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  • Leland Yee co-defendant trying to shift blame, prosecutors say (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/13/2014 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 9/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    **SNIP** Yee, D-San Francisco, and Jackson, his former consultant and a former San Francisco school board president, are among 29 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes after an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors have accused Yee, now suspended from his Senate seat, of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from agents posing as campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. In a filing Aug. 14, Jackson's lawyer asserted that an FBI agent had been removed from the investigation and reprimanded because of financial misconduct. The agent, identified in court records only as UCE 4773, posed as a Georgia businessman and...
  • IDF credited with saving Irish troops from jihadists on Golan

    09/09/2014 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 7, 2014, 4:45 pm | Stuart Winer
    IDF forces played a crucial role in helping Irish soldiers rescue UN troops from the clutches of Syrian jihadists in a fierce clash on the border with Israel last week. Senior military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or taken captive if it weren’t for action taken by the IDF on August 30 during a mission to evacuate dozens of Filipino soldiers who were surrounded by a larger force of militants, the Irish Independent reported on Sunday.
  • Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion

    09/10/2014 7:24:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 10, 2014 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion By CAROL J. WILLIAMS Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly enact a law granting autonomy to the Muslim region of Mindanao to quell more than 40 years of rebellion that has killed at least 150,000 people. The proposed law is modeled on one that pacified a similar Muslim insurgency in neighboring Indonesia's Aceh province in 2005. Philippines Muslim rebellion Philippine President Benigno Aquino III applauds the presentation Wednesday of a bill to create an autonomous Muslim state within the predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Jay Directo /...
  • S. Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle & pop-How a really uncool country became tastemaker of Asia

    09/10/2014 12:10:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2014
    The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. By Euny Hong. Picador; 288 pages; $16. Simon & Schuster; Ł14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FROM “Gangnam Style” and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world. Filipinos are hooked on its dramas. The French love its pop music and its films. Last year South Korea raked in $5 billion from its pop-culture exports. It has set its sights on doubling that by 2017. Much has changed since 1985, when Euny Hong, a Korean-American journalist and...
  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/09/2014 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    PhilStar ^ | September 4, 2014 | Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The Indian commander of the United Nations' (UN) peacekeeping force broke his silence on the Philippine military's accusations that he misguidedly ordered besieged Filipino troops to surrender their arms to rebels in Golan Heights over the weekend. In an interview with a Noida-based newspaper, UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha criticized the defiance of the 40 trapped Filipino peacekeepers as "non-professional." Singha, meanwhile, called what the Armed Forces of the Philippines dubbed the "greatest escape" of 40 troops from Position 68 nothing but an "act of cowardice." "The higher UN echelon as well...
  • Filipina 'Savagely' Fights 3 Abductors in Kuwait

    09/07/2014 11:03:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, September 06, 2014
    They smack her before fleeingA Filipina in her 20s put up a tough fight against three men who tried to abduct her while she was walking back home in Kuwait during the day. The girl managed to foil the kidnap attempt but she paid a heavy price for her resistance, when the angry men gave her a big smack before fleeing. The unnamed girl was walking back home in the capital Kuwait City around noon when the three men intercepted her and tried to take her away to rape her. Residents who saw the battle from their flat windows called...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

    08/30/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | | Aug. 31, 2014 | 1:22 AM | Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. ... Nusra Front forces took over a stronghold manned by a Fiji UN force and kidnapped the soldiers stationed there at gunpoint,...
  • SunTrust to shutter Orlando fraud unit, lay off 105

    08/28/2014 5:49:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Richard Burnett
    SunTrust Banks Inc. is shuttering its fraud-response call center group in Orlando and shedding more than 100 jobs, the bank confirmed Wednesday. Atlanta-based SunTrust, the largest bank in Central Florida, handed out pink slips to 105 employees on Tuesday. The effective layoff date is Oct. 31, according to documents filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "Difficult decisions must be made to increase operational efficiencies and decrease expenses to better position the company for the future," SunTrust told employees in the layoff notice. The bank posted a $400 million profit on revenue of $2.2 billion in the second quarter,...
  • The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

