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Digital Planet
How Nancy Pelosi's flight was tracked

Digital Planet

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 37:46


Were you one of the 2.92million people who was watching Nancy Pelosi fly into Taiwan on FlightRadar24 bypassing Chinese bases in the South China Sea as it approached Taipei? It's one of the most popular flight tracking sites in the world and uses open standard surveillance technology which allows planes to transmit their location data to anyone with a receiver. As the receivers are fairly inexpensive it now has a network of more than 30,000 and collects data from other sources too like satellites. These data sources aren't blocked which is why so many flights can be tracked (although they are not always named). It's often used by fans to track celebrities, especially sports stars, it also shares information with air crash investigators. Ian Petchenik from FlightRadar24 is on the show to explain more. New push to get women into fintech in Ethiopia Digital payments in Ethiopia are just part of a much wider push by the government to get the country financially online. Currently most payments – including fuel bills - are paid by cash. Wairimu Gitahi, Global Communications & Knowledge Management Analyst at the United Nations Capital Development fund tells us about a new project the “Women's Digital Inclusion Advocacy Hub.” The project is aimed at women, so they don't get left behind in Ethiopia's fintech revolution. Wikipiano – a call to compose our Radio Theatre performance piece Digital Planet is celebrating its 21st birthday this September and we're recording a special show in the Radio Theatre (you're all invited). To help us party we're asking our listeners to compose a special multimedia performance of Wikipiano that will be premiered on the night in the Radio Theatre. You don't have to be musical – just log onto Wikipiano.net and add text, video, images, compose new music (if you can), add actions for cyber soloist Zubin Kanga to perform on the night. Zubin helps Gareth add to the score and invites all our listeners to have a go themselves. The piece was composed by Alexander Schubert. The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Ghislaine Boddington. Studio Manager: Bob Nettles Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz (Image: FlightRadar24. Credit: https://www.flightradar24.com/)

The Great America Show with Lou Dobbs
BANNON SAYS BIDEN RUNS AMERICA LIKE A TRIBUTARY STATE TO CHINA

The Great America Show with Lou Dobbs

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 21:23 Very Popular


The Chinese caught Biden lying about what he said in a phone call with President Xi. Biden refused to release the transcript of that call. The Hunter laptop shows the Biden family character and it is clear they're compromised by the Chinese Communist Party. Bannon says the CCP has to protect the Bank of China as the Chinese real estate and capital markets are imploding. Americans have no faith in the Biden Regime as Iranians say they can now build a nuclear weapon. From Ukraine to the South China Sea to the Straits of Taiwan, Americans face an unmitigated disaster. Bannon believes the world economy will go into a deep recession. Biden is illegitimate, he has no authority and his own party is now abandoning him. MAGA has to be tougher and stand stronger.  MAGA has to organize for the good of the USA. This fight won't be pretty and it will be tough.   GUEST: STEVE BANNON, BANNON'S WAR ROOM

The Rick Roberts Show
Rick Roberts: Is China Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

The Rick Roberts Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 15:54


A CNN article argues that rather than trying to invade and conquer Taiwan, they only want to cut Taiwan off and strangle it. If China can control Taiwan, they control the South China Sea and a good chunk of the world's trade. And what would the U.S. do about it? Are the Chinese Communists crazy? Or crazy like a fox? Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tony Shaffer joins Rick to talk about what China's endgame is on NewsTalk 820 WBAP ... (Photo Courtesy of WFAA)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

BFM :: General
Aspirations Of Asean After 55 Years

BFM :: General

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 10:51


The Foreign Ministers of Asean are meeting in Phnom Penh which was also attended by key officials from the US, China, Russia and Japan. With hot button topics of Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Myanmar and the South China Sea on the agenda, what are the expected outcomes? Izzah Ibrahim, Analyst, at the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Programme of ISIS Malaysia gives us her observations.Image credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

BFM :: Morning Brief
Aspirations Of Asean After 55 Years

BFM :: Morning Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 10:51


The Foreign Ministers of Asean are meeting in Phnom Penh which was also attended by key officials from the US, China, Russia and Japan. With hot button topics of Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Myanmar and the South China Sea on the agenda, what are the expected outcomes? Izzah Ibrahim, Analyst, at the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Programme of ISIS Malaysia gives us her observations.Image credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Anticipating The Unintended
#180 This World Is Given To Lying

