Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Chinese government desires to build nuclear technology similar to American technology. Guey was working closely with information on the development and production of nuclear material. In 2013, the Chinese government had Guey fly to China, paid for by the government, to sell secrets. So far, Ho, Energy Technology International, and China General Nuclear Power are being charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. Guey is protected under his plea deal, which is granting him immunity from the other charges in the Ho indictment in exchange for his total cooperation with the investigation.
The peace negotiations in Syria become increasingly unlikely as conflict is on the rise. President Obama announced the deployment of 250 troops to Syria last week in a supporting effort. Currently, the Syrian government has reported the 150 American troops in their northern province and have denounced the intervention as "illegitimate." The UN says the conditions in Aleppo, Syria are "catastrophic after dozens of people were killed in attacks on targets including a hospital." Many of the airstrikes claiming civilian losses are contributed to Russian air power, however, the Russia Defense Ministries denies any attack made in Aleppo.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group behind the Panama Papers, is promising another release on May 9.
All of the data behind the Panama Papers has been complied into a searchable database. It will not be a collection of released documents or documents still being reviewed. Instead, it will show the corporate information of over 200,000 offshore companies - including their true owners and the countries/territories involved (over 200 of them).
The documents will continue to be reviewed and released, but the raw information behind them will be readily available on May 9.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Australia has beefed up their military spending in preparation for possible defensive measures, where due to their geographic location, they cannot rely on U.S. forces to back them up. With China expanding their military might as well as the DPRK's recent advances, it makes sense that Australia would feel the need to beef up their military. This can be seen as an example of the security dilemma, where China and the DPRK improving their security via submarines weakened the national security of Australia, causing a reaction by Australia.
The man was a refugee seeking asylum in Australia who was being held at an island camp, Nauru, off of Australia for refugees who had attempted to enter Australia by boat.
Nauru is a "refugee center" where the Australian government sends refugees who are seeking asylum in their country, but have tried to enter the country by boat. The camp is one of two islands where Australia has sent refugees. The island holds almost 450 refugees.
The man was said to have lit himself on fire in order to protest the conditions on Nauru. It is probable that he committed this act when the UN agency member was there in order to bring more attention to the issue.
The UN as a whole has disapproved of Australia's tactic of using an island to keep refugees and have urged the Australian government to stop this process. Australia claims it is to protect not only their country, but protect refugees from trying to enter the country by boat, which can be a very dangerous journey.
Australian Human Rights Watch Director is urging the Australian government to stop this inhumane treatment of refugees and help coordinate placements of the refugees in safe places such as Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Armenian citizens are becoming scared for their safety, almost as they had been preceding the Armenian genocide. The concept of a pure Turkish State is returning, and minorities such as Armenians and Kurds are being forced to live in constant fear and tension.
The Turkish government, furthermore, is buying a lot of property in primarily Kurdish cities such as Diyarbakir with the intent of rebuilding them, and making them more developed, and modern to attract a wealthier population, and tourists. This may sound nice at face value, but it will push out many of the minorities that generally have a lower income than the Turkish, and now Syrian refugee majorities. Ultimately, minorities such as Kurds and Armenians in Turkey are being terrorized, killed, and pushed out of their homes and cities with no where to go, and no where to turn to.
Their cultures were stripped from them, and now their land, and safe spaces, sacred spaces are being threatened. Expressing the importance of the Armenian Surp Giragos Church, an Armenian Kurd said,“For us, it’s not just a building or a place of worship. It’s where we would come to put together the pieces of our history and identity together.”
- by Tyler Linthakhanh
The chilling echoes of the Cold War seem to be rising consistently in volume as of late with tensions increasing between Russia and the United States. Continuing with the subject of my last post, this New York Times article details Russia's expansion in number, power, and technology, of its submarine fleet in particular. Not only this but Russia seems to be putting on quite the show by moving their new attack submarines around the coastlines of Europe. Their intent is thought to be quite clear, contest the power of Western, particularly American, 'undersea dominance'. Taking into account their recent actions towards the United States, and the interaction of some planes and a US Navy warship in particular, it seems that Russia is quite literally testing the waters. Whether this behavior and tension between the two countries will result in conflict; only time will tell. For now though the standoff seems a far too eerie reminder of the Cold War.
In general, this is just a really bad situation for Brazil to be in right now. They are currently in economic and political turmoil, along with the fact that they are second in the world in child homicides. The Brazilian government is clearly wary of possible international repercussions if the Olympics highlights the true troubles that their state is facing.
There is not much I can say about this article in terms of personal experience, despite having been to Japan multiple times. The issues discussed here do not seem at all prevalent and some of the stats are just simply shocking, to say the least. I have no doubt that these are all true statistics though and I really wonder where this insane poverty could be happening in Japan. The article claims that the poorest families with children in Japan make ~800,000 yen a year.... which is just insane, that's about equal to $8,000 in the US. All I can suspect is that these families are rural and survive mainly off of their own crops, though having visited a farming village in the middle of nowhere, I must say that despite living modestly, these families seemed to be rather well off. The article says Japan ranked 34 out of 41 with a 60% income gap meaning that the annual household income of the poor families was less than 40% the average income. I still struggle to understand Japan, and this is a prime example of that struggle. When comparing what I know about the Japanese system I naturally compare it to the US, and see it in many ways as better. That being said, considering that the US scored 30th on the same test, how much of a difference really is there? What might this say about the cultural differences between both nations? I think poverty is framed completely different in both countries and taxes are used in very different ways... Then again maybe I'm missing something because I don't live there yet.