Rt Hon Mark Field MP, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific. Bilateral relations are extremely important and I’m delighted that the UK and Vietnam Strategic Partnership is growing. But I rarely have the opportunity to talk about the UK approach to Asia as a whole. On 14 August I made a speech in Jakarta and directly to you, I’d like to put that right. First, a short personal story. In 1962, my parents married in Singapore. I grew up hearing their stories about life in Asia. My interest only grew stronger when I first visited this wonderful continent over twenty years ago. It was already so different from my parents’ photographs, and that change continues apace. Quite rightly, the UK’s relationship with Asia has changed too - from that of my parents’ time, more than half a century ago, to the partnership we enjoy today, with our eyes firmly fixed on the future. We call our approach ‘All of Asia’, and we place a deliberate … [Read more...] about “Asia is the continent within which the world of the 21st century will be forged”
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The headline in Axios on August 8 demanded attention: “Sputnik moment for U.S. military.” For his part, Virgil paid particularly close attention, since he published a piece with virtually the same headline, for Breitbart News, back on September 16, 2017: “The Threat from China — America’s New ‘Sputnik Moment.’” Sputnik, of course, was the satellite put into orbit by the Soviet Union back in 1957. In launching their satellite, the Russians beat the Americans into space, thus causing a crisis of confidence in the U.S. How could Uncle Sam, supposedly the world’s leader, get one-upped by the Russian Bear? That is, one-upped in an extraordinarily important cluster of technologies, namely, rocketry, navigation, and space flight? If the Soviets were ahead of us in space, what did that say about our leadership position in the world, to say nothing of our national security?As we know, the U.S. surmounted the … [Read more...] about Virgil: The Washington Post, and Axios, Follow in the Footsteps of Breitbart News
National Security Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg speaks during the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow on May 31, 2016. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption toggle caption Pavel Golovkin/AP Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg speaks during the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow on May 31, 2016. Pavel Golovkin/AP This week in the Russia investigations: Enter Viktor Vekselberg. Who is helping Michael Avenatti? Oleg Deripaska's wings have been clipped — for now. The Vekselberg matter Energy baron Viktor Vekselberg has the reputation as a "nice" Russian oligarch. But his "niceness" didn't stop the Treasury Department from putting Vekselberg under sanction in April or from becoming the latest character from that world to take center stage in the Russia imbroglio this week. National Security FBI Warned Of Russian Intelligence Links To Oligarch In Cohen Payment … [Read more...] about The Russia Investigations: Another Oligarch Becomes Embroiled In The Imbroglio
NORFOLKWhat should Maury High School look like for the next 100 years?That’s the question consultants are asking the community as they prepare a recommendation for the Norfolk School Board that will guide the future of the city’s oldest high school.There’s no wrecking ball outside Maury, educational planning consultant Tracy Richter has told people worried the 108-year-old building’s demise is imminent. For now, they’re just making a wish list. Designs and blueprints will come later – as will figuring out a way to pay for it.“We want to build on tradition while moving forward,” Richter said at a community meeting in the school’s cafeteria last month. “Not easy, either one.”The final community meeting is today, the last chance to give feedback before consultants prepare their recommendation to the board, which is expected to be presented in June.The two meetings so far have had modest attendance. Maeve Stiles, a Maury … [Read more...] about Maury High dates to 1910. Norfolk schools want to make it ready for the 21st century.
In recent years, New Yorkers, like people all over the world, have faced the realities of human-made climate change: extreme storms, rising sea levels, summer heat waves, massive winter nor'easters, and a $20 billion plan to reduce future flooding. Last year, the United States as a whole experienced the highest losses from climate disasters, an estimated $309 billion. With the Big Oil lobby firmly entrenched in the Trump administration, national action against climate change has ground to a halt. The path to climate safety is closing fast. Climate change results overwhelmingly from the burning of coal, oil and gas, and the carbon dioxide emissions that result. (Emissions from agricultural production and land use change are also drivers.) The key to climate safety is therefore decarbonization: to shift from the fossil fuels to zero-carbon energy, such as wind, solar, hydro and nuclear power. The future of the planet therefore depends mainly on the few place that produce the … [Read more...] about We can fix this: Don’t be dispirited by Big Oil’s power in the age of Trump. Real climate change solutions are in reach.