Monthly Archives: February 2017

PERSEVERE IN OUR STRUGGLE FOR FILAM VETERANS RIGHTS, EQUITY AND JUSTICE NOW!

For Immediate Release
JFAV Statement on 71st Year of the Rescission Act of 1946
February 18, 2017
 
PERSEVERE IN OUR STRUGGLE FOR FILAM VETERANS RIGHTS, EQUITY AND JUSTICE NOW!15068355_1245548922185781_1367704197568119827_o
 
Los Angeles–” The worst betrayal is of a friend or an ally who you trusted and fought with against your enemies.”– Faustino ” Mang Peping” Baclig, founder, JFAV-USA
 
Six months before the US granted the Philippines its nominal independence on July 4, 1946. the 79th US Congress passed a rider in the US budget law that became known as the infamous rescission act on February 18, 1946.
 
The law disenfranchised more than 250,000 recognized Filipino-American Veterans out of the more than 526 ,000 Filipino soldiers who fought in different army and guerilla units who were recognized under the United States forces in the Philippines and the Pacific Theater of War.
 
This is the simple solution of the US Congress to save money and at the time,an example of systemic racism in the United States as exemplified by a law passed by its legislative branch. More than 71 years after, this injustice has not been corrected as the remaining 18,000 Filipino American veterans remained unrecognized as American Veterans.
 
Fight In All Arenas of StruggleJFAV:KmB.Ugnayan Lobbyist in the US Capitol, February 28-March 2, 2016
 
The JFAV has fought in all arenas of struggle including the judicial branch. We fought up to the Supreme Court. We reached up to the 9th Circuit of the Court Of Appeals just to be frustrated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) using an old law- the Insular act of 1903 that ruled that ” people of american colonies cannot be American citizens because they are uncivilized.”
 
The same Justice Brown of the Supreme Court of the United States penned the law “Separate but equal” in the 1800’s and was overturned by the Brown vs.Education , 1954.
 
And yet the Insular Act of 1903 remained until now. This the precedent why the injustice against the Filipinos are enshrined in the racist laws that are still in the place up to now.
 
Fight for Equity and Justice70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946
 
Thus today, on the 71st year of the Rescission Act of 1946 we in JFAV will contionue to fight for the memory and pay tribute to the heroism of our veterans and our people who sacrificed so much during World II.
 
We will not rest until this injustice be addressed and wrongs be corrected. No matter how hard, no matter hw long, we will not rest until we win this struggle.
 
We reaffirm our faith in the struggle and promise as we dedicate ourselves to continue to fight his injustice. “injustice must not prevail!
 
MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT!
 
 
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Arturo P. Garcia
National Coordinator
 
February 18, 2017
Los Angeles, Ca
 
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JAPAN VS CHINA AS ASIA’S LEADING POWER BY 2040?

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February 17, 201

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By Arturo P. Garcia

” By 2040, Japan will rise as East Asia’s leading power., not China. This is one of our most controversial forecasts at Geopolitical Futures.”

But for me, it wrong for Friedman and Shapiro to compare Japan and China on this basis alone, ” A good place to start is a broad comparison of the structure of China’s and Japan’s economies (the second- and third-largest economies in the world).” They said.

But this analysis alone will not reveal strengths and weaknesses for both and will bring our forecast into sharper relief.And so i will began my discourse.

1. While it is true that China’s economic weaknesses that ” coastal Eastern Region accounts for more than half of all economic activity in China. The Central and Western regions each produce about 20% of China’s economic wealth. But let’s take a closer look.”.

This has been the problem of China for the last 70 years.Mao pointed this problem out in his thesis “The Ten Major Relationships.” He explained that the problem in the relationship between the industry in the coastal area and the industry in the interior is a major problem China has to hurdle.

But Friedman and Shapiro did not say is that China actually has done a lot to solve this problem.Instead they tried to magnify it. They themselves has mentioned the data in their analysis. But as Mao said, ” China’s strength is is people and geography.”

As Mao said,” China is a big country. When it is dark in the east, the sun shines brightly in the west.”20160402_LDD001_facebook

2. In addition Friedman and Shapiro says, ” What does this mean in practical terms? Poverty is China’s greatest weakness China’s biggest economic weakness — and its most potent enemy — is poverty. Regional economic disparities exist in many countries in the world. But in China they have always been particularly acute.”

