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China Building South China Sea Island Big Enough For Airstrip

Yesterday, 07:44 AM

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:20pm EST

 

(Reuters) - Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday.

 

The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.

 

IHS Jane's said images it had obtained showed the Chinese-built island on the Fiery Cross Reef to be at least 3,000 meters (1.9 miles) long and 200-300 meters (660-980 ft) wide, which it noted is "large enough to construct a runway and apron."

 

The building work flies in the face of U.S. calls for a freeze in provocative activity in the South China Sea, one of Asia's biggest security issues. Concern is growing about an escalation in disputes even as claimants work to establish a code of conduct to resolve them.

 

Dredgers were also creating a harbor to the east of the reef "that would appear to be large enough to receive tankers and major surface combatants," it said.

 

The land reclamation project was China's fourth in the Spratly Islands in the last 12 to 18 months and by far the largest, IHS Jane's said. It based its findings on images taken on Aug. 8 and Nov. 14 showing that dredgers had created a land mass almost the entire length of the reef.

 

It said Fiery Cross Reef was previously under water with its only habitable area a concrete platform built by China's navy. It said that structure was home to a Chinese garrison and had a pier, air-defense guns, anti-frogmen defenses, communications equipment, and a greenhouse.

 

Beijing has rejected Washington's call for all parties to halt activity in the disputed waters to ease tensions, saying it can build whatever its wants in the South China Sea.

 

Hong Kong media have reported that China is planning to build an air base on Fiery Cross Reef. In August, the deputy head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Boundary and Ocean Affairs Departments said he was unaware of any such plans.

 

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by G Crosse)

 

http://www.reuters.c...N0J526B20141121

The Death Of British Values

11 November 2014 - 08:05 AM

THE DEATH OF BRITISH VALUES

 

By Shirley Edwards
November 11, 2014
NewsWithViews.com

 

[These are my views as a woman living in England, on how the culture and spirit of my country has changed over 50 years. Why the country does not feel protected or strong any more, how it has lost, and is losing it values and decency, and how we are daily losing our free speech.]

 

Recently, I had the opportunity of visiting the coastal resort of Bournemouth, which is situated on the south coast of England. It had been many years since my last brief visit and I wondered if this once elegant and sophisticated resort had managed to maintain its air of dignity, relaxation, and quiet family values that I had witnessed all that time ago.

 

Walking through the infamous landscaped gardens of the town it did not take long to notice the general decline of society. This beautiful oasis had become tarnished. Where families from all backgrounds once freely strolled in relative safety; an air of danger and darkness now existed around every corner. There was an air of weakness and hopelessness in the atmosphere which people had adapted to. Decent and elderly people out for an afternoon stroll now looked outnumbered and outcast amongst a carnival of souls, with distant eyes and decadent behaviour.

 

Sitting on a bench overlooking the English Channel I also caught sight of the Isle of Wight. The south west side of the island had been estimated to be vanishing at 1 meter per year due to coastal erosion. I wondered how long it took to completely destroy and erode the ‘values’ of a nation, and where did you start on the landscape?

 

More importantly, was it possible to stem and turn back the tide of destruction, after a number of generations have become so demoralized, and re-built into another image?

 

Time and Patience

 

Because of the very obvious demise of standards in the UK, it had also only been a matter of time before the ideals proudly presented by Prime Minister David Cameron on his view of British-ness, and the upholding of British values, would be exposed for the double speak and standards they were.

 

In the wake of the alleged Trojan Horse infiltration in British classrooms from Islamic extremists, to fighting on line pornography, and insisting Christians should speak up more about their faith; Mr Cameron’s uncompromising pledge on standing up for British-ness has sadly only resulted in a further avalanche, and consequent loss of freedoms. It is something many British citizens have just come to expect.

 

The values which Mr. Cameron speaks of appear to be founded more on political correctness and humanism; a system which is demolishing true freedom by criminalizing, bullying and labelling the simple principles of right and wrong which are found in ‘religion’ as a form of extremism. The tools of Islamist extremism and homosexuality are conveniently and persistently being ‘used’.

Quiet moral standards which once existed have now become ‘The New Terrorist’ creating further divisions in a society which once knew the true meaning of respectfulness and citizenship.

