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Dec 10 16:11

Australia’s horrific new encryption law likely to obliterate its tech scene

Australia‘s government signed a bill into law last week giving law enforcement agencies the right to force technology companies to reveal users’ encrypted messages. Another way of putting it: Australia‘s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine.

The law was introduced as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, but now it’s official. And there’s a lot to be concerned about, even if you don’t live or work in Australia.

Dec 10 04:13

Armenian citizens vote for "revolutionary majority", says acting PM

Armenian citizens are voting for a "revolutionary majority" in the new parliament, acting PM of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan told reporters on Monday. "The citizens of our country are voting for a revolutionary majority, and they are doing it in a calm environment. The elections are clear and transparent. And we have to get used to the fact that since now, there will be no incidents during the elections. Times of turbulent elections are behind us," he said. Pashinyan noted that so far, Armenia’s former leading party, the Republican Party, has not received enough votes to hold any parliamentary seats. "If there had been transparent elections in Armenia in the last 18 years, then the Republican Party of Armenia would barely get the passing percent. We have said it repeatedly, and now we see the results with our own eyes," the acting PM stated.

Dec 09 15:32

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use.

Dec 06 16:53

Australia passes ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption law after bipartisan compromise

Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation.

The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue “technical notices” — a nice way of forcing companies — even websites — operating in Australia to help the government hack, implant malware, undermine encryption or insert backdoors at the behest of the government.

If companies refuse, they could face financial penalties.

Dec 05 15:27

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use.

Dec 01 10:32

Why US attempting to increase tensions in the Indo-Pacific

The United States is attempting to increase tensions and create confrontations in the Indo-Pacific region in order to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, said that America “is not at all interested in promoting peace and security in the so-called Indo-Pacific. Its primary intention is the exact opposite, to increase tensions and create confrontations where none need exist. It is only in this way that the US can continue to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia. In doing so it hopes to mobilize its wavering allies in the region to challenge and confront China. This strategy however is doomed to failure.”

Nov 30 09:31

World War 3: China WARNS Japan over plan to convert aircraft carriers for FIGHTER JETS

BEIJING has issued a stark warning to Tokyo to not go ahead with plans to put F-35 Stealth jets aboard aircraft carriers, claiming the move would “drive the country to repeat its militaristic history”.

Nov 30 08:24

A Savage ‘War To End All Wars,’ and a Failed Peace

Europe lost an entire generation, killed, maimed or forever psychologically broken by the war. Many Europeans lost faith in the snake oil of nationalism and turned away from the standard frameworks of monarchy or liberal democracy. Some found solace in socialism, whereas others doubled down on ultranationalism in the form of fascist leaders.

Despite 9 million battle deaths – a number unfathomable when the war began – WWI solved little and sowed the seeds for the European cataclysm of 1939-45. It is an uncomfortable truth, especially for the United States, a nation that tends to see itself as being at the center of the world; the US played mostly a late, and bit, part in the drama across the Atlantic.

Nov 28 11:23

Australian politician praises remote tribe that killed US missionary for their 'strict immigration policy'

An Australian politician has praised the remote tribe which killed an American missionary for their ‘strict immigration policy’.

Right-wing One Nation party leader, Pauline Hanson, praised the isolated southern Asian island tribe for protecting their way of life 'through the enforcement of strong border protections'.

The populist leader has moved a motion in the Australian Senate commending the Sentinelese people for their 'strict zero-gross' immigration policy.

Nov 26 08:31

Apple is CUTTING the price of its 'budget' iPhone XR with the 'world's most advanced LCD display': Firm forced to offer subsidies to Japanese operators due to underwhelming sales

Apple is cutting the price of its latest iPhone in Japan to boost sales after an underwhelming launch.

The Silicon Valley firm is offering subsidies to mobile network operators in Japan to help shift its $749 (£749) iPhone XR, which was released less than a month ago.

Operators will offer price cuts as early as next week, a decision which indicates Apple's long-term dominance in the smartphone market may be wavering.

It is not known whether the firm will offer the discount in other regions.

Nov 23 07:42

China can stop the Quad before it even starts

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Vasilis Trigkas says the US has the determination and military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some careful strategic outreach

The recent war of words between China and the US at the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea stunned geopolitical pundits around the world and attests to the ominous dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. As the two nations increasingly see issues in terms of security, there is a real danger of matters escalating into a strategic competition for regional alliances.

Just two days before the opening of the summit, an informal meeting took place in Singapore. There, US Vice-President Mike Pence met the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. This was the third meeting of leaders of the four democratic Asia-Pacific states known as “the Quad”, and while the structure has not been institutionalised into an alliance, American strategists have called for the crystallisation of an archipelagic Nato.

Never has the United States faced a challenger with the geo-economic and military might of China>>>

Nov 22 09:14

US bombs continue to kill in Laos 50 years after Vietnam War

US dropped two million tonnes of bombs on Laos at height of Vietnam War. Why are cluster munitions still killing?

Vientiane - This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in history, decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tonnes of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War.

Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

On Thanksgiving Day in November 1968, the United States escalated its war against North Vietnam in Laos.

Then-US President Lyndon B Johnson had ordered traditional turkey dinners to be helicoptered in to US troops who were secretly deployed in the quiet, landlocked country to sever the North Vietnamese supply lines that ran through the east.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government and military rarely clean up their global messes; it should be American teams in Laos, doing the cleanup, and making living for these people safe again, without the threat of even one child ever getting torn apart, limb from limb, by these devices.

Nov 22 07:27

US bombs continue to kill in Laos 50 years after Vietnam War

US dropped two million tonnes of bombs on Laos at height of Vietnam War. Why are cluster munitions still killing?

This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in history, decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tonnes of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War.

Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

On Thanksgiving Day in November 1968, the United States escalated its war against North Vietnam in Laos.

Then-US President Lyndon B Johnson had ordered traditional turkey dinners to be helicoptered in to US troops who were secretly deployed in the quiet, landlocked country to sever the North Vietnamese supply lines that ran through the east.

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Nov 21 05:42

US vice president beats war drums in Asia:

US Vice President Mike Pence used Asian summit meetings over the past week to set out an ultimatum to China that accelerates the drive to war. Either China bows to the demands of American imperialism and accepts a subservient, semi-colonial status, or it will confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Pence accused China of taking “advantage of the United States for many, many years” and declared “those days are over.” He bluntly warned that “the US will not change course until China changes its ways” and warned that the US could “more than double” the existing massive tariffs on Chinese goods.

Pence effectively ruled out any deal between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping>>>

(*...here's your rifle !)

Nov 19 13:59

Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game. All-Asian solution. No Western invaders welcome

...What matters most for China is Afghanistan becoming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). That’s exactly what Chinese envoy Yao Jing told the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue in Islamabad earlier this week between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Kabul can act as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions,” Jing said. Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “The Greater South Asia has emerged as a geo-economic concept, driven by economy and energy, roads and railways and ports and pipelines, and Pakistan is the hub of this connectivity due to CPEC.” For Beijing, CPEC can only deliver its enormous potential if Pakistan and India relations are normalized. And that road goes right through Afghanistan. China has been aiming for an opening for years. Chinese intel operatives have met the Taliban everywhere from Xinjiang to Karachi and from Peshawar to Doha. The China card is immensely alluring.

Nov 19 10:57

Moment for settling Russia-Japan Kurils dispute long gone

Moscow earlier offered the "2+2" option, stipulating the return of Habomai and Shikotan while keeping Kunashir and Iturup, which have strategic importance for Russia. Japan insists that the "2+2" plan means handing over the first two islands and continuing talks on the status of the two other islands, chief of the TASS bureau in Japan Vasily Golovnin noted. A compromise is possible under the "2+2" formula, which implies providing Japan with the opportunity to freely pursue economic activity, Kortunov said. Now the situation for solving the territorial dispute can be hardly called favorable since the moment for it has passed. What was possible in the 2000s, when Russia agreed to hand over territories in the Khabarovsk Region and the Chita Region to China is very unlikely now not just due to hopes for a strategic alliance with Beijing, the paper says.

Nov 19 10:49

Return to 1956 declaration implies no transfer of Russian territories to Japan

"Over these days we have heard a great variety of different speculations, political guesses about some sort of a separate deal on the transfer of the islands and so on. This is not true and cannot be true," he told the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program of the Rossiya-1 television channel, commenting on the Russian-Japanese agreement to continue the peace treaty talks on the basis of the 1956 declaration. "Can we say that it means automatic transference of any territories? Absolutely no. This is what President Putin was saying when he answered journalists’ question," Peskov said. According to the Kremlin spokesman, the sides will reach a compromise that will not run counter to their interests. "Naturally, a compromise will be needed. We can say it already now that this compromise will not be in conflict with the national interests of either of the sides," he said.

Nov 16 03:56

Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody

'US to Sail and Fly Wherever International Law Allows': Mike Pence Says Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody
The United States seeks to ward off spreading Chinese influence in Asia's seas by practicing "freedom of navigation" operations - naval and aerial activity in what China believes to be its own territory.

US Vice President Mike Pence has said that the contested South China Sea isn't the domain of any country, challenging Beijing's claims to the resource-rich region.

"The South China Sea doesn't belong to any one nation, and you can be sure: the United States will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows and our national interests demand," Pence said on Friday.

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Nov 15 09:31

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer'

Japan's new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer.

Nov 12 14:09

Aung San Suu Kyi: Amnesty strips Myanmar leader of top prize

Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

The politician and Nobel peace prize winner received the honour in 2009, when she was living under house arrest.

The rights group said it was profoundly dismayed at her failure to speak out for the Rohingya minority, some 700,000 of whom have fled a military crackdown.

This is the latest honour in a string of awards Ms Suu Kyi, 73, has lost.

"We are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote in a letter to the Myanmar leader

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABOUT BLOODY WELL TIME, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL!!

Nov 08 09:29

Will the ‘Taiwan question’ give rise to a World War III scenario?

The United States and China are set to go head-to-head over disputes in relation to Taiwan and the South China Sea, with deadly consequences on the immediate horizon.

You wouldn’t know it with all the media hype over the US mid-term elections, but the US and China are on a deadly collision path in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. In the last two months, the US military has flown B-52 bombers and carried out its so-called “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea. There have also been instances of US warships sailing through the Taiwan Strait in support of Taiwan, an island which China considers to be a rogue part of Chinese territory.

On a side note, it is amazing to say the least that the US believes it should have the “freedom to navigate” in the South China Sea, yet seems to get up in arms when Iranian ships expect the same kind of freedom in the Persian Gulf.

Nov 07 10:34

Japan’s nuclear regulator approves extension for reactor damaged in 2011 tsunami

Japan’s nuclear regulator has approved an operations extension for a 40-year-old reactor near Tokyo that was damaged in the same earthquake and tsunami that sparked the Fukushima disaster nearly eight years ago. Tokai Daini also has the same basic design as those that melted down in the Fukushima crisis and will be the first boiling water reactor to be approved for a lifetime extension of 20 years in a controversial move, Reuters reports.

Nov 06 13:02

The U.S. Ignores Its Vietnamese Victims to This Day

Nguyen Van Tu grasps my hands in thanks as we end the interview. His story is part of a hidden, if not forbidden, history that few in the U.S. know. It’s a story that was written in blood in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1960s and 1970s and now is being rewritten in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a story to which new episodes are added each day that U.S. forces roll armored vehicles down other people’s streets, kick down other people’s doors, carry out attacks in other people’s neighborhoods and occupy other people’s countries.

