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12 She Ping, a 34-year-old beekeeper, is seen during an attempt to cover his body with bees, in Chongqing municipality, China.
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Korea: Not A Good Time To Poke The Dragon
April 2, 2014: South Korea announced that two small (1.9 meter/six foot wingspan) UAVs found in the last week were definitely North Korean and used commercially available Chinese and Japanese components that any tourist could walk into a store and buy. One UAV was found March 31 ston one of the islands near the maritime border with North Korea. The other one was found south of the DMZ on the 24 th. The UAVs carried high resolution cameras that took pictures when over certain GPS coordinates. The photos found on one UAV included the presidential compound and some military facilities. The other one was photographing military facilities on the island. UAVs this small are hard to spot with radar if they come in very low (under 100 meters/220 feet). South Korea is now going to upgrade its aerial surveillance to handle this new (but not unknown) threat. Israel has a similar problem and has developed technology to deal with it. Since Israel sells a lot of military gear to South Korea, the Israeli solution may already have been offered. It not, it will be pitched now.
The discovery of these North Korea UAVs is another example of why the North Korean armed forces may be large, they are not as powerful or effective as many thing. Take, for example, the North Korean Air Force. By number of combat aircraft it is the fifth largest in the world. The top ten air forces are U.S., China, Russia, India, North Korea, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, and Taiwan. These ten have about 60 percent of the combat aircraft in service. But while the U.S. has only 19 percent of the 15,000 combat aircraft in the world, they have a far higher percentage of the air combat capability. This becomes clear when you take into account the quality of the aircraft, pilots and support services. Thus just concentrating on who has the most of the latest aircraft does not tell the whole story. For example, Israel does not make the top ten because it only has 244 active combat aircraft while number 10 Taiwan has 286. But the Israeli aircraft are not only all updated (and sometimes enhanced) F-15s and F-16s, but Israeli pilots are the most well trained and combat experienced in the world. Israel has lived in a war zone for over half a century and its combat pilots know that being the best is a matter of life and death for themselves and Israel as a whole. So the 414 Egyptian combat aircraft put it at number six on the top ten list but decidedly beneath Israel when it comes to combat capability. If you adjust for aircraft, pilot and support quality the top ten is more like U.S., Russia, China, India, Israel, South Korea, Japan, France, Taiwan and the UK. Pakistan, Egypt and North Korea fall out of the top ten, depending on how you rate each nations qualitative characteristics. Moreover those adjustments for aircraft, pilot and support quality leave the U.S. with up to 50 percent or more of the combat capability instead of just 19 percent of combat aircraft. When you make these adjustments South Korea ends up with more than twice the air combat capability compared to North Korea.
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North Korea is now requesting people in the capital to attend voluntary indoctrination sessions to help rid themselves of any evil ideas from South Korea. This includes the absurd idea that people live better in the south. The northern government is particularly afraid of religion and people returning from legal visits to China are now being questioned to see if they might have come in contact with the many Korean speaking Christians over there. If the interrogators suspect such contacts were made and the North Korean victim was contaminated the person is arrested and sent off to a labor camp to be cured (or die in process). On the positive side, any returned traveler who supplies useful information on defectors in China gets rewards (most frequently an unofficial get out of jail free promise for any future infractions.)
There are many more opportunities for getting into trouble. For example, as the planting season arrives it becomes obvious that the government has changed its policy on private use of land. Many factories are now allowed to lease out much of their farmland to individuals who can then raise crops and sell most of them in the markets. Factories and many government organizations (including the military) have long had farmland assigned to them where they were expected to raise all or much of the food their personnel required. Members of the organization volunteered to work the land in addition to their other duties. That did not produce a lot of food but privately worked land does. Policies like this are working, much to the dismay of hardline communists in the government. On the downside the new entrepreneurial class is more visible, with many new homes being built outside the capital and other cities. Other signs are government factories treating their workers better, including large pay increases, to prevent workers from seeking employment in the expanding market economy. The factory managers were surprised to discover that the higher pay and better treatment resulted in higher productivity by the workers. To many North Korean officials the market economy is a real mystery and most dont know what to expect when they are forced to operate by market rules.
