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Apr 18 14:04

Opposition fails to derail Armenian PM’s endorsement

Meanwhile, the experts interviewed by Kommersant noted that the initial mass protests after Armenia’s transition to parliamentary rule could turn the country into a new hotbed of tension in the post-Soviet space. "The opposition wants to flex its muscles for potential voters and encourage more people to take part in the protests," Hrant Mikaelian, a researcher at the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, told the paper. "Constitutional reform was actually aimed at preserving the status quo in Armenia’s policy under the guise of reforms with the same actors and the same approaches to all key issues, from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to socio-economic development and foreign relations," said Sergei Oznobishchev, Director of the Institute for Strategic Assessments. "However, conservatism is appropriate when there is something to conserve.

Apr 18 13:52

Opposition leader urges allies to blockade Armenia’s government facilities: a "velvet revolution"

The leader of the Civil Contract opposition party, MP Nikol Pashinyan, has urged his supporters to blockade all government facilities across the country, TASS reports from the site. "The whole country can hear me at the moment. I am urging everyone to head to government buildings, get into offices, paralyze the activity of the entire government sector," Pashinyan told a meeting late on Wednesday. He said "rural residents and residents of townships should compel all heads of local administrations to join the opposition movement". The opposition movement has pledged money awards to those police officers who will join the protesters. "The first police officer who becomes our comrade-in-arms and joins our fight will get $10,000. All the rest will get $2,000 each," political analyst Armen Grigoryan told the meeting in central Yerevan. He said the money had been promised "by a fellow countryman living abroad".

Apr 16 09:20

‘Growing Anger’ High Turnout at Tokyo Rally Demanding Prime Minister Abe Resign

On Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in front of the National Diet Building in central Tokyo to protest growing scandals surrounding the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"We hold a sense of crisis that the falsifying and hiding of public documents means nothing less than the destruction of our nation and democracy," said economist Masaru Kaneko to a crowd of some 30,000 people in front of the Diet building.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front C) leads his cabinet ministers as they attend a photo session at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2017

"If these developments are allowed, any form of impropriety or corruption can be legitimized," Kaneko stated.

Apr 15 11:08

'It's too late to leave!' Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets off emergency

AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control.

More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now "too late".

Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as "apocalyptic" after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.

Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base - and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.

Apr 12 09:40

Scientists find 'SEMI-INFINITE' trove of rare-earth materials in shock discovery in Japan

A DISCOVERY has given manufacturers the opportunity to make an almost unlimited amount of batteries, mobile phones and electric cars after a “semi-infinite” trove of rare metals were discovered off the coast of Japan.

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The report, published in Scientific Reports, says that the patch contains 16 million tons of rare-Earth oxides – equivalent to 780 years' worth of yttrium supply, 620 years of europium, 420 years of terbium and 730 years of dysprosium.

It added that the discovery "has the potential to supply these metals on a semi-infinite basis to the world”.

Apr 11 14:12

China Launches Massive Combat Drill In Hainan As War With Taiwan “Becomes More Probable”

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a more transparent China on Tuesday, during a keynote speech at an economic forum in Boao, on the southern island of Hainan. Immediately after the conference, China’s PLA Navy began a 3-day combat war drill in waters to the south of Sanya, the southern tip of China’s Hainan Island, which is about 112-miles south from the economic forum.

Apr 10 02:18

IPL vs Cauvery – 4000 Cops never been this Tough

4,000 police have been deployed at the Chennai Chepauk Stadium to ensure the IPL (Indian Premier League) match is played without any disruption

Apr 09 10:14

Russian Security Council chief, North Korean top diplomat discuss Inter-Korean dialogue

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev discussed the possibilities of inter-Korean dialogue with North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday. "Nikolay Patrushev and Ri Yong-ho discussed the issues of regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the possibilities of developing inter-Korean dialogue," the Russian Security Council press service stated. The DPRK’s foreign minister arrived in Moscow earlier on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported earlier that negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ri Yong-ho would be held on April 10 in the Russian capital. The ministers will discuss development of bilateral cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 08 08:04

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China

Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China.

Apr 06 12:54

US Has Over 400,000 Troops in Asia-Pacific Region – Russian Intelligence

The United States has deployed more than 200 military facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, where over 400,000 servicemen are stationed, First Deputy Chief of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Kostyukov said Thursday.

“To implement its guidelines, including creating conditions for the projection of force through the rapid deployment of troops anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has created a contingent of more than 400,000 troops. At the moment, more than 50 large military bases are operating in the region, there are more than 200 US military facilities,” Kostyukov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

READ MORE: US Expands Military Capabilities in Northeast Asia — Russian Envoy to Seoul

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those are one heck of a lot of military assets to keep maintained, and at key readiness.

Apr 06 11:47

'IF MY PLANE EXPLODES, ASK THE CIA’ – DUTERTE AFTER REQUESTING ARMS FROM RUSSIA & CHINA

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia a threat, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. However, Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid the ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap.

READ MORE: Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Duterte has a very clear grasp of how the United States government deals with governments it does not like.

Apr 06 08:38

Russia to Join U.S.-China South China Sea Face Off After Vietnam Pact

Russia has agreed a new military cooperation roadmap with Vietnam, which could bring Moscow into the ongoing power struggle between the China and the U.S. in the South China Sea.

The deal was signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The agreement—signed on the sidelines of the seventh Moscow Conference on International Security—set out the details of military cooperation between the two countries from 2018 until 2020. Gen. Ngo told Shoigu he was pleased that Russia and Vietnam were taking steps to increase their military and naval coordination.