It took nearly 40 years for word of Nguyen Van Tu’s hardships at the hands of the United States to filter back to America. Perhaps a few more Americans will feel remorse as a result. But who will come forward to take responsibility for all this suffering? And who will give Pham Van Chap a new leg?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being one of the world's most war-centric despots on the planet means, never having to say you're sorry; until the loss or losses are so horrific, that the wars ultimately grind to a stop, because the people of the US will not allow it, as they did during the peaceful, massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

So far, that hasn't happened for the US; but coming wars I see, potentially against Russia; China; and Iran, may well be the turning point for the US, creating either total devastation, or a complete economic collapse for this country. Either way, it may not not end well.

Nov 04 17:47

Keen Sword: US and Japan stage largest wargames in Pacific amid tensions with China (VIDEO)

Washington and Tokyo have amassed a record number of sailors, marines and airmen for the biggest joint naval drill that the two allied nations have ever held close to Chinese shores as tensions keep rising in the region.

Around 47,000 troops from the Japan Self-Defense Force have been joined by more than 10,000 US servicemen for the Keen Sword 19 military exercise – the biggest drill of its kind since the biennial joint maneuvers were launched in 1986. The US forces participating in the drill include the bulk of the Seventh Fleet, as well as the Submarine Group 7 – both of which are based in Japan's Yokosuka. Tokyo has deployed roughly a fifth of its military. Two Canadian warships are also taking part in the exercise.

Nov 01 10:27

SAUDI EXECUTES INDONESIA MAID WHO KILLED ‘ABUSIVE’ EMPLOYER IN SELF-DEFENCE

Saudi Arabia has come under fire once again after it executed an Indonesian female migrant worker without notifying her family or the Indonesian government.

Seven years after being sentenced to death for killing her employer in an act she claimed was self-defence from sexual abuse, Tuti Tursilawati was executed on Monday in the city of Taif.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo criticised the decision today, saying the government has officially protested to Riyadh and demanded better protection for Indonesian workers in the country.

Tursilawati was executed just a week after Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, met with his Indonesian counterpart and President Widodo in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers’ rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She should never have gone to Saudi Arabia for work in the first place.

Women are completely disposable here; and particularly Asian women hoping to find work, where none really exists for them at all back home, are considered the most disposable.

Saudi men are of the opinion that women in their country can be dealt with in any way they chose, including abusing them, secure that the government will do absolutely nothing to them if they indulge in these kinds of practices, because these are "behavioural norms" for men who come from families with money.

This Saudi attitude toward women, coupled with this execution, should be a cautionary tale writ large, for Asian women hoping to get a better job in Saudi Arabia, where the risks definitely outweigh the benefits.

I would never, this lifetime, willingly, go to Riyadh; I would, however, love to see Tehran, because of the incredible history, art, and music, and science I know I would find there. I would love to talk with their young people, and see what dreams they have for their future, and how they see themselves shaping that future.

Oct 25 17:48

Australia to DEPORT foreign murderers and sex offenders in visa clampdown

FOREIGN sex offenders and murderers are among violent criminals who will be booted out of Australia in a new visa crackdown, it is reported.

Convicts guilty of serious offences such as murder, sex offences, manslaughter, kidnap, assault and aggravated burglary would be deported from Down Under.

Carjackers, burglars and cons guilty of serious invasion of family violence orders will also be targeted and risk having their visas cancelled.

Children guilty of serious offences won’t escape the clampdown, which would hit foreign-born criminals convicted of offences punishable by at least two years in jail.

Convicts could be deported even if they were caged for less than two years, or served no time behind bars at all.

Oct 25 08:41

China army to do ‘whatever it takes’ to retain Taiwan – defense minister

China’s defense minister said on Thursday that the military would do “whatever it takes” to stop any attempt to “split” Taiwan from the mainland. Beijing considers the self-ruled, island to be part of its territory awaiting reunification, even though the two sides have been governed separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949. “It is extremely dangerous to repeatedly challenge China’s limits on this issue,” Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe said at the Xiangshan Forum, a regional security dialogue hosted by Beijing. “If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,” AFP quoted the minister as saying.

Oct 25 05:11

China Vows To Defend Taiwan, South China Sea 'At Any Price'

Attempt to separate Taiwan from China and Chinese armed forces will 'take resolute action', warns defence minister.

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory - whether it's the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made the remarks on Thursday at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in the wealthy city-state of Singapore.

"If someone tries to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese armed forces will take action at any price," Wei warned.

Oct 24 19:50

World War 3 threat: Taiwan to hold fire war drills in preparation for Chinese INVASION

TAIWAN armed forces will hold live-fire war drills in the Spratly Islands in preparation for a possible military invasion from China by 2020.

According to the South China Morning Post, the exercise will begin between 8am and 9am, lasting from November 21 to 23, on Taiping Island in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

The move is likely to anger China, as well as Vietnam, which have been claimed ownership of the Spratlys.

Oct 24 09:05

What Asia thinks (but won’t say) about Trump ditching INF Treaty

US president’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty with Russia dents perceptions of American reliability. It also raises the prospect of an arms race in China’s backyard

Asian nations have for the most part stayed silent over a threat by the United States to withdraw from a disarmament treaty with Russia that has kept nuclear proliferation in check for the past three decades.

But analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week about his intention to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – a move he made without forewarning Asian allies – will have dented perceptions of America’s reliability as a defence partner.

Naoko Aoki, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at The Rand Corporation, said the credibility of the US rested on two pillars: its “capability and resolve”.

