Indonesian police chief says he knows what happened to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane

TWO people have come forward claiming they know what caused Flight MH370 to disappear without a trace.

Indonesia’s police chief General Sutarman reportedly told a meeting of airline officials and senior police, “I spoke to the Malaysian Police Chief, Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar. I actually know what had actually happened with MH370.”

Indonesian news organisation Kompas.com reported General Sutarman’s comments were witnessed by a number of high-ranking police officers and Lion Air representatives.

It is not clear when the claims were made.

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The astonishing comments have sparked concern that officials have always known what caused the Malaysian Airlines plane to vanish six months ago with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Inspector General of Police in Malaysia, Khalid Abu Bakar, said he was shocked at General Sutarman’s statement and promised to question him.

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Concerned … Malaysia Police Inspector General, Khalid Abu Bakar (pictured), said he would speak with the Indonesian police chief. Picture: Supplied

The news comes as an aviation expert claimed MH370’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was responsible for the plane’s disappearance.

Ewan Wilson, formerly the head of Kiwi Airlines, believes Ahmad Shah killed himself and his passengers by switching off the on board oxygen supply.

Wilson claims “mentally ill” Ahmad Shah locked his copilot, Fariq Hamid, out of the cockpit, depressurised the cabin and shut down all communications before turning the plane around.

Sensational claims ... an aviation expert claims MH370’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, cause

Sensational claims … an aviation expert claims MH370’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, caused the plane to crash. Picture: Supplied

He added that 53-year-old Ahmad Shah’s “suicide” followed five other “suicide flights” in recent times.

“Ahmad Shah was a man known for his methodical, thorough nature, for his love of the technical, and probably for his ego, too,” Wilson told The Mirror.

“This (crash) would have been his final sad act to his family and to the world: ‘find this one’.”

Wilson, a commercial pilot who was convicted of fraud following the collapse of Kiwi Airlines, made the sensational claims in a new book “Goodnight Malaysian 370” — named after Ahmad Shah’s last broadcast to air traffic control.

Wilson’s book, penned with New Zealand journalist Geoff Taylor, took four months to research.

No trace of the plane has been found.

A new search for the Boeing 777, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared, is set to be launched next month.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/

Have Switzerland’s Chinese Embassy Staff Assaulted Tibetan Protesters?

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Video Extract Via 20min.ch

Basel Switzerland Sunday September 7 at a China-related public event Tibetans staging a peaceful protest are assaulted by Chinese individuals, their right to dissent violently denied in a country that prizes its commitment to, and enjoyment of human rights.

Who are those persons who perpetrated what looks very much like a case of criminal assault? Well given it was a promotion relating to China it would, as are virtually all such events, been authorized and organized with the knowledge and active support of the Chinese Embassy.

Image: print screen via 20min.ch

This raises the question if those who assaulted those Tibetans were Embassy or Consular staff? It would not surprise anyone with a knowledge of how China’s regime operates in regard to the issue of Tibet or human rights.

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Tourism Is Killing The Buddha In Occupied Tibet

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This disturbing image encapsulates the plight of Tibetans as a colonized people, it also reflects how Chinese people have been indoctrinated into seeing the people of Tibet and its Buddhist culture as an exotic and exploitable curiosity. Tourism to occupied Tibet is a fundamental and prized economic component of China’s strategy that seeks to assimilate, marginalize and eventually eradicate Tibetan national identity. There exists too an inherent racism that regards Tibet’s people as ‘inferior’, its culture strange and backward, little wonder then that these Chinese tourists show a contemptible disregard for this Tibetan prostrating here in respect of and devotion to Buddha.

There is a cynical and politically motivated effort by China’s regime to reduce Tibetan Buddhism to the role of a tourist attraction, utterly controlled and reshaped to provide a colorful form of entertainment, a photo-opportunity, proof indeed of that trip to Lhasa! Meanwhile as camcorders record such…

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The ANC: From Freedom Fighters To Appeasers of China’s Tyrants

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A man sits alone at the end of a bar, escaping the dust and heat of a burning summer over Soweto, with each drink of that barely cold beer his mind travels back to days of resistance and uprising against the oppression and discrimination imposed upon black people under the racist regime that was South African National Party.

