China - Giant Flying Bug With Fangs Discovered.....

This is reportedly a giant Dobsonfly, the world's largest, with a wingspan of 21 centimeters
(8.3 inches), large enough to cover your face.

The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home about, was found in the the mountains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Scientific American reports.

It boasts a wingspan of 8.3 inches. That breaks the previous record held by a species of South American helicopter damselfly, with a wingspan of 7.5 inches. (Helicopter damselflies, by the by, feed on spiders, one species of which makes fake spiders in its web, likely to scare the predators away.)
There seems to be some confusion about exactly what this new insect is. Scientific American reports that they have only been identified as being the order Megaloptera, which includes alderflies and Dobsonflies, while CNN quotes a local museum as saying they are giant Dobsonflies (note: these are not mutually exclusive).

North Korea - Pyongyang furious over viral Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing, singing and kung fu fighting - This is very funny!

The North Korean government has asked Beijing to remove the video, in which their leader walks hand in hand with Osama bin Laden, is beaten by Obama and ends up in a pool with a basket on his head. The Chinese government responds laconically: "We cannot."

Seoul (AsiaNews) - North Korea has asked China to stop the spread of an Internet video that pokes fun at their leader, the "Young Marshal" Kim Jong-un. The government in Pyongyang, says a Chinese source, believes that the video "will seriously undermine the dignity and authority of Kim." The images show the North Korean dictator dancing and kung fu fighting.

Beijing has responded that it is "unable" to stop the spread of the video.

The video, which has gone viral, is in Chinese and of poor quality: in reality, Kim's head has been pasted onto bodies that are dancing or fighting. In one scene, the dictator, always smiling, is beaten by U.S. President Barack Obama; in another he finds himself with a basket on his head and is pushed into a swimming pool. Finally we see him dancing, hand in hand, with Osama bin Laden. The movie was produced by a Chinese man who signed himself as Zhang and who lives in Suzhou; the author reportedly studied at the South Korean Kyonggi University.

“That’s normal!” – Angry waitress voluntarily munches cockroach after customer finds it in his food, [VIDEO]

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What would you do if you found a cockroach in your food while dining in a restaurant?

If you said “complain to the management” or “report the place to the department of sanitation”, you’d be wrong. Well, at least according to one waitress at a restaurant in Chengdu, China who told a customer that it was “normal” for creepy-crawlies to make it into restaurant food, and promptly swallowed the cockroach he had found to prove her point…

Businessman Zhang Yen was dining with his friend at the Shichuan Province restaurant earlier this week when he spotted a cockroach in his food. He immediately called the waitress over and showed it to her, demanding to know how she could serve up food containing bugs.

Rather than apologising and whisking the plate away, however, the waitress flew into a rage, telling Zhang, “No matter which restaurant you go to, you’ll find things like cockroaches in the food. It’s normal!”

Unable to contain his anger and amazed at her barefaced insolence, Zhang told the waitress to eat the cockroach herself if it was the everyday ingredient she claimed it to be.

Which is exactly what she did.

Japan - Child poverty rate hits record high...

TOKYO — Japan’s child poverty rate has hit a record high, according to a government survey, prompting criticism that Tokyo wasn’t doing enough to fix the problem.
The health and welfare ministry report showed the child poverty rate rose to 16.3% in 2012, the worst result since the survey started nearly three decades ago and one of the highest levels among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The rate measures the percentage of children living in households with an annual net income below the poverty line—1.22 million yen per person.

Japan - Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms...

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A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country’s dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.

Shinshiro city municipal assembly member Tomonaga Osada received a stern warning and was forced to apologize after making the bizarre proposal, which triggered a flurry of phone calls from enraged locals.

Japan unveils new stealth jet fighter...Your Move China!

Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out.

Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2.

On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research purposes.

Indeed, the ATD-X will be used for the development of the F-3, Japan’s next generation stealth jet.

Noteworthy, the “new” images were taken on May 8, 2014, when the painting of the canted vertical tails radar-evading air superiority fighter with enhanced maneuverability ended.

