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Stratfor Email Shows Method of Drug Trafficking in China.

Yesterday Wikileaks released Liberia another instalment of the The Global Intelligence Files, of emails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. One of the emails China – Nigeria and Liberians moving gear in Beijing from Chris Farnham, Stratfor’s Regional Director for Australasia and Southeast Asia highlights the methods of drug smuggling in China. According to the email the trade is mainly conducted by Nigerians and Liberians and comes through Yunnan and Xinjiang. He also notes that much of the cocaine is cut with glass. For all those that regularly follow the Chinese news will know the Chinese state has recently been trying to crack down on the drug trade and recently jailed a Nigerian man after finding 91.75 grams of cocaine, 3.7 grams of methamphetamine and 1.76 grams of heroin in his Shanghai residence.

Was having a meal of street food tonight and bumped in to a Nigerian ‘business man’ that I’ve known for a while now through friends. We ate together and noticed that the drug dealing was at levels and openness that neither of us had seen before. I had always been interested why the Nigerians cornered this trade here (from what I am aware it’s mostly very low quality cocaine and hashish/marijuana. The cocaine has apparently been mixed with ground up glass, butane and god knows whatever else. My friends that play around with this shit always end up with nose bleeds and sometimes get colds and flus from it. The hash comes mostly from Yunnan in the south where it grows wild or it comes through Xinjiang from the Turkic minorities).

Source tells me that it is mostly Nigerians with some Liberians as well moving shit in Beijing. They come here to do it because they feel it is safer than in places like the US, Europe, Australia, etc. Apparently if they only sell to foreigners the police really don’t care but if they sell to Chinese people they’re going to be tracked down and hit pretty hard. From what I could tell from the source’s comments these guys also hustle each other, there’s no kind of nationalistic/racial esprit de corps/solidarity between these guys.

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in China


Could Japan be Developing Nuclear Weapons?

This week Japan’s Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) received a five-year license for uranium exploration in Uzbekistan’s Navoi region. The deal which Japan has been working on for the past couple of years is not all that out of the ordinary, Uzbekistan just like the rest of Central Asia, is a hotbed for great-power competition with the US, China, Russia, India and Japan competing for the countries resources. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Japan


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The Militarization of the Asia Pacific

Chinese naval vessel fire anti-submarine missile during the "Joint Sea-2013" drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia, July 10, 2013.

Chinese naval vessel fire anti-submarine missile during the “Joint Sea-2013” drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia, July 10, 2013. Source PLA Daily.

Territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific frequently result in tit-for-tat war of words and provocation, in a region which sometimes feels like it’s teetering on the edge of all-out-war. The territorial disputes, often viewed by some as China asserting its regional hegemony and by others as US imperialism, have intensified throughout time, as the US pivots towards Asia. Read the rest of this entry »


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A Flagrant Disregard for the Rule of Law

As the last remaining superpower, in a unipolar world, the US will do anything to maintain its hegemony and feels any action it conducts is legitimate, legal and moral due to its superpower status. This flagrant disregard for the rule of law and unparalleled hypocrisy has never been more present. Read the rest of this entry »


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How come nobody is questioning the X-Keyscore map?

Many of the locations situated on the NSA’s poorly drawn map, of X-Keyscore’s 150 sites and 700 servers, can be classed as legitimate NSA facilities, in the sense they have been given a mandate to carry out cyber spying by those state’s closely aligned to US power. However, quite a few locations most noticeably in Russia and China open a few question over what activities these locations are conducting. Read the rest of this entry »


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China Daily in South Africa

The China in Africa Podcast recently did a broadcast on South Africa’s concerns of Chinese media in Africa, or more specifically the China Daily starting a print addition in South Africa.

What I find interest is how they describe China Daily as propaganda and most of this “concern” seems to be attributed to China Daily being this mouth piece of Chinese state propaganda. Don’t get me wrong China Daily is technically state propaganda, although it is more independent than the party controlled Peoples Daily and not as conservative as the Global Times. Nonetheless, we seem to have this perception, especially when it comes to foreign state media, that somehow Western government do not conduct the same propaganda activities and privately owned media cannot operate as state propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Africa, China


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Cambodia’s Post-Election Riot

A riot broke out yesterday in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey commune, one of Phnom Penh’s poorest districts. Currently most news stations have not report on the cause of the riot, but have still managed to hint at state oppression. The ABC News reported hinted it could be in relation to police beating up a monk. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Cambodia


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