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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 !
whitehorse souce)

Aug 03 09:49

CHINA SCORES WITH ASEAN PLAY AS TRUMP’S AMERICA LOSES ITS WAY IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

On March 12, 1947, as the spectre of Soviet communism loomed over the horizon of newly liberated Europe, President Harry Truman vowed that it would be the policy of the United States to “support free people who are resisting subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressure”. Three months after enunciating the Truman Doctrine, his secretary of state, George Marshall, launched a US$13.5 billion Economic Recovery Plan, better known as the Marshall Plan, to rebuild and revitalise war-torn Europe. The plan’s commitment totalled more than 5 per cent of the US’ 1948 GDP – about a trillion dollars in today’s value.

Seven decades on, President Donald Trump singled out China and Russia in his National Security Strategy as strategic threats to the US that are “determined to make economies less free and fair, grow their militaries, and control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.” Seven months later, on July 30, Trump’s Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, unveiled a “new era in US economic commitment to the peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region” and, without a trace of embarrassment, resourced it to the tune of US$113 million.

Forget the chatter, Asean-China relations are actually stable
The administration’s puny down payment towards its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” is as short-sighted as it was predictable. >>>

Aug 02 14:53

Mindanao forces placed on ‘heightened alert’

Government security forces have been placed on “heightened alert” even as government officials said they have yet to confirm the involvement of Daesh extremists in the Middle East to the “car bombing” that killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded five others on the island province of Basilan in Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

In particular, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he ordered that all military camps to implement such alert to prevent a repetition of the tragedy amid increasing fears that it could be the first-ever case of “suicide bombing” in the country.

The alert was declared over the whole of Mindanao including Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte Lorenzana acknowledged they have yet to confirm the Daesh claim but also pointed out that they were not discounting such possibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that this is more than a little scary for Filipino residents of Mindanao.

Jul 22 17:30

Media silent as Pacific powers prepare for showdown with China

By watching the news on a regular basis, most of you probably wouldn’t even be aware that the major players in the entire Pacific theatre are preparing for showdown. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though; in March of this year I wrote an op-ed entitled“Australia and China on Pacific Ocean collision course and no one’s talking about it” in an honest attempt to get this story on the media’s radar.

No one is still talking about it, but as time goes on the stakes appear to rise consistently. Of course, you are free to read the situation however you feel and dismiss it if you so choose, but it cannot be a mere coincidence that Australia and New Zealand are in talks to sign a new “wide-ranging” security pact with other nations in the South Pacific with a specific intent of confronting China’s expanding influence.

Jul 10 07:25

Thai Navy confirms evacuation of 13 people from Khao Luang cave

All the 13 people who remained trapped in Thailand’s Khao Luang cave for more than two weeks have been brought out, the Thai Navy said on Facebook, adding that the 12 kids and their coach were safe. On June 23, national park staff found a motorbike, bicycles and sports equipment near a cave entrance and contacted a local football club, which confirmed that those things belonged to 12 kids aged between 11 and 16 years and their 25-year-old coach. The cave where the group went missing stretches almost ten kilometers, it has several entrances and exits, as well as large chambers, where the group members found shelter from the rising waters caused by a rainy season downpour.

Jul 10 03:50

Ninth kid brought out of Thailand’s Khao Luang cave

Rescue workers have brought out the ninth boy out of 13 people who have been trapped in Thailand’s Khao Luang cave for more than two weeks, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday. According to the news agency, another three kids and their 25-year-old coach still remain in the cave. The boy, whose name was not made public, came out of the cave at around 16:00 local time (09:00 GMT) and was immediately examined by doctors. He is expected to be taken to the hospital shortly. On July 8-9, divers managed to rescue eight children, who were taken to the hospital in helicopters. On Tuesday, rescue workers launched the final stage of the evacuation operation aimed at bringing out the remaining five people.