Apr 06 06:11

Taiwan Official's Remarks On Independence Dangerous: mainland spokesperson

-- A Taiwan official's recent remarks on independence are dangerous and presumptuous, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Monday.

Ma made the comment in response to remarks advocating "Taiwan independence" by the island's executive head, Lai Ching-te.

The spokesperson said Lai's words harm peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides, especially Taiwan compatriots.

Ma reiterated that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China.>>>

Apr 05 08:52

Duterte: If my plane explodes, you can ask the CIA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a fresh expletive-filled tirade against the United States, accusing one of the country's closest allies of lacking "word of honour", while suggesting that the CIA is out to get him.

In a speech in Manila on Thursday, Duterte lashed out at the US government for halting the planned sale of firearms to the Philippines because of human rights concerns.

"At least, if ever my airplane explodes, or if some roadside bomb explodes, maybe you can ask the CIA," Duterte told a group of farmers and fishermen gathered at the Malacanang presidential palace.

It was not the first time the Philippine president accused the CIA of plotting against him.

Apr 03 16:42

Malaysia’s Fake News Bill Enables Imprisonment Of Journalists, Follows Larger Trend

By Aaron Kesel

Malaysia has approved a law against “fake news” under the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill that would allow for a prison time of up to six years for offenders, shrugging off critics who say it was aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a general election and amid a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Chicago Sun Times reported.

The Malaysian government is run by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s who secured majority of the vote in parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, which sets out fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($123,000) and a maximum of six years in jail. Of alarming note, the first draft of the bill had proposed an insane disturbing prison sentence of 10 years...

Apr 03 11:17

Taiwan, China Spar Over Taiwan Premier's Independence Remarks

Taiwan’s government said on Tuesday that China was stirring up its media to threaten the self-ruled island after a major state-run newspaper said China should issue an international arrest warrant for Taiwan’s premier for his comments on independence.

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Mar 31 05:38

Why Kim’s China visit raises (and dashes) hopes for Trump summit

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?
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Mar 31 05:22

IN CHINA , KIM JONG-UN WAS AN ASTUTE PLAYER ON HIS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, the North Korean leader showed the world had underestimated his skill in playing a potentially explosive game of geopolitical chess

By mutual agreement, the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing and his meetings with President Xi Jinping last week were meant to be kept top secret until he left China.

The Chinese authorities, which equally value secrecy, were happy to oblige. Official media reports about Kim’s visit were not released until he was safely back in his own country on Wednesday morning.

This has given rise to black humour on Chinese social media platforms. One of the better jokes regards the perfect timing of the massive sandstorm that swept much of Northern China, coinciding neatly with Kim’s brief stay from Sunday night to Wednesday.

Mar 30 01:10

Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture hit by 5.1 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck Central Japan on Friday, with the epicenter in the Ibaraki prefecture, the country's Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at the depth of 60 kilometers. No damage or injuries were reported, and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Mar 29 11:08

Asian Hotel Chain Bans Single Use Plastic Such as Plastic Water Bottles

It is refreshing to see a company that is making operational changes in its business practices to back up marketing claims of being Eco-friendly. Thailand’s Akaryn Hotel Group has announced it will become Asia’s first hotel chain to ban single use plastic on its properties.

Mar 28 10:04

Father Effectively Treats Daughters’ Crohn’s Disease by Juicing Cannabis

ABC News Australia recently reported on a story about a desperate father. Stephen Taylor’s two daughters were fighting Crohn’s disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. When all else failed, Taylor turned to juicing cannabis and discovered that the plant may have the potential to cure his daughters’ illness.

Mar 28 06:49

Japan warns against Russia’s military exercises near Kuril Islands

Japan has remonstrated against Russia’s military drills held in the south of the Kuril Islands, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in his speech in the lower parliamentary chamber on Wednesday. "This leads to the strengthening of the Russian army on the ‘northern territories’ (this is how Japan calls the southern part of the Kuril Islands - TASS), which is incompatible with our position on these islands," Kyodo News quoted him as saying. It notes that the protest was sent through diplomatic channels. Pilots of the Eastern Military District fighter aviation earlier trained deployment from the Khabarovsk Region to the island of Iturup for the first time.

Mar 27 06:14

Ironically: Liberals spend too much time 'freaking out about everything Trump does'

(*Right along with The Russians , Syrians , Iranians , Koreans , Afghans , Chinese , Palestinians , Cubans , Venezuelans , Pakistanis and The Filipinos !)

Mar 26 11:11

‘The biggest game changer in 100 years’: Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Beijing is spreading its influence across the region with huge investments – much to the worry of India and the west

Mar 24 08:14

U.S. steel tariffs meet barrage of criticism at WTO

- U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs met a barrage of criticism at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, as the European Union, Japan, Australia and others joined a debate started by China and Russia.

The EU representative dismissed U.S. assertions that the steps were needed to protect national security, saying Washington was just trying to support its industry, a Geneva trade official said.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said it was positive to see the discussion happening within the WTO’s walls, since taking disputes outside greatly increased “the risk of escalation in a confrontation that will have no winners”.

“Disrupting trade flows will jeopardize the global economy at a time when economic recovery, though fragile, has been increasingly evident around the world,” he said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here is the ability of trade wars to escalate into actual shooting wars; I am hoping like heck that this doesn't happen wit either Russia or China.

Mar 23 10:49

Rohingya teenagers trafficked for sex in Bangladesh: Report

Girls in their early teens who have fled persecution in Myanmar to seek safety are being trafficked into prostitution in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, according to a report.

