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  • China Plans Artificial Island In Disputed Spratlys Chain In South China Sea

    06/08/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 6-8-2014 | Kristine Kwok and Minnie Chan
    The move indicates a shift from defence to offence in the East and South China seas Sunday, 08 June, 2014, 10:32amKristine Kwok and Minnie Chan China is looking to expand its biggest installation in the Spratly Islands into a fully formed artificial island, complete with airstrip and sea port, to better project its military strength in the South China Sea, a Chinese scholar and a Chinese navy expert have said. The planned expansion on the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, if approved, would be a further indication of China's change of tack in handling long-running sovereignty disputes from a defensive stance...
  • CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels

    03/27/2014 8:54:15 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Brietbart.com ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels Joel B. Pollak 26 Mar 2014 The 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who is also running for Secretary of State, and over two dozen other individuals reads like a crime thriller. Beyond the widely reported stories of alleged wire fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery, the affidavit contains tales of alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations. Indeed, while the media have fixated on the hypocrisy of a gun-control advocate--Yee sponsored legislation against...
  • ANDERSON COOPER APPOINTED U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE PHILIPPINES

    11/17/2013 5:57:58 PM PST · by mkmensinger · 53 replies
    "President Barack Obama has nominated CNN’s Anderson Cooper to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. The White House announcement on the nomination came on the heels of Cooper’s live reporting on the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan which has devastated many cities and towns in Central Philippines. He is the host of the popular CNN news program, AC 360. His reports from Tacloban, the worst-hit among the cities in the province of Leyte, gained both praise and criticism."
  • Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines

    11/07/2013 4:51:27 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:32 PM (ET) | By JIM GOMEZ
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, "There will be catastrophic damage." The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
  • Typhoon Usagi moves through SE Asia

    09/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 September 2013 Last updated at 00:55 ET
    Heavy rain and howling winds are lashing the northern Philippines and Taiwan as Typhoon Usagi goes through the Luzon Strait which divides them. Villages have been evacuated, ferries suspended and flights cancelled. Meteorologists say the storm is the most powerful this year and will bring a cumulative rainfall of 1,000mm (39in) as it heads towards China. The authorities there have announced a red alert ahead of the expected arrival of the storm on Monday. The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre said on Friday that Usagi was packing sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph), with gusts of up to...
  • Manila: Golan troops need defence against chemical arms

    06/20/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    AFP via Global Post ^ | June 20, 2013 09:33 | Agence France-Presse
    President Benigno Aquino threatened Thursday to withdraw Philippine troops from the UN peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights unless they receive anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, and are protected against chemical arms. Aquino said the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), now made up of just over 500 Filipino and Indian troops, needed revised rules of engagement as Syria's civil war heats up. Manila pledged on Wednesday to keep its troops in the volatile strip of land between Syria and Israel until at least August 3, but said their continued presence would depend on the UN beefing up security. ... The Philippines...
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies
    COLLEGIAN.csufresno.edu - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • Catholic News Roundup 08-28

    08/30/2012 12:44:36 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 4 replies
    News Video: Catholic News Roundup 08-28-12
  • Philippine gun makers take aim from the backyard to the production line

    08/01/2012 6:10:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Manuel Mogato
    (Reuters) - In the Philippines, they vote with their trigger fingers. Elections mean big business for illegal gunsmiths, who are looking forward to 2013 mid-term polls. With election-related violence commonplace, the Philippines imposes a ban on the carrying of guns for six months, from campaigning to the proclamation of winners. With legal access denied, Filipinos simply turn to the many illegal gunsmiths who ply their trade in back alleys and on the edge of rice fields despite government crackdowns. -----------------------------cut--------------------- According to www.gunpolicy.org, a site hosted by the University of Sydney's School of Public Health in Australia, there are about...
  • Giant Crocodile Breaks Size Record—Suspected in Fatal Attacks

    07/08/2012 3:52:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 2, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Lolong beats previous record-holder by more than two feet.Lolong has hit the big time—at 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) long, the saltwater crocodile is officially the largest in captivity, the Guinness World Records announced recently. Suspected of attacking several people and killing two, the giant reptile was captured alive in the Philippines' Bunawan township (map) last September. (See pictures of Lolong's capture.) The Guinness listing is based on data by experts including crocodile zoologist Adam Britton, who measured the beast in his home, the new Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Centre. (Read more about Lolong's Guinness World Record listing.) Initially wary of...
  • The US Will Re-Open Massive Philippine Bases Not Occupied Since The Cold War (Clark and Subic Bay)