Jul 06 01:35

Japan executes founder of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult

The founder of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo, was executed by hanging together with some of his followers on Friday, the NHK TV channel reported. Shoko Asahara (born Chizuo Matsumoto), along with 10 high-ranking Aum Shinrikyo members, were sentenced to death in a trial that ended this January. About 180 members were sentenced to varying prison terms. Aum Shinrikyo was founded by Shoko Asahara of Japan in 1987 and sprang into global focus in 1995, when its adepts sprayed the nerve agent Sarin in the Tokyo subway. The attack claimed the lives of thirteen people, over 6,300 people were injured.

Jul 05 11:01

Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity

DECEMBER 1941. Japan has just entered the second world war. China, already fighting its neighbour, is in the firing line. At the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hu Chengzhi carefully packs two wooden crates with the world’s most precious anthropological artefacts. Peking Man – in reality some 200 fossilised teeth and bones, including six skulls – is to be shipped to the US for safekeeping. This is the last anyone ever sees of him.

At the time, the Peking Man remains were the oldest known fossils belonging to human ancestors. Their discovery in the 1920s and 30s caused a sensation, triggering declarations that the cradle of humanity had been found. But just a few decades later, all eyes had turned to Africa. A slew of discoveries there left little doubt that it was our true ancestral home. As far as human evolution was concerned, Asia was out of the picture.

Jul 02 10:41

TEPCO aims to build more Fukushima-type nuclear reactors, vows to ‘excel in safety’ this time

TEPCO is conducting an independent geological survey to confirm the absence of active faults in Aomori Prefecture, where it wants to resume the construction of a Fukushima-type nuclear plant, frozen following the 2011 disaster.
“It’s necessary to form a consortium for building a nuclear plant that is excellent in safety, technology and economy,” TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa said in Tokyo, announcing the decision to conduct a survey of the Aomori Prefecture nuclear site.

READ MORE: Fukushima operator turned down tsunami simulation plan 9yrs before disaster

The Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant hosts two adjoining sites administered by Tohoku Electric Power Company and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). While Tohoku Unit 1 began commercial operations in December 2005, TEPCO never got a chance to finish their unit, the construction of which began only in January 2011. All activity at the site has ceased since the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Kobayakawa has not been handed his hat, and fired, is a complete mystery to me.

But the Japanese people need to ask themselves; do we need another Fukishima-type disaster, no matter the pretty words defending the new project, when they know that TEPCO will simply value engineer the next one no better than it did Fukishima?!?

Jun 29 10:34

Prosecute Blair govt officials at ICC after torture report – ex-diplomat Craig Murray (VIDEO)

Craig Murray, the only British civil servant to express written concerns over UK complicity in torture and rendition, has told RT that former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should face the International Criminal Court.
Murray was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan when he noted that MI6 operatives were receiving intelligence from the "torture chambers of the Uzbek regime," later expressing written concerns back to the Foreign Office and "to Jack Straw personally," only to be told that "in the War on Terror, the decision was that we would accept intelligence from torture."

"I subsequently became aware that in fact the Americans were also shipping people into Uzbekistan specifically in order for them to be tortured under the extraordinary rendition system," said Murray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Torture is not about getting actionable intelligence; it is about getting confessions to use, in order to justify the US's current occupation of... well, fill in the blank: Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya; or Niger, or whatever country is coming up next on the US government's "to invade' list.

One German interrogator from World War II stood out from the rest; his name was Hanns Scharff, Wikipedia: Hanns Scharff and he never used violence or torture. In fact, he did the absolute converse, and was very kind to the men he interrogated, and took them on day passes for cultural events in the community.

He was so respected by the Allies that after the war, he was invited to teach his techniques to the American military.

Torture is uselessly barbaric, and those countries still using it, should be prosecuted to the fullest possible extent of international law; unfortunately, that will only happen...when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 28 09:45

EU’S SANCTIONS AGAINST CRIMEA EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The European Union is committing to its policy of perceiving revolutionary determination as its course of legitimacy. Apparently, a referendum gaining nearly 100% popular support isn’t sufficient to qualify for the self determination of a region. Therefore, the EU will continue to consider the Crimea as politically a part of the Ukraine. This, of course, means that the EU has reason for its sanctions regime against Crimea, which it will be extending for yet another year.