Human trafficking and exploitation are rife among Rohingya refugees, with women and children being the main victims of coerced labor and sex work, a BBC investigation said.

Children are offered a chance of better life – a cruel tactic deployed by traffickers – in order to bring them into the sex industry, the report said, adding, they were offered jobs abroad and in the capital Dhaka as maids, as hotel staff and kitchen workers.

A BBC team alongside the Foundation Sentinel, a non-profit group established to train and assist law enforcement agencies combating child exploitation, headed to Bangladesh to investigate the networks behind the trade.

Mar 23 09:24

Trump Suspends Tariffs On Multiple Nations (Not China Or Japan) Until May

After unleashing the first shots in the global trade war, and facing some retaliation from China tonight, President Trump has decided to exclude multiple nations (and The EU) from steel and aluminum tariffs through May 1st.

This action confirms what Ambassador Lighthizer suggested earlier in the evening, which perhaps explains the negligible response to this modest retreat in the trade war.

Mar 23 09:17

Asian market CRASHES over 500 POINTS amid US-China superpower trade WAR

THE Asian market crashed by over 500 points as it opened this morning amid fears of a superpower trade war emerging following Donald Trump’s newly announced $60billion tariff on China, it has emerged.

Mar 21 08:48

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defence planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.

Mar 19 09:30

'They're directly threatened' Japan ‘concerned' over Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

JAPAN will be “concerned” at US President Donald Trump’s failure to consult them prior to accepting an invitation to meet North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, an expert in the south-east Asian affairs has said.

Mar 17 10:59

Trump signs bill on Taiwan cooperation, defying China’s warnings

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill which aims to deepen ties between the US and Taiwan. China has issued multiple warnings to both Washington and Taipei over the law.

Mar 17 10:06

UN SAYS FACEBOOK IS COMPLICIT IN THE SPREAD OF ANTI-MUSLIM HATE IN MYANMAR

The UN has decided it's possibly Facebook's fault things are going so badly in Myanmar. Muslims have been fleeing the country in droves thanks to Myanmar security forces engaging in widespread acts of violence (including rape) against them, urged on by hardline nationalist monks.

For all intents and purposes, Facebook is Myanmar's internet. Loosening of restrictions on social media access has resulted in a large portion of the population getting all their news (along with all the hate speech the UN is complaining about) via the social media giant. The UN is looking into genocide accusations but has decided to speak up against Facebook first.

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters that social media had played a “determining role” in Myanmar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Instead of wiping out logical opinions which differ from that of the "official narrative" in this country, perhaps Facebook should be focused on wiping out true hate speech against the Rohingyas on line in Myanmar.

And speculatively, was some kind of "financial arrangement"created by the government of Myanmar with Facebook to insure that the hate speech against the Rohingyas stayed up, and did not get self-censored?!?

Just curious.

Mar 15 08:00

Japan 'considering' summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is considering a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an apparent change of strategy in dealing with Pyongyang.

Reports of a potential dialogue mark the latest in a series of fast-paced diplomatic developments, with North Korea and the United States recently announcing plans to hold a summit.

Mr Abe reportedly decided to consider the option of dialogue with Pyongyang after he was briefed by Suh Hoon, the South Korean envoy who helped negotiate the US-North Korea meeting, according to Kyodo News.

Mar 14 07:50

Myanmar building military bases over Rohingya villages: Amnesty

Myanmar clearing Rohingya villages to make way for construction of military installations, rights group says.

Mar 13 13:22

Myanmar building military bases over Rohingya villages: Amnesty

Myanmar is building military bases over flattened Rohingya villages, an international rights group said.

Security forces have bulldozed houses and started constructing at least three new security facilities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, said Amnesty International's Remaking Rakhine State report, which was published on Monday.

The report, which said construction of the three army outposts began in January, is based on satellite imagery and witness statements from Rohingya refugees.

"What we are seeing in Rakhine state is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale. New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya," Tirana Hassan, Amnesty's crisis response director, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I never thought I would, this lifetime, have to use the phrase, "Watch out for millitant Buddhists, tearing up Muslin minority settlements with impunity!!"

Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening in Myanmar.

Mar 12 07:24

‘Throw them to crocodiles!’ Duterte tells soldiers not to cooperate with UN human rights probe

Rodrigo Duterte has once again harshly lashed out at UN human rights officials planning to probe alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs, and claimed full responsibility for the “lawful” actions of law enforcers.

This latest vulgar outburst against the international human rights officials comes a day after UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for a “psychiatric evaluation” of the Philippines’ leader. On Saturday, Duterte again defended his and law enforcers’ rights not to cooperate with the UN-led probe into alleged abuses and extrajudicial killings in the country.

Mar 11 13:43

Putin’s Missiles: Deterring an American Attack?

The nuclear poker game just became more exciting.

Putin’s March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism.

Mar 11 01:17

DUTERTE: The Punisher's Greatest Hits

Rodrigo is a bit of a renegade. He wants nothing to do with war with China.

Philippines' Duterte in China announces split with US

Mar 08 10:59

Making Sense of the Russian 5th Generation Fighters in Syria – The Saker

The question is whether this was worth the risk?

First, amazingly enough, the reports of the Su-57 in Syria are true. Some say 2 aircraft, some say 4 (out of a current total of 13). It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that the deployment of a few Su-57s in Syria is a fact and that this represents a dramatic departure from normal Russian (and Soviet) practice.