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Oct 23 10:40

World War 3: Taiwan stokes tensions with China as it prepares to deploy F-16 jets

TAIWAN has taken delivery of the first of a fleet of revamped F-16 Viper jets in a move certain to raise tensions with China after the US sent two warships through a narrow strait which separates the country from mainland China

Oct 21 18:11

Japan finds itself buried in plastic waste after China stops importing world’s trash

Nations across the globe are beginning to suffer from waste build-up, after China stopped importing recyclable garbage this year. Japan has become the latest country reporting severe recycling industry overload.

China’s ban on imports of 24 types of solid waste materials, such as soda bottles, mixed paper, recycled steel and newsprint, has impacted the recycling chain across the globe. Japan, which last year exported about half of its 1.5 million tons of annual plastic waste, is now piled higher and deeper in its own garbage, with many local governments struggling to cope with the problem.

Oct 18 09:05

Asia's Natural Gas Prices Are Rising. Now Higher Oil Prices And Tariffs Could Cause More Pain

tariffs could cause more pain>>>

(*Join me in voting for MORE PAIN! 11/07/18 )

Oct 18 08:34

Freedoms ‘Will Not Be Curbed But Hong Kong Cannot Be Anti-China Base’

Hong Kong’s freedoms will not be curbed, but city cannot be used as anti-China base, top Beijing official
says

A top Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has sought to reassure the city that the central government has no intention of curbing its freedoms, and recent warnings against the city being used as an anti-Communist Party and anti-China base merely reflect a long-standing central government policy.

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) director Zhang Xiaoming told a delegation of senior news executives from the local media on Thursday that both the central and local governments must exercise “zero tolerance” when dealing with calls for the city’s independence, which crossed the “red line” of undermining Chinese sovereignty.

“It is nothing unusual for state leaders to send out kind reminders that Hong Kong should not be used as an anti-China and anti-Communist Party base,” delegation leader Siu Sai-wo quoted Zhang as saying.

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(* What the ....
Russia has no problem with using Ukraine for a anti Russian Base !

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Ain't that Right , boys ?)

Oct 18 07:30

US Bombers Fly Over South China Sea Ahead Of Asean Summit

B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijing’s ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore

Two US B-52 bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, in a move that could inflame tensions ahead of a key regional defence summit in Singapore where the US and Chinese defence ministers are slated to meet.

The two US Air Force bombers departed from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam as part of a “routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea”>>>

(*how much did that cost The Throw Away Empire ?)

Oct 17 10:53

Indonesia may cancel trade deal with Australia if embassy moves to Jerusalem

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi yesterday expressed his country’s concern over Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s remarks that the country may move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Marsudi called on the Australian government to respect the peace process and UN Security Council resolutions issued in this regard.

“Indonesia reiterates that [the political status of] Jerusalem is one of six issues that have to be negotiated and decided as a sustainable solution,” she said.

“Indonesia asks Australia and other countries to continue supporting the Palestine-Israel peace process in accordance with the principles that have been agreed and to not take steps that may threaten the peace process and world stability.”

Oct 17 09:44

Dollar monopoly slips as China & Japan dump US Treasuries

China and Japan – the two main holders of the US Treasury securities – have trimmed their ownership of notes and bonds in August, according to the latest figures from the US Treasury Department, released on Tuesday.

China’s holdings of US sovereign debt dropped to $1.165 trillion in August, from $1.171 trillion in July, marking the third consecutive month of declines as the world’s second-largest economy bolsters its national currency amid trade tensions with the US. China remains the biggest foreign holder of US Treasuries, followed by long-time US ally Japan.

Tokyo cut its holdings of US securities to $1.029 trillion in August, the lowest since October 2011. In July, Japan’s holdings were at $1.035 trillion.

Oct 17 04:43

The Dark Horse Of The Oil Price Rally

Vietnam’s economy is this year set to exceed the government’s growth forecast, which was predicting a healthy rise of 6.7 percent, VOA reported recently, citing a government statement. The reason this will be possible is oil prices. That’s right. Few of us would think of Vietnam when the benefits of oil production are discussed, but there you have it: this tiny producer is raking in the cash and will continue to rake it in even if Brent falls back to US$65.

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(*Bolton or Pompeo; Which US diplomat takes 'the trip' ?)

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 10:48

US "INVESTIGATES" GENOCIDE IN MYANMAR, COMMITS GENOCIDE IN YEMEN

Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.

In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically.

Reuters in their article titled, "U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities," would claim:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to have a great deal of respect for this country,my birthplace, the United States of America.

But when your eyes are open to the horrific atrocities this country has committed, and is still committing against foreign populations, that respect transmogrifies into an horrific awareness, that this country is run by the monied, for the monied, and of the monied.

Elections change nothing; we simply get a glorified Kabuki like performance of people who have been pre-vetted by the monied and the US Deep State, and will only serve their interests, no matter if their interests are in sync with those of We the People, or not.

This is from indexmundi.com, which, for some unfathomable reason, still calls the country Burma:

The Natural Resources of Burma

The article goes on to state:

"Natural resources: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower, arable land

Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future."

And of course, as with every other country the US has invaded/pacified/conquered, which it wants here, is the following: a US-Centric government, well-kept with a lot of hush money for its top leadership, which does not mind the expropriation of its resources, and with those resources not being allowed benefit to the citizens of those countries, and all to be sold only for the US dollar.

The only thing left is to peacefully witness to the reality that in both Myanmar and Yemen, the mind-set of the US government and
Deep State, is that the people of these countries are only "collateral damage", to be disposed of in the most expeditious way possible, because that... is the US government's and Deep State's "Final Solution" for dispersing whatever wealth these countries do have in resources to US-friendly companies.