Yes it is a problem but how to you explain why China has more than a million millionaires and multi-millionares and scores of billionaires? Why is it poised to become the world’s largest economy even surpassing the United States in capitalist production.

Friedman and Shapiro did not even explained that China maintained many of its socialist features like socialized health, housing, public welfare, care for the women,the old and very young.

China has also invested in infrastructures and economic reform with huge stimulus to the economy, thus it can blew up the lid of the mass discontent.

3. Freidman and Shapiro accepts the fact,” There are great advantages. China can deploy huge armies. It is buffered from enemies by vast territory or harsh geography on all sides. It can also mobilize human capital like no other country.”

They say, ” On the other hand, it means China often spends more on internal security than it does on the much-vaunted People’s Liberation Army.”

But they did not say that Japan has a long way to rearm and rebuild its national armed forces for regional reach and world outreach.

Unlike China that has expanded up to Africa and the Middle East with its cooperation with Russia.putin

4. China in fact is building a blue navy with its third aircraft carrier being built. It has expanded into the South China Seas and has been belligerent to its neighbors especially to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

China under Mao for more than 30 years was a socialist economy and political infrastructure. Now its revisionist/capitalist rulers is using its socialist based economy for capitalism and socialist rhetorics to deceive the Chinese people.

It as Mao says,” dropping big stones into its own feet. This has not been considered by capitalist writers like Shapiro and Friedman.

In summary, the authors only focused on China’s weakness and not it’s present strengths. It also over-magnified japan’s strength and not its weakness.

Finally, China’s character might have changed from a socialist political economy to a capitalist economy but it is still a capitalist force to reckon with.

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February 1945: The Rape of Manila

JFAV UPDATES

February 15, 2017

February 1945: The Rape of Manila

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Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Los Angeles–To this day, much is heard of the Rape of Nanking when the rampaging Japanese Imperial Army killed 300,000 from 1937 to 1938, and raped 20,000 women in that Chinese capital.

Pitifully few, though, in the Philippines and even fewer elsewhere, know that in Manila, in February 1945, World War II at its agonizing climax brought forth 100,000 burned, bayoneted, bombed, shelled and shrapneled dead in the span of 28 days.  Unborn babies ripped from their mothers’ wombs provided sport: thrown up in the air and caught, impaled on bayonet tips.

With rape on the streets and everywhere else, the Bayview Hotel became Manila’s rape center.  After the dirty deed was done, nipples were sliced off, and bodies bayoneted open from the neck down.

William Manchester in his book “American Caesar,” wrote that “Once Rear Adm. Sanji Iwabuchi had decided to defend Manila, the atrocities began, and the longer the battle raged,  the more the Japanese command structure deteriorated, until the uniforms of Nipponese sailors and marines were saturated with Filipino blood.

“The devastation of Manila was one of the great tragedies of World War II.  Seventy percent of the utilities, 72 percent of the factories, 80 percent of the southern residential district, and 100 percent of the business district were razed…Hospitals were set afire after their patients had been strapped to their beds.  The corpses of males were mutilated, females of all ages were raped before they were slain, and babies’ eyeballs gouged out and smeared on walls like jelly.”

From ‘Pearl’ to rubble

The envy of other Far Eastern cities before the war, lovely Manila, a melting pot of four cultures and the acknowledged Pearl of the Orient, turned completely to rubble and smoldering ash, wrack and ruin in the 28 days it gasped its last.  Its face changed forever, national as well as city administrators since then have barely seen to its proper post-war urban planning and reconstruction, with the exception of a few government buildings rebuilt to their original states. (Zoning laws? What’s that?)

In dramatic foreshadowing, the Irish Columban priests at Malate Church got a taste of what was to come.  An unknown volunteer worker at the Remedios Hospital wrote that on Dec. 22, 1944, “most beloved” Father Patrick Kelly and Father John Lalor, were taken away by enemy soldiers.

On Christmas, Dec. 25, 1944, the priests offered dinner for 200 poor folks.  “We had to put up a brave front with smiles on our faces and lead in our heart.”  The missing priests returned to Malate on Dec. 29 to great rejoicing, but they never talked about what strife they had undergone.