Introducing the Sukhoi 57 5th generation multi-role fighter

Mar 08 10:52

Jeff Sessions the Mr. Magoo Buffoon

Oh, Magoo, you've done it again! "I have a vision problem today can't see myself doing much." Such would be a very good motto for Jeff Sessions.

What does impact every inhabitant is that the rule of law has become an utter joke, especially under the regimes of the last three Attorney Generals. Sadly President Trump got snookered by former Senator Jeff Sessions when he was picked to lead the Department of Justice, better described as UNJUSTICE by anyone who has half a brain left to admit the true condition of the top cops, head attorneys or government pseudo magistrates.

Mar 06 10:32

USS Carl Vinson in Vietnam port: Americans hammer out new scheme to deter China

The arrival of an American aircraft carrier in Vietnam indicates Washington’s intention to make the country a part of its new anti-Chinese block, which also includes Japan, Australia and India, an expert on Asia told RT.

USS Carl Vinson and two other US Navy vessels were greeted in the port of Danang on Monday, marking the largest American military presence in the country since the Vietnam War in 1955-1975.

Mar 03 08:31

Taipei Crows, Beijing Seethes as US Congress Passes Taiwan Friendship Bill

On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Act (TTA), a bill meant to improve relations between Washington and Taipei. The bill, which had already passed the House of Representatives, is meant to encourage US and Taiwanese leaders to make more visits to the opposite country and to increase business opportunities for Taiwanese economic representatives in the US. US President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

It was all love between the US and Taiwan on Twitter. The US State Department described Taiwan as "a vital partner, a democratic success story & a force for good in the world." Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the US, calling their alliance "a key pillar of peace & stability for the Indo-Pacific region."

Mar 02 08:52

Putin: The Man Who Stopped Washington’s Regime Change Rampage

Putin has become an obstacle to Washington’s imperial ambitions which is why he has been elevated to Public Enemy Number 1. It has nothing to do with the fictitious meddling in the 2016 elections or the nonsensical “rolling back democracy” in Russia. It’s all about power.

American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support.

Putin is not the ghoulish caricature the media makes him out to be nor does he hate America, that’s just more propaganda from the corporate echo-chamber. The truth is Putin has been good for Russia, good for regional stability, and good for global security.

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 27 11:54

Bulldozing Rohingya villages was not 'demolition of evidence', Myanmar official says

Myanmar has bulldozed the remains of Rohingya Muslim villages to make way for refugee resettlement, not to destroy evidence of atrocities, an official leading reconstruction efforts in the troubled northern state of Rakhine said on Monday.

Last week, New York-based Human Rights Watch said it had analysed satellite imagery showing Myanmar had flattened at least 55 villages in Rakhine, including two that appeared to be intact before heavy machinery arrived.

The group said the demolitions could have erased evidence of atrocities by security forces in what the United Nations and the United States have called an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless Rohingya minority.

A military crackdown prompted by Rohingya insurgents’ attacks on 30 police posts and an army base on Aug. 25 drove 688,000 people from their villages and across the border into Bangladesh, many of them recounting killings, rape and arson by Myanmar soldiers and police.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure and simple genocide, on the part of the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people; wipe out their villages, bulldoze their history, and kill as many of them as humanly possible.

Feb 26 09:20

China wants US to abandon new North Korea sanctions

Unilateral' US sanctions threaten to undermine cooperation efforts over North Korea, China's foreign ministry says.

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

"The Chinese government has been comprehensively and strictly implementing the Security Council resolutions on the DPRK and fulfilling its international obligations, and never allows any Chinese citizen or company to engage in activities in violation of the Security Council resolutions."

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Feb 25 05:04

Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor has died of a heart attack, How did she die?

Feb 24 11:54

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

Israel has now had a taste of President Putin’s ‘stick’: Your air superiority in the North has just been punctured by the Syrian air defences. You, Israel, will lose it completely were our Russian S400s air defences to be enabled: ‘Think it over’.

Last week saw the first ‘game changer’ that almost plunged the region into war: the downing of one of Israel’s most sophisticated aircraft – an F16i by Syrian air defense.

As Ronen Bergman wrote in the New York Times: “Israel will no longer be able to act in Syria without limitations”; and secondly, “if anyone was not yet aware of it, Russia is the dominant power in the region”.

Feb 24 08:34

Russian Presidential Elections: Boring, Useless and Necessary?

The sad reality is that these elections will change nothing and they are not only boring (no real, credible, opposition) but also useless. A grand waste of time and money. And yet, they are also necessary.

They are necessary because in the “Empire of Illusions”, to borrow Chris Hedges’ excellent expression, everybody simply has to play by the AngloZionist rules: elections are an absolute “must” even if they are self-evidently farcical.

Feb 22 09:46

Jim Mattis refutes the “Fake News” of Israel and NATO

For the first time, a practicing Secretary of Defense has denounced the ongoing lies of Israel, its own administration and NATO.

This should have been the “front page” of all Western newspapers. But only Newsweek reported it [ 1 ].

Feb 22 09:44

Mike Whitney: Did Trump Cut a Deal on the “Collusion” Charge?

Are the Intel agencies and the FBI looking for a way to end this political cage-match before a second Special Counsel is appointed and he starts digging up embarrassing information about the involvement of other agencies (and perhaps, the White House) in the Russiagate fiasco?

All of these questions need to be answered in order to clear the air, hold the guilty parties accountable and restore confidence in the government.

Feb 21 05:30

Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears – Pepe Escobar

So, let Cold War 2.0 dissolve into what it should always have been – an empty shell.

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.

Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show – a direct connection to the “Russiagate” soap opera in Washington.