Oct 12 07:51

Moon Jae-in Urges US To Declare End Of War With North Korea

The South Korean president said Pyongyang has taken steps to achieve peace and the US should take similar measures.

(*We Sent Pompeo , forcryin'outloud !
Maybe we should send Lindsey Graham , for their troubles .)

Oct 11 16:38

Uniqlo’s 1st automated warehouse cuts manpower by 90%

Fast Retailing Co., which operates the Uniqlo apparel retail chain, unveiled to reporters on Tuesday a warehouse in the Ariake district of Tokyo where a robotic system automatically conducts work such as inspections and sorting apparel goods. The system started full-scale operations this month, resulting in a 90 percent reduction in manpower at the location, according to the company.

Oct 07 09:41

It’s No Longer Just a Trade War Between the U.S. and China

The U.S. confrontation with China that has been ramping up over the past year due to heightened trade tensions, military showdowns, and diplomatic ill will escalated to new levels on Thursday ith a double-barreled assault on Beijing’s growing economic and geopolitical heft.
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The administration on Thursday also accused China of deliberately trying to undermine U.S. national security by targeting the nation’s defense industrial base. A Pentagon-led review of the defense industry, ordered by Trump, pegs China as one of the primary culprits in what it called “predatory practices.” These include “state-sponsored dumping, public subsidies, and intellectual property theft,” which the report said “are destroying commercial product lines and markets of domestic [Defense Department] suppliers.”

That report and the vice president’s speech reflected the Trump administration’s growing view of China as a rival to be confronted>>>

Oct 06 09:20

Beijing’s Challenge To US Warship In South China Sea ‘Deliberate And Calculated’

By the normal rules for ensuring navigational safety ‘there’s no way we would see ships getting so close’, analyst says

China was making a clear and deliberate statement that it will not tolerate challenges to its sovereignty when it sent a destroyer to “confront” a US warship in the South China Sea on Sunday, military and diplomatic analysts said.

The incident happened when a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer sailed within 41 metres (135 feet) of the USS Decatur in an operation described by Washington as “unsafe and unprofessional” and by Beijing as a necessary defence of its territory.

Going by the normal rules of the road for ensuring navigational safety, there’s no way we would see ships getting so close like this,” said Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Oct 06 09:12

Australia concerned by China’s ‘aggressive tactics’ in South China Sea

Australia has expressed concerns about China’s “aggressive tactics” in the South China Sea after a Chinese navy destroyer sailed within yards of an American warship on the weekend.

Christopher Pyne, Australia’s defence minister, said the Morrison government would view any use of intimidation in the region as “destabilising and potentially dangerous”.

According to a US official, the USS Decatur guided-missile destroyer was conducting a “freedom of navigation operation” in the South China Sea on Sunday, when it passed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the contested Spratly Islands.

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Oct 06 09:05

America’s Message: Time To Pick Sides In The South China Sea

Chinese leaders may have been US Vice-President Mike Pence’s main target audience this week as he issued Washington’s most blistering broadside on Beijing in recent years, but analysts say there was also a message for regional countries caught up in the proxy battle for supremacy between the two juggernauts in the disputed South China Sea: pick your side.

The address – which immediately drew fire from China for its “unwarranted accusations” – suggests that President Donald Trump’s administration is on the brink of intensifying the ongoing trade war between the countries into a more broad-based cold war-esque confrontation, they say.

In such a scenario, China’s neighbours, from Vietnam to Malaysia and Singapore, may be cajoled into taking sides after years of delicately balancing their relationships with both superpowers.

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Oct 04 06:39

Hindus were killed and dumped in mass graves by Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The jihad in Myanmar is widely misunderstood, due largely to the jihad-aligned media (not just in Myanmar but in Israel, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Russia etc). Anywhere Muslims have immigrated, they are agitating for Islam (which is everywhere they immigrate), and the media’s knee-jerk narrative is their victimization. If the conflict were better understood, al hijrah (Muslim immigration) would severely restricted.

Dr. Bostom writes here: “As we shall see, like their ethnically cleansed coreligionists to the south, in western Myanmar’s Arakan province, the Buddhists of the Indian subcontinent were subjugated to the near extinguishing ravages of jihad, albeit some 800 years prior. British historian of India Vincent Smith has described the devastating impact of the late 12th century jihad razzias [raids] against the Buddhist communities of northern India, centered around Bihar, based on triumphal Muslim sources, exclusively

Oct 04 06:37

Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.

Suu Kyi made the comments in a lecture in Singapore in which she reviewed her two years in power.

"We who are living through the transition in Myanmar view it differently than those who observe it from the outside and who will remain untouched by its outcome," she said, in an apparent response to criticism of how her government has handled the plight of the Rohingya.

Critics accuse Myanmar's army of carrying out ethnic cleaning, or even genocide, against the Muslim minority. Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist.

Suu Kyi's government says it carried out justifiable counterinsurgency operations in response to attacks by militants on security forces.

Oct 03 10:07

A Volcano Just Erupted in Indonesia Just Days after Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

Only days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi – killing at least 1,347 people – survivors now have another powerful force of nature to reckon with.

Oct 03 06:25

Beijing Slams Intrusion Into Islands' Waters

China voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Tuesday to a US warship's intrusion into the waters of China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Tuesday the USS Decatur guided missile destroyer arbitrarily entered waters on Sunday off China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea. He noted that a Chinese Navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with international law and warned the US vessel off.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters>>>

Oct 01 01:19

‘Doomsday chemical -Fentanyl’ seized, ‘US-hating’ scholar arrested

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a group of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal chemical laboratory in Indore, India and they seized 9 kg’s of a fentanyl (deadly synthetic opioid).