    08/28/2014 2:53:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/28/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.The latest such attack comes from Bangladesh, which is over 90% Muslim in population. In early July, dozens of men armed with machetes, knives and iron rods attacked the convent of PIME (Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku), a village mission in north Bangladesh. In the words of...
  • 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....
  • Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

    08/05/2014 9:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 5, 2014 | Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., Neurologist, public health specialist, author
    With the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded raging across West Africa and as two Americans who were infected in Liberia have entered the U.S. for treatment, the question has been raised: will Ebola happen in the U.S? Actually, an Ebola outbreak has happened in the U.S. before -- not just once, but at least three times. In 1989, Ebola entered into the U.S. through infected monkeys, which were shipped from the Philippines for experimentation. At the time, Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance, Inc.) owned a facility in Reston, Virginia. After one shipment, monkeys were falling rapidly ill and dying. The Reston...
  • Senior Abu Sayyaf leader swears oath to ISIS

    08/04/2014 9:29:38 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Rappler ^ | 4 August 2014 | Maria Ressa
    The ISIS ideology is spreading fast on social media, ' the new machine to recruit militants.' The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq or ISIS, is expanding its recruitment on social media in the Philippines. On July 23, a video of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon along with masked men was posted on YouTube. Hapilon carries a reward of up to $5 million from the US Rewards for Justice Program. He was indicted in the District of Columbia for “terrorist acts against United States nationals and other foreign nationals.” The...
  • Operation Change The Subject - While world falls apart, Dems obsess over Limbaugh and impeachment

    08/01/2014 6:31:46 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 01, 2014 | Brian Maloney
    What’s really important in today’s troubled world? One might think the answers are obvious: the disturbing war between Hamas and Israel that threatens to spread into something much larger, out-of-control spread of Ebola in Africa, corporate and sovereign defaults in Portugal and Argentina, Chinese military aggression in South Asia and whatever else we may have left out. But to Democrats, the focus is on Operation Change The Subject 2014, as partisans shift blame for presidential inaction away from Obama just as he heads to Martha’s Vineyard for yet another extended holiday.
  • 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...
  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • Girl Who ‘Woke Up’ at her own Funeral in Philippines Is Reportedly Dead

    07/15/2014 5:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 14 Jul 2014
    A toddler who ‘woke up’ at her own funeral is reportedly dead. Startled mourners thought they had caught a miracle on camera when the toddler they were about to bury ‘woke up’. The three-year-old from Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur in the Philippines, was pronounced dead at 9am on Friday and was set for burial at 1pm on Saturday. But during the funeral her family, friends and loved ones got the surprise of their lives when the little girl came back to life. People started recording the unbelievable scenes after a priest was preparing to administer the last sacrament and someone...
  • 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...
  • Australian Jihadist Musa Cerantonio Arrested in Lapu-Lapu Cebu

    07/11/2014 9:55:55 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 11, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    A leading Islamist social-media propagandists and jihadist, Australian-born Musa Cerantonio, was arrested in the Philippines island of Cebu today. The arrest was announced by the Philippines police who arrested him early today along with immigration agents. He was hiding in a village in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu just outside of Cebu City. In addition to Cerantonio, police arrested Joean Montayre of Negros Occidental. Montayre was officially arrested for failing to pay a bill at the hotel she and Musa Cerantonio had been staying together. She is also a person of interest in the case against Cerantonio. SunStarCebu (via YouTube)Musa Cerantonio had...
  • 2 NPA rebels slain, 2 cops wounded in fighting in Southern Philippines

    07/10/2014 12:31:24 PM PDT · by Torquay · 17 replies
    Mindanao Examiner ^ | 7/10/2014 | J. Magtanggol
    Two communist rebels were killed and two policemen wounded in a firefight on Thursday afternoon in the southern Philippines, officials said.
  • Philippines Considers LNG Import Receiving Options

    07/04/2014 6:23:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 04, 2014 | Cheang Chee Yew|
    Like most of its Asian neighbors, the Philippines has been a net energy importer for decades. The country’s dependence on hydrocarbons is relatively lower as compared to South Korea or Singapore as it has alternatives such as geothermal, hydropower and other renewable sources for electricity generation. But rising energy consumption and the expected depletion of gas resource at the offshore Malampaya field – the country’s major gas development – in a decade’s time has induced the Philippines to seek alternative energy supplies. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) import, together with the accompanying gas receiving facilities, is one of the options being...
  • Filipina Marries Dying Groom in Hospital

