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  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • Japan auto companies triple Mexican pay rather than move to US

    07/06/2020 9:33:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Asian Nikkei Review ^ | 07/06/2020 | SHUJI NAKAYAMA and RYO ASAYAMA
    The new North American free trade agreement that goes into effect Wednesday was touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as an engine of American job creation. But Japan's automakers are largely opting instead to keep operations in place and pay Mexican workers more or even just pay tariffs. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement requires 40% or more of parts for each passenger vehicle be manufactured by workers who are paid at least $16 per hour as a condition to make them tariff free in the region. Trump hailed that feature as a way to boost production in the U.S., which has a...
  • Watch: Pro-Palestinian BLM Rallies in U.S. Call for ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    07/06/2020 1:39:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 06 2020 | DEBORAH DANAN
    At pro-Palestinian Black Lives Matter rallies in New York and Washington, chants were heard calling for “Death to Israel,” “Death to America” and “From Gaza to Minnesota, globalize the Intifada!” Several hundred protesters attended the July 1 demonstration in Brooklyn dubbed as a “Day of Rage” event, set to coincide with the earliest date Israel could begin its plans to apply Israeli law over parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Speakers issued inflammatory rallying cries that ran the gamut from anti-Semitic and anti-American to just plain absurd. One pro-North Korea activist called for the end of the...
  • India set to pose growing challenge to China at sea; New Delhi is developing its strategic partnership with the US, Australia and Japan as part of efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean

    07/05/2020 11:08:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 07/05/2020 | Liu Zhen
    India is likely to pose an increased challenge to China at sea following their recent confrontation on land, analysts said. Last week, the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force held a joint exercise in the Indian Ocean, as part of the nascent “Quad” that also involves the United States and Australia. India has already held regular bilateral exercises with the other three armed forces and has said it might invite Australia to join the “Malabar” war games it holds with Japan and the US. Lin Minwang, deputy director of Fudan University’s Centre for South Asian Studies, said the country’s...
  • North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

    07/04/2020 12:02:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 7/4/2020 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang. The statement by North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui came after President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters in New York Thursday that Trump might seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as an “October surprise” ahead of the U.S. presidential election. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had lobbied hard to help set up the now-stalled negotiations between Washington and...
  • Foreign Affairs: 5 Predictions For The Next Five Years Of Global Power Struggles

    12/31/2019 8:58:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2019 | Edward Chang
    In 2008, as the Obama administration prepared to take control in Washington, retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey offered a list of bold predictions for the coming five years. Some of them bore out: The economy performed well globally despite the Great Recession, relations with Russia became more hostile without devolving into outright dysfunction, and the United States withdrew from Iraq right at the 36-month mark, which McCaffrey specified. Other predictions, such as a North Korean collapse, improved prospects for success in Afghanistan following a massive commitment of resources, and a nuclear breakout for Iran, never occurred.A year later, geopolitical analyst...
  • China vs India: China conducts war games in South China Sea - as India and Japan team up

    06/30/2020 12:15:56 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 16 replies
    https://www.express.co. ^ | Jun 30, 2020 | By CIARAN MCGRATH
    CHINA is flexing its muscles with a series of war games in the South China Sea in a show of force aimed at reinforcing its bid to dominate the disputed waters. China, which claims sovereignty over large areas of the South China Sea, has fortified numerous uninhabited islands there. Zhou Zhirong, a flight commander of the army aviation brigade involved in the training, said: "In the exercise, we conducted the training through day and night, set multiple kinds of targets on land, at sea and in the air, and stressed on the tactical coordination in continuous strikes by multiple projectiles....
  • India-Japan naval exercises: a message for China?

    06/29/2020 3:08:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 06/29/2020 | Kunal Purohit
    Joint exercises by the Indian and Japanese navies in the Indian Ocean at the weekend suggest the two countries are drawing closer to face what they perceive as a common threat from China, analysts say. While joint military exercises involving the two countries are not uncommon, the latest activity comes amid tensions both are experiencing with Beijing. Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a face-off along the disputed Himalayan border where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a recent clash with their Chinese counterparts, while Japan and China are locked in a war of words over a Japanese move...
  • NYT: ‘Trump Faces ... Defections From ... Older White Voters’ (only quotes seniors who opposed Trump before - couldn’t find ‘defectors’?)

    06/28/2020 9:29:04 AM PDT · by rintintin · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 28 2020 | By Alexander Burns and Katie Glueck
    Clifford Wagner, an 80-year-old Republican in Tucson, Ariz., never cared for President Trump. He supported Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential primary race and cast a protest vote in the general election for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee. An Air Force veteran, Mr. Wagner described the Trump presidency as a mortifying experience: His friends in Europe and Japan tell him the United States has become “the laughingstock of the world.” This year, Mr. Wagner said he would register his opposition to Mr. Trump more emphatically than he did in 2016. He plans to vote for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the...
  • Bolton’s Fears Misplaced: Overwhelming US Military Power Will Deter North Korea Indefinitely

    06/24/2020 9:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2020 | Daniel L. Davis
    In his new tell-all book, former National Security Advisor John Bolton claims the threat from North Korea today is “absolutely greater” than it was in 2016. One of Bolton’s chief complaints about Trump’s actions over the past two years was that he “gave away” joint drills that were “critical” to defend South Korea. Bolton, like many in Washington, sees great value in these military exercises—but this is a flawed understanding of how deterrence works. It is not regular drills that ensure U.S. deterrence of North Korea, but the overall capacity of our muscular, comprehensive military power in comparison to the...
  • Brexit: 'Six Weeks' For Trade Deal With UK: Japan Negotiator

