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Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

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“The treaty covers all territories administered by Japan.”

– President Barack Obama

Associated Press

President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint news conference at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. AP

TOKYO, Japan—President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

“Historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally,” Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “What is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan.”

China and Japan have conflicting claims to the remote islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China…

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Diamond Head- Am I Evil?

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Behind the scenes at Her Fashion Box

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Optus Zoo News:

We take you behind the scenes to one of our favourite shoots for Her Fashion Magazine.

Lensed by the talented Robin Hearfield with special thanks to our stylist Noelle Parisi, makeup artist Tobi Henney, hair stylist Natalie Anne and videographer Lara Hewitt.

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Muslim women ‘mistrust’ police

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on @NewDayStarts:

See on Scoop.it@NewDayStarts

An appeal by British police to Muslim women to stop men from travelling to Syria may be mistrusted, according to a community leader.

See on www.bbc.co.uk

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Former Beijing Tycoon Executed for Murdering 8 People 

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:

Former Beijing multimillionaire Xia Keming and his three companions were executed on Tuesday for killing eight people between 1999 and 2007, the Beijing Times observed on Wednesday.

Xia once served as a civil servant in Beijing. He was sentenced in 1988 to three years in prison for the illegaldealingof train tickets. After being released, Xia started a business in Shenzhen, and also owned 19 percent of shares in a Beijing-based company valued at more than 100 million yuan ($16 million).

A file photo of Xia Keming(R1) and his three companions (Photo source: people.cn)

 Xia Keming (R1) and his three companions (Photo source: people.cn)

The murder spree began when Xia asked his brother Xia Kezhi and two of his ex-cellmates to kill a business partner surnamed Liu.

In the following eight years, the four killed seven other people, including Xia Keming’s business partners, mistress and acquaintances.

To cover up their crimes, the gang bribed officials with cash, cars, luxury watches and expensive rosewood…

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Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Global Geopolitics:

It’s important to know that in the real world there is no such thing as ‘allies’, only strategic interests. Germany’s (among other nations) rising Fourth Reich has never had America’s best interests in mind for decades and its respective relationship with Russia underscores the fact. Meanwhile, the U.S. un-intelligence community remains behind the time and continiously bewildered by all sorts of events transpiring that they ‘didn’t see coming’, as if it’s a third-world nation agency.

Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces. Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military.

The world was shocked when Russian special operations forces invaded Crimea with advanced technology, drastically improved operations, and with so much operational security that even agencies in the U.S. intelligence community didn’t see it coming. In Washington, government and congressional leaders are wondering how the Russian…

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Originally posted on TIME:

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the implementation of a new round of sanctions against Russia might be only a matter of days, “not weeks”, away and noted that such measures were already “ teed up ”.

He was speaking at a press conference during a visit to Tokyo.

“We continue to see men taking over buildings, harassing folks who are disagreeing with them … and we haven’t seen Russia discouraging that,” said Obama, referring to the seizure of public buildings in several towns and cities in east Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. He also went on to criticize the Kremlin for failing to abide by the “spirit or letter” of an accord hammered out on the Ukraine crisis in Switzerland last Thursday.

The threat of new penalties comes after the U.S. expanded targeted sanctions against aides and business leaders with ties to Russian President Vladmir Putin late last month…

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Re-reading A Prayer for Owen Meany

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on LoriLoo:

I just finished re-reading A Prayer for Owen Meany for the second full time and seventh partial time. It took six tries (and ten years) of picking up the book and reading 100 or so pages before I actually got through the book the first time. Getting through the whole book that first time may have been due to my interest in the story, or may have equally been due to the fact that I was living in South Korea and it was the only English book I had with me that I hadn’t read. And it was 640 pages, which kept me preoccupied for a good amount of time.

I re-read it this time (eleven years after reading the entire book the first time) because it was our book club’s selection. As I read the first 100 or so pages, I found myself skimming, remembering all the details. After…

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Temperance

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Source of Inspiration:

food mandala

We want it all
Now!
Abstention–are you kidding?
Balance? Temperance?
But there is one more
piece of chocolate left,
only one more of this
or that
until we have forgotten
our determination
to practice temperance
in all that we do
and remain bogged
down in our excess
bloated by gluttony.

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Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

Posted: April 24, 2014 by AKA John Galt in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Global Geopolitics:

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.

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