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Themes of security in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula cannot be viewed as secluded issues from the rest of Asia, the Eurasia landmass, and, even more broadly, the rest of the world.  Northeast Asia’s security and Korean security must be examined within the framework of the international rivalries and power politics taking place between […]

Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. Three cheers for people of Sarawak, Malaysia for making English the state’s official language, besides preserving the status of Bahasa Malaysia. This move makes a lot of sense than the game the federal government is playing vis-à-vis the refusal to insist the teaching of strategic school subjects in the English Language. Although […]

One of the greatest threats to world peace is the US Defence Secretary The US Navy Times headline of 5 November summed up Washington’s policy as regards the South China Sea by recording that «Pentagon chief takes jab at China with aircraft carrier stop». This interesting aspect of America’s official policy about China was one result of the visit by US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an enormous aircraft carrier in the South China Sea where, ten days previously, on 27 October, the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen had been ordered to try to provoke China to react to a deliberate, coat-trailing confrontational incursion into territorial waters claimed by China.

The U.S. says it is defending freedom of navigation; really it just wants to limit China’s power in the South China Sea.   On Oct 27, the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, intruded within 12 nautical miles of Zhubi [Subi] Reef in China’s Nansha [Spratly] Islands in the name of conducting freedom-of-navigation operations. On November […]

After a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris, the Islamic State of Levant left the “city of light” in dark. Only hours later, world leaders began the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. International media was quick to report that the terrorist attacks in France will dominate the G20 conference. Nevertheless, no military agenda should […]

When the “Hague Court” recently announced that it had “jurisdiction” over Philippines’ arbitral claims against China, many reported the decision as a victory for the Philippines and as a triumph of the “rule of law.” I beg to differ. On the contrary, the Court has muddled, not upheld, international law, and by trivializing the states’ […]

The past year of 2014 is best remembered for a serious attempt to put pressure on North Korea for its observance of “human rights” in the country. And although the projects of Marzuki Darusman and Sonja Biserko,1) on the whole, failed, because of, inter alia, the false testimony of one of the “key witnesses”, the […]

SEOUL, South Korea — Police fired tear gas and water cannons Saturday as they clashed with anti-government demonstrators who marched through Seoul in the largest protest in South Korea’s capital in more than seven years, leaving a protester critically injured. About 70,000 people marched from various locations in Seoul to an area near City Hall, […]

The character of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) becomes clear immediately after the fundamental economic data for its 12 intended signatory countries is examined. They are dominated by the G7 economies of the United States, Japan and Canada. These, together with Australia, constitute 90 percent of the GDP of potential signatories. Participating developing economies – Mexico, […]

Despite the common misconception that Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s staunchest US allies – the steady erosion of US-Thai relations has been underway for years. Cold War concessions Thailand made to the US during the Vietnam War have ingrained the myth of Bangkok’s unquestioning loyalty to Washington in the minds of many. The past […]

The United States and the Republic of Korea have drastically altered their military plans towards North Korea by shifting their central focus from preparation of a large-scale direct confrontation to swift localised subversive actions, reported the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on October 5, 2015. According to the newspaper, while previously the United States and the […]

Second International Conference for Peace and Prosperity in Korea   A conference for global stakeholders from Europe, Asia and the U.S. for a peace treaty to end the Korean War Date: November 23 to 27 Location: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany A collaborative Steering Committee for a DPRK-U.S. Peace Treaty will hold a second international seminar in […]

[The 4th Media editor’s note: This article was published on Press TV in the probably most highest tension-ever of the Korea conflict with regard to the then first-ever imminent nuclear war possibility between US and DPRK (aka, “North Korea”) in the “cruel spring” of April, 2013. The US-led annual “war games,” specifically designed to invade, […]

The TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the corporate Mega-deal on “free trade” has been concluded between the partner states, and is now in the final stages of its ratification. This deal involves the US and 11 other countries (Canada, US, Mexico, Chile, Peru; Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, Japan) of the Pacific Rim, representing 40% of global […]

There is a nagging debate emerging: either to teach Social Contract or Malaysian History. I feel that the framers of the debate are getting confused and asking the wrong questions about how to teach History. Here are my thoughts on what actually History teachers need to do: Those who think that we cannot question historical […]

Monsanto and the GMO agribusiness cartel have suffered a major new defeat as two-thirds of the 28 EU member states have opted for a full ban on GMO crops according to the terms of new Brussels rules allowing national decision on the toxic agro-technology. The bans across the EU greatly expand the EU acreage off-limits […]

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This past Tuesday, 13 October, while the entire Middle East is in complete and utter chaos, President Obama ordered […]

In 1975 the people of Vietnam successfully ended one of the longest and bloodiest anti-colonial wars in world-history – defeating the US, the world’s biggest imperial power, after 20 years of struggle. Barely forty years later the Vietnamese regime signed off on the US-Japanese dominated Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPFTA), which essentially converted Vietnam into […]

US Pacific Hegemony vs. a Rising China The complexity and history behind the current tensions in Asia Pacific are belied by simplistic narratives underpinned by superficial nationalism. China’s portrayal across the Western media as a regional “bully” versus its victims across Southeast Asia is dividing the general public down two sides of a predictable line. On one side are those who welcome the rise of China as a counterbalance for longstanding Western hegemony across Asia Pacific, on the other are those that fear China will simply replace a “benevolent” Western hegemony with its own brand of regional domination.

It was conceived in secrecy; that even members of the US Congress did not get to read the discussions leading to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the world of global economics’ most comprehensive and controversial trade agreement dictated by America’s largest corporations. It was WikiLeaks that enlightened the world of the deal contained in this […]

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