Category Asia

▶ WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents – YouTube

“The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.” Remember NATFTA? […]

The Face of Litter: DNA taken from trash used to map features of litterbugs in Hong Kong — RT News

An environmental group in Hong Kong has gone high-tech in its fight against street littering. It actually collects human DNA from rubbish to recreate the faces of those who left it, believing that public shaming will do a better job than government fines. In a campaign of “putting a face behind the crime,” the group […]

Chinese Labor Strike: 5,000 Workers Strike At Factory Making Shoes For Nike, Timberland, Kenneth Cole; Police Dogs Deployed

Factory workers in China tend to be rural migrants who travel long distances for city work. Under local labor laws, companies are required to offer monthly housing allowances. The striking Stella workers say they haven’t received this pay from their employer, though it’s not clear how many months are owed to them.“It’s unlikely they would […]

Ruling party lawmaker urges swift passage of anti-terrorism bill

Speaking in a press conference at the National Assembly, he claimed the attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert could not be prevented because there were no legal grounds to keep watch over the assailant, Kim Ki-jong, despite his questionable background. “In order to stop a terrorist incident, such as the attack on Ambassador Mark Lippert, […]

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage – International – World – Ahram Online

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga condemned what he said was “a video showing what appears to be a murdered Japanese, Mr. Haruna Yukawa, as well as Mr. Kenji Goto.” Relevant government ministers would meet to discuss the situation as the government gathers information, Suga told reporters, declining to take questions. Reuters could not independently verify […]

North Korea: Nothing to Celebrate on Leader’s Birthday | Human Rights Watch

“Kim Jong-Un picked up where his father and grandfather left off, continuing to rule based on repression and fear,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “North Korean victims who have fled have let the world know the gravity of rights crimes committed by the government, so now Kim Jong-Un is redoubling efforts to silence and […]

Pak terror boat: Intel agencies had tip off about sea attack by men having marine commando training

According to reports available,  NTRO had also been able to pick up satellite phone conversation on December 30 which hinted that a boat which started its journey from Pakistan was on its way to India. A Pakistani fishing trawler with a suspicious cargo blew itself up on January 1 off Gujarat after being pursued by […]

Sony Hackers Guardians of Peace Troll FBI, Anonymous Convinced Hack Didn’t Come From North Korea – The Daily Beast

Meanwhile, North Korea has maintained their stance that they weren’t involved in the crippling cyber-attack, and have proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. authorities in finding the culprits, warning of “grave consequences” if America continues to blame the Hermit Kingdom for the hacking. On Saturday afternoon, Guardians of Peace, the hacking group that’s so […]

Pro-ISIS Twitter User Arrested in India | Drudge Retort

Channel 4 in Britain called Biswas’ Twitter account, which had 17,000 followers, a “leading conduit of information between jihadis, supporters and recruits.” No word yet on what charges Biswas might face. via Pro-ISIS Twitter User Arrested in India | Drudge Retort.

WikiLeaks shows US push behind Australia-India nuke deal | Green Left Weekly

In the three decades after India’s first successful nuclear test in 1974, relations between the US and India were cool. By the early 2000s, however, US policy-makers looking to maintain US dominance in Asia came to view India as a potential counterweight to China. In January 2004, President Bush and India’s Prime Minister Bihari Vajpayee […]

Sen. McCain returns to Hanoi and urges U.S. to sell them lethal weapons – National Law Enforcement | Examiner.com

While touring the nation that once held him captive as a prisoner of war in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” McCain and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, R-R.I., told Vietnamese officials that they will press American lawmakers to remove the decades-long prohibition on selling lethal weaponry to the U.S.’s former enemy.McCain and Whitehouse also met with Vietnam’s National […]

Heavy casualties reported in Xinjiang terror attack – Xinhua | English.news.cn

URUMQI, July 29 Xinhua — Dozens of civilians were killed or injured in a terrorist attack early on Monday morning in Shache County, Kashgar Prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local police said.A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Elixku Township, and some moved on to […]

‘Women’s Davos’ forum to be held Sept. 12-14 around Tokyo, government confirms | The Japan Times

The World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, modeled on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is part of Abe’s efforts to bring more women into work.Sessions during the first two days will be held in Tokyo, including a keynote speech by Lagarde on Sept. 12. An outing to the Hakone area or Odawara […]

STAP paper co-author Sasai commits suicide | The Japan Times

Sasai, 52, deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe and an adviser to scandal-hit Riken scientist Haruko Obokata, 30, was confirmed dead after being found hanged from a stairway handrail at the center, the police said.He was wearing a short-sleeve shirt and a pair of slacks. His shoes were off, placed […]

Trade to dominate as Obama welcomes African leaders – The Malaysian Insider

“My advice to African leaders is to make sure that if, in fact, China is putting in roads and bridges, number one, that they’re hiring African workers; number two, that the roads don’t just lead from the mine to the port to Shanghai, but that there’s an ability for the African governments to shape how […]

Mongolian PM’s senior advisor arrested by anti-corruption agency — China Development Gateway — Sharing Information, Knowledge and Tools

According to the report, Gansukh Luumed, the former minister of natural environment and tourism and senior advisor of Prime Minster Norov Altankhuyag, was arrested for embezzlement by the Independent Agency Against Corruption.The prime minister criticized the arrest as “sabotage of government actions.”Gansukh is coordinator of the government’s subsidy program “Coal,” which enables residents of slum […]

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