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LOA Daily – 01.05.18

Dealing With Extreme Weather Events With a snowstorm blanketing the eastern seaboard of the United States today, we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about how people often allow things like the weather to dampen their moods and how to survive weather events with a more positive frame of mind.   Download this episode (right click and …

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Joseph Thomas – Behind the RAND Corporation’s US Plan to Wage War on China

The RAND Corporation was commissioned to publish a report titled, “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable,” in which it describes its assessment of possible war between the US and China in the Pacific in both 2015 and in 2025. The report’s introduction summarised its findings, stating: Premeditated war between the United States and China is very unlikely, but the …

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CONN HALLINAN – Dangerous Seas: China and the USA

A combination of recent events underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the U.S. “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman. In just …

A “Secular ISIL” Rises In Southeast Asia By Andrew KORYBKO

India just carried out one of its largest-ever covert operations in peacetime, striking a Myanmar-based terrorist group and killing over 100 of its members. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), known more popularly by its initials NSCN-K, was targeted because of the terrorist attack it pulled off last week in the Northeast Indian state of Manipur. In the worst ambush suffered by the …

US Global Hegemony, “Asymmetric Warfare” Directed against China by MIKE WHITNEY

“Since its founding, the United States has consistently pursued a grand strategy focused on acquiring and maintaining preeminent power over various rivals, first on the North American continent, then in the Western hemisphere, and finally globally.” Robert D. Blackwill and Ashley J.Tellis, Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China, The Council on Foreign Relations Special Report, March 2015 “It is for the …

Threat of ‘Inevitable’ War Looms Between US and China Over Pacific Island Row – Lauren McCauley

Tensions between China and United States continue to rise over the South China Sea as a Chinese government newspaper warns that war may be ‘inevitable’ if the U.S. and its allies do not back off from the heavily disputed territory. Last week, the Chinese government condemned the actions of the U.S. military after the P8-A Poseidon, the US’ most advanced …