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  • Lebanese Journalist: 100 Years After Balfour Declaration, Arabs Have Failed, Israel Has Excelled

    02/22/2018 3:58:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2*21*18 | Karam Al-Hilu
    In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, Lebanese journalist Karam Al-Hilu compared the meager accomplishments of the Arab world in the past century with those of the rest of the countries, particularly Israel. He noted that Israel’s supremacy in the areas of science, economy, society and politics is the source of its strength, as well as the source of Arab failure in confronting it. The following are excerpts from his article:[1] “A century after the Balfour Declaration . . . the Arabs have not managed to build...
  • $20 trillion Bitcoin grab in cryptocurrency exchange glitch(Japan)

    02/21/2018 12:41:22 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | 2-21-18 | ASAHI SHIMBUN
    A system glitch at a cryptocurrency exchange site run by an Osaka-based firm enabled users to obtain digital money for free, with one apparently “purchasing” Bitcoin valued at 2,200 trillion yen ($20 trillion) and then attempting to cash in on it. Tech Bureau Corp., a registered cryptocurrency exchange operator, is now subject to a Financial Services Agency investigation into the safety of the system and other business practices. The company announced Feb. 20 that the incident on its Zaif exchange website occurred four days earlier, when seven users obtained quantities of cryptocurrencies. Tech Bureau later invalidated the transactions and corrected...
  • Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters

    02/21/2018 12:46:25 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | February 21, 2018 | Tim Kelly, Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.
  • F-35B jets eyed to defend remote isles/Fighters also mulled for MSDF’s Izumo ship (Japan)

    02/12/2018 10:12:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | February 12, 2018
    The government is considering operating F-35B fighter jets from about fiscal 2026, in an effort to utilize airports on remote islands and thereby improve the nation’s capability to defend the isles, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Considered the most advanced stealth fighters, F-35Bs are currently operated by the U.S. military based in Japan. The Japanese government is also eyeing the operation of the fighters on Izumo, the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest-class destroyer and which Tokyo is considering remodeling into an aircraft carrier, according to government sources. The government has decided to introduce 42 F-35A fighter jets — which are capable...
  • Air Force to upgrade capabilities according to needs, threats (Taiwan considering F-15, F-18?)

    02/12/2018 10:08:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    FOCUS TAIWAN ^ | 2018/02/13 | Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu
    Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force sidestepped speculation Tuesday that it is looking to purchase F-15 or F-18 fighter aircraft from the U.S., saying only that plans to bolster defense capabilities will depend on present combat needs and perceived future threats. On Sunday, Taiwanese news website Up Media reported that the Air Force is planning to purchase the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet to strengthen its defense capabilities and counter China's Russia-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft. The report said Taiwan and the U.S. have had preliminary discussions about the purchase, and retired models such...
  • Wikileaks cable hints that Obama wanted to issue apology for Hiroshima

    10/12/2011 11:51:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Don’t worry too much about this story. I’m sure Barack Obama would have waited for Japan's apology for Pearl Harbor, the Rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, the treatment of American POWs … The cable indicates the Japanese government was then effectively discouraging Obama from visiting Hiroshima despite growing expectations over it following his call for a world free from nuclear weapons in a speech in Prague in April 2009.The cable, dated Sept. 3, 2009, and sent to U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, reported Japan’s then Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling Ambassador John Roos on Aug. 28 that...
  • U.S. Navy Probes Suspected Drug Selling, Use Among Sailors in Japan

    02/10/2018 1:47:00 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 9, 2018 4:59 p.m. ET | By Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Navy is investigating at least a dozen U.S. sailors based in Japan, some serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, for suspicion of buying, selling, and using LSD, ecstasy and other drugs, U.S. Navy officials said Friday. The Navy also is probing whether U.S. sailors were using the internet to buy or sell drugs or were distributing them to local Japanese residents. The Navy first learned about allegations of widespread drug sales on Feb. 6, when it received a tip about a petty officer third class using drugs, the officials said. He was subsequently detained and released,...
  • [VIDEO] Two WWII Bombs Found on Hong Kong Construction Site

    02/09/2018 4:22:05 PM PST · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | February 8, 2018
    Police have diffused two AN-M65 model 450kg bombs left over from World War II which were discovered by Hong Kong's railway agency MTR Corporation. The bombs were found stuck int he mud at a Wan Chai construction site where MTR is constructing a rail link for the Sha Tin-Central line. Five thousand people in the area were evacuated overnight so police bomb disposal officers could cut through the bombs' casing and burn off the explosives inside.
  • The 'Black Sheep' of the Pacific War in color (TR)

    02/08/2018 8:07:10 AM PST · by DFG · 109 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/08/2018 | ALASTAIR TANCRED
    Fascinating pictures of America's famous WW2 Black Sheep Squadron whose efforts helped win the war in the Pacific have been released in vibrant color. The series shows the squadron's commanding officer, Colonel Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington who received the Medal of Honour and the Navy Cross, briefing his men on strategy and tactics before the 17 October 1943 attack on Kahili airdrome at Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea. In this raid 'Pappy' and 24 fighters circled the field where 60 enemy aircraft were based to goad them into sending a large force. In the ensuing air battle, 20 enemy aircraft were...
  • Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan's capital

    02/04/2018 3:54:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AP ^ | February 3, 2018 | Staff
    Japan has a new robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop's name in Japanese means "strange cafe."
  • Japan raises concern over U.S. Sec of State Rex Tillerson’s comment on "Comfort Women"

    01/30/2018 2:24:34 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 57 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jan 28, 2018
    Japan has conveyed its concern to the U.S. government that a statement made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could contradict an agreement with South Korea over the “comfort women,” sources close to the matter said. “It’s one that only they can resolve,” Tillerson told reporters this month after a 20-nation ministerial meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. “And we know that there’s more that needs to be done,” he said, referring to the issue of the Korean girls and women who were forced into Japan’s military brothels before and during the war. Tokyo has told Washington that Tillerson’s words could...
  • CIA chief says China 'as big a threat to US' as Russia

    01/30/2018 2:08:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 2018/01/30
    CIA chief says China 'as big a threat to US' as Russia Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as concerning as Russian subversion, the director of the CIA has said. Mike Pompeo told the BBC that the Chinese "have a much bigger footprint" to do this than the Russians do. As examples he cited efforts to steal US commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK. Mr Pompeo was a hardline Republican congressman before becoming CIA chief. In his BBC interview, Mr Pompeo also said: He...
  • North Korea nuke EVACUATION plan for BRITS as Kim capable of hitting UK ‘within 6 months'

    01/23/2018 12:26:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 23rd January 2018 | Douglas Patient
    NORTH Korea will have missiles capable of reaching and striking Britain “within six months” as the UK draws up evacuation plans, it has been revealed. Hermit kingdom dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime in recent months has conducted several increasingly sophisticated nuclear tests as it expanded its missile programme. And Britain now fears it is a matter of months before North Korea will have the capability of hitting the UK. It has even drawn up evacuation plans which are “under constant review”. This comes as it was revealed North Korea are mere months away from developing nuclear weapons. Defence minister Earl Howe...
  • 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. …