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  • Chinese Regime Races for Naval Supremacy, Building 8 Cruisers While US Builds None

    01/18/2018 8:17:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 17, 2018 | Paul Huang
    In this photo released by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the first Type 055 destroyer (classified by Western sources as cruiser) is being launched in Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard on June 28, 2017. China is reportedly building at least 5 and possibly up to 8 Type 055s. (PLAN) The Chinese regime has been challenging U.S. military supremacy for years with an all-out military buildup. The construction of multiple ships of a class of large, high-tech naval cruisers may signal an altering of the balance of power in Asian waters, and is a harbinger of increased global competition between the two...
  • Japanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alert

    01/16/2018 5:31:13 AM PST · by Blogger · 11 replies
    http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/asia/japan-false-missile-alarm-intl/index.html ^ | January 16, 2018 | By Yoko Wakatsuki and James Masters, CNN
    Tokyo (CNN)Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile. The message, received by phone users with the NHK app installed on their devices, read: "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground. " The broadcaster apologized for the error, adding "the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued." The mistake was corrected within minutes.
  • Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against ‘Dominant Ideology’ Of Nationalism, Says EU ‘Verge of Breakdown’

    01/15/2018 11:43:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/15/17 | Victoria Friedman
    The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”. Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda. Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà...
  • Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

    01/15/2018 12:57:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    reuters.com ^ | January 14, 2018 | Noah Barkin
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump. Merkel, who has been struggling to put together a government since a German election in September, had been expected to skip the annual gathering of leaders, CEOs, bankers and celebrities in the Swiss Alps for a third straight year. But after clinching a preliminary coalition agreement with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday, German officials said Merkel could travel...
  • America Last? EU says Trump is losing on trade

    01/15/2018 12:53:47 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    ca.reuters.com ^ | January 15, 2018 | Philip Blenkinsop, Noah Barkin
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s trade tsar has no idea what Donald Trump will tell his audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, but she is clear what the EU’s message to the U.S. president will be. America is shooting itself in the foot by withdrawing from global leadership on trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, the 49-year-old Swede who has served as Europe’s trade commissioner for the past three years, told Reuters. Under Malmstrom’s direction, the EU has juggled a dizzying array of trade talks over the past year. In July it clinched a preliminary deal with Japan....
  • The Most Reliable Cars in the US: the 15 Cars Americans Keep the Longest Before Trading in...

    01/14/2018 2:38:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 261 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | January 14, 2018 | Emily Crane
    Toyota HighlanderToyota TundraToyota SiennaToyota PriusToyota RAV4Honda OdysseyToyota SequoiaToyota TacomaHonda CR-VToyota AvalonAcura MDXToyota CamrySubaru ForesterNissan FrontierVolkswagen Golf
  • Abe: Japan enters cooperation pact with Baltic countries

    01/13/2018 10:10:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2018 11:10 AM EST
    Japan’s prime minister says his country has entered into a pact with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to boost economic and political ties with the three former Soviet republics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after meeting on Saturday that information technology, transportation and medicine are areas where Japan sees the most potential in the Baltic countries. …
  • China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

    01/05/2018 8:44:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04 January, 2018 | Minnie Chan
    China started building its third aircraft carrier, with a hi-tech launch system, at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army. One of the sources said Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group was given the go-ahead to begin work on the vessel after military leaders met in Beijing following the annual sessions of China’s legislature and top political advisory body in March. “But the shipyard is still working on the carrier’s hull, which is expected to take about two years,” the source said. “Building the new carrier will be more complicated and challenging than the other...
  • Hillary Clinton and Senators Plan Own Trip to Pyongyang, North Korea: Sources

    03/06/2005 5:24:41 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 2,144+ views
    Yonhap News (South Korea) ^ | March 7, 2005 | Byun Duk-kun
    Hillary Clinton and Senators Plan Own Trip to Pyongyang: Sources SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- Hillary Clinton and four other U.S. senators are working to arrange their own trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, sources here said Monday. "U.S. senators such as Hillary Clinton and Chuck Hagel have always been interested in North Korean issues," said Lee Young-tak, a secretary to the chairman of the minor opposition Millennium Democratic Party (MDP), Han Hwa-kap. The MDP chairman also heads the Asian side of the Asia-U.S. Network, a forum of lawmakers from both continents, and has...
  • All applications for the work permits for citizens of North Korea in Primorye rejected for 2018

    12/28/2017 7:03:22 PM PST · by NorseViking · 2 replies
    The Ministry of Labor of Russia rejected in full the applications from Primorye employers to attract more than 9,000 citizens from the DPRK, RIA Novosti was told in the press service of the Krai administration. Earlier , the UN Security Council unanimously introduced new sanctions against the DPRK, which will significantly limit the export and import capabilities of Pyongyang. Resolution 2375 established the strictest UN sanctions regime in the 21st century. One of the paragraphs of the resolution limits the issuance of work permits to the citizens of the DPRK. In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on...
  • Japan Considers Converting Ships to Aircraft Carriers

