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  • China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute

    07/15/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2014 | Ben Blanchard
    China told the United States on Tuesday to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension. Michael Fuchs, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the U.S. view that "provocative and unilateral" behaviour by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain...
  • Radar Shows Plane Deliberately Flew Toward Indian Ocean: Reports

    03/14/2014 9:03:51 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 236 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 14, 2014 | Alastair Jamieson
    Military radar evidence suggests the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was deliberately flown west toward the Indian Ocean’s Andaman Islands, sources told Reuters on Friday as mounting evidence pointed to a criminal inquiry into Flight MH370. Two sources told Reuters that an unidentified aircraft – believed by investigators to be the missing Boeing 777 - was following a route between navigational way-points, indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.
  • Israel Deploys 3 Nuclear-Armed Subs Off Iran Coast; Iran Warns Of Forceful Response To "Evil Acts"

    06/28/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With tear-gas flying in the streets of Turkey, Ukraine's civil-war raging in the south and east, US drones based in Japan to oversee the South China Sea, and Europe's extremist parties gaining significant traction, today we get one more piece of considerably worrisome geopolitical news that global stock markets must ignore. The Sunday Times reports that Israel is to deploy three submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf that are meant to act as a deterrent, gather intelligence and potentially to land Mossad agents. Iran is not happy, warning that "anyone who wishes to do an evil...
  • 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...
  • To bolster its claims, China plants islands in disputed waters

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9
    The Times of India ^ | 17 June 2014 | Edward Wong & Jonathan Ansfield
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • Australia says missing Malaysia plane not where 'pings' heard

    05/29/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Lincoln Feast
    The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines MASM.KL jetliner suffered a further setback on Thursday after Australian officials said wreckage from the aircraft was not on the seabed in the area they had identified.... The search was narrowed last month after a series of acoustic pings thought to be from the plane's black box recorders were heard near where analysis of satellite data put its last location, some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) off the northwest coast of Australia. "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered...
  • MH370 pilot 'chief suspect' in case of foul play: Report

    06/22/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    Times of India ^ | June 22, 2014 | PTI
    KUALA LUMPUR: The captain of Flight MH370 has been identified as the prime suspect by a Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of the plane after checks cleared all other people on board, a media report said today. The criminal inquiry does not rule out the possibility the Boeing 777-200 plane was lost due to mechanical failure or terrorism, but the police view is that if it was the result of human action, the captain was the most likely perpetrator, The Sunday Times reported. Malaysia's special branch focused the inquiry on Captain Zaharie Shah, 53, after intelligence checks failed to...
  • MH370 Captain Plotted Route To Southern Indian Ocean On Home Simulator

    06/22/2014 11:27:59 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 22, 2014
    MH370 Captain Plotted Route To Southern Indian Ocean On Home Simulator Detectives investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 three months ago discover new evidence which has renewed suspicions about its pilot 22 Jun 2014 The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared in March with 239 people on board had plotted a flight path to a remote island far into the southern Indian Ocean where the search is now focused, investigators have discovered. The route, which was deleted before MH370 disappeared on March 8, was made on a home flight simulator machine used for practice by...
  • Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Vietnamese fishing boat

    06/06/2014 9:50:59 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 20 replies
    Video of event ^ | 6 June 2014 | Jeff Head
    What follows is a riveting video and set of pictures regarding the increasing tensions in the South China Sea. We are not likely to know what went on before what is shown in the video that may have provoked the Chinese. But this is what happened in the South China Sea last month when a couple of Veitnames fishing vessels came too close to a Chinese operation: Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Chinese fishing vessel - Youtube Video Let's take a hard look at several of the frames of the video itself. Large Chinese vessel chasing Down a small...
  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 6:14:10 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-28-2014 | Mike M. Ahlers
    (CNN) -- The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN. The acknowledgment came Wednesday as searchers wrapped up the first phase of their effort, having scanned 329 square miles of southern Indian Ocean floor without finding any wreckage from the Boeing 777-200.
  • China, Japan exchange barbs over action by warplanes in East China Sea

    05/25/2014 9:09:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/25/2014 | Kiyoshi Takenaka and Osamu Tsukimori and Paul Carsten
    Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes. Japan's defense minister accused Beijing of going "over the top" in its approach to disputed territory. China's defense ministry said Japanese planes had carried out "dangerous" actions during its joint maritime exercises with Russia. Tensions have been running high between China and its neighbors over Beijing's assertive stance on claiming land and sea territory. Japan's defense ministry said Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters...
  • Vietnamese Woman Self-Immolates in Anti-China Protest

