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  • Is Puerto Rico on a Path to Incorporation?

    02/14/2017 9:02:58 AM PST · by cll · 32 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 2/13/2017 | Eva Llorens
    Although Puerto Rico is on its way to holding a status plebiscite over the summer and the governing New Progressive Party has petitioned Congress for Puerto Rico’s admission as a state, some argue the island will have a higher chance of becoming a state if U.S. lawmakers were to declare Puerto Rico an incorporated territory en route to statehood. Right now, the dominant argument among all sectors is that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, but pro-statehood lawyer Gregorio Igartúa, who has taken several cases to the courts that seek to grant more rights to Puerto Ricans living in Puerto...
  • Are American Samoans American?

    06/08/2016 6:44:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 June 2016 | Christina Duffy Ponsa
    The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear an appeal in Tuaua v. United States, which poses the question of whether the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment applies to American Samoa. That this is a question at all is puzzling, and not just because it’s called American Samoa. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” The United States annexed the eastern half of a group of Pacific islands known as the Samoas at the end of the 19th century. As a...
  • US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea

    10/15/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Marquand
    A newly contentious phase appears to be under way in the South China Sea, where China has made expansive territorial claims, after the head of US naval operations said today in Tokyo that US vessels are free to travel “wherever international law allows." Echoing earlier remarks by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, stated that, "It should not come as a surprise to anybody that we will exercise freedom of navigation wherever international law allows.” He added that "I don't see how this can be interpreted as provocative." A Chinese spokesman responded by...
  • U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III

    10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    As if poking the Russian bear wasn’t enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon. In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea. The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize China’s territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters. Last month,...
  • Clinton and Fiorina agree on Syrian strategy ...and they're both wrong

    10/03/2015 7:18:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Cain TV ^ | 10/2/15 | Robert Laurie
    WWIII over CIA backed rebels? No thanks. We needed a President and Secretary of State who could stymie Russia on the diplomatic front. We needed a President who was up to the task of managing the world stage. We needed a Commander in Chief who would be either feared or respected by our allies and enemies alike. We don't have that. Instead, we're faced with Middle Eastern chaos, a rapidly expanding global terrorist force, and a refugee crisis that is spreading to every corner of the globe. The President's response has, so far, consisted of a feckless UN speech and...
  • China's 'Mobile National Territory': Chine does not miscalculate, she intends to start a war

    05/19/2014 8:26:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/19/2014 | David Archibald
    China has built an offshore oil drilling rig, numbered HD-981, specifically for the purpose invalidating other nations’ claims to seabed they thought was theirs. There is no doubt about the purpose of the rig given that a Chinese state oil company official once called it “our mobile national territory.” Its primary purpose isn’t commercial. If China can drill an oil well on some other country’s seabed, they can then claim that it was China’s territory all along. The rig is having its first outing to that purpose off the coast of Vietnam, accompanied by 86 Chinese vessels including a submarine....
  • CAT FIGHT! Stunning Photos of Tigers Slashing Each Other in Dramatic Battle over Territory

    12/03/2013 7:15:01 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 3 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Ire of the tiger! Stunning pictures capture bloodied beasts slashing each other with their claws in dramatic battle over territory • Dramatic battle caught on camera in the Londolozi private game reserve in Pretoria, South Africa • The clash erupted after one of the tigers delivered a vicious blow to the neck of its rival • After 45 minutes of bloody battle the larger tiger was deemed the winner This is the incredible moment a pair of bloodied tigers slashed each other with their claws in a dramatic fight over territory. The dramatic battle was caught on camera at the...
  • NASA Photo of the Day: Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA

    04/04/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 20 replies ^ | December 30, 2011 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    U.S. Territory of Guam photographed from the NASA Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on December 30, 2011. Map 1 and Map 2. 2013 x 3020, 2680 x 4020, 3346 x 5020, 4014 x 6021. Via
  • Syrian rebels seize territory north of Golan Heights

