Vietnam arming up as counter to Red China threats

Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute. Regional military attaches and analysts see the missiles as a further sign of Vietnam’s determination to…

US and Japan team up to oppose assertive Red China

Reuters reports that Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said. While no concrete plans had yet been formulated, Japan could join U.S. patrols in…

Suspicion growing over Free Trade Agreements

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its cousin the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, (TTIP) are being negotiated “in secret”. Now in this day and age, if you’re half compos mentis, that should worry you. You know how politics has descended into the pit of deceit and cunning over the last 20 years. You’re going to…

Protests as Beijing communists tighten grip on Hong Kong

Last week, the Hong Kong government released its long-awaited and highly controversial blueprint for the city’s 2017 leadership election. The electoral reforms package, announced last week by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, broadly follows a model proposed by the Chinese government last year, which requires candidates to first be approved by a committee expected to be…

Claim- persecution drives Muslims to join terror groups

I didn’t know this until today, but in an attempt to combat internal Islamic dissent, the Australian govt has allocated $14 million for “community-led deradicalisation initiatives and $545 million for the inclusion programs by the Department of Social Services.” This seems to me to be a very high price to pay for an immigration program…

Nikki Kaye gives UN youth an important message

The beehive reports that Youth Minister Nikki Kaye was pleased to address the opening of the four-day UN Youth Declaration in Auckland a couple of days ago. “This is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on matters that are important to them, and for their voice to be heard,” says Ms…