Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hellish Tales Of Vietnamese Gamblers In Cambodia


Horror Stories For Vietnamese Gamblers in Cambodia: This past week, disturbing news has emerged from the border town of Bavet in Cambodia, where four employees of the New World Casino & Hotel have been arrested.

The Khmer Times reported that local police confirmed the discovery of a body, which has been identified as 42 year old Vietnamese national. The report goes on to say that the man was discovered in his hotel room at the casino, and that the serious wounds to his throat and body left police in no doubt that he had been murdered.

After further investigations were made, the four employees were arrested. The local police force stated that the deceased had crossed over from Vietnam into Cambodia in order to gamble, and having lost his money, had taken a loan from the suspects currently in custody.

Monday, May 22, 2017

President Pence: Trump’s VP Now Sounds Like Obama


When U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Indonesia on the night of April 19 for his first state visit abroad, he clearly did not intend for his positive gestures and kind words to be construed as controversial by the very people at whom they were aimed.

"In your nation, as in mine, religion unifies, it doesn't divide," Pence said to Indonesian President Joko Widodo the following morning at the Jakarta Palace. Pence lauded Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country, for "its tradition of moderate Islam," which he called "an inspiration to the world."

He also toured the Istiqlal Mosque, designed by North Sumatran Christian architect Frederich Silaban for Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, who insisted it be built near the Jakarta Cathedral and Immanuel Church as a symbol of religious harmony. (Pence even managed to force his wife and two daughters to put on ugly headbags as hijabs.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blasphemy: Muslims' Catchall Phrase To Repress Dissent


‘Blasphemy’ And ‘Terrorism’ Are Catchall Phrases To Repress Dissent: Assertions of both have become favorite terms employed by authoritarian and autocratic leaders. “Blasphemy” has joined “terrorism” as a catchall phrase to intimidate, incarcerate and kill critics and political opponents, as well as stifle unfettered debate and settle scores.

There is, however, one difference: terrorism is a justification for curbing freedom of expression often used by governments irrespective of how democratic or undemocratic they may be. Blasphemy serves not only as a tool for governments but has also empowered religious ultra-conservatives, frenzied mobs, and extremist groups and individuals.

A four-decade long, massively funded Saudi public diplomacy campaign has created an enabling environment in Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, where alleged blasphemers and atheists have been kidnapped, abused and sometimes killed in recent months and years.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Will China’s OBOR Initiative Reach Southeast Asia?


China's ambitious One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).
Will OBOR really reach Southeast Asia? China has dangled various rich infrastructure initiatives to the region, but few so far have commenced due to tussles over costs, labor and sovereignty.

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at least US$113 billion in additional funds for his US$1.3 trillion One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, also known as the new Silk Road, at a recently concluded summit held in Beijing. But how much of those pledged Chinese funds will actually be delivered to neighboring Southeast Asia?

Asia confronts an astounding US$8 trillion infrastructure-spending gap over the next decade, according to Asia Development Bank projections. Despite fast economic growth, most Southeast Asian nations lack the resources to meet those needs and are eagerly seeking external assistance for meet the financial shortfall.

Year 1199: The Beginning Of Rohingya Crisis In Burma


The immediate cause of the almost complete disappearance of organised Buddhism from northern India after the 12th century was without doubt its persecution during the Islamic invasions between the years 1001 and 1199.


The first Muslims to invade were Arabs under the leadership of Muhammad bin Kasim, who conquered Sindh in about 712, systematically destroying its Buddhist institutions, persecuting the religion’s followers and gradually converting the local populace to Islam.

The next Muslim invaders were the Yamini Turks led by Sultan Mahmud, who between 1001 and 1027 launched at least 17 military incursions into India from Afghanistan with devastating consequences endured particularly by the Buddhist community.

The next large Muslim invasion took place in 1175 under Muhammad Ghuri, who made it as far as Thanesar just north of Delhi before being blocked by the united armies of the Hindus in 1191. He returned a year later and completely overwhelmed the Indians, sweeping away resistance to his eastward march.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

North Korea Unleashed The Global Ransomware Attack?


Fat Kim made measly $30,000 from global cyber-attack.
North Korean hackers may be behind global cyberattack: A North Korean hacking group is suspected of being behind the massive “ransomware” cyberattack that hit countless countries and computers across the globe over the past few days.

The cybersecurity firms Symantec Corp. and Kaspersky Lab are investigating the alleged ties and looking into technical evidence that possibly suggests the North’s involvement, according to Reuters. The companies claim to have found some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry ransomware that had also been used in programs deployed by the Lazarus Group, which is reportedly run by the Hermit Kingdom.

An estimated 300,000 computers — in more than 150 countries — are believed to have been affected by the cyberattack, which showed no signs of slowing down on Monday. The assault is said to come by email, in the form of a malware (malicious software) program known as WannaCry, which locks users out of their computers and threatens to destroy all of their data if a ransom is not paid in full.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Murdered Staffer Leaked DNC Emails To WikiLeaks


WikiLeaks's Assange offered reward for Rich killers.
Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks: For the past several months, Democrats have based their "Resist 45" movement on unsubstantiated assertions that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence officials to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election thereby 'stealing' the White House from Hillary Clinton. 

Day after day we've all suffered through one anonymously sourced, "shock" story after another from the New York Times and/or The Washington Post (the fake news media) with new allegations of the 'wrongdoing'.

But, new evidence surfacing in the Seth Rich murder investigation may just quash the "Russian hacking" conspiracy theory.  According to a new report from Fox News, it was former DNC staffer Seth Rich who supplied 44,053 DNC emails to WikiLeaks and not some random Russian cyber terrorist, as we've all been led by the Democrat Party to believe.

According to Fox News, though admittedly via yet another anonymous FBI source, Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pakistan Gone Mad With Blasphemy Jailings & Lynchings


A few days ago in Pakistan, a Christian pastor who has been "tortured every day in prison" since 2012 when he was first incarcerated, was sentenced to life in prison. Zafar Bhatti, 51, is accused of sending "blasphemous" text messages from his mobile phone; but human rights activists contend that the charge "was fabricated to remove him from his role as a Pastor."

His wife, Nawab Bibi, says: "Many Muslim people hated how quickly his church was growing; they have taken this action to undermine his work. Yet despite their actions the church grows. I wish our persecutors would see that Christians are not evil creatures. We are human beings created by God the same God that created them although they do not know this yet."

She adds, "There have been numerous attempts to kill my husband — he is bullied everyday and he is not safe from inmates and prison staff alike." In 2014, he "narrowly escaped assassination after a rogue prison officer," Muhammad Yousaf, went on a shooting spree "to kill all inmates accused of blasphemy against Islam."

Bhatti is one of countless Christian minorities to suffer under Pakistan's blasphemy law, which has helped make that country the fourth-worst nation in the world in which to be Christian. Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother, has been on death row since 2010 on the accusation that she insulted the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

China Spending $500 Billion To Reshape The World


China's Spending $500 Billion to Reshape the World in Its Image: China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some checks.

China’s president will host almost 30 world leaders in Beijing on Sunday at the first Belt and Road Forum, the centerpiece of a soft-power push backed by hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects. More than 100 countries on five continents have signed up, showing the demand for global economic cooperation despite rising protectionism in the U.S. and Europe.

For Xi, the initiative is designed to solidify his image as one of the world’s leading advocates of globalization while U.S. President Donald Trump cuts overseas funds in the name of “America First.” The summit aims to ease concerns about China’s rise and boost Xi’s profile at home, where he’s become the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping died in 1997.