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Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Apr 01 08:08

Narcotics flooding into Japan

In early February, the anti-narcotic unit of the Tokyo police was in the limelight after arresting Kazuhiro Kiyohara, a former star professional baseball player, on suspicion of unlawfully possessing stimulant drugs. But the case is just a tip of the iceberg as illegal drugs keep permeating through Japanese society with no end in sight.

A former anti-drug police officer has pointed to a lack of ability on the part of the authorities charged with controlling narcotics such as the police and the health ministry, saying, “Why did it take so long to arrest a guy like Kiyohara who had been heavily dependent on drugs?”

Indeed, it was in March 2014 that the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine reported that Kiyohara, who had long been rumored to be using stimulant drugs since the 1990s, was rushed to a hospital after suffering drug poisoning.

Mar 28 16:05

Australian government spends $6m of taxpayers' money on anti-refugee film

The Australian government has spent $6 million of taxpayers' money on a straight-to-TV movie intended to discourage refugees from claiming asylum in Australia.

Mar 28 07:01

AIIB says more than 30 countries await membership

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on Friday.

The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes.

Despite the opposition of Washington, almost many major US allies – Australia, Britain, German, Italy, the Philippines and South Korea – have joined.

Mar 27 07:39

Japan's Finance Minister Accidentally Reveals How It All Ends: "War"

While this all started with a currency "war," it seems - according to a stunningly candid transcript of Japan's finance minister's conversation with none other than Paul Krugman - that the real endgame here is actual war. Aso remarked that "a similar [deflationary mindset] had occurred in the US in the 1930s. What solved the question? War! Because World War II had occurred during the 1940s and that became the solution for the United States. [We] have to switch [the Japanese] mindset... we are looking for the trigger."

Mar 25 11:02

Old technologies regain popularity among Japanese

In Japan, a country famous for its high-tech electronics technology, there is a surprising resurgence in the popularity of the gadgets from the previous generation. Specialty stores, dedicated to retro electronics, are starting to open up and are seemingly doing well.

Webmaster addition: Those old computers do not have NSA back doors in them!

Mar 24 08:41

Japan Goes Full Krugman: Plans Un-Depositable, Non-Cash "Gift-Certificate" Money Drop To Young People

The Swiss, the Finns, and the Ontarians may get their 'Universal Basic Income' but the Japanese are about to turn the Spinal Tap amplifier of extreme monetary experimentation to 11. Sankei reports, with no sourcing, that the Japanese government plans to unleash "vouchers" or "gift certificates" to low-income young people to stimulate the "conspicuous decline" in consumption among young people. The handouts may not be deposited, thus combining helicopter money (inflationary) and fully electronic currency (implicit capital controls and tracking of spending).

Mar 21 00:14

Japan to return US 331kg of Plutonium, enough to make 50 nuclear bombs

Japan will return the US cargo with radioactive Plutonium, which is enough to make 50 nuclear bombs. 331kg of Plutonium was delivered to Japan from the US, Great Britain, and France in the 60s and 70s years of the previous century. Plutonium is reported to be sent with an armed British transport ship and under armed escort. Ecological organizations call return of 331kg of Plutonium to be a dangerous counter-attractive manoeuvre from the Plutonium which stays in Japan. The shipment may take place as early as this Sunday from the port to the north of Tokyo. As it was reported before, Plutonium delivery from Japan to the US is dedicated to the fourth and the last summit on nuclear security, which is to be held in Washington on 31 March 2016. the Japanese delegation will have possibility to render an account given the work done. At the same time, Japan possesses over 40 tons of Plutonium, which was obtained under processing of the exhaust nuclear fuel.

Mar 20 19:21

These 4 Nations Prove Decriminalization Works Better than Prohibition

Waking Times

In 2012, the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico called for a United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs, scheduled for 2019, to be reassigned an earlier date, given the crisis of drug trafficking and related violence in Latin America. As the session’s April 2016 date approaches, drug policy reform groups across the globe are organizing to educate and influence world leaders on the advantages of ending the criminalization of people who use drugs. Most recently, civil society groups condemned the UN for failing to acknowledge and work to resolve “the devastating consequences of punitive and repressive drug policies.”

Mar 19 11:41

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government and military could possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, the placement of these munitions caches being a sterling case in point.

Mar 19 10:54

US, Philippines agree on locations covered by defense pact

The U.S. and the Philippines announced Friday five locations where American forces will have access under a new defense pact, including one facing disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The announcement came at strategic talks in Washington, where the allies reiterated their opposition to the militarization of outposts in those waters, where six Asian governments have competing claims.