Feb 20 10:59

Escalation in Syria – How Far Can the Russians be Pushed? - The Saker

A new US strategy in Syria: to punish the Russians as much as possible short of an overt US attack on Russian forces.

Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of “harassing attacks”.

First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar attack on the Russian Aerospace base in Khmeimin. Then there was the shooting down of a Russian SU-25 over the city of Maasran in the Idlib province. Now we hear of Russian casualties in the US raid on a Syrian column (along with widely exaggerated claims of “hundreds” of killed Russians).

Feb 19 11:56

Goofy Indictments Divert Attention from Criminal Abuses at the FBI and DOJ

All of these suspects will go uninvestigated, unindicted, and unpunished just like the perpetrators of the Iraq War, just like the perpetrators of the Financial Meltdown, and just like the perpetrators of all the major crimes against the American people.

The evidence that the FBI and DOJ “improperly obtained” FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet “trolls” who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of “hacking or collusion”.

Feb 19 10:47

Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

What role did Obama play? What about the Intelligence Community Assessment? Was it based on the contents of the Steele report? Will the “hand-picked” analysts who worked on the report vouch for its conclusions in or were they coached about what to write? How did Brennan persuade the reluctant Comey into opening a counterintelligence investigation on members in the Trump campaign when he knew it would be perceived as a partisan attempt to sabotage the elections by giving Hillary an edge?

Soon the investigative crosshairs will settle on Brennan. He’d better have the right answers.

Feb 19 10:10

FLASHBACK:Child rescued from Mumbai Chabad massacre makes emotional return

MUMBAI, India — The top two floors of his former home still pocked with bullet holes and memories of a deadly four-day siege, Moshe Holtzberg returned to the Nariman Chabad House in central Mumbai on Thursday to unveil a “living memorial” to his parents killed in a terror attack there over nine years ago.

Feb 18 11:10

Mueller: No Collusion Between Trump and Putin, But the Russia Card Is Bigger Than Ever

Sheer hypocrisy and crass dishonesty incarnate.

Now, a few days later—and thirteen indictments from one of Mueller’s grand juries, announced by the very same Rosenstein, specifically against more “Russian players” who reportedly “meddled” in the 2016 American elections, but without any connivance by the Trump campaign—and Rosenstein is feted as a veritable savior of the republic by those same commenters. Those Neocons who now selectively support the president and those bitterly anti-Russian Fox pundits (with the possible exception of Tucker Carlson) are absolutely giddy with delight! For too long, in their defense of President Trump against the charge of collusion, they had found themselves in the extremely uncomfortable situation (for them) of having to mount an attempt to exculpate the Russians, or at least lessen their culpability.

Feb 18 10:13

How To Overthrow A Government

Having studied the techniques of the CIA and related organizations, I am pleased to announce the following simple steps in overthrowing a democratically elected government.

Feb 17 20:21

Giant boar 'Pigzilla' caught rummaging through trash dumpsters in Hong Kong - TomoNews

HONG KONG — A giant wild boar was recently seen dumpster diving in a garbage bin close to a school in Hong Kong.

Feb 16 07:15

Japan to Grant Multi-Million Aid to Finance Projects in Iran

The government of Japan decided to grant a multi-million support to four projects in the environment and humanitarian areas in Iran from the place of its supplementary budget in 2017 fiscal year.
According to the report of Japan embassy in Tehran, one million dollars is granted within the framework of the UNDP to revive Orumiyeh Lake through participation of local societies and by implementation of sustainable agriculture and protection of biodiversity.

An aggregate amount of $1.3 million has been allocated within the framework of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as humanitarian aid and support for Afghan refugees in Iran

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Feb 16 06:47

Dutch parliament recognizes the Armenian Genocide

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, approved two bills regarding of the Armenian genocide that began 1915 on Thursday morning.

One motion stated that the Tweede Kamer "recognizes the Armenian genocide", while the other that a Dutch Minister or State Secretary should attend the commemoration of this genocide in Armenia in April.

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Feb 15 10:19

Philippines, China to work out how to tap oil, gas that both sides claim

The Philippines and China have agreed to set up a special panel to work out how they can jointly explore oil and gas in part of the South China Sea that both sides lay claim without having to address the explosive issue of sovereignty.

China claims most of the South China Sea, where $3 billion in sea-borne trade pass every year, and has competing claims in various parts of it with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“It’s just the start of a process,” Philippine ambassador to China, Chito Sta. Romana, told reporters late on Tuesday after diplomats from both sides met for the second time under a bilateral mechanism aimed at defusing longstanding maritime tensions.

He said the decision to form a working group on cooperating on energy was a “breakthrough”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This well may be is a watershed moment in the relationship between China and the Philippines.

Bravo to both sides, well done!!

Let's hope that the mutual good will here extends to other areas of conflict between the two countries.

Feb 14 08:13

Biggest US Force in Years Joins Thai Military Exercise

The biggest U.S. force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta’s invitation to neighbouring Myanmar’s army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing

The United States scaled back attendance at Cobra Gold, Asia’s largest multilateral military exercise, after a 2014 coup in Thailand. But relations between the junta and the United States have improved under President Donald Trump.

The presence of the 6,800 U.S. personnel - nearly double last year’s number - was a demonstration of America’s continuing muscle in a region where China is growing ever more powerful.

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Feb 13 13:03

White House Will Add Pakistan To List Of Terror-Financing Nations

In a decision that comes as the directors of several US intelligence agencies testify before the Senate about various terrorism-related (and Russia-related) risks facing the US, Reuters is reporting that the Trump administration is moving to place Pakistan on a global watchdog's terrorist-financing watchlist.

