Friday, November 21, 2014

The End of China’s Economic Miracle? _By Bob Davis

Debt and corruption are hobbling the Asian giant.

On a trip to China in 2009, I climbed to the top of a 13-story pagoda in the industrial hub of Changzhou, not far from Shanghai, and scanned the surroundings. Construction cranes stretched across the smoggy horizon, which looked yellow in the sun. My son Daniel, who was teaching English at a local university, told me, “Yellow is the color of development.”

Tiếng Việt của tôi

Tôi yêu tiếng Việt làm sao ...
 Ngân nga từng chữ, ngọt ngào ca dao
 Tiếng Việt tôi, tiếng dạt dào ..
 Tiếng tre kẻo kịt.. rì rào trúc lay ..

Thời Báo: Ở cuối cuộc hành trình 25 năm đi tìm Tự Do


• 28 đồng bào thuộc nhóm đầu tiên đã đặt chân lên miền đất hứa
• Thời Báo sẽ dành trọn số lãi của “Đêm Nhớ Sài Gòn 2” cho quỹ định cư

Trong cùng một thời gian nỗ lực vận động cho 2.000 đồng bào tỵ nạn tại Phi Luật Tân được định cư tại quốc gia thứ ba, năm 2006 luật sư Trịnh Hội, Chủ tịch tổ chức VOICE, cùng với các thiện nguyện viên đã đến Thái Lan thiết lập danh sách những thuyền nhân Việt Nam chống cưỡng bách hồi hương còn lưu lạc ở Thái Lan.

California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough

In northern areas of the state, counties report illegal diversions from tanks, wells and streams
LOS ANGELES — Something rare quickly becomes valuable. So it should come as no surprise that the latest target of thieves in a state suffering a historic drought is water.

Lòng Người Đảng Trưởng _Đằng Phương

Nguyễn Thái Học
(b.1902 – d. 1930)
_Sau khi cuộc khởi nghĩa Yên Bái thất bại, những nhà cách mạng lão thành Việt Nam trú ngụ ở Trung Hoa có sai anh Đoàn Kiểm Điểm trốn về nước mời Nguyễn Thái Học tạm lánh mặt qua bên ấy để dưỡng uy sức nhuệ và chờ một cơ hội hoạt động thuận tiện hơn.

_Nhưng mặc dầu đang bị lùng bắt một cách ráo riết, Nguyễn Thái Học nhất định ỏ lại trong nước để tiếp tục cuộc  chiến đấu.

_Đoàn Kiểm Điểm ba lần vượt biên giới Trung Việt về tìm Anh, ba lần đều bị Anh cự tuyệt. Sau đây là những lời Nguyễn Thái Học nói vói Đoàn Kiểm Điểm:

Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning

BEIJING (AP) — Over two weeks, the Communist Party-run Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors "being scornful of China."

LS Hoàng Duy Hùng sẽ kháng án quyết định hủy đơn kiện của tòa

HOUSTON, Texas (NV) – Đơn kiện nhà báo Nguyễn Đạt Thịnh tội phỉ báng của Luật Sư Hoàng Duy Hùng (Al Hoàng), tại tòa 215th District Court, Harris County, Texas, vừa bị Thẩm Phán Elaine H. Palmer quyết định hủy bỏ (dismiss) hôm Thứ Ba, 18 tháng Mười Một, tuy nhiên, ông cho biết sẽ kháng án lên tòa cao hơn.

Four Ways The Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate To Use Of Nuclear Weapons

In 1983, the ABC television network broadcast a movie called The Day After about how a superpower nuclear exchange devastated the lives of typical Americans in two midwestern cities.  The conflict began with a Russian troop buildup in Eastern Europe (which Moscow initially claimed to be a military exercise), and then gradually escalated to a point where both sides launched their nuclear missiles for fear of losing them in a preemptive attack.  Coming as it did during a period of U.S.-Soviet tensions and controversy surrounding Reagan Administration nuclear policies, the broadcast attracted a huge audience of over 100 million viewers; it is still the highest rated made-for-television movie in U.S. history.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ukraine’s Slow Collapse

The crisis in Ukraine has reached an impasse. The cease-fire signed in Minsk, Belarus, in September never really took hold, but at least it provided a cover for efforts to reduce the level of fighting and focus on stabilizing and reforming the Ukrainian economy as a prelude to a serious, long-term search for a resolution of the crisis. Now even the fig leaf of cease-fire is gone. Russian armored vehicles are rolling into eastern Ukraine — disowned, of course, by Moscow.

Kasparov likens Putin to Hitler, urges West to act

Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov speaks at the Warsaw Security Forum, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kasparov...
Russian chess-master and political activist Garry Kasparov

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov compared President Vladimir Putin's "one-man dictatorship" to the rule of Adolf Hitler on Thursday, warning that if the West fails to stop him now the price to do so could rise.

Kasparov also argued that Western leaders should not try to appease Putin in a search for strategic ground with him on issues such as Iran's nuclear program and the fighting in Syria and Iraq, because Putin has no real interest in compromise and instead needs instability to try to justify staying in power.

"Pretending that Putin has a certain strategic interest that can be shared, it's wrong. I don't see any real strategic issue where his interest could be common with Europe," Kasparov said at the Warsaw Security Forum.

Do's and don'ts for Thai tourists in Japan :-)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors:

- Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. 

- If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. 

- And just because you have kids doesn't mean you can cut the queue.

China policies fuel tensions with US: commission

China's first aircraft carrier: the Varyag

Washington (AFP) - China's souring foreign investment climate, "unfair" trade practices and inceased military spending heightened tensions between the United States and Beijing in 2014, a US commission said Thursday.

Russia warns U.S. against arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7 killed in China hospital attack

BEIJING (AP) — China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that six nurses and one janitor were killed early Thursday in a knife attack at a hospital in a northeastern resort town favored by the country's Communist Party elite.

Merkel's tough words for Putin

Putin and Merkel share words
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) as Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stands on the back during a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit. (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin bolted early from last weekend's world economic summit because, well, he had a long flight ahead to Moscow and he wanted to be fresh at work on Monday and you know how it is.