China has built artificial islands with airstrips and military facilities as it asserts its claim to virtually all the South China Sea, including land features claimed by the Philippines.

Another of the five Philippine military bases where the U.S. will have access is on southern Mindanao island, where the U.S. is concerned about the presence of Muslim extremist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, taken together with a soon-expanded US military presence in Australia, will give the US military a reasonably strong "footprint" against China.

But unfortunately, it will do nothing to ratchet down trade, or military, tensions with China at all; but of course, that appears to be the plan; to goad China into a position where its leadership believes there is no other recourse than a military response to the US military's "playing chicken" in the South China Sea.

Mar 18 08:18

Russia, China, Mongolia to promote tourism on ‘Great Tea Road’

Russia, China and Mongolia have decided to promote tourism on the ‘Great Tea Road,’ which was once called the longest overland trade route in the world, Sputnik News reports. “This is a project of the widest geographical coverage, the longest of the existing land routes, allowing to cross Eurasia and visit countries such as Russia, China and Mongolia,” Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Alexei Konyushkov told the website. The road will be honored as a tourist route seeking to tap the world's two billion tea drinkers, according to the report. Russia’s first supplies of tea came from camel caravans from China via Mongolia.

Mar 17 12:24

Moscow, Hanoi to increase security cooperation

Russia and Vietnam will intensify defense and security cooperation, the Russian Security Council said in a statement that was released after high-level talks in Hanoi on March 15. The talks were held between Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. The sides agreed to step up cooperation between Russian and Vietnamese law enforcement bodies and intelligence services to tackle cyber crime, drug smuggling and terrorism. Patrushev and Quang agreed on the need to expand cooperation between Russia and the Southeast Asian Association of National Police (ASEANPOL) to combat money laundering. Russia is a dialogue partner of ASEANPOL. Patrushev also met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.

Mar 15 09:29

US INVITES THAI FUGITIVE MASS MURDERER TO NYC

US special interests have been pursuing a decades-long regional agenda in Southeast Asia in an attempt to create a united supranational front with which to confront Beijing.

Exposed first in the “Pentagon Papers” in the 1970s, it was revealed that three fronts existed along which the US sought to “contain” China; the Japan-Korea front; the India-Pakistan front; and the Southeast Asia front.

America’s military occupation of Afghanistan, Japan, and South Korea, along with the South China Sea confrontation it is cultivating against Beijing illustrate how from the 1970s to today, the US is still actively trying to contain China along precisely these fronts.

Since being ousted from power in 2006, Shinawatra has staged violence across the country, murdered well over 100 people through bombings, riots, mass arson, assassinations, and targeted killings.

NYC Media Event for Mass Murderer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, once a dictator is "our thug", he, or she, STAYS our Thug!!

Official White House Souse.

Mar 15 09:22

New Zealand plans to give everyone a 'citizen's wage' and scrap benefits

New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to scrap benefits and introduce a basic citizens’ income.

Leader of the opposition Andrew Little said his Labour party was considering the idea as part of proposals to combat the "possibility of higher structural unemployment".

Citizens’ income, also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI), involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.

Mar 12 11:58

Fukushima Coverup – Radiation Still Ruining Japanese Lives

Waking Times

Fukushima was – and still is – far worse than Chernobyl. Tokyo farmland has been tested numerous times, and shown to have high levels of radiation, even though Tokyo is hundreds of kilometers away from Fukushima. Countless people have lost their houses, land, livelihood and lives while the Government continues its denial. It’s a shocking lesson about the dangers of nuclear power, and the insanity of those who would pursue profit and power over people, no matter what the cost.

Mar 11 13:01

Washington Wants to Pour Millions of Dollars in This Country

US warhawks have focused their efforts on the further encirclement of Russia, US author Jonathan Marshall writes, adding that Washington is taking aim at Russia's "underbelly."

The Great Game for dominance over Central Asia that started almost two hundred years ago is far from being over, American author Jonathan Marshall notes; this time, Washington is maneuvering to beef up its military presence "on Russia's underbelly."

"Last month, the Pentagon announced plans for $50 million in new military aid to Central Asia — with a focus on Tajikistan — to 'counter the Taliban, ISIL [an acronym for Islamic State], and other regionally-based terrorist groups, and to promote stability in the region.' The aid will also help the US military get its feet in the door by enabling 'interoperability and collaboration' with local partner armed forces," Marshall writes in his article for Consortiumnews.com.

