Let’s talk about the USS Pueblo, Ukraine, and the Cold War – Beau of the Fifth Column

What are the Patterns of Border Conflicts? Crash Course Geography #37

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at borders and the stories they tell. When we look at a map, the shapes we’re seeing can seem so permanent, but a map is just a snapshot of the Earth at a particular time, and by looking a countries shape (and how it has changed acrossContinue reading “What are the Patterns of Border Conflicts? Crash Course Geography #37”

Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff

Foreign minister says Chinese action illegal Blocking of supply ship threaten “special relationship” Philippines has occupied shoal for 22 years on grounded ship The Philippines on Thursday condemned “in strongest terms” the actions of three Chinese coast guard vessels that it said blocked and used water cannon on resupply boats headed towards a Philippine-occupied atollContinue reading “Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff”

China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Moves by Chinese coastguard and maritime militia said to be focused on Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company is exploring a gas field Washington-based AMTI says civilian vessels there have been targeted daily for the past two years, and similar tactics now being used against Indonesian drillers in Natuna Sea Chinese boats have beenContinue reading “China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says”

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent yearsContinue reading “Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific”

Italy to investigate Libyan coastguard’s ‘attempted shipwreck’ of migrant boat

Officials to be investigated after film appears to show patrol boat firing shots at a vessel carrying 64 people in the Mediterranean Prosecutors in Sicily have launched an investigation against the Libyan coastguard after footage emerged appearing to show officials firing on a boat of migrant families in the Mediterranean Sea. On 30 June, rescue workers fromContinue reading “Italy to investigate Libyan coastguard’s ‘attempted shipwreck’ of migrant boat”

Russian forces fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea – Interfax cites defense ministry

A Russian military ship fired warning shots at British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender after it entered Russian waters in the Black Sea and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path, Interfax cited Russia’s defense ministry as saying on Wednesday. The Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 3 kilometersContinue reading “Russian forces fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea – Interfax cites defense ministry”

Fleets of fishing ships are going ‘dark’ in the South Atlantic, and China is the leading culprit

Hundreds of ships spent nearly a million hours off Argentina between January 2018 and April 2021. They appeared to be fishing, and many went “dark,” presumably to hide where they were doing it. A report from nonprofit Oceana found that Chinese-flagged fishing vessels were the biggest culprits. Since 2018, hundreds of ships have trawled theContinue reading “Fleets of fishing ships are going ‘dark’ in the South Atlantic, and China is the leading culprit”

Filipino scientist takes first ever journey to third deepest ocean trench on Earth, finds plastic

When Dr Deo Florence Onda found himself more than 10,000m below the surface, in the third deepest trench on the planet, he was on the lookout for mysteries hidden in the darkness. The Emden Deep, part of the Philippine Trench, is one of Earth’s final frontiers, an unexplored section of one of the oldest seabeds inContinue reading “Filipino scientist takes first ever journey to third deepest ocean trench on Earth, finds plastic”

Japan and EU name Taiwan in joint statement for first time

Leaders also discuss China’s maritime expansion, Senkakus and Olympics Japan and the European Union affirmed the “importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” in a statement Thursday, marking the first time the two sides have jointly spoke about the self-ruled island. The statement came after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held an onlineContinue reading “Japan and EU name Taiwan in joint statement for first time”

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