    06/08/2012 10:36:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 155 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/8/12 | Robert Johnson
    With the U.S. moving the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific, commanders are eagerly looking for invitations to park the planes and ships that will be pouring into the region. Travis Tritten at Stars and Stripes reports that the Pentagon has apparently been fanning the old flame of friendship with the Philippines and will be re-opening two bases it left in 1991 — Subic Bay and Clark Air Base. The U.S. had a falling out with the island nation in the early nineties and pulled out of the bases, which were then built-up by a series of private...
  • As China tries to strong arm our Filipino allies what will Barack Obama do?

    06/02/2012 1:51:33 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 30 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 6/2/2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Since mid April Chinese naval vessels have been circling a pile of rocks situated 124 miles off the coast of the Philippines that barely qualifies as an “island”. The rocks are called the Scarborough Shoal and save for there position, and rumors of oil and gas under them, they have no value to anyone. Nevertheless it is precisely because they are so far from their own shore that the Chinese are trying to pressure the Filipinos into relinquishing their long held claim (since 1734) to Panatag as they call them. Moreover since the Scarborough Shoal at just 124 miles off...
  • Dureza: Let's arm media!(Phillipines)

    01/10/2012 7:17:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    sunstar.com ^ | 9 January, 2012 | Jesus “Jess” Dureza
    A PUBLISHER and radio commentator, Christopher Guarin in General Santos City, is the latest murder victim. He was shot a few days ago in his car while driving his family home after his radio program. He managed to jump out after the first volley but he was finished off when they caught up with him. He is 2012's first media man to die violently. Whether he was murdered because he was a media practitioner or a businessman, is still an issue now. This brings back to public debate the need to allow media men as a policy to bear arms...
  • Gun club underscores firearms safety (Phillipines)

    06/21/2011 7:20:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    philstar.com ^ | 20 June, 2011 | Olmin Leyba
    MANILA, Philippines - Firearms, the “last line of defense” in home protection and self-defense, can kill or seriously injure. As such, gun owners should treat it with care and constant vigilance to ensure personal safety and the safety of others. And when time does come for one to draw his gun against an attacker, it is imperative he fully knows the weapon and how to properly use it. Such was the main thrust of discussion when members of Stronghand One Gun Club and guests gathered for their first general assembly at the Stronghand Shooting Range in Quezon City. Samson Macariola,...
  • Islamic Rebels Burn Christian Village

    02/11/2011 8:56:32 PM PST · by 0beron · 13 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/11/11 | Tancred
    [Manila] Moslem extremists have burnt down a Christian village in the vicinity of the city of Mang (Mindanao). According to current information there have been no dead. The entire population must in any case leave their homes and is homeless. Sources at the Philippine Army have laid the blame upon Ameril Umbra Kato, the earlier Chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He is building up a new army for the battle to promote the islamic State of Mindanao.
  • Clinton gets gun ban exemption(Phillipines)

    11/12/2010 6:21:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    manilatimes.net ^ | 8 November, 2010 | JOMAR CANLAS
    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has granted the gun ban application of former United States President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. The Manila Times was able to obtain a one-page certificate of authority issued by the Comelec where the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) for the October 25, 2010 Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections, chaired by poll body Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, granted the gun ban exemption to a large number of Clinton’s security personnel from the US Protective Service Agents. Clinton, the 42nd president of the US, will be in the Philippines on...
  • CBCP reminds Aquino about excommunication (Bishop threatens Aquino with excommunication)

    09/30/2010 2:36:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Inquirer ^ | Philip Tubeza
    MANILA, Philippines—The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Wednesday reminded President Aquino III that providing contraceptives to poor couples who opt for artificial birth control face excommunication from the church.Speaking on the Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Nereo Odchimar of Tandag, Surigao del Sur, the current CBCP president, said that even Mr. Aquino may be covered by excommunication. Mr. Aquino, a practicing Catholic, has stood by his position that Filipino couples who choose to use artificial contraceptives should be allowed to do so."Well, being the President of all, you must consider the position of the Catholic Church...
  • St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions (1600?-1637)

