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  • The Philippines -- The Poland of the Pacific?

    09/12/2019 7:39:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/12/2019 | Joseph Somsel
    Given China’s position as a classic Asian land power and America’s role as an oceanic hegemon, a military challenge has emerged in the near seas close to China through which the essentials of modern industrial power flow – oil, to name just one. That means the control of the South China Sea is the next step in the establishment of a New Chinese Empire. As in 1938, when Poland lay between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army, the Philippines is the weak point between the U.S. and China. It is common knowledge that America intends to ring the South China...
  • My "Terry and the Pirates" Story

    09/07/2019 7:23:05 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 36 replies
    Self | Chainmail
    When I was a First Lieutenant of Marines in 1977, I was assigned to the 3rd FSSG in Okinawa and at the middle of my one-year deployment there, was given the job of embarking 225 Marines and huge amounts of equipment aboard an amphibious transport ship, the USS Mobile LKA-115. My mission was to take part in a large training exercise in the Philippines on the island of Mindoro, establishing a Landing Support Element (LSE) on the beach for a couple of weeks. Any of you have had experience with sort of thing know that it took many, many hours,...
  • Top Philippines court refuses to legalize same-sex marriage in unanimous decision

    09/05/2019 8:12:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/05/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has dismissed a landmark petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the majority Catholic country. On Tuesday, the country’s highest court ruled that Jesus Nicardo Falcis III, an openly gay attorney who initiated the petition in 2015, had no legal standing in the case since he had not applied for a marriage license, the South China Morning Post reported. Despite its decision, in a text released to journalists, the court noted the Southeast Asian nation's 1987 Constitution “does not define, or restrict, marriage on the basis of … sexual orientation, or...
  • You have not missed the banquet[charismaticcaucus]

    07/29/2019 2:19:29 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    You are my betrothed you have not missed the wedding feast but on the contrary you are prepreparing everything needed for that very moment and day. You are always where I need you to be not where others perceive.I AM with you even now so how can you miss all that I have for us for we are one. Be at peace with the body and pray pray pray for in this manner your wick is trimmed and in worship your oil shall be full. Matthew 25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who...
  • In the Philippines, content moderators at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter see the worst of the web

    07/26/2019 4:33:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    Washington Post via CTPOST ^ | 07/25/2019 | Elizabeth Dwoskin, Jeanne Whalen, Regine Cabato
    A year after quitting his job reviewing some of the most gruesome content the internet has to offer, Lester prays every week that the images he saw can be erased from his mind. First as a contractor for YouTube and then for Twitter, he worked on a high-up floor of a mall in this traffic-clogged Asian capital, where he spent up to nine hours each day weighing questions about the details in those images. He made decisions about whether a child's genitals were being touched accidentally or on purpose, or whether a knife slashing someone's neck depicted a real-life killing...
  • Donald Trump, Jr.: Democrats' petty obstruction of ambassadorial confirmations must end now

    07/17/2019 11:48:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2019 | Donald Trump Jr.
    These days, obstruction by the Democrats grabs the biggest headlines when they prevent solutions to the biggest issues – immigration, Supreme Court appointments, infrastructure, and so on – but their obstruction is actually the most egregious when it’s at its most petty. Confirming U.S. ambassadors should be one of the least political things the U.S. Senate does. For most of the country’s history, the process was a mere formality – a president would pick people to serve as America’s chief representatives to countries around the world, and those nominees would almost always be confirmed by voice votes, with little if...
  • Philippines' president calls on US defense pact to back fight with Beijing in the South China Sea

    07/17/2019 11:47:49 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/16/19 | Alex Lockie
    Rodrigo Duterte, the firebrand president of the Philippines, on Wednesday called on the US to send warships to defend the island nation against Chinese military aggression as part of a decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty.
  • Jesus Christ our Sustainer[charismatic Caucus]

    07/13/2019 1:35:44 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    My promises to you are "Yes and Amen" I AM your Sustainer and not man. Come to Me in your time of need for I AM A Loving God visiting My Blessings upon the righteous that call upon My name. I AM Lord God, King your Yahweh and Messiah. All there is to fill your cup is to Believe and Declare for such was the Faith of The Centurion and I have placed this Faith in YOU ! My Shalom(PEACE) IS yours AS YOU Speak Peace to each storm in your life. . . Guard your Heart with Loving Kindness...
  • Unhappy returns: Imelda Marcos' 90th birthday bash ruined as 261 hospitalized

    07/06/2019 12:20:41 PM PDT · by csvset · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 July 2019 | Karen Lema
    MANILA (Reuters) - Chaos erupted at a huge party to celebrate the 90th birthday of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos on Wednesday, with 261 friends and supporters rushed to Manila hospitals with suspected food poisoning. Emergency rooms in the city’s Pasig area were inundated with patients vomiting and suffering from diarrhea and dizziness, according to staff who spoke to Reuters.
  • Former Del. Ron Villanueva sentenced to 2˝ years in prison for defrauding federal government

    07/03/2019 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Coronal · 11 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 2, 2019 | Scott Daugherty
    NORFOLK Former state Del. Ron Villanueva is a mentor, a family man and just a generally good person, civic and business leaders said. Over the years, he's traveled to the Philippines to assist with an Operation Smile trip and repeatedly taken a family friend to the hospital to visit her dying father. But he is also a criminal. And that, a federal judge said Tuesday, shouldn't be forgotten. "You have done good things, but that doesn't put you above the law," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith said from the bench.
  • A word for The Seers and Prophets[Charismatic Caucus]

