning Post columnist Willy Wo Lap Lam, pledge that soldiers are "ready to 'sacrifice their lives for the cause of liberating Taiwan.'" Meanwhile, production of military hardware in China has picked up ...
  • Army Prepares for Laser Weapon Test

    05/24/2000 2:51:21 AM PDT · by riri · 7+ views ^ | 5.24.00 | Robert Burns, AP Military Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army said Tuesday it is making final preparations for a test intended to prove that a new laser weapon can shoot down the kind of short-range rockets that threaten northern Israel. The test may be held as soon as Wednesday, said one Army official who spoke on condition of anonymity. An Army announcement of the test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., said it would be ``before the end of May.'' The importance of the laser weapon to Israeli security is underscored by the chaos that erupted this week along Israel's border with south ...
  • Beijing Adopts patient stance on Taiwan

    05/23/2000 4:25:47 AM PDT · by riri · 11+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | 5.23.00 | Daniel Kwan
    Beijing yesterday signalled its readiness to show patience and understanding towards President Chen Shui-bian, a far cry from the war of words it conducted during the Taiwan leader's election campaign. A senior mainland official, briefing foreign reporters on Taiwan policy, showed understanding of Mr Chen's domestic political constraints and drew a line between Mr Chen and Taiwanese politicians Beijing has written off as separatists, including Mr Chen's predecessor, Lee Teng-hui, and Mr Chen's Vice-President, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that Beijing believed it could do business with Mr Chen and would be ...
  • China Orders Communist Party Cells into Private Business

    05/22/2000 12:22:44 AM PDT · by riri · 177+ views ^ | 5-21-00 | Damen Elroy
    The Chinese Communist leadership has launched an ambitious drive to install party cells in the nation's flourishing private businesses in order to reassert an iron grip on the economy. The move is a throwback to the command system built by Mao Tse-tung, in which control over companies was exercised through a network of Communist cadres whose authority outranked that of managers. Western businessmen are privately saying that the consequences of introducing party control over what has been the only promising area of the national economy in the past two decades are likely to be devastating. After Vietnam imposed a similar ...
  • Russian Missiles Could Overwhelm Limited Missile Defense, destroy U.S.

    05/02/2000 4:49:12 AM PDT · by riri · 12+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The United States has concluded that a limited national missile defense system would not prevent Russian nuclear annihilation. U.S. documents assert that Russia could destroy the United States with hundreds of nuclear warheads even if Moscow underwent a U.S. first strike. The documents were posted last week by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The Washington-based organization said the documents were presented to Russia in January by U.S. officials during negotiations to amend the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that would allow deployment of the first phase of a U.S. national missile defense system. The United States plans to ...
  • China intercepts US aircraft spying on military movement: report

    04/28/2000 5:06:20 AM PDT · by riri · 14+ views
    AFP ^ | 4-27-00
    TAIPEI, April 27 (AFP) - A US reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted Thursday by the Chinese air force off eastern China when it was spying on Chinese military movement, it was reported here.The US RC-135 aircraft, from Okinawa, was intercepted at 28,000 feet on the skies of East China Sea, Taiwan's ET Today Internet news quoted an unnamed general here as reporting."This was the first time in three years the People's Liberation Armyair force scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft out of its airspace," the general was quoted as saying."The move suggested the some PLA units, very likely ballistic missile ...
  • UN Chief Annan Says Nuclear War A Real `Possibility´

    04/26/2000 12:42:51 AM PDT · by riri · 14+ views
    Reuters | 4-25-00 | Anthony Goodman
    &nbsp; UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the threat of nuclear war &quot;remains a very real, and very terrifying possibility&quot; at the beginning of the 21st century. &nbsp; Without mentioning Washington by name, he also cautioned against plans to develop a &quot;star wars&quot;-type National Missile Defence (NMD), saying this could lead to a new arms race. &nbsp; Annan was welcoming delegates on Monday at the start of a month-long conference to review implementation of the key Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). &nbsp; Under the treaty, which entered into force in 1970, the five original nuclear powers ...
  • The IMF & World Bank - Two Instruments Of National Destruction

    04/19/2000 2:22:25 AM PDT · by riri · 146+ views
    Emperors-Clothes ^ | 4-16-00 | intervew with Michael Chossudovsky
    Chossudovsky: When an IMF mission goes into a country and requires the destruction of social and economic institutions as a condition for lending money - this is very similar to the physical destruction caused by NATO bombing. The IMF will order the closing down of hospitals, schools and factories. That's of course more cost effective than bombing those hospitals, schools and factories, as they did in Yugoslavia, but the ultimate result is very similar: the destruction of the country. The IMF has what is called the MAI - the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. It's the ultimate investment treaty. Signing ...
  • Russia Brokers Arms Deal to Rebuild Iraq's Air Defenses defences

    04/18/2000 2:04:02 AM PDT · by riri · 183+ views ^ | 4-13-00 | Con Coughlin
    RUSSIAN military officials have helped to negotiate a multi-million-pound arms deal with Saddam Hussein that will enable the Iraqi leader to undertake a radical overhaul of his country's air defences. The controversial deal, which is a blatant breach of the United Nations arms embargo, has been negotiated between Baghdad and military experts in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. If implemented, it will enable the Iraqis to target British and American warplanes enforcing Iraq's no-fly zone. Under the terms of the deal, details of which have been made available to The Telegraph, Beltechexport, the state-owned Belarussian military hardware company, ...
  • Red China Building For Strike On Taiwan

    04/17/2000 1:30:51 AM PDT · by riri · 25+ views
    Washington Times | Edward Timberlake/William C. Triplett II
    Very methodically, the Chinese People's Liberation Army is putting in place the building blocks that will allow it to seize Taiwan by force. Defense Secretary William Cohen says the strategic balance in Asia is at risk. We agree. The PLA's strategy rests on four pillars, the first of which is the elimination of the United States as an intervening factor. Recently, the PLA Navy took delivery of its initial Russian Sovremenny-class destroyer. A second one will arrive in the fall, and there are ongoing negotiations for perhaps four more. These ships were designed to be aircraft carrier &quot;killers&quot; as the ...