Anticipating The Unintended

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 23:30


India Policy Watch #1: Futility Of Fighting Lies Insights on burning policy issues in India— RSJI have been following the case of Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking site Alt News with interest. He was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court a couple of weeks back. You can read more about the story here. I border on free speech absolutism, so my opinion on this case, as with many other similar cases in India, is simple. No one should be jailed for any speech unless they are violating Mill’s harm principle. In his essay On Liberty, Mill wrote:“That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind is warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.”But free speech is not the only reason I have brought up the case of Mohammed Zubair here. The case illustrates a point I have made before in this newsletter: while countering lies with fact checks is a noble, worthwhile endeavour, it means nothing in an environment where people are intoxicated with half-truths and grand illusions about a ‘real’ past or an ‘imagined’ future.A few years back, I came across this wonderful essay ‘Monopolize the Pretty Lies’ by Bryan Caplan. While I understood it back then, reading it again now is insightful. Caplan writes:What then is the primary purpose of censorship?  It’s not to suppress the truth – which has little mass appeal anyway.  The primary purpose of censorship is to monopolize the pretty lies.  Only the powers-that-be can freely make absurdly self-aggrandizing claims. Human beings like to say – and think – whatever superficially sounds good.  Strict censorship allows rulers to exploit this deep mental flaw.  If no one else can make absurd lies, a trite slogan like, “Let’s unite to fight for a fantastic future!” carries great force.  Truthful critics would have to make crowd-displeasing objections like, “Maybe competition will bring us a brighter future than unity,” “Who exactly are we fighting?,” or “Precisely how fantastic of a future are we talking about?”  A rather flaccid bid for power!  Existing rulers tremble far more when rebels bellow, “Join us to fight for a fantastic future!”This is why I think this case won’t go anywhere. It will fizzle out here because fact-checkers don’t really matter. What will matter is if there is a counter-narrative based on dubious claims of an equally fantastic future. It explains why AAP is seen as a credible threat by the BJP.Caplan ends his essay with a rather pessimistic view of free speech:Doesn’t this imply that free speech is overrated?  Yes; I’ve said so before.  While I’d like to believe that free speech leads naturally to the triumph of truth, I see little sign of this.  Instead, politics looks to me like a Great Liars’ War.  Viable politicians defy literal truth in virtually every sentence.  They defy it with hyperbole.  They defy it with overconfidence.  They defy it with wishful thinking.  Dictators try to make One Big Political Lie mandatory.  Free speech lets a Thousand Political Lies Bloom.Yes, freedom of speech lets me make these dour observations without fear. I’m grateful for that.  Yet outside my Bubble, dour observations fall on deaf ears.  Psychologically normal humans crave pretty lies, so the Great Liars’ War never ends.I guess once you’ve gotten into the chakravyuha of the Mahabharata of lies, there’s no way of getting out. You will only find an avalanche of prettier lies from all sides engulfing you in future. India Policy Watch #2: Nature Of Representation Insights on burning policy issues in India— RSJDroupadi Murmu, the NDA presidential nominee, was elected as the 15th President of India a couple of weeks back. Murmu, a tribal leader from Mayurbhanj, Odisha, had earlier served as the governor of Jharkhand. That a woman from a historically marginalised section of the society now occupies the highest constitutional post is a moment to celebrate in the 75th year of Indian independence. It shows a kind of deepening of democracy. This is because we associate democracy with representation. It was no surprise therefore that a lot of opinion pieces reflected this sentiment while talking about her. Here’s Aditi Narayani Paswan writing for the Indian Express:“Droupadi Murmu is not just a source of inspiration for us; her life and struggle, determination and success in the face of great odds represent the hope and promise of New India.Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian democracy has become more representative and inclusive. The BJP represents the New India of prosperity, equality and socio-economic mobility, reflecting the true embodiment of samajik samarasta (social harmony). A tribal woman succeeding a Dalit to the highest constitutional post of the nation is a remarkable testimony to the deepening roots of Indian democracy.”And here’s a piece in Outlook:“What is really significant for us to understand here is that Murmu’s victory is not merely the victory of a specific party to power. Rather its implications can be drawn deep down to the very philosophy of what India as an independent nation has been striving to practically achieve. Whether or not her victory can bring goals of that philosophy to fruition is a matter of time to tell. But at the moment, from the point of view of a modern, multicultural, multi-ethnic nation-state, Murmu’s victory is the victory of representation.”Origin StorySince we are all talking about the victory of representation, I thought it would be useful to go deeper into the idea itself. What does representation mean in a democracy? How useful is it? Does an increasing emphasis on identity in society mean a greater opportunity for democracies to be truly representative? Is there such a thing as too much representation? To understand this, we will go back to the modern conception of the state and, therefore, to Hobbes. There are good reasons to go back to ancient history and the Roman republic or the Roman empire while talking about representation. But the political theory of the time concerned itself with the question of who was fit to rule us from among the people who should be ruling us. It didn’t answer the question of how we find who was fit to rule us. The process didn’t matter much then. So, we start with Hobbes again. This is a familiar territory for this newsletter so forgive me for going over it again. For Hobbes, human life in the state of nature is ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short’. We would be a ‘fractious multitude’ forever at war with each other for scarce resources because there would be no powerful force to keep us in order. The solution, Hobbes wrote, was for people to come together to form a pact, let’s call it the ‘commonwealth’, where they voluntarily give up some of their freedoms to a powerful entity called the ‘sovereign’ in exchange for protection against the violence that’s inevitable in the state of nature. So that’s how the State worked. There were the multitudes, a notion of the commonwealth, and then there was the sovereign. The sovereign was all-powerful but ruled because of the legitimacy of the commonwealth. If the sovereign itself became brutish, the multitudes might dismantle the commonwealth and look for another. Hobbes didn’t care much about how to search for the sovereign. It could be through a parliament, or it could be a monarch; it didn’t matter so long as it had absolute power to maintain order which was in turn voluntarily offered to them by the people. The enlightenment thinkers who followed Hobbes concerned themselves with two big ideas. One was individual liberty and how it should be protected and championed in the face of a powerful sovereign. The other was the separation of the ‘church’ from the State or how to ensure the sovereign doesn’t bow down to another power in the name of God. The revolutions and political reforms in the late 18th century Europe and North America were a result of the excesses of the sovereign and the propagation of these ideas within those societies. The primacy of individual liberty, the weakening of monarchy and the separation of the church led to the evolution of the modern, representative democracy where the people chose who would lead them. The people would be sovereign through the mode of representation. A system of checks and balances between the legislature, executive and judiciary would limit the concentration of power in any one person. This became the democratic model to emulate. The Problem Of RepresentationThe problem of representation wasn’t too difficult to solve in the early days of democracy. There was no universal suffrage, people lived in villages over generations, their representatives knew their issues well, and the people chose someone who presented the best option to address their concerns. There was very little information asymmetry. This model started fraying with increasing industrialisation and deepening of capitalism leading to greater social and geographic mobility. Cities with diverse populations, new professions, break down of the feudal structure in the countryside and universal suffrage followed. This meant it was difficult for any representative to know their people as well as before. Even the people couldn’t keep pace with all the information around them. Like Walter Lippman would write, there was a world outside, and there was a picture of it inside our heads. We make our decisions based on this picture which is a second-hand view of the world because we cannot see all of the world. Because of this, we search for an authentic messenger who can explain the real world to us. The elites use the media to present themselves as the authentic messengers and shape public opinion. It is this elite then who influence representation for the public. Once this model got established, we saw the elites dominate representation in democracies for most of the 20th century. This wheel turned in the last decade when the excesses of the financial system, the concentration of the benefits of globalisation, the proliferation of media and greater disparity in opportunities led to a populist backlash against the elites.The Three NarrativesThere are now three competing narratives on representation today. The first is the old Burkean point on the role of a representative of people. His speech to the electors of Bristol in 1774 is a classic on the role of a representative:“Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from Providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”This is the model of an independent representative with a mind of his own. They work with autonomy using their judgment to do what they think is best for their people.The second narrative is about the representative being either an expert or who will rely on experts for finding the best answers to the concerns of the public. This narrative strengthens when a nation is in crisis because of a war, economic failure or an emergency (health or environment, for instance). These don’t last long, and an expert eventually falls out of favour unless they reinvent themselves. The last narrative is that of a representative who is like you and me, the proverbial US politician who you could have a chat with over a beer. This is the literal interpretation of representation where fealty to someone is drawn because of how closely they resemble us. In a world where every expertise can be questioned, where independent thinking is viewed with suspicion, and tribal loyalty is the highest virtue, this literal view of representation is the strongest. Of course, this isn’t to say that these narratives of representation cannot come together in the shape of a single person who could satisfy all of them. But that looks increasingly rare around the world these days. What’s easier is for a representative to fashion themselves in closer affiliation to a particular identity among the people and use that to come to power. Over-indexing on any one of these narratives and choosing representatives on that basis is bad for democracy. It weakens the state. It is something we must keep in mind while celebrating representation.  Matsyanyaaya: A New East Asian TransitionBig fish eating small fish = Foreign Policy in action— Pranay KotasthaneThis week’s news was dominated by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. If you weren’t sleeping under a rock, you would have already read many views, claims, blames, and counter-claims around this event. Here’s another one, but from an Indian realist perspective.The dominant narrative sees this visit as another episode of the ongoing US-China great power rivalry. In this narrative, Taiwan by itself, is secondary. All that matters is to place the blame either on China or the US for the escalations. One framing is that this visit was unnecessary, provocative, and irresponsible. The argument goes that the US has worsened the security situation of China’s neighbours by inviting the latter’s aggression. The opposite framing suggests that the blame rests solely on China’s expansionist tendencies over the last five years. China’s response of activating a military response ahead of the upcoming 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party only shows what this event is really about.Both frames of the dominant narrative are missing a crucial element: the choices of the Taiwanese people. The great power rivalry framing often ignores that other nation-states also have the agency to make their sovereign choices, even if doing so sometimes involves playing one great power against another. Ukraine’s case is similar. Some people blame NATO’s expansion on Russia’s borders, while others point out that an invasion has no justification (I share this view). But we forget that most Ukrainians themselves want to move away from Russia and get closer to the West. Any final analysis needs to take this factor into account. My colleague Nitin Pai made a critical argument in early March: ““NATO/EU shouldn’t have expanded” is an insult to the agency of countries that have willingly exercised their choice to join. Accepting their sovereign decisions is also realism. Pretty silly to call yourself a ‘realist’ while pretending sovereign states don’t exist/lack agency.”So is the case with Taiwan. Some analysts are stuck in the old times, believing that Taiwan is China’s “internal issue”. They haven’t been paying enough attention to Taiwan’s domestic polity. The Taiwanese “nation”—the imagined community in Benedict Anderson’s conception— has been carefully constructed over the last few years. Democracy, freedom, and deep connections with the broader world are key foundations of Taiwanese nationalism. This kind of nationalism is antithetical to the mainland’s nationalism. The two consecutive electoral victories of the ruling party—Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP—is a sign that this Taiwanese identity has taken shape. The DPP defeated the grand old Guomindang, a party that has been soft on China. This is what Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu said in a BBC interview a couple of days ago:"We want to maintain the status quo, which is that Taiwan has no jurisdiction over mainland China and the People's Republic of China (CCP) has no jurisdiction over Taiwan. That is the reality… On the index of freedom Taiwan is ranked number one, on economic freedom Taiwan is also at the top. Taiwanese people enjoy democracy, freedom and the value of human rights, that put Taiwan in the democratic world…. We have the will and the capability. We need other countries to provide Taiwan with defensive articles, but defending Taiwan is our responsibility, we are not asking other countries to sacrifice their lives to protect Taiwan."Read the lines again. They are definitely not about a small internal issue or a minor historical, ideological tussle. What About Pelosi’s VisitHaving understood the categorical shift in Taiwan’s politics, we can better understand Ms Pelosi’s visit. The Taiwanese government knew what they were getting into. Taiwan orchestrated the visit precisely to clarify to the world that its differences with China are irreconcilable. Even the Guomindang came out in support of the visit. Having been under the threat of a mainland invasion for over 73 years, the Taiwanese know China’s intentions and actions better than most others.The visit, by itself, was just symbolic. It didn’t involve a leader from the Biden administration. Moreover, both Pelosi and the Biden administration made it clear that they are not reversing the “One China” principle. It was China that raised the stakes. China could’ve opted to let it pass by with a strong statement alone. But it chose to ratchet tensions, hoping that this tried-and-tested strategy would stare down Taiwan.But that was not to be. Taiwan and Pelosi called China’s bluff. And when that happened, China began conducting massive military drills, fired missiles and withdrew from important dialogue forums with the US. All this in response to just a symbolic visit by a legislators’ group! Just like the unsportsmanlike kid who walks away with his bat, ball and wickets after being adjudged out. (I know I’m breaking my injunction against anthropomorphising international relations.)How Should We in India Process This?Thus far, we have opted for our favourite position of taking a stance by not taking a stance. Foreign ministers of the US, Australia, and Japan jointly condemned China’s launch of missiles. The fourth Quad member was conspicuous by its absence.From an Indian perspective, Taiwan standing up to China’s expansionism is encouraging. India is familiar with China’s tantrums over visits by foreign diplomats. On every occasion a US Ambassador to India visits Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese government gets riled up. Pelosi’s visit should be seen in the same context. China’s unreasonable demands and the disproportionate escalation when the demands aren’t heeded, deserve strong criticism short of any change in the “One China” formulation. At the same time, India should close the long-pending free-trade agreement with Taiwan. Its strategic value far outweighs the benefits of haggling over import duties.These words from Joseph Wu serve as a useful reminder to India and Indians:“Look at their[China’s] behaviour over Hong Kong, or claiming the East China Sea and the South China Sea. It is the typical expansionism of an authoritarian state.. Countries in this region need to watch out for what China is trying to do. Taiwan is not going to be the last piece in Chinese dream of expansionism.”Want to find out more about India and Taiwan? Start with this Puliyabaazi episode we recorded with Sana Hashmi, an Indian scholar of East Asian international relations (it’s in Hinglish). Earlier this year, Sana also anchored a comprehensive policy report analysing the India-Taiwan partnership for the Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation. The report has twenty chapters on various facets of the relationship. I have co-written a chapter on semiconductors, while my colleague Shambhavi has a chapter on bilateral cooperation to tackle future pandemics. Finally, my colleagues have analysed a few cross-strait scenarios from an Indian national interest perspective in an excellent Takshashila Intelligence Estimate. Course Advertisement: Admissions for the Sept 2022 cohort of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy programme are now open! Visit this link to apply.HomeWorkReading and listening recommendations on public policy matters[Blog] If you are interested in the semiconductor angle in the Taiwan-PRC tensions, we have a post on it in our High-tech Geopolitics newsletter. [Book] Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel is necessary reading to understand China better. [Tweet thread] Common mistakes we make in pronouncing Chinese names. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit publicpolicy.substack.com

The American Mind
Mrs. Pelosi Visits Taiwan

The American Mind

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 54:25


In a move that predictably has China perturbed, Nancy Pelosi is in Taiwan on a state visit to “reaffirm allies” in the South China Sea, triggering fears of WWIII (again) across the Twitterverse. But does anyone really want an armed conflict with China? And even if they did, would our “yassified” armed forces be up to the task? Meanwhile, the Tavistock Clinic, a gender clinic in the UK, has been ordered to shut down over child abuse concerns, and a Swedish health council has recommended no longer using puberty blockers. Plus: Spencer airs his deep-cut conspiracy theory about Pete Buttigieg. A full cast of our editors analyze our trajectory.

