Friday, September 19, 2014

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It's Not 2008 For Chinese Companies — It's Worse

Chinese Shop Assistants wait for customers.

If you think we saw bad things out of China this week, brace yourselves. It's going to get worse.

A recent slew of economic data out of the country showed that industrial production had slowed to its lowest level since 2008.

Retail, investment, housing — all the numbers pointed to a slow down. The Chinese government responded by injecting about $81 billion into the top five Chinese banks, a targeted move that isn't meant to be more than a quick tiny jolt.

China's house prices fall further, economic gloom deepens

A woman rides past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China in Beijing
The Chinese Central Bank in Beijing.

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity.

Máy bay do thám khổng lồ không người lái của HQ HK

The massive MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone is expected to be operational in 2017. Northrop Grumman Triton drone reached a new milestone yesterday. At 7:53 A.M., one of the 131-foot wide aircraft landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland following its first cross-country flight. The drone soared at heights of more than 50,000 feet at times; it departed from Palmdale, California late Wednesday. It flew along the U.S Mexico border, over the Gulf of Mexico and across Florida before turning north up the Atlantic Coast.

Quảng Trị 1972 - Trận địa lịch sử _T/g Lê Văn Trạch SĐ3/BB

Phóng đồ cuộc tấn công của quân đội Bắc Việt vào các vị trí QL/VNCH tại Quảng Trị ngày 30/3/1972

Trên chặng đường dài của lịch sử dân tộc, có từng niên biểu đánh dấu đậm nét những dữ kiện nổi bật ảnh hưởng đến toàn bộ sinh hoạt của đất nước, hơn thế là một dấu ấn khắc khoải ngậm ngùi cho hàng bao thế hệ.

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried.

Despite its shiny façade, the German economy is crumbling at its core. That, at least, is how Marcel Fratzscher sees it. With the country's infrastructure becoming obsolete and companies preferring to invest abroad, the government advisor argues that German prosperity is faltering.

U.S. Conducts Exercise in Guam After China Jet Confrontation

 Exercise Valiant Shield

The U.S. military is practicing how it would operate in contested environments after a confrontation with a Chinese fighter jet underscored the challenges it faces helping to police disputed waters in the Western Pacific.

Xi Rewrites China’s Hong Kong Policy as ‘One Country, One Destiny’

Photo: Protesters in Hong Kong, China, July 1, 2014 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Members of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement marched Sunday to demand universal suffrage for the election of the city’s chief executive. In an email interview, Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center, discussed the movement and its quest for greater democracy in Hong Kong.

Vladimir Putin Threatens World War 3, Says Russia Could Invade Europe Within Two Days Vladimir Putin Threatens World War 3, Says Russia Could Invade Europe Within Two Days

Vladimir Putin allegedly threatened World War 3 during talks about Ukraine, claiming that Russia could potentially invade and take over the capitals of many European countries within two days.

Mysterious Millionaire Will Pay $30M to Know Who Exactly Shot Down MH17

A mysterious millionaire really, really wants to find out what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight 17. The flight was brought down in July, presumably by pro-Russian separatists who took responsibility for the attack, but later denied such claims. A German private investigation firm was contacted by someone looking to get details on the plane shooting. They offered up $30 million in exchange for information, a full $5 million more than the United States offered for information leading to the capture of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Here's what they are looking for, from a statement issued by Wifka:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Redrawing the Map

The Associated Press
A 'meat eater' on the move?

Following the headlines of international politics these days is akin to watching a multiplayer game of ping pong played out on a large table. The action bounces from Ukraine to Syria to Iraq to Ukraine to Iraq to Ebola to Ukraine, etc. It is quite dizzying. Obviously there are many human dimensions and much suffering attendant to these headlines. But something else interesting seems to be happening in two simultaneous trends.

Tội nghiệp quá đi thôi ! (Đoc giả vs. "Lãnh đạo")

As Xi Visits India, Dalai Lama Raises Chinese Border Problem

 Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a speech at the 108th anniversary of Indian Merchant Chambers in Mumbai September 18, 2014. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said on Thursday that an unsettled border with China encompassing large parts of the Tibetan plateau was a problem for India and called for talks to resolve the dispute as Chinese President Xi Jinping toured India.

The Dalai Lama's remarks in Mumbai came as Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a standoff in a barren western stretch of the Himalayas, souring the goodwill around Xi's trip, which China later said had been brought under control.

World War 3: We are on the brink of a third World War, experts warn

World War 3 is inevitable and some experts agree that there are a number of assumptions to conclude that it is only a matter of time until the third World War is here. Many analysts believe that sooner or later, the US will attack Syria. And according to a Sep. 17 report from The Inquisitr, the restoration of Ukraine’s nuclear weapons could potentially be the match that lights the flames of World War 3.

A previous report from The Inquisitr explained that World War 3 may be an inevitable result of global economics and financial cycles, according to investors and political analysts. Tension in Syria is nearing the limit and members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the so-called Islamic State extremist organization, NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

Raytheon begins building critical components for AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

Additional components maximize deployed system readiness

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will soon have greater agility and capability in its fleet of AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radars.  Raytheon has begun construction of two major sub-components of the AN/TPY-2 under a $53 million contract announced by the Department of Defense on Sept 2.  The units Raytheon is building will enable the MDA to rotate sub-components out of the field to receive depot-level upgrades while keeping the radars up and running.