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North Korea: Intra-elite Conflict and the Relevance for Global Security

http://isnblog.ethz.ch/government/north-korea-intra-elite-conflict-and-the-relevance-for-global-security-2 14/07/2017   Hazel Smith   Government Courtesy of Life As Art/Flickr.  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This article was  originally published  by  Pacific Forum CSIS  on 24 May 2017. ‘This third-generation Kim already holds the titles of supreme leader, first secretary of the party, chairman of the military commission and supreme commander of the army – but he wants even more. This Kim wants recognition, vindication and authentication.’  The Observer , May 8, 2016 This description of Kim Jong Un is not the most lurid; in fact, it is representative of broadsheet analysis of the leadership of North Korea. It reduces analysis of the leadership of a state of 25 million people, which has an indigenous advanced scientific capability sufficient to develop nuclear weapons and advanced ballistic missile technology, to a level more appropriate to the pages of an airport pot-boiler. It trivializes a

Malabar naval exercise: Cautious China 'listens' as India, US and Japan bond on sea

http://www.firstpost.com/india/malabar-naval-exercise-cautious-china-listens-as-india-us-and-japan-bond-on-sea-3816205.html India Sujan Dutta Jul, 15 2017 15:46:19 IST New Delhi:  Through the winds and waves in the North Bay of Bengal on Saturday and Friday night, a formidable battle group surrounded the USS Nimitz supercarrier of the US Navy, seeking to protect it from a possible submarine attack. Protecting an aircraft carrier from possible surface, undersea or aerial attack is the primary responsibility of a navy battle group. INS Sahyadri during Malabar naval exercise 2017. Image courtesy Indian Navy In simulating the protection of the carrier, the Indian Navy and a flotilla from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) were practising drills that they have carried out earlier. The first time it happened in waters close to India in the Bay of Bengal was exactly a decade ago this month. From Port Blair, the capital of the Indian archipelago of the Andamans, a C2 Gre

The New Silk Road will go through Syria

http://www.atimes.com/article/new-silk-road-will-go-syria/ ASIA  TIMES Road to Aleppo: The Chinese don't forget that Syria controlled overland access to both Europe and Africa in ancient Silk Road times. Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad monitor traffic on the road to Aleppo in Syria on July 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Omar Sanadiki. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA China and Syria have already begun discussing post-war infrastructure investment; with a 'Matchmaking Fair for Syria Reconstruction' held in Beijing By  PEPE ESCOBAR JULY 13, 2017 7:12 PM (UTC+8) 7,347 25 Amid the proverbial doom and gloom pervading all things Syria, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune sometimes yield, well, good fortune. Take what happened this past Sunday in Beijing. The China-Arab Exchange Association and the Syrian Embassy organized a  Syria Day Expo  crammed with hundreds of Chinese specialists in infrastructure investment. It was a sort of mini-gathering of the Asia Infrastruc

BLF 6 MONTHS REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES

(Daily Sangar)  BLF is striving for a free Balochistan since its inception The core reason for the establishment of the organization has always been to reinstate the separate Baloch identity and regain motherland's sovereignty from the occupier Pakistan.With the founding of the organization, BLF along with armed struggle, began to create political and ideological awareness to Baloch nation and has endeavored to bring Baloch people from all walks of life together to join the armed struggle, so that the masses consciously, politically and ideologically get involved in the resistance. Because, the struggle for independence is impossible without the participation of masses. On the fundamental principle of freedom of occupied Balochistan, BLF is educating the Baloch nation to be ideologically and politically aware. Ideologically motivated BLF fighters, along with armed resistance, expanding the struggle with political awareness across Balochistan. Baloch nation is destroying occupy

