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Posted in: Strong quake hits off southern Indonesia See in context

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Germany have turned over its tsunami warning systems to Indonesians last week. That should aid the Indonesians to become better prepared in mitigating the ugly effects of natural disasters.

Govts in ASEAN need to review their preparedness and disaster-response measures. I think that's an apt idea, and in fact some countries, like Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines are now pursuing reforms re. preventative measures because of Japan quake. Better cooperation is also needed amongst ASEAN nations during times of natural disasters.

One report I read points to unpreparedness of some Asian capitals when it comes to major disasters, and with urbanization across the region and dense population in these cities that would potentially spell problems to many of our govts.

On a better note, I commend the Philippine military and the country's Red Cross for evacuating 200,000 people during the regional-wide tsunami warning last month. People in the region need to be prepared, and their govs need to lead. And I think the Philippines did an incredible job.

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Posted in: USA Today rewrites strategy to cope with Internet See in context

Even more worrisome for its financial health, USA Today sold about 2,300 advertising pages in 2010, a drop of nearly 50% from 2005. The troubles at USA Today and Gannett’s more than 80 other U.S. newspapers have caused the company’s stock price to plummet about 70% during the same period

Newspapers need rich men behind them in order to survive today-- more so to remain decent and credible.

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Posted in: USA Today rewrites strategy to cope with Internet See in context

Mobile news apps changed the way I read news. You won't miss anything even if you don't read newspapers. Obviously if, here in Asia, companies will invest more on their writers then that's an added bonus.

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Posted in: Top Bali bombing suspect captured in Pakistan See in context

News of his arrest came from two intelligence officials in Indonesia and Philippines.

Good that ASEAN neighbors are looking after each other. Kudos.

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Posted in: Top Bali bombing suspect captured in Pakistan See in context

Regional terrorism alert level is high this week because of the news.

I welcome this news, and I believe Mr PATEK is a goldmine of vital information for Asian counter-terrorists agencies.

His arrest in Pakistan is likely to raise questions over how such a high-profile terrorist can travel across international borders. There are also likely to be competing interests among intelligence agencies as each jockey for control over Patek.

As of Friday the Indonesian police won't confirm of PATEK's arrest -- but high officials in the country have already welcomed his capture. The Philippine military also welcomed the arrest, calling it a blow to Abu Sayyaf operations in Southern Philippines.

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Posted in: More disciplined Libyan opposition force emerging See in context

Getting covert military aid I see.

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Posted in: Gangs of armed young men roam Syrian seaside city See in context

If anything, the Egyptian Jasmine confirmed to me that so-called pro-democracy expatriates in OECD nations don't have any clue--whatsoever-- on where the wind was blowing.

EL BARADEI went home, and was rebuffed by everyone except the Int'l media which immediately identified with his celebrity-status than as someone who actually knew what was happening.

Reminds me of the farce during the heights of the anti-Iraq demonstrations when the State Sec RICE visited anti-SADDAM oppositions in FRANCE, and gather their consensus; which was for an Australian almost akin to Alexander DOWNER visiting strongholds of Lakemba, etc, and doing the same.

For the West, the peril of getting that 'consensus' from people who have not lived in these countries for a very long time is the same as not getting any information at all.

'Regime' changes across the Mid East and North Africa are local, first and foremost. The wind of change will be as strong and volatile for some of these nations as that will of the locals for change, reform, transparency and freedom.

That's 101, gentlemen.

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Posted in: Gangs of armed young men roam Syrian seaside city See in context

So far Change in Egypt,has been the best , most orderly and most impressive.

Hardly.

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Posted in: 250,000 protest budget cuts in central London See in context

The TUC leadership already came out condemning the violent acts of a few hooligans and anarchists that vandalized and destroyed business properties. These acts were not shared and supported by the majority of protesters. Trafalgar Square, from pictures already released, looked like Manama and Tahrir.

