Shinzo Abe, Statism, and the Future of Japan's Constitution

Written by Hiroshi Nomaki on Friday, 18 April 2014. Posted in Asia, World

American statists like to pretend the U.S. Constitution is a "living" document that changes on a whim. Now that dangerous statist fallacy has been brought to Japan.

Shinzo Abe, Statism, and the Future of Japan's Constitution

"What is a Constitution?" "What does a Constitution do?" And, "Who is it for?" Let's think about it once more.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Written by Emeka Umejei on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

Foreign fleets accessing African waters are landing large catches. But how large remains a question. Beatrice Gorez of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement describes the challenges this presents.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Beatrice Gorez is coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), a Brussels-based Pro-artisanal lobby group that champions sustainable fishery agreements in Africa. One of its recent achievements was the overwhelming endorsement by the EU-parliament of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA). Gorez spoke to Emeka Umejei, on the margins of a 2-day conference on the issues and the impact of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) in Dakar, Senegal.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

Written by Emeka Umejei on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

China has been implementing an aggressive plan to acquire resources in Africa. Investigative reporter Emeka Umejei reports on the results in Nigeria.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

I was on board the defunct Air Nigeria Airline to the Gambia for the Conference for African Ministers, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in 2010 when I encountered another Nigerian, who was alighting in Sierra Leone. We both boarded the aircraft in Lagos and soon, I began to chat to him about political developments in Nigeria. The young man, who identified himself as Ikechukwu told me he had lived in China for more than a decade and was involved in business. The moment he mentioned China, I got interested and pressed further. After regaling me with the wonders of China’s infrastructural development, he narrowed it down to his own venture in Nigeria.

Man Sentenced to Prison for Atheism

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 15 June 2012. Posted in Asia, World

Freedom of Speech may be a natural right but it is a rare commodity nonetheless, as a recent case in Indonesia illustrates.

Man Sentenced to Prison for Atheism

An Indonesian man has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for the crimes of being an atheist and insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

73-year-old Japanese Women Reaches Summit of Mt. Everest

Written by ADH Staff on Monday, 21 May 2012. Posted in Asia, World

Woman breaks her own record as she becomes the second oldest person to scale the world's highest peak.

73-year-old Japanese Women Reaches Summit of Mt. Everest

Since 1922 when the first concerted effort was made to reach the top of Mount Everest, some 219 people have perished in attempts to climb the world’s tallest mountain. During that period the overall mortality rate for those attempting to climb the mountain was 1.6 percent. Over the last 25 years, when attempts to scale Everest became more common, the death rate inched up, reaching as high as 3.4 percent depending on the route utilized.

Japan Marks Anniversary of Devastating Quake and Tsunami

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Sunday, 11 March 2012. Posted in Asia, World

On March 11, 2011, tens of thousands were killed, hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes, and much of Japan’s infrastructure was destroyed in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Today the country continues its efforts to recover.

Japan Marks Anniversary of Devastating Quake and Tsunami

In Japan, a moment of silence was held at 2:46 p.m. as the nation marked the anniversary of the devastating quake and tsunami that ravaged the nation one year ago, and left the entire country in the grip of an unprecedented nuclear disaster.

Education in Japan

Written by Hiroshi Nomaki on Wednesday, 22 February 2012. Posted in Asia, World

As a nation, Japan is among the world's leaders in innovation, but is the Japanese educational system ready for the 21st century? Hiroshi Nomaki reports from Tokyo.

Education in Japan

The Japanese educational system consists basically of six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, three years of high school, and four years of university (two years for junior colleges).

US Embassy Warns of Terror Threat in Bangkok

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 13 January 2012. Posted in Asia, World

BangkokThe U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is warning American citizens and other tourists visiting the city to be aware that foreign terrorists may be planning attacks there.

An alert posted to the Embassy’s Website warns:

“This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.” 

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the world’s major cities with a population of approximately 12 million people.

Just hours after the warning was issued, Thai authorities arrested one man with suspected ties to Hezbollah.

Japan Reconsidering Nuclear Energy

Written by Hiroshi Nomaki on Wednesday, 14 December 2011. Posted in Asia, World

Monju Fast-Breeder Reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui prefecture. Until now, the central pillar of the Japanese government’s energy policy has been the nuclear fuel cycle. This fuel cycle entails the extraction of plutonium from reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, and using it to fuel Fast-Breeder Reactors (FBR).

The superior neutron economy of a fast neutron reactor makes it possible to build a reactor that, after its initial fuel charge of plutonium, requires only natural (or even depleted) uranium feedstock as input to its fuel cycle. This fuel cycle has been termed the plutonium economy.