Russian Ties in Central Asia Threaten US Interests - CENTCOM Chief Nominee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

50 million dollars of US military aid to... Tajikistan?!?

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

As reported on 17 February of this year at hrw.org:

The Tajik government is arresting, imprisoning, and torturing members of the country’s peaceful political opposition, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. The government is also targeting perceived critics abroad, seeking their detention and extradition back to Tajikistan, and has forcibly disappeared critics abroad only to have them reappear in Tajik custody. Tajikistan’s deteriorating human rights situation worsened dramatically in the last year with the forced closure of Tajikistan’s leading opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) in September 2015. In March, an opposition figure, Umarali Kuvvatov, was shot dead in Istanbul in circumstances that point to involvement or acquiescence by the Tajik government. “Tajikistan is in the midst of the worst political and religious crackdown since the end of the country’s civil war, with hundreds of people landing behind bars for no other reason than their peaceful political work,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Tajikistan’s human rights crisis is expanding by the day, but the response of Washington, Brussels, and other international partners has fallen seriously short.” Recent research by Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee uncovered a wide-ranging campaign by Tajik authorities to detain, imprison, and silence peaceful opposition activists and perceived critics at home and abroad. Dushanbe has sought the detention and forcible return to Tajikistan of peaceful political activists in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and elsewhere. Since a wave of arrests that began on September 16, Tajik and other observers, including the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, estimate that Tajik police and security services have arrested hundreds of members of the Islamic Renaissance Party on politically motivated charges. A major trial of 16 senior party leaders began on February 9, 2016.

The alleged "President" of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, has a human rights record JUST to the right of that of Attila the Hun; and THIS is the guy the US government wants to deal with here?!?

Apparently, in DC-Speak, "stability" in Central Asia means suppressing political processes in places like Tajikistan.

However, I would very strongly caution the author Johnathan Marshall, that such actions can have a very distinct, and negative blow-back for the US; every Iranian who lived through the 1979 revolution, which kicked out the US-installed puppet Shah of Iran, understands how that can happen.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Mar 10 14:27

Islam liquidation may set Bangladesh afire

Demand to deprive Islam of the official state religion status was sent to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The reason is terror attacks, carried out by the IS adherents, and other radical groups. The initiative is backed by the Hindus and secularists - the same people, who are at the back of massacres of the Jamaat al Islamiya party leaders. Azhdar Kurtov, chief editor of the RISS journal "National Strategy Issues" told Pravda.Ru that demand to legislate against Islam was a strange measure and doubted that such a decision would be taken. Bangladesh is a relatively young state, that was formed on the wreckage of the British India, which had divided into two great conglomerations: a Muslim and mainly Hindu parts. Under the totality of population poverty, long-felt social and economic problems, growing numbers of population, there is risk of religious persecution generating government overthrow with terrorist methods.

Mar 10 08:29

MYANMAR IS QUIETLY EXPERIENCING ITS LARGEST UPRISING IN YEARS

You won’t hear much about it from international media. But Myanmar, exalted by the West for veering toward democracy, is in the middle of its largest civilian uprising in nearly a decade. Like practically all uprisings in Myanmar, where a domineering army still holds immense power, this revolt is turning bloody.

Mar 09 06:10

Why This Sucker Is Going Down——The Case Of Japan’s Busted Bond Market

The world financial system is booby-trapped with unprecedented anomalies, deformations and contradictions. It’s not remotely stable or safe at any speed, and most certainly not at the rate at which today’s robo-machines and fast money traders pivot, whirl, reverse and retrace.

Indeed, every day there are new ructions in the casino that warn investors to get out of harm’s way with all deliberate speed. And last night’s eruption in the Japanese bond market was a doozy.

Mar 07 17:35

Nancy Reagan is dead but her 'war on drugs' continues to terrorize Americans

Nancy Reagan in her later life never did much in the way to revisit or retract her statements made in 1982 as she launched her iconic War on Drugs campaign and it’s easy to see why.

In 1982 drug use was viewed as an epidemic by the public and a major target to blame for domestic unrest and urban crime. To put it simply that sentiment is completely changed in 2016 with more than 50% of the nation’s population at least having tried marijuana and a snowballing base of support for blanket nation-wide legalization and Nancy looks sort of foolish in retrospect when approached canonically.