A timeline of bloody events as they unfolded helps to remind us that war is hell, through which Manila agonized.

Feb. 1, 1945: “Roll out the barrel, Santa Clause is coming,” is the note wrapped in goggles dropped by a plane to starving Allied countries’ civilians interned at the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Feb. 3: American troops arriving from Lingayen liberate the 3,700 interns at UST. Japanese troops commence burning buildings and homes north of Pasig River.

Feb. 4: Japanese marines commanded by Rear Adm. Sanji Iwabuchi retreat to Intramuros, blowing up all the bridges across the Pasig.

Feb. 9: Ermita and Malate are put to the torch.  Nicanor Reyes’ living room is piled high with furniture and drapes; gasoline is poured over them.  The founder of Far Eastern University and some members of the family burn there after being bayoneted, but young daughter Lourdes who has hidden in a closet, and her wounded mother and aunt, flee to Leveriza to join her grandmother.  Against a wall, the four set up a makeshift shelter with burned GI sheets.  In the shelling, Lourdes’ mother who is shielding her, and her aunt, and grandmother, are killed.

Sen. Elpidio Quirino’s wife and two daughters, fleeing to his mother-in-law’s home, are felled by Japanese machine guns.

Jesus Cabarrus Jr. has shrapnel embedded in his skull to constantly remind him of the terror-filled days in Ermita.  Ordered by enemy troops to converge at nearby Plaza Ferguson, the men are separated from the women and children, and brought to Manila Hotel (where Jesus Sr. and other men become water boys, and where he saw Walter Loving, the Constabulary Band chief, stabbed to death).

Hotel turns into hell

Wives and children are ordered to Bayview Hotel where the only water is out of toilet water tanks, and females are wantonly raped.  Amid screaming when the building begins to burn, the Cabarruses flee, stepping over bloodied bodies dead and dying.  They run to Judge Felix’s house on Arquiza, where 150 refugees have taken cover.  His grandmother and baby sister lie on a bed, with the rest on the floor.  Shelling, explosions and finally, a cannon shell, flames, screams and smoke.  Older sister Maria Ines and he wait in the garden, their mother dashes into the flames for her baby, emerging with the infant whose legs are severed, and head bloodied.  She soon expires.  An aunt’s head has been blown off, while his grandmother burns to death.

Fleeing into Celso Lobregat’s home, in their new shelter, his mother sustains multiple shrapnel to her head, face, arms and chest, while his sister suffers a deep leg wound.  He is unconscious with many pieces of shrapnel in his head.  His mother, an American citizen, is brought in a US Army ambulance to the UST Military Hospital, but she lies in a coma for six months.  Jesusito also survives after a craniotomy at the US Military Hospital in Muntinlupa.

Feb. 10: Massacre of scores at the Philippine National Red Cross in Ermita.  At the German Club, five Germans and 400 refugees including the family of former Ambassador to Spain Juan Rocha, the Beech y Rochas numbering 11. One of them, a 15-year-old, is raped and gutted. At the Malate Church, Fathers Kelly, John Henaghan, Peter Fallon and Joseph Monaghan, together with a group of parishioners, are marched from the convent to nearby Syquia Apartments, never to be seen again.

Feb. 11: Under artillery fire by Americans, the German sisters at Saint Scholastica’s College, seeing a spotter-Piper Cub in the air, lie on the ground to form the letters SOS and are saved.

Feb. 12: Hundreds are slaughtered at Saint Paul’s College. Doctor Rafael Moreta’s residence, other homes in Paco, the Mandaluyong Mental Hospital, and in Binondo and New Manila, suffer the same fate.

Across the street from where the Century Park Hotel now stands on Vito Cruz, the Carlos Perez-Rubio home, like the Reyes’, is set to the torch.  Escaping from their home, Carlos is instantly shot, and his son Javier, 23, bayoneted to death.  The matriarch, Milagros Alvarez de Perez-Rubio, and other members of the family and house help, together with refugees, are all killed wherever they hide.  Their son Miguel, 19, future presidential Protocol Officer, escapes the massacre because he is being held prisoner by the Japanese in Baguio. He says his sister Lupe, 17, who tried to escape, was killed, but may also have been raped.  His brother, Carlos II, was beheaded at the Masonic Temple together with his fiancée Helen McMicking and her family, some of whom were bayoneted.