Pakistan reportedly said it is "hopeful" it can stave off its inclusion on the list at a meeting next week. The declaration has been in the works virtually since the beginning of the Trump administration, as Trump has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network - even accusing officials in Islamabad of allowing safe haven to the terrorists.

Feb 13 10:45

Duterte slammed over threat to shoot rebels in the genitals

Human rights groups condemned the Philippine president on Tuesday for saying that troops should shoot female communist rebels in the genitals to render them "useless," which they said could encourage sexual violence and war crimes.

The left-wing group Karapatan said President Rodrigo Duterte "has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law."

Duterte's remarks "are but the latest of the series of this madman's display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said the remark last week was the latest in a "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourage state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflicts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Philippine people have elected their own Caligula, one who delights in visualising bloodshed, horrifically brutal physical incapacitation, and destruction, but orders other people do the actual dirty work.

The Madness of Caligula

Whatever happened to the concept of peaceful, moral, hard-one negotiations to give more people a "seat at the table" in the Philippine government, without violence?!?

Apparently, these concepts have completely vanished from the workings and desires of the Philippine government, and particularly with Duterte, a man who obviously loves, and most probably lives, on fantasies of bloodlust, and female mutilation.

I am sorry, but the Philippine people deserve far better than this guy; there's GOT to be someone out there on the political scene with some shred of sanity, dignity, and morality who could do one heck of a lot better for them then this guy.

Feb 13 03:57

Coffee Shop Owner Faces Up To 5-year Imprisonment After Letting Model In Skimpy Apron Serve Customers

The owner said that he didn’t know better and admitted it was a way to publicize his coffee shop that just opened last Tuesday," said the police commander.

Feb 11 06:51

Operation Pacific Eagle in the Philippines

Operation Pacific Eagle in the Philippines: Washington’s New Colonial War
Critics contend that Operation Pacific Eagle Philippines is aimed at strengthening Washington’s grip on the long-subjugated people of the Philippines, defeating a half-century leftist insurgency, and securing the country for the interests of U.S. multinational corporations.

In the first part of this MPN exclusive, we speak to Ka Oris of the New People’s Army and Professors William I. Robinson and Roland Simbulan about the new U.S. intervention in Asia, which raises the Philippines to the same level as Syria and Iraq for the Pentagon’s war plans.

In the second part, we will look at the 1999-2015 counterinsurgency initiative “Plan Colombia” as a template for Operation Pacific Eagle, as well as the use of the operation to continue the encirclement of China by U.S. bases.

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Feb 10 13:06

Grassley Memo Shocker! Did The UK Meddle In Our Elections? With Guest Phil Giraldi.

Grassley Memo adds several fascinating layers to the story of who was meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election.

For some reason the Sen. Grassley Memo released earlier this week is being largely ignored by the media.

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi joins today’s show to discuss the operatives behind the scenes…

Feb 10 12:25

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

With suspicions running high that the nominal allies drew each other's blood on February 3, Ankara may well seek a modus vivendi with the US.

Two things differentiate the downing of a Russian Su-25 ground-attack jet in the western province of Idlib on February 3 from the drone attacks on the Russian air base at Hmeimim a month earlier.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 10 12:14

The Nunes Memo Needs More Work – Philip Giraldi

As a former intelligence officer, the first thing I noticed was that the claim by Democrats on the Committee that the memo’s release amounted to “treason” and would compromise classified information does not hold water.

Even the FISA court is aware of FBI inventiveness.

FBI procedures and ambiguities aside, this is nevertheless serious business.

If it can be determined that the omissions in submissions to the FISC were deliberate and calculated, the astute blogger Publius Tacitus has correctly observed that some senior FBI and DOJ officials who signed off on misleading or fraudulent applications concealing the antecedents of the so-called Steele Dossier to the FISC are now facing possible contempt-of-court charges that would include prison sentences. They include James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rob Rosenstein.

Feb 10 12:08

The FBI and the President – Mutual Manipulation

Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.

Few government organizations have been engaged in violation of the US citizens’ constitutional rights for as long a time and against as many individuals as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.

Feb 10 06:45

US To Send 1,000s Of Extra Marines To East Asia To Counter China

The Pentagon reportedly plans a “major muscle movement” from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US” and not China.
The US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.”

“I believe the [National Defense Strategy] and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region,” Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said.

“We have to be present and engaged to compete,” he said. The new defense strategy “will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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Feb 10 05:50

NWA – Transforming From Poppy Cultivation To Hub Of Trans-Regional Trade

MIRANSHAH: Once a hotbed of terrorism and a centre of poppy cultivation, North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is set to transform into a hub of regional and trans-regional trade as Ghulam Khan border crossing is about to be inaugurated next month.

It merits mention here that Pakistan has constructed a three-lane highway as a new trade road with Afghanistan and the Ghulam Khan crossing would be third major trade route linking Afghanistan’s Khost with Miranshah.

Miranshah is strategically located to provide a shortest link between Russia, central Asian states and warm waters of Arabian Sea through Gwadar Port. Moscow is only 4,798 kilometers from Miranshah while Dushanbe is 860 kilometers, Tashkent is 1414 kilometers and Ashqabad is 1753 kilometers, Kabul is 277 kilometers while Khost is mere 47 kilometers away from Miranshah.

Ghulam Khan trade route has the capability to become a major trade link with central Asia and Russia via Afghanistan>>>

Feb 09 13:36

Trump With N. Korean Defectors

President Donald Trump recently hosted a group of North Koreans who risked all to flee the brutal North Korean regime.