In some cases the growing entrepreneur spirit backfires. For example, officials are finding more government property disappearing. This includes part of buildings. Its usually factories or other facilities that have been closed, but in some cases it is buildings that are still in use. Most of the time the foraged (as practitioners like to call it) material ends up in the market, but in some cases the stuff is used to comply with the latest government directive for a locality to help with a construction project and to supply some of the building materials.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:30 am Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on Federal Indictment of PG&E February 27, 2014, Cambridge, MA Last week, the United States Department of the Interior approved two additional solar projects in the Ivanpah Valley area of the Mojave Desert. These two projects together will occupy over six square miles of public land, straddling the California-Nevada border
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A specter is haunting the extreme Left in the Philippines: the specter of irrelevance. We can glimpse it, not so much in the startling arrest of Benito Tiamzon, the chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines and chief of the CPPs armed wing, the New Peoples Army, with his wife Wilma, in a textbook-perfect operation in Cebu on March 22, as in smaller acts of reality-denying desperation.
Let me highlight three such gestures.
But first, a few qualifications. As I wrote last October, in The pork barrel and the Left, we can find various shades of red in the political spectrum, but for the sake of argument I will adopt the convention in use in many newsrooms and identify the Philippine Left as those associated with the National Democratic Front.
Also, and as I have noted on various occasions, I have voted for Bayan Muna candidates for senator in the past; I continue to believe that active political engagement must be encouraged as a viable alternative to the armed struggle, and that leftist politicians of experience and learning can raise the quality of political discourse in the Senate.
Not least, I think Philippine society would be worse off if the Left became irrelevant, highly vocal but entirely ineffective players on the margins. For one thing, the great cancer of Philippine society is growing inequality; corruption is only a symptom. A movement that takes its bearings in part from Karl Marx should have something distinct to offerif not in substance (capitalism and the class structure) then in analytical rigor (subjecting assumptions to a critique). For another, political pluralism is or should be societys ideal; the more voices take part, the stronger the polity would be.
But the Left in the Philippines has only itself to blame, for its slide to irrelevance. Three proofs-in-the-making.
Conspiracy theory. Stung by criticism that it was soft on China, the traditionally Maoist Left has recently taken to issuing stronger statements against the Chinese governments increasingly aggressive conduct in the West Philippine Sea. Stronger is relative, though. The most that Bayan Muna
Rep. Neri Colmenares can say in a recent statement is a diplomatic rap on the knuckles: Chinas provocative actions should also be avoided so that tensions would not run high. In other words, there is no condemnation, no sense of outrage.
In contrast, in the very same press statement, Colmenares publicizes what amounts to a conspiracy theory: We also know that Chinas actions have only escalated when the US announced its pivot to the Asia Pacific to countercheck Chinas growth and reassert its dominance in the region. As it is, everything should be taken into perspective and the Aquino government should stop its blind assumption that the supposed Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) with the US would be to our advantage. There are also indications that the current situation is being engineered to ensure the signing of the treaty. In other words, the United States engineered the latest Chinese outrage in Ayungin Shoal so that the Philippines, which requested the AEDC, would be forced into signing it.
It is unthinking, ideologically driven statements like these that strain the Lefts credibility among ordinary Filipinos. I suppose the unremitting criticism of the United States (Colmenares: China may be a threat but we however consider the US as the main threat) does not go down well with a mostly pro-American public, but I think it is the loopy logic of such statements that drives reasonable people away.
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More Filipino women occupy senior management positions in corporations in the Philippines, improving to 40% this year from 37% in 2013, higher than the global average of 24%, making the country the third highest employer of senior female executives globally. The International Business Report (IBR) by London-based Grant Thornton, a leader in global accounting and advisory services, said that on average, there are two Filipino women out of seven in Boards of Directors in the country, putting the proportion of women directors at 31%, higher than the global average of 17%
LONDON: Japanese electronics giant Hitachi will move its global rail business to London, as it seeks expansion in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, it said Thursday. The group appointed London-based Alistair Dormer, the former head of Hitachi Rail Europe, as the new chief executive officer of its global rail systems business with effect from April 1, it said in a statement. Hitachi aims to bid for lucrative contracts on Britain’s new 50-billion ($82.5 billion, 60 billion euros) High Speed 2 (HS2) railway which will be built in two stages from 2016 with completion slated for 2033
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