Sep 26 21:50

One of the World’s Rarest Tigers Was Just Killed in a Horrible, Preventable Accident

Sumatran tigers are just a few hundred of them left in the wild – and now the population of critically endangered Sumatran tigers in the Indonesian jungle has suffered a blow after a magnificent animal was killed in a senseless accident.

Sep 26 08:01

China denies request for Hong Kong port call by American warship

The refusal follows exchange of trade tariffs and US sanctions on a Chinese defence ministry unit over purchase of Russian weapons

China has rejected a request for a US warship to make a port call in Hong Kong, the US consulate in Hong Kong said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

“The Chinese government did not approve a request for a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp. We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that to continue,” the consulate said.

The amphibious assault ship had been due to stop in Hong Kong next month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed US military officials.

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Sep 19 05:47

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak arrested, to face charges over US$628 million linked to 1MDB
Najib will face ‘several charges’, some of which will relate to the transfer of 2.6 billion ringgit into his account

Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday and will be charged over allegations that US$628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.

Allegations that Najib and his cronies looted huge sums from the investment vehicle were a major factor in the shock defeat of his long-ruling coalition in elections in May, at the hands of a reformist alliance headed by Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir, 93, in his second stint as premier after coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protégé Najib, has reopened investigations into 1MDB that were shut down by the former government, and vowed to bring Najib to justice.

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Sep 19 03:17

Asian Equities Extend Gains as Markets Recover from Trade War Fears

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Beijing announced?on Tuesday retaliatory tariffs that targeted?more than 5,000 U.S. products worth $60 billion. The new tariffs would take effect on Sep 24, China’s Ministry of Finance said in a statement. The country’s commerce ministry also filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S., according to reports.?

The announcement seemed to have little impact on Asian stocks however, as major indices including Shanghai Composite and the Nikkei 225 jumped more than 1.5% in afternoon trade.

Markets also took comfort from the fact that the new U.S. tariffs were set at 10% for now rather than the previous expected 25% tariffs, according to analysts.

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Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

Tags: AFGHANISTAN AFRICA ASIA CHINA IRAN IRAQ KOREA MIDDLE EAST SOUTH AMERICA SYRIA (*VS.) WHITE HOUSE

Sep 17 10:56

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With

This article was first posted on Global Research in September 2017.

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled ‘Agent Orange,’ to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and more effective bombing of enemy bases. The issue was, Agent Orange wasn’t just an herbicide — it was also a deadly weapon, as it contains large amounts of dioxin.

Agent Orange was discovered in the year 1943 by American botanist Arthur Galston. Between the years of 1962 and 1971, the US army “showered” the deadly chemical over Southern Vietnam as part of the military operation “Ranch Hand”, or “Trail Dust.” In total, more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was used. Sadly, Agent Orange did more than contribute to the deforestation of vast areas of land. It also contaminated air, water, and food sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is truly hard to remember; and it just as horrific as is the US military's current practice of using depleted uranium as a weapon in the 21st century .

Sep 17 07:30

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

Attack submarine joined by helicopter carrier and two destroyers in first confirmed mission of its kind in disputed waterway

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters.

Japan’s participation is the latest challenge to China’s military build-up in Asia’s most strategic waterway.

In a rare announcement on Monday, the Japanese defence ministry confirmed the submarine Kuroshio, as well as the helicopter carrier Kaga and two other destroyers, the Inazuma and Suzutsuki, took part in an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday.

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Sep 13 12:52

Russia's Putin tells Japan's Abe: 'Let's sign peace deal this year

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a conference stage on Wednesday and offered to sign a peace treaty by the end of this year to formally end World War Two hostilities between their countries.

But soon after Putin made the dramatic offer, a Japanese government spokesman in Tokyo said Japan wants the return of islands in the Pacific captured by Russian troops in the last days of the war before it signs a peace treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that some accommodation on the part of both Japan and Russia can ultimately make this peace deal happen, and that a negotiated settlement will resolve the issue of these islands.

Sep 13 12:49

Bangladesh says it won't assimilate Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh has no plans to take in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees permanently, its foreign secretary said on Wednesday, adding that they “belong” to Myanmar from where they fled.

Some 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed from the west of mostly Buddhist Myanmar into Bangladesh from August last year, according to U.N. agencies, when Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces triggered a sweeping military response.

Bangladesh and Myanmar reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but it has not started, with stateless Rohingya still crossing the border.

“We are not thinking of assimilating them in Bangladesh. They belong to Myanmar,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shunned, marginalized, tortured, despised, and even killed in their home country of Myanmar, could someone please tell me where are these poor people supposed to go?!?

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 04:23

Peace with Japan? Tokyo needs no peace. Tokyo needs Russian islands

President Putin suddenly offered Japan to conclude a peace treaty with Russia before the end of the year. The news came as a surprise to both Russia and Japan. If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had accepted the proposal, he would have been demonised and put to shame in Japan. He turned Putin's offer down, and the chilled relations between Russia and Japan may deteriorate even further. Tokyo announced that Japan sticks to the old concept for the peace treaty that can be signed only when Russia and Japan settle the territorial dispute. Therefore, Tokyo's decision about Putin's proposal shows that Japan is not interested in maintaining any type of mutually beneficial partnership with Russia - Tokyo is only interested in the islands. Vitaly Shvydko, the head of the group for Japan studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, shared his opinion with Pravda.Ru about a possibility for Russia and Japan to sign the peace treaty before the end of 2018.

Sep 11 06:52

Expanding the Range of Possibilities: Eastern Economic Forum kicks off in Vladivostok

The 4th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which kicks off in Vladivostok on Tuesday, promises to become the most representative one in comparison with the previous events in terms of the line ups and level of delegations. The forum will be held on September 11-13. The forum’s key event, a plenary session "The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities," will be attended by the heads of five states and governments: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping, President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of South Korea Lee Nak-yeon. The participants will touch upon the plans to speed up the socio-economic development of the Far East, ways to attract Russian and foreign investors to the region. The international agenda in particular includes the discussion of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region...