On the wall the television flashes into life, dragging him back to a present he’d sooner forget,  with a breaking news report confirming that the African National Congress leadership has once again banned the Dalai Lama from participating in a conference of Nobel laureates due to be held in South Africa. With a weary eye he catches the attention of the barman and orders another drink, his lonely flight to forget the cruel changes that time can inflict. He recalls former years, the solidarity, principles and determination to establish…

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International Cyclists Taken For A Propaganda Ride By China’s Regime

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Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

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Is the quest for sporting glory and achievement possessed of sufficient honor and integrity to absolve an individual from having any accountability to principles of human rights and the values of freedom?

It’s a question we are placing before Mr Mattia Gavazzi and the cycling team of Amore and Vita-Selle Smp who this month took part in a cycling event in so-called Qinghai Province, China, which in reality is formed mostly of Amdo Region in occupied Tibet.

We are appealing to Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling colleagues to reassess their participation in that race, and would advise that while he may gain success and elation cycling in what is a propaganda event authorized and backed by the Chinese regime, the Tibetan people continuously suffer the most appalling…

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Japanese Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms…

Please practice Safe Sex and Use the condom Stapled to this card!

Cross Posted from: JapanToday.com

A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country’s dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.

Shinshiro city municipal assembly member Tomonaga Osada received a stern warning and was forced to apologize after making the bizarre proposal, which triggered a flurry of phone calls from enraged locals.

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Japan – Child poverty rate hits record high…(After Mexico)

TOKYO — Japan’s child poverty rate has hit a record high, according to a government survey, prompting criticism that Tokyo wasn’t doing enough to fix the problem.

The health and welfare ministry report showed the child poverty rate rose to 16.3% in 2012, the worst result since the survey started nearly three decades ago and one of the highest levels among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The rate measures the percentage of children living in households with an annual net income below the poverty line—1.22 million yen per person.

More than half of single-parent families were living below the poverty line, while nearly two-thirds of families with children felt their financial situation was bad or very bad, said the survey.

The results highlight a growing wage gap in Japan which has long prided itself as an egalitarian society.

But a weak economy beset by deflation over the past two decades has ushered in a growing number of low-paid contract positions, largely filled by women.

The ministry attributed the rise in child poverty to “declines in incomes of households with children in the economy still experiencing deflation”.

Japan ranked sixth-highest in child poverty in the OECD after Mexico, Israel, Chile, the United States and Turkey.

“This didn’t surprise me,” said Masato Hirayu, a child poverty activist. “It is a natural result of the government’s inertia in fixing the problem.”

China will destroy 5,000,000 cars this year to battle air pollution…

Is this just another chinese government lie?

Cars drive on the second ring road amid the heavy haze in Beijing (Reuters/Jason Lee)

China is going to make air cleaner by taking 5.33 million ageing cars off its roads, according to a government document. The move is part of a broader campaign for battling deep environmental crisis that’s gripped world’s second-biggest economy.

The vehicles in question are so-called ‘yellow label’ cars that do not meet Chinese fuel standards and are thus meant to be ‘eliminated’ this year, the Chinese State Council document published on Monday and cited by Reuters, says.

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Beijing should learn from the Middle East, only dialogue will save Tibet – Dalai Lama

The leader of Tibetan Buddhism: “We need a realistic approach to the situation. If we continue to look to the past end up like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a permanent”. He also urges Tibetans: “viewing the dispute merely through the prism of history would only aggravate the situation.” 

Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – China and Tibet “risk ending up like Israel and Palestine, imbroiled in a decades-old conflict that shows no sign of ending. Political changes should be looked at from a realistic angle, not just through the prism of history; doing so would only provoke conflict”.  These were the sentiments expressed this morning, by the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, during an interview with the Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia

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China – Authorities target Pastor Zhang’s family who flee to U.S. A disgraceful, but typical & normal Chinese Gov’t Act!

BEIJING (Reuters) – Plainclothes police severely beat the wife of a provincial official

Chinese Officials have launched a campaign of violence and intimidation against his relatives: daughter, son in law and 1 year granddaughter forced to leave the country. The Christian leader has been sentenced to 12 years for his opposition to the theft of church land by the Communist official authorities of Nanle. 

Related Link: Shame on China: Protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Beijing (AsiaNews) – The daughter, son in law and granddaughter of Pastor Zhang Shaojie were forced to flee China after being subjected to a campaign of violence and intimidation by the authorities. Their “sin” is that they are relatives of the Christian leader.  Continue reading

Bullying China Removes Contentious Oil Rig From Waters Claimed by Vietnam…

“the deployment of Haiyang Shiyou 981 must be viewed within the context of Beijing’s brazen maneuvers to consolidate its long-held, albeit highly disputed, grandiose maritime claims across the Asia-Pacific. “

 

The rig is finally gone, but unlikely to be long forgotten.