    09/27/2010 10:19:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Belief.net ^ | not given | Belief.net
    St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions (1600?-1637) Lawrence (Lorenzo) was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter. His life took an abrupt turn when he was accused of murder. Nothing further is known except the statement of two Dominicans that...
  • House member to file bill against total gun ban (Phillipines)

    06/01/2010 4:50:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 192+ views
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | 1 June, 2010 | Gil Cabacungan
    MANILA, Philippines—A lawmaker has opposed a plan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to extend the total gun ban coverage beyond the end of the election period, saying that he will introduce a bill that would ensure the right of individuals to carry firearms. Nueva Ecija Representative Rodolfo Antonino said the PNP could not just opt to extend the gun ban after granting firearm licenses and permits to carry to gun owners. The gun ban ends on June 9. Antonino, chairman of the House committee on public order and safety, said there was no provision in the law barring Filipino...
  • Pro-gun group aims for looser laws (Phillipines)

    05/31/2010 5:46:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 133+ views
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | 31 May, 2010 | Tarra Quismundo
    MANILA, Philippines—A group of gun enthusiasts is countering police calls for an extension of the election gun ban with its own call for laws liberalizing gun ownership. The Gun Enthusiasts Confederation of the Philippines (GECP) argued that loosening restrictions on firearms ownership would, in fact, deter violence. GECP president Perry Punla said the group’s “total pro-gun” proposal would prevent rather than spur inappropriate gun use because gun owners would be held liable in court. Punla also called for simplified regulations on gun ownership. He said a gun owner’s license should likewise be recognized as a permit to bear arms, doing...
  • Remembering a World War II Death Trap — and a Miraculous Rescue

    02/23/2010 10:45:48 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 817+ views
    NC Register ^ | February 23, 2010 | CHRISTINE SNYDER
    Sister Mary Beata Mackie on the way to the Philippines in 1937. Sixty-five years ago today, U.S. Marines iconically raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. And 65 years ago today, hundreds of miles to the south, my aunt walked to freedom. Sister Mary Beata Mackie spent over three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines during World War II. Like most of the more than 2,100 others in the camp, she was malnourished and emaciated in the end. Sister Mary Beata was one of 53 Maryknoll Missionary Sisters caught in the...
  • Renewed... and Reconciled

    01/28/2010 12:26:35 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 188+ views
    witl ^ | January 27, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    With the Vatican's Year for Priests now past its halfway point, it's been widely noted that this week's seeing a pretty exceptional gathering in the Philippines: some 5,500 priests -- three-quarters of the national presbyterate -- spending the week on group retreat (above) in Manila. Sometime today, one of the week's high points is expected to take place -- a mass reconciliation rite, with individual confessions: Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, spokesman for the [Filipino] bishops, said that, while priests lining up before a confessional box is not a common sight, they were also humans and not without sin. "It's the...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 21-27, 2009: Waterfalls in various locales

    06/24/2009 6:57:02 PM PDT · by cogitator · 10 replies · 1,992+ views
    Various | Various
    I'll be on hiatus into July after this. So I looked for some waterfall pictures as a send-off. Waterfall in the Caucasus Mountains (Chegem Gorge). Click for full-size. Katibawasan Falls, Phillipines (click for full size) El Chorro waterfalls, El Salvador
  • 'Aleck Baldwin doesn’t deserve a Filipina wife'

    05/18/2009 9:46:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies · 3,921+ views
    GMA News ^ | May 18, 2009 | MARK JOSEPH H. UBALDE
    MANILA, Philippines - First, Teri Hatcher questioned the medical certificates of Filipino doctors. Then, British show Harry & Paul ridiculed a Filipina maid as a sex symbol. And just recently, Chinese columnist Chip Tsao called the Philippines a nation of slaves. Now, it’s 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin's turn, joining the ranks of "internationally-recognized" celebrities who have maligned Filipinos, according to critics. Baldwin – a divorced father of a 13-year-old girl – told David Letterman in one of his last interviews on the Late Show, how he taught of getting, or buying, himself a Filipina bride. “I think about getting...
  • Police rescue ICRC worker from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

