Israel, Palestinian militants trade fire in major Gaza escalation – Manila Bulletin

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israel hit Gaza with deadly air strikes on Saturday and a Palestinian militant group retaliated with a barrage of rocket fire, in the territory’s worst escalation of violence since a war last year. Smoke billows from an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on August 6, 2022. Israel hit Gaza with air strikes and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group retaliated with a barrage of rocket fire, in the territory’s worst escalation of violence since a war last year. Israel has said it was forced…

VP Sara, Makabayan bloc trade barbs over SONA garb – Manila Bulletin

An irked Vice President Sara Duterte did not mince words when she slammed former Bayan Muna Rep. Eufamia Cullamat over her remarks about her traditional Bagobo Tagabawa dress attire during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), alleging the Makabayan bloc of Congress, of which she is a member, to have ties with communist rebels. Vice President Sara Duterte (left) and Makabayan lawmakers Raoul Manuel, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas (right) (Photos from Albay Rep. Joey Salceda and the Makabayan bloc) The Makabayan bloc, for its part, called out Duterte’s…

Tension on Taiwan, trade hangs over new Biden-Xi phone call – Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON, United States — President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping were set to talk Thursday, amid questions over whether their long distance exchanges can defuse mounting tensions around Taiwan and trade. The White House said the phone call would start at 8:30 am in Washington (1230 GMT). A statement would be issued after the call ended, a spokesman said. While this was Biden’s fifth talk with Xi since becoming president a year and a half ago, it’s getting hard to mask deepening mistrust between the two countries. Already…

Hainan’s free trade makeover masks its geopolitical significance

Author: Ngeow Chow Bing, University of Malaya Hainan has an important security function in the South China Sea — it is the province in which Sansha city claims to administer the disputed features of the South China Sea. Hainan plays three significant roles in the South China Sea dispute. It helps to legitimise China’s territorial and maritime claims, defines China’s interests, and participates in asserting China’s national security. Its geostrategic importance, however, could complicate rather than enhance Hainan’s ability to promote China’s economic integration with regional players. Hainan played a…

China to ‘block the flow of global trade’ with island ‘militarisation’ | World | News

Zeno Leoni, a defence studies lecturer at King’s College London, told the Daily Express that Chinese President Xi Jinping has gone back on “promises” made to former US President Barack Obama that China would not militarise islands in the South China Sea. There have been mounting tensions in the region as China ignored an international court ruling against them over some of the islands, as Jinping maintains the islands are a sovereign right of China.  Prof Leoni said: “Since 2013 and 2015, when Xi Jinping has met Obama, there were…

Is Congress preparing a big trade gift for China?

As politically divided as the United States has become in recent years, Americans agree on one issue: China. They’re troubled by America’s heavy reliance on supply chains in China. They’re appalled by China’s use of slave labor in its factories. And they see China openly supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — and blaming the U.S. as the aggressor. Americans don’t want to depend on a hostile nation for their everyday necessities. And so, it should be a no-brainer for Congress to act. However, as the House and Senate confer on…

U.S. and China trade barbs at U.N. over South China Sea

New York – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called out bullying in the South China Sea on Monday and warned the U.N. Security Council that a conflict “would have serious global consequences for security and for commerce,” sparking a strong rebuke from China. The South China Sea has become one of many flashpoints in the testy relationship between China and the United States, with Washington rejecting what it calls unlawful territorial claims by Beijing in the resource-rich waters. “Conflict in the South China Sea, or in any ocean, would…

Incursion And World Trade, And What Ties Them Together: The Benjamins, From A U.S. (individual’s) Perspective – International Law

If you wake up each day, grab a cup of coffee, and turn on the world news, or CNN, like I do here in the U.S., one could obviously become a little pessimistic about our future together on this planet. I say, fear not, and look at the bright side. According to Wikipedia, and the 15 signs of impending doomsday….meh…we have hit on maybe one if #9 was in fact Mick Jagger and Keith Richards coming to blows in the studio.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteen_Signs_before_Doomsday  (Welsh Prose version please) However, in the real…

Nets trade Harden to 76ers in deal for Simmons, others: reports – Manila Bulletin

In this file photo taken on February 06, 2021 James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets (right) drives against Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP) Three-time NBA scoring champion James Harden was traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal for Australian Ben Simmons and others, according to multiple reports Thursday. ESPN and The Athletic reported the deal will deliver the Sixers a backcourt dynamo in Harden as well as Paul Millsap in exchange for…

Hot Topics in International Trade – February 2022: Incursion and World Trade, and What Ties Them Together: The Benjamins, From a U.S. (individual’s) Perspective | Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

However, in the real world, according to CNN, and other credible world news reports, (sorry Fox news, although Russian state run media loves Tucker Carlson) and not Wikipedia, we are definitely sitting on the brink of potential world war again at the time of this writing 2/1/2022. With the pandemic still having a grip on the global economy and supply chain shortages becoming the norm, the last thing we needed was another world crisis…but here we are. Obviously, I am talking about Russia amassing troops on the border of Ukraine.…