World’s grandest abandoned hotels [13/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Germany. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sounds a lot like Putin in his New Yorker profile [The Xi series, Part 1]

Business Insider  By Linette Lopez <Original Source>

Chinese_President_Xi_Jinping_sounds-3e23d38ef384bd2008fa1993caebfedc(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping review an honour guard contingent during a welcoming ceremony at the Xijiao State Guesthouse ahead of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, in Shanghai May 20, 2014.Continues

World’s grandest abandoned hotels [12/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Slovenia. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

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The Real Reason for China’s Massive Military Buildup [Part 3]

by | The National Interest <Original Source>

1024px-Flickr_-_Israel_Defense_Forces_-_20_Years_of_Cooperation_with_the_Chinese_Navy_(5)History haunts China—and could be driving its A2/AD strategy.

Chinese History: Chinese A2/AD?

As noted by many analysts (including myself), Chinese A2/AD strategy seeks to target selected perceived weaknesses in U.S.… Continues

World’s grandest abandoned hotels [11/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Austria. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

Continues

The Real Reason for China’s Massive Military Buildup [Part 2]

by | The National Interest <Original Source>

1024px-Flickr_-_Israel_Defense_Forces_-_20_Years_of_Cooperation_with_the_Chinese_Navy_(5)History haunts China—and could be driving its A2/AD strategy.

The Sino-Japanese War

A second military defeat, this time at the hands of Japan, during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895, also had wide-reaching consequences for Beijing.… Continues