    04/19/2009 5:51:45 AM PDT · by csvset · 196+ views
    GMA News ^ | 4-18-2009 | Al Jacinto
    (UPDATE) ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - One of two foreign Red Cross workers being held captive by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippine province of Sulu was rescued early Saturday, official said. Swiss Andreas Notter was rescued by police and civilian auxiliaries early Saturday as his captors tried to spirit him out of a police cordon at around 5.30 a.m. in Indanan town, said Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, confirming earlier reports attributed to unnamed police officials. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding Italian Eugenio Vagni, but he was not with the group that held Notter, said the official, who asked...
  • (Nailed to Cross) Faith and ritual mix on Good Friday in RP

    04/10/2009 6:36:40 AM PDT · by meandog · 4 replies · 484+ views
    ABS News via Drudge ^ | 04/10/2009 4:25 PM | By Manny Mogato
    CUTUD, ANGELES CITY - Dozens of Catholic devotees were nailed to crosses, scores more whipped their backs and others chanted the Passion of Jesus Christ as Filipinos mixed faith and gory ritual on Good Friday. Frowned on by church authorities, the voluntary crucifixions in villages north of the capital Manila are one of the most extreme displays of religious devotion in Asia's largest Roman Catholic state. Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the church discourages such rituals because the penitents were expecting rewards for hurting themselves. "We only encourage the faithfuls to fast,...
  • Filipino Teachers Exchange Homeland For Jobs In America [US Public School Ed Cesspool Status]

    03/18/2009 9:25:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,098+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 18, 2009
    Filipino teachers exchange homeland for jobs in America More than 100 school districts, including at least 20 in California, are recruiting in the Philippines to fill teacher shortages in math, science and special education. By Teresa Watanabe March 18, 2009 Filipino exchange teacher Ferdinand Nakila landed in Los Angeles expecting "Pretty Woman" scenes of swank Beverly Hills boulevards and glittering celebrities. What he got was Inglewood, where he stayed for two weeks in temporary housing and encountered drunkards, beggars, trash-filled streets and nightly police sirens. It got worse. In training sessions about American classrooms he received in the Philippines, he...
  • Muslim rebel attack kills 11 in southern Philippines

    10/02/2008 6:08:16 AM PDT · by Righting · 1 replies · 244+ views
    abc ^ | Oct. 2, 2008
    Muslim rebel attack kills 11 in southern Philippines [Oct. 2, 2008] Eight Muslim rebels and three soldiers have been killed in the latest outbreak of fighting in the troubled southern Philippines, a military official said. Guerrillas of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fired on an army patrol in Datu Piang town in the island of Mindanao yesterday, killing the three soldiers and wounding 12, local army commander Colonel Marlou Salazar said. Military reinforcements backed by armoured vehicles arrived later, prompting the rebels to flee using civilians as cover, he added. The bodies of eight rebels were recovered from...
  • Phillipines Catholics protest deal expanding autonomous region for Muslims (Rel of Peace Alert!)

    08/05/2008 1:06:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 193+ views
    CNA ^ | August 5, 2008
    Manila, Aug 5, 2008 / 12:28 am (CNA).- Thousands of Catholics in two southern Philippines cities on Monday demonstrated against a government agreement granting Muslims more territory and political and economic powers. One critic characterized the deal as the building of a “Berlin Wall” in the country and another called it a “virtual declaration” of a new state.Church bells rung and businesses closed for the protest in the mainly Catholic city of Zamboanga, Reuters says. About 10,000 people, many wearing red shirts to show their opposition, gathered at a demonstration where a Catholic archbishop and a local tribal leader...
  • Philippines cardinal bars cross-dressers from Marian processions

    05/06/2008 1:53:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 61+ views
    CNA ^ | May 6, 2008
    Manila, May 6, 2008 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Archbishop of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has forbidden cross-dressing homosexuals from dressing up as female saints in religious processions, calling the actions an “insult to the Blessed Mother.” Every May, Catholics throughout the Philippines hold a “Santacruzan” flower festival in honor of the Virgin Mary.Speaking to the church-run Radio Veritas on Monday, Cardinal Rosales said the cross-dressing was “horrendous” and “defeats the real purpose” of the procession.  He said that the Catholic faithful should keep religious festivals sacred and solemn at all times."Gays should not be allowed to participate in Santacruzan since...
  • Elephants Thought Extinct May Have Survived