La Salle Brothers

Still talked about until today are the brutal killings of 40 Christian Brothers and refugees at De La Salle College on Taft Avenue—some shot and others bayoneted.  Among the dead refugees are members of the Carlos, Aquino, Uychuico and Vasquez-Prada families, their helpers and three college employees. Fernando Vasquez-Prada, 5, watches his family die. Traumatized, he is unable to speak for two years.

Doña Lorenza Bibby Baltazar is hit by shrapnel as she runs out of her home on Taft.  The mother-in-law of Cinema King Ernesto Rufino is rushed by her children, Victoria and Paco, to her doctor, who amputates her leg; she expires some hours later, but all her children can do before fleeing is to tie a handkerchief with her name on it around her other leg, to reclaim her body another day.

Feb. 13: Refugees at the Remedios Hospital numbering over 400, as well as doctor Tony Lahorra and Father John Lalor, are all killed by friendly fire.

In the same episode, tens of thousands of Malate residents lose their lives, including Josephine Perez Rocha, 33, mother of Ambassador Rocha, who in the lull, runs from a neighbor’s house to her home and is felled by an American shell.

At Philippine General Hospital (PGH), 7,000 patients and refugees cower in fear.  Edgar Krohn Jr., 16 at the time, hides under a walkway with his parents. He says American troops were firing at the University of the Philippines and the Bureau of Science next door, but PGH was never in danger of receiving American fire.

Desperate for water

The problem at PGH is water. It gets so bad that “at one point, my 1-year-old brother, Xavier, and I had to drink our own urine,” Carlos Z. Ortoll, 3 at the time, says.

Feb. 17: PGH is liberated, but many women have by then been raped and others bayoneted.  At San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Jose Maria Zabaleta Sr. reports that “my father was killed by the Japanese, together with over a hundred Spaniards. They were marched from the church to be shot and bombarded with grenades. The next day, the Americans liberated the church and saved what was left of my family.”

Both Japanese and Americans destroyed six of seven grand old churches in Intramuros.  Only San Augustin still stands.

In Malate, a baby had to be smothered with Araceli Limcaco’s pillow, lest her entire family, their neighbor and his maid and infant who cried a lot, be discovered in the foxhole in which they hid.

Prisoners at Fort Santiago were simply disposed of by burning them alive in their packed dungeons, after gasoline was poured over them.

In the end, seeing the futility of their cause, Iwabuchi and his men killed themselves on Feb. 26.  But not before the Manileños had been brought to near-despair and abject grief.

As for the city itself, erstwhile cochero Enrique Zobel who had harnessed his polo ponies to calesas (four-passenger two-wheeled affairs), earning fares to support his mother while his father Jacobo fought with the US Army Forces with the Far East in Bataan, arrived in Manila from Calatagan, shocked by what he beheld.  Not only was their “Most Beautiful Home of 1929” a burnt ruin. “I could see all the way across from Dewey Boulevard to Taft Avenue, and from Malate to Intramuros.”  The city was gone.

Annually in February, a day is set aside to remember at the Memorare monument in Intramuros. Composed of members whose families were war victims, Memorare-Manila 1945 Foundation has Ambassador Rocha as president and Lourdes Reyes-Montinola as vice president. At this year’s rites held Saturday, the guest speaker was Brother Armin Luistro, education secretary and former president of De La Salle University, where 40 were massacred.

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DU30 REGIME THREATENS SENATOR DE LIMA WITH ARREST

For Immediate Release
FAHRA-Los Angeles
February 15, 2017

DU30 REGIME THREATENS SENATOR DE LIMA WITH ARREST

Los Angeles–The drift towards PDU30’s authoritarian law grows stronger. We must fight the resurgence of Marcosian fascism under PDU30 in the Philippines!

The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance -Los Angeles expressed deep concern over the news of eminent arrest of foremost Philippine opposition Senator Leila De Lima on trump up charges as announced by DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.

Although we respect the Senate statement that they will not allow the arrest of Senator De Lima, we view such action as unprecedented and a proof of a steady drift towards DU30’s authoritarianism using the playbook of Dictator Marcos when he declared martial law in 1972.