Sep 10 06:16

Could Julian Assange be offered asylum in New Zealand? Government to consider allowing the Wikileaks founder to stay in the country

Julian Assange could be offered asylum in New Zealand after thousands of people rallied to have him moved to the country.

Politicians will now formally discuss the idea in parliament after a petition was signed by more than 2,000 New Zealanders.

Sep 09 10:43

Is There A Secret USA Spy Base & EMF Antenna For Submarines At Sea In Australia?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

What in the world is the U.S. doing in the central part of the Australian continent with a deep underground spy base known as Pine Gap, a top secret base financed entirely by the U.S. government (taxpayers’ dollars or “black operations budgets”)? It’s officially known as the Joint Defense Space Research Facility, and is not far from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory...

Sep 09 08:11

VIETNAM PLACES ORDERS FOR RUSSIAN WEAPONS WORTH OVER $1 BILLION: TASS

Vietnam has placed orders for Russian weapons and military services worth more than $1 billion, Russia’s TASS news agency has reported, as the Southeast Asian country bolsters its defense capability.

Sep 06 09:51

'It's not a nuclear target. It's not a target for war': Why doomsday prepper billionaires are building huge underground survival bunkers in New Zealand in case of the apocalypse

At least seven Silicon Valley billionaires preparing for apocalyptic events have installed survival bunkers in New Zealand over the past two years.

Fearing nuclear war, pandemics or violent social unrest targeting the rich, the tech entrepreneurs have constructed elaborate contingency plans to flee the US.

The 150-tonne bunkers, which cost up to $11.5million and are buried four metres underground, are made by Texas bunker manufacturer Rising S Company.

Sep 03 08:34

A show trial of justice in Cambodia

Many of those who know Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, this writer included, have varying opinions of the man.

Some say he’s a nice old guy trying to help poor Cambodians; others say he’s a dedicated and talented documentary film maker; and quite a few others see him as an out and out pest. However, they all agree on one thing: Ricketson is not a government spy.

Sep 03 08:34

Myanmar: where ‘genocide’ doesn’t really matter

UN call to try military chief Min Aung Hlaing for 'genocide' is unlikely to reach any court and will only push the isolated nation even closer to China

Sep 03 08:33

The New Silk Roads are just pieces in a giant puzzle

Vast Chinese infrastructure scheme is plagued by Sinophobia, damned as a 'debt trap' and tainted by corruption in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, yet these were faults inside these countries

Sep 03 08:32

Thailand’s Muslim insurgency roars back to life

Surge in lethal attacks in nation's southernmost region underscores a lack of progress in resolving the conflict after four years of military rule

Sep 03 08:25

Brunei salutes US but banks on China

The United States Pentagon recently concluded its first army-to-army exercise in Brunei, an energy-rich Islamic sultanate with lesser noticed competing territorial claims in the contested South China Sea.

The first-time army drills come as US President Donald Trump’s administration bids to win more regional support for its China containment policies, including through freedom of navigation operations Beijing strongly opposes in the South China Sea.

Sep 02 11:12

US-British Neo-Imperialism and its Modern Day "Missionaries"

By Tony Cartalucci

The worst sort of deception is that perpetrated by those who pose as defending the most vulnerable when, in reality, they are leveraging circumstances, exploiting suffering, and in many cases, playing a direct role in perpetuating both.

This is an apt description of Washington, London, and Brussels’ global-spanning human rights racket – used repeatedly as a pretext for political meddling and even war...

Aug 31 09:39

As Washington Vacillates, Asia’s Alliances Are Shifting

“Boxing the compass” is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set a course. With the erratic winds blowing out of Washington these days, countries all over Asia and the Middle East are boxing the compass and reevaluating traditional foes and old alliances.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars in the past half-century, and both have nuclear weapons on a hair trigger. But the two countries are now part of a security and trade organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), along with China, Russia, and most of the countries of Central Asia. Following the recent elections in Pakistan, Islamabad’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has called for an “uninterrupted continued dialogue” with New Delhi to resolve conflicts and establish “peace and stability” in Afghanistan.

Aug 26 06:18

The White House Ain’t Happy That El Salvador Switched Sides

El Salvador’s decision to switch sides from Taipei to Beijing has inflamed the White House.

In a rare, strongly worded statement on Friday, the White House said that the Central American nation’s decision to cut ties with Taiwan was of “grave concern” to the United States, and a matter that would “affect the economic health and security of the entire Americas region.”

It warned that the Central American nation might be “disappointed over the long run” after falling prey to “China’s apparent interference in the domestic politics of a Western Hemisphere country.”

El Salvador has said that its decision to switch its recognition to China was primarily driven by a need for cash.
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White House statement>>>

Aug 25 09:27

VIETNAM DEMANDS MONSANTO COMPENSATE AGENT ORANGE VICTIMS AFTER US CANCER RULING PRECEDENT

Following the unprecedented $289mn verdict against Monsanto in California, Hanoi is seeking justice for victims of exposure to the Agent Orange – the notorious chemical the firm supplied to the US military during the Vietnam War.
After a San Francisco jury proved Monsanto not invincible and ordered the chemical giant to pay $289 million to a school worker who argued he got terminal cancer after using its Roundup herbicide, Vietnam has also demanded compensation from the St. Louis-based company.

“The verdict serves as a legal precedent which refutes previous claims that the herbicides made by Monsanto and other chemical corporations in the US and provided for the US army in the war are harmless,” deputy foreign ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Tra said Thursday. “Vietnam has suffered tremendous consequences from the war, especially with regard to the lasting and devastating effects of toxic chemicals, including Agent Orange.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Vietnamese government to be doing this; if ever there was an evil corporate entity absolutely deserving to be sued out of existence, it has to be Monsanto.