A ‘new Cold War’: China’s top "Drama Queen / Propaganda Paper warns of ‘slippery slope’ towards conflict with U.S.

As diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country’s biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a “new Cold War” with the United States.

“Both China and the United States realize that today’s world has already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market for a ‘new Cold War’”, the People’s Daily, the ruling communist party’s official paper, said Saturday.

The commentary was written under the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” which means “Voice of China” and is often used for bylines on foreign policy op-eds, Reuters reported Saturday.

“If we deal with (the relationship) well, it could benefit both sides. But if we deal with this badly, that could be a slippery slope to terrible competition and even conflict,” the writer said.

The article went on to call for enhanced communication on both sides to strengthen relations. While the U.S. and China agreed to increase military ties and ramp up counter-terrorism cooperation during the annual talks in Beijing, there seemed to be little sign of progress on cyber-security or maritime issues, Reuters reported.

The writer added that foreign relations were unlikely to ease any time soon and suggested positive steps to amend shaky ties, including boosting bilateral investment, deepening cooperation on environmental issues, strengthening military ties and making travel easier between the U.S. and China.

Japan - TEPCO Stigmatized nuclear workers quit...

“TEPCO has grown into a target of people’s hate,” 

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Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry.

Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power Co, were once typical of Japan’s corporate culture that is famous for prizing loyalty to a single company and lifetime employment with it. But the March 2011 tsunami that swamped the coastal Fukushima Daiichi plant, sending three reactors into meltdown, changed that.

India - No 1 in the world for Modern-day Slavery although it's been illegal for almost 40 years- What a DISGRACE! [Video]

It is a form of modern day slavery otherwise known as forced labour. Millions of men, women and children are made to work against their will for little or no pay.

The UN's International Labour Organisation says there are 21 million people worldwide in forced labour.

Nearly half of them are in India even though the practice has been illegal for almost 40 years.

It is estimated more than four million of them are children.

The BBC's Humphrey Hawksley reports from the village of Pipalguda in the Indian state of Orissa.

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

A young male Sumatran tiger in the US (2014)

China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.

They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

However, during the convention's standing committee meeting in Geneva, China reportedly said that it still banned tiger bones.

"A Chinese delegate said, 'we don't ban trade in tiger skins but we do ban trade in tiger bones,'" a participant in the meeting said.

Cites secretariat sources confirmed that a member of the Chinese delegation had said this.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told the BBC Chinese Service he could not verify the reported admission, but he said that China will "investigate and combat" any illegal trade in tiger skins.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers are believed to be in captivity in China. Wildlife conservation organisations have long demanded an end to the trade in skins.

Saudi Arabia prove they're just as bad as China towards human rights...
This photograph shows Yemeni prisoners in ‪‎Saudi‬ ‪‎Arabia‬, tortured and abused, where is the ‪‎UN‬ or ‪‎Human‬ ‪‎Rights?

Activist Waleed Abulkair sentenced to 15 years in prison : The well-known lawyer has been battling in the defense of human rights and political reforms of the Saudi dictatorship. He is president of the "Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia." 

Jeddah (AsiaNews) - Waleed Abulkhair, a lawyer involved in the defense of human rights in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. 

Related Link: Shame on China: Protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

The activist, whom Amnesty International describes as a "prisoner of conscience", was arrested last April 14. The condemned man has challenged the verdict.  The sentence also includes a ban on foreign travel for 15 years and a fine of 200 thousand rials (about 54 thousand U.S. dollars). 

The charges, all related to his battles in defense of human rights in Saudi Arabia, range from seeking to undermine "the legitimacy of the State"; "inciting public opinion and insulting the diminution of the judiciary"; "producing documents and declarations that harm the reputation of the Kingdom [Saudi]"; setting up "an unauthorized association, of which he is president and spokesman."  This last charge refers to the "Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia," which has a profile on Facebook with thousands of members.  The association aims to document and criticize human rights violations, especially in the field of justice.  Abulkhair is known for his reformist positions for the Saudi kingdom which is ruled like a tribal dictatorship. In recent years he campaigned for political reform. Political parties are banned in the Kingdom.