    11/14/2012 2:23:09 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 18 replies
    At least two hundred rebel soldiers had taken over Beerajam and Bariqa, two isolated villages nestled in the buffer zone established between the two countries following the Yom Kippur war in 1973.
  • Israel: Syrian Forces Crossed into Our Territory - Israel files a complaint with the UN

    07/22/2012 8:14:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 7/22/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel filed a complaint against Syria Monday in the United Nations, alleging that Syrian forces crossed the border between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights last week. Israel's Deputy UN Ambassador, Haim Waxman, sent a letter to the UN Security Council Secretary General, in which he said that during fighting Thursday between the Syrian Army and rebel forces at Jubta al-Hasheb, Syrian forces crossed the 1974 Armistice Line.
  • Campbell: US to make proposals on S. China Sea

    07/16/2011 3:36:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NHK ^ | 07/16/11
    Campbell: US to make proposals on S. China Sea US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says the United States will make new proposals on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea at the ASEAN Regional Forum later this month. Campbell, who is in charge of East Asian and Pacific affairs, made the remark in an exclusive interview with NHK. He will attend the ARF meeting, to be held on the Indonesian island of Bali on July 23rd. The meeting comes as tension is rising between China and Southeast Asian nations over the control of islands in the South...
  • Vietnam signs military order amid tensions(eligibility for military conscription, 1st in 32yrs)

    06/15/2011 2:22:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Vietnam signs military order amid tensions Posted: 15 June 2011 0216 hrs HANOI: The prime minister of Vietnam has signed an order on eligibility for military conscription, at a time of high maritime tension with China, the official army newspaper reported on Tuesday. The decree is not a mobilisation order but clarifies who will be exempt from military service in the event of war, including key government officials and men with no siblings, Quan Doi Nhan Dan said. It will take effect on August 1. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed the document on Monday, the same day Vietnam's navy...
  • Hundreds protest in Vietnam against China amid sea row

    06/05/2011 5:11:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/05/11
    Hundreds protest in Vietnam against China amid sea row 12:09pm IST HANOI (Reuters) - Up to 300 people shouting "Down with China" marched to the Chinese embassy in Vietnam on Sunday to protest against what they see as Chinese violations of Vietnam's sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea. Tension between Vietnam and China has been on the rise since last month when Vietnam said Chinese patrol boats harassed a Vietnamese oil-exploration ship conducting a seismic survey 120 km (80 miles) off Vietnam's south-central coast. The two countries, which fought a brief but intense war on their land border in...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu Rejects Obama's Calls to Pull Back, Calls '67 Borders 'Indefensible'

    05/19/2011 11:56:22 AM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05-19-2011 | AP
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly rejected President Obama's call Thursday for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War, calling those lines militarily "indefensible."...
  • Is Puerto Rico an United States state?

    04/14/2011 12:06:50 PM PDT · by Mikey · 75 replies · 2+ views
    I'm having a discussion with a friend who is a liberal and he keeps stating over and over that Puerto Rico is an official state of the United States. I on the other hand keep telling him its a territory NOT a State. He keeps saying he can prove it, except he never produces any evidence. I've showed him some older documents on the subject that Puerto Rico is a territory and not a state, but that will not convince him. Does any Freeper out there in freeland have any recent documents and can prove Puerto Rico is in fact...
  • Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters(Nov26 pm)

    11/26/2010 1:02:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/26/10
    (LEAD) Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- The series of explosion sounds heard Friday on the border island attacked by North Korea earlier this week appear related to training within the North's territory, military officials said. No shells landed in waters on either side of the Koreas' Yellow Sea border or near Yeonpyeong Island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The firing was not aimed at us, and we believe the sounds were heard as North Korea conducted its routine training...
  • China opposes Vietnam's accusation on South China Sea islands