    04/17/2008 2:45:35 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 107+ views
    Physorg ^ | 4-17-2008 | World Wildlife Fund
    Elephants thought extinct may have survived Pygmy elephant with radio collar. Credit: Cede Prudente The Borneo pygmy elephant may not be native to the island of Borneo after all. Instead, the population could be the last survivors of the Javan elephant race – accidentally saved from extinction by the Sultan of Sulu centuries ago, suggests an article co-authored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The origins of the pygmy elephants, found only on the northeast tip of the island in part of the Heart of Borneo, have long been shrouded in mystery. Their looks and behavior differ from other Asian...
  • Philippine Government Drafts Constitutional Amendment to Create Muslim Homeland

    01/10/2008 12:03:04 AM PST · by camerakid400 · 30 replies · 134+ views
    VOA News ^ | January 09, 2008 | By Douglas Bakshian
    The Philippine government is drafting a constitutional amendment that would authorize the establishment of a federal homeland for Muslims in the south of the country. The proposed amendment is part of a complex peace process between the government and a major Muslim rebel group. Douglas Bakshian reports from Manila. Last November, an important agreement was reached between the Philippine government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The two sides agreed on the size of a proposed homeland for the country's Muslims in the south of the country. This definition of what is called "the territory" is part of...
  • PETA cries seizure of sex dolls in Philippines [animal rights moonbats]

    12/27/2007 4:56:45 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 41 replies · 156+ views
    China View ^ | 12/27/07 | N/A
    MANILA, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- An animal rights group on Thursday blamed the Philippine customs for ruining their protest by confiscating inflatable sex dolls they planned to use for a global campaign against fowl cruelty. "The dolls were seized by customs officials when they arrived in the Philippines via U.S.-based package carrier UPS," the Hong Kong-based group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in a statement released by its Manila office. PETA said it was hoping to use the sex dolls in its campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for abuses of chickens. "The sex dolls would...
  • Philippine Catholics afraid of Muslim homeland deal

    12/04/2007 5:02:21 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 8 replies · 57+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 4 2007 | Manny Mogato
    DATU BLAH SINSUAT, Philippines (Reuters) - When Christians in the southern Philippines heard that the government and Islamic rebels had agreed to expand a homeland for Muslims on their island, they panicked. "We started buying some weapons to defend our families and community," said Berting, a coconut farmer, whose farm sits in the heart of a mainly Muslim province in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Berting, who declined to give his last name, is a Catholic whose grandfather settled in the area nearly 80 years ago when Christian farmers moved to the lush jungles and valleys of mostly Muslim...
  • Catholics teach birth control to Muslims

    08/24/2007 8:09:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies · 629+ views
    R & S ^ | August 23, 2007
    A group of lay Catholics are promoting natural family planning methods among the Philippine Muslim community to control the rising population without going against the beliefs held by the two religions. The group began its campaign in Maguindanao, southern Mindanao province, where the percentage of Muslims reaches 90 percent.     From there, the group hopes to carry its work to the rest of the country to tackle the problem of birth control without relying on artificial methods, AsiaNews reported Thursday.     The well known and much appreciated method, known as the "Billings ovulation method," is based on analysis of the female ovulation...
  • The Next Intervention

    08/06/2007 1:26:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2007 | Ivo Daalder and Robert Kagan
    Is the United States out of the intervention business for a while? With two difficult wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a divided public, the conventional answer is that it will be a long time before any American president, Democrat or Republican, again dispatches troops into conflict overseas. As usual, though, the conventional wisdom is almost certainly wrong. Throughout its history, America has frequently used force on behalf of principles and tangible interests, and that is not likely to change. Despite the problems and setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, America remains the world's dominant military power, spends half a trillion...
  • Ex-FBI Analyst Faces Prison in Spy Plot (involved Phillipines)

    07/18/2007 7:10:37 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 432+ views
    Charlotte.com/AP ^ | 7-18-07 | Jeffrey Gold
    A former FBI intelligence analyst who worked under two vice presidents could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison Wednesday for passing secret U.S. documents in a plot to topple the Philippine government. Leandro Aragoncillo, 48, who worked as a military aide to vice presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney before joining the FBI as a civilian employee at Fort Monmouth, pleaded in 2006 to four charges. The most serious charge, conspiracy to transmit national defense information, can carry the death penalty, but under his plea agreement, Aragoncillo instead faces 15 to 20 years in prison. A co-conspirator,...
  • Hunting Terrorists in the Philippines (Ollie North)