Expose DU30 Diversionary Tactics

FAHRA using the lens of the past when Marcos closed the Congress when he declared martial law, arrested some Senators like Ninoy Aquino, Pepe Diokno and Jovy Salonga; Cory Aquino when he ordered the arrest of Senator Enrile and Aquino III jailed Enrile, Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada on the PDAF cases.

But on the case of De Lima, trump up charges even in the Senate Ethics Committee, the public remain guessing what on what charges will she be arrested.

The DU30 regime needs diversions like the De Lima arrest to draw away the rampant graft and corruption now imploding on the DU30 Regime like the P 2B “Common Station” scam of the DOTR; the P150 Million BI Scam, the PNP Kidnap Tokhang and others.

Defend Democracy

We in the United States must defend the democratic opposition in the Philippines and the Senator De Lima who is now under malicious attacks of the PDU30 Regime.

Senator De Lima bravely exposed and opposed the EJK or state-sanctioned killings that exacted more than 7,100deaths in 7 months of the DU30 regime.

We, in FAHRA must defend Senator De Lima and others under attack of the DU30 Regime. This is our duty to our motherland, to the FIlipino people and the Filipino-American community in the U.S.

We defeated Marcos in 1986, We must defend democracy under attack in the Philippines, now!

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JAPAN AS ASIA’S SUPERPOWER BY 2040. PART 2

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February 12, 2017

JAPAN AS ASIA’S SUPERPOWER BY 2040. PART 2

By Arturo P. Garcia

According to Friedman and Shapiro, ” At first glance, Japan seems to imply a similar level of wealth concentration in certain regions. Like China, Japan is informally divided into regions and sometimes reports data at the regional level.

Japan is made up of four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, and Hokkaido.

Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido constitute regions of their own. Honshu, the largest and most populous of the Japanese islands, is subdivided into five additional regions.

These five Honshu regions account for 87% of the Japanese economy. (About 43% of that economic activity comes from the Kanto region’s seven prefectures.)

This map also separates Tokyo prefecture from the others to provide a sense of how much it contributes to Japan’s total GDP. Tokyo prefecture (by itself) accounts for just over 18%.

Factoring in the Tokyo greater metropolitan area increases this figure. According to the latest available data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (from 2012), Tokyo had the largest GDP of any city in the world at $1.48 trillion. (Seoul was second with a GDP of less than half of that.)

That means greater Tokyo accounts for almost a third of Japan’s total GDP.

Japan’s advantage Unlike China, Japan’s wealth is spread much more evenly among its population. On the simplest level, this is easier to accomplish with a population of 127.3 million than with a population of 1.3 billion.

But this is not strictly about size. What holds China back is the diversity that results from its size.murasame-class-destroyer-js-inazuma-co-jd-abs-021417

Japan does not have to deal with the type of coastal-versus-interior diversity that China does.

In the China example, almost every coastal province could be compared with an interior province and a similar gulf would exist. In Japan, only Tokyo is significantly above the mean per capita income of 3.1 million yen for the entire country, and that is due, in part, to the higher cost of living in the city.

There is wealth disparity in Japan to be sure, but the disparity is not on the same scale as that which exists at the provincial level in China.
Factoring in the Tokyo greater metropolitan area increases this figure.

According to the latest available data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (from 2012), Tokyo had the largest GDP of any city in the world at $1.48 trillion. (Seoul was second with a GDP of less than half of that.)

That means greater Tokyo accounts for almost a third of Japan’s total GDP.

Japan’s advantage Unlike China, Japan’s wealth is spread much more evenly among its population. On the simplest level, this is easier to accomplish with a population of 127.3 million than with a population of 1.3 billion.

But this is not strictly about size. What holds China back is the diversity that results from its size.
Japan does not have to deal with the type of coastal-versus-interior diversity that China does.

In the China example, almost every coastal province could be compared with an interior province and a similar gulf would exist. In Japan, only Tokyo is significantly above the mean per capita income of 3.1 million yen for the entire country, and that is due, in part, to the higher cost of living in the city.