    06/16/2019 12:18:30 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Bible,the Joshua Chronicles
    Your Harbinger of Freedom is about to arrive, No more work or reason to strive, I have erased your Crossroads for you have met ME there, And Now for the first time in your Life FREEDOM is in The Air, Lifting you into My Perfect WILL, For you Carry My Voice and Write with My Quill, A Fragrant Blossom Truly are you, The Rainwater of morning , Hermons Dew, For you are My Sonshine as I paint your Day, For those I send you to, bringing exactly what I say ! There is no difference from your Voicebox or My...
  • The Navy’s Golden Chance to Return to Subic Bay

    06/08/2019 11:11:46 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 57 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | June 2019 | By Captain Brian Buzzell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In recent years, the United States has struggled to persuade the Philippine government and the country’s citizens it is serious about honoring its commitments under the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). China has been feeding this growing mistrust, hoping to drive a wedge between the two long-standing allies to the point one or both will move to terminate the treaty. Twenty-seven years ago, the stars and stripes were hauled down for the final time at Naval Base Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, fulfilling the U.S. obligations to withdraw all military forces and vacate all bases after the Philippine...
  • ‘Sick and tired’: Philippine Pres. Duterte regrets presidential run

    06/13/2019 11:03:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Manila Times ^ | 06/13/2019 | BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE
    President Rodrigo Duterte is “sick and tired of the system” and regrets having run for the nation’s top post, given the Philippines’ seemingly insurmountable problems. “I lost my enthusiasm to work. Actually, I deeply regretted it. I regretted my decision to run for president,” Duterte said in the vernacular on Wednesday during the oath-taking of Cagayan de Oro’s newly elected local government officials. The decision to run for president in 2016, the former Davao City mayor claimed, was spurred by his not having lost an election. “[S]ince 1988, I was rising until I became President of this republic. But if...
  • Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West Philippine Sea 'collision'

    06/12/2019 10:06:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Rappler ^ | 06/12/2019 | Rambo Talabong
    MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – A Chinese vessel sank a Philippine vessel in a collision in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and left the 22 Filipino fishermen on that boat "to the mercy of the elements," the Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND) announced on Wednesday, June 12. “A collision between a Chinese and Filipino vessel (FB Gimver 1) was reported by Filipino fishermen near the Recto Bank in the West Philippine [Sea] on the evening of June 9, 2019. The collision sank the Filipino vessel,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, citing information from Filipino...
  • In a first, India votes in favour of Israel at UN against Palestine human rights body

    06/11/2019 4:18:53 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    the ^ | 11 june 2019 | Nayanima Basu
    In an unprecedented move last week, India voted in support of Israel at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny observer status to a Palestinian human rights organisation named ‘Shahed’. This is the first time India has taken a step back from its decades-old position on the two-state theory under which New Delhi sees both Israel and Palestine as separate and independent countries, seeking to bring peace in West Asia.The vote, which took place on 6 June at the UN, saw countries such as US, France, Germany, India, Japan, UK, South Korea and Canada polling in favour of...
  • Lee Kuan Yew's Other Legacy: Why Singapore Has One Of The World's Toughest Militaries

    03/27/2015 8:28:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 57 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 24 2015 | Alberto Riva
    When Lee Kuan Yew died Monday at age 91, the founding father of Singapore did not leave just his legacy as the prime minister whose authoritarian policies shaped a backwater British colony into the world’s fourth-wealthiest nation. He also left Singaporeans with one of the most formidable armies in the world. The tiny island state of 5.4 million, with a land area far smaller than New York City’s, has more fighter jets than Spain, Poland or Sweden. Its army has as many tanks as Italy, which is more than 400 times the size. Its navy boasts the only stealthy ships...
  • Philippines' Pres. Duterte says he was once gay but 'cured' himself after meeting his ex-wife

    06/01/2019 12:02:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/31/2019 | By Lukas Mikelionis
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he was once gay but “cured” himself after meeting his former wife. He made the comments during a trip to Japan where he accused his political opponent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of being gay, claiming that the way he moved proves that. "I said, ‘Are you sure?’ They said, ‘You ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they'll say he's gay,’” he said, the Filipino news organization Rappler reported. “Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself,” Duterte continued. “When I began a relationship with [ex wife Elizabeth] Zimmerman,...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 5/31-Saturday 6/1/2019 Newsdump Edition

    06/01/2019 2:50:39 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/31/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The government of French President Emmanuel Macron is appealing the decision to stop the removal of food and water from quadriplegic hospital patient Vincent Lambert..... In Missouri a judge allowing the states last abortion clinic to remain open while a request for a permanent injunction is considered..... 12 are dead and the shooter killed by police in Virginia Beach, Virginia.... Mohamed Hichem M is the name of the suspect in last Friday's parcel bombing in Lyon, France...... In Morocco Abdessamad Ejjoud is one of three men who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and is one of 24 men accused...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday 5/21-Wednesday 5/22/2019

    05/22/2019 2:36:16 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/21/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The United States State Department is "seeing signs" of chemical weapons use by Syrian government forces in northwestern Syria. The State Department promising Tuesday that the US and allied nations will respond "quickly and appropriately" if the use of chemical weapons is proven.... Top US officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford briefed members of Congress Tuesday about Iran.... The United Nations representative for Libya says steps need to be taken to cut off arms supplies to Libya where a government ostensibly backed by the UN is...
  • Fossils from a Philippine cave may come from a new human-like species

    05/13/2019 11:38:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 10, 2019 | Laura Geggel
    The ancient bones and teeth of a previously unknown human relative — one that was even smaller than the so-called Hobbit — have been discovered deep in a cave on an island in the Philippines. The newfound species is named Homo luzonensis in honor of Luzon, the island where the mysterious beings lived during the late Pleistocene epoch, more than 50,000 years ago. At less than 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, H. luzonensis is the second known dwarf human on record, the first being Homo floresiensis, also known as the Hobbit, whose remains were found on the Indonesian island of...