Deutsche Welle reports:

The European Union extended economic sanctions on Crimea and its port city of Sevastopol on Monday. The 28-member bloc imposed the measures after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula four years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deutsche Welle chooses collectively to continue to lie through its teeth in this report, and obviously must well and truly believe that its readers suffer greatly from SMD (selective memory disorder).

So let me correct the record here, again, still, yet; and Deutsche Welle, when will you realise that lying to your readership cannot change the actual facts on the ground?!?

In 2014, the putsch in Kiev threw the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" Petro Poroshenko as its president, in an election which was about as crooked as is a dog's hind leg.

Oh, and let's remember; Obama was up to his neck in this, because Poroshenko was considered more western-centric than was Yanukovych, and even admitted US complicity in brokering the deal.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

So understanding, post-coup, that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, Crimean politicians did two things. First, they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become part of the Russian Federation. The Crimean people, voted overwhelmingly, to request attachment to the Russian Federation
Status:
Crimean referendum, 2014
, and then Crimean petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member, and Russia accepted the petition.

The Crimean people were absolutely allowed to do this, under the UN Charter, which holds the principal of "peaceful self-determination" as a highly respected notion, and is clearly articulated in the UN Charter; but the US government, even though allegedly a signatory to the UN Charter, refused to acknowledge this, and accused Russia of having "annexed Crimea", which never actually happened, and power-squeezed Europe into singing the same, tone-deaf,fact-free, and sanction-studded song.

Punishing a country for something it absolutely didn't do, as is the case with Crimea having chosen to become part of the Russian Federation, rather than Russia having annexed it, seems to have become a US norm in the geopolitics of the 21st century.

This is precisely the same song Europe is singing today, demonstrating in the immortal words of the America commedian Ron White, that "you can't fix stupid"; and unfortunately, you can't fix stupid lies, if they are spun to suppport a war-centric agenda which has no basis in actual fact.

Jun 27 08:28

Almost USD 30 million seized in raids linked to Malaysian ex-PM

Malaysian police said on Friday they found cash amounting to almost USD 30 million in a raid on a luxury apartment as they probed corruption allegations swirling around ousted leader Najib Razak.

The money was seized along with 284 boxes containing designer handbags, as well as watches and jewellery from a condominium in Kuala Lumpur, which was raided along with Najib's home and other sites last week.

Najib's coalition was thrown out of power for the first time in over six decades in the May 9 poll, defeated by a reformist alliance headed by his former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.

Public disgust at allegations of corruption swirling around Najib was a major factor for the loss, with the ex-leader, his family and cronies accused of looting billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Jun 26 17:55

New Air Force spy drones to monitor South China Sea, fleet of six planes to cost $7 billion

Australia will spend $7 billion on six unmanned spy planes that can stay in the air for more than a day and will be used to hunt enemy submarines and carry out surveillance flights.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government would be spending $1.4 billion on the first of the six remotely controlled planes.

But the first of the new Triton drones will not be in operation for another five years.

Once they are in the air, the South China Sea is expected to be a prime target for the long-range, high-tech planes.

Jun 23 10:58

'CHINESE MARITIME MILITIA' LAUNCHES LASER ATTACKS AGAINST US MILITARY PILOTS IN PACIFIC OCEAN

Pilots of American military aircraft operating over the western Pacific Ocean have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in recent months, US officials told The Wall Street Journal, following similar incidents in which Chinese nationals used lasersagainst American fighter pilots operating over Djibouti.

In April, the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or “Notice to Airmen” warning of “unauthorized laser activity” resulting in minor injuries to an unspecified number of pilots over Djibouti. The lasers originated from a Chinese military base in the African country, just 8.3 miles from the American base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these injuries, and to whom did they occur, if in fact, they existed?!?

Is this real... or more demonisation of the Chinese ahead of a war against it?!?

