European football’s governing body UEFA will ‘examine’ Turkey footballers’ military salute

A number of countries have condemned Turkey’s offensive, and Finland, Norway and The Netherlands have already announced that they are stopping arms exports to the country. Activists wave flags and show banners as they protest against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the Syrian border region and the Kurdish territories, in Cologne. Photo: EPA-EFE A meeting in Luxembourg Monday of the European Union’s foreign affairs committee will decide on a coordinated European approach to the issue, French statement said. SUBSCRIBE TO SCMP TODAY: INTL EDITION Get updates direct to your…

Like Vietnam, Duterte Teams Up With Russia To Stop China

SOCHI, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 3, 2019: The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte attends the plenary session of the 16th annual meeting titled “The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order” and held by the Valdai Discussion Club at Polyana 1389 Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is beginning to learn a lesson or two from Vietnam in dealing with China’s aggression in the South China Sea: Team up with Russia’s  Rosneft to explore for oil and gas in Philippine waters being claimed by Beijing. That’s according to an article published in…

Vietnam Asserts South China Sea Claims Amid Renewed Chinese Push

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang, on Thursday, asserted the country’s claim to Vanguard Bank, a disputed area inside Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone. China claims the same area under the “Nine-Dash-Line” that encompasses most of the South China Sea and largely ignores any EEZ in the region. The Vanguard Bank is the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratly Islands, where the two countries, along with the Philippines, have staked claims. The problem is that China’s size and military strength allows it to bully anyone into submission. In Vietnam,…

Littoral Combat Ship: America’s Secret Naval Weapon Against China Or Waste Of Money?

Key point: In a wargaming simulation against China, the Littoral Combat Ship performed worse than expected. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the lightly-armed LCS likely couldn’t survive in a major shooting war. Just how vulnerable is the LCS? In 2013 journalist Kyle Mizokami put the speedy, 3,000-ton-displacement vessel to…

Forged by the Sea, and Centuries of Devotion to the American People

“The Navy has both a tradition and a future ? and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.” – Admiral George Anderson, 1961 Sunday, Oct. 13, marks the 244th birthday of the United States Navy. The Navy has evolved significantly from its colonial seafaring roots, but its spirit of service to the nation remains. The colonial militia is most often mentioned in American history textbooks, but the Navy also had a rule in the struggle for our independence. The founders debated the practicality of having a naval force…

Sand storming! | Borneo Post Online

The Roman Arena in Arles, France was made of early mortar. RECENTLY I purchased a bag of cement and three bags of sand from my local building supplier’s yard only to find that the former was the same cost as three times its weight in sand. This price per unit differential is easily explained for cement needs costly manufacturing and sand, composed of silica, is easily obtainable and is a natural resource. I needed both materials, to mix as concrete, to repoint the weathered areas between the slate slabs on…