South China Sea – October 2017

New Map: Chinese Power Projection Capabilities in the South China Sea Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative October 13, 2017 Since 2014, China has substantially expanded its ability to monitor and project power throughout the South China Sea via the construction of dual civilian-military bases at its outposts in the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands. These include new radar and communications arrays, airstrips and hangars to accommodate combat aircraft, shelters likely meant to house missile platforms, and deployments of mobile surface-to-air and anti-ship cruise missile systemsat Woody Island in the Paracels. How these capabilities overlap is highlighted in the map above. For illustrative purposes, the ranges … Continue reading

Is TPP threat to the world really dead because the US pulled out?

Brian Fallow: Reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership New Zealand Herald Brian Fallon October 6, 2017 Alan Bollard thinks it is a 50:50 question whether leaders at next month’s Apec summit will sign off on a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement which excludes the United States – the TPP11 – or will conclude that they have to renegotiate it. “It’s a bit hard to predict which they are going to do. If they don’t get something to sign, you would have to assume it is going to be on the back-burner,” said Bollard – the former Reserve Bank governor and Treasury secretary who now … Continue reading

Renewed Drive to Exit the United Nations

Posted on January 26, 2017 Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers has introduced a new bill (H.R. 193) to end U.S. membership in the United Nations. The bill is the reintroduction of his American Sovereignty Restoration Act (H.R. 1205) from the last Congress. And of course, that was basically the same bill introduced year after year by former Congressman Ron Paul.In the past, both Paul’s and Roger’s bills have been ignored by Congress, but things are changing. Americans are beginning to understand the UN threat. Obama has actually stood before the UN General Assembly and called for Americans to surrender our national … Continue reading

TPP Not Dead Yet

  Not dead yet—TPP free trade deal could pass in lame duck Congress, US trade rep says CNBC Matthew J. Belvedere Nov 1, 2016 The Trans-Pacific Partnership — opposed by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — will have enough votes for ratification by Congress after the election, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told CNBC on Tuesday. The 12-nation free trade agreement has been a signature economic objective of President Barack Obama and had initial support from Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But support for TPP has cooled since the start … Continue reading

Kasich and Reed Showing Where Their Interests Lie

  Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement can be read HERE. Per The Balance post: Pros The TPP boosts exports and economic growth, creating more jobs and prosperity for the 12 countries involved. It increases exports by $305 billion per year by 2025. U.S. exports would increase by $123.5 billion, focusing on machinery, especially electrical, autos, plastics and agriculture industries. It does this by removing 18,000 tariffs placed on U.S. exports to the other countries. The United States has already withdrawn 80% of these tariffs on foreign imports. The TPP evens the playing field. The agreement adds $223 billion a year to incomes … Continue reading

Hillary’s Memory Lapse And Emails On TPP

International Business Times by David Siroto June 6, 2016 State Department Blocks Release Of Hillary Clinton-Era TPP Emails Until After The Election Trade is a hot issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. But correspondence from Hillary Clinton and her top State Department aides about a controversial 12-nation trade deal will not be available for public review — at least not until after the election. The Obama administration abruptly blocked the release of Clinton’s State Department correspondence about the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after first saying it expected to produce the emails this spring. The decision came in response to … Continue reading

Obama in secret pact with world’s largest Muslim country

From:,  by Curtis Ellis,  on Oct 27, 2015,  see the article HERE.  Bold emphasis is mine. President Obama says the U.S. and the world’s largest Muslim country will merge their economies under an agreement whose terms have not been disclosed to Congress or the public. After Obama met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the White House Monday, Widodo said, “Indonesia intends to join the TPP,” referring to the TransPacific Partnership. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world with 250 million people. Obama attended elementary school in the country. “I have a very personal interest in … Continue reading

South China Sea Emerging Threat

PHOTOGRAPH. from  (which has stunning interactive maps and Pacific studies) NEW YORK TIMES What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea By DEREK WATKINS July 31, 2015 China has been feverishly piling sand onto reefs in the South China Sea for the past year, creating seven new islets in the region. It is straining geopolitical tensions that were already taut. The speed and scale of China’s island-building spree have alarmed other countries with interests in the region. China announced in June that the creation of islands — moving sediment from the seafloor to a reef — would soon be … Continue reading

America’ Future In Asia

Subcommittee Chairman Chabot Opening Statement at Hearing on America’s Future in Asia House Foreign Affairs Committee July 23, 2015 Dr. Patrick M. Cronin Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program Center for a New American Security EXCERPTS from Testimony: In the past several years, we have entered a period of intensified competition in the South China Sea. Maritime tensions in Asia are growing and will persist, and yet relations are likely to remain bounded below the threshold of military conflict. All sides are positioning to gain the upper hand and to minimize less advantageous positions. While we can still expect tactical … Continue reading

It’s Only Been Six Months

From Canada Free Press: Does anyone remember, or give a damn about, the events of November 4, 2014? Back then, Republicans were given control of both houses of the US Congress, ostensibly to stall, if not make grave-yard dead, the tyrannical abuses of Barack Obama, America’s diversity-gone-amuck Poster Child. Republicans were charged with confronting The One and ending his threat to “fundamentally transform” America. God Bless the GOP! cried conservatives in premature, unfounded joy, hailing what at the time seemed like the return of sanity and patriotism to the halls of Congress. “We will take America back!” crowed “leaders” Mitch … Continue reading

Oh The Outrage, As O turns Up TPP Heat

  Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement explains it this way: The TPP is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The TPP would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “trade” pact model that has spurred massive U.S. trade deficits and job loss, downward pressure on wages, unprecedented levels of inequality and new floods of agricultural imports. The TPP not only replicates, but expands NAFTA’s special protections for … Continue reading

The TPP – The End Of The First Amendment

. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disaster in hiding, all the more insidious for the secrecy of its negotiations. Daniel R. Quintiliani of Tea Party Nation has more information on this forthcoming disaster. The TPP and the War on Terror: End of the First Amendment   Posted by Daniel R. Quintiliani on December 27, 2013 at 8:26pm Much has been said about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a disturbing trade agreement which has been negotiated in secrecy from Bush II through Obama. Civil liberties groups such as the EFF, and even Congress itself, have been fighting to get in on this, … Continue reading