I read this a couple of days ago in the SMH: “Scores of copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan’s politics.”
Now I read “For many Japanese the book forms the basis of their knowledge about the [...]
North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:
Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.
The Guardian, By Peter Walker, February 17
North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, crimes against humanity with strong [...]
BBC, February 6
The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.
They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.
The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.
Militants from [...]
Sydney Morning Herald, By Lindsay Murdoch, January 13
Bangkok – More than 20,000 security forces will be deployed across the Thai capital on Monday as anti-government protesters implement “operation shutdown” aimed at toppling the elected government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
As the United States embassy in Bangkok recommended residents stockpile two weeks of cash, [...]
Don’t let anyone tell you that sports isn’t political. Sports is always political.
The disaster that is Fukushima is not fixed. Not by a long shot. Considering the lack of coverage mainstream media provides, I’d recommend spending ten minutes of your time to watch this video:
CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14
China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.
The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, [...]
Globe and Mail (via AP), By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug
North Korea said Friday that it had executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered the country’s No. 2 official.
In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image [...]
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 [...]