2 Faces Of China - Chinese Hackers penetrated U.S. government networks- While John Kerry visits for talks...

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As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Beijing for bilateral talks, Chinese hackers penetrated the computer networks of a U.S. government agency in March, gaining access to databases that store the personal information of all federal employees, in one of the only security breaches of government servers in the past year, senior Washington officials disclosed to the New York Times.

It is unclear how far the hackers delved into some of the databases of the Office of Personnel — which stores applications for security clearances that list personal information such as financial data, former jobs, past drug use and foreign contacts of tens of thousands of employees — before the threat was discovered and thwarted by federal authorities, officials said. It is also not known if the hackers were connected to the Beijing government.

India ups the ante in the stakes of being the worst Asian country towards Womens rights; Arrests over 'revenge rape'

Women protesting the rape and murder of two teenage girls are sprayed
with water cannons by police in Lucknow

Your Play Pakistan! 

A teenage girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been raped in apparent revenge for an alleged assault on another woman, police say.
Three people were arrested, including a village head who is accused of approving the alleged crime.

The 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped this week after her brother was accused of assaulting a woman.
Violence against women remains deeply entrenched while calls to address the problem have grown in recent years. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

Burma, (Myanmar) - Journalists who exposed Sino-Burmese Chinese Assisted chemical weapons plant get 10 years of hard labour...

For defence lawyers, the ruling by a court in Magway Division, central Myanmar, is disproportionate. They plan an appeal. Former dictator Than Shwe was behind the Sino-Myanmese joint venture. 

Ruling outrages human rights activists, who slam it as a backward step in terms of civil liberties.

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A court in central Myanmar has sentenced five people - four journalists of the Unity Journal, plus the weekly's owner - to ten years of hard labour for compromising national security after they published articles about an alleged chemical weapons plant built thanks to Chinese assistance.

North Korea Life Conditions are so bad even the wildlife are making abreak for it


A desperate tiger was recently caught on camera making the treacherous swim across the Yalu River from North Korea towards China.

Odd Japanese Products Over The Years....


Shame on China: Protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for "fraud" and "gathering crowds". His lawyer slams the "fabricated charges".

Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Nanle People's District Court, in Henan province, sentenced an official Protestant pastor to 12 years in prison on charges of "fraud" and "gathering crowds."

Indonesia - Yogyakarta, to cries of "Allah is great" unknown assailantsattack Sacred Heart parish

Three groups of unidentified persons on board motorcycles, launch attack during mass. Objects and posters damaged. Reasons for the violence unknown. Tighter controls around the place of worship. After decades of peaceful coexistence, Yogyakarta becomes center of anti-Christian violence and abuse.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Another Catholic community is now under attack in Indonesia in a climate of increasing cases of violence and abuse against religious minorities.

The Parish of the Sacred Heart in Pugeran, in the South of Yogyakarta was targeted early yesterday morning by three different groups of unknown assailants on motorcycles. The attack took place during the first morning Mass: the authors, dressed in black with their faces covered by masks, broke through the parish gates shouting "Allah is great".


A prison in Pohang, South Korea has begun its first field trial of the world’s first robotic prison guards – roving, autonomous patrols that vaguely resemble a cross between Johnny 5 and a Zamboni. Equipped with 3D depth cameras, a two-way wireless communication system, and software capable of recognizing certain human behavior patterns, the 5-foot-tall bots keep a cycloptic eye out for trouble while patrolling the corridors of the prison block.

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand.

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it is looking into the allegation by China Labor Watch that its supplier Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan hired children and underage student workers.

The New York-based labor watchdog said children were hired during a busy production period, worked for 11 hours a day without overtime pay and without social insurance.

The accusation conflicts with Samsung’s recent report on conditions at suppliers. It said no child labor was found by an external audit of about 100 Chinese suppliers.

That audit found 59 suppliers that did not provide safety equipment to employees. It said excessive working hours were commonplace.