This just isn’t British.

 

Radicalizing Children

 

A small Christian primary school, located in Reading, Berkshire has recently become one of the latest targets attacked on its sound values as a result of the new standards bought in by the Department of Education through the Trojan Horse scandal.

 

Once considered excellent for its promotion of spiritual, moral and social values, Trinity Christian School has now been threatened with the downgrading of its high status, by Ofsted Inspectors. (Office of Standards in Education). Governors from the school have warned that the Trojan Horse rules are stopping them from being a Christian school.

 

A report from the Telegraph reads:

 

“The headmistress, Jean Dandy, says she was told that she must bring in representatives of other faiths to lead assemblies and lessons in order to demonstrate compliance with the new standards.

Staff say they were also told they must provide evidence that the school”.

 

Elsewhere, the National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools in the UK have recently questioned the ‘hostility’ which had been created by Ofsted inspections after it was reported that Jewish schools had been targeted un-announced, and the children questioned on sex, relationships and lifestyles.

 

It came simultaneously with a school in Luton where an independent Muslim primary school was visited by Ofsted inspectors who privately interviewed young children as young as 9 about their attitudes towards homosexuality. It is reported that the children were questioned alone in the absence of a parent or teacher. Angry parents forced the inspectors to withdraw from their visit after they threatened to remove their children from the school.

 

Likewise, a Catholic school in Bury St Edmunds was recently accused of not teaching its pupils sufficient awareness on the dangers of extremism and radicalization.

 

It can only be assumed that the extremist views in this instance may just refer to the stripping away of tax payer’s money which has been threatened against schools that are found to teach creationism as a scientific fact.

 

From a recent article it is implied that the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan has said that toddlers in nurseries are also at risk of being taken over by religious extremists. She has announced that toddlers are to be taught fundamental British values in an age appropriate way.

 

Considering the majority of the UK consider themselves to follow a faith, this is a pretty high proportion of tax payer’s money that the education secretary would be threatening to with-hold from tax payers children.

 

Some faith schools, along with only a few churches, and independent thinkers, are now some of the last bastions standing in society. Following the break down of families, and the removal of the fathers in the home, they are at least trying to maintain a sense of right and wrong, to stem off the sexualizing of children.

 

Slavishly giving in to desires are the values which are being promoted and forced through in the British-ness that the government believe in and promote.

 

Returning to the Garden

 

As I retraced my steps through the gardens and pathways of Bournemouth, I thought of the boundaries we sometimes cross ourselves which we mistakenly believe give us freedom, when in reality they only give us pain.

 

A young girl provocatively dressed, danced to a seductive tune, whilst families with young children stood watching. She was paying a high price for earning a few pennies.

 

Men carrying cans of beer, swaggered by. Some were sleeping it off on the expanse of green manicured lawns.

 

Loud aggressive music filled the air, blotting out the sound of truth and peace.

 

As I passed a Millennium monument dedicated to the Light of the World I saw that the name of Jesus Christ engraved into the stone, was being walked across and spat upon.

 

It epitomized a sad reflection of the pledges not kept that was made in this country in 1953 to protect the Christian faith.

 

An Internal Flame

 

Discovering the truth in a distorted world of reality is a very narrow way. The death of British values is an assault on the soul. Good is being called evil and evil is being called good. An uncompromising light inside our being is the only way out. Finding it in a matrix of created confusion will be a gift only given to those who yearn for the truth.

 

How can we reflect that light in a society which is pulling out all the stops to extinguish it, starting with our children?

 

We need to stay on the right path.

 

Sources:

1 - Toddlers at risk of extremism, warns Education Secretary.
2 - Trojan Horse rules stopping us being a Christian school, governors warn.
3 - Jewish schools complain over ‘hostile’ Ofsted inspections.
4 - Catholic school breaches ‘Trojan Horse’ Ofsted rules.
5 - Ofsted abandons inspection of Luton school after homosexuality row.
6 - Christian school 'downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly'

© 2014 Shirley Edwards - All Rights Reserve

Online Education

05 November 2014 - 07:54 PM

I've been thinking of perhaps taking some courses or even pursing another degree, this time online.

 

Are there any inexpensive online IFB college/university options available?