    06/27/2014 3:41:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, June 26, 2014
    A man in Philippines who was planning to celebrate his landmark 30th birthday with his perfect family in July 2014, received a major setback when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer in May. According to a YouTube upload by Hasset Go, the man did get to fulfil his last wish and tie the knot in a fairytale wedding in what was described as a moving ceremony to the love of his life and the mother of his two-year-old daughter. Tragically, a mere 10 hours after the loving couple said their vows, the man breathed his last and passed away...
  • Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims

    06/27/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | MAY/JUNE 2013 | Mohan Malik
    MAY/JUNE 2013 Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims Mohan Malik The Spratly Islands—not so long ago known primarily as a rich fishing ground—have turned into an international flashpoint as Chinese leaders insist with increasing truculence that the islands, rocks, and reefs have been, in the words of Premier Wen Jiabao, “China’s historical territory since ancient times.” Normally, the overlapping territorial claims to sovereignty and maritime boundaries ought to be resolved through a combination of customary international law, adjudication before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, or arbitration under Annex VII...
  • Confrontation in the South China Sea

    06/27/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 19 April 2012 | Gordon Chang
    Confrontation in the South China Sea 19 April 2012 A tense standoff between China and the Philippines continued this week, as Beijing demanded that Manila withdraw a coast guard vessel from the waters around Scarborough Shoal, which both countries claim. China maintains that the entire South China Sea is an internal Chinese lake and asserts sovereignty over all the islands, islets, and rock outcroppings in that massive waterway through which one third of the world’s trade passes. Scarborough, which Beijing calls Huangyan Island and Manila has renamed Panatag Shoal, is about 125 nautical miles off the Philippine coast but at...
  • GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq, with Shariah as worldwide aim

    06/26/2014 6:18:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | Brigitte Gabriel
    There is a great deal of confusion and ignorance about the jihadist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has been waging a terror campaign in those two nations for some time now, culminating most recently in the seizure of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. ... ISIS has a specific goal in mind and that is the formation of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah. This is very important to understand because this is a common goal of all the major jihadist organizations across the world. It is shared by al Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef,...
  • Australian Jihadist Musa Cerantonio Spotted in Philippines

    06/23/2014 12:09:36 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 3 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Staff
    Australian-born Musa Cerantonio, considered by authorities to be one of the top Islamist social-media propagandists, has been living in various parts of the Philippines for roughly a year, reported today by Rappler Philippines. The 29-year old former Christian has been under investigation by Australian Federal Police, who likewise traced him to the Philippines, which has a large population of foreign-born residents due to its influence in the Business Process Outsource (BPO) market. Cerantonio has successfully utilized Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets to recruit and serve as propagandist for the radical Islamist movement. He recently celebrated the Islamic...
  • South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China

    06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 6, 2014 | AFP
    South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week. It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems. South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added....
  • Pinoys in Iraq urged to leave as situation worsens (Philippine overseas workers)

    06/15/2014 11:53:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Rappler ^ | June 14, 2014
    The Department of Foreign Affairs cites the 'deteriorating security situation' as reason for the voluntary repatriation of Filipinos who are working mostly in American military bases in Baghdad.Filipinos in Iraq are being asked to voluntarily return to the Philippines at government expense. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday, June 14, raised the crisis alert level for all areas in Iraq to Level 3 which signals voluntary repatriation. It cited the “deteriorating security situation” as reason for the repatriation. There are an estimated 500 overseas Filipino workers in Iraq working mostly in American military bases in Baghdad, the capital....
  • TIMELINE: Efforts to make the Philippines a US state