Feb 09 13:05

Japan ruling party body pushing for Article 9 revision draft within month

The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a body of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will try to draft a proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution as early as this month.

The effort is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to define legally the existence of the country’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Japanese Prime Minister is looking to get this passed before the end of this month (and folks, the end of February is only 19 days away), it does not augur well for peace between North Korea and her neighbors, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Timing, for getting this bill pushed through Japan's legislature before the end of the month is not accidental, and may well be telegraphing that the plans for an assault on North Korea in the early spring, perhaps March or April of this year, are close to getting greenlit.

I am hoping and praying that President Trump is listening to Sec Def Mattis on this one, and choses to avoid an outright military confrontation against North Korea; the aftermath could be more horrific than anyone can realise, and most likely, should the US govenment do a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, China will most likely side with North Korea militarily.

Feb 09 12:37

Your Perspective on life will change after you reading this true incident!!

Please be patience and read this till end a true incident happened to me last year!!
My perspective on life has changed after this incident happened in my life!! A Usual first working day of the week Monday!! I got a call from one of my friend.

Feb 08 13:16

Professor Stephen F. Cohen: Rethinking Putin – A Critical Reading

Professor Cohen is right: the real Putin has absolutely nothing, nothing at all, in common with the pseudo-Putin the Western media presents to its infinitely gullible and zombified audience.

I do believe that Professor Cohen will eventually go down in history as the most intellectually honest and courageous Russia expert in the US. In the meanwhile, the West is still stuck in its old, ideological ways: imperialism, nationalism and messianic exclusivism on one hand, and a complete surrender to post-modernism, cultural self-hatred, petty minority politics and moral relativism on the other.

Feb 08 13:12

FBI and DOJ Corruption Beget Justice Denied

Both the FBI and DOJ are under the direct authority of the President. Yet their senior staff operates as if they are omnipotent unto themselves.

The facts about the collusion among the Deep State operatives regarding their plan to eliminate the Donald Trump Presidency have been covered in detail.

Feb 07 22:30

Parts of south-east Queensland record lowest February temps on record

Parts of south-east Queensland recorded their lowest February maximum temperatures on record on Friday, as rain and cloud cover put an end to the hot weather, according to the weather bureau.

Eleven locations in southern and eastern Queensland shivered through well-below average temperatures, which were expected to continue into the weekend, with top temperatures upwards of 14 degrees below the monthly average, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

BoM meteorologist Michael Knepp said Oakey, Gatton, Warwick, Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Gayndah, Stanthorpe, Applethorpe, Gympie, Archerfield and Coolangatta experienced the chilly conditions.

Stanthorpe rerecorded a high of just 14.9 on Friday, while Applethorpe hit a top of 15 and Toowoomba climbed to 15.4 degrees. Stanthorpe's maximum was 11.6 degrees below its average February top temperature.

Feb 06 13:02

Airline Sparks Outrage After Scantily-Clad Models Put On Show

I have the photo and video that caused the outrage. Seems harmless to me (grin)...

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Feb 06 09:10

Nunes Duels the Deep State

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton.

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton. Heading the cabal was Comey, who made the call to exonerate Hillary of criminal charges for imperiling national security secrets, even before his own FBI investigation was concluded.

Feb 06 08:42

US F-35s Flying Nearly Around the Clock in Indo-Pacific Region

The US Air Force’s F-35A fighter squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, has been flying at a relentless pace since the squadron’s aircraft started to arrive at the base in late October, according to a new report.

"We're approaching 1,000 flight hours and 500 sorties; we'll probably have that here in the next few weeks," Master Sgt. Brian Sarafin told Defense News in a report published Monday. An average day consists of the 12 F-35 aircraft flying between 12 and 14 sorties per day. Since the plane is frequently damaged or malfunctioning, repair and maintenance crews are working "around the clock" to keep the planes ready to fly, Defense News noted.

Feb 05 13:46

Dengue Vaccine Pulled After It May Be Connected To The Deaths Of 14 Children

By Aaron Kesel

The Philippines stated on Friday that the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.

Sanofi the drug maker revealed in November that Dengvaxia – the world’s first dengue vaccine – might increase the risk of severe disease in people who had never been exposed to the virus. This news aroused an uproar in the Philippines, where more than 800,000 school-age children had been vaccinated with the drug in 2016 alone...

Feb 05 08:36

The GOP Memorandum should be called the Trey Gowdy Memorandum.

Rampant abuse and possible contempt of Court: full analysis of GOP memorandum.

GOP memorandum exposes extraordinary catalogue of due process violations in application for surveillance warrant.

It is in the overwhelmingly strong interest of the United States that the truth about all of this be told...

Feb 05 07:26

Swamp Watch: The deep state

Listen to Steve Hilton, the host of - The Next Revolution, expound on this sick swampy joke.

Yes, there is a Deep State.

The rise of a permanent ruling class in our Federal Bureaucracy.
The size and scope of the federal bureaucracy has become so unaccountable that it is actually unclear how many federal agencies exist.

?The intelligence bureaucracies have become swollen with unaccountable power and resources since 9/11 attack.??

Feb 04 11:07

US Sanctions, Baffled Russians, Hot Air and History – The Saker

The paradox: US sanctions – a blessing in disguise?

Now that the the US Treasury has released this “list of marked individuals” (and their families, relatives or associated corporate entities) for potential, unspecified, future sanction, who do you think will freak out most, the Eurasian Sovereignists or the Atlantic Integrationists?

