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SCARY: China Shutting Down Newsstands
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 09:15 PM

BEIJING: Perhaps it was bound to happen sooner or later. China had embarked on free market and political reforms that offered more freedoms for the Chinese. However, such liberties in the country appear to be coming to the end of an era.

During my morning routine near Jinsong Subway Station in Beijing I buy a newspaper, but this morning all newsstands in the neighborhood were shut down overnight. One newsstand owner was observed cleaning up after police officers demolished his kiosk.

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DNC Boss Defends Lazy Obama, but is that Racist?
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 08:31 PM

Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may have sparked a racial brouhaha when she defended President Barry Obama for being lazy on the House floor.

According to the Daily Caller, "President Obama does his job less often than any commander-in-chief since Grover Cleveland, who held the office in the 19th century. That’s according to Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was interviewed on MSNBC Wednesday ahead of a Republican-backed measure to sue Obama for overstepping his executive authority, especially in his unilateral actions to implement Obamacare."

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Biden Hails Japan Military Might
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 07:53 PM

Vice President Joe Biden believes that a stronger Japanese military in the Asia-Pacific can promote regional peace and reduce tensions.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries."

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China Exploits 'Combustible Ice' as Energy Source
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 12:13 AM

BEIJING: Chinese oil & gas companies have uncovered large deposits of methane, called 'Combustible Ice,' deep in the South China Sea.

China Radio International reports that, "New plans are being worked out by Chinese authorities to exploit so-called 'combustible ice' in the South China Sea in 2017. The suggestion has been made at an international conference on Gas Hydrates here in Beijing."

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads over Asia
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 11:08 PM

BEIJING:  A deadly drug-resistant malaria has originated from Southeast Asia.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday (July 30)."

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Singapore Companies to Build Eco-City in China
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 10:17 PM

BEIJING: Singapore companies are playing a vital role to construct a major Eco City in Tianjin, a port city near Beijing.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Singapore and Tianjin companies signed eight agreements for collaboration at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (SSTEC) on Wednesday (July 30), further strengthening the Republic’s position to support and leverage on Tianjin’s rapid economic growth."

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Putin Ponders EU Food Imports Ban
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 09:44 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pondering a ban on all European Union (EU) food imports into his country.

According to the Moscow Times, "Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union in its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier."

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Shell Monopolizes Arctic Drilling Rights in Alaska
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 08:36 PM

President Barry Obama has made it more difficult for Texas oil drillers to purchase oil exploration rights in the Arctic Circle near Alaska. Acordingly, a foreign oil company, Shell, is gobbling up drilling rights in the region.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Oil companies that locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory. The industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration plans to auction off more of the area."

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Russia Today Mocks Pompous Brits
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 11:41 PM

The Russian media is striking back at the United Kingdom. Russia Today is describing modern-day Brits as "drunkards, intolerant, and ignorant."

Russia Today reports that, "Ignorant, intolerant, overly nationalistic folk who drink too much and stomach terrible food? Those grim attitudes reflect how many young people view the UK from the outside, according to a recent study published by the British Council."

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Dawkins Brews Twitter Storm over 'Mild Rape' Remarks
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 10:21 PM

Cambridge University Professor Richard Dawkins, an atheist evangelical, stirred a teapot of Twitter controversy by talking about 'mild rape.'

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Professor Richard Dawkins has drawn an angry response from women’s campaigners after he referred to “mild date rape” and stated that date rape is not as bad as being raped by a stranger."

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