U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan

AP, December 28

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following […]

Half The Population Cannot Remain Silent Forever

I need some help from the ladies.

How does one extrapolate, infer, or deduct and induct the role of women in a society 1,000 years old with pretty much nothing but textile fragments, kitchen and cooking utensils and a very, very thin literary record to go on?

I know I am missing something. And I […]

China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks

Reuters, By Kathy Chen & Stian Reklev, June 3

Beijing – China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.

Progress in global climate negotiations […]

More than 3,000 Chinese evacuated from Vietnam after violence: Xinhua

Reuters, May 17

Beijing – More than 3,000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, following deadly rioting that stemmed from an outpouring of rage over Chinese oil drilling in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

The violence was triggered by China’s positioning of a $1 […]

Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

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, […]

China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone

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 […]

Scientists discover SARS-like virus in Chinese bats

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.


US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term in 2018

AP, September 19

Valdai, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he may run for a fourth presidential term in 2018, confirming the expectations of most Russians and frustrating those now working to restore free elections in Russia.

If Putin runs and wins, it would keep him in power for about a quarter century and […]

Recovery is slow in rural China’s ‘cancer villages’

McClatchy / Penn State University, By Brittany Horn, August 19

Nanmen, China — In this small village about 25 miles from Shanghai, the smell of paint and gasoline hangs heavy in the stagnant afternoon air. Small dogs run in streets wide enough for only a small car. Children with worn Disney backpacks walk home from […]

China and Russia start largest-ever joint military drills

The joint maritime drills in the Sea of Japan will include 11 Russian warships and 7 Chinese vessels, including four destroyers, two guided missile frigates and a support ship.

Global Post, By Daniel DeFraia, July 5

Russia and China began joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan on Friday, as Beijing’s non-violent territorial disputes […]

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

New York Times, By Tim Arango & Clifford Krauss, June 2

Baghdad— Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.

China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling […]

U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

(NYT) — An American tanker airplane used for midair refueling over Afghanistan crashed soon after departure on Friday from the Manas airport in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, according to an American official and local media reports.

A crew of five people were flying the airplane, a KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, […]

United States, China reach critical deal on climate change

Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14

WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.

The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and […]

Bird flu reaches Beijing

Sydney Morning Herald, April 14

A seven-year-old girl is Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu, local authorities say as China’s outbreak of the disease spreads to the capital.

The girl, whose parents are poultry traders, was in a stable condition in hospital, the Beijing health bureau said on Saturday. Her mother and father […]