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Hong Kong – McDonald’s Food Outlets are becoming popular wedding venues…

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McDonald’s restaurants are now doubling as wedding venues in Hong Kong.

McDonald’s launched a wedding party program a few years ago in response to customer demand, with three locations offering wedding services. Today, 15 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong host weddings, as well as engagement parties, anniversary parties, and bridal showers, according to CNBC.

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The Dark Side To The India’s Prime Minister Who Just Won the Election

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have won India’s general election by the biggest margin in 30 years.

Modi will be sworn in as the new prime minister of India on May 21.

Indian stocks surged to a record in India, with the BSE having risen as much as 6.15%, and the rupee also strengthened against the U.S. dollar. Modi has largely positioned himself as a champion of economic progress as India’s economic growth has languished to 10-year lows. And one can’t argue with the fact that Modi is a much more charismatic leader than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

While there’s much optimism around what a Modi win could mean for the Indian economy, there’s a lot to worry about as well.

Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) a Hindu nationalist party and has done a good job avoiding questions about his role in the deadly Gujarat Hindu-Muslim riots of 2002 that left over 1,000 dead. Modi was chief minister of the state at the time.  The riots began after a train with Hindu pilgrims was set on fire in Godhra, killing 59 people. Hindu mobs then turned on Muslims in Gujarat.

In the aftermath, Modi has addressed the issue saying: “I feel sad about what happened but no guilt. And no court has come even close to establishing it.”

Modi only fanned the flames with his New York Times interview in 2002, in which he said his only regret was that he didn’t manage the media better.

Following this, the U.S. imposed a visa ban on Modi and Britain announced a 10-year boycott.

The Supreme Court of India however has given him a “clean chit” — exonerating him of wrongdoing.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/concerns-about-modis-rise-to-power-2014-5#ixzz37a4YWtRm

 

Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America…

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — OURS is a small country. We Vietnamese cannot and must not entrust our future to anyone, but we urgently need strategic allies at a moment in history when our priority is to defeat our present-day enemy: China.

China’s move in May, to place an offshore oil rig on the Vietnamese continental shelf, and its arrogant statements in June, at an Asian security summit meeting known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, exposed China’s sea piracy to the world. These developments should alarm anyone in Vietnam who still clings to the myth of brotherly love between our nation and China.

We cannot fight Chinese encroachment alone. Political isolation in a globalized world is tantamount to committing political suicide for Vietnam. And the key ally for Vietnam today is the United States — an alliance that the Vietnamese liberation hero Ho Chi Minh ironically always wanted.

Read More Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/opinion/sunday/vietnams-overdue-alliance-with-america.html?_r=1

Japan – Woman Arrested for Selling 3D Printable Files of Her Genitals, [VIDEO]

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With the advent of 3D printing, artists have been given the gift to print literally whatever they want. For the most part, as long as it is created with plastic, it can be 3D printed. On the positive end of things, we have seen 3D printed prosthetic hands, as well as 3D printed toys for kids. On the other side of the fence, there have also been 3D printed guns and knives. These objects have created a ton of debate among politicians, artists, and designers. With the pornography industry being one that has been flourishing for well over a decade, via the internet, it was only a matter of time before pornographic material would make its way to 3D printers. When it comes to nudity, there is a fine line between art and pornography, one that could create a never ending debate.  However, in some countries, this line is nonexistent.

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What Happened To Doctor Lobsang Sangay?

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Graphic: Adapted From Chattanooga Times Free-Press

After John Tenniel By @tibettruth

There are a number of characteristics by which we may recognize a politician, the majority of which are less than flattering, those who present themselves as champions of the people often find themselves criticized for corruption, indifference and of course double-standards. Curious how political parties are returned to office by an electorate that has previously suffered as a result of the policies and failed assurances given by politicians. Is it a masochism? A delusion that sees hope spring forth from the cynical rhetoric of those who promise so much, if only we grant them the keys to power!

The ability to sway public opinion is a critical necessity demanded of politicians, playing to a gallery, dropping words, concepts and emotions into a crucible of dreams, xenophobia, greed, prejudice, ignorance, bias and desperation. Like a conjurer it is all about…

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Meet Japan’s new stealth jet fighter…

Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out.