There is wealth disparity in Japan to be sure, but the disparity is not on the same scale as that which exists at the provincial level in China.
Japan’s greatest challenge and Japan’s great weakness is its dependence on imports for food and raw materials. The country’s total food self-sufficiency ratio based on calorie supply was just 39% in 2015. Based on production value, it was just 66%.

Japan relies almost entirely on imports for staples like wheat, barley, corn, and soy.

Energy is another example of this dependence on imports. One of the main reasons Japan entered World War II was to protect its access to oil.

Today, Japan is still reliant on foreign sources of energy. Even before the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in 2011, Japan relied on foreign sources for close to 80% of its energy supply.

Since 2012, that number has risen to almost 91% (according to the US Energy Information Administration).

Some will argue that Japan’s bigger problem is demographics. It is true that Japan has a rapidly aging population. But so does China. Most European countries also face this issue.

But Japan has options. Japan is one of the top investors in the world in artificial intelligence research, automation, and robotics technology to maintain productivity.

And while Japanese society is homogeneous and relatively unfriendly to outsiders, desperate circumstances could call for desperate measures and necessitate changing policies on immigration.

The broader Asia-Pacific region also offers opportunities for Japan to find workers to address this problem.”

In their final comparison Friedman and Shapiro said, ” Japan is the 62nd-largest country in terms of area. It is the 11th largest in terms of population. But neither of these facts disqualifies Japan from rising as a regional power.

Unlike China, Japan has no land-based enemies — it is an island nation. Unlike China, the Japanese government has no concern about its ability to impose its writ throughout the entire country.

Nor does it have to deal with a huge gulf in wealth disparity between regions. Japan has also managed a transition from a high-growth economy to a low-growth economy without revolution.

Japan’s weaknesses have manifested in the development of a strong navy able to guard maritime supply lines. It has also cultivated a tight alliance with a country that will guard those supply lines, the US.

To be clear, China is still a very powerful country relative to most in the world. As such, much of our writing remains focused on understanding how economic problems in China are manifesting in political challenges.

For now, Japan is less dynamic and important — though it will become more so — and our writing on Japan will increase as it becomes the leading power in the Asia Pacific.”

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JAPAN VS CHINA AS ASIA’S LEADING POWER BY 2040

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February 11, 201

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By Arturo P. Garcia

” By 2040, Japan will rise as East Asia’s leading power., not China. This is one of our most controversial forecasts at Geopolitical Futures.”

This was the pronouncement of “Business Insider” in an article/analysis written by George Friedman and Jacob Shapiro of “Maulden Economics”

They compared the contemporary China with Japan. As a political and economic analyst, I will divide my discussion into 3 parts. This is the first part about China as elucidated by Friedman and Shapiro.

Friedman and Shapiro explained, ” A good place to start is a broad comparison of the structure of China’s and Japan’s economies (the second- and third-largest economies in the world).

This analysis will reveal strengths and weaknesses for both and will bring our forecast into sharper relief.13620168_1267189539973023_1546217399480246871_n

China’s economic weaknesses.The coastal Eastern Region accounts for more than half of all economic activity in China. The Central and Western regions each produce about 20% of China’s economic wealth. But let’s take a closer look.

The map below divides China into four geographic regions by contribution to national GDP. The data comes from China’s National Bureau of Statistics. China sometimes uses these divisions to understand how the economy is performing at a regional level. (It must be noted that these figures are most likely manipulated for political purposes.)

The data contains notable discrepancies, in spite of which it still reveals much about China’s economic weaknesses.

The coastal Eastern Region accounts for more than half of all economic activity in China. The Central and Western regions each produce about 20% of China’s economic wealth. But let’s take a closer look.

The Western Region makes up more than half of China’s total land area. But it produces less than half of what the Eastern Region does. And it produces the same amount as the Central Region, which is less than half its size.

The Northeastern Region appears to be an outlier. It accounts for just 8% of China’s GDP. Most of this region’s economic activity is heavy industry and has been under severe pressure as China attempts to increase internal demand and decrease dependence on exports.

What does this mean in practical terms? The Western Region makes up more than half of China’s total land area. But it produces less than half of what the Eastern Region does. And it produces the same amount as the Central Region, which is less than half its size.

