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Duterte's Forces Are Secretly Being Paid Per-Kill Bonuses, Says Watchdog

February 1, 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines has created incentives to kill and “an economy of murder,” according to a new report by Amnesty International. More than 7,000 drug-related killings have taken place in the nation since Duterte came to power seven months ago. According to an officer...

For $1 Million, Donors to Trump’s Inauguration Will Get an 'Intimate' Dinner With Mike Pence

November 30, 2016 A fancy US presidential inauguration doesn’t come cheap. Fortunately for incoming presidents, plenty of companies and individuals have historically eagerly contributed to the effort through wildly overpriced luncheons, dinners, and other activities surrounding the big day. In the case of Donald Trump’s inauguration, they’ll cough up $1 million for the...

The Philippines Is About to Give Up the South China Sea to China

October 13, 2016 Next week Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who took power in late June, will make his first state visit to China. Of course he’s hoping for a bonanza of loans and trade deals. What he’s not expecting or demanding: the return of Scarborough Shoal, which China seized from the Philippines in...

Maritime Tensions Grow Between Rising China and Rearming Japan

September 23, 2016 Last month, Japan’s defense ministry requested a record budget of about $51 billion for fiscal 2017. At the top of its security worries: China’s maritime aggression. Japan has reason to worry. In both the East China Sea and South China Sea, Tokyo faces an increasingly assertive China that looks determined...

Even Duterte’s Slurs Can’t Break US-Philippines Ties Cemented by Chinese Aggression

September 7, 2016 When the US military abandoned its long-held bases in the Philippines in the early 1990s, it wasn’t because it wanted to. It was because the Philippines, as a sovereign nation, kicked it out. Filipino leadership decided the bases were unwelcome vestiges of the Philippines’ time as a US colony, which...

Joe Biden Officiated His First Marriage — a Same-sex Union at His House

August 2, 2016 When White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller tied the knot Monday, US vice president Joe Biden officiated, at their request. The small wedding ceremony took place in the vice presidential residence at the US Naval Observatory, and Biden tweeted about the event. Proud to marry Brian and Joe...

Beijing Announces New Plans to Break International Law in South China Sea

July 18, 2016 China appears to have timed military activities in the South China Sea to take place in the days both before and after a ruling that largely invalidated its sweeping claims to the strategic waterway. The country’s maritime safety agency announced today (July 18) that military exercises will be held in...

Now China's Fake Island Has a Farm

June 7, 2016 China is clearly militarizing in the strategic South China Sea—causinginternational alarm and increased defense spending among neighbors. But as it asserts its claim to the region, it’s also throwing some softer elements in amid the militaristic buildup—including lighthouses, a tourist resort, and a hospital. The latest awkwardly placed civilian outpost...

Critics of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Have Called Him Everything From an Apologist to a 'Lunatic'

May 27, 2016 Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, Japan, today (May 27) was seen by many as a poignant gesture—not quite an apology for the US’s devastating atomic bomb attack on the city during World War II, but at least an important acknowledgement of the human cost of that military action. But around...

Beijing Is Setting the Stage for War in the South China Sea

May 13, 2016 All any nation needs to go to war is a good provocation, and China is no exception. With its sweeping territorial claims, island-building, militarization, patriotic fervor, and prickly rhetoric, Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea—it might even be counting on it.All any...