I noticed a companion piece in zerohedge.com this morning:

China Steps up Cyber attacks as trede tensions worsen.

And I am reminded of a Paul Craig Roberts story, presented last year:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Just because such an action on the part of the US government would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that this government will not do it.

IF the US government understands what CIA Director Haspel is doing in Yemen, courtesy of her UAE minions (torture, actually, and BTW, they do), any horrifically idiotic decisions the US government could possibly make, may well happen, and soon.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 18 12:19

Nearly 2,000 Dead In Myanmar Amid Military-Led Ethnic Cleansing Of Rohingya

The horrific ethnic cleansing and genocide being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by military and paramilitary forces left at least 400 dead following the most recent attacks. The total number killed has been estimated to be nearly 2,000, with some Rohingya activists claiming an even higher death toll.

Aung Su Kyi, a Nobel Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, has been criticized for being morally irresponsible in regards to responding to attacks against the Rohingya population, as well as accused of “legitimizing genocide.”

Jun 13 08:23

How Trump is killing America’s alliances

The story of the past few days in news has become clear: It was America versus its allies.

After President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump announced that he would be suspending joint military exercises — “the war games,” as he put it — with South Korea, as a gesture of goodwill toward the North. This seems to have come as a shock to America’s allies in Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office released a statement saying “we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks,” implying they had no idea this was coming.

Jun 08 07:15

Pepe Escobar: How Singapore, Astana, & St.Petersburg Preview A New World Order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance...

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government, in its last gasp of Empire, will fight this tooth and nail, until every single war which can be fought, will be fought to stop this progressing; but ultimately it cannot win such an economic war through military means, that is, unless it indends to blow up the entire planet.

Jun 07 08:09

US bill calls for Pentagon to send troops to take part in Taiwan military drills

Move comes as island’s annual Han Kuang war games are under way

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Jun 07 08:05

Taiwanese think tank floats South China Sea base plan for US troops

Unnamed researchers call on Taipei to lease Taiping Island to the Pentagon as tensions rise in contested waters
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The bold proposal by some experts of an unnamed pro-independence think tank calls for the Pentagon to set up a base on Taiping Island for humanitarian and rescue operations, according to local news media.

Taiping, the biggest islet in the Spratly chain, is technically controlled by Taiwan, though an international arbitration tribunal has ruled that it is merely a land formation over which no claimants are entitled to claim sovereignty.

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(*what are they thinking ?
None the less; A Win For Trump !)

Jun 05 12:48

Exclusive - At delicate moment, U.S. weighs warship passage through Taiwan Strait

The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials say, in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing at a time when Sino-U.S. ties are under pressure from trade disputes and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

A U.S. warship passage, should it happen, could be seen in Taiwan as a fresh sign of support by President Donald Trump after a series of Chinese military drills around the self-ruled island. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

U.S. officials told Reuters that the United States had already examined plans for an aircraft carrier passage once this year but ultimately did not pursue them, perhaps because of concerns about upsetting China.

The last time a U.S. aircraft carrier transited the Taiwan Strait was in 2007, during the administration of George W. Bush, and some U.S. military officials believe a carrier transit is overdue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this suggested deployment could possibly be worse, with issues of Chinese trade, and a potential denuclearization deal with North Korea in the works; but I must swear to you, I really don't know how.

May 23 13:33

Chosin Reservoir - Epic of Endurance | KOREAN WAR

Toughest fight in USMC history except maybe Iwo Jima and Okinawa!

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was fought November 26-December 13, 1950 during the Korean War and saw UN troops fight through larger Chinese forces.
Not UN troops. US Marines and USA Infantry!

May 19 11:51

Japan tells WTO it’s ready to retaliate against U.S. steel tariffs

Japan told the World Trade Organization on Friday it was ready to take retaliatory measures against U.S. tariffs on its steel and aluminium, reversing its earlier conciliatory stance toward its close ally.