Worlds 8 superb sentences

🌿 *Worlds 8 superb  sentences *🌿 --------------<>------------- *Shakespeare :*👌 Never  play  with the feelings of  others  because  you may win the  game but the  risk is that  you  will surely  lose the person  for a  life time. -------------------------------- *Napoleon.*👌 The world  suffers  a  lot. Not because  of  the  violence  of bad people, But because   of the silence of good people! -------------------------------- *Einstein :*👌 I  am  thankful  to  all those who  said  NO  to  me   It's because  of  them  I  did  it myself. -------------------------------- *Abraham Lincoln :*👌 If friendship is your weakest point  then  you  are  the strongest  person  in the world. -------------------------------- *Shakespeare :*👌 Laughing  faces  do  not mean that  there is  absence of sorrow!  But it means that they  have the ability to deal with it. ---------------------- *William  Arthur :* 👌 Opportunities   are  like sunrises, if  yo

Philippines: Ignored victory?

http://opinion.inquirer.net/105588/ignored-victory OPINION /  EDITORIAL Philippine Daily Inquirer  / 05:18 AM July 15, 2017 On July 12 a year ago, the Philippines won a stunning victory on the international front when the case it had brought against China was upheld by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The ruling invalidated China’s claim to almost all of the South China Sea: The court said China has “no historical rights” on the area via its so-called “nine-dash line,” and recognized the Philippines’ sovereign rights to fish and explore for minerals in waters within its 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone. “Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China,” declared the ruling.

Congress falsely implicating Bhagwat, charge Sonia, Rahul for perjury, says Swamy

http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Mg/MzI0NjYy/congress-falsely-implicating-bhagwat-charge-sonia-rahul-for-perjury-says-swamy.html Updated: Jul 15, 2017 12:41 IST       New Delhi [India], July 15  (ANI) : Lambasting Congress for falsely implicating Rashtriya Swayamseak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for perpetrating "so-called Hindu terror' across the country, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and party leader P. Chidambaram should be charged with perjury. " The government should set up something to register an FIR and make Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and P. Chidambaram as accused in a conspiracy to subvert the country and falsification of information, tantamounting to perjury," Swamy told ANI. Swamy said he was already aware of the conspiracy hatched by the UPA Government to implicate Bhagwat. Swamy further said that even after the United States had declare

Indonesia reportedly renames EEZ in South China Sea

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056387.shtml By Liu Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/7/15 0:03:39 0 Move aimed at attaining bargaining chip: expert Indonesia reportedly renamed on Friday the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea. Chinese experts said that as a country which has no territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea, Indonesia is aiming to gain a bargaining chip for maritime boundary delimitation, and the move would do no good to future maritime cooperation. Arif Havas Oegroseno, deputy coordinating minister of Maritime Affairs and Resources of Indonesia, was quoted by Reuters on Friday as saying that the country wanted to update the naming of the northern side of its exclusive economic zone and "gave a new name in line with the usual practice - the North Natuna Sea." Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily briefing on Friday that he didn't know anything about

HOW CHINA’S ARCTIC EMPIRE WILL UPSET THE GLOBAL BALANCE OF POWER

http://www.newsweek.com/chinas-arctic-goals-620794 BY  ELEANOR ROSS  ON 7/14/17 AT 12:31 PM Why Russia Is Way Ahead In The Race To Control The Arctic Every January, thousands of sculptors head to China’s northernmost city, Harbin, armed with tools, chisels and thick gloves. Cheeks reddened by cold—the temperature can fall to minus 36 degrees in Harbin—the sculptors carve snow angels, cathedrals and cities out of shimmering, translucent ice. But however much China wishes it was, this is not the Arctic. Harbin, sits 1,440 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Temperatures are currently pushing 86 degrees, and more ice creams are being bought than ice sculptures made. China wants resources to support its growing population, and the Arctic, with its untapped resources, offers those opportunities to mine natural resources. China’s lack of geographical presence in the Arctic has not stopped it laying out its 2017 launch of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a  massive infrastructure proje

