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Jun 02 09:47

PICTURED: English-speaking casino gunman who set fires that killed 36

At least 36 people died after a man burst into the casino and opened fire on armed officers in Manila, Philippines.

The man, who police claim was trying to rob the Resorts World casino, then burned himself to death.

Around £2 million worth of casino chips were stolen during the raid, which have now been returned.

Jun 01 10:19

Why Is ISIS Attacking The Philippines?

By Brandon Turbeville

As ISIS moves across the world, conveniently popping up wherever America wants to touch down, the fact that the terrorist organization is an American creation is becoming more and more obvious to many people. Regardless, the news that ISIS recently managed not only to conduct terror attacks in the Philippines but was able to seize and occupy an entire city caught many people by surprise. Indeed, for those who are unaware of the nature and history of the terrorist organization and what role American imperialism plays in regards to its activity, the recent events in the Philippines no doubt have many Americans absolutely befuddled...

Jun 01 09:36

US Deep State Trying to Overthrow Filipino Government

Last year Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, ordered US troops to leave his country, cutting 65 years of military ties. This dispute has been bubbling up for awhile, and Duterte has finally had enough of US Imperialists treating him like a "doormat".

Jun 01 09:09

Trump-Phuc rekindle US-Vietnam warming trend

WTF! Sorry I had to put this one up just to see the Headline!

The Vietnamese government had much to celebrate after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump in the White House. Business deals were signed and America appeared to offer Vietnam new strategic support in its defense against a perceived as expansionist China.

“The relationship between Vietnam and the United States has undergone significant upheavals in history, but today we have been able to become comprehensive partners,” Phuc said after his meeting with Trump.

May 30 14:10

S. Korean President Intends to ‘Make Breakthrough’ in Cooperation With Russia

South Korea is making nice with Russia. Looks like they are sick of the US.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans to make a breakthrough in cooperation between the two countries, South Korea’s ambassador to Russia Park Ro-byug said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Park and Russia's Deputy Culture Minister Alexander Zhuravsky signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation, according to which the two countries would hold a number of cultural festivals from 2017 to 2020.

May 30 11:40

US, Japan to take ‘specific action’ after N. Korea missile hit Japanese economic zone

Tokyo will take “specific action” and join forces with the US to deter Pyongyang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a North Korean missile flew about 450 km before landing inside Japan’s economic zone.
“As we agreed at the recent G 7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Prime Minister Abe told reporters in a televised comment, as cited by Reuters.

“Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea,” Abe said, adding that Japan will also maintain close contact with neighboring South Korea and other countries.

The strident statement came in response to the latest missile launch by North Korea. On Monday morning, a short-range ballistic missile traveled around 450km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 300 km off the Japanese coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "specific action" can the US and Japan possibly take, without engaging China, and South Vietnam?!?

Unfortunately, if past is prologue to the future, absolutely nothing, with regard to Kim Jung Un.

What needs to happen, and just as immediately is reasonably possible, is for a conference to happen, including North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the US, in which a peace treaty would be proposed to North Korea, with full economic freedoms, and no more sanctions, in exchange for North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

May 30 09:25

Civilian death toll mounts in Philippines ISIS battle

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.

May 27 15:42

Will the Philippines be the next victim of the CIA and its ISIS surrogates?

As phone calls between President Trump & President Duterte are leaked to criticize Trump for congratulating Duterte on his extra-judicial killings in the name of a War on Drugs, it’s clear the US surveillance state wants both Presidents gone.

May 27 10:47

Internet providers have backdoor access to customers' modems

A back door has been built into modems sent to customers of major internet service providers allowing the companies' staff to access settings and potentially create a security hole.

The discovery alarmed a computer expert who contacted the Herald, saying the remote access could provide a pathway to the contents of people's computers by employees of the company.

Vodafone is not the only major ISP with a "back door" into its modems - Spark has confirmed it also has built-in "remote access" in modems it supplies to customers.

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While the Vodafone support person was able to remotely access and change settings in an effort to fix the problem, the capacity for the back door to be exploited by a rogue company employee was concerning.

He said the access was managed through sending a line of code to the modem which then reset it and allowed access by entering a generic password.