Radio Contra
Sons of Liberty 47: Taiwan, Mid Term Primaries, FBI Extremist Labels

Radio Contra

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 122:11


Welcome to the Green Dragon Tavern! We talk the brewing conflict in the South China Sea, the mid term primaries and how MAGA candidates are pushing the NeoCons out in strong fashion, and finally the Project Veritas leak of an FBI internal memo labeling most common Patriot symbols as 'extremist'. Radio Contra Sponsors: Civil Defense Manual Tactical Wisdom Blacksmith Publishing Radio Contra Patron Program Brushbeater Training Calendar Brushbeater Forum Palmetto State Armory Primary Arms ReadyWise Storable Food

The Jaipur Dialogues
China, America, Taiwan - Can China Fight a War Lt Gen PR Shankar, Vibhuti Jha

The Jaipur Dialogues

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 51:50


Even as China's economy has been teetering, China's extraordinary, probably unnecessary, challenge to Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit has complicated things not only in the Taiwan Straits and South China Sea, but even more for China itself. Lt. Gen. PR shankar joins Vibhuti Jha and Sanjay Dixit to analyse economic, military and strategic aspects of this.

Ground Zero Media
Show sample for 8/3/22: AMERICAN WITCH

Ground Zero Media

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 9:14


Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan amid the threat of China shooting her airplane down. She showed up wearing a mask while talking about COVID-19, Climate Change, and central bank digital currencies. The globalists very much agree about the need to control you, muzzle you, surveil you and inject you. As protesters took to the streets of Taipei, the Chinese military was holding live-fire drills in the South China Sea, and then just like that, the U.S. House Speaker left and nothing actually happened. By now, we need to realize geopolitics has become staged theater. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks about AMERICAN WITCH. #GroundZero #ClydeLewis #AmericanWitch https://groundzeromedia.org/8-3-22-american-witch/ Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis is live M-F from 7-10pm, pacific time, and streamed for free at groundzero.radio. There is a delayed broadcast on our local Portland affiliate station, KPAM 860, from 9pm-12am, pacific time. For radio affiliates near you, go to talkstreamlive.com. To listen by phone: 717-734-6922. To call into the show: 503-225-0860. The transcript of each episode will be posted after the show at groundzeromedia.org. In order to access Ground Zero's exclusive digital library which includes archived shows, research groups, videos, documents, and more, you must sign up at aftermath.media. Check out the yearly specials!

Trumpet Hour
#719: What James Webb Is Already Teaching Us, and More

Trumpet Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 54:04


The James Webb Space Telescope is just starting scientific operations, and it is already revealing startling truths that are undermining science's best guesses about the origins of the universe. For decades, America has been the primary guarantor of global security, which has brought prosperity to millions. This is changing now as China grows more belligerent in the South China Sea and beyond, threatening trade routes and shifting to a new era. Canada's government is prioritizing environmental concerns over feeding its people: It just announced its intent to force farmers to drastically cut nitrogen fertilizers and hence food production, following the same path that is hurting the Netherlands. We also talk about why disciplining our children often fails and how to reduce the number of battles you're having with your children. Links [01:51] James Webb (16 minutes) “Has the James Webb Telescope Already Exploded the Big-Bang Theory?” [18:19] Chinese Belligerence (14 minutes) “China Is Steering the World Toward War” [32:13] Canada Attacks Food Production (14 minutes) “Trudeau Government Attacks Canadian Farmers” [46:25] LAST WORD: Disciplining Children (7 minutes) “Speak Only Once”

Democracy That Delivers
Democracy that Delivers #336: ASEAN and Cambodia's Foreign Policy Implications

Democracy That Delivers

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 31:24


Gregory Poling, Senior Fellow and Director at Center for Strategic and International Studies  (CSIS), and Charles Dunst, associate at The Asia Group and fellow at CSIS, join Jennifer Anderson, Senior Program Officer for CIPE's Asia and Pacific Team to discuss the implications of Cambodia's foreign policy as Cambodia hosts the 55th ASEAN Foreign Minister's meeting. In this episode, our guests and host discuss the various events that lead to where Cambodia is today, as well as how Cambodia's open media and civil society environment is slowly beginning to close off. They also highlight China's involvement in Cambodia, Cambodian's want for positive relations with the United States, and how the United States can engage with Cambodia given it's involvement in ASEAN.  Relevant Links: Pariah or Partner? Clarifying the U.S. Approach to Cambodia On Dangerous Ground: America's Century in the South China Sea    

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Aug. 2, 2022: Pelosi heads to Taiwan, Erics face off in Missouri

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 13:43


Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to land in Taiwan today for a visit that the entire U.S. national security leadership advised her not to take.  Three developments overnight: — Asia stocks tanked: “Stocks across Asia dropped on Tuesday morning, as investors prepared for a potential economic fallout” from Pelosi's trip, per the FT. — Chinese planes buzz median line: “China is ratcheting up military activity around Taiwan ahead of [Pelosi's visit]. Several Chinese fighter jets flew close to the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday morning, according to a Taiwanese official briefed on the developments, in a reminder to Taipei that Beijing's air force could reach the island in a matter of minutes. Military units across the People's Liberation Army's Southern Theatre Command, which is in charge of the South China Sea and some Taiwan-related missions, have entered a status of high alert, according to military officials in two neighbouring countries,” per the FT. — U.S. Navy deploys four warships east of Taiwan: “‘While they are able to respond to any eventuality, these are normal, routine deployments,' [a U.S. Naval] official said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,” reports Reuters. NYT's Tom Friedman lays out an impassioned case against the trip: “Why Pelosi's Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless.” His big argument, backed up with what seems like a significant scoop, is that Joe Biden has successfully restrained China from aiding Russia in its war with Ukraine, and Pelosi's trip risks triggering confrontations with both countries: Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Barry Soper: Jacinda Ardern calls for diplomacy and dialogue with China

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 5:22


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is again opening its arms to tourists and students from China, as the borders fully re-open today under Covid management. She said she is looking forward to the resumption of ministerial visits with China as Covid allows, and she hoped to lead a business delegation herself "to renew and refresh in-person connections". In a veiled reference to China's threats of "resolute and forceful measures" over a possible visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Ardern called for "diplomacy, de-escalation and dialogue". She also called on China to use its interest in the region to deal with climate change and to use its influence with Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking at the China Business Summit in Auckland this morning, including Chinese ambassador Wang Xiaolong, she said New Zealanders were natural hosts. "Manaakitanga streams through our veins and we open our arms to tourists and students including from China – which prior to 2020 was New Zealand's largest source of international students and second largest source of tourists. "To those looking to make the journey, haere mai, we welcome you." New Zealand's borders have been undergoing a phased reopening, with today being the first full day of open borders since Covid closed them in March 2020. China's borders, however, remain restricted as it pursues an elimination strategy. Ardern spoke about international rules, norms and institutions being under threat, and pointed to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets China's President Xi Jinping during her last visit in April 2019. Photo / Supplied "As history shows us repeatedly, when large countries disregard sovereignty and territorial integrity with a sense of impunity, it does not bode well, particularly for small countries like New Zealand. "And that's why, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and in line with its commitment to the UN Charter, we continue to urge China to be clear that it does not support the Russian invasion, and have called on China to use its access and influence to help bring an end to the conflict." The implications of war were global and were felt far from Europe, including in the Indo-Pacific. "In response to increasing tensions or risks in the region – be they in the Pacific, the South China Sea or the Taiwan Strait - New Zealand's position remains consistent – we call for adherence to international rules and norms, for diplomacy, de-escalation and dialogue rather than threats, force and coercion." Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific, including to Singapore, Japan and South Korea, but early plans to include Taiwan in the itinerary have been met with fury in China and unspecified "serious consequences". In reference to other recent tensions, China's security pact with the Solomon Islands and bid for a wider Pacific agreement, Ardern said that the priority of others outside the region should be climate change. "My message to all who wish to extend support and influence in any way to any region outside their own, is to extend that support first and foremost to tackle the violence of climate change. "This is how we as an international community can make a lasting difference in bringing about the security of a stable planet." She referred to managing the differences between New Zealand and China, which this year mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. "Managing the differences in our relationship is not always going to be easy and there are no guarantees," she said. "But, as a government, we continue to work hard – through dialogue and diplomacy. "We will never take our relationship for granted, but nor do we assume that it will not evolve." As China's role in the region grew, its views and actions naturally reverberated with great significance. "But even as China becomes more assertive in the pursuit of its interests, there are still shared interests on which we can and should cooperate." She said New Zealand had been firm and consistent in its commitment to the one-China policy, and more recently in the implementation of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. But the two countries had their own world view, shaped by distinct political systems, histories and cultures. "New Zealand's approach has been consistent. We have, over decades, had a fiercely independent foreign policy driven by our assessment of our interests and values. In an apparent reference to human rights, she said there were areas that mattered deeply to New Zealand. "In all of these areas, we are willing to engage – consistently, predictably and respectfully. But we will also advocate for approach and outcomes that reflect New Zealand's interests and values, and speak out on issues that do not. "New Zealanders – and an independent foreign policy – demand nothing less. Repeating a message from the same summit last year, she said: "Our differences need not define us but we cannot ignore them." - by Audrey Young, NZ HeraldSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Peter Lewis: Biden, Xi could meet in person, US official says