Japan informed the WTO it had the right to impose tariffs on U.S. goods worth ¥50 billion ($451 million) — equivalent to the impact of the U.S. tariffs newly imposed on Japanese metal products, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

But the ministry stopped short of saying Tokyo might take action, saying: “We plan to decide appropriately, considering the impact on Japanese companies as well as related U.S. measures.”

May 19 09:37

HUNDREDS OF HANDBAGS, 72 SUITCASES FULL OF JEWELS SEIZED FROM OUSTED MALAYSIAN LEADER'S HOME

Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife were barred last week from leaving Malaysia in the wake of his stunning election loss, over fears that they may evade prosecution in a massive corruption scandal.

Then, police announced Friday that raids on properties linked to Najib had turned up 72 suitcases stuffed with jewels and cash. It took five trucks to haul away some of the belongings, because police also had to fit 284 boxes filled with designer handbags - including Birkin bags from Hermes, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Photos show police carrying out orange boxes, with labels reading "Paris, H Bag Gray Croco Skin Hermes" and "Switzerland, Bag Blue w/Diamonte Croc Skin, Hermes."

"Exactly how much jewelry, I would not be able to say, because we know that we confiscated bags containing jewelry, and the number of jewelry is rather big," Amar Singh, head of Malaysia's commercial crime investigation unit, told reporters on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Certain American politicians who believe that they are "too big to nail" for corruption, please take note!!

May 15 13:34

EAEU enhances integration, accepts Moldova as observer

Leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member-states agreed to grant observer status to Moldova, Russian President said when opening a broad meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Putin extended a welcome to Moldovan President Igor Dodon who joined the meeting. "We expect that as an observer state, the Republic of Moldova will actively participate in our union’s activities," Putin said. Igor Dodon stressed that he considers the move to grant observer status to Moldova to be a historic event for the country... The meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council that took place in Sochi on Monday has become an important step towards boosting comprehensive collaboration and integration of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Leads of the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) member-states discussed cooperation in energy, digital economy, medicine and ecology.

May 15 13:11

Russia, Philippines agree to strengthen military-technical cooperation

Russia and the Philippines have agreed to strengthen military and technical cooperation, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Philippine counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday...

May 15 12:50

On US Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism

By David Pear. If you want to know the untold history of the U.S.A., then a good place to start is with the history of US imperialism in Asia from the mid-19th century until today. Not only will that reveal the history of the criminality of US foreign policy, but it will also reveal the true nature of U.S. capitalism, imperialism, fascism and U.S. wars of aggression: past, present and future. For centuries the U.S. has preached that it believes in democracy, freedom and self-determination, but its actions towards other countries speak louder than words. Internationally the U.S. is a predator and a bully. It subjugates small countries, corrupts them by backing right-wing dictators, and enables death squads to commit mass murder of all suspected dissidents. During the First Cold War leftists, anti-colonialists, nationalists and intellectuals were called "communists" and imprisoned, tortured and executed. Now they are called "terrorists". The foreign policy interests of the U.S.

May 14 08:53

Malaysian new P.M. immediately after take over ordered a raid at the residence of out-going P.M.

May 13 13:28

Chart: The Most Influential Countries in Asia

May 13 05:36

Man with large weapons cache, body armor, found posted up in Waikiki hotel, claimed to be federal agent on a mission

Police and FBI are investigating a 38-year-old man after finding a large cache of weapons during a raid of a Waikiki hotel room after authorities were alerted of several disturbing social media posts in which the man claimed to be a federal agent who’s hunting terrorists.

May 11 04:24

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit?

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit? It’s the boring choice, and that’s a good thing

Singapore’s sheer predictability – along with robust security infrastructure, a North Korean embassy, and the approval of China – make it a safe pick to host its unpredictable guests on June 12

It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little boring – Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that the summit – a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader – would take place in Singapore on June 12.

Singapore also confirmed it would host the meeting, but did not give further details.

May 09 07:21

China, Japan, South Korea agree on North Korea nuclear action

In the first trilateral talks since 2015, the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea sent a powerful message of unity in the push to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Trade deals were also on the table.