The Northeastern Region appears to be an outlier. It accounts for just 8% of China’s GDP. Most of this region’s economic activity is heavy industry and has been under severe pressure as China attempts to increase internal demand and decrease dependence on exports.

What does this mean in practical terms? Poverty is China’s greatest weakness

China’s biggest economic weakness — and its most potent enemy — is poverty. Regional economic disparities exist in many countries in the world. But in China they have always been particularly acute.

China’s sheer size magnifies this problem.In 1981, roughly 1 billion Chinese people lived on less than $3.10 a day (at 2011 purchasing power parity). The World Bank’s latest data (from 2010) shows that the number dropped to 360 million that year.

That is a great accomplishment. The problem is that it is not enough.China has been growing at a remarkable rate for the past 30 years, but that growth is slowing down, with 360 million people still living in abject poverty.

The map shows us that most of China’s economic success is enjoyed by the coast and not the rest of the country.China’s double-edged sword.China is the most populous country in the world and the fourth largest in terms of area. This is a source of great power, but it is also a double-edged sword.

There are great advantages. China can deploy huge armies. It is buffered from enemies by vast territory or harsh geography on all sides. It can also mobilize human capital like no other country.

On the other hand, it means China often spends more on internal security than it does on the much-vaunted People’s Liberation Army.

It also rules over many regions that are not ethnically Han Chinese, regions that want greater autonomy (if not independence). And China must maintain a robust capability to guard its borders.

China is a formidable land-based power, but it has never been a global maritime power. It has always been susceptible to internal revolution and, at times, external conquest.”

In summary, the authors only focused on China’s weakness and not it’s present strengths. China’s character might have changed from a socialist political economy to a capitalist economy but it is still a a force to reckon with.

This i will discuss later in my own analysis, part 3 of these geopolitical analysis by Friedman and Shapiro.

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FREE FERDINAND CASTILLO, ACTIVISTS ARE NOT TERRORIST OR CRIMINALS

ALLIANCE NEWS
February 14, 2017

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Los Angeles- The Alliance Philippines vehemently condemned the AFP/ PNP in arrest rampage after cancellation of talks in the Philippines.

From February 3 to 12, 2017, the ALLIANCE NEWS received reports of illegal arrests of at least fifteen (19) individuals, many are activists and civilians. Fifteen (15) of them are still detained, as of this writing.

The Alliance Philippines vehemently condemned the arrest on February 12, of activist Ferdinand Castillo, 57. He was arrested without warrant in Caloocan City. Castillo was blindfolded for almost four hours and was later brought to the PNP-CIDG office in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Castillo is the campaign officer of Bayan Metro Manila, an alliance of Metro Manila-based people’s organizations, known to uphold people’s rights and welfare.

Trump Up Charges

‘He is facing trumped-up charges of murder and attempted murder in RTC Branch 63 in Calauag, Quezon Province, and charges of illegal possession of firearms, despite his protests on the planting of evidence in his belongings.

On the same note, two women development workers were also illegally arrested on fabricated criminal offenses. Rogina Quilop, 49, administrative officer of the Center for People’s Resources and ServicSara ParksDG elements for murder charges. She is currently detained at the Handumanan Female Dorm. On February 9, 2017.

In Baguio City ,Sarah Abellon-Alikes, the daughter of Anglican Bishop Richard Abellon Sr and a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Development Center – Katinnulong Dagiti Umili ti Amianan (RDC-Kadaumi), was accosted by elements of the AFP while on her way to downtown Baguio City.

Arrest Without Charges

She was detained for two days without charges before she was turned over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) station on February 11 for trumped-up charges of arson and robbery.

She is now temporarily released on bail. Alikes, a Kankanaey-Igorot, is a pioneer of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA).

The Alliance Philippines believed that the GRP and its State security forces should account for the continuing violations of JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) .

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DHS/ICE REPORTED 640 ARRESTS IN SIX STATES

FAI NEWS
February 13, 2017

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Report by Art P. Garcia

Los Angeles--The Department Of Homeland (DHS) reported today that they have arrested more than 640 “illegal immigrants” of whom,”75% have criminal records”

This is in line with the Executive Order of POTUS Trump for more “stringent enforcement of immigration laws.” Trump vowed to deport more than 3 million “illegal immigrants with criminal records”.

