Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.”

IFSEC Philippines to Launch its 3rd Edition in June

May 21, 2019 Picture:  MANILA, Philippines, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IFSEC Philippines, the leading security, fire, and safety event in the country, marks its 3rd edition on 13 – 15 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. In line with this year’s theme, “Empowering the Philippines to top up its national … Continue reading “IFSEC Philippines to Launch its 3rd Edition in June”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

Ateneo Graduate School of Business to Require Scores from the NMAT by GMAC™ for Admission to Business Graduate Program

May 20, 2019 Exam Adoption Grows in the Philippines, NMAT by GMAC™ Exam Now Available for On-Demand Testing MANILA, Philippines–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools, announced today that Ateneo GSB, a leading business school in the Asia Pacific region, will require NMAT by GMAC™ scores from … Continue reading “Ateneo Graduate School of Business to Require Scores from the NMAT by GMAC™ for Admission to Business Graduate Program”

Tourism Solomons CEO invited to join PATA Board

May 20, 2019 First-ever Fijian appointment to PATA board “feather in the cap” for entire Pacific region Honiara, Solomon Islands – Strong recognition for the Solomon Islands on the international tourism stage and huge kudos for Tourism Solomons with CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto invited to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) executive board. The … Continue reading “Tourism Solomons CEO invited to join PATA Board”

Palestinians Won’t Buy Economic Peace

by Mitchell Plitnick On Sunday, the Trump administration said that it would release the economic component of the “deal of the century” in late June. That statement is a walkback of an earlier pledge to release the whole plan after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which end on … Continue reading “Palestinians Won’t Buy Economic Peace”

MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia

An exhibition highlighting Southeast Asian crafts kicked off May 17 at the National Tainan Living Art Center in southern Taiwan, underscoring government efforts to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the region.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Southeast Asia Aesthetics Living Exhibition spotlights bamboo weaving, fabric dyeing and traditional musical instruments from … Continue reading “MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia”

InnoVEX Returns in 2019 for New Thinking, New Engineering, and New Future

May 19, 2019 Picture:  TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 17, 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– InnoVEX is the startup focused special exhibition of COMPUTEX. Started in 2016, the event has continued to see significant growth every year. InnoVEX saw a 20% growth between 2018 and 2019; with current exhibitors numbering 467 startup teams from 24 countries & … Continue reading “InnoVEX Returns in 2019 for New Thinking, New Engineering, and New Future”

The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle

Where it’s at, and the periphery Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia. As Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, the satellite map showed, quite simply, that “more people live inside this circle, than outside of it”. THE POPULATION EPICENTER We are in the business of … Continue reading “The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle”

L’Université brésilienne fédère la première contestation de masse contre Jair Bolsonaro

La presse au Brésil estime qu’1,5 million de personnes ont manifesté à travers le pays face aux attaques menées par Jair Bolsonaro contre l’Université et la Recherche. Aux Philippines le succès annoncé de Rodrigo Duterte aux élections de mi-mandat renforce le poids politique de sa fille Sara. Au Brésil, le président Jair Bolsonaro affrontait hier … Continue reading “L’Université brésilienne fédère la première contestation de masse contre Jair Bolsonaro”

Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants

Isn’t it obvious? A moronic president with no firm principles other than the preservation of his base’s support chose as his third national security advisor the notorious John Bolton. Bolton is using his position to try to guide the supposedly isolationist president into more wars of imperialist aggression. He is the Wormtongue in Trump’s court, … Continue reading “Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants”

More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair

May 15, 2019 Picture:  16 May 2019 – The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), finished its three-day run (14 to 16 May) today. The fair welcomed more than 12,000 … Continue reading “More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair”

Trump’s Tariffs Are Pushing Manufacturing to Vietnam, Not the US

An Asian Communist state with a government-directed industrial policy churns out cheap goods for consumption in America. The country has a heavily controlled exchange rate, brandishes its low labor costs, enjoys a trade surplus and is wary of opening sensitive industries to foreigners. Add what might be politely described as some history of antipathy toward … Continue reading “Trump’s Tariffs Are Pushing Manufacturing to Vietnam, Not the US”

Quelles menaces pèsent sur le binturong ?