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 4:21


President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping are exploring meeting in person, a senior administration official said after the leaders spent more than two hours Thursday talking through the future of their complicated relationship, with tension over Taiwan once again emerging as a flashpoint. Biden conducted the telephone call from the Oval Office, where he was joined by top aides, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The official declined to be identified to talk about the private conversation. When Biden was vice president, he spent long hours with Xi in the United States and China, an experience he often recalls as he talks about the two countries' opportunities for conflict and cooperation. However, they have not met in person since Biden became president last year. Xi has left mainland China only once, to visit Hong Kong, since the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, he's been formally invited to Indonesia in November for the next G20 summit of the world's leading economies, making the conference a potential location for a meeting with Biden. The latest strain over Taiwan is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's potential visit to the island, which has governed itself for decades but China asserts as part of its territory. Xi emphasized those claims during his call with Biden, according to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Those who play with fire will perish by it,” the ministry said. “It is hoped that the U.S. will be clear-eyed about this." The White House released its own description of the conversation about Taiwan, saying that Biden "underscored that the United States policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” The goal of the call, which began at 8:33 a.m. EDT and ended at 10:50 a.m. EDT, was to “responsibly manage our differences and work together where our interests align,” the White House said. As usual, China left no doubt that it blames the U.S. for the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. “President Xi underscored that to approach and define China-US relations in terms of strategic competition and view China as the primary rival and the most serious long-term challenge would be misperceiving China-U.S. relations and misreading China's development, and would mislead the people of the two countries and the international community,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. While Beijing's warning about playing with fire over Taiwan generated attention Thursday, it didn't represent an escalation of Xi's usual diplomatic rhetoric, U.S. analysts said. “There's a whole lexicon of Chinese threat speech that he hasn't touched yet," said John Culver, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's China Hub. Yun Sun, director of the China program at the Stimson Center think tank, noted that both countries said the conversation covered a wide range of topics, from the pandemic to climate change. She described that as “more positive than the two leaders informing each other, well, we're going to stick to our positions on Taiwan.” She also suggested that Xi may have an incentive to tamp down tensions as he seeks a third term as president. “They cannot afford to have the relationship with the United States ruptured,” she said. The call with Xi took place as Biden aims to find new ways to work with China and contain its influence around the world. Differing perspectives on global health, economic policy and human rights have long tested the relationship — with China's refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine adding further strain. Pelosi's potential visit to Taiwan has created another pressure point. Beijing has said it would view such a trip as a provocation, a threat U.S. officials are taking with heightened seriousness in light of Russia's incursion into Ukraine. “If the U.S. insists on going its own way and challenging China's bottom line, it will surely be met with forceful responses,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, told reporters earlier this week. “All ensuing consequences shall be borne by the U.S.” Pelosi would be the highest-ranking U.S. elected official to travel to Taiwan since Republican Newt Gingrich visited the island in 1997 when he was House speaker. Biden last week told reporters that U.S. military officials believed it was “not a good idea” for the speaker to visit the island at the moment. John Kirby, a U.S. national security spokesman, said Wednesday that it was important for Biden and Xi to regularly touch base. “The president wants to make sure that the lines of communication with President Xi remain open because they need to,” Kirby told reporters at a White House briefing. “There are issues where we can cooperate with China on, and there are issues where obviously there are friction and tension.” Biden and Xi last spoke in March, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “This is one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the world today, with ramifications well beyond both individual countries,” Kirby said. Biden has moved to shift U.S. reliance off Chinese manufacturing, including final congressional approval Thursday of legislation to encourage semiconductor companies to build more high-tech plants in the U.S. He also wants to marshal global democracies to support infrastructure investments in low- and middle-income nations as an alternative to China's “Belt and Road Initiative,” which aims to boost China's trade with other global markets. Biden has kept in place Trump-era tariffs on many Chinese-manufactured goods in order to maintain leverage over Beijing. But he is weighing whether to ease at least some of them to lessen the impact of soaring inflation on American households. U.S. officials have also criticized China's “zero-COVID” policy of mass testing and lockdowns in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in its territory, labeling it misguided and fretting that it will further slow global economic growth. Other points of strain include China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims, which the U.S. has declared a genocide, its militarization in the South China Sea and its global campaign of economic and political espionage. - by Chris Megerian, Zeke Miller and Ellen Knickmeyer, APSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Comtex News Network Daily Brief
Comtex Daily Brief - July 28, 2022

Comtex News Network Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 16:49


Summary: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens to unleash Nuclear weapons against South Korea and US; US offers Russia a “substantial proposal” in exchange for WNBA star Brittany Griner and Paul Whelan; Chinese military increasingly taking more risks that could lead to an accident in the South China Sea, according to a Pentagon official.

Asia Unscripted
Gregory Poling: Outlook for the Philippines' Foreign Policy and Climate Goals Under the Marcos Administration

Asia Unscripted

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 20:46


This episode features Gregory Poling, Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a leading expert on the South China Sea disputes and conducts research on U.S. alliances and partnerships, democratization and governance in Southeast Asia, and maritime security across the Indo-Pacific. In this episode, Gregory speaks to Laura about the outlook for the Philippines' foreign policy and climate and environmental goals under the Marcos administration. Support the show

Sea Control
Sea Control 364 - How Foreign Companies are Subsidizing China's Navy

Sea Control

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 32:09


Links1. "In the Shadow of Warships: How foreign companies help modernize China's Navy," by Matthew P. Funaiole, Brian Hart, and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 2022.

Forever Ago
Pirates: More than peg legs and parrots

Forever Ago

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 31:09 Very Popular


Ahoy, matey! When you think of a pirate, you're probably thinking of a white man with a beard and an eyepatch, maybe a pegleg, maybe a parrot on his shoulder. But we're here to tell you that pirates didn't usually look like that. Joy and co-host Elsa learn about what pirates were really like from expert Laura Sook Duncombe (instead of an eyepatch, they usually had… a written contract?) and hear the story of Cheng I Sao, a fierce female pirate who ruled the South China Sea in the early 19th century. And on First Things First, it's an all captain edition. Who came first: Captain America, Captain Hook, or Cap'n Crunch? We want to hear what you think about Forever Ago! You can help us out by filling out a short audience survey: foreverago.org/survey This episode was sponsored by: Outschool (outschool.com/foreverago to save $15 on your child's first class) Fabric Insurance (meetfabric.com/FOREVER Fabric Insurance Agency policies issued by Vantis Life. Not available in New York and Montana. Prices subject to underwriting and health questions.)

每日一經濟學人 LEON x The Economist
*第六季*【EP. 420】#904 經濟學人導讀 feat. 國際時事 feat. 新聞評論【南中國海不平靜;美國的通膨依然不受控;夏季航班一團亂;晶片製造的熱潮終結?】

每日一經濟學人 LEON x The Economist

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 3:04


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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast
What is America's Role in the World?

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 22:19


The headlines suggest the world is falling apart at the seams. From the ongoing war in Ukraine to economic crises in many emerging economies to increased tension in the South China Sea, it seems the US is stumbling from one problem to another. However, did we get to this point and what should the US do about today's angst? Is it even our problem any longer, and should we let the rest of the world deal with its own problems?In today's Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the current global turmoil, America's role in helping create it, and what we can do to solve it.

The President's Daily Brief
July 19th, 2022. Ukraine Admits That Its Government Is Filled With Russian Spies. China Continues to Escalate Against U.S. Ships in South China Sea.

The President's Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 18:49 Very Popular


It's July 19th. You're listening to the President's Daily Brief. Your morning intel starts now. ------ First up, The White House is confirming this morning that it will continue to share intelligence with Ukraine just one day after Pres. Zelynskyy admitted his government is full of Russian spies.  That has major implications for our intel networks — and our $50B in aid. That's up first. As always, I'm keeping an eye out for developing stories. Put these two on your radar. First, America's top general is admitting that he hasn't been tracking a key threat by China that could tell us how close we are to war. I've got those details. Finally, an update on the Wheat Wars. The White House handing out over $1B in food aid, this time to the horn of Africa. We'll discuss the latest, plus a possible wheat deal Putin. All up next on the President's Daily Brief. ------ Please remember to subscribe if you enjoyed this episode of the President's Daily Brief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Improve the News
July 14th 2022: BA.5 variant, pig-to-human heart transplants and WHO gender update

Improve the News

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 27:32


Facts & Spin for July 14 2022 top stories: The World Health Organization says that sex isn't limited to male or female, US officials warn of a new COVID variant surge, pig hearts are transplanted into humans, the Department of Justice creates a task force for abortion access, Emergency is declared in Sri Lanka as its president flees, Ukraine and Russia agree to discuss grain exports for the first time, the UN extends cross-border aid to Syria, China says that the US is a security risk in South China Sea, Starbucks closes 16 stores over crime and drug use, and US and Chinese emissions reportedly caused $3.7T in climate damage. Sources: https://www.improvethenews.org/

Headline News
PLA warns off trespassing U.S. ship

Headline News

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 4:45


The Chinese People's Liberation Army says it has warned off U.S. destroyer USS Benfold from waters in the South China Sea.

As It Is - Voice of America
US Says It Will Defend Ally in South China Sea - July 12, 2022

As It Is - Voice of America

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 5:12


Sea Control
Sea Control 361 - Carrier Killers with Gerry Doyle and Blake Herzinger

Sea Control

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 25:12


LinksCarrier Killer: China's Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles and Theater of Operations in the early 21st Century, by Gerry Doyle and Blake Herzinger, Helion, 2022. 

The China History Podcast
Ep. 304 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 2)

The China History Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 39:05


We're picking up in the Tang Dynasty. Guangzhou continues its leading role as the gateway to Southern China coming from the South China Sea and beyond. Heaven is high and the emperor is far away. Despite its importance to the dynasty even in the 7th century, Guangzhou was still a place of banishment and not yet completely integrated with everything happening in the north. Arab and Persian traders and diplomats were regular visitors to Guangzhou and enjoyed a mini-golden age of cultural and commercial interaction. The Maritime Silk Road was in full bloom and Guangzhou was at the center of it. But all was not business as usual. Two violent disturbances will hit Guangzhou that shatters the peace. And Guangzhou's misfortune will become Quanzhou's opportunity. In this episode, we'll also look at the Southern Han Dynasty from the Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms period that followed the fall of the Tang. Liu Yan based his dynasty in Guangzhou and left behind ruins and relics that are still around today. We'll finish off in the Southern Song Dynasty when Guangzhou's economic importance to the country reached an all-time high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Strait Talk
Global Military Spending Passes $2T As Nuclear Powers Modernise Their Arsenals

Strait Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 11:48


The world is arming itself at an alarming rate. That's what a recent report by Sipri, a Swedish based research institute that tracks conflicts and arms control, said about global weapons purchases. Last year, global military spending crossed the two trillion dollar mark for the first time. The five largest spenders, the US, China, India, the UK and Russia accounted for 62 percent of total defence expenditures. The report highlighted that despite the global covid-19 pandemic, military spending remained largely unaffected and saw rapid growth compared to other sectors. But one of the most troubling points was that many of the world's nuclear armed states are rapidly modernizing and expanding their arsenals. Although down from cold war highs, SIPRI warns that the era of nuclear disarmament appears to be ending. The warning comes as Russia's attack on Ukraine passed the four-month mark. Tensions between the US and China have also risen this year, particularly over Taiwan and navigation rights in the South China Sea. So what impact will this increase in global arms spending mean for the world's security? Guests: Owen Green Professor at the University of Bradford Elizabeth Braw Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