Cross Posted From: http://theaviationist.com/

Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2.

On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early code name within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research purposes.

Indeed, the ATD-X will be used for the development of the F-3, Japan’s next generation stealth jet.

Noteworthy, the “new” images were taken on May 8, 2014, when the painting of the canted vertical tails radar-evading air superiority fighter with enhanced maneuverability ended.

A ‘new Cold War’: China’s top paper warns of conflict with U.S.

As diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country’s biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a “new Cold War” with the United States.

“Both China and the United States realize that today’s world has already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market for a ‘new Cold War’”, the People’s Daily, the ruling communist party’s official paper, said Saturday.

The commentary was written under the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” which means “Voice of China” and is often used for bylines on foreign policy op-eds, Reuters reported Saturday.

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Australian convicted terrorist still on disability pension’ while fighting in Syria ….

Australian convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf

Cross Posted From http://news.ninemsn.com.au/

Australian convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf reportedly continued to receive a disability pension months after arriving on the battlefields of Syria.

Sharrouf, who fled Australia for Syria using his brother’s passport on December 6, continued to receive his disability support pension at least until February, about two months after he left Australia to join insurgents fighting the Syrian government, The Weekend Australian says.

 

The newspaper says revelations that the former Sydney man was paid his regular disability cheque – about $766 a fortnight – long after authorities knew he was gone raise the possibility that the taxpayer may have been inadvertently funding his activities.

It is not clear if Sharrouf accessed the money, the newspaper says, but his journey to Syria took him through Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, countries where he would have had ready access to any money paid into his bank account.

Sharrouf was jailed in 2005 for nearly four years for possessing six clocks and 140 batteries connected to a terrorist conspiracy in which 18 men were convicted over plans to attack targets in NSW and Victoria.

MEET SOUTH KOREA’S NEW ROBOTIC PRISON GUARDS…

A prison in Pohang, South Korea has begun its first field trial of the world’s first robotic prison guards – roving, autonomous patrols that vaguely resemble a cross between Johnny 5 and a Zamboni. Equipped with 3D depth cameras, a two-way wireless communication system, and software capable of recognizing certain human behavior patterns, the 5-foot-tall bots keep a cycloptic eye out for trouble while patrolling the corridors of the prison block.

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North Korea Life Conditions are so bad even the wildlife are making a break for it

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A desperate tiger was recently caught on camera making the treacherous swim across the Yalu River from North Korea towards China.

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2 Faces Of China – Chinese Hackers penetrated U.S. government networks – While John Kerry visits for talks…

Cross Posted from: http://time.com/

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Beijing for bilateral talks, Chinese hackers penetrated the computer networks of a U.S. government agency in March, gaining access to databases that store the personal information of all federal employees, in one of the only security breaches of government servers in the past year, senior Washington officials disclosed to the New York Times.

It is unclear how far the hackers delved into some of the databases of the Office of Personnel — which stores applications for security clearances that list personal information such as financial data, former jobs, past drug use and foreign contacts of tens of thousands of employees — before the threat was discovered and thwarted by federal authorities, officials said. It is also not known if the hackers were connected to the Beijing government. Continue reading

China – Son of a high ranking Chinese official gets away with murder in a pillow fight

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The High Court judgment transforms the strangulation of a young women into manslaughter. This despite her body being shoved into a suitcase and thrown into a lake. Mother of the victim, “the judgment shows that in China you can buy the law with power or money.” 

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Is it possible to kill someone in a pillow fight? And if so, is it possible to do so by accidentally strangling them to death, a process requiring several minutes of intense effort, without realising what is happening?

These may seem like ridiculous questions, but they were accepted by the Beijing People’s High Court in its judgment last week that overturned the murder conviction of Li Ang, who killed his girlfriend Amanda Zhao in Burnaby, a satellite city of Vancouver 9 October 2002. 

Li, the son of a retired senior officer of the People’s Army, , had fled to China after Zhao’s body was found in a suitcase. The Beijing authorities have refused to grant his extradition to Canada, claiming that both Li and the victim were Chinese. However in 2012 he was convicted of murder by a Chinese court. That verdict was hailed as the result of cooperation and sharing of evidence between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Chinese authorities. Continue reading

China’s Psychopaths Launch Another Brutal Attack On Tibetans

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So much for the claims made by China’s regime that it respects and is supporting Tibet’s Buddhist culture!