    05/24/2014 11:11:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 5/23/2014 | Rachel Vandenbrink
    A Vietnamese woman belonging to an outlawed Buddhist movement died Friday after setting herself on fire in protest against China's actions in a territorial dispute with Vietnam, according to activists and local media. The woman, 67-year-old Le Thi Tuyet Mai, surrounded herself with seven banners denouncing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea before dousing herself in gasoline and setting it alight early Friday morning in front of the Reunification Palace in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. [....] “I offer my body as a torch to light the path of all patriots,” one of the banners displayed by Mai read,...
  • 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...
  • More than 20 dead, doctor says, as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

    05/15/2014 10:17:36 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/15/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Martin Petty
    More than 20 people were killed in Vietnam and a huge foreign steel project set ablaze as anti-China riots spread to the centre of the country a day after arson and looting in the south, a doctor and company officials said on Thursday. A doctor at a hospital in central Ha Tinh province said five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese were killed on Wednesday night in rioting, one of the worst breakdowns in Sino-Vietnamese relations since the neighbours fought a brief border war in 1979. "There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last...
  • Vietnamese riot in industrial zones in anti-China protest

    05/14/2014 9:00:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/14/2014 | Ho Binh Minh and Nguyen Phuong Linh and Faith Hung
    HANOI - Rioting broke out at industrial zones in southern Vietnam during protests by thousands of workers angered by Chinese oil drilling in a contested area of the South China Sea, officials said on Wednesday. Workers smashed gates in the rioting on Tuesday and entered industrial parks housing factories in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, which are central to Vietnam's sizable manufacturing interests.... Vietnam's state-run newspapers and its television channels reported the rioting on Wednesday, but did not show photographs or any video footage. "About 19,000 workers were demonstrating against China's violation of Vietnam's territorial waters," Tran Van Nam,...
  • Democrat Told President Nixon in 1970:

    05/07/2014 4:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, well, well, looky here. Koko Jr. at RushLimbaugh.com just sent me a quick note. "Documents released Friday..." This is from July of 2010, folks, so it's from the archives at RushLimbaugh.com. "Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. "Advisor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the [Nixon] administration, urged the [Nixon] administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the...
  • Vietnam and China face off in South China Sea

    05/07/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Michael Martina
    Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region. The foreign ministry in Hanoi said the collisions took place on Sunday and caused considerable damage to the Vietnamese ships. Six people sustained minor injuries, it said. "On May 4, Chinese ships intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels," said Tran Duy Hai, a foreign ministry official and deputy head of Vietnam's national border committee. "Chinese ships, with air support, sought to intimidate Vietnamese...
  • Searchers dismiss possibility wreckage in Bay of Bengal is from MH370

    04/29/2014 7:07:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Reuters
    A private company said it had found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the Bay of Bengal that should be investigated as potential debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, but the possibility was dismissed by search coordinators. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) managing the multinational search for the missing plane said it continued to believe that the plane came down in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia. The Bay of Bengal is located between India and Myanmar, thousands of miles from the current search area. The wreckage was reported by Australian geophysical survey company GeoResonance.......
  • Missing Malaysian jet MH370 may have landed and not ended in ocean?

    04/22/2014 2:12:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    KUALA LUMPUR: The probe into the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian jet is now looking at the possibility that the plane may have landed somewhere as no debris has been found so far, a media report has said. A report in the New Strait Times quoting sources within the international team probing the disappearance said that among the areas it was revisiting was the possibility that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had landed elsewhere, instead of ending up in the southern Indian Ocean. "We may have to regroup soon to look into this possibility if no positive results come back...
  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    04/23/2014 6:02:24 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/23/2014 | Rod Mcguirk
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was scrutinizing photos of the object, which washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia state. But Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the safety bureau, said an initial analysis of the material — which appeared to be sheet metal with rivets — suggested it was not from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. "We do not consider...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370: Eighth Drone Mission to Sea Bed Fails to Find Wreckage