The Straits Times Audio Features
S1E13: A feminist foreign policy for Asia? - Speaking Of Asia

The Straits Times Audio Features

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 17:12


Synopsis: Every second Friday of the month, join The Straits Times' associate editor Ravi Velloor, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. In this episode, he hosts Ms Eirliani Abdul Rahman, former Singapore diplomat and co-founder of the Berlin-backed Global Diplomacy Lab, to discuss if a feminine foreign policy (FFP) could prove a balm for global conflicts and tension points such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and the South China Sea.  They also discuss the role of women diplomats and ask the question: What would it take for Asian nations to have more feminist-oriented external policies? Highlights (click/tap above): 1:54 What is feminine foreign policy (FFP)? Could FFP be applied in the context of Ukraine and Afghanistan? 8:50 Where is Singapore in the FFP space? 10:08 How FFP principles would help in solving the South China Sea dispute 12:20 Women in diplomacy vs masculinity in foreign policy; do women diplomats feel a need to act like men? 15:30 What can Asian foreign ministries do to promote FFP? Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai Edited by: Teo Tong Kai Subscribe to our Asian Insider Podcast channel to follow our various shows each week and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: https://str.sg/JWa7 Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWa8 Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/wQsB Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaX Websites:  https://www.moneyfm893.sg/ http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Ravi Velloor's columns: https://str.sg/3xRP Ravi Velloor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaviVelloor Register for Asian Insider newsletter: https://str.sg/stnewsletters --- Discover ST's special edition podcasts: Singapore's War On Covid: https://str.sg/wuJa The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia: https://str.sg/wuZ2 Stop Scams: https://str.sg/wuZB Invisible Asia: https://str.sg/wuZn --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7 Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN In Your Opinion: https://str.sg/w7Qt Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m SG Extra: https://str.sg/wukR #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad ST Sports Talk: https://str.sg/JWRE Bookmark This!: https://str.sg/JWas The Big Story: https://str.sg/wuZe Lunch With Sumiko: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts: https://bt.sg/pcPL Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! #STAsianInsiderSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sea Control - CIMSEC
Sea Control 360 – On Dangerous Ground in the South China Sea with Greg Poling

Sea Control - CIMSEC

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022


By Andrea Howard Greg Poling joins the program to talk about his new book On Dangerous Ground: America's Century in the South China Sea (Oxford University Press, 2022). Greg directs the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he is also a Senior Fellow. He … Continue reading Sea Control 360 – On Dangerous Ground in the South China Sea with Greg Poling →

Southeast Asia Radio
New Book Alert! On Dangerous Ground by Greg Poling

Southeast Asia Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 31:55


Elina interviews Greg about his new book, On Dangerous Ground: America's Century in the South China Sea. They discuss the history of U.S. interests in the South China Sea and combat misinformation about historical, territorial, and maritime claims made by some in the region. Simon is joined by Nickii Arcado, a summer intern for the Southeast Asia Program at CSIS to cover Indonesia's attempts at mediating the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the new Philippine presidential Cabinet, Myanmar's airspace violation into Thailand, and inflation in Malaysia.

Sea Control
Sea Control 360 - On Dangerous Ground in the South China Sea with Greg Poling

Sea Control

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 33:22


Links“On Dangerous Ground: America's Century in the South China Sea,” by Gregory B. Poling, Oxford University Press, 2022.

Why It Matters
S1E13: A feminist foreign policy for Asia? - Speaking Of Asia

Why It Matters

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 17:12


Synopsis: Every second Friday of the month, join The Straits Times' associate editor Ravi Velloor, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. In this episode, he hosts Ms Eirliani Abdul Rahman, former Singapore diplomat and co-founder of the Berlin-backed Global Diplomacy Lab, to discuss if a feminine foreign policy (FFP) could prove a balm for global conflicts and tension points such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and the South China Sea.  They also discuss the role of women diplomats and ask the question: What would it take for Asian nations to have more feminist-oriented external policies? Highlights (click/tap above): 1:54 What is feminine foreign policy (FFP)? Could FFP be applied in the context of Ukraine and Afghanistan? 8:50 Where is Singapore in the FFP space? 10:08 How FFP principles would help in solving the South China Sea dispute 12:20 Women in diplomacy vs masculinity in foreign policy; do women diplomats feel a need to act like men? 15:30 What can Asian foreign ministries do to promote FFP? Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai Edited by: Teo Tong Kai Subscribe to our Asian Insider Podcast channel to follow our various shows each week and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: https://str.sg/JWa7 Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWa8 Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/wQsB Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaX Websites:  https://www.moneyfm893.sg/ http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Ravi Velloor's columns: https://str.sg/3xRP Ravi Velloor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaviVelloor Register for Asian Insider newsletter: https://str.sg/stnewsletters --- Discover ST's special edition podcasts: Singapore's War On Covid: https://str.sg/wuJa The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia: https://str.sg/wuZ2 Stop Scams: https://str.sg/wuZB Invisible Asia: https://str.sg/wuZn --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7 Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN In Your Opinion: https://str.sg/w7Qt Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m SG Extra: https://str.sg/wukR #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad ST Sports Talk: https://str.sg/JWRE Bookmark This!: https://str.sg/JWas The Big Story: https://str.sg/wuZe Lunch With Sumiko: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts: https://bt.sg/pcPL Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! #STAsianInsiderSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Deeply Disturbing Things
Everybody Hates Mimes [Ep. 152]

Deeply Disturbing Things

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 66:33


This week we cover pirates and mimes, what's better? Hating mimes is unquestioned and acceptable. Learn about the history of mimes and explore possible reasons why they are so hated. Then we learn all about Zheng Yi Sao, a badass Chinese pirate leader. She was known for successfully plundering the South China Sea in the early 19th century.    Thank you for supporting our independent little oddcast!   Until next time...

Caixin Global Podcasts
Caixin China Biz Roundup: Crypto Bet Turns Ugly for Beauty App

Caixin Global Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 11:24


Meitu suffers massive losses on Bitcoin, Ethereum bets; Beijing's plans to give overseas investors greater access to its financial derivatives market; and more bodies recovered after a floating crane sank into the South China Sea. Are you a big fan of our shows? Then please give our podcast account, China Business Insider, a 5-star rating on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Pastor Greg Young
Dr Christian Widener Witnessing the End 2027 Nan Su South China Sea CCP Attack Plans on Japan

Pastor Greg Young

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 60:00


Dr Christian Widener author of Witnessing the End discusses Daniels Seventy sevens and the final decree everyone missed. All the signs that appear to indicate that we are in the latter days. Nan Su Epoch Times discusses the Taiwan Strait and the CCP declaration of their sovereignty over it. The CCP restrictions on passage of all vessels through the Strait and the crack down on the South China Sea.

Watch This
Cameron Diaz un-retires for new movie, update on next Bond movie

Watch This

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 17:10


On today's What to Watch: On the new Food Network reality series Me or the Menu, couples' relationships are put to the test as they try to open or grow their restaurants. On the reality competition The Bridge, teams have to build a 1,000-foot-long bridge across the South China Sea — someone will win $200,000. And The Book of Queer closes with the finale of this historical docuseries about gay rights, activists, famous figures, and more. Plus, entertainment headlines — including Cameron Diaz coming out of retirement to star in a movie with Jamie Foxx, an update on the next James Bond movie and who will be filling 007's shoes, Kate Winslet's next HBO limited series, Mira Sorvino teasing a possible Romy and Michelle reunion, and the end of Jason Momoa's See — and trivia. More at ew.com, ew.com/wtw, and @EW. Host/Producer: Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall); Producer: Ashley Boucher (@ashleybreports); Editor: Lauren Klein (@ltklein); Writer: Calie Schepp; Executive Producer: Chanelle Johnson (@chanelleberlin). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Midrats
Episode 626: Turning the Tables on China with Brent Sadler

Midrats

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 63:16


While everyone is distracted by the Russo-Ukrainian War, the People's Republic of China continues to work to solidify her ability to control the South China Sea and to bring more nations in to her orbit.Though not a cold war, it is a struggle for presence, influence, and setting the conditions for advantage should conflict come.The United States and her Navy are not required to be in a passive posture, allowing China to shape the environment without pushback.This episode of Midrats will focus on American options and actions we can take to blunt Chinese influence and to prevent her from setting up the Western Pacific to her advantage relative to the United States and her friends and allies.Our guest for the full hour to discuss this and more will be Brent Sadler, a senior fellow for maritime security and advanced naval technology at The Heritage Foundation.

Secure Freedom Minute
Evidently, Hunter Wasn't Available

Secure Freedom Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 1:01


This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Just as the danger posed by the Chinese Communist Party is reaching unprecedented heights, the Biden State Department has chosen an “Old Friend” of China to manage the bilateral relationship. Evidently, Hunter Biden wasn't available. Instead, Tom Donilon got the gig. As Barack Obama's national security advisor, he presided over the surrender of the South China Sea to Beijing. These days, he runs an investment institute for Larry Fink's financial management firm, BlackRock –  which the CCP recently rewarded for its service to China with the first wholly foreign-owned mutual fund business there. Such service by BlackRock has included playing a leading role in transferring $3-6 trillion in U.S. investments to CCP front companies. It also recently helped such companies gain access to the retirement savings of federal employees and military personnel. The times demand American patriots in charge, not China's Old Friends. This is Frank Gaffney.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 15:26