Pauline Kayser est soigneuse à la ménagerie du Jardin des plantes. Pauline Kayser est soigneuse à la Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes et fondatrice et présidente de l’association ABConservation, qui mène un programme d’étude du binturong en milieu naturel à Palawan, une île des Philippines. Le binturong est un mammifère carnivore arboricole endémique de l’Asie … Continue reading “Quelles menaces pèsent sur le binturong ?”

Pourquoi les processus de paix échouent-ils ?

Depuis la défaite de Daech en Syrie, les membres de l’organisation terroriste exportent leurs méthodes dans d’autres parties du monde. L’un des lieux qui attire leur convoitise est la région de Mindanao, au sud des Philippines. Ce terrain est propice à la radicalisation. Différents clans et groupes militants extrémistes se disputent le contrôle de l’économie … Continue reading “Pourquoi les processus de paix échouent-ils ?”

Philippine International Wire, Cable and Optical Fiber Communication, Electric Power and Electric Machinery Exhibition opened in Manila in June

May 15, 2019 Picture:  “The latest certification trends and requirements for wire and cable in Global” will be held on June 23, 2019 in SMX HALL 1, Philippines. Presented by Darmy Si, the general manager of YCCT. This forum will explain robot wire & cable certification, CPR certification and UL9990 requirements. About YCCT Since its … Continue reading “Philippine International Wire, Cable and Optical Fiber Communication, Electric Power and Electric Machinery Exhibition opened in Manila in June”

72e Festival de Cannes : L’Afrique en force

Le 72e Festival de Cannes a démarré hier soir et va se poursuivre jusqu’au 25 mai. Cette année, de nombreux films d’Afrique ou d’Afro-descendants sont au programme. Exploration pré-festival, avant de découvrir les films ! L’événement est de taille : Mati Diop sera la première femme africaine à avoir son film en compétition pour la … Continue reading “72e Festival de Cannes : L’Afrique en force”

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, … Continue reading “The Threat of Political Climate Change”

ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia

May 14, 2019 Singapore, 14 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– In just two months, trade professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry will gather in Singapore for the ACA Leaders Forum 2019. Organised by Southeast Asia’s cosmetics association – ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the event will take place on 24 July in the … Continue reading “ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia”

Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago

May 14, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alipay, the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial, has connected more than 300,000 Japanese merchants as of early 2019 with tourists from Chinese mainland paying through the Alipay app. This was an increase of about 500 percent compared with the beginning of 2018, when 50,000 merchants in … Continue reading “Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago”

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

by John Feffer In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved … Continue reading “The Rising Tide of the Populist Right”

China’s Vast Fleet Is Tipping the Balance in the Pacific: A US Carrier Hasn’t Sailed the Taiwan Strait in 11 Years

Washington now displays the kind of caution around Chinese shores that would be unheard of 20 years ago. It still loves to provoke, but not so much it would risk a clash A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold … Continue reading “China’s Vast Fleet Is Tipping the Balance in the Pacific: A US Carrier Hasn’t Sailed the Taiwan Strait in 11 Years”

Déboisements et irrigation accélèrent les dégâts provoqués sur les terres par l’action de l’érosion

Les optimistes croient le problème alimentaire mondial déjà résolu par la « révolution verte », qui fournit enfin aux régions tropicales des variétés de riz (de l’Institut international de riziculture de Manille) et de blés (de la Fondation Rockefeller de Mexico) à haute potentialité. Certes ce sont là (…) / Agriculture, Eau, Écologie, Forêt, Environnement, … Continue reading “Déboisements et irrigation accélèrent les dégâts provoqués sur les terres par l’action de l’érosion”

Critical Pedagogy, Fascist Culture, and Hope in Dark Times

The dark times that haunt the current age are epitomized by the barbarians who echo the politics of a fascist past and have come to rule the United States, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, the Philippines, and elsewhere. [1] The designers of a new breed of fascism increasingly dominate major political formations and other commanding political and … Continue reading “Critical Pedagogy, Fascist Culture, and Hope in Dark Times”