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Mar 01 19:52

Medical Marijuana Legalized on Entire Continent of Australia

Waking Times

Australia’s population is roughly 23 million – while the US has approximately 318 million potential medical marijuana patients. All the same – lawmakers in the country have just legalized medical marijuana for the entire country, with a vote made by the Australian Parliament last Wednesday.

Feb 28 09:11

Afghanistan Part III: Central Asia Grand Chessboard

The timing of both Brzezinski’s book and the Bush Jr. Administration “carpet of bombs” threat to the Taliban are instructive since both occurred prior to the 911 attacks, which provided the perfect pretext for the massive Central Asian intervention that Brzezinski, Bush and their City of London bosses were advocating.

Dr. Johannes Koeppl – former German Defense Ministry official and adviser to NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner – explained of this rash of “coincidences” in November 2001, “The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberger Group, have prepared for and are now implementing open world dictatorship (which will be established) within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens.”

Drugistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the biggest drug deal in the country of the United States, and around the world, is the country of the United States!!

Feb 27 08:28

What is America doing in the South China Sea?

Washington is playing a dangerous game of 'chicken' with the Chinese and Russians, who are attempting to defend themselves from the Washington Consensus, which reduces subject populations to that of serfs.

While the Russians, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, seemed willing to accept a sort of vassal statehood, it is increasingly today clear that such an assignation is intolerable. Thus, Vladimir Putin enjoys immense popularity as he stands up to the pro-Washington forces inside and outside of the US.

Meanwhile, the Chinese remember all too well the sting of British colonialism: opium addiction and the lasting effects of British presumptions of superiority. The Chinese place in the Washington Consensus has been staked out as, in the case of Russia, supplier of inputs to feed the hungry capitalism of the US and the Western European former colonial masters.

Feb 25 21:19

Poisoned Mind: Social Media in the 21st Century

Waking Times

According to an article on the website of ‘Radio Free Europe’, a nondescript modern 4-storey building on Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg, houses the innocuously titled ‘Internet Research Centre’.

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 08:48

The Pentagon Readies Backup Island in Case of Chinese Missile Onslaught

The United States can no longer count on its Pacific air bases to be safe from missile attack during a war with China. On the contrary, a 2015 paper from the influential RAND Corporation noted that in the worst case scenario, “larger and accurate attacks sustained over time against a less hardened posture could be devastating, causing large losses of aircraft and prolonged airfield closures.”

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, due to its relative proximity, would be hardest hit. To up the stakes, China in September 2015 publicly revealed its DF-26 ballistic missile, which can strike Andersen Air Force Base in Guam — nearly 3,000 miles away — from the Chinese mainland. Andersen and Kadena are among the U.S. military’s largest and most important overseas bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet that construction on Tinian will begin very quickly, with the escalation of tensions between Korea, the US, and China.

Feb 25 08:47

The Globalists and the Islamists:

The Globalists and the Islamists:

Fomenting the "Clash of Civilizations" for a New World Order

Part Two:

The Muslim Brotherhood – The Globalists' Secret Weapon

I. The Roots of Islamic Terrorism
II. Creating the 'Arc of Crisis'
III. The Muslim Brotherhood Branches Out
IV. Osama Bin Laden: The Early Years
V. Bin Laden In Exile
VI. World Trade Center 1993
VII. Bin Laden's Money Problems
VIII. The Brotherhood Revolution Continues

Feb 24 10:24

Abe Ignores Obama's Advice Not to Visit Putin

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel his trip to Russia in May, but Abe refused to follow the advice, reported Kyodo agency, citing other sources. According to the agency, a telephone conversation between Obama and Abe took place on February 9. "Now is not a good time", — quotes RIA Novosti the words of Obama, who had advised Abe to postpone the visit to Russia. Sources claim that the Japanese Prime Minister did not budge and the conversation did not bring the desired result.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 22 05:38

FBI GATHERS CLUES IN MASSIVE GOLDMAN SACHS MONEY SCANDAL

Fallout from Goldman Sachs’ involvement with the controversial Malaysian state fund continued last week. US law enforcement officials are gathering sensitive documents — and identifying potential witnesses — in the massive money scandal that has ensnared the bank and one of its regional chairmen in a global probe, an international investigator told The Post.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 05:17

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

Military.com: BEIJING -- China on Friday accused the US of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed that Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that patrols by US military aircraft and Navy vessels, along with joint exercises involving regional partners were the true reason why concerns were growing over peace and stability.

"The above actions have escalated tensions in the South China Sea, and that's the real militarization of the South China Sea," Hong said.