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Japan – Muslim Breaks Buddhist 300 Year Statues in Protest…

The Saudi Embassy in Tokyo is closely following the case of a Saudi citizen studying in the country, recently arrested for breaking four 300 year-old Buddha statues at a temple in the capital. The embassy has reportedly condemned the statues’ destruction as “contrary to the principles of Islam,” and has reached out to the temple’s director. 

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Saudi Arabia prove they’re just as bad as China towards human rights…

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This photograph shows Yemeni prisoners in ‪‎Saudi‬ ‪‎Arabia‬, tortured and abused, where is the ‪‎UN‬ or ‪‎Human‬ ‪‎Rights?

Activist Waleed Abulkair sentenced to 15 years in prison : The well-known lawyer has been battling in the defense of human rights and political reforms of the Saudi dictatorship. He is president of the “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.” 

Jeddah (AsiaNews) – Waleed Abulkhair, a lawyer involved in the defense of human rights in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. 

Shame on China: Protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

The activist, whom Amnesty International describes as a “prisoner of conscience”, was arrested last April 14. The condemned man has challenged the verdict.  The sentence also includes a ban on foreign travel for 15 years and a fine of 200 thousand rials (about 54 thousand U.S. dollars). 

The charges, all related to his battles in defense of human rights in Saudi Arabia, range from seeking to undermine “the legitimacy of the State”; “inciting public opinion and insulting the diminution of the judiciary”; “producing documents and declarations that harm the reputation of the Kingdom [Saudi]“; setting up “an unauthorized association, of which he is president and spokesman.”  This last charge refers to the “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia,” which has a profile on Facebook with thousands of members.  The association aims to document and criticize human rights violations, especially in the field of justice.  Abulkhair is known for his reformist positions for the Saudi kingdom which is ruled like a tribal dictatorship. In recent years he campaigned for political reform. Political parties are banned in the Kingdom.

India Has No Border With China!

Originally posted on tibettruth:

Disputed Border Between Chinese Occupied Tibet and India

Disputed Border Between Chinese Occupied Tibet and India

During the heyday of English imperialism cartographers employed by the so-called British Raj, the occupying colonial power that dominated India were tasked with demarcating a border area between ‘British India’ and Tibet. A somewhat more difficult challenge usually faced by the imperial mapmakers, whose fondness for straight-line boundaries may still be seen in atlases today, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. The Himalayas were of a different order altogether, not only due to the immense physical difficulties and terrain but complicated by the ethnological extent of Tibetan culture, that was felt all over the Himalayan Region and into what we now recognize as Indian territory). The example of Dorje-Ling, later deliberately re-named as Darjeeling illustrating the point (where taxes were regularly levied by the Tibetan Government). Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh were (before English cartographers determined) very much Tibetan in terms…

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Anonymous Issue Appeal To Take Down Chinese Mining Site

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China's paramilitary beat and arrested Tibetan women who opposed mining of a local mountain.

China’s paramilitary beat and arrested Tibetan women who opposed mining of a local mountain.

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This week China’s regime sent in its psychopaths to crush a protest against a Chinese company that is mining for copper ore at a mountain sacred to local Tibetans. A group of Tibetan women from Dechen in Kham region of occupied Tibet staged a protest at the site, the company, Huicheng called in Chinese paramilitary which as usual used terror tactics severely beating women who had bravely demonstrated.

This latest example of tyranny waged against Tibetans by China’s regime was widely reported across the Internet and has attracted the attention of Anonymous, earlier today a statement was released by ‘Operation Tibet’ calling upon hack-tivists to target the mining company’s website.

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Shame on China: Protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for “fraud” and “gathering crowds”. His lawyer slams the “fabricated charges”.

Beijing (AsiaNews) – The Nanle People’s District Court, in Henan province, sentenced an official Protestant pastor to 12 years in prison on charges of “fraud” and “gathering crowds.”

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Is China’s Regime Fire-Bombing Tibetan Monasteries?

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Taksta Monastery Gutted By 'Mysterious' Fire

Taksta Monastery Gutted By ‘Mysterious’ Fire

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Yet another Tibetan monastery has been engulfed in flames, Taksta based in Zoege County in Eastern Tibet’s Kham region was struck by a raging inferno on Monday June 30, with the main prayer hall suffering the greatest damage. This latest fire follows two other blazes one earlier this year and another in November 2013 badly damaging Buddhist temples, also located in Kham. All are hugely important and influential centers, associated with historic and more recent opposition to China’s vicious and illegal occupation of Tibet.