    04/21/2014 3:23:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Apr 14 | Divya Avasthy
    The eighth underwater drone mission to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has failed to find any evidence of plane wreckage on the sea bed. The Bluefin-21 submarine employed for the task has so far screened over two-thirds of the narrowed search area. The underwater hunt is expected to finish within this week, Since its fourth mission, the submarine was reprogrammed to scour the seas 604 feet below its permissible limit of 14,800 feet. The part of the Indian Ocean narrowed down for the search is deeper than the previously estimated range at some places, "The [underwater drone]...
  • Missing MH370: Pilot Received Call From Mystery Woman Before Take-Off, Says Report

    03/22/2014 11:18:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Sunday March 23, 2014
    The captain of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 received a two-minute call shortly before take-off from a mystery woman using a mobile phone number obtained under a false identity, as investigators question the pilot's estranged wife, a British newspaper reported. It was one of the last calls made to or from the mobile phone of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah in the hours before his Boeing 777 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8, reported The Mail on Sunday. Investigators are treating it as potentially significant because anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Malaysia has to fill out a form giving...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Co-pilot’s cell phone was on, U.S. official says

    04/15/2014 8:01:13 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2014 | CNN
    The phone of the co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was on and made contact with a cell tower in Malaysia about the time the plane disappeared from radar, a U.S. official told CNN on Monday. However, the U.S. official — who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators — said there was no evidence the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, had tried to make a call. The official told CNN’s Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell-phone tower in Penang, Malaysia — about 250 miles from where the flight’s transponder last sent a signal — detected the co-pilot’s phone searching for...
  • Vietnam media: Navy confirms flight MH370 crashed into the sea [disputed account]

    03/07/2014 9:28:46 PM PST · by barmag25 · 281 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/8/14 | Yahoo Newsroom
    UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
  • Co-pilot of MH370 tried to make a call from his mobile phone AFTER the aircraft 'vanished'...

    04/12/2014 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 107 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 12, 2014 | RICHARD SHEARS and TARA BRADY
    but he 'was abruptly cut off'The co-pilot of missing flight MH370 made a call from his mobile phone as the aircraft flew low over the west coast of Malaysia. Investigators have learned that the call was made from Fariq Abdul Hamid's mobile phone as the Boeing 777 flew low near the island of Penang, on the north of Malaysia's west coast. The New Straits Times reported today that it was understood the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was flying low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up Fariq's signal. The call ended abrupty, however it has been...
  • Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call-report

    04/12/2014 8:10:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call-report Reuters 57 minutes ago KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suspect that the co-pilot of the jetliner tried to make a call with his cellphone after the plane was diverted from its scheduled route, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported sources as saying on Saturday. The newspaper cited unidentified investigative sources as saying the attempted call from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone was picked up by a cellphone tower as the plane was about 200 nautical miles northwest of the west coast state of Penang. That...
  • MH370 skirted Indonesia to avoid radar: report

    04/06/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 6, 2014 | World | Press Trust of India
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew around Indonesian airspace apparently to avoid detection after vanishing from radar screens on March 8, a media report said today, suggesting the possibility of a more sinister reason behind the jet's disappearance..... After reviewing radar data provided by neighbouring countries, investigators have now found that the jetliner curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean, CNN quoted a Malaysian official as saying. The official also suggested the possibility of a more sinister reason behind MH370's disappearance a month ago. The plane's flight path clearly showed that someone on the plane was...
  • Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan

    04/05/2014 2:53:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 4:19 AM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel said it is understandable for nations to be concerned as they watch the events unfold in Ukraine, where Russian troops are still massed along the border. The issue reverberates in Asia where China, Japan and other nations are locked in bitter territorial disputes, including over disputed islands in the East China Sea. …
  • One Reason It May Be Harder to Find Flight 370: We Messed Up the Currents (barf bag at the ready)

    03/23/2014 6:06:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 73 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 3-21-2014 | James West
    Scientists say man-made climate change has fundamentally altered the currents of the vast, deep oceans where investigators are currently scouring for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, setting a complex stage for the ongoing search for MH370. If the Boeing 777 did plunge into the ocean somewhere in the vicinity of where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean, the location where its debris finally ends up, if found at all, may be vastly different from where investigators could have anticipated 30 years ago.
  • Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report

    03/12/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 167 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/12/14 | By Jessica Chasmar
    <p>ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff has obtained a letter that an oil rig worker in Vietnam wrote to his employer claiming he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 go down in flames.</p> <p>Mr. Woodruff tweeted an image of the letter saying, “Oil rig worker claims in employer confirmed letter-he saw the plane go down. Vietnamese say they found nothing.”</p>
  • Oil Rig Worker Thinks He Saw Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down in Flames