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Posted in: What would you say are the main differences between the way the Japanese and foreign media are covering the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis? See in context

Some Asian media have been tremendously informative, with some going all the way to assist expats in quake, tsunami-hit areas. ABS-CBNNEWS coverage had been emphatic.

Major American media ABC and NBC were helpful as well. CBS almost abandoned Japan coverage once Operation Odyssey Dawn was launched. Here in Australia, Sky News have my seal of approval, with one disappointment as the network reporters started asking the question 'So should we have nuclear power in Australia?' hours after the quake.

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Posted in: OMG! Online abbreviations make Oxford English Dictionary See in context

TYVM. I heart that, wtb OED now!

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Posted in: Police warn of bogus e-mails, phone calls seeking earthquake donations See in context

Most of these emails are phishing tools. I received a twitter msg from one, and I reported it a.s.a.p-- I advise everyone to do the same. Donate to legitimate Japan sites like Red Cross and Save the Children.

A blog have featured the scam (including screenshots of these scam sites), check it out 'Opportunist Tactics In A Time of Crisis' business2community.com

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Posted in: Does freedom of speech include the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, yell "Shark" at a beach or joke about having a bomb on a plane, for example? See in context

"Freedom of speech" DOES include shouting "Fire !" in a crowded venue.

Please read UNITED STATES v. COTHRAN. Thanks =/

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Posted in: Palin warns of China's rise in visit to India See in context

Mrs PALIN's speech was more focused on energy security than Chinese military build-up. Naturally, newspapers would prefer to quote what sells.

From Hot Air blog:

Ms. Palin’s speech at a conference organized by the media group India Today touched on many subjects, including her sympathy with the people of Japan and their “humble cooperative spirit,” the dangers of a green-energy policy and her children texting her news of a moose in the yard of her Alaska home. Ms. Palin made numerous references to America’s entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit, and India’s unlocking of the same to become a vibrant global giant. Together, she said, the two countries will lead the world in the 21st century. “There is no natural limit for United States and India relations,” she said. India is the second-fastest growing major economy in the world after China, but is still hobbled by extreme poverty, inefficient infrastructure and political corruption. … A “secure, stable supply of fuel is key to a prosperous America,” she said. “My vision of a free and prosperous America has much to do with energy.” But that won’t come from green energy, she said, which has destroyed thousands of jobs in Scotland and England and helped create a massive debt in Spain. America should “capitalize on our own resources right there on our doorsteps,” she said, by tapping into billions of barrels of oil that are “warehoused” in Alaska.

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Posted in: Palin warns of China's rise in visit to India See in context

Why is the Liberal press so fascinated by Sarah Palin? How about a story on Dennis Kucinich?

I doubt KUCINICH sells papers as much as PALIN brilliantly does.

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Posted in: Eastwood, Bullock each donate $1 million to earthquake relief See in context

What a legend!

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Posted in: Economic aftershocks of Japan's quake roll through Asia See in context

Oil, inflation and,now, Japan seems to be a trifecta.

Philippine cbank is likely to raise its interest rates this week-- its first since August 2008, and a sign that Asian inflation is the biggest concern than growth in the region. A stalemate in Libya will more likely see oil above $100.

Japan’s contribution to Asia’s growth has been near zero for the last five years, says Moody’s.

Japan was on a deflation mode before the quake, and the crisis after that have surely rattled optimism of a quick recovery. With a higher yen-- thanks to currency hoarders-- businesses will less likely be aggressive to invest in Japanese soil.

(Although that doesn't mean Japanese companies will be less competitive as some already moved key operations elsewhere in the region)

For Asian economies, this is an opportunity to strengthen your financial, banking systems, and seek more investments from Japan in your country.

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Posted in: Economic aftershocks of Japan's quake roll through Asia See in context

“Even before the Japan disaster, there was a sense that many multinationals had become too dependent on a single source of production,” said Frederic Neumann, HBSC’s co-head of Asian economics research. “The broad trend to diversify production will not just affect Japan, it will affect China. China’s production has become very concentrated.”

Risky for world's manufacturers to have all eggs in one basket.

