Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons

In a year-end speech to his top military officers on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin threw down the gauntlet, declaring that the Russian military, emboldened by recent adventures in Syria and Ukraine, is ready to defeat any country that dares challenge it. “We can say with certainty: we are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he proclaimed. “Anyone.”

He also made a pitch for bigger and badder nuclear weapons. Putin said Moscow must “strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems.” Continue reading “Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons”

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The new scramble for Africa: how China became the partner of choice

In 2014 alone China invested £56bn in African infrastructure. But is this colonialism in another guise?

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Ethiopia’s light rail system was built mainly with Chinese money. Photograph: Solan Kolli/EPA

Addis Ababa has a surprise in store for those who haven’t visited in two years. Cutting through the heart of this booming city, where construction cranes are the most persistent feature of the skyline, is the Addis Ababa Light Rapid Transit (AALRT) network. It rears up suddenly at Meskel Square, which until 2013 gazed out onto an expanse of chaotic traffic. The traffic now bustles beneath the shadow of what is only the second metro ever built south of the Sahara. Continue reading “The new scramble for Africa: how China became the partner of choice”

China launches carbon-tracking satellite into space: Xinhua

Reuters

SHANGHAI – China launched a satellite to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions early on Thursday, the latest step in efforts to cut its carbon footprint, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The launch follows the United States joining China in formally ratifying the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions. It also comes as large sections of northern China have been shrouded in near-record levels of air pollution for most of the past week, disrupting flights, closing factories and schools, and forcing authorities to issue red alerts.

China launched the satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, Xinhua said.

The 620-kg (1,370-pound) satellite TanSat was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 km (435 miles) above the earth and will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, said Yin Zengshan, chief designer of TanSat at the Chinese Academy of Sciences micro-satellite research institute.

The launch comes after an international study showed that world greenhouse gas emissions stayed flat for the third year in a row in 2016, thanks to falls in China.

The satellite will provide China’s policymakers with independent data for three years, the news agency said.

TanSat will take readings of global carbon dioxide every 16 days, accurate to at least 4 parts per million.

The rocket carrying TanSat also carried a high-resolution micro-nano satellite and two spectrum micro-nano satellites for agricultural and forestry monitoring, the agency added.

China is the third country after Japan and the United States to monitor greenhouse gases with its own satellite, the agency said.

Philippines rights body to probe Duterte killing boast

MANILA: The Philippines’ independent rights watchdog said on Thursday (Dec 22) it will investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s boasts he killed criminals years ago, invoking a strong rebuke from the Filipino leader against a United Nations official who called for the murder probe.

Duterte, who is waging an anti-drugs war that has left thousands dead, said last week that he helped police kill three suspected kidnappers early in the first of his several terms as mayor of the southern city of Davao. Continue reading “Philippines rights body to probe Duterte killing boast”

Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Calls U.N. Human Rights Chief an ‘Idiot’

You there in the United Nations, you do not know diplomacy,” Mr. Duterte said. “You do not know how to behave, to be an employee of the United Nations. You do not talk to me like that, you son of a bitch.”

Mr. Duterte’s denunciations were directed at Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, who called on Tuesday for the authorities in the Philippines to begin an investigation after Mr. Duterte boasted about personally gunning down criminal suspects while mayor of Davao City.

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Chinese Propaganda Video Warns of West’s ‘Devilish Claws’

Joshua Wong, a student leader, delivering a speech in 2014 during protests in Hong Kong calling for greater democracy. A video spreading widely online in China depicts the city as a base for Western subversion, whipped up by figures like Mr. Wong. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters

BEIJING — The ominous images in the video pile up, set to darkly urgent music. Refugees fleeing failed uprisings in the Middle East. Western diplomats and politicians cast as puppet masters of subversion in China. Chinese lawyers abjectly confessing to subversion in show trials. Protests erupting in Hong Kong.

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TOP 10 BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Marking International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December 2016, IHRB has published the eighth annual list of the Top 10 Business & Human Rights Issues for the coming year.

The human rights challenges expected in 2017 reflect a stark shift in social, political and economic drivers at the global level. At risk is the erosion of an international system upholding human rights protections and the rule of law, which could impact societies, economies, and businesses.

The human rights movement faces a difficult future in 2017, and it is up to all actors – civil society, governments as well as businesses – to champion the issues people care about and make human rights relevant to peoples’ daily lives.

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Trả lại tên cho “em”

CSDM – 1 – 2014

Trong sâu thẳm tâm tư, bà con dân bản không muốn bản mình thay tên đổi họ, cho dù cái tên mới đầy mầu sắc phố thị, nhưng nó không đơn giản chỉ là một cái tên khi trong nó còn cả một phần văn hoá bản làng của người Thái Mường Lò.

Bản trong phố là một phần làm nên bản sắc của một thị xã miền núi như Nghĩa Lộ. (Trong ảnh: Một góc bản Noỏng trước đây – tổ 15 phường Pú Trạng bây giờ).

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Lãng phí do xét nghiệm trùng lặp

20/02/2016 11:21 GMT+7

TT – Ngày 1-3, viện phí sẽ tăng cao. Theo đánh giá của Bảo hiểm xã hội VN, chi phí xét nghiệm và chụp chiếu chẩn đoán đang chiếm xấp xỉ 20%/tổng chi phí khám chữa bệnh.

Lãng phí do xét nghiệm trùng lặp
Khi chuyển mẹ từ Bệnh viện Đa khoa khu vực Bắc Bình Thuận (tỉnh Bình Thuận) vào Bệnh viện Chợ Rẫy, bà Lê Thị Tư phải đưa mẹ đi khám và xét nghiệm lại toàn bộ theo hướng dẫn của bác sĩ – Ảnh: Tiến Long
Chi phí xét nghiệm và chụp chiếu chẩn đoán đang chiếm xấp xỉ 20%/tổng chi phí khám chữa bệnh, nhưng trên thực tế có nhiều bệnh viện không công nhận kết quả của nhau, dẫn tới tốn kém cho cả người bệnh lẫn xã hội.

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Tàu ngầm Mỹ trong cảng Subic – 4 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Trở lại sau 20 năm
  • Kỳ 2: Bến cũ, người xưa và…
  • Kỳ 3: Chiếc USS Louisville từ đâu tới?
  • Kỳ 4: Ngó trước ngó sau
USS Louisville từ đâu tới?
Một góc vịnh Subic năm 1990 – Ảnh: d.r.sanner

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Tàu ngầm Mỹ trong cảng Subic

09/07/2012 11:01 GMT+7

 

TT – Nó nằm đó thù lù “một cục” trên bờ kè sát con đường Water Front cảng Subic, chiếc tàu ngầm hạt nhân USS Louisville của hạm đội 7 Mỹ, sáng nay thứ tư 27-6. Thật yên ả thả neo trên bến cảng ngày nào là căn cứ hải – không quân Mỹ.

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