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Get to know China’s air defense zone

One of the biggest Asia-related news items in recent weeks is China’s establishment of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea. Yes, China beat you to it.

[VIDEO] Dennis Rodman singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim Jong Un confirms the two are dating

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un may be dating.

[VIDEO] Dennis Rodman finally has meltdown in North Korea

It is slowly becoming clear that Dennis Rodman may be too crazy for North Korea.

[VIDEO] American forgotten by U.S. government in Pakistan only now realizing he was forgotten

In a video recently released by Pakistani media, Warren Weinstein, an American kidnapped in Lahore, Pakistan by al Qaeda, has finally realized that his former employer, the U.S. government, has forgotten about him. Wait, who? Let’s move on. Best of luck, Mr. Weinstein. Wait, who?

WEEK IN AUTOCRACY: 11-17 Nov. 2013

Discussions between Russian and Egyptian officials this week involved an arms deal reportedly worth $2 billion and numerous jokes about how the democratically-elected president of Egypt is currently in jail.

In dramatic show of restraint, North Korea publicly executes only 80 people for watching soap operas

The recent episode signals a welcome change of direction from the days in 2012 when the regime would very creatively use a “mortar firing squad” in order to blow prisoners to pieces via artillery shell and stands in stark contrast to last year’s public execution of Kim Jong Un’s own ex-girlfriend, who was machine-gunned down in front of her family.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Blood of senior Haqqani leader shot dead in Pakistan ruins local hopscotch court

Nasiruddin Haqqani, the chief fundraiser for the Haqqani network–best known for its work on terrorizing neighboring Afghanistan–was shot dead today in Islamabad as the result of an alleged family dispute. Until now, he had apparently been operating at ease in the Pakistani capital–which, apart from serving as a haven for terrorists, also houses the government of Pakistan, which, of course, receives about $1 billion annually from the U.S. explicitly to fight terrorism. 

Lack of transparency plagues selection process for new Pakistani Taliban leader

The benefits of healthy governance are aplenty and the Pakistani Taliban ignores them at its own peril.

In ridiculously confusing meeting, Pakistani PM and Obama agree to continue pretending U.S. isn’t violating Pakistan’s sovereignty and Pakistan doesn’t support it doing so

President Obama met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan last week to discuss ways in which the United States would continue to flagrantly violate Pakistani sovereignty with drone strikes while Pakistani government officials tacitly support them. The discussion was a bit confusing for both sides.

Kim Jong Un awarded economics PhD for country’s groundbreaking work in the area of not having an economy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics by a Malaysian university for his extensive work in maintaining the total absence of a national economy of any kind at all whatsoever.

Nationalist rioters in Russia taking way too long to break down door to vegetable market [VIDEO]

The anti-immigrant nationalists agreed that they should have practiced on some plain sheets of glass before “going big time like this” at a vegetable market.

Pakistani candidate shows human side by falling on head [VIDEO]

Pakistani politician Imran Khan fell 14 feet head-first from a makeshift lift today, proving to all of his supporters that he is just like them–or specifically that he is just like those among them who regularly fall 14 feet head-first from makeshift lifts.

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