This is Garrison Hardie, stepping in for Pastor Toby on the CrossPolitic Daily News Brief, for Tuesday, June 21st, 2022. Today, I’ll be covering the wokification of the U.S. Military, China, is en route to having 4 aircraft carriers… not a good combination… Federal ‘Stimulus’ Program Cost Taxpayers $850k Per Job Saved, Study Finds… and we check in on my favorite topic… sports! But first… Club Membership Plug: Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com/product/fightlaughfestclub. https://thepostmillennial.com/us-military-marches-in-front-of-pride-flag-no-american-flag-in-sight?utm_campaign=64487 US military marches in front of Pride flag, no American flag in sight The official Twitter account for US Air Force Recruiting posted a photo on June 17th of several cadets jogging while one in back held the LGBT pride flag with no American flag to be seen. "Pride in all who serve," the post read, accompanied by a rainbow flag emoji. This representation of America's elite flying warriors serving under a flag other than the flag of the United States raises some doubts about the priorities held by current military leadership. The photo and the substitution of the pride flag for the American flag prompted jeers from Twitter, including comment from Navy vet and Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec who joked, "The Air Force has switched allegiance. And here I thought the Navy would be the first to go." The Air Force's embrace of progressive politics has translated into a number of public initiatives that have left people raising similar concerns as the ones surrounding the absentee American flag. In March 2022, the Air Force celebrated 'transgender day of visibility' and as The Post Millennial reported, "cited President Biden's initiatives as a reason that they believe gender identity is part of their purview." The trend continued into April when the Air Force promised to create a 'safe space' for cadets to 'share perspectives.' In May, a US Air Force base in Germany cancelled a scheduled Drag Queen Story Hour after an expose from The Post Millennial. The questioning of the prioritization of progressive initiatives by the U.S. military comes on a series of notable blunders from top military officials such as critical race theory fan, General Mark Milley. Milley failed to predict the fall of Afghanistan and undermined former President Trump, telling China he would warn them if the US planned to attack. The United States Air Force also recently lowered their fitness standards again in a move that's happening across all branches of American military. For instance, the Navy! https://freebeacon.com/national-security/pride-month-heres-how-the-navy-is-training-sailors-on-proper-gender-pronouns/ The Navy is training its members to create a "safe space" by using proper gender pronouns in a new instructional video modeled after a children's show. https://youtu.be/kIQ9R25hXPo -Play 0:00-2:11 OH MY GOSH. Lord have mercy! The official training video is meant to emphasize "the importance of using correct pronouns as well as polite etiquette when you may not be sure of someone's pronouns," according to the Navy, which late last month published the video online. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service touts the video as an "official U.S. Navy video" posted by Air Force staff sergeant John Vannucci. The video is the latest bid by the military to foster a more sensitive environment for its members and staff. The Army mandates similar gender identity training and trains officers on when to offer subordinates gender-transition surgery, the Washington Free Beacon reported in March. These programs are part of a larger push by the Biden administration to make the military more welcoming to transgender individuals. The nearly four-minute Navy video emphasizes how members can create "a safe space" for their colleagues by using "inclusive language" that signals they are "allies" who "accept everybody." Service members must take these steps to ensure they do not "misgender someone." The Navy also warns staff against pressuring an individual to disclose his or her gender pronouns, saying that colleagues may still be in "the process of discovery" and not yet ready to provide this information. Let’s shift focus overseas, as China is apparently on it’s way to having 4 aircraft carriers. Based on that last article I went through, isn’t that comforting? https://www.19fortyfive.com/2022/06/china-could-soon-have-4-aircraft-carriers/ China Could Soon Have 4 Aircraft Carriers China says its military build-up in the last several years is part of its “peaceful rise.” One aspect of this strategy is shipbuilding, particularly the construction of modern aircraft carriers like the Type 003 Fujian that just launched in Shanghai on June 17. The Type 003 is similar in scope to the American Ford and Nimitz-class. But the new carrier is conventionally powered not nuclear. So, what is next for China’s defense industry? Perhaps it’s the Type 004, which could be China’s first nuclear-powered flat top. This means that Beijing wishes to operate its navy worldwide in a true blue-water fashion someday. While the Type 003 will need a few years of sea trials, and it is not clear when the testing will commence, this is still an impressive development for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It potentially allows up to three carrier battle groups that can be deployed in the East and the South China Sea to put fear into Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The Type 004 is up next. There have been clues that PLAN aircraft such as the fifth generation FC-31 Gyrfalcon and J-15 Flying Shark carrier-based fighters were seen on satellite imagery training for flight deck operations. This could mean the stealth FC-31 could fly from a carrier someday and be a mainstay on a fourth PLAN carrier. China naval analysts, according to the South China Morning Post, revealed that construction on the Type 004 would combine breakthrough technologies – perhaps nuclear propulsion. SCMP’s Minnie Chan wrote that “Shipbuilders and ship propulsion engineers are keen on making a significant breakthrough with the construction of the fourth carrier,” a source close to the Chinese navy said. “It will be a technological leap for the shipbuilding industry … but construction may take longer than for its sister ship due to the different propulsion systems.” Chan unveiled another source who said the “China State Shipbuilding Corporation is to use nuclear power for the fourth carrier.” China Has Nuclear-Powered Submarines The PLAN has 12 nuclear-powered submarines – six attack boats and six boomers. So nuclear propulsion for a carrier is within the realm of possibility. So, all the while China is bolstering a strong and masculine military, and getting shiny new toys, we’re teaching our soldiers, airmen, and sailors about the proper pronouns… moving on… CWWI DNB: Did you know that more than 75% of those raised in evangelical, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches don’t pursue any kind of Christian higher education? Surprising isn’t it. Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute is seeking to provide a new, exciting, and affordable option for Christians. Their mission is to build Kingdom culture in the workplace by equipping their students in a Trinitarian worldview and vocational competencies. Their low-cost full-time program offers integrative course modules, internships, and mentoring so their students can finish debt-free with vocational preparation, a robust faith, and financial potential to build strong godly families and homes rooted in their communities and churches long-term. Visit their website at www.cornerstonework.org to find out more about enrolling. https://www.based-politics.com/2022/06/20/this-federal-stimulus-program-cost-taxpayers-850k-per-job-saved/ YIKES: This Federal ‘Stimulus’ Program Cost Taxpayers $850k Per Job Saved, Study Finds President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar “stimulus” legislation, the American Rescue Plan, may go down as one of the biggest failures in history. It has failed to produce the promised jobs, wasted countless billions, and worsened inflation. Now, a new study reveals yet another way the behemoth stimulus effort failed. Remember, the legislation allocated an astonishing $350 billion—roughly $2400 per federal taxpayer—to bailing out state and local governments. In the Democrats’ telling, this money was necessary because local governments were cash-strapped from the pandemic and needed help to avoid laying off front-line emergency responders. This was always a lie, because the expected state revenue shortfall never actually happened. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the unnecessary “stimulus” money sent to state governments has proven laughably ineffective. A new NBER study by Jeffrey Clemens, Philip G. Hoxie & Stan Veuger estimates that the program spent roughly $855,000 for every one year of employment it preserved. That’s right: The feds spent nearly a million bucks for every job they “protected” for a year. (That’s probably about 10 to 8 times as much as these jobs actually pay… ) Does that sound like an efficient use of taxpayer money to you? The experts also find that the “stimulus” initiative had a near-zero impact on national income and economic growth and “modest if any spillover effects onto the broader economy.” Allow me to translate. The federal government wasted hundreds of billions of dollars to protect laughably few government jobs at a wildly inefficient rate with basically zero stimulative effect on the economy. And this one program isn’t some exception. Many of the other provisions of the massive stimulus legislation were similarly inefficient and wasteful. But please, tell me more about how Big Government can fix the economy if we just keep giving them more money and power. Finally, let’s shift to the topic that I love… sports! https://nypost.com/2022/06/19/matt-fitzpatrick-wins-us-open-2022-for-first-major-title/ Matt Fitzpatrick captures 2022 US Open for first major championship Neither Matthew Fitzpatrick nor Will Zalatoris had won a PGA Tour event, let alone a major championship. Fitzpatrick, though, fancied himself as the player who had the edge this week — not just over Zalatoris, with whom he was paired in the final group of the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club and dueled right to the scintillating 72nd and final hole of the tournament, but over everyone. As a teenager in 2013, Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur on these very historic grounds, and he hadn’t been shy about telling anyone this week that he felt that might be the difference for him. In the end, maybe it was. Maybe it was the slightest of edges he had over Zalatoris, whom he narrowly defeated to capture the U.S. Open, his first professional win on American soil. Fitzpatrick shot a final-round 68 to finish 6-under for the tournament, one shot clear of Zalatoris… who shot, 69 on the day. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… if you liked the show, hit that share button, or sign up as a club member, as we’re now creating exclusive content for club members! If you want to come to our conference, early bird pricing is going fast, so go sign up at flfnetwork.com/knoxville2022… and as always, if you’d like to sponsor CrossPolitic, email me, at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News… I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 15:26