    08/07/2010 12:34:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 08/07/10 | Mu Xuequan
    China opposes Vietnam's accusation on South China Sea islands 2010-08-07 01:52:50 BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua)-- China firmly opposes any remarks and actions that violate its sovereignty over Xisha Islands and adjacent waters in the South China Sea, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu here on Friday. Jiang made the comment after Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said Thursday, according to media reports, that Chinese vessels' seismic exploration activities near Xisha Islands had violated Vietnam's sovereignty. "China has indisputable sovereignty over Xisha Islands and adjacent waters," Jiang reiterated in a news release. Editor: Mu Xuequan
  • Control of U.S. territory by foreign criminals

    08/05/2010 9:57:08 AM PDT · by Jon_Roland · 8 replies
    Obitur Dictum ^ | 08/05/2010 | Jon Roland
    Growing efforts by Mexican narcotics cartels to gain political control over regions where they dominate trafficking has led to violence in many parts of Mexico, especially in the Mexican border cities and along major shipping routes. But as I have been warning since I wrote in 1995, the money acquired by the criminal gangs is not just going to support their operations. It is being used to buy government, and assume the role of government, on both sides of the border. The problem was well presented in A Lawyer's View of the Justice System, Joseph H. Delaney, July/August, 1999, issue...
  • An Arctic War is Getting Closer

    08/06/2008 3:01:00 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 21 replies · 170+ views ^ | 5 March 2008 | —
    An armed conflict in the Arctic area is not far away unless USA leads the way toward a multilateral diplomatic solution. Washington has forfeited its ability to assert sovereignty in the Arctic by allowing its icebreaker fleet to atrophy, says former U. S. Coast Guard officer Thanks to global warming, the Arctic icecap is rapidly melting, opening up access to massive natural resources and creating shipping shortcuts that could save billions of dollars a year. But there are currently no clear rules governing this economically and strategically vital region. Unless Washington leads the way toward a multilateral diplomatic solution, the...
  • Palestinian militants infiltrating Lebanon - report-(ROUND 2)

    04/10/2008 5:17:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 45+ views
    daily star ^ | 4/10/08 | daily star
    BEIRUT: The Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai quoted a Lebanese security source as saying Thursday that large numbers of Palestinian militants belonging to Fatah al-Intifada and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) have been infiltrating Lebanon from Syria and heading to military bases in Deir al-Achayer, Al-Hilweh, and Qoussaya in the Bekaa. The source said that these factions' mobilization has links in Naame, Sabra and Shatila and is related to internal developments in Lebanon and the possibility of a new war between Israel and Hizbullah that might stretch to Syria.
  • Marines Move In on Insurgent Territory (Talking to residents, Iraqi neighborhood watch)

    09/14/2007 6:06:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Brian Jones
    KARMAH, Iraq, Sept. 14, 2007 — Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, started operations in a cluster of villages north of Karmah, Iraq, in one of the last insurgent staging grounds in Anbar Province, Sept. 7. "Most of it was just … talking to people, gathering intelligence on the local area, the local leadership, what the insurgents tend to do, their habits and how they react when we come out." Cpl. Matthew L. Hathaway Squad leader for third platoon “(This area has) been a place we thought as definitely having the most enemy,...
  • Swedes join Danes in Arctic race

    08/15/2007 4:00:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 2,576+ views ^ | 08/15/2007 | James Savage
    Swedish researchers have joined Danish colleagues in an attempt to establish Denmark's claims to parts of the Arctic region. The expedition follows the planting of a flag on the underwater Lomonosov Ridge by a Russian expedition last week. The expedition, led by Swedish icebreaker Oden, set off from Norway on Sunday. It is being led jointly by Martin Jakobsson of Stockholm University and Christian Marcussen of the Geological Survey of Denmark. The Danes claim that the ridge is on the same continental shelf as Greenland, which is a Danish territory. They hope that the expedition will prove the country's claim...
  • Army platoon enters uncharted territory