What is absolutely certain is that this latest move by the US is, again, a dream come true for Putin and his supporters, especially right before the elections.

Feb 03 11:20

As Expected, Press Prostitutes Lie Through Their Teeth About House Intelligence Committee Report

Why the Republicans, armed with enough information to smash the FBI, Obama DOJ, DNC, and presstitute conspiracy, can’t put their act together is a mystery.

The FISA court document, declassified and released, contains confessions from both the FBI and DOJ that the agencies misled the court and falsely acquired surveillance permission.

Why did the FBI and DOJ rush to confess to the FISA court? The reason is that NSA Director Adm. Rodgers discovered their illicit spying, investigated it, and let it be known that he was reporting the FBI and DOJ malfeasence to the FISA court. Adm. Rodgers also informed President Trump.

Feb 02 11:53

US Color Revolution Begins in Thailand as Proxy War with China Continues

The protesters seek to overthrow Thailand’s independent institutions including its military and constitutional monarchy, and return US proxies to power, particularly billionaire and former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party (PTP). Thaksin Shinawatra is a convicted criminal who fled Thailand to evade a two year jail sentence and a myriad of court cases still pending trial.

Feb 02 11:14

State Department to Send Ambassador to Singapore to Sell F-35 Warplanes

Starting early next week, the Singapore Airshow is a big place for international arms deals to go down. US arms makers like Lockheed and Raytheon are responsible for some of the largest such deals, but finding buyers isn’t always easy.

The US State Department has apparently decided that selling Lockheed planes isn’t just Lockheed’s job, it’s the American diplomatic corps’ job, and is sending Ambassador Tina Kaidanow to the airshow specifically to drum up sales of the F-35.

The huge, costly Lockheed planes aren’t exactly flying off the shelves, and the State Department says this would be a good test case for the administration’s new policy of having officials take the lead in securing arms sales for major US companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Ambassador Kaidanow feels about shilling for one of the US's top Merchants of Death, Lockheed Corpoation!!!

Feb 02 09:42

'They Couldn't Hide all the Death.' 5 More Rohingya Mass Graves Found in Myanmar

The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts.

Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had been choosing players for the soccer-like game of chinlone when the gunfire began. They scattered from what sounded like hard rain on a tin roof. By the time the Myanmar military stopped shooting, only Kadir and two teammates were left alive.

Days later, Kadir found six of his friends among the bodies in two graves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... And the UN, as usual, is proving impotent to stop this massacre of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

To have no place to go, coupled with the possibility that you and your family may be assassinated at any moment, for absolutely no reason than your ethnicity and faith, has to be a chilling probability for any Rohingya family cursed to be living here.

And where the hell, please is Aung San Suu Kyi, a winner of the Nobel peace Prize, when you need her the most, in this crisis?!?

She has been coopted by Myanmar's military, an uber-nationalistic Buddhist movement (THAT's a contradiction in terms), and keeping her mouth shut, just to cling on to what little power she has, while she, herself, has proven powerless to prevent this genocide.

I never thought, this lifetime, that I would have to say; "Watch out; here come the Buddhists, killing 'the other' with impunity, and getting away with it!

Unfortunately, however, this has become precisely the case in Myanmar.

Feb 02 09:24

The Loser Dems – Mike Whitney

It’s time to pull up our big boy pants and face the facts: The Democratic party is NOT a suitable vehicle for the progressive agenda.

The Dems are a party without a leader and without a message. They keep carping about Russia and Trump because they have no convictions, no beliefs, and no fire in the belly. It’s a party of empty suits and phony flannel-mouth politicos. The only thing they’re good at is losing, which is an art they appear to have perfected.

The problem is, that the rest of us are sick of the party’s sad-sack song-and-dance, sick of the excuses, sick of the buck passing, and sick of losing. We want candidates who actually stand for something, who actually believe in something, and who’ll actually fight for something.

Feb 02 09:21

Erica, the creepy robot that is so life-like she appears to 'have a soul', will replace a Japanese TV news anchor in April

Very few details have been revealed about Erica's new job, however Dr Ishiguro said she will use AI to read news put together by humans.

'We're going to replace one of the newscasters with the android,' said Dr Ishiguro, who is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University.

Jan 30 13:08

Turkey plays its latest card in the New Great Game – Pepe Escobar

Sochi, not Geneva, is the forum where the endgame for the Syrian proxy war will be decided.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems.

Olive Branch” is the Orwellian-named Turkish invasion of a chunk of Syria. The operation comes as no surprise. President Tayyip Erdogan had hinted for nearly a year that a move was likely in the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin.

Jan 30 09:05

US-Vietnam Military Ties Warn China over Maritime Expansion

A high-level U.S. visit to Vietnam followed by plans to send American naval vessels may herald a tougher American policy toward China in Asia's stickiest maritime sovereignty dispute.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met in Vietnam last week with the host country’s president, Tran Dai Quang, as well as the general secretary of its ruling Communist Party and a Vietnamese military counterpart.

The U.S. Department of Defense website said they shared concerns about freedom of navigation and “respect for international law,” likely references to a six-way dispute over sovereignty of the South China Sea dominated by Beijing. A U.S. aircraft carrier will call in Vietnam in March. Vietnam is the most outspoken rival claimant to China.

Jan 29 11:38

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is In Service To Israel

Americans are so totally brainwashed by Israeli propaganda that there is no public restraint on Washington serving Israel’s interest.

Peter Jenkins, a former British ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, expresses concerns about the decisions of France, Germany, and the UK to appease President Trump on fixing “flaws” in the Iranian nuclear agreement.

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