This is Garrison Hardie, stepping in for Pastor Toby on the CrossPolitic Daily News Brief, for Tuesday, June 21st, 2022. Today, I’ll be covering the wokification of the U.S. Military, China, is en route to having 4 aircraft carriers… not a good combination… Federal ‘Stimulus’ Program Cost Taxpayers $850k Per Job Saved, Study Finds… and we check in on my favorite topic… sports! But first… Club Membership Plug: Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com/product/fightlaughfestclub. https://thepostmillennial.com/us-military-marches-in-front-of-pride-flag-no-american-flag-in-sight?utm_campaign=64487 US military marches in front of Pride flag, no American flag in sight The official Twitter account for US Air Force Recruiting posted a photo on June 17th of several cadets jogging while one in back held the LGBT pride flag with no American flag to be seen. "Pride in all who serve," the post read, accompanied by a rainbow flag emoji. This representation of America's elite flying warriors serving under a flag other than the flag of the United States raises some doubts about the priorities held by current military leadership. The photo and the substitution of the pride flag for the American flag prompted jeers from Twitter, including comment from Navy vet and Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec who joked, "The Air Force has switched allegiance. And here I thought the Navy would be the first to go." The Air Force's embrace of progressive politics has translated into a number of public initiatives that have left people raising similar concerns as the ones surrounding the absentee American flag. In March 2022, the Air Force celebrated 'transgender day of visibility' and as The Post Millennial reported, "cited President Biden's initiatives as a reason that they believe gender identity is part of their purview." The trend continued into April when the Air Force promised to create a 'safe space' for cadets to 'share perspectives.' In May, a US Air Force base in Germany cancelled a scheduled Drag Queen Story Hour after an expose from The Post Millennial. The questioning of the prioritization of progressive initiatives by the U.S. military comes on a series of notable blunders from top military officials such as critical race theory fan, General Mark Milley. Milley failed to predict the fall of Afghanistan and undermined former President Trump, telling China he would warn them if the US planned to attack. The United States Air Force also recently lowered their fitness standards again in a move that's happening across all branches of American military. For instance, the Navy! https://freebeacon.com/national-security/pride-month-heres-how-the-navy-is-training-sailors-on-proper-gender-pronouns/ The Navy is training its members to create a "safe space" by using proper gender pronouns in a new instructional video modeled after a children's show. https://youtu.be/kIQ9R25hXPo -Play 0:00-2:11 OH MY GOSH. Lord have mercy! The official training video is meant to emphasize "the importance of using correct pronouns as well as polite etiquette when you may not be sure of someone's pronouns," according to the Navy, which late last month published the video online. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service touts the video as an "official U.S. Navy video" posted by Air Force staff sergeant John Vannucci. The video is the latest bid by the military to foster a more sensitive environment for its members and staff. The Army mandates similar gender identity training and trains officers on when to offer subordinates gender-transition surgery, the Washington Free Beacon reported in March. These programs are part of a larger push by the Biden administration to make the military more welcoming to transgender individuals. The nearly four-minute Navy video emphasizes how members can create "a safe space" for their colleagues by using "inclusive language" that signals they are "allies" who "accept everybody." Service members must take these steps to ensure they do not "misgender someone." The Navy also warns staff against pressuring an individual to disclose his or her gender pronouns, saying that colleagues may still be in "the process of discovery" and not yet ready to provide this information. Let’s shift focus overseas, as China is apparently on it’s way to having 4 aircraft carriers. Based on that last article I went through, isn’t that comforting? https://www.19fortyfive.com/2022/06/china-could-soon-have-4-aircraft-carriers/ China Could Soon Have 4 Aircraft Carriers China says its military build-up in the last several years is part of its “peaceful rise.” One aspect of this strategy is shipbuilding, particularly the construction of modern aircraft carriers like the Type 003 Fujian that just launched in Shanghai on June 17. The Type 003 is similar in scope to the American Ford and Nimitz-class. But the new carrier is conventionally powered not nuclear. So, what is next for China’s defense industry? Perhaps it’s the Type 004, which could be China’s first nuclear-powered flat top. This means that Beijing wishes to operate its navy worldwide in a true blue-water fashion someday. While the Type 003 will need a few years of sea trials, and it is not clear when the testing will commence, this is still an impressive development for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It potentially allows up to three carrier battle groups that can be deployed in the East and the South China Sea to put fear into Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The Type 004 is up next. There have been clues that PLAN aircraft such as the fifth generation FC-31 Gyrfalcon and J-15 Flying Shark carrier-based fighters were seen on satellite imagery training for flight deck operations. This could mean the stealth FC-31 could fly from a carrier someday and be a mainstay on a fourth PLAN carrier. China naval analysts, according to the South China Morning Post, revealed that construction on the Type 004 would combine breakthrough technologies – perhaps nuclear propulsion. SCMP’s Minnie Chan wrote that “Shipbuilders and ship propulsion engineers are keen on making a significant breakthrough with the construction of the fourth carrier,” a source close to the Chinese navy said. “It will be a technological leap for the shipbuilding industry … but construction may take longer than for its sister ship due to the different propulsion systems.” Chan unveiled another source who said the “China State Shipbuilding Corporation is to use nuclear power for the fourth carrier.” China Has Nuclear-Powered Submarines The PLAN has 12 nuclear-powered submarines – six attack boats and six boomers. So nuclear propulsion for a carrier is within the realm of possibility. So, all the while China is bolstering a strong and masculine military, and getting shiny new toys, we’re teaching our soldiers, airmen, and sailors about the proper pronouns… moving on… CWWI DNB: Did you know that more than 75% of those raised in evangelical, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches don’t pursue any kind of Christian higher education? Surprising isn’t it. Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute is seeking to provide a new, exciting, and affordable option for Christians. Their mission is to build Kingdom culture in the workplace by equipping their students in a Trinitarian worldview and vocational competencies. Their low-cost full-time program offers integrative course modules, internships, and mentoring so their students can finish debt-free with vocational preparation, a robust faith, and financial potential to build strong godly families and homes rooted in their communities and churches long-term. Visit their website at www.cornerstonework.org to find out more about enrolling. https://www.based-politics.com/2022/06/20/this-federal-stimulus-program-cost-taxpayers-850k-per-job-saved/ YIKES: This Federal ‘Stimulus’ Program Cost Taxpayers $850k Per Job Saved, Study Finds President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar “stimulus” legislation, the American Rescue Plan, may go down as one of the biggest failures in history. It has failed to produce the promised jobs, wasted countless billions, and worsened inflation. Now, a new study reveals yet another way the behemoth stimulus effort failed. Remember, the legislation allocated an astonishing $350 billion—roughly $2400 per federal taxpayer—to bailing out state and local governments. In the Democrats’ telling, this money was necessary because local governments were cash-strapped from the pandemic and needed help to avoid laying off front-line emergency responders. This was always a lie, because the expected state revenue shortfall never actually happened. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the unnecessary “stimulus” money sent to state governments has proven laughably ineffective. A new NBER study by Jeffrey Clemens, Philip G. Hoxie & Stan Veuger estimates that the program spent roughly $855,000 for every one year of employment it preserved. That’s right: The feds spent nearly a million bucks for every job they “protected” for a year. (That’s probably about 10 to 8 times as much as these jobs actually pay… ) Does that sound like an efficient use of taxpayer money to you? The experts also find that the “stimulus” initiative had a near-zero impact on national income and economic growth and “modest if any spillover effects onto the broader economy.” Allow me to translate. The federal government wasted hundreds of billions of dollars to protect laughably few government jobs at a wildly inefficient rate with basically zero stimulative effect on the economy. And this one program isn’t some exception. Many of the other provisions of the massive stimulus legislation were similarly inefficient and wasteful. But please, tell me more about how Big Government can fix the economy if we just keep giving them more money and power. Finally, let’s shift to the topic that I love… sports! https://nypost.com/2022/06/19/matt-fitzpatrick-wins-us-open-2022-for-first-major-title/ Matt Fitzpatrick captures 2022 US Open for first major championship Neither Matthew Fitzpatrick nor Will Zalatoris had won a PGA Tour event, let alone a major championship. Fitzpatrick, though, fancied himself as the player who had the edge this week — not just over Zalatoris, with whom he was paired in the final group of the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club and dueled right to the scintillating 72nd and final hole of the tournament, but over everyone. As a teenager in 2013, Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur on these very historic grounds, and he hadn’t been shy about telling anyone this week that he felt that might be the difference for him. In the end, maybe it was. Maybe it was the slightest of edges he had over Zalatoris, whom he narrowly defeated to capture the U.S. Open, his first professional win on American soil. Fitzpatrick shot a final-round 68 to finish 6-under for the tournament, one shot clear of Zalatoris… who shot, 69 on the day. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… if you liked the show, hit that share button, or sign up as a club member, as we’re now creating exclusive content for club members! If you want to come to our conference, early bird pricing is going fast, so go sign up at flfnetwork.com/knoxville2022… and as always, if you’d like to sponsor CrossPolitic, email me, at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News… I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

Conversations
A daring escape from Vietnam, and a brilliant career

Conversations

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 51:10


Anh Nguyen Austen's family fled Vietnam by sea in 1982, on a wooden boat bound for the Philippines. When a once-in-a-century storm struck in South China Sea, they thought all hope was lost

AM
East Coast faces blackouts as energy crisis escalates

AM

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 20:00


The East Coast is facing blackouts as high prices continue to wreak havoc on the energy market; There might be signs of a thaw but the South China Sea remains a sticking point in Canberra's relationship with Beijing; and how Sri Lanka's economic crisis might be pushing a new wave of asylum seekers towards Australia.

AM full episode
East Coast faces blackouts as energy crisis escalates

AM full episode

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 20:00


The East Coast is facing blackouts as high prices continue to wreak havoc on the energy market; There might be signs of a thaw but the South China Sea remains a sticking point in Canberra's relationship with Beijing; and how Sri Lanka's economic crisis might be pushing a new wave of asylum seekers towards Australia.

The Red Line
71 - The New Arms Race for the Indian Ocean

The Red Line

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 77:25


80% of the world's trade will pass through the Indian Ocean at some point on its journey, yet the importance of this crucial theatre seems lost on many observers at the moment. With Beijing, Washington and the New Dehli all making moves to capitalise on this crucial waterway which one of these nations has the momentum behind them? And which nation is beginning to fall behind?  On the show this week - - Michael Kugelman (Wilson Centre) - Michael Wesley (Uni of Melbourne) - Dhruva Jaishankar (ORF) Follow the show on @TheRedLinePod Follow Michael on @MikeHilliardAus For more info please visit - www.theredlinepodcast.com

Horrible History
Episode 78 - Guangdong, China & Lima, Peru (Death by Five Machete Chops)

Horrible History

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 57:08


We've got two bad bitches this week on Horrible History. First, Rachel heads to Guangdong, China to share the story of Ching Shih, a Chinese pirate leader who was active in the South China Sea from 1801 to 1810. Then, Emily heads to Lima, Peru to share the horrifying tale of Juliane Koepcke, the 17-year-old woman who was the sole survivor of the LANSA Flight 508 plane crash, then survived 11 days alone in the Amazon rainforest. Hopefully, you're horrified. Sources:All That's Interesting NY TimesHoney NineSupport the show

Stratfor Podcast
Baker's Dozen: Competition or Cooperation? Fishing in the South China Sea

Stratfor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 31:27


In this episode of RANE's Baker's Dozen podcast, the conversation turns to the geopolitics of fishing in the South China Sea. At a recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad), members agreed to launch an enhanced initiative to tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Throughout the Indo-Pacific, fishing and competition over access to maritime protein resources play a strong role in regional relations and tensions. China has weaponized its fishing fleets through the establishment of Maritime militias, a pattern also followed by countries like Vietnam, and even Russia is considering similar actions. Perhaps even more important than subsea hydrocarbons or mineral resources, it is the increasing consumption of limited regional fish, crab, squid, and other maritime protein sources that drive offshore geopolitics in the enclosed South China Sea.Rodger Baker's guest is James Borton, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the author of the recent book Dispatches From the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground.Subscribe to RANE Worldview and understand geopolitics are a critical driver of risk and security for corporations that shape not just the global diplomatic, strategic, and security environments, but the global business environment. https://cloud.subscribe.stratfor.com/worldview

The President's Daily Brief
June 7th, 2022. Afghanistan is an Al-Qaeda Safe Haven. Wheat Wars Continue.

