Björn Wahlström

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Line of Sight

China Doesn't Know How To Treat An International Financial Center

Beijing didn’t build Hong Kong’s world-class economy. It inherited it. And China’s subsequent mishandling of that gift is so ham-fisted, one is tempted to think that the Chinese leadership really doesn’t care if “it kills the goose that lays the golden eggs” in the well-worn cliché.<p>There are two …

Hong Kong

China turns firepower to soft power to try to win tiny Taiwan-held island | Reuters

KINMEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Soldiers on the tiny Taiwan-held island of Kinmen regularly conduct military drills repelling amphibious attacks by Chinese Communist troops from the mainland, but the problem may soon be free-for-all landings of Chinese shoppers and businessmen.<p>Local residents take …

China

Watch Climate Denier Ted Cruz Bully Sierra Club President in Senate Hearing

<i>[Editor's note: Sierra Club President Aaron Mair posted today this response to Sen. Cruz's attack on climate science at the Senate hearing this week.]</i><p>…

Ted Cruz

What The Hindu Scriptures Really Say About Cow Worship

India is home to 300 million cattle and is the world's largest exporter of beef -- it exported $4.8 billion worth of beef only last year -- and its …

Are Islamic State terrorists sneaking into the West?

It is rare that refugees are welcomed with open arms. Yet in parts of Europe, they are literally being greeted with applause. Though Europe's response to the plight of the Middle East's beleaguered masses may be heartwarming, it is also dangerously naive. Among the migrants are inevitably members …

Middle East

Senator James Inhofe: Pope Wasn't Actually Talking About Climate Change Before Congress

"To me, my interpretation of that it had nothing to do with climate change," said Inhofe.<p>Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe -- a vocal skeptic of climate change and the author of <i>The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future</i> -- says Pope Francis never addressed climate change …

Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago

At a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking …

Climate

North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

North Korea

A Convenient Lie: Why Fossil Fuel Supply Matters for the Climate

Over the past week, virtually every article on the President’s trip to Alaska to highlight the impacts of climate change, has in the next breath …

Blue sky vanishes immediately after Beijing's massive parade

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Well, that was quick.<p>Less than 24 hours after the end of China's massive military parade, Beijing is back to its usual smoggy self.<p>Residents woke up Friday morning to find the crystal blue skies that graced the city nearly two weeks suddenly gone -- in their place, the familiar …

China

Secretary Kerry Calls For Swift Action On Climate Change, Still Defends Arctic Drilling

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration’s decision to allow Shell to drill …

Rex Murphy: Sheer scale can numb. Perhaps this one photograph of Alan Kurdi will break the cycle

Terry Glavin, as he so often does, asks the central question on the Syrian crisis. After noting “the one photograph that mattered,” that of the …

Bobby Jindal Urges President Obama Not To Mention Climate Change On Katrina Anniversary

Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Piyush “Bobby” Jindal sent a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting that the president …

ISIS unveils chilling new map of Europe as it plans for world domination by 2020

This chilling map reveals the calculated way ISIS plan to take over the world by 2020.<p>The terrorist group aim to control the Middle East, North …

North Africa

27 Powerful Pieces Of Graffiti That Paint Greece's Frustration Amidst Crisis

Greece’s debt crisis reached new heights last month as the government in Athens and the country's international creditors engaged in contentious negotiations over a third bailout in exchange for new austerity measures.<p>Some Greeks have weighed in on the crisis in a highly visual way -- with colorful …

Maybe Charles Koch isn't worried about climate change because he doesn't get the science

Scientists review rare climate science statement by petrochemical billionaire and Republican activist Charles Koch<p>For many people around the world concerned about climate change, Charles Koch haunts their dreams like the ultimate boogeyman, provided of course they’ve never clapped eyes on Hector …

Barclays: Forget the Wild Stock Market Swings, China's Real Estate Sector Is What's Most Worrisome

The plunge in Chinese equities has grabbed all the attention in recent weeks, but a team at Barclays suggests we should be watching something …

Chinese Canadian Post editor says she was fired over Chan critique

The editor-in-chief of a Chinese-language newspaper says she was forced out of her job for publishing a column that criticized the conduct of Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan.<p>In a statement released to The Globe and Mail, the former editor of the Chinese Canadian Post, Helen Wang, said she was …

Island building in disputed sea? China doesn't want to talk about it

Southeast Asian countries meeting in Malaysia want China to stop claiming territory and building artificial islands in the South China Sea. China's position? Don't even talk about it.<p>"Hyping up the South China Sea issue will undermine the generally stable situation in the region," said commentary …

North Korea releases video of pastor confessing crimes to congregation

Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim appears to be reading from a script in footage of confession inside sparsely filled Pyongyang church<p>North Korea has released footage of a Canadian pastor confessing before a Pyongyang church congregation that he had committed crimes against the state.<p>Hyeon Soo Lim, of the …

North Korea

Scathing Konami Report Alleges Cruel And Unusual Employee Practices

Konami has been no one’s favorite publisher in the wake of its very public split with Hideo Kojima, which ended up cancelling <i>Silent Hills</i> and at one point, had his name removed from the box art of <i>Metal Gear Solid V</i>. The controversy painted a picture of an unstable and even vindictive company, and …

The Collapse of China’s Taiwan Strategy

In April of 2010 I participated at a glitzy event in Hong Kong-sponsored by the investment arm of a large Australian bank. It was a day-long …

China

Teen bound for Melbourne school stranded after Chinese authorities arrest parents

In a series of text messages to a group of fellow lawyers, she described hearing muffled voices outside the door, and the sound of someone trying to …

China Is Tearing Down Crosses

As part of a wider campaign to suppress religious freedom, China's government is demolishing crosses in the “Jerusalem of the East.”<p>HONG KONG — …

Energy company contributed $1 million to PAC backing Jeb Bush

WASHINGTON — The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential run is NextEra …

Vietnam Is Pissed that China is Blowing Up the South China Sea | VICE News

China has found itself involved in another dustup in the South China Sea, as their current amphibious assault rehearsals and live-fire maritime exercises in the region have drawn Vietnam's ire.<p>Vietnamese authorities, believing that China's presence in those waters violates their sovereignty, issued …

Jeb Bush Parrots Frank Luntz Climate Script, Just As His Brother Did A Decade Ago

The White House is gearing up to announce the final carbon pollution standards that power plants will have to meet in EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). …