As for the FBR, active development has been pushed forward in United States, France, Russia, U.K., Germany, and Japan until approximately 20 years ago.

Up to 28 Killed in NATO Attack in Pakistan

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Saturday, 26 November 2011. Posted in Asia, World

General John Allen speaks with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Sources in Pakistan are claiming that as many as 28 soldiers have been killed in a NATO helicopter raid on a Pakistani outpost. The attack has prompted Pakistan to respond by shutting down supply routes used by NATO to bring materials north into Afghanistan.

The attack occurred near the village of Salala, near the Afghan border. An unnamed Pakistani military spokesman cited by Voice of America (VOA) News called the incident “unprovoked and indiscriminate.”

According to VOA News, “Top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan General John Allen has offered his condolences to families and loved ones of any members of the Pakistani security forces who may have died or were wounded.”

Pakistan-Afghan-US Relations Tense in Wake of Rabbani Murder

Written by Malik Ayub Sumbal on Thursday, 13 October 2011. Posted in Asia, World

Burhanuddin Rabbani

Islamabad — More worries are in the offing for Pakistan after the handover of the proofs by the Afghan government to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul about the plot behind the murder of Afghan peace leader Burhanuddin Rabbani that was hatched in Quetta.

According to the spokesperson of Afghan National Security Directorate, the assassination plot against Rabbani was planned in Satellite Town of Quetta and the job was done by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) through Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban’s governing council.

The person who carried out the suicide attack that killed Mr. Rabbani is a resident of Chaman of Baluchistan province, according to the statements issued from President Karzai’s office.

Japan Slashes Funding for Fast Breeder Reactor

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 27 September 2011. Posted in Asia, World

The Monju fast-breeder reactor in Japan. Following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Japanese government, which formerly pursued a range of nuclear options to fill the nation’s energy needs, began to reconsider the future of the nuclear power industry. Both former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and current Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda have discussed the possibility that Japan will face a non-nuclear future.

The increased skepticism in the country about the feasibility and safety of nuclear power in a quake prone region of the world has now led to massive funding cuts for one of the world’s most promising and advanced nuclear reactors. According to reports, the Japanese science ministry plans to cut funding for the Monju fast-breeder reactor by up to 80 percent next year.

Magnitude 6.9 Quake Rocks Northern India

Written by ADH Staff on Sunday, 18 September 2011. Posted in Asia, World

Earthquake in IndiaA strong earthquake rocked northern India late on Sunday, causing several deaths and dozens of minor injuries. Among the deaths, five people reportedly died in Nepal, while several perished in India.

According to the Hindustan Times, “A man in Bhagalpur district died in a stampede after the quake shook parts of Bihar.”

Other deaths included that of a 7-year-old girl, according to New Delhi Television.

The paper also reported that “several buildings developed major cracks in Sikkim, state chief secretary Karma Gyatso said.”

Witnesses reported seeing objects shaking violently during the quake.

“We saw computers, chairs and tables rattling in our office,” said one witness.

Political Dissidents Still Held By Communist Vietnam

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 14 September 2011. Posted in Asia, World

Father Thadeus Nguyen Van LyAmidst the ongoing mainstream rehabilitation of Communist and supposedly former Communist nations (i.e., the media studiously avoids mention of the c-word), Communist countries continue to persecute political dissidents.

The most obvious case was the extrajudicial detention of artist and architect Ai Weiwei by Communist China. Arguably China’s most famous and accomplished artist, AI Weiwei has long been a critic of China’s government. Earlier this year, he was detained and held without trial by China’s Communist government proving to many that while China may have allowed liberalization of some parts of the economy, the country still operates a substantial police state apparatus.

Vietnam, another Communist nation now largely rehabilitated in the eyes of western media organs, also continues to detain dissidents and, according to one human rights organization, engages in torture of detainees.

Dozens Hurt in Bombing at NATO Base in Afghanistan

Written by ADH Staff on Sunday, 11 September 2011. Posted in Asia, World

NATO soldiers disarm improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. As the United States and the world remembers the victims of the attacks of 9/11, the Taliban has conducted a bomb attack on a NATO base in Afghanistan.

According to a press release from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, the attack killed two civilians and injured dozens of people at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province.

According to NATO, “Two Afghan civilians were killed and a significant number of ISAF and Afghan civilians were injured as a result of the Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device attack at approx 5:30 p.m. at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad, Wardak province, yesterday.”

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