US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever

Photograph Source: United States Army – Public Domain It only took a few months under Donald Trump’s presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal

by Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon The agreement to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is an essential building block for restoring vital U.S. national security interests and commitments to allies. An American president should put in place this building block expeditiously. The U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA … Continue reading “The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal”

QNET Global Convention brings 13,000 Entrepreneurs to Penang

May 06, 2019 Picture:  Penang, Malaysia –( ASIA TODAY )– Prominent Asian direct selling company, QNET hosted a five-day global convention here recently, bringing together around 13,000 entrepreneurs from around the world to the island state. The high energy convention saw distributors of QNET from more than 30 countries converge at the Subterranean Penang International … Continue reading “QNET Global Convention brings 13,000 Entrepreneurs to Penang”

Tendances inquiétantes chez des gens nerveux ici et maintenant

Par James Howard Kunstler – Le 22 avril 2019 – Source kunstler.com Malheureusement pour notre nation, le fiasco du RussiaGate n’est qu’à moitié terminé. Il y a tout simplement trop de turpitude officielle documentée sur la place publique pour que les autorités puissent en répondre et les dommages institutionnels sont trop importants. Le premier acte, … Continue reading “Tendances inquiétantes chez des gens nerveux ici et maintenant”

Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight

Abandoned passenger car, Astoria, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight”

Why is peace failing in the Philippines?

With the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, ISIS fighters are exporting their combat to other parts of the world. One of the places they’re eyeing with interest is the Mindanao region in the southern part of the Philippines. This area is fertile soil for radicalisation. Different clans and extremist militants struggle for control … Continue reading “Why is peace failing in the Philippines?”

InnoVEX Brings Together Comprehensive Industry Supply Chain to Unleash Power of Innovation

May 01, 2019 Picture:  Connecting Global Startups with Taiwan’s Advantage Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) announced today that this year’s InnoVEX, the startup platform of COMPUTEX, will feature a record high of 467 startups from 24 countries, a growth of 20% from last year. Repeat exhibitors include startups from France, the Netherlands, South Korea, … Continue reading “InnoVEX Brings Together Comprehensive Industry Supply Chain to Unleash Power of Innovation”

Groupe GM is Attending Asia’s Leading Hospitality Tradeshow HOFEX

May 02, 2019 Hong Kong, May 1st 2019 – Groupe GM Hong Kong, leader in the guest amenity industry, will be attending Hofex, Asia’s leading Food and Hospitality Tradeshow, in Hong Kong from 7–10 May 2019. Attracting over 42,000 regional visitors, Hofex is a leading event for food and hospitality traders. The tradeshow brings the … Continue reading “Groupe GM is Attending Asia’s Leading Hospitality Tradeshow HOFEX”

Gifts Fair and Printing Fair attract about 67,000 buyers, up 4%

Apr 30, 2019 Picture:  30 April 2019 – The 34th HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair and the 14th Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair both concluded today. Over a four-day period, the concurrent fairs welcomed a total of about 67,000 buyers from 150 countries and regions, an increase of 4% compared to … Continue reading “Gifts Fair and Printing Fair attract about 67,000 buyers, up 4%”

Ephéméride des luttes : le 1er mai

Dans l’éphéméride des luttes, le premier mai a une place à part. Contrairement aux manifestations souvent bon enfant auxquelles on associe aujourd’hui cette date, le premier mai est la date de la commémoration d’une combativité dans la lutte, de radicalité, d’un internationalisme révolutionnaire. Tout au long de l’histoire, les manifestant-e-s réuni-e-s à cette occasion ont … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : le 1er mai”

Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2

Apr 26, 2019 Picture:  The Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will be held April 24 to 27 (Taipei AMPA, AutoTronics Taipei, Taiwan ITS, Taiwan EVS) and April 25 to 28 (Taiwan Motorcycle and Taiwan Car Tuning) at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2. Taipei AMPA is the … Continue reading “Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2”