Archive of: February 2019
said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.
”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi
talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so
me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”
”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in Vietn
am physically that triggers something different than what we’ve shown them before is kind of non
sense.”There’s something for both Washington and Pyongyang to like when studying the US-Vietnam relationship.
For North Korea, it’s an example of a single-party communist country that reformed its economy without democr
atizing. For the United States, it’s an example of how to redefine a relationship and make a buck at the same time.
In 1995 — the year Hanoi and Washington normalized relations — US exports to and imports from Vietnam were
worth just $252 million and $199 million respectively. However in the first 11 months of 2018, the US exported more th
an $8 billion worth of goods to Vietnam and imported goods worth $45 billion, according to US Census figures.
NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto
n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.
Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si
te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.
The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh
en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add
ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.
The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.
Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.
“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all
we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation
al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu
reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.
Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.
Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.
She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult
ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr
actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.
”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ
ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.
”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O
ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas
e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat
ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the
dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.
who rebel against the system. Permission is needed from a male guardian for many basic activities, including international travel.
Reem and Rawan say they had been planning their escape in secret for two years. They didn’t dare discuss it in case they were
overheard, so, instead, they swapped WhatsApp messages, even while alone at night in their shared room.
Before they fled, the Sri Lanka vacation was just like any other. They wore their niqabs
to the beach and sat away from the surf while their brothers swam and joked. They cooked the meals, and
spent most of their days inside. It was humid. Their niqabs stuck to their skin and made it hard to see.
”We travel to move from a box to another box. From home to hotel, nothing will change,” Rawan says. “They will go o
ut, they will live freely, the men, of course we will sit away, watching them doing what they want.”
Their five-year-old sister played in the sand, but their 12-year-old sister, like them,
didn’t. She too was learning that it’s OK to be a girl in Saudi Arabia — until you grow up.
During the trip, Rawan turned 18. The timing was no accident. The vacation was planned with gentle persuasion to co
incide with a birthday that, unbeknown to their mother, allowed Rawan to apply for an Australian tourist visa.
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.
For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.
But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was s
upposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years.
When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equ
aling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.
Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid.
Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Re
al, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor.
For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scor
ing record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet.
Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side.
unprecedented trade war: The US didn’t easily stop and China was not that fragile to be defeated. How
ever, it has proven no empty talk that in a long-term trade war, both sides would eventually lose.
President Xi and President Trump reached consensus on December 1 and put the two countries back onto the win-win track. Th
e consensus has responded to the situation, conformed with people’s wishes and reversed the pessimism of the market.
Starting December 2018, rounds of consultations resolved a large n
umber of divergences. The outcome has been sufficient to outline a new face of China-US econo
ic and trade cooperation and to bring an incalculable impetus to both sides’ economic development.
In the final phase of the talks, both sides must keep calm, treasure the already-made ach
ievements and promote smoother and fairer China-US trade cooperation.
US demand for China’s structural reform must stay in line with China-US trade coo
peration and coordinate with China’s reform and opening-up. The talks must not tr
y to force Beijing to change its economic governance or even its development path.
The final deal should attend to the interests of nongovernmental organizations that ultimately carry out economic and trade cooperation.
China and the US must sign an agreement that will inspire their peo
ple, heralding accelerated economic development. Only such deals can withstand the test of history.
The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong
-un in Hanoi on February 27 and 28 will trigger complicated changes in East Asia’s poli
tics. Though the effect on US-Japan relations will be limited, North Korea-Japan ties will move in a positive direction.
Currently, Pyongyang demands withdrawal of sanctions, signing a peace treaty, an end-of-war declaration, and a security guarantee f
or North Korea. Washington had asked Pyongyang to undertake complete, verifiable and irrev
ersible denuclearization, which might be now relaxed. The US may agree that North Korea fulfill it in stages. Befo
re any progress in denuclearization, the US will not ease sanctions substantially. Therefore, the Hanoi talks co
uld produce substantive results, much more significant than the Singapore summit.
However, it won’t shake the relationship between US and its East Asian al
lies. Even if the US and North Korea forge new relations, it would obviously not be a
s firm as the US-Japan alliance. Once the talks make headway, Washington may gradually lift the sanctions on Pyo
ngyang, helping get North Korea’s economy out of the doldrums. Other areas will be left as they are.
In this context, possible improvement in US-North Korea ties would not have noticeabl
e impact on US-Japan relations. However, it may make Tokyo and Pyongyang move closer.