 

Or perhaps just Baptist, or would consider others if they are worthwhile.

Russians Street Fighting Muslims

04 November 2014 - 08:15 AM

Russians street fighting Muslims

 

http://woundedameric...ims-even-close/

Election Day - For What It's Worth

04 November 2014 - 07:31 AM

Against Obama, But for What?
By Patrick J. Buchanan

 

Tuesday - November 4, 2014
 
After billions in attack ads that turned the approval ratings of almost every candidate, in both parties, upside down, Republicans appear primed to take control of Congress.
 
Why are Democrats falling like dominoes?
 
Easy. Theirs is the Party of Government. And government is failing. And their leader Obama projects diffidence and incompetence.
 
National surveys also show that large majorities believe America is heading in the wrong direction, that our children will not have it as good as we did, and that the United States is in a long-term decline.
 
Measuring the performance of Obama against the promise, America is voting for another change in leadership and direction.
 
But where does she wish to go? And whom does she wish to lead her? The country is voting against Obama, but voting for what?
 
The new majority leader is likely to be Mitch McConnell, who is about as popular as Harry Reid. The Republican Party that will take power is less well-regarded than the Democratic Party losing it.
 
What America is voting against is easier to discern than what she is voting for. Consider. Who speaks for a victorious GOP today?
 
The principal foreign policy voices in the new Senate will be Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Tennessee's Bob Corker, who is slated to become chairman of foreign relations. All are interventionists; all are hawks.
 
But are the American people really voting to send arms to Kiev, to confront Russia in Ukraine, to commit to a forever-war to "degrade and ultimately defeat" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?
 
Does the country really want a clash with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program?
 
If so, the GOP should return to Washington and in the lame-duck session authorize Obama to take us to war with the Islamic State.
 
My sense: A victorious GOP would prefer to take a pass on that.
 
At its core the Republican Party is socially conservative, a family values party. The party champions right-to-life and opposes same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana.
 
How many Republicans ran on these issues this fall?
 
How many will be advancing this social agenda in Congress? How many cultural warriors are left in the GOP, when even the pope is calling for a truce in the culture wars?
 
Yet if the GOP is no longer united on foreign policy and social issues, surely they are as one on lower taxes and smaller government.
 
But are they really?
 
Certainly, even liberals must see from the inversion epidemic -- U.S. companies buying up foreign firms to change residence and nationality -- that having the highest corporate tax rate is economic suicide.
 
But is the Republican Party so committed to a balanced budget that Congress will slash spending to match cuts in tax rates and tax revenues?
 
And, if so, where does the GOP propose cuts?
 
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and defense are the big budget items. Is the GOP ready to cap or cut these?
 
Will the GOP go after education, housing, income security or food stamps, with Obama accusing them of pillaging the programs of the working and middle class while protecting Wall Street and the 1 percent?
 
Today's vote, as the Washington Post's Dan Balz writes, is "an election about rejection," the rejection of Obama's leadership after six years of his presidency.
 
It is a referendum on Barack, and he is losing it. But it is not a vote of affirmation. It is not a vote of confidence in the party of McConnell and John Boehner. And it is no mandate.
 
It is America's choice between undesirables.
 
America is saying: We do not like either of you. But we cannot keep going the way we have been going. We have to change. And the Republican Party is the only one on the ballot that appears to offer that.
 
When the returns come in, the mainstream media will declare that the country wants the Republican Party to work with President Obama to end the gridlock. Nonsense. If that is what America wanted, the country would have voted Democratic.
 
A Nancy Pelosi House and Reid-led Senate, with Obama in the Oval Office, would bring an instant end to gridlock. But instead of voting for a Congress to help Obama end gridlock, it will vote to augment the forces of those who have promised to checkmate him.
 
The country, in short, will vote today -- for gridlock.
 
In a democracy, people get the kind of government they deserve.
 
The American people are today a deeply divided people -- on ideology, politics, faith, morality, race, culture. Americans today -- and not for the first time -- do not really like each other.
 
As that is who we are, we will get that kind of Congress. And that is the kind of government we will have, until one half of the nation triumphs decisively over the other, as happened in 1932 and in 1980.
 
 

 

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