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Posted in: Bahrain locks down kingdom as uprising surges See in context

The crackdown on protesters in Manama's (pop. 163,000) Pearl Sq. gives the regime a breather of sort. It was brutal, and it cleared the demonstrators in the capital. The ongoing arrests of so-called opposition leaders will obviously dent the movement.

Bahrain’s sectarian clash is increasingly viewed as an extension of the region’s rivalries between the Gulf Arab leaders and Iran.

You have to be very careful when hinting of a third-force vis-a-vis protests in the Middle East and Nth Africa-- AQ, Israel, the CIA, Iran have all been named, but what seems to be a 'sectarian' uprising may just be a reaction to poverty and unemployment. The official unemployment rate is 15% in Bahrain, and youth unemployment a long-term eco. problem in the country.

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Posted in: Oil installations ablaze in Libya as battles rage See in context

Some hope today for Asian markets' the strong US dollar, which helped dent the oil price from near record high.

Probably won't take the pressure off inflation-- but gives regional c. banks a breather =/

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

Moderators: If you won't allow "Monroe Doctrine in Asia with our Maoist cousins in the lead", please don't allow "US hegemony" on this thread. Thanks =/

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

If Japan also limits trade with China, there will be a mass chaos and depression in Tokyo.

I doubt that-- very much =/

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

If you look carefully, they are listening to Geithner.

If you google carefully, type in 'geithner' and 'yuan'-- you might come up with these results.

Geithner points to China yuan spillover to others (20.02)

China may deflect pressure with smaller trade surplus (Today's)

China's currency: an unanswered question (Yesterday's)

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

US influence in Asia needs to be limited. It needs to be limited simply because it relies too much on China for trade, and the Made in China brand could one day bite Americans back, therefore jeopardizing and compromising the security of Asian countries including Japan.

One thing is for sure, if Beijing won't even listen to GEITHNER when it comes to the yuan, why would anyone in Beijing listen to GATES when it comes to the East and South China Sea.

For Asia, when bargaining with the Chinese, sticking together is the key. Multilateral engagement to ensure that seas in our region don't belong to one nation should be the forefront of inter-regional diplomacy in East Asia.

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

Aim an LRAD at it, like the whalers do at the Sea Shepherd helicopter.

Can't wait for the China shill to embrace the SS LoL

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Posted in: Christians and Muslims clash in Cairo, 1 dead See in context

But there yesterday was the first large march in Cairo's Tahir Square for women's rights, and it was basically shut down by thousands of frothing angry Egyptian males

It's lead on today's csmonitor.com, pretty petty!

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

The US has been a global hegemony for the last couple of decades. China aspires to challenge the US only in the region for now.

Oh yeah, how about this.... shoo!

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

My history on this forum?

Here's another narcissistic troll. Btw, you're not the only poster in tow. R E A D!

You have yet to say anything worthwhile to counter my point.

Really, how about this one:

China was ''paranoid'' about Taiwan and Tibet, ''if everything goes wrong'' we must be prepared to use force against China.

Figure that one, and we'll see who has a weak logic =/

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

It's not like US spy planes don't patrol the Hainan Island area, even after one collided with a Chinese jet fighter.

Hainan Island incident, that happened in 2001? So what's that got to do with the incident off Japan?

Don't tell me Beijing got nothing else to do-- right now-- but match, not only American military superpower, but the wonders and blunders as well now that it's no. 2.

Surely, if the Chinese would insist for a Monroe Doctrine in Asia--the Maoists instead of the Americans!-- it should be resisted at all costs. (That btw was the same advise given by my Australian foreign minister, except I didn't used the word 'use of force')

NO, Australians are not oblivious-- at times they could just be more than frank.

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Posted in: Japan protests over Chinese chopper that neared warship See in context

What makes U.S. any different in international waters? U.S. has been doing same for long time.

Knowing your history on this forum you'd insist whatever comes out of your head-- so don't consider this as me trying to win an argument, esp. with you.

But what's the United States' gotta do with this one?

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