    03/14/2007 6:27:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 639+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Antonieta Rico
    SHARQOT — In a moment reminiscent of the first triumphant days of the Iraq war, American Soldiers walked through a crowd of cheering Iraqi children. On a dirt road in the village of Sharqot, the children whistled loudly for the Soldiers, then, remarkably, broke into applause. Surprised, 1st Lt. Michael E. Havey Jr. beamed at the cheering crowd. “That was pretty monumental,” said Havey, platoon leader of 3rd platoon, Battery A, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. “(Before) they wouldn’t even give us a wave.” Territory for Soldiers of 5-82 FA, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of...
  • Eleven U.S. firms participating in ASG & DOI business mission (American Samoa)

    08/13/2006 1:12:34 AM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 1 replies · 457+ views
    Samoa News ^ | April 21, 2006 | Fili Sagapolutele
    Eleven U.S. firms - ranging from telecommunication to a major hotel operator - have signed up to participate in next month's business mission to American Samoa, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior. ASG and DOI's Office of Insular Affairs are banking on this business conference to attract new industries that would help diversify the local economy instead of only one major industry, the canneries. "ASG is prepared to work with anyone interested in setting up operations in American Samoa," a government official said early this week. DOI's deputy assistant secretary for Insular Area, Papali'i David B. Cohen cautioned American...
  • Iraqi Army Takes Over Territory at Camp Habbinyah

    06/07/2006 5:40:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multinational Force-West
    CAMP HABBINYAH, Iraq, June 7, 2006 — The 1st Iraqi Army Division officially assumed control of territory in the vicinity of Habbaniyah, June 2. In a ceremony with the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Iraqi Army has taken the lead and will operate in the area. The Iraqi unit is now responsible for planning and executing their own operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq, located between the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. "Working side by side with the Iraqi Army was a great experience for my soldiers. This transfer is another step to a free Iraq." U.S. Army...
  • Chinese warships trained weapons on Japan's SDF aircraft: Pentagon

    05/23/2006 9:49:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 765+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 05/24/06
    Wednesday May 24, 9:44 AM Chinese warships trained weapons on Japan's SDF aircraft: Pentagon (Kyodo) _ Chinese warships trained weapons on Japanese surveillance aircraft monitoring a disputed Chinese gas field in the East China Sea in a weapons drill last fall, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday in an annual report on China's military capabilities. The Pentagon said in the 50-page report that the incident was one of the key developments over the past year underscoring China's continuing activities to build up and modernize its military beyond its interests over Taiwan to secure its interests deeper into the Pacific. The...
  • Japan: Koizumi says China, S. Korea will regret not holding summit talks

    04/25/2006 5:29:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 564+ views
    Kyodo ^ | 04/25/06
    Tuesday April 25, 6:06 PM Koizumi says China, S. Korea will regret not holding summit talks (Kyodo) _ Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday he thinks China and South Korea will come to regret their refusal to hold summit talks with Japan, as a result of his visits to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine. "There must come a time when they will regret they have said they do not want to hold summit talks due to this issue," Koizumi told reporters, reiterating that he "cannot understand" the positions of Beijing and Seoul. The premier made the remarks when asked on the...
  • Stakes Rise in Japan-S. Korea Island Flap

    04/19/2006 8:41:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | 04/19/06 | JOSEPH COLEMAN
    Stakes Rise in Japan-S. Korea Island Flap By JOSEPH COLEMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 55 minutes ago Japan defied South Korean protests Wednesday and dispatched two ships to begin a maritime survey near disputed islets between the two nations, raising the stakes in the territorial standoff. South Korea earlier had dispatched a flotilla of patrol boats to guard the territory, held by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo. Two Japanese survey vessels left Sakaiminato on Wednesday, headed for the islands, said Yuzuru Kubota, a coast guard official in the port city on Japan's west coast. But he said the ships...
  • 3RD LD: Seoul demands Tokyo cancel survey near disputed islets (ominous prelude)