The Smoking Ruins Of Lithang Monastery

The Smoking Ruins Of Lithang Monastery

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On November 16 2013 Lithang Monastery was ablaze, if we are to believe China’s propaganda agency, Xinhua, the cause it claimed was a faulty wiring problem.

Yesterday Serthar Monastery was engulfed in flames destroying a significant part of the sprawling Buddhist institute

Serthar Monastery Ablaze

Serthar Monastery Ablaze

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The question looming here…

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Indonesia – Yogyakarta, to cries of “Allah is great” unknown assailants attack Sacred Heart parish

Three groups of unidentified persons on board motorcycles, launch attack during mass. Objects and posters damaged. Reasons for the violence unknown. Tighter controls around the place of worship. After decades of peaceful coexistence, Yogyakarta becomes center of anti-Christian violence and abuse.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Another Catholic community is now under attack in Indonesia in a climate of increasing cases of violence and abuse against religious minorities.

The Parish of the Sacred Heart in Pugeran, in the South of Yogyakarta was targeted early yesterday morning by three different groups of unknown assailants on motorcycles. The attack took place during the first morning Mass: the authors, dressed in black with their faces covered by masks, broke through the parish gates shouting “Allah is great”. Continue reading

Things turn ugly when a Chinese multimillionaire f**ks over a bunch of disadvantaged New Yorkers:(Video)

Homeless NYs used in a Chinese millionaire’s stunt. Promised $300 each that never came.

When Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao placed ads in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal announcing he would buy lunch for 1,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers before handing them each $300, the city’s poor were understandably excited. That excitement would soon turn to anger.

This past Wednesday, VICE News attended the circus-like event. Two hundred and fifty disadvantaged people — not the 1,000 advertised — were treated to lunch at the swanky Central Park Boathouse. And none of them were told that there would be no cash handout

Chinese Mining Companies Are Fueling Supporting In Mexico; Mexico’s government appears willfully blind….

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A confiscated iron ore mine near the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, which has been targeted by Mexican cartels.

Miguel thought that the iron mine he owned in Michoacán would end up costing him his life.

In the last few years, virtually anything that generates money in this western state of Mexico has ended up being extorted by the Knights Templar cartel.

The region’s profitable mines were first to be targeted. Yet, in the end, Miguel, who asked to be identified by a single name, said his mine is what saved him.

A mustachioed, sturdy man in his early 40s, with a typical ranchero look and dusty blue jeans, Miguel has dedicated his whole career to extracting metal ore. The Templars were content to extort him at every level of his business, just as they do with farmers, restaurant owners, and shopkeepers of every kind.

In 2010, the cartel kidnapped him. After five days in captivity, Miguel was freed. “They let me go because they wanted me to keep working, so I could keep paying them,” he told VICE News.

There are similar testimonies in at least five other Mexican states. In Michoacán, where the cartels La Familia and The Knights Templar have reinforced their grip on most industries in the last 12 years, the miners claim that Asian, often Chinese, companies also pay fees to the cartels.

Little is known about the extortion of Asian business interests by Mexican drug gangs, but Miguel’s calculations suggest the Knights Templar could be taking millions of dollars a month from foreign companies at Michoacán’s key seaport city, Lázaro Cárdenas. The issue has never surfaced to the political mainstream in Mexico and remains totally shrouded, even though President Enrique Peña Nieto has taken strides in his first years in office to further open trade with China.

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Miguel’s iron ore mine in Tepalcatepec.

Authorities would not speak with VICE News on the record to confirm Miguel’s story and others like his.

Read The Full Story Here: http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-companies-are-fueling-cartels-2014-6

 

 

Show solidarity with fellow runny egg lovers with “over easy” smartphone case

Originally posted on The Dogs Breakfast:

egg7How one prefers their fried eggs cooked is about as divisive an issue as whether Batman or Wolverine would win in a fight. Many a surprise anniversary breakfast in bed has no doubt ended in bitter tears due to fried eggs being prepared in the incorrect way.