    06/23/2020 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Barrons ^ | 23 June 2020 | Jon Stone
    Japan has given Britain just six weeks to sign up to a post-Brexit trade deal or face disruption to its imports and exports. UK negotiators also face the prospect of being being bounced into a deal on unfavorable terms, as countries like Japan seek to use the reopening of deals to gain further concessions against the UK. "To avoid a gap in January, we must pass this in the autumn session of the Diet [the Japanese parliament]," Hiroshi Matsuura, Tokyo’s chief negotiator, told the Financial Times. "That means we must complete negotiations by the end of July." ... The European...
  • North Korea Threatens ‘Sensational Event’ to End America

    06/22/2020 12:09:39 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 22 2020 | FRANCES MARTEL
    A statement from North Korea’s embassy in Moscow observing the 70th anniversary of the still-ongoing Korean War this weekend threatened a “sensational event” leading to the destruction of the United States. North Korea routinely threatened nuclear attacks on America for much of the past decade, peaking in intensity around 2016-2017. Pyongyang’s communist regime issued many of those threats in the form of videos simulating nuclear attacks on Washington, DC, and other major American cities. Following its most recent nuclear attack in September 2017, however, the United Nations approved of strict sanctions on North Korea that have crippled its economy and...
  • North Korea to deploy troops to demilitarized areas, restart drills

    06/16/2020 7:31:23 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 9 replies
    upi ^ | JUNE 16, 2020 / 9:59 PM | ByThomas Maresca
    North Korea announced Wednesday it would deploy troops to the Kaesong Industrial Zone and Mt. Kumgang tourist area, locations that were once the sites of joint economic ventures with South Korea, as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up tensions a day after it demolished an inter-Korean liaison office. The North will also reinstall guard posts that had been removed from the Demilitarized Zone and conduct military drills in border areas, according to a statement by a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army "Civil police posts that had been withdrawn from the Demilitarized Zone under the north-south agreement...
  • 78 Years ago TODAY...Battle of Midway...always remember.

    06/05/2020 3:43:06 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies
    05 June 2020 | US Navy Vet
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Midway
  • U.S. masses planes at Japan base to show foes and allies it can handle coronavirus

    05/21/2020 5:04:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/21/2020 | Tim Kelly
    TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force transport aircraft on Thursday massed at Washington’s key Asian military air transportation hub, Yokota Air Base in Japan, to show potential foes and allies it was ready for action despite the coronavirus emergency. “It shows both our adversaries as well as our allies in Japan the importance of our placement, the importance of our ability to execute our mission,” base Vice Commander, Colonel Jason Mills, said. U.S. forces are stationed in Japan to defend Washington’s key Asian ally from attack from North Korea, but also to check China’s growing influence in the wider region,...
  • U.S. Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, in Connection with Carlos Ghosn Escape From Japan

    05/20/2020 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 May 2020 | Mark Maremont and Nick Kostov
    U.S. authorities arrested a former Green Beret and his son on suspicion they helped smuggle auto titan Carlos Ghosn out of Japan inside a musical equipment box. In a criminal complaint, federal prosecutors said they were acting on a request from Japanese authorities to extradite Michael L. Taylor and his son, Peter M. Taylor, for their alleged roles in helping Mr. Ghosn escape from Japan. Michael and Peter Taylor didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mr. Ghosn, a former Chairman and Chief Executive of Nissan Motor Co., had been charged in Japan with financial crimes and was living in...
  • North Korea mysteriously locks down major border city (Russian border. Rason, a city of 20,000)

    05/14/2020 6:56:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-13-2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has mysteriously locked down a major border city, a move reportedly connected to either the coronavirus — or a planned event for missing-again despot Kim Jong Un. The Hermit Kingdom — one of the few nations on Earth claiming to be coronavirus-free — barred entry earlier this month to Rason, a city of 20,000 that is a major hub for trade with Russia and China, sources told Radio Free Asia Tuesday. The notoriously secretive nation has refused to tell its citizens why the city was suddenly locked down, RFA said. Many fear that it could be a sign...
  • North Korea ousts spy chief, head of Kim Jong Un’s security: report

    05/14/2020 6:05:25 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has axed its spy chief as well as the long-running head of Kim Jong Un’s security — signs of a major shakeup during the ongoing mystery over the dictator’s status. Jang Kil Song was ousted as head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), the North’s military intelligence agency, according to the Korea Herald, citing a report by South Korea’s Unification Ministry. The RGB is behind the Hermit Kingdom’s most high-profile attacks as well as spy missions, including those against the US, the report says.
  • Japanese Fasting Study Reveals Complex Metabolic Changes in the Human Body

    05/12/2020 9:57:53 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    getpocket.com/ ^ | Peter Hess
    Fasting is gaining popularity among biohackers looking for an edge, but there’s remarkably little information on what happens inside the body during a fast. While some research has shown that caloric restriction can increase lifespans in lab animals, and plenty of intermittent fasting enthusiasts swear it boosts their cognition and helps them lose weight, the molecular mechanisms have remained somewhat vague — limited mostly to the fat-burning phenomenon of ketosis. To start filling in this knowledge gap, a small new study shows that fasting’s effects on human metabolism are actually much broader than previous research has shown, and intermittent fasting...
  • Trump Says He’s ‘Glad to See’ Kim Jong Un Back

    05/03/2020 5:45:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/03/2020 | Jack Phillips
    President Donald Trump responded to reports about North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, reposting state media photos that purport to show Kim attending a ceremony at a fertilizer factory. “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Kim’s attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was the first public appearance he’s made in about three weeks, and it comes amid speculation about his health. Several news outlets in Asia had reported that Kim, 36, was brain dead or had died, although South Korean officials said he was alive and still in control of the...