We now live in a psy-ops world. The latest Deep Throat War in Washington bears all the elements of an epic of the genre. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward, who remains an associate editor at the Washington Post, will be released next week, on the 17th anniversary of 9/11. This, in turn, will divert attention from the fact that the former, Bush era-coined Global War on Terror has metastasized into an all-American Rebels With A Cause special, featuring support for the “moderate rebels” al-Qaeda in Syria, former Jabhat al-Nusra, now Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In the wake of Fear, a Deep Throat surged out of nowhere in the form of an anonymous Op-Ed in the New York Times, which spilled the beans on Trumpian chaos in the White House. Post-modern cynics were left wondering if this one-two walks and talks like a tie-in, it must be a tie-in. The Washington Post is the property of … [Read more...] about ‘Resistance’ runs amok in the US Deep Throat War
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Future historians may well identify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st-century New Great Game in Eurasia. The reason is minutely detailed in Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, a new book by Russian military/naval analyst Andrei Martyanov. Martyanov is uniquely equipped for the task. Born in Baku in the early 1960s, he was a naval officer in the USSR era up to 1990. He moved to the US in the mid-1990s and is now a lab director in an aerospace firm. He belongs to an extremely rarified group: top military/naval analysts specializing in US-Russia. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox From quoting Alexis de Tocqueville and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to revisiting the balance of power during the Soviet era and beyond, Martyanov carefully tracks how the only nation on the planet “which can militarily defeat the United States … [Read more...] about Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia
For the first time in the history of the divided peninsula, a North Korean leader stepped across the inter-Korean border, where he was greeted by a South Korean president. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was greeted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he crossed the MDL – the Military Demarcation Line, the actual border – that runs through the center of the truce village of Panmunjom, which itself stands in the center of the 4 kilometer-wide Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox A loud gasp was heard in the huge press center where some 3,000 reporters have gathered to cover the event, the third inter-Korean summit, as Kim appeared amid an entourage of bodyguards and besuited and uniformed officials on the northern side. In his trademark black tunic and glasses, hair slicked back in his idiosyncratic style, Kim strode alone to the MDL – demarcated by a line of concrete in the gravel between the truce … [Read more...] about Kim crosses border, greeted by Moon as inter-Korean summit begins
The missed chances of history. Long before the First Fleet arrived from Great Britain to colonize Australia in 1788, Makassans already knew of the Great South Land. They regularly sailed to its northern shores, staying for about six months collecting and drying the edible trepan sea slug for export. Then they left for their homeland — sometimes taking Aboriginal wives. Had they explored further and settled, Terra Australis might now be part of Indonesia Raya (Great Indonesia). Instead we have two widely differing cultures and value systems squashed so closely they are interdependent yet wishing otherwise — not the basis for a good marriage. Melbourne University professor Tim Lindsey is co-editor with Dave McRae from the same campus of Strangers Next Door? Lindsey is a rarity — a scholar who keyboards with journalistic directness. His favorite tag is “The Odd Couple” of Southeast Asia. Though a bit dated for Netflixers (the Neil Simon play … [Read more...] about ‘Strangers next door?’: Can these neighbors ever hit it off?
By Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper Excerpted from Excessive Force Sat., March 24, 2018 Take the elevator up to the 10th floor of Toronto police headquarters and there in front of you is Bill Blair’s baby. Blair oversaw the renovations and upgrades that turned the room into a state-of-the-art military-style command centre. On the day of the most challenging security operation in Toronto police history, the G20 summit of world leaders in June 2010, Deputy Chief Keith Forde took me up from the seventh-floor boardroom to see the command centre in action. Everyone had their designated posts. People watched the police feeds on giant wall-mounted monitors, while others communicated with the headquarters of the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit (ISU) in Barrie, the inter-service group responsible for the overall security of the G20; they were all in their places that day as order on the streets of Toronto began to break down. Everyone except Bill Blair. I spotted him … [Read more...] about G20 policing fiasco ‘left a permanent emotional scar,’ former police chair writes in new book