May 03 09:28

Australian Government and Press Ignore “Hands Off Syria” Anti-War Rally In Melbourne

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Australian government continues to support the war on Syria and the secular government of Bashar al-Assad, even supporting America’s recent missile strikes on Syria in defense of al-Qaeda, it is proving that while it may be listening to big business, the United States, and the international Deep State, it is not listening to the very people it is claiming that it wants to defend...

May 02 12:12

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

“Full spectrum dominance” was the watchword in a 2000 document, “Joint Vision 2020” (updated from a 1996 version), which the authors described as a “conceptual template” for the U.S. military’s evolution over the two decades to come. Its language was even more hubristic than that slogan suggests: “a force that is dominant across the full spectrum of military operations – persuasive in peace, decisive in war, preeminent in any form of conflict… prepared to win across the full range of military operations in any part of the world… [with the ability] to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the full range of military operations.”

Defeat any adversary? Control any situation?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, I would very much appreciate it if this country tried to achieve its geopolitical goals with hard-won, intelligent, and morally honorable negotiations rather than through wars.

Unfortunately, the leadership of this country has gotten drunk on the smell of its own propaganda, and is both morally, and intellectually, slack, when it comes to finding other solutions to its perceived geopolitical challenges than war; I am very sorry to have to say this, but it is the God's truth right now.

The US government is riding herd over an empire in decline, and doing just what every empire, at this point in its devolution, does; fighting back with every bit of fire power at its descretion to prevent the inevitable. It may be able to postpone its demise, somewhat, but not prevent it.

Like everything else on this planet, empires have a life cycle; a beginning, a middle, and an end; we are very close to that end, at this moment in history.

May 02 11:25

UN Envoy Calls on Myanmar to Hold 'Proper Investigation' of Rohingya Crisis

A UN Security Council envoy said on Tuesday that Myanmar must conduct a "proper investigation" into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in its northwestern state of Rakhine.

During the visit to both the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, from whence the Rohingya were driven, UK Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce spoke to several women and girls who recounted their ordeals and pleaded for the UN's help.

May 02 10:24

Tokyo to Host Summit With Chinese, South Korean Top Politicians on May 9

Top politicians of Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Tokyo on May 9 in order to discuss the possibility of cooperation on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean presidential administration said on Tuesday in a statement.

According to the statement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss the results of Moon's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as other issues of the international agenda.

READ MORE: 'Bigger Credit Goes to Koreas' Than Trump for Denuclearization of DPRK – Expert

The Kyodo news agency reported that Abe had already confirmed that the trilateral meeting would be held on May 9.

Apr 28 09:08

The Byron Bay you don't see: How an idyllic holiday hotspot popular with A-list celebrities is now being gripped by homelessness and drug addiction

They call Byron Bay the playground of the stars - where the rich and famous go to party and live in beach side comfort.

But it is also home to Australia's second-largest homeless population, with 12 times more rough sleepers than the average town despite 20 percent of the homes marked as empty in the latest census.

Apr 28 04:41

Hang on, what language is Kim Jong-un speaking?

Livestreaming reveals that the North Korean leader has a unique ‘Swiss-influenced’ accent, a result of his years studying at a German-language boarding school near Bern

While all eyes have been on the historic summit meeting between the two Koreas, those who kept their ears cocked were in for a surprise.

Kim Jong-un’s multicultural accent stole the show as viewers around the world were able to hear the North Korean leader address South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with parts of the sessions livestreamed over the internet.>>>

(*We'll get multi lingual when Trump demonstrates his hard Manhattan NY accent with masterful high school vulgarity , and he cusses out Kim Jong Un , in The Nobel Peace Prize Finals , ensuring the win)

Apr 27 11:44

South Korean President Credits Trump For Denuclearization

The leaders of North and South Korea have pledged to jointly eliminate the risk of war and work together to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. According to Moon Jae-in's foreign minister, the South Korean president is giving much of the credit to President Trump for getting the two sides together for negotiations

Apr 27 08:31

Island Of Fire

As we’ve come to appreciate with each passing year, World War Two was the most evil manifestation in human history. No other conflict even comes close in matching that war for its vast and unspeakable crimes. Mass murder of surrendering soldiers, mass starvation of helpless civilians, mass rape of women and children, assembly-line style torture in the tens of thousands, uprooting and expulsion of millions to certain death, the deliberate destruction of ancient cultures--these atrocities and many more add annually to World War Two’s menu of beastly war crimes.