The President's Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 18:15 Very Popular


It's June 7th. You're listening to the President's Daily Brief. I'm your host and former CIA Officer Bryan Dean Wright. Your morning intel starts now. First up, Afghanistan has once again become a safe haven for al-Qa'ida. We're going to talk about the latest from Kabul, including when you should expect that al-Qa'ida will be able to hit the American homeland once again. As always, I'm keeping an eye out for developing stories. Put these two on your radar. First, Wheat Wars. Our State Department sent out message to 14 nations around the world telling them to reject stolen Ukrainian wheat. But most of those 14 countries are desperate for food. We'll discuss.  Finally, China's building a secret new naval base near very important shipping lanes in the South China Sea. And that has major implications for our economy. I'll explain the latest. All up next on the President's Daily Brief. ------ Please remember to subscribe if you enjoyed this episode of the President's Daily Brief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Congressional Dish
CD253: Escalation of War

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 104:52 Very Popular


Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Congress has signed four laws that send enormous amounts of money and weapons to Ukraine, attempting to punish Russia for President Putin's invasion. In this episode, we examine these laws to find out where our money will actually go and attempt to understand the shifting goals of the Biden administration. The big picture, as it's being explained to Congress, differs from what we're being sold. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Content Ukraine and Russia CD249: A Few Good Laws CD248: Understanding the Enemy CD244: Keeping Ukraine CD229: Target Belarus CD167: Combating Russia (NDAA 2018) LIVE CD068: Ukraine Aid Bill CD067: What Do We Want In Ukraine? Syria CD172: The Illegal Bombing of Syria CD108: Regime Change CD041: Why Attack Syria? World Trade System What Is the World Trade System? CD230: Pacific Deterrence Initiative CD102: The World Trade Organization: COOL? Russian Blockade Shane Harris. May 24, 2022. “U.S. intelligence document shows Russian naval blockade of Ukraine.” The Washington Post. NATO Expansion Jim Garamone. Jun 1, 2022. “Russia Forcing Changes to NATO Strategic Concepts.” U.S. Department of Defense News. Matthew Lee. May 27, 2022. “US: Turkey's NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed.” AP News. Ted Kemp. May 19, 2022. “Two maps show NATO's growth — and Russia's isolation — since 1990.” CNBC. U.S. Involvement in Ukraine Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes. May 5, 2022. “U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say.” The New York Times. Julian E. Barnes, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt. May 4, 2022. “U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say.” The New York Times. Private Security Contractors Christopher Caldwell. May 31, 2022. “The War in Ukraine May Be Impossible to Stop. And the U.S. Deserves Much of the Blame.” The New York Times. Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan. May 27, 2022. “How the U.S. Has Struggled to Stop the Growth of a Shadowy Russian Private Army.” ProPublica. H.R. 7691 Background How It Passed Glenn Greenwald. May 13, 2022. “The Bizarre, Unanimous Dem Support for the $40b War Package to Raytheon and CIA: ‘For Ukraine.'” Glenn Greenwald on Substack. Catie Edmondson and Emily Cochrane. May 10, 2022. “House Passes $40 Billion More in Ukraine Aid, With Few Questions Asked.” The New York Times. Republican Holdouts Glenn Greenwald and Anthony Tobin. May 24, 2022. “Twenty-Two House Republicans Demand Accountability on Biden's $40b War Spending.” Glenn Greenwald on Substack. Amy Cheng and Eugene Scott. May 13, 2022. “Rand Paul, lone Senate holdout, delays vote on Ukraine aid to next week.” The Washington Post. Morgan Watkins. May 13, 2022. “Sen. Rand Paul stalls $40 billion in aid for Ukraine, breaking with Mitch McConnell USA Today. Stephen Semler. May 26, 2022. “The Ukraine Aid Bill Is a Massive Windfall for US Military Contractors.” Jacobin. Biden Signs in South Korea Biden signs Ukraine Bill and Access to Baby Formula Act in South Korea. Reddit. Kate Sullivan. May 20, 2022. “Flying the Ukraine aid bill to South Korea for Biden's signature isn't unheard of. It also may not be totally necessary.” CNN. How Much Money, and Where Will It Go? Stephen Semler. 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The Laws H.R. 7691: Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 House Vote: 368-57 Senate Vote: 86-11 Transcript of House Debate S.3522: Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 Passed by Voice Vote in the Senate House Vote 417-10 House "Debate" H.R.6968 - Ending Importation of Russian Oil Act Senate Vote: 100-0 House Vote: 413-9 House Debate H.R.7108: Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act Senate Vote: 100-0 (amended the original House bill) Final House Vote: 424-8 House debate 1 (on original version) House debate 2 (final version) Audio Sources Joe Manchin at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos May 23, 2022 Clips Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): Speaking about Ukraine, first what Putin, Putin's war on Ukraine and Ukraine's determination, resolving the sacrifices they've made for the cause of freedom has united the whole world, that it's united, US Senate and Congress, I think like nothing I've seen in my lifetime. I think we're totally committed to supporting Ukraine, in every way possible, as long as we have the rest of NATO and the free world helping. I think we're all in this together. And I am totally committed as one person to seeing Ukraine to the end with a win, not basically resolving in some type of a treaty. I don't think that is where we are and where we should be. Reporter: Can I just follow up and ask you what you mean by a win for Ukraine? ** Sen. Joe Manchin:** I mean, basically moving Putin back to Russia and hopefully getting rid of Putin. The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Indo-Pacific May 19, 2022 Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation Witnesses: Charles Edel, Ph.D., Australia Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies Bonny Lin, Ph.D., Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies Tanvi Madan, Ph.D.Director, The India Project, Brookings Institution Dan Blumenthal, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Asian Studies, American Enterprise Institute Clips 6:57 Tanvi Madan: One implication that is already evident, most visibly in Sri Lanka, is the adverse economic impact. The rise in commodity prices in particular has led to fiscal food and energy security concerns and these, in turn, could have political implications and could create a strategic vacuum. 7:15 Tanvi Madan: A separate and longer term economic impact of the crisis could be renewed goals, perhaps especially in India, for self reliance and building resilience not just against Chinese pressure, but also against Western sanctions. 7:28 Tanvi Madan: The second potential implication of the Russia-Ukraine war could be that Beijing might seek to take advantage in the Indo-Pacific while the world's focus is on Europe, between the Taiwan or the East or South China Sea contingencies. The contingency that would have the most direct impact in South Asia would be further action by the PLA at the China-India boundary, or at the Bhutan-China boundary that could draw in India. This potential for Sino-Indian crisis escalation has indeed shaped Delhi's response to the Russia-Ukraine war. Despite its recent diversification efforts, the Indian military continues to be dependent, if not over dependent, on Russia for supplies and spare parts for crucial frontline equipment. India has also been concerned about moving Moscow away from neutrality towards taking China's side. Nonetheless, there is simultaneously concern that Russia's war with Ukraine might, in any case, make Moscow more beholden to Beijing and also less able to supply India, and that will have implications for India's military readiness. 10:10 Tanvi Madan: The fourth implication in South Asia could flow from the war's effect on the Russia-China relationship flows. The Sino-Russian ties in recent years have benefited Pakistan. However, they have been of great concern to India. If China-Russia relations deepened further, it could lead to increased Indian concern about Russian reliability. And a Dheli that is concerned about Moscow's ability and willingness to supply India militarily or supported in international forums will seek alternative partners and suppliers a potential opportunity for the US as well as its allies and partners. 18:15 Bonny Lin: China has shifted its position on the Ukraine conflict to be less fully pro Russia. Xi Jinping has expressed that he is deeply grieved by the outbreak of war. China has engaged in diplomacy, called for a ceasefire, proposed a six point humanitarian initiative, and provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine. China's position on Ukraine, however, is far from neutral. China has not condemned Russia or called its aggression an evasion. Xi has yet to speak to President Zelenskyy. There is no evidence that China has sought to pressure Russia in any way or form. China has amplified Russian disinformation and pushed back against Western sanctions. To date, Beijing has not provided direct military support to Russia and has not engaged in systemic efforts to help Russia evade sanctions. However, China's ambassador to Russia has encouraged Chinese companies to quote "fill the void in the Russian market." 19:14 Bonny Lin: The Ukraine crisis has reinforced China's view that US military expansion could provoke conflict in the Indo-Pacific. Chinese interlocutors have voiced concern that the United States and NATO are fighting Russia today, but might fight China next. China views NATO expansion as one of the key causes of the Korean conflict and sees parallels between NATO activities in Europe and US efforts in the Indo-Pacific. Beijing is worried that increasing US and ally support for Taiwan and other regional allies and partners elevates the risk of US-China military confrontation. This pessimistic assessment is why Beijing will continue to stand by Russia as a close strategic partner. 19:56 Bonny Lin: The Ukraine crisis has reinforced and strengthened China's desire to be more self reliant. China is investing more to ensure the security of food, energy, and raw materials. Beijing is also seeking more resilient industrial supply chains, as well as PRC-led systems, including alternatives to Swift. At the same time, Beijing is likely to further cultivate dependencies on China, such that any potential Western led sanctions on China or international-community-led sanctions on China in the future will be painful to the West and difficult to sustain. 21:15 Bonny Lin: China has observed that Russia put its nuclear and strategic forces on high alert and NATO did not send conventional forces to Ukraine. This is leading China to question its nuclear policy and posture. 21:57 Bonny Lin: As Beijing watches the Western and particularly G7-led unity among advanced democracies, it is also seeing that a number of countries in the developing world are not joining in on the sanctions. As a result, Beijing has tried to increase its influence and in many ways building on Russian influence in developing regions. And Beijing is likely to try to get all that influence moving forward. 24:24 Dan Blumenthal: China took the opportunity of Russia's invasion on February 4 to lay out a document that criticizes, very specifi