The New York Times: Twitter Takes Down Accounts of China Dissidents Ahead of Tienanmen Anniversary

Twitter is evil, and people who continue to use it are abetting evil.

Three days before the most sensitive political anniversary on the Chinese calendar, Twitter suspended the accounts of Chinese political commentators in what it said was an accident. The move showed starkly the global political ramifications of Silicon Valley slip-ups.

Twitter’s action, which one human rights worker said affected more than 100 users, came over several hours late Friday and early Saturday. It hit human rights lawyers, activists, college students and nationalists, who use workarounds to get access to Twitter, which is banned in China. Just about every part of the raucous, if small, Chinese-language Twitter world was affected.

Source: Twitter Takes Down Accounts of China Dissidents Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary – The New York Times

Daily Mail Online: Pentagon plans to cut U.S. reliance on China for ‘rare earth’ minerals amid trade war fears

One of the reasons why the United States get most of it’s rare earth minerals elsewhere, is because the mining process greatly damages the environment… I believe environmentalists will fight it in the United States.

The U.S. Defense Department has submitted a report to Congress on rare earth minerals as it looks to reduce American reliance on China, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing’s role as a supplier.

Although the Pentagon did not provide details of the report, it said it was tied to a federal program designed to bolster domestic production capabilities by offering ‘tailored’ economic incentives.

Source: Pentagon plans to cut U.S. reliance on China for ‘rare earth’ minerals amid trade war fears | Daily Mail Online

The Epoch Times: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment

If Assange is guilty, he’s guilty, but I suspect this is more about the embarrassment of the leak than the leak itself, and a warning to any other independent journalist that the US government will come after you.

The Justice Department leveled an 18-count superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on May 23.

The new charges include conspiring with former army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning to obtain classified materials, compromising sources in the Middle East and China, and conspiracy to hack into a more secure military database.

Manning provided to Assange and WikiLeaks databases containing approximately 90,000 Afghanistan War-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq War-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables.

Source: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment

CBC News: Focus on traumatized boys critical to gender equality, research shows

It should go without saying that a man who would lay a hand on a women violence, already has laid their hands upon another man in violence.

The current trends are foreboding for boys.

The study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at childhood traumas suffered by 1,284 adolescents aged 10 to 14 in more than a dozen low-income urban settings around the world, such as the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Egypt and Bolivia.

Overall, 46 per cent of young adolescents reported experiencing violence, 38 per cent said they suffered emotional neglect and 29 per cent experienced physical neglect. Boys, however, were more likely to report being victims of physical neglect, sexual abuse and violence.

While higher levels of trauma lead both boys and girls to engage in more violent behaviours, boys are more likely to become violent. Girls tend to show higher levels of depression.

Source: Focus on traumatized boys critical to gender equality, research shows | CBC News

China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.

China now has more warships than the United States, but quantity doesn’t trump quality.

China now has more warships than the United States Navy. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), informally known as the Chinese Navy, recently hit a landmark number of 300 ships—thirteen more than the U.S. Navy.

Although admittedly imposing, the number doesn’t tell the whole story. America’s fleet is much larger on a ship-by-ship basis, including eleven nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and an almost equal number of amphibious assault ships.

Source: China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.

North Korea More Bark Than Bite

North Korea comes off as the comedic villain in Team America. Exhibit A: this recent statement from North Korea.

In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes. (Source)

Don’t get me wrong, North Korea is a threat. It’s not a huge threat, but provided China didn’t interfere, the US military could sever the head of that snake rather easily.

The big question is and always will be, what will China do?

Personally, China needs to do this themselves. North Korea exists at the good graces of China. China prevented a North Korean loss during the Korean War, and has kept the regime from collapsing for decades. It really is China’s mess to clean up.

China Has A Case Of Butthurt

The irony is that China is cracking down harder on South Korea, which merely wants to protect itself, than it is on a nuclear-armed North Korea. THAAD is an entirely defensive system, early warning and spying concerns aside. If China really wanted to stop THAAD it could have exerted even more pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear program, although it’s disputed exactly how much influence Beijing has over Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s government is in turmoil after the impeachment of pro-THAAD President Park Geun-hye. A new left-wing government might cancel deployment of the missile system. A new government might be more willing to negotiate with North Korea, but canceling the system without extracting concessions from the North on nuclear weapons would simply make South Korea, and U.S. troops based there, less safe.

Source: The Missile-Killer That Has China, South Korea, and the U.S. in Turmoil