    05/28/2014 4:33:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Rappler blog ^ | Loren Bustos and Vanessa Cabacungan
    None of the attempts to make the Philippines a US state have been successful, or taken seriously, so far.MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Did you know that there have been attempts to make the Philippines a state of the United States of America? Since the Philippines came under US rule in 1898, some ilustrados (upper class Filipinos) advocated the annexation of the Philippines to the US, but didn’t succeed. Pro-US statehood movements persisted even after the US granted independence to the Philippines in 1946. Several organizations have lobbied for US annexation, and even made it a campaign platform. None of these efforts...
  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/22/2014 4:26:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2014 | Staff
    The United States military is set to return to the Philippines 22 years after being evicted. The imminent arrival of US forces has renewed focus on the thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US military personnel. Aya Lowe went in search of this forgotten generation. Mary-Jane Stephens lives in a gritty one-room house with her three children and three grandchildren. Two sprawling mattresses pushed together make up the sleeping area, while one stove, sofa and TV make up the rest of the household. Continue reading the main story Philippines Direct branding graphic From selling peanuts to making a mint Your pictures:...
  • Half The World Doesn't Know About The Holocaust

    05/20/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
  • US Navy ‘Shaping Events’ in South China Sea

    05/20/2014 2:32:56 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    VOA News ^ | 20 May 2014 | Victor Beattie
    WASHINGTON — The United States' top naval officer said the Navy’s growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region is beginning to show results and shape events, but acknowledges it will be ‘a long-term effort.’ Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, said he hopes the U.S. Navy will be able to expand cooperation with India once its new government takes its place. Speaking Monday at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Greenert said the growing military-to-military dialogue with China is beginning to show results, especially in the South China Sea, where maritime tensions between China and its...
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Over 3000 Chinese Evacuated (By Boat & Plane) As Vietnam's Anti-China Riots Escalate

    05/18/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    China began evacuating hundreds of its nationals from Vietnam (via at least 2 planes and 5 ships) as the anti-China protests have become increasingly deadly following Beijing's attempt to deploy an oil drill in Vietnamese dispuited waters (detailed here, here, here, and here)... *CHINA SENDING 5 SHIPS TO VIETNAM TO EVACUATE CHINESE: XINHUA*HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE SECURITY IN CENTRAL HO CHI MINH CITY*VIETNAM PRIME MINISTER ISSUES DIRECTIVE TO PREVENT PROTESTS*VIETNAM GOVT TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT RIOTS: BINH Hundreds of police and security forces are in central Ho Chi Minh city and the Chinese consulate is under heavy guard. Tensions across...
  • Protestors torch factories in southern Vietnam as China protests escalate

    05/14/2014 8:01:10 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 7:55 AM EDT, Wed May 14, 2014 | Euan McKirdy
    (CNN) -- Anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam have turned violent with demonstrators setting on fire a number of factories in a southern Vietnamese industrial park. Properties in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) I & II in Binh Duong were targeted Tuesday by thousands of protesters demonstrating over China's deployment of an oil rig into waters that both countries claim as sovereign territory. Reports suggest the demonstrators targeted factories owned by Chinese firms, although CNN received a report that the arson was indiscriminate, with Korean-, Taiwanese- and Japanese-owned properties also torched by the angry mob.
  • Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China protest

    05/14/2014 12:42:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2014 3:16am EDT | HO BINH MINH AND MANUEL MOGATO
    Hanoi/Manila Reuters: Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country after protests against Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt appears to have been borne by Taiwanese companies in the zones in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces as rioters mistook the firms to be Chinese-owned. Vietnamese officials gave few details, but said gates to factories were smashed and windows were broken. Police said they were investigating. A Singapore foreign ministry spokesman said the premises of a...
  • Life Under the Obama Doctrine

    05/05/2014 3:32:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 3, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    For most commentators, President Barack Obama’s biggest achievement in his four-nation tour of Asia was the enhanced defense treaty he signed with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The pact permits US forces to operate on Philippine military bases and sets the conditions for joint training of US and Philippine forces, among other things. There are two problems with the treaty, however. And they reflect the basic problem with US foreign policy generally, five-and-a-half years into the Obama presidency. First, there is the reason that the treaty became necessary. The Philippines has been under attack by China since 2012 when China seized...
  • Earlier US airplane hijack plot first uncovered in Philippines: police

