Friday, August 28, 2015

Malaysia anti-corruption rallies will be HUGE

http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2015/08/28/Malaysia-braces-for-huge-anti-government-rallies.aspx

Can the tech behind Bitcoin eradicate corruption in Asia?

https://www.techinasia.com/southeast-asia-blockchain-technology-bitcoin-insights/

DesiSec: A Documentary About Cybersecurity and Civil Society in India

http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/blog/desi-sec-cybersecurity-and-civil-society-in-india

Social media shaping up to be a key front in upcoming Singapore Election

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/social-media-shaping-up/2074218.html

Blue Termite: A Sophisticated Cyber Espionage Campaign is Still After High-Profile Japanese Targets

http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/virus/2015/Blue-Termite-A-Sophisticated-Cyber-Espionage-Campaign-is-After-High-Profile-Japanese-Targets

Hawaii Debates Ahi Fishing Limits

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/08/hawaiis-hunger-for-ahi-panel-debates-fishing-limits-for-bigeye-tuna/

Chile’s Dissatisfaction

https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/jos%C3%A9-zepeda/chile%E2%80%99s-dissatisfaction

Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-webster/spratly-islands-burying-c_b_8045280.html

Racing to beat China, Japan sweetens bid for Indonesia rail project

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/racing-to-beat-china-japans-pm-shinzo-abe-sweetens-bid-for-indonesia-rail-project/articleshow/48697227.cms

DPRK needs to pay more attention to China

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/assessing-north-koreas-ground-game-with-china/

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Clueless About Bangkok’s Blasts, Junta Whistles Past the Graveyard

http://thewire.in/2015/08/26/clueless-about-waves-of-blasts-bangkok-whistles-past-the-graveyard-9256/

US wants coast guard, militia included in naval code of conduct

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-wants-coast-guard-included-in-naval-code-of-conduct

Meet the 22-year old revanchist who is now Modi's latest headache

http://video.scroll.in/296/no-longer-modis-state-can-you-imagine-a-22-year-old-activist-unnerving-the-previous-cm-of-gujarat

Advice for Jokowi: Less Jingoism, More Caution with China

http://www.establishmentpost.com/indonesia-foreign-policy-needs-get-china-right/

Don't Rain on Our Parade, China Tells DPRK

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/08/25/2015082501569.html

Does Political donation to Najib from Gulf interests compromise Malaysia’s independence?

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/political-donation-to-najib-compromises-malaysias-independence-says-dap

Australia’s Foreign Policy Adjustment

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/australias-worldview-minus-the-spin/

Here are the Top 100 influencers in Sacramento

http://capitolweekly.net/top-100-1-50/

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Militarization of Strategic Waterways and China’s Crude Oil Maritime Routes

Southeast Asia Initiates Rapid Response Force To Piracy

Malaysia’s Jonah

Is Peru’s new anti-drug policy too tough even for Washington?

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20150824/is-perus-new-anti-drug-policy-too-tough-even-for-washington

Kazakhstan to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-39277-Kazakhstan-shows-willingness-to-join-CPEC-project

Japan’s Defense White Paper seems to overstate some threats and minimise others

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/hyping-threats-japans-black-and-white-defense-paper/

North Korea Over a Barrel

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11822206/Kim-Jong-un-overreacted-but-did-North-Korea-or-South-Korea-give-away-the-most.html

Finish This Thought: Myanmar's Uneasy Transition To Democracy and Stability

http://www.ryot.org/finish-this-thought-myanmars-uneasy-transition-to-democracy-and-stability/941265

Asian countries shift focus to regional trade after TPP delay

http://www.afr.com/news/economy/trade/asian-countries-shift-focus-to-regional-trade-after-tpp-delay-20150825-gj73bb

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Overview of Korean Serial Brinksmanship

http://www.stltoday.com/news/rival-koreas-again-show-mastery-at-pulling-back-from-brink/article_f369f1cf-9839-5a7c-9292-e0e172a2205f.html

Asylum seekers' convictions for Nauru detention centre riots overturned

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-24/asylum-seeker-convictions-overturned/6719556

Modi has a clear Pakistan policy, but will it work?

http://www.firstpost.com/india/nsa-level-talks-fiasco-modi-has-a-clear-pakistan-policy-but-will-it-ever-work-2405710.html

Cleanup Fleet Surveys Pacific Garbage Patch

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/cleanup-fleet-surveys-pacific-garbage-patch

Jokowi plan to lift language requirement for migrant workers criticized

http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2015/08/24/dpr-leader-criticizes-jokowis-plan-scrap-indonesian-language-requirement-expats-says-it

Philippines Eyes 'Ecotourism Zone' in Disputed S. China Sea

http://www.voanews.com/content/philippinesconsiders-ecotourism-zone-in-disputed-south-china-sea/2929823.html

Malaysia Hopes to Broker Revival of Southern Thailand Peace Talks

http://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/thai-peace-talks-08242015182646.html

Why China Is Its Own Worst Nightmare

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/why-china-is-its-own-worst-nightmare/

Malacca Pirates Strike Six Ships in Thirty Hours

http://www.newsmaritime.com/2015/six-ships-subject-of-piracy-in-straits-of-malacca/

Myanmar, India shippers to gain from new service

http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/trade-lanes/intra-asia/myanmar-india-shippers-gain-new-service_20150824.html

Monday, August 24, 2015

Port Wars: Some Say India, Singapore maritime revenue drove Sri Lanka regime change

(As opposed to folks simply being tired of Percy?!)

