European Terrorism and Asian Tourism

  Hong Kong victims of axe attack on German train South China Morning Post980 × 551 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One less conspicuous aspect of the axe attack last month (July 18th) on a German train, another in a series of relentless acts of terrorism in Europe this year, was the fact that members of a Hong Kong family were among … Continue reading European Terrorism and Asian Tourism

The Coming War Between China and Japan — Maybe Not In the Realm of Fantasy

YouTube1280 × 720 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of Beijing's first responses to the recent Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea including its sacrosanct "nine-dash-line" was, according to a  July 16th report in the South China Post, to lash out at Japan.(http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1990349/china-japan-dont-get-involved-south-china-sea-row).  Beijing reportedly issued a warning to Tokyo "to not get … Continue reading The Coming War Between China and Japan — Maybe Not In the Realm of Fantasy

Anti-TPP Tea Party Forces Seek Another Republican Scalp –Speaker Ryan

2016 so far is proving to be a banner year for the isolationist, xenophobic and anti-immigration forces which are rallying against the inevitable changes brought about by globalization.  Their rhetoric strikes a sympathetic chord with a substantial portion of an apprehensive population.  In this they bear a striking resemblance to their spiritual forebearers of  well … Continue reading Anti-TPP Tea Party Forces Seek Another Republican Scalp –Speaker Ryan

Why Not India? Just Look at a Map!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second state visit to Washington in two years, according to the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/06/the-impressively-awkward-hugs-and-handshakes-of-indias-narendra-modi/),  occurred last month (June 7-8) with the usual Washington pledges to upgrade the relationship with the  world's most populous democracy.  I have pondered for a long-time why the U.S. has not vigorously pursued closer ties with a country … Continue reading Why Not India? Just Look at a Map!

Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?

Those in the Washington establishment, strong supporters of globalization, have been giving assurances to Asian trade partners NOT to worry about all the anti-free trade rhetoric being hurled about in the current U.S. presidential campaign.  (NOTE: Both of the likely nominees of the major parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who famously reversed her position, have come … Continue reading Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?

Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, and Mussolini: Bromance

The NK News website, to which I contribute articles, carried a news headline on May 31st  which one would think would give pause to even the staunchest Trump supporter:  "North Korean editorial supports Donald Trump." (https://www.nknews.org/2016/05/north-korean-editorial-supports-donald-trump/)  Yes, the man who killed his own uncle, who regularly tortures and executes his own people, who has threatened to nuke America, … Continue reading Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, and Mussolini: Bromance

Big Trouble in Little Okinawa: “Suitcase Murder” Underscores Tensions with Continuing U.S. Troop Presence

The horrific details sound eerily similar to those of the night stalker who prowled the fog-filled streets of Victorian London seeking female prey.  But this gruesome murder is NOT from over a century ago and it  does NOT involve Jack the Ripper as the perpetrator.  It happened less than two months ago and involves an American citizen stationed on foreign … Continue reading Big Trouble in Little Okinawa: “Suitcase Murder” Underscores Tensions with Continuing U.S. Troop Presence