But you can avoid this unnecessary situation and show solidarity with fellow runny egg lovers with this new “egg in a basket” iPhone 5 case. Just snap your iPhone inside and share the other half with your runny egg soul mate; then, by clicking the two halves together as a secret greeting, you can baffle and enrage all those cretinous fully cooked yolk lovers at the diner.

egg1The two halves are sold separately for the admittedly steep price of 3,990 yen (US$40), but the disturbingly realistic, lightly browned toast and cooked-to-perfection runny egg almost certainly require the type of food sample artisanship only…

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Eradicating Tibetan Language Will Not End The Cause For National Freedom!

Originally posted on tibettruth:

Image:taken from video posted on FB by Ye Xi Tibet

Have just watched a VIDEO taken it seems inside a school within occupied Tibet, a frightened young Tibetan boy is standing before a video camera, while a ‘teacher’ demands the student repeat Chinese phrases. Clearly anxious and humiliated by the experience (his classmates reveling in his struggle to pronounce such terms) it is as far from enlightened education as possible. Indeed what the film shows is a disturbing glimpse into a deliberate policy of assimilation and cultural assault which aims to eradicate Tibetan national identity.

Language is of course a vital and central element that defines a people and its culture, is it important therefore to promote and secure Tibetan? You betcha! Inside Tibet language, music, and other cultural traditions while facing constant pressures from Chinese colonization are seen as expressions of resistance and a means to defend core values…

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Poverty Porn

Originally posted on Research Project Korea:

In Response to Lucy Williamson, BBC Seoul Correspondent

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On June 10th, 2014, the BBC published a report by its Seoul correspondent Lucy Williamson about elderly prostitution in South Korea. The report, which quickly went viral, is titled “The Korean grandmothers who sell sex” and deals with “women in their 50s, 60, even their 70s” who sell sex to elderly male clients in the area around Jongmyo Park, a popular hangout for Korean seniors located right in front of the Jongmyo Royal Ancenstral Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On Age, Dignity and the Police

In April 2013, Korean daily The Hankyoreh had published a 2-part report about the same subject and titled it matter-of-factly “Elderly prostitution at Jongmyo Park”. Lucy Williamson – or her editor – instead chose a more sensationalist title to fit the tone of the report. While it’s conceivable that all…

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China shows it true colors again – Police threaten Christians who want to protect churches and crosses…

Scheduled for today a silent demonstration outside the offices of the Government of Pingyang County: leaders of all 135 Christian churches of Pingyang (all members of the officially sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement) had confirmed their presence at the event. The authorities have “warned” of the problems that may arise. A Christian leader: “We will take the cross down from the top of our church when the Communist Party takes down its party flag.”

Wenzhou (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A plan by Christians in Zhejiang province to hold a protest today over a government campaign to remove crosses from their churches is likely to be called off, a church leader said last night. Police had called several pastors and warned them against joining a silent protest outside Pingyang county’s government offices in Wenzhou , the pastor said. Continue reading

Italian Film Festival Cancels Screening Of ‘Tibet Sky’

Originally posted on tibettruth:

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We wish to congratulate Salento Interntional Film Festival(SIFF) for its courageous, inspired and principled decision, announced today on Twitter, not to screen China’s controversial and ethically troubling film ‘Tibet Sky’, a master-class in disinformation, censorship and denial regarding China’s invasion and occupation of Tibet. Mr. Luigi Campanile, Executive Director and his fellow executives at SIFF deserve every credit for taking this action, which is respected by all who value human rights, justice and freedom. As SIFF rightly affirm “For Us Cinema Is Culture And Culture Is Democracy”

Thanks also are due to our colleagues at @tibettruth who worked tirelessly to raise awareness and coordinated actions against this appalling movie, supported by our many friends on Twitter. Special mention must be made to Riccardo Boni, Andrea Spinetti, and one of our supporters in China, for translating our article on the issue into Italian and Chinese.

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Tales from a Chinese Man – “Drinking soy milk gave me man-boobs”:

Originally posted on The Dogs Breakfast:

Chinese media reports that a 40-year-old man named Liu, from Jinhua, Zhejiang province, visited the doctor recently in a state of acute embarrassment about his body.

Fearful of his co-workers’ taunts, he had come to despise taking off his shirt when working in the field, and even stopped going out, he was so embarrassed. The problem? He was worried about his growing breasts.

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China – Muslim Jihad Axeman apologises for attack on mahjong players on Chinese television

Xinjiang axe-man apologises on China television

Source: ABC News, AFP

A man who carried out an axe attack on mahjong players in China’s volatile Xinjiang region has apologised on television, saying he was persuaded to go through with the attack in the name of “jihad”. Continue reading