    06/11/2007 7:55:40 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies · 591+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 11, 2007
    This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," June 8, 2007,... SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: We go live now to the Philippines, where our own FOX News Channel's Colonel Oliver North is covering a major counter terror operation with a joint Philippine strike force and U.S. Special Op advisors on the hunt for the Islamic terror group .Colonel, what's happening?OLIVER NORTH, HOST, "WAR STORIES": Sean, today we went with U.S. Special Operations troops and Philippine troops to the scene of two recent battles with and rogue Moro National Liberation Front terrorists.For years, Islamic radicals have used this dense, triple canopy...
  • Italian Priest Abducted in Philippines

    06/11/2007 8:28:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 707+ views
    Guardian ^ | June 10, 2007 | TERESA CEROJANO
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Gunmen abducted an Italian Roman Catholic priest who was on his way to a remote village to celebrate Sunday Mass in the southern Philippines, police said. Giancarlo Bossi, 57, was riding his motorcycle in Zamboanga Sibugay province's Payao township, about 500 miles south of Manila, when about 10 armed men blocked his path then seized him, said Senior Superintendent Francisco Cristobal, the provincial police chief. Cristobal said he suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels who operate in Zamboanga Sibugay, despite a cease-fire agreement with the government. He did not elaborate, but said that al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf...
  • First Mangyan priest ordained in the country (Phillipines)

    05/01/2007 4:24:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 408+ views
    Asia News ^ | April 23, 2007
    PHILIPPINESFirst Mangyan priest ordained in the countrySantosh DigalA member of one of the oldest indigenous groupings in the country becomes a priest in a ceremony that draws thousands of faithful. The next day, the newly-ordained Father Oybad returned to his mountain community to celebrate. Calapan City (AsiaNews) – The first ethnic Magyan priest was ordained on April 17 in a ceremony that brought together many faithful. The new priest comes from one of the most ancient and least known indigenous groupings of the country.Although he had wanted a simple affair, Hanunuo Mangyan Gabayno Calinog Oybad’s entry into the priesthood was...
  • Filipino remittances hit $12.8bn

    02/16/2007 3:17:45 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 1,157+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007
    Globally, remittances make up about $230bn Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas last year totalled a record $12.8bn (Ł6.5bn), the Philippines' central bank has said.The remittances - a 20% rise on 2005 - account for about 10% of the country's economy, the bank added. Most of the eight million overseas workers are in the US or Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the fifth-largest recipient of foreign remittances behind India, China, Mexico and France. It has forecast that Filipinos will send home about $14.1bn this year. Their remittances play an increasingly significant role in...
  • Theft unites soldiers - Colonel in Iraq wants to help WWII vet get stolen diary back

    02/08/2007 6:56:50 AM PST · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 5 replies · 298+ views
    Sacbee.com ^ | Thursday, February 8, 2007 | Crystal Carreon
    Separated by more than 7,000 miles, two different generations and two very different wars, a California Army National Guardsman in Baghdad wants to help bring Ben Waldron's World War II journal back home. The journal, rough-hewn and gray, was stolen Jan. 26, along with jewelry and cash from the Waldron home in Orangevale. In Baghdad, Lt. Col. Robert Spano, part of an engineering brigade from Sacramento, learned of the theft from a Bee story online. He felt an instant kinship -- he, too, is keeping a wartime journal -- and a duty to help. Spano is offering a $1,000 reward...
  • Simbang Gabi (Day 5 pre-dawn Masses and Novena)

    12/20/2006 9:01:46 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 873+ views
    WITL ^ | December 20, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Happy Simbang Gabi to all. OK, be honest -- how many are scratching their heads? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but those who fail today's Wide World of Catholicism pop quiz. However, fret not. It's a big church, it happens -- and while it's no easy task serving as the cheat sheet, somebody's gotta do it. In that vein, today's the fifth day of the traditional novena of pre-dawn Masses that are a revered (not to mention numerically huge) tradition in the Philippines. And where the Filipino community goes, the tradition comes along, packing parishes and...
  • Terror threat shuts down Asian summit: Philippine sources(tempering water supply)