For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5968f9a7e4b09e26b6d76780 07/14/2017 01:09 pm ET BHEEM RAJ /THAR VOICE FORUM A massive protest against the Gorrano Dam on January 26 2017 in Islamkot, Tharparkar. Dr. Amiera Sawas , Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and Dr Nausheen H. Anwar , Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Advertisement In Pakistan, there’s no topic hotter than the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar bilateral development project that will, officials promised in 2015, “usher in an era of unprecedented progress and prosperity”. The CPEC is not only Pakistan’s first big injection of foreign direct investment in a while , its focus on energy development is also desperately needed in a country that has suffered worsening energy shortages for two decades. With renewables constituting much of the US$33 billion earmarked for energy, the CPEC is also set to make Pakistan a global player in meeting its Paris agreement commit

Brahumdagh Bugti, head of BRP enjoying in Geneva

Terrorist Use of Virtual Currencies: Containing the Potential Threat

Main content May 2017 Will virtual currencies (VC) increasingly replace traditional methods of funding terrorism, including the halawa system? According to Zachary Goldman et al, extremists in the Gaza Strip have already used virtual currencies to fund their operations and members of the Islamic State have been particularly receptive to the new technology, at least at the local level. To prevent the spread of VC funding on a larger scale, our authors argue that counterterrorism communities should adopt three guiding principles to shape their future policies. Explore them here. Download English (PDF, 56 pages, 1.1 MB) Author  Zachary K. Goldman, Ellie Maruyama, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Edoardo Saravalle, and Julia Solomon-Strauss Series CNAS Reports PublisherCenter for a New American Security (CNAS) Copyright© 2017 Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

A Russian-Chinese Naval Partnership?

The PLAN auxiliary Luomahu conducts replenishment-at-sea with the destroyers Haikou and Changsha, Feb. 16, 2017 (PLA) By  The Lowy Interpreter  2017-07-12 21:21:12 [By James Goldrick] On 18 June, a small Chinese task group consisting of the Type 052D air warfare destroyer  Changsha , the frigate  Yungchen  and a replenishment ship, together with embarked marines, sailed from Sanya in Hainan bound for the Baltic and Exercise “Joint Sea 2017” with the Russian Navy. The exercise, which will take place in late July, carries certain messages. Firstly, it is one element in Xi Jinping’s drive to make China a global power. Chinese warships now regularly deploy all over the world and the frequency of such operations is likely to increase even further. This will be the second PLA Navy deployment to the Baltic in recent years. Next, a Chinese entry into the Baltic demonstrates to the UK and France in particular that China can match in Europe their efforts at maritime presence in East Asia.

Aggressive China did not anticipate strong Indian response in Doklam: EU Vice President

http://zeenews.india.com/india/aggressive-china-did-not-anticipate-strong-indian-response-in-doklam-eu-vice-president-2023822.html The Chinese Foreign Ministry and its state-owned media reacted predictably to the Indian action with strong rhetoric, including reminding India of its defeat in the Indo-China war in 1962.  ANI| Last Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 20:15 Brussels: An aggresive China did not anticipate India stepping in a strong manner to defend Bhutan`s territorial sovereignty during its unilateral move to build a motorable road from Dokala in Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp in Zornpelri, according to Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European Parliament. In an article written for EP Today, Czarnecki has exposed Beijing`s lie of assuring the international community that its `peaceful rise` would not in any way threaten the established order, but instead promote a peaceful international environment. He clearly states that China has been following a

Vietnam tugs India into the South China Sea

http://www.atimes.com/article/vietnam-tugs-india-south-china-sea/ ASIA  TIMES Hanoi's recent invitation to New Delhi to play a bigger role in the disputed waterway underscores both sides' rising concerns about China's maritime ambitions By  HELEN CLARK JULY 14, 2017 1:04 PM (UTC+8) 44 6 A Vietnamese naval soldier stands quard at Thuyen Chai island in the Spratly archipelago in a file photo. Photo: Reuters/Quang Le In a move with significant geopolitical implications, Vietnam has formally asked India to play a greater role in the South China Sea, a bilateral invitation New Delhi seems willing to oblige with a wary eye cast towards China. Hanoi’s proposal, made last week at the Delhi Dialogue IX, a regular meeting between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), aims to counterbalance Beijing’s rising assertiveness in the maritime region without breaking its fragile peace. India’s involvement in the region is in-line with its “Act East” foreign