But we also have to question the morality of a US government and Deep State, which declared this as the "new normal" phase of the intractable and ultimately unwinnable, Vietnam War, where generations of Vietnamese kids and their families have had to endure the heartbreak of genetic abnormalities.

Aug 20 13:00

An American Nightmare in The Pacific

The pentagon regime is at it again. No. it’s not Iran. The warmongers are now targeting China and its imaginary threats to the Pacific region.

In its annual report to Congress, the Pentagon says China has upped its military spending to around $190bn (£150bn) a year amid a sweeping program of modernization. Pentagon further claims decades of increased investment in new technology by the Chinese Army means it will soon have the capabilities to strike US military installations in the Pacific by air.

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(*oh Christ , not another one that's Out To Get US !)

Aug 20 12:29

WHAT MALAYSIA’S ‘MAHATHIR DOCTRINE’ MEANS FOR CHINA-US RIVALRY

The thinking of Malaysia’s new prime minister – ‘Mahathir 2.0’ – offers an insight into weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era and suggest a firmer stance on the South China Sea

Since returning to power after his stunning election victory in May, 93-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has made a series of comments reflective of weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era. These include a firmer stance on the South China Sea disputes, Malaysia’s relations with the Asian powers (especially concerning the controversial China-backed infrastructure projects and Japan’s regional role), as well as the future of multilateral trading arrangements.

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Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 19 08:11

Massive 8.2 magnitude quake strikes off the coast of Fiji

'The earthquake was measured at a preliminary magnitude of 8.2
-Small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage has been reported
-The quake hit at a depth of 348 miles, roughly 200 miles off Fiji

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Small tsunami waves were observed soon after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the quake hit at a depth of 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth and was located 174 miles northeast of Fiji’s Ndoi Island.

Soon after, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that small tsunami waves were observed.

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Aug 19 05:26

TRUMP AIMS SANCTIONS AT IRAN ... HONG KONG BANK CUSTOMERS GET HIT

Banking for companies that do business with Iran is about to get even more complicated – as some in Hong Kong and mainland China are already finding out
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“The bank wanted to know if we are some criminal organisation,” Nair said. “Are we doing something with Iran?”

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(*Iran isn't some criminal organization , either , even if you were , but if he can't make America great , then apparently the consolation prize is drag all the other nations into the swamp)

(*RELATED:) China's top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue

Aug 17 04:58

Flashback: A 'Good War' It Wasn't

Of the approximately half-million titles issued by mainline American publishers in the 1980s, Wartime by Professor Paul Fussell is one of a small selection which a revisionist might profit from reading ... It used to be a conviction generations ago that the only certainty upon the outbreak of war was that one side would not win. Modern wars are mainly lost by both sides, though it takes awhile for this to be realized ... All times are disorderly. The notion that human affairs move in the direction of something called "normalcy" is a hallucination.

Aug 16 12:23

PEPE ESCOBAR: ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN IS WAR ON EURASIAN INTEGRATION

Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard.

The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies China’s New Silk Road – arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century — and overall Eurasia integration.

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Aug 16 08:55

Art of the Deal Russian-Style: Massive Win for Eurasian Integration as Moscow Resolves Status of Caspian Sea With Neighbors

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation

The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing, massive drive towards Eurasia integration.

Aug 14 10:18

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

Australia's promised “not-a-backdoor” crypto-busting bill is out and the government has kept its word - it doesn't want a backdoor, just the keys to your front one.

The draft of The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 calls for anyone using or selling communications services in Australia will be subject to police orders for access to private data.

That includes all vendors of computers, phones, apps, social media and cloud services in the Lucky Country, and anyone within national borders using them. These data-tapping orders will be enforced with fines of up to AU$10m (US$7.3m) for companies or $50,000 ($36,368) for individuals

The draft legislation also wants five years in prison for anyone who reveals a data-slurping investigation is going on.

Aug 11 09:00

World Remains Blind To "Ticking Time Bomb" Counting Down To War On Australia's Doorstep

Asia is at risk of descending into a region-wide crisis with global implications, a leading expert in Asia-Pacific affairs has warned.

Dr Brendan Taylor, Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, argues Asia is at a dangerous crossroads in his new book The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War.

A lot is happening in the northeast. China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s dominant power over the next decade. Questions remain over Kim Jong-un’s supposed dismantling of his nuclear arsenal. Japan is building up its military power again, and regional battles for ownership of lucrative oceans are intensifying.

Dr Taylor argues there are four key “flashpoints” — politically unstable areas with the potential to erupt into sudden conflict — and all are situated within the continent.

Aug 10 15:50

Tokyo Olympics Using Facial Recognition For Security

By Aaron Kesel

The technology NeoFace will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 venues...

Aug 06 13:53

Reddit Censors Bangladesh Protest As Govt Shuts Down Mobile Internet; Protesters Being Injured and Killed

By Aaron Kesel

Bangladesh authorities have shut down mobile Internet across the country, officials and local media said on Sunday, ABS CBN News reported. Meanwhile, Reddit has begun a cardinal sin against free speech and human rights by censoring a user trying to shed light on the horrific human rights abuses happening in their country.

For a week, thousands of students across Bangladesh have been protesting against poor road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus on July 29th...

Aug 03 11:14

US Hegemony Declines As Southeast Asian Nations Pledge Integration With China

Southeast Asian elites have expressed doubts over the United States’ ability to retain its regional dominance, especially given the erratic leadership of President Donald Trump and his administration’s stubborn “America First” agenda.

(*Then we revert to Trump's Plan A campaign Promise and We Bomb The $#!^ Out Of Them !
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