Feb 19 12:24

U.S. rejects Chinese offer of peace treaty talks with North Korea

The United States said Thursday that denuclearization remains its top priority when it comes to North Korea, rejecting a Chinese proposal to begin peace treaty negotiations with Pyongyang in tandem with denuclearization talks.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the offer earlier this week after talks in Beijing with his Australian counterpart. A peace treaty with the United States, which would formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, is one of the North's long-running demands.

"Denuclearization remains our top priority. We remain in close contact with the other five-party partners on our shared goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Xi Jinping and the government of China; what you have proposed is completely logical and reasonable. Thank you for your suggesting this approach.

Having said that, it pains me to confess that I am sometimes dumbfounded by the ham-fisted, pig-headed stupidity of the US government, which more than occasionally, collectively, appears to be pathologically incapable of thinking anything through.

Using the peace treaty here would be the "carrot" in the negotiations which would ultimately lead to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. That the US government willfully refuses to see this logic is unfortunate.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 13 10:00

US sends extra Patriot missiles to S Korea amid rising tensions with North

The US military has deployed additional Patriot missile systems in South Korea, citing Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch.
The Seoul HQ of the US Forces Korea (USFK) said Saturday that the deployment of additional assets is part of an emergency readiness exercise being carried out in cooperation with the South Korean military.

"North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles against the expressed will of the international community requires the Alliance to maintain effective and ready ballistic missile defenses. Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, Commanding General of Eighth Army, the commanding formation of the USFK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deployment, coupled with the potential deployment of the THAAD system, is yet one more glaring demonstration (as if the American people need more demonstrations) of the reality that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And I have a short memo, and question, to the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department: why is it that the only time you tend to pay attention to North Korea is when they test another, bigger, more sophisticated bomb?!?

Has it not occurred to you that this is the only way Kim Jung-un believes he can get your attention?!?

Instead of sanctioning and hurriedly deploying more weapons to South Korea, will someone, please pick up the damned phone, and call China's President, Xi Ping, and start the dialogue leading to a 4 way conference between North Korea, China, South Korea, and the US to replace the Armistice (which is just a cessation of fighting) with a genuine peace treaty?!?

Because when this happens, and with one of the iron-clad articles in the treaty stating that North Korea never develops weapons again, these countries would do a great job of ratcheting down the tensions in the region, noticeably.

Of course, what I am suggesting is...logical, which it may never have occurred to the American government, at least not so far.

Feb 13 08:13

FOIA REQUEST: U.S. BASE RELEASED 21,000 LITERS OF CHEMICAL AGENTS INTO OKINAWA DRINKING WATER SUPPLY

It seems Okinawan residents had good reason to sue the Japanese government and spend over 500 days protesting the relocation of a U.S. base on their land. They had long suspected that U.S. bases were polluting their waterways, and documents released by Freedom of Information Act request appear to prove them right. A recent drinking water contamination in Okinawa may have been caused by a series of accidents at Kadena Air Base, which led to the release of a minimum 21,000 liters of fire extinguishing agents over the period of 15 years. Some of these agents are toxic.

Feb 11 10:45

Indonesia to replace US-made F-5 fighters with Russia's Su-35 jets

The government of Indonesia intends to purchase ten Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said after the talks with the head of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. "I am going to Russia in March to sign the contract," the minister said, Defenseworld.net reports. According to the Indonesian official, it goes about the acquisition of ten aircraft, even though it was earlier said that Indonesia was planning to purchase 12 jets. Indonesia is sending its pilots and technical staff to Russia soon for training. It is expected that the state-of-the-art Russian-made fighter jets will replace the US-made F-5 aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. Indonesia also has eleven Su-30 and five Su-27 aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-35 is a deeply modernized super-maneuverable multifunctional 4 ++ generation fighter jet. The aircraft uses fifth-generation technology that makes it superior to other similar class fighters.

Feb 09 14:55

US using Pyongyang nuclear tests as pretext for pivoting more towards Asia

UN sanctions imposed on North Korea over the past decade have failed to prevent Pyongyang from expanding its nuclear and missile programs, a UN panel of experts says, while the US has used the North’s activities as a pretext for expanding its military build-up in Asia.

Feb 09 14:44

5th Russian-built Kilo-class submarine arrives in Vietnam

The fifth of the six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam purchased from Russia has arrived at Cam Ranh Bay, Thanh Nien news reported. The submarine, which was delivered by a Dutch-registered cargo ship, laid anchor near the Cam Ranh Port, according to the report. The sixth submarine is undergoing sea trials in Russia and is expected to arrive in the middle of 2016. Vietnam purchased the six submarines for $2 billion in 2009.