    04/14/2006 6:10:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 319+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/14/06
    Friday April 14, 8:23 PM 3RD LD: Seoul demands Tokyo cancel survey near disputed islets (Kyodo) _ (EDS: ADDING QUOTES FROM S. KOREAN FOREIGN AND TRADE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, VICE MINISTER) South Korea on Friday demanded that Japan cancel a planned maritime survey near South Korean-administered islets called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. "Japan will have to immediately retract its illicit plan masquerading as a survey," Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry spokesman Choo Kyu Ho said in a statement, according to Yonhap News Agency. Choo said South Korea will take all necessary measures against a premeditated provocation by...
  • Ukrainian MP: Romania has its eye on Ukraine

    02/07/2006 10:31:44 PM PST · by jb6 · 3 replies · 300+ views
    “If such statements are made by foreign politicians, the Ukrainian foreign ministry should, no doubt, react to them. I can only imagine, what reaction of Romania would be, if something like this was said by our politicians in a Bucharest university,” Ukrainian MP, leader of the Ukrainian Freedom Unity Oleg Tyagnybok told a REGNUM correspondent about statements of the Romanian president about the past of Bukovina. On February 3, Romanian President Traian Basescu stated at a meeting with students and staff of Chernigov University (Ukraine) and members of the local Romanian community that Chernovtsy and Kishinev are two cities that...
  • Keep your hands off our Kilkenny, Waterford City warned

    09/24/2005 6:58:49 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 25 replies · 641+ views
    Irish Examiner, Cork ^ | Sept 24, 2005 | Neans McSweeney
    SEVEN thousand furious Kilkenny people have penned letters to Waterford City Council warning it to keep its hands off their land. The letters, petitions and coupons from the Kilkenny People Newspaper and statements of anger were delivered to City Hall in Waterford yesterday by a delegation led by Kilkenny-based Fine Gael TD Phil Hogan and Fianna Fáil councillor Bobby Aylward. A further 600 submissions, the bulk of which oppose the extension, have been logged by City Hall officials. Under the extension proposal, 5,000 acres, 20 townlands and about 5,000 people would now find themselves living in a suburb of Waterford...
  • Mossad Chief: U.S. to Be Mired in Middle East in Perpetuity - (says we've "destabilized" ME!)

    06/10/2005 10:16:32 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 55 replies · 965+ views
    According to Ephraim Halevy, former chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence service and current national security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, plans have been made for a substantial U.S. military presence in the Middle East lasting decades. “The U.S. campaign in Iraq was perceived [in the Middle East and Washington] as a signal of long-term American commitment to do whatever is required and to ‘stay in the neighborhood’ for as long as needed,” commented Halevy in a lengthy op-ed column carried by the April 24 issue of Ha’aretz. High-ranking U.S. policymakers have “raised the idea of establishing an American...
  • China indignant at Japan's move on disputed islands(Japanese filed residency on islands)

    05/20/2005 6:32:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 05/19/05
    China indignant at Japan's move on disputed islands 2005-05-19 19:12:12 BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhuanet) -- China Thursday expressed anger with several Japanese citizens' registration of permanent addresses on the Diaoyu Islands, saying that China "will never accept" any of Japan's unilateral moves on the islands. The Japanese government announced Tuesday that 18 Japanese citizens have registered permanent addresses on the islands, a group of islets in the East China Sea. Asked to comment on the issue, Kong said China's stance on the Diaoyu Islands was "clear and consistent." "I reiterate that the Diaoyu and surrounding islands have been parts...
  • Edano hopes SDF will be deployed on Senkaku Islands