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that at least 160 immigrants were apprehended in ICE raids and checkpoints all over southern California from Thursday to the present.

“Routine job”

U.S. immigration authorities made a series of arrests in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

The raids, which appeared to target scores of people, including those without criminal records, mark the first larges cale episode of immigration enforcement inside the United States since President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

Immigration lawyers and advocates said some of the enforcement efforts included traffic stops and checkpoints, though Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials disputed those accounts, saying the agency does not use checkpoints while engaging in targeted enforcement operations.

It also appeared to signal a departure from the Obama administration’s position of prioritizing immigration enforcement against criminals. Trump has pledged to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

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POE: BI SCANDAL SOW CORRUPTION ALIVE AND WELL UNDER DUTERTE Special Report by Al P. Garcia

FAI NEWS
February 13, 2017

Poe: BI scandal shows corruption ‘alive and well’ under Duterte 

Special Report by Arturo P. GarciaGrace Poe

Los Angeles– The Filipino American Inquirer (FAI) NEWS reported today that, ” the P50-million bribery scandal allegedly involving immigration officials only showed that “corruption is alive and well” under the Duterte administration, Senator Grace Poe said on Tuesday.

Poe said this when asked over ABS-CBN News Channel’s morning show, “Headstart,” about her opinion on the ongoing Senate probe on the issue.

“That corruption is alive and well. Even under this administration, there are still people protecting each other’s friends and interest,” she said.

Blue Ribbon Committee Hearings

The Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon has been investigating allegations that gambling tycoon Jack Lam, through his representative Wally Sombero Jr.

Sombrero allegedly had given former Bureau of Immigration (BI) Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles P50 million in exchange for the release of undocumented Chinese workers at his casino hotel in Pampanga.

After repeated failure to attend the probe, Sombero is finally expected to appear before the committee, which is scheduled to resume its hearing on Thursday.

Senate Cannot Send People To JailTULOY POE ANG LABAN!

“You know, the Senate is there to bring out the truth and also for the public to be able to witness it and weigh in on the situation because it can’t be done in the courts,” Poe said.

“But the Senate can’t send those people to jail. We can only file a committee report, calling on the Sandiganbayan or the Ombudsman, etc (to file cases against certain people).

So these people (have to be)—whoever is responsible—should be thrown in jail, otherwise, it will not discourage others from committing the same crimes,” she added.

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OROVILLE DAM IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE, EVACUATION ORDERED

FAI NEWS
February 13, 2917

OROVILLE DAM IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE, EVACUATION ORDERED

Special Report by Arturo P. Garcia

OROVILLE, CA. — California has deployed 23,000 National Guards ,8 helicopters as it tries to fix the eroded spill way, and more than 188,000 people around Oroville Dam were evacuated as the alarms were sounded for the dam was in danger of collapse.

At least 188,000 people remain under evacuation orders after Northern California authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.

About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest.

Evacuation Ordered

The cities of Oroville, Gridley, Live Oak, Marysville, Wheat land, Yuba City, Plumas Lake, and Olivehurst were all under evacuation orders.

The evacuation was ordered Sunday afternoon after engineers spotted erosion on the dam’s secondary spillway. Hours later, panicked and angry people were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to leave the area.

“The police came and told us to evacuate,” said Kaysi Levias who was with her husband, Greg, at a gas station as they attempted to flee.

Officials warned residents that the spillway could fail within an hour “I’m just shocked,” Greg Levias said. “Pretty mad.”

No More Warnings

“Not giving us more warning,” said Kaysi, finishing his sentence.”We’ve never been through this before,” said Kaysi Levias. “We have two boys and our dog. All the stuff we could fit in the trunk – clothes and blankets.”

What they couldn’t fit they piled as high as they could in their downstairs Yuba City apartment and joined the line of traffic attempting to leave the city where they had moved just three weeks ago.

State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris spoke at a news conference late Sunday and said at least 250 law enforcement officers from throughout the state are in the area or en route to help the people evacuating.

Eroded Spillway

The evacuation order went out around 4 p.m. after engineers spotted a hole that was eroding back toward the top of the spillway.

The erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from Lake Oroville, the California Department of Water Resources said. Those potential flows could overwhelm the Feather River and other downstream waterways, channels and levees.

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