    03/12/2014 2:03:32 PM PDT · by bboop · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 12, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Oil Rig Worker Thinks He Saw Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down In Flames The Wire ABBY OHLHEISER, THE WIRE MAR. 12, 2014, 12:13 PM In yet another odd twist to the mysterious story of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a New Zealand man working on an oil rig in the South China Sea has come forward to say he believes he saw the airplane on fire right around the time it disappeared. Mike McKay, a worker on the "Songa Mercur" drilling platform, sent an email to his bosses detailing his version of events. McKay said that he "observed the plane...
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Confusion over plane last location

    03/12/2014 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 106 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 12, 2014
    Search teams are scouring waters off both sides of the Malaysian peninsula, amid confusion over a missing Malaysia Airlines plane's last known location. Malaysia's air force chief has denied reports that the plane was tracked to the Malacca Strait in the west. Vietnam has despatched a plane to investigate an eyewitness report of a possible object burning in the sky east of Vietnam. --SNIP-- On Wednesday, Malaysia's air force chief Rodzali Daud denied remarks attributed to him in local media that a missing Malaysia Airlines plane was tracked by military radar to the Malacca Strait, far west of its planned...
  • This Man Claims He Watched Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down in Flames

    03/12/2014 2:53:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/12 | Joe Coscarelli
    ABC's Bob Woodruff has shared an email from an oil rig worker stationed near the coast of Vietnam that alleges to have witnessed the missing jet go down in flames. "The timing is right," writes Mike McKay. "While I observed the burning (plane) it appeared to be in ONE piece." McKay's employer has confirmed that the letter is not a hoax. "From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds," he writes. "There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary (falling) or going...
  • China Has Satellite Images Of What May Be The Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

    03/12/2014 3:13:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | Alex Davies
    Chinese officials may have satellite images of debris that could be from the Malaysia Airlines 777 jet that's been missing for five days. According to CNN, China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the find. The satellite images were taken on Sunday, March 9. CNN Senior Producer Vaughn Sterling reports that the images show three objects, sized 13x18 meters, 14x19 meters, and 24x22 meteres. The Boeing 777 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, and was headed for Beijing, with 239 people on board. So far, a massive search including dozens of ships and...
  • Courtney Love claims to have found missing plane (Malaysia)

    03/17/2014 5:22:40 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 59 replies
    SF Chronicle.com ^ | 3 17 14 | Aldin Vaziri
    Call off the search for Flight 370! Former Hole singer Courtney Love is pretty sure she has found the location of the missing Malaysian plane over a patch of ocean off the coast of Vietnam by using satellite images and even posted its co-ordinates on Facebook and Twitter with a helpful diagram (below). “I’m no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick,” she said. “[It's] like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they ‘last’ tracked it 5°39’08.5″N 98°50’38.0″E but what do I know?” Flight 370 vanished early March 8 while flying from Kuala...
  • Has Courtney Love solved the missing Malaysian plane mystery?

    03/18/2014 7:36:08 AM PDT · by jerod · 39 replies
    GIGWISE ^ | Monday 17th March 2014 | Michael Baggs
    Courtney Love may have helped solve the missing Malaysian plane mystery, having posted an image and geographical co-ordinates on her Facebook page. Flight number MH370 has been missing since 8 March 2014, with searches for the aircraft having proven fruitless in the days since. The search was recently expanded, but ten days later, there are still no clues as to the fate of the plane or its 239 passengers. However, Courtney Love may have solved the mystery, posting a photo on Facebook, which she seems to believe shows the location of the missing plane - sadly after crashing in the...
  • Do These New Satellite Images Show the Remains of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

    03/12/2014 2:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The Chinese government has released satellite images showing "a suspected crash area at sea," including "three suspected floating objects," near the flight's planned path. Taken Sunday morning but not made public until today, the blurry shots are located northeast of Kuala Lumpur, south of Vietnam, in what may be the most promising lead thus far, on the fifth day of a frustrating, otherwise fruitless search.
  • Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects 'suspected crash area'

    03/12/2014 2:10:46 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2014 | Jethro Mullen and Michael Pearson, CNN
    China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were "three suspected floating objects and their sizes." The images in the Strait of Malacca were captured on March 9 -- which was the day after the plane went missing -- but weren't released until Wednesday.
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Why is the US helping China look for oil in the South China Sea?