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/08/23/after-stalling-colombo-and-hambantota-ports-development-india-builds-vizhinjam-deep-sea-port/comment-page-1/

Erawan Shrine Bombing: choice of target would seem to indicate foreign involvement

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/14818/bangkok-blast--erawan-shrine-a-bizarre-choice-of-targets-----here---s-why/

Australia and Indonesia find two things to agree on

http://www.afr.com/news/world/asia/australia-and-indonesia-find-two-things-to-agree-on-20150821-gj4sbc

Dialogue for Detente (Korea Times Editorial)

http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20150824000800315&domain=3&ctype=A&site=0100000000&input=feed_wikitree

End the vicious cycle (JoongAng Daily Editorial)

http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20150824000600315&domain=3&ctype=A&site=0100000000&input=feed_wikitree

What if the Saudis paid DPRK to stop arming Yemen?

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/could-north-korea-benefit-from-middle-east-shifts/

Has Malaysia become a Saudi client state?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/309562

US, JP Aegis Ships Will Share Tactical Data

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/23/national/politics-diplomacy/sdf-destroyers-increase-data-sharing-u-s-warships/#.VdqLhsRHarU

(Some Say) It's time to stop the Silicon Valley worship and back the Aussie tech scene

http://www.afr.com/technology/its-time-to-stop-the-silicon-valley-worship-and-back-the-aussie-tech-scene-20150821-gj4vun

Defusing Tensions (EDITORIAL from Korea Herald on Aug. 24)

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2015/08/24/0200000000AEN20150824000700315.html

After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used force

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/23/us-myanmar-politics-insight-idUSKCN0QS00L20150823

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reckless Tweeting


Friday, August 21, 2015

Thai business sector welcomes Cabinet shake-up

Game Theory: A New Twist To The South China Sea

http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/08/game-theory-a-new-twist-to-the-south-china-sea/

Abe statement reflects mainstream consensus on modern Japanese identity

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/what-abes-ww2-anniversary-statement-says-about-japanese-identity/

Is Japan’s Corporate Culture Ready for a Close-up?

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13259962/1/is-japans-corporate-culture-ready-for-a-close-up.html

Myanmar Parliament Votes Down Lawmaker Recall Bid

Something tells us the President is not amused

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/recall-08202015180201.html

Anti-TPP Congressman Makes Issue of Devalued Dong

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/251619-dem-tpp-foe-seizes-on-devaluation-of-vietnamese-currency

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Japan Sees ‘Enormous’ Potential Impact From Yuan Devaluation

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-17/japan-sees-enormous-potential-impact-from-yuan-devaluation

Thai entrepreneurs urged to move fast in Myanmar

Yeah, fine, just leave your Yellow Shirts at home please

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/659028/thai-entrepreneurs-urged-to-move-fast-in-myanmar

Meet the Most Powerful Political Players in Silicon Valley

http://recode.net/2015/08/18/meet-silicon-valleys-political-power-brokers/

Five facts to note about the Indonesian cabinet reshuffle

http://www.establishmentpost.com/5-facts-note-indonesian-cabinet-reshuffle/

Eh. We just call it Nanhai. But it would be fun if State started calling it the Luzon Sea

http://cimsec.org/lets-change-the-name-of-the-south-china-sea/17853

The Sydney Morning Herald asked this asylum seeker to a Q&A session on Facebook. Here's what happened

http://m.smh.com.au/world/how-our-qa-session-with-a-refugee-highlighted-the-poisonous-state-of-debate-in-australia-20150818-gj1xuw.html

Soka Gakkai restive with Komeito over Article 9 reform

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/18/national/politics-diplomacy/soka-gakkai-members-lash-komeito-support-security-bills/#.VdP4VGZHaJI

Indonesia has to modernize her navy. But it'll have to be on the cheap

http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/tough-times-ahead-for-the-indonesian-navy/

A Lesson in California Politics: How to Defend your Territory While Simultaneously Ruining it


Abuse of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has effectively destroyed California's ability to add infrastructure and housing.
64% of CEQA lawsuits are filed by either individuals or local/neighborhood associations.
Neighbors who tend to own spacious homes, drive on wide, paved roads that lead to their homes, and who have no prior track record of environmental advocacy.
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