Feb 09 09:19

Asian markets: Japan's Nikkei down more than 5% following weak close on Wall Street

While China, Hong Kong, South Korea among other markets remained closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, remaining stock exchanges in Asia were trading lower on 9 February. This followed a negative Wall Street and FTSE close overnight.

Fears over a sell-off in the European banking sector gathered pace overnight after Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index – the gauge of the banking sector in Europe – recorded its sixth consecutive weekly decline, the worst streak since 2008. Worried investors as a result pulled out of Asian stock markets in search for safer havens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The PPT is fighting gravity today on the US markets.

Feb 08 14:19

The Neocons Do Not Want Peace In The World:Paul Craig Roberts

endless wars and endless reaping to benefit the banksters

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

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Feb 05 16:20

East Asia Is Invisible

Americans don’t care about East Asia.

That’s a strong statement. So, let me make a few qualifications. First, Americans love Chinese, Japanese, and (increasingly) Korean food. They like to visit East Asia. They will, on occasion, watch a Hong Kong action film or the latest from Park Chan-Wook.

Feb 04 08:15

Beijing Vs DC: The Battle for Southeast Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

The Straits Times published an opinion piece by the London-based Rob Edens. Wishfully titled, “South-east Asia fast becoming unfriendly territory for China,” it attempts to portray Southeast Asia as increasingly pivoting West toward Washington, coincidentally just as Washington was “pivoting” East toward Asia...

Feb 03 09:42

US SEEKS JOINT NAVAL PATROLS WITH PHILIPPINES IN DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA

A U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday that the U.S. was open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea aiming to continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. Philippines has asked the U.S. to patrol the area together after China began test flights from Fiery Cross Reef an artificial islands where Beijing has built airfields. “We do discuss that principle (joint patrols) with the Philippines and so I am not discarding that possibility,” U.S. Ambassador in Philippines Philip Goldberg told reporters.

Feb 01 13:57

Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don’t Know About

The “New Cold War” could be a potential description for the unfolding geopolitical lay of the planet as Russia reemerges as a world power, and China rises as a new one in the face of a prevailing Wall Street-Washington-London international order.

The most obvious battlegrounds taking shape in this “New Cold War” are Ukraine, Syria, and the South China Sea. Perhaps not as high-profile but no less important are the ongoing conflicts in and around Libya, the proxy war being waged across Yemen, and America’s enduring occupation of Afghanistan in Central Asia.

However, there are other struggles taking place that go virtually unseen by the general public, or are briefly mentioned – out of context in the news – before being quickly forgotten.

Feb 01 04:46

Asian Markets Close Mixed: Weak PMI Data Weighs on China

Asian markets traded mixed on Monday with China taking the biggest hit to close in the red. The weak Chinese PMI manufacturing data coupled with decline in oil prices, drove the equity stocks in the region to close mix.
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SSE Composite index in China closed down 1.78% on Monday after PMI index disclosed contraction in manufacturing and services sector of the country. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing sector in January dropped to 49.4, its lowest level in three years, from December’s 49.7, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
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>The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) also injected around $1.5 billion in cash in the country’s financial system
>China’s Energy sector performed poorly during today’s trading session.
>Hang Seng in Honk Kong closed down 0.45%, erasing early gains.
>Oil prices plunged on Monday during Asian trading hours

Jan 30 07:02

Sexual counter-revolution: how the "celibacy syndrome" is ruining the economy of Japan

The Japanese youth no longer wants to go on dates, get married and even have sex. This phenomenon, dubbed "celibacy syndrome", was recorded a few years ago, and the situation is only getting worse. A natural consequence of the "celibacy syndrome" — what a surprise! — reduction of fertility. In 2015 in Japan came to light one million eight thousand newborns, and one million three hundred two thousand old people died. Some simple calculations show that for the year the population decreased by almost 300 thousand people. According to demographic calculations, there will be 30 per cent less Japanese by mid-century... By the end of 2014, the debt of Japan has reached to 1.03 quadrillion yen. Quadrillion! A normal person need a dictionary to understand that we are talking about the one with 15 zeros. You can transfer this amount to more than the usual US dollars, but no relief will bring. Eight trillion 654 billion dollars too incredibly much.

Jan 30 06:08

Japan joins negative interest rate club

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