May 26 16:08

The Next Syria? ISIS Takes Philippine Town

What a coincidence; Phillipines, Duarte wanted nothing to do with Obama or the US and now ISIS is a problem.

May 26 08:08

Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-conspiracy bill’

Opponents of the new measures argue that the government will now be able to prosecute those who have nothing to do with terrorism or serious crime enterprises. Critics further fear the legislation could equate such offenses as sit-in protests and violations of copyrights to “serious crimes.”

May 24 08:18

Have ISIS Just Taken Over a Philippines City? And Why is There No Mention of It in the Media?

At the exact same time as the Manchester terror attack was just coming to light, not only was a bomb found in a Swedish airport (fortunately in time), but reports came out that an ISIS (or ISIS supporting group) had taken over a city in the Philippines.

May 23 10:31

'They want me to fight China. It’s gonna be a massacre!' - Duterte to RT (FULL INTERVIEW)

May 23 10:06

Duterte declares martial law on Philippines island amid ISIS-linked attack

Militants affiliated with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have launched an attack on the city of Marawi in the Philippines, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the southern province.

Insurgents from the Maute group, Islamist extremists from the southern island of Mindanao, have been involved in clashes with government forces and the area is now on lockdown, according to Philippines authorities.

May 22 09:58

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

After watching the launch of the new Pukguksong-2 missile, the North Korean dictator was reportedly satisfied with its accuracy and branded it a “successful strategic weapon”, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

After the second missile launch in less than a week, KCNA reported: "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim Jong-un] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

to President Donald Trump; China's President Xi Jinping; Japan's Prime Minister Abe; gentlemen, a word please.

As much a pain as North Korea's Kim Jung Un may be to deal with, the only resolution of the issue of North Korean missiles is through negotiation, and right the heck now, thank you very much!!

What should be happening is the establishment of a peace accord for North Korea, with iron-clad promises of free trade, and lack of any restrictions against its economy, with the quid pro quo of North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program when this takes effect.

And a short memo to Secretary of State Tillerson, who has reiterated that only when North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program, will the US be ready to negotiate; Mr. Tillerson, Kim Jung Un understands that his only possible ploy for preventing an invasion of his country is the development of a nuclear weapon as a deterrent.

He has seen what has happened to countries which do not have this, and is trying to insure that North Korea doesn't become yet another victim of "regime change."

The time for serious negotiations is now: the potential for horrific damage from an attack against North Korea would be horrific for the region as a whole.

May 21 10:24

"We Will Go To War; We Will Fight You": China's Xi Threatens Duterte If Philippines Drills For Oil

The Philippines' outspoken president Rodrigo Duterte got a glimpse of the true snarling, belligerent Chinese dragon hiding behind the cheerful, globalist Panda facade earlier this week, when in response to a claim that his country was prepared to drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea, China's president Xi told him matter-of-factly that in that case he should prepare for war.

In a meeting on Monday between the two presidents, Duterte asserted his nation's sovereignty over disputed South China Sea territory citing last year's ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours," Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.

May 21 09:35

Japan's ageing emperor's abdication is approved amid worries of a succession crisis as eldest granddaughter, 25, is set to become a commoner when she marries her college sweetheart

The Japanese government has approved Emperor Akihito's abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne in the first such case in two centuries.

The one-off bill, signed off by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, has sparked a possible succession crisis in the same week that his eldest granddaughter Princess Mako gave up her place in the Palace by agreeing to marry a 'commoner'.

As with all female members of the Imperial family, Mako, 25, would lose her royal status upon marriage to a commoner under a controversial law which does not apply to male 'royals'.

The 83-year-old Akihito could step down the end of December 2018 and be replaced by his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, reports have suggested.

May 18 22:54

China, ASEAN Countries Agree Draft Framework for South China Sea Code of Conduct

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reached an agreement on a framework for the South China Sea Code of Conduct, 15 years after they officially declared their intention to do so.

May 18 13:20

Is This The Beginning Of The End For Gasoline In Asia’s Largest Markets?

As the rise of electric cars looms ever larger on the horizon for India and China, far-reaching implications for the global oil market are impending. Oil and auto executives are well aware of the coming change, warning refiners to prepare for a future where gasoline is not their primary source of revenue