    03/04/2014 8:04:37 PM PST · by ckilmer · 5 replies
    qz.com ^ | January 27, 2014 | By Adam Pasick
    Why is the US helping China look for oil in the South China Sea? By Adam Pasick @adampasick January 27, 2014 Stormy weather ahead? National Science Foundation   Political tensions in the South China Sea have seldom been higher, with China’s  “marine identification zone” deemed a provocative threat to peace by neighboring countries and the United States. The vast area, variously claimed by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other southeast Asian countries, is hotly contested in part because it is thought to hold vast reserves of oil and natural gas. + It’s easy, then, to foresee some sticky scenarios emerging from...
  • China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea

    01/30/2014 5:18:41 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    BI/Global Post ^ | 1-30-2014 | Benjamin Carson
    China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea GlobalPost Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost Jan. 30, 2014, 7:51 AM HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision. Just this week, Chinese sailors...
  • China Plans To Seize South China Sea Island From Philippines, Says "Battle Will Be Restricted"

    01/12/2014 6:34:36 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 96 replies
    Following Japan's proclamations that it will take over another 280 'disputed ownership' islands, it appears the increasingly dis-approved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's path of militarism and provocation is working. As China Daily Mail reports, citing experts, China intends to take back Zhongye Island - 'illegally' occupied by the Philippines, according to the Chinese. The Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. Philippines military is building up on the island and the Chinese see as 'intolerable' the "arrogance" relying on US support.
  • Japan Holds Military Drill As South China Sea Islands Dispute Widens

    01/13/2014 11:48:10 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 1/13/2014 | Unattributed
    Japanese paratroopers recaptured an island from an enemy in a wargame as its Defense Minister vowed to defend a disputed East China Sea territory. China’s ships sailed near the contested islets as Beijing reportedly expanded its air defense zone. Tokyo’s military on Sunday held a military drill dubbed “Island Defense,” in which the country’s elite airborne troops simulated the retaking of a remote island from an enemy nation. The plot for the annual drill, which took place at an exercise field east of Tokyo, stayed the same for the second year in a row as the dispute over the group...
  • 280 remote islands to be nationalized (Japan)

    01/09/2014 8:33:22 AM PST · by mojito · 17 replies
    Yomiuri Shimbun-Japan News ^ | 1/9/2014 | Unattributed
    The government will nationalize about 280 islands whose ownership is unknown out of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan’s territorial waters, the state minister for oceanic policy and territorial issues has announced. Under the plan, announced Tuesday, the government will complete its search for the islands’ owners by June. Islands whose owners have not been tracked down by then will be registered on the national asset ledger. The move aims to clarify the government’s intention to protect territories and territorial waters by designating remote islands as “important national territories,” and to reinforce the management...
  • China media identifies Japan as 'prime target' of Beijing's air zone

    11/29/2013 11:13:41 AM PST · by mojito · 17 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 11/29/2013 | Unattributed
    China's official media pointedly said Friday that Japan is the "prime target" of Beijing's newly declared air control zone over the East China Sea, warning that China is willing to engage in "a protracted confrontation with Japan." China's declaration of its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), announced last week, has sparked strong resistance from Japan, the United States, South Korea and other neighboring Asian nations. The new zone partly overlaps those of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. flew two B-52 bombers through the Chinese zone without informing China this week. South Korea and Japan followed suit. In response, China...
  • Indian warships conducting cooperative military exercise in South China Sea

    05/28/2013 2:06:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    IDRW ^ | May 26, 2013
    Four vessels from the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, on operational deployment to the South China Sea and the Western Pacific, made a port call here today.Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral P. Ajit Kumar, who is officially in the country with the vessels for the second time, said he was looking forward to enhance ties with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).< He said a Passage Exercise (Passex) had been planned with the RMN, adding that it would immensely contribute to furthering peace and maritime security in the region. “The spectrum of this exercise encompasses both conventional war fighting drills...
  • Contested areas of South China Sea likely have few conventional oil and gas resources

    04/03/2013 7:08:53 AM PDT · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 3, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Several countries have overlapping territorial claims to portions of the South China Sea, which stretches from Singapore in the southwest to Taiwan in the northeast. The Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands are two of the most contested areas (see dark blue islands on map above). However, unlike other parts of the South China Sea, these areas have not been assessed to hold large (conventional) resources of oil and natural gas. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ownership of habitable islands can extend the exclusive access of a country to surrounding energy resources. EIA's analysis shows...