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Asia Recalibrates Defense to China's Fast Growing Military

China’s fast growing military might have made some of its neighbors uneasy about the security outlook in East Asia. Recently, Japan made significant changes to its defense posture with an eye on China.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier this month stressed the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance in Asia’s security. Gates lauded Japan’s decision in December to shift military resources from the north near Russia to southwestern islands closer to China.

CALL, FAX OR WRITE IMMEDIATELY - PLEASE - FOR GEN VP'S BURIAL AT ARLINGTON

The only 3 individuals in the US (other than a joint Congressional request)
that have the authority to approve the burial of General Vang Pao in
Arlington National Cemetery are (1) President Obama, (2) Sec of Defense
Gates, and (3) Sec of the Army McHugh.

Please call, fax, write them immediately and ask that they authorize General
Vang Pao to be buried in Arlington. The only place a Hero like him should
be buried in America!

Tell all your friends and family and associates to do the same ŠNOW!

Thanks in Advance for your immediate action.

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Proposed magazine limit is pointless feel-good legislation

Yesterday’s introduction of federal legislation to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines may have an impact on gun makes like the folks at Washington-based Olympic Arms — provided it passes, which industry odds-makers here at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show don’t believe has a prayer — but it likely would not prevent a determined nutball from carrying out mayhem, as detailed in yesterday's Seattle Times.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/proposed-magazine-ban-anot...

Article by Dave Workman

Sudan Ruling Party Official Expects Secession Vote Result

A senior member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) said his party expects the outcome of the just-ended referendum to be “secession.”

Rabie Abdelati Obeid told VOA the commitment shown by the NCP towards the referendum should send, in his words, a strong signal to President Barack Obama’s administration to keep to its promises, including normalizing relations with the government in Khartoum, as well as removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

President Obama described the southern Sudan referendum as an inspiration to the world.

Sultan gun range welcome...somewhere else

It is the classic NIMBY response from residents along the Sultan Basin Road in Snohomish County, where a proposed gun range is now in the political and legal crosshairs.

The president of a nearby nudist resort, the Lake Bronson Club, tells the Seattle Times that his group is not opposed to a gun range, essentially so long as it is somewhere else.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/nobody-opposed-to-sultan-g...

Article by Dave Workman

Peacekeeping Officials: ECOWAS Invasion of Ivory Coast Unlikely

Officials at former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's Peacekeeping Training Center say the threat of a West-Africa-led invasion of Ivory Coast is unlikely to materialize and would mostly aggravate the power crisis that has seized the country since the November 28 elections.

"The use of legitimate force," to quote the agreement signed by 15 West African leaders, was supposed to be the last resort the West African bloc would turn to if Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo did not concede the elections that the African Union says he lost.

Observers Declare Sudan Voting a Success

The major organizations monitoring the referendum on independence in Southern Sudan are releasing their findings on the voting process. Despite a few concerns, they say the voting has been a success.

The Carter Center, European Union and African Union, have all called voting in the referendum peaceful, fair and transparent. Each organization’s preliminary results were released within two days of the end of voting and do not include any observations from the ongoing counting process.

Tucson Tragedy Prompts Renewed Calls For Gun Control

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT Vol. 18, No. 2 01/14/11

Tucson Tragedy Prompts Renewed Calls For Gun Control
This week, the NRA and countless Americans offered prayers and condolences for those killed and wounded during the senseless assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Sudan Secession Referendum Vote 'Broadly Fair'

An official from north Sudan's ruling National Congress Party says the south's referendum vote on secession has been "broadly fair."

In an interview with Reuters news agency, the NPC's Ibrahim Ghandour said his party will accept the outcome of the vote, which he said will likely be for the south becoming independent.

He said the weeklong vote seems to be going smoothly and peacefully.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says southern Sudan's independence referendum will likely meet international standards on fairness of the vote.