    09/14/2001 10:32:44 PM PDT · by Wallaby · 32 replies · 1,709+ views
    Agence France Presse | September 13, 2001 | AFP
    Earlier US airplane hijack plot first uncovered in Philippines: police International News Agence France Presse September 13, 2001 Thursday 11:09 PM Eastern Time MANILA, Sept 13 A terrorist plot similar to this week's attack in New York and Washington was first uncovered in Manila in 1995, Philippine police said Thursday. The plot called for the hijacking of US commercial airliners, bombing them or crashing them into several targets including the Central Intelligence Agency. The statement came amid a warning by the senate's vice chair for national defense that Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in Tuesday's attacks ...
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • Gore Blames Global Warming For Hurricane Sandy, Philippines Typhoon

    04/26/2014 8:44:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Truth Revolt blog ^ | April 25, 2014 | Albert Merrick
    Former Vice President Al Gore blamed global warming for the devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and northeastern U.S. in a Politico interview published Friday. The extensive interview, in which Gore calls himself a "recovering politician" and declines to rule out a Presidential run in 2016, also focuses heavily on Gore's thoughts on efforts to combat climate change. Gore said he thinks the world is nearing a "tipping point" in which there would be "shared resolve" to decrease the use of fossil fuels worldwide. He also said that, if steps are taken now, some "catastrophic" events might be avoided. But...
  • 10 Facts You Never Knew about St John Paul II

    05/01/2014 2:24:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    taylormarshall.com ^ | May 1, 2014 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Saint John Paul II was an amazing man, priest, bishop, pope, and now Saint! But here are 10 things about him that you may have never known: Saint John Paul II could speak Latin fluently. A rare art these days. Oh and besides his native Polish, he could also converse in: Slovak, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Ukrainian, and English.Saint John Paul II received his call to the priesthood when he once accidentally “caught” his father praying alone during the night on his knees.Saint John Paul II was an expert on Saint John of Cross and the Carmelite...
  • Welcome back, Mr. President; Here's your worst job approval ever

    04/29/2014 3:28:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 29, 2014 | Andrew Malcolm
    For consuming a week of presidential time and Lord knows how many millions of borrowed dollars, Barack Obama's admirable Asian adventure was not terribly productive. The much-anticipated trade agreement with Japan fell through, as trade talks with Japan are wont to do for decades now. Obama did sign a new base agreement with the Philippines. But on the home-front John Kerry pulled one of his own "bitter clinger" moments, saying revealing things he shouldn't about Israel on the incorrect belief no one in the room was recording his words. "Israel" and "apartheid" in the same sentence strike some as resignation-worthy....
  • President Obama Must Show Support for the Philippines

    04/25/2014 6:48:49 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 25, 2014 | Paul Winters
    Commentary by Paul Winters, Dignitas News Service In comments made Thursday in Japan, US President Obama pledged his support for Japanese rights in its dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The disputed land, known to the Japanese as Senkaku and referred to as Diaoyu are at the center of the Sino-Japanese tensions. The comments come as part of Mr. Obama's week-long trip through Asia in which he has been vocal in support for Japan and Korea in the region, but has been embarrassingly silent on support for the Philippines amid increased Chinese aggression in the South...
  • 10 Secret Societies That Created The Modern World

    04/24/2014 7:48:25 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    List Verse ^ | 06 April 2014 | Alan Boyle
    Many believe the world is run by a secret organization like the Illuminati, and the people we think are in power are nothing but stooges. It sounds implausible, but is it really a crazy idea? Yes. Yes, it is. And yet there have been secret organizations that created the world as we know it. 10The Carbonari After Napoleon’s defeat in 1814, the European powers had to decide what to do with the territory that he’d ruled as part of the First French Empire. The borders of Europe were redrawn at the Congress of Vienna, mainly decided by Great Britain, Russia,...
  • 'Obama Not Welcome': Filipinos Protest Presidential Visit [Blasted With Firehoses]

    04/23/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/23/14
    Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: "Obama not welcome."
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident

    03/04/2014 2:51:38 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 113 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3/4/14 | Jeff Weiner
    A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this weekend. Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road, near Windermere. /snip After she refused, retrieved his mail and asked him to leave, Alan Grayson "then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall...