Waiting for WikiLeaks: Beijing’s Seven Secrets | The New York Review of Books

1. The famine during the Great Leap Forward in 1959-62. Somewhere between 20 and 50 million people died because of bad policy, not “bad weather.” What exactly happened? What policies caused the famine and what policies suppressed information on it? How much grain was in state granaries while people starved? Is it true that Mao sold grain to the Soviet Union during those years in order to buy nuclear weapons?

2. The death of Mao’s military commander General Lin Biao in 1971. The official version of events, which to this day exists only in bare outline, strains credulity: Mao’s “closet comrade in arms” suddenly plotted a coup, failed in it, tried to flee to the Soviet Union, and was shot down in his plane. What really happened? Why? Why shouldn’t we know more?

Waiting for WikiLeaks: Beijing’s Seven Secrets | The New York Review of Books

Satellite-watchers worry about China

The worriers are concerned that the orbital shifts involving two Shijian (“Practice”) research satellites were aimed at practicing techniques for disrupting other governments’ satellites in the event of an international crisis. The nightmare scenario would involve a fleet of spacecraft that went after America’s telecom and Earth-watching satellites, cutting off military communications and orbital surveillance capabilities.

Cosmic Log – Satellite-watchers worry about China

Putin slams deceitful US missile deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has blamed the West for resorting to deceitful political measures to thwart the resetting of Moscow-Washington ties.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, most NATO member states have been unfair in their dealings with Russia, and have constantly broken their commitments, Putin told Kommersant daily in a Monday interview.

PressTV – Putin slams deceitful US missile deal

Report: Hezbollah, Syria to join forces in future clash with Israel – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

he Lebanon-based Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have initiated a significant military cooperation in joint preparation for the possibility of a future armed conflict with Israel, the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai reported on Monday.

Report: Hezbollah, Syria to join forces in future clash with Israel – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

World Crises Escalating | North Korea, Iran And Nuclear

While we’ve been busy with our domestic festival of democracy, events in the wide world beyond have not paused in deference to our distraction. Seven of the most serious dramas have escalated. All pose major problems for the world and, yes, that includes our island.

First is the rusting time bomb known as North Korea. For 20 years the West has expected that this dangerous dystopia would collapse under the weight of its own failures. We’ve been wrong.

World Crises Escalating | North Korea, Iran And Nuclear

China placing missiles in G-B, encircling India: Jaswant Singh

The Chinese military has dug tunnels in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and is storing missiles there in an attempt to encircle India, claimed a senior leader of India’s Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.

Speaking in Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian parliament, BJP leader Jaswant Singh claimed that the Chinese military is storing missiles in tunnels it has dug in G-B. The target of the missiles, he said, is India. Singh warned that Beijing was trying to “encircle” India. He said it has set up permanent structures in G-B in Jammu and Kashmir, which he said is “an inalienable part of India”.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – China placing missiles in G-B, encircling India: Jaswant Singh

US Withdrawal from Iraq: Baghdad Residents Mourn Departure of Former Enemy – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

US combat troops are withdrawing from Iraq, where terrorist attacks are once again part of everyday life. The Iraqi population is suddenly mourning the departure of the once-hated occupiers, as fears of a civil war grow.

US Withdrawal from Iraq: Baghdad Residents Mourn Departure of Former Enemy – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

So, who won the war in Iraq? Iran.

Iran is the biggest beneficiary of the American misadventure in Iraq. The U.S. ousted Tehran’s sworn enemy, Saddam Hussein, from power. Then Washington helped install a Shiite government for the first time in Iraq’s modern history. As U.S. troops became mired in fighting an insurgency and containing a civil war, Iran extended its influence over all of Iraq’s Shiite factions.

Withdrawal from Iraq | War | Iran

America On The Brink Of Nuclear Destruction? | The Silent Majority

While the Obama Regime fiddles modern day Rome is about to burn.

Iran is quickly, quickly, reaching the point at which they can produce an atomic bomb. Never mind the experts predictions that they are a year away. They have been wrong many times before. I suspect they are very wrong this time and your life may depend upon your preparation for that day when Iran lobs a nuclear bomb over the US strapped atop a second rate guided missile that, nevertheless, can get the job done.

Never, ever, allow yourself to believe that Iran is only blustering when saying they will wipe Israel off the map.  Remember, they have also said a world without America is desirable — and possible.  They mean to blast America from the map as well.

America On The Brink Of Nuclear Destruction? | The Silent Majority

Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis: With Recoveries Stalling, Prepare for Round Two – DailyFinance

Now, though, economic data from the U.S. and China is pointing to a potential reversal of fortunes, and experts like Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz are warning that Europe is at risk of falling into a double-dip recession. Together with rising public resistance to government austerity measures, the pressures could leave financially stretched nations in the region with nowhere to turn.

Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis: With Recoveries Stalling, Prepare for Round Two – DailyFinance