    05/02/2005 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 3 replies · 486+ views
    Japan Today ^ | May 2, 2005 | Kyodo News
    TOKYO — Yukio Edano, chief of the Constitution Research Committee of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, proposed Sunday to deploy Self-Defense Forces troops to the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea to avoid invasion by other countries. "The Senkaku Islands are effectively controlled by Japan. I believe the SDF should be stationed there so other countries will not be able to invade them," he told a TV news show. The Senkakus, about 400 kilometers west of Okinawa Prefecture's capital Naha, are controlled by Japan and also claimed by China and Taiwan.
  • Argentine Protests At Falklands Link To EU (British Territory)

    04/29/2005 6:42:16 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 362+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-30-2005 | Seamus Mirodan
    Argentina protests at Falklands link to EU By Seamus Mirodan in Buenos Aires (Filed: 30/04/2005) Argentina has voiced outrage at the inclusion of the Falkland Islands as British territory in the draft EU constitution. "We are perturbed, we reject this thoroughly, but it is not a new issue and we will have to fight about it for years to come," said foreign minister, Rafael Bielsa. Argentina has complained to Brussels and ordered its ambassadors in the 25 EU capitals to issue protests. London wants to see the Falklands permanently lodged in an annexe to the EU constitution as part of...
  • Tokyo governor to visit southern islets amid dispute with China(in-your-face move)

    04/29/2005 8:52:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 537+ views
    AP ^ | 04/29/05
    Tokyo governor to visit southern islets amid dispute with China Tokyo's governor plans to visit a rocky outcrop south of the Japanese capital next month amid questions from China about the validity of Japan's claim of sovereignty over the islets and the surrounding seas. China says Okinotorishima, a pair of islets about 1,730 kilometers (1,070 miles) southwest of Tokyo, are only rocks _ not an island governed by rules of sovereignty _ and therefore can't be used by Japan to extend its economic zone while preventing Beijing from exploiting natural resources in the surrounding Pacific Ocean area. Governor Shintaro Ishihara...
  • Japan considers posting soldiers to protect embassies abroad in wake of China violence

    04/14/2005 5:07:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 528+ views
    AP ^ | 04/14/05
    Thursday April 14, 7:23 PMJapan considers posting soldiers to protect embassies abroad in wake of China violenceJapan's foreign minister urged China on Thursday to denounce a recent spate of anti-Japanese riots, and said Tokyo is considering posting its own military personnel abroad to protect its embassies. Protesters last weekend threw stones and broke windows at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing in a flare-up over Japanese textbooks that critics say downplay Tokyo's wartime aggression. Chinese officials said Japan was to blame for the outbreak. But Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura, who heads to Beijing for talks on Sunday, suggested in Parliament on...
  • N. Korea: China website highlights early DPRK-China tensions (commie infighting) China-NK relations

    03/25/2005 9:49:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 433+ views
    North Korea zone ^ | 03/25/05 | Michael Rank
    China website highlights early DPRK-China tensions China-NK relations by Michael Rank If you're a Great Leader it can feel a little uncomfortable having another Great Leader on your doorstep, and a very interesting report in Chinese highlights intense rivalry between Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung in the 1950s and 60s. This short report says North Korea took part in “underground activities” against China's Korean minority after the Korean war in order to instill in them a “fatherland concept and ideology of the leader”, telling them their fatherland was the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and their leader was General Kim...
  • Private Action for Philippine Statehood (Want to become 51st State)

    03/07/2005 11:25:38 AM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 28 replies · 724+ views
    What We Propose. The Expansionist Party ("XP") advocates reannexation of the Philippines, a former U.S. colony, to the United States, but this time as up to three States of the Union: Luzon, Mindanao (the two largest islands, in the far north and south respectively) and the Visayas (the islands in between). We feel this is the only thing certain to secure both political and social democracy for the archipelago and set its people on the road to fairly distributed prosperity. We also believe the Philippines can help restore perspective and purpose to a U.S. that has lost sight of its...
  • My Cats in the House "Hosting" New Cats (HOW? -I Need Help!)

    02/11/2005 2:36:18 PM PST · by beyond the sea · 102 replies · 1,874+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 2/11/05 | self
    OK girls and boys, please help me. I have two 10 year old cats living with me. A friend with a problem is asking me to take his two cats (five year olds) to live with mine in our house.I am begging you for any advice on this!I have two floors in the house, but you all know cats, the smell will be there. They will know. How is the best way to deal with this?The cats are coming here in about 36 hours.Please tell me what you may know on this matter!I've has cats all my 58 years, but...
  • ChiCom President Criticizes Hong Kong Chief Executive

    12/21/2004 7:45:56 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Cato Daily Dispatch ^ | Dec. 18, 2004 | Jonathan Block, ed.
    "President Hu Jintao of China publicly urged Hong Kong's leader on Monday to improve his management of the semiautonomous Chinese territory, a comment widely seen as a rebuke," the New York Times reports.Hu said that "he believed that Hong Kong was 'moving in the right direction.' But he went on to warn Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's chief executive, that he should 'sum up experiences, identify shortcomings, sharpen administrative abilities and continue to raise the quality of governing.'" In "What Beijing needs to learn from Hong Kong," Cato China expert James Dorn writes: "Hong Kong's demand for limiting the reach of...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • US Forces Launch Campaign To Regain Lost Sunni Territory

    09/09/2004 5:58:20 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 476+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-10-2004 | Adrian Blomfield
    US forces launch campaign to regain lost Sunni territory By Adrian Blomfield in Baghdad (Filed: 10/09/2004) American forces launched a multi-pronged offensive in Iraq's Sunni badlands yesterday, striking enemy positions in two towns that had fallen under insurgent control and claiming to have peacefully retaken a third. After months of creeping withdrawal from a growing number of towns in the north and west, the American military confirmed that major operations were under way to regain lost territory. Local residents sift through the rubble of houses destroyed as US forces target Fallujah A senior officer said American, supported by bombing raids,...
  • China demands Japan 'unconditionally' release activists

    03/25/2004 2:04:05 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 37 replies · 759+ views
    People Daily ^ | 03.25.04
    China demands Japan 'unconditionally' release activists The Chinese Foreign Ministry lodged a solemn representation Wednesday afternoon with Japan for illegally detaining seven Chinese citizens who landed on Diaoyu Island, a Chinese island in the East China Sea. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui Wednesday afternoon summoned Chikahito Harada, charge d'affaires of Japanese embassy in China, to lodge the representation. Zhang stated the stance of the Chinese government on the Diaoyu Island issue. He pointed out that Diaoyu Island and the attached islets have been a part of the Chinese territory since ancient times and China has indisputable sovereignty over these...
  • US/UK liberate more people, more area, faster with fewer casualties than ANY force in history!

    04/04/2003 10:03:00 AM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 4 replies · 206+ views
    Self | 4/4/2003 | Robert Cook
    The US/UK forces have liberated more territory and freed more people from terror than ANY army in history! We are now 14 days after our forces crossed the border, 16 days after the first precision air strike on Hussein's bunker. Now, some 65% of Iraq has been freed from oppression and institutional terror, and only small pockets remain in downtown Baghdad and Basra; plus a few towns in the north. In only two weeks, with a loss of less than 100 Coalition soldiers and 4000 civilian casualties (the Iraq estimate), Bush and the US/UK armies have liberated 100,000 square miles...
  • Shas spiritual leader reverses ruling on territorial concession

    01/27/2003 7:37:33 AM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 273+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 27, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef reversed an earlier halachic ruling allowing territorial compromise if it would save lives. Rabbi Yosef has previously ruled: 'If the heads and commanders of the army, together with the government, state that pikuah nefesh [the saving of life] is involved; that if areas of Eretz Yisrael are not given back the danger exists of immediate war on the part of our Arab neighbors; and if the areas are returned to them the danger of war will be averted; and that there is a chance of permanent peace; then it seems that according to all opinions...