    12/28/2017 5:15:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 60 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/2/6/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    Japan, once a world leader in aircraft carriers, is preparing to wade back into the world of fixed wing aviation. The Pacific country, which swore off flat-tops in the aftermath of World War II, is preparing to reverse decades of government policy and add fighter planes to so-called “helicopter destroyers" to counter Chinese air power. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japan was an aircraft carrier superpower. Japan had more carriers than any other country, including the United States, and its pilots were trained to a high standard by years of war. A little...
  • Introducing the DF-17: China's Newly Tested Ballistic Missile Armed With a Hypersonic Glide Vehicle

    12/28/2017 1:47:09 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    thediplomat.com ^ | December 28, 2017 | By Ankit Panda
    An image of a hypersonic glider-like object broadcast by Chinese state media in October 2017. No known images of the DF-17's hypersonic glide vehicle exist in the public domain. Image Credit: CCTV screen capture via East Pendulum ============================================================================================= The DF-17 is the first hypersonic glide vehicle-equipped missile intended for operational deployment ever tested. China carried out the first flight-tests of a new kind of ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) in November, The Diplomat has learned. According to a U.S. government source who described recent intelligence assessments on the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) on the condition...
  • Israel slams India's vote for UN Jerusalem resolution

    12/28/2017 12:43:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/17
    Israel has protested to the government of India over the Delhi government's support of the recent motion at the United Nations General Assembly calling for the cancellation of United States President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Maariv reported. The protest comes two weeks ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's reciprocal visit to India after the visit of his counterpart Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this past summer. Israel's Foreign Ministry refused to comment. On Twitter, Indian citizens fumed at their government's decision to vote against Israel, Mida reported. "This isn't why we voted for...
  • Iran votes to declare Jerusalem 'capital of Palestine'

    12/28/2017 9:53:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Olivia Beavers
    Iran declared Jerusalem the "capital of Palestine" on Wednesday following a parliamentary vote, according to the country's semi-official Fars news agency. Iran's announcement to recognize the holy city as the “Palestinian capital forever” comes in direct response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “It comes in response to the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in hopes of dealing a blow to Muslims,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.
  • Jerry Yellin, 93, Dies; Flew the Last World War II Combat Mission

    12/27/2017 12:19:33 PM PST · by oh8eleven · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 24 December 2017 | RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
    When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunging the United States into World War II, Jerry Yellin was a teenager living with his family in Hillside, N.J. Having been intrigued by flight since he was a youngster — he constructed planes modeled on World War I aircraft — he joined the Army Air Corps in February 1942, on his 18th birthday, and became a fighter pilot.
  • Tokyo-bound flight returns to LAX after an 'unauthorized person' was found on board

    12/26/2017 7:51:58 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 160 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 26, 2017 | Jessica Finn
    A flight that was four hours into its course, bound for Tokyo's Narita Airport Tuesday, had to return to its origin of Los Angeles International Airport after an 'unauthorized person' was on-board. The flight from LAX to Tokyo is about 12 hours long. The total time for the flight to take off and return was just over eight hours.
  • trump’s principled move vs. eu’s cowardice

    12/26/2017 5:48:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 26, 2017 | Joseph Puder
    Why the president's Jerusalem decision was the right thing to do. The Trump administration vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution last week that called on the U.S. to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and ultimately move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the seat of Israel’s parliament (Knesset), the Supreme Court, and where the Prime Minister and President of the Jewish State reside.  The UNSC resolution drafted by Egypt and backed by 13 other members of the Security Council affirms that “any decision and actions which purport to have altered the character,...
  • Guatemala follows in Trump's footsteps, announces embassy move to Jerusalem

    12/24/2017 6:43:13 PM PST · by familyop · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2017 | Fox News
    Less than a month after President Trump announced the U.S. would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Guatemala became the first nation to follow his lead, announcing on Christmas Eve that it would move its embassy as well...No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.
  • Hamas leader to U.S.: We will shut down your embassy

    12/25/2017 8:31:00 PM PST · by Lera · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/25/17 | Ben Ariel
    Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar says the group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently threatened that the terrorist group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. In an interview on Al-Jazeera on December 17, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Hamas leader also made clear that the group "would not relinquish a single gun, not even a single bullet." “Annihilation will be the fate not only of the Jews, but also of their helpers and of the people...
  • Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem

    12/25/2017 2:32:51 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    Geller Report ^ | December 25, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Goodness is contagious. The Trump presidency will go down in history as a triumph for American freedom and goodwill towards men, a return to America being a force for good across the world. Merry Christmas! Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem Honduras reportedly next in line after Guatemala announces relocation of mission; Togo, Paraguay, Romania and Slovakia also floated Following Guatemala’s announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said. In...