    12/09/2006 3:27:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 484+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/09/06
    Terror threat shuts down Asian summit: Philippine sources CEBU, Philippines (AFP) - The Philippines abruptly called off a high-profile summit of Asian leaders, blaming a looming tropical storm even as foreign ministry sources said terror threats were the reason. The cancellation came a day after six nations including the United States issued a warning for Cebu, the resort island hosting the summit, due to threats of a terrorist strike. Australia said attack plans were in the "final stages." Foreign ministers from across Asia and other top diplomats were racing late Friday to sign a series of planned agreements before leaving...
  • Philippines to 'feed protesters to sharks'

    11/27/2006 2:05:54 AM PST · by Northern Alliance · 14 replies · 664+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Monday November 27, 2006 | staff
    (Compiled by BangkokPost.com) Manila Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has threatened to feed to the sharks both local and foreign activists who even think of disrupting next month’s Southeast Asian summit. The Summit of Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is to be held in the central city of Cebu on Dec 11-13. Allies such as Australia will also be at the meeting. The summit is likely to advance to 2015 the target date for integrating the region into a European Union-style market. The Philippines media quoted Mr Gonzalez over the weekend as saying he had received intelligence reports...
  • The Left's Pedophile Problem (Hawaii Democrats Hired Convicted Child Molester As State Aide Alert)

    10/03/2006 1:41:59 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 3,231+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 10/03/06 | Andrew Walden
    Democrats trying to make political hay out of the resignation of Florida Republican Congressman Tom Foley should take a good look at their own party. There was Bill Clinton’s last minute pardon of former Rep. Mel Reynolds, D-IL, who had been imprisoned for having sex with a 16-year-old staffer. (He was later hired by Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; both Clinton and Jackson had also had sex with subordinates.) There is the case of Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, whose office housed a prostitution ring. However, less known is one Hawaiian case, in which more than seven high ranking Democrat senators and...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 13-19, 2006: Views of Mayon Eruption

    08/17/2006 12:27:38 PM PDT · by cogitator · 4 replies · 298+ views
    Rough Groove ^ | July 31, 2006
    Finding recent pictures of Mayon's current eruption isn't easy. Here are two: This picture of lava on the mountain was taken July 31. This picture of a pyroclastic flow on Mayon's slopes was taken August 12. Mayon is a beautiful mountain when it isn't being nasty, and it's amazingly symmetrical. Two views:
  • Asia: As demand rises, East Asia learning to cooperate over oil

    01/15/2006 2:49:36 PM PST · by Lessismore · 2 replies · 277+ views
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | 01/11/2006 | By EISHIRO TAKEISHI and AYA KIMURA
    SPRATLY ISLANDS--Flying westward about an hour off Palawan Island in the Philippines, you come to a large, rusting ship lying grounded on a sandbank in the South China Sea. The ship is derelict, but Filipino soldiers stand guard, making a public show that this part of the hotly disputed Spratly Islands is Philippine territory. Ten minutes later, on another sandbank, white-walled, red-roofed buildings appear. This time the structures are Chinese, and a Chinese warship is stationed nearby. "Previously, an armed helicopter was on the warship," said the pilot of a Philippine air force plane that took journalists over the territory....
  • Philippine priest turns poor parishioners into tech-savvy e-traders

    01/04/2006 1:54:33 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 267+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | January 4, 2006 | Paul Jeffrey
    MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Divine Word Father Benigno Beltran talks about bandwidth, e-trading and income streams with the ease of a Silicon Valley technophile, yet the ever-present smell of burning garbage betrays his surroundings. Father Beltran is pastor of Manila's Parish of the Risen Christ, a congregation of scavengers who live alongside Smokey Mountain, the Philippine capital's legendary -- and ever smoldering -- garbage dump. Father Beltran, who has lived among his parishioners for 27 years, knows their desperate marginalization, so he is aggressively pushing a high-tech solution to their poverty. "Globalization is only antagonistic to those who aren't prepared...
  • Thousands of militants with foreign experience hide in Indonesia: report

    11/18/2005 8:24:22 PM PST · by ncountylee · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Xinhua ^ | November 19, 2005
    Thousands of Indonesians with experience as Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Southern Philippines, Sri Lanka and Libya are believed to be residing in big cities in Java and West Sumatra although it is not known whether they were also part of the terrorist network led by the Malaysian terrorist duo Dr Azahari and Noordin M. Top. The statement was made by two Indonesian intelligence agents in Singapore and Jakarta on Friday following a statement by Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Indonesia's second biggest Moslem mass organization, Muhammadiyah, that some 3,000 former militant fighters from Afghanistan had been recruited since 1980 to wage...