Apr 26 01:40

Peninsula One Step Closer To Peace

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The forthcoming meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and ROK President Moon Jae-in is expected to promote communication between the two sides and enable the families separated by the Korean War to meet, which will help advance efforts to secure permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. The summit is also expected to prepare the ground for the proposed summit between the US and DPRK leaders in late May or early June.

Since January, Pyongyang and Seoul have been sincerely seeking progress in the peace process. They have not only agreed to resume inter-Korean talks, but also made efforts to organize a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

But the United States administration has said that the DPRK should dismantle its nuclear arsenal to get sanctions relief from Washington, and Pyongyang seeks phased denuclearization and sanctions relief after the completion of each phase.>>>

Apr 25 10:53

Taiwan To Simulate Chinese Invasion In Live-Fire Military Drill Starting Next Week

As concerns about nuclear war with North Korea wane, Taiwan is reminding the world that its own relations with Beijing have been progressively deteriorating; to do that the small island nation will simulate a response to an "invading force", along with using civilian operated drones, in war games next week amid its increasing tensions with China the defense ministry said Tuesday according to Reuters.

While the annual Han Kuang drills, set to begin on April 30 with a computer-aided command post exercise, make no mention of China, only “offensive forces invading Taiwan” and will include a live-fire field training exercise and “enemy elimination on beaches”, it is clear that the "hypothetical" aggressor is China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, that will be calculated to calm things down...NOT!!

Apr 25 05:10

Armenian opposition lacks 13 votes to elect its leader as prime minister

Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan have secured 40 votes out of 53 needed to elect him as the country’s prime minister, opposition MP from the Elk faction Edmon Marukyan told TASS on Wednesday. "Some 53 votes of MPs are needed for the parliament to elect Pashinyan as the country’s prime minister. The Elk faction and the Prosperous Armenia Party, which joined the protests, have a total of 40 votes. Another 13 votes are needed from the ruling Republicans and the Dashnaktsutyun faction. I think we will be able to collect these votes," Marukyan stressed. The Elk bloc plans to officially nominate Pashinyan as the head of government, he noted. The ruling Armenian Republican Party’s faction has 58 seats in the parliament, Elk and Dashnaktsutyun have 9 and 7, respectively. The Tsarukyan bloc has 31 seats. Several Armenian opposition parties have joined the movement of Pashinyan, which calls for power transition.

Apr 25 05:07

Revolution in Armenia to continue until logical end — opposition leader

Opposition in Armenia will continue the revolution through to the logical end, parliament deputy Nikol Pashinyan, a leader of the opposition, told a news conference on Tuesday. "There'll be no breaks until our revolution gets through to the logical end," he said when a reporter asked him if he would continue appealing to the nation to join protest actions or would make a pause for talks with the authorities.
Peskov stressed that the Kremlin’s position on Armenia remains unchanged. "We still consider that this is a domestic affair (of Armenia) and hope that our Armenian friends will be able to solve this situation and find a stable structure and a consensus decision soon," he said. "We are very carefully monitoring this situation," Peskov noted. http://tass.com/politics/1001676

Apr 24 23:36

the secret world of the japanese swordsmith

Documentary from 1997
©1997 Troivision Co., Ltd/Warabe No Mori Co., Ltd. kobayashi dldg, 4-7 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan

The Japanese sword is the soul of the Samurai. The crafting of this work of art - which embodies beauty, strength and tradition - has been shrouded in secrecy for more than thousand years.
Because of the highly advanced techniques and numerous years of dedicated effort required in crafting Japanese swords, the skill has always been a closely kept and jealously guarded secret.

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