New York Times, By Thomas Fuller, December 10
Bangkok — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday rejected demands by antigovernment protesters that she step aside before the country’s February elections.
“I cannot retreat any further,” Ms. Yingluck said on national television with a shaking voice and tear-filled eyes. “Please be fair to me.”
There is [...]
China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????
Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.
Traffic accident sparks outbreak of violence in Little India district that leaves 18 people injured, with dozens arrested
AP, December 8
Singapore – About 400 south Asian migrant workers angered by a road accident battled police and set vehicles ablaze in Singapore’s worst rioting in decades, leaving 18 people injured, officials said on Monday.
The political climate in Canberra just got even hotter. Over the past weeks Australia has upset Indonesia, China and Timor Leste. East Timor has learnt that Australia basically used “insider trading” to negotiate the 2004 oil treaty. Alexander Downer the foreign minister back in the day muddles on. More background.
Timor Leste has taken Australia [...]
The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]
Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft
The Guardian, By Tania Branigan & Ed Pilkington, November 29
Beijing / New York – China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence [...]
AP, November 26
Tokyo – A proposed state secrecy law in Japan that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak information — and journalists who seek it — is spurring a public outcry, with opponents blasting it as a heavy-handed effort to hide what the government is doing and restrict press freedom.
The public’s top [...]
Almost 1 million Australian cattle are needed annually in Indonesia to feed the population.
Meanwhile 100+ people each week attempt access to Australia via people smugglers in Indonesia. Recently elected Aussie PM Abbott promised to stop the boats now Indonesia says NO!
OOOOOPPPPPPS! Australian intelligence bragged to the USA on successful spying on the [...]
Kyodo, November 18
Tokyo – The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is set to start later Monday a yearlong mission to remove fuel from a pool at a damaged reactor building, in a move to address one of the major hazards remaining at the accident-stricken plant.
While the process of removing fuel [...]
TIME – Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday.
Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 [...]
Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”
Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]
Estimated death toll soars as path of destruction leaves many parts of Philippines inaccessible to government and aid officials
The Observer, By Kate Hodal, November 9
Manila – At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in the central Philippine province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
Finding provides clues about how SARS spreads, and has wide implications for public health measures, researchers say
Al Jazeera America, November 1
Scientists have discovered that bats in China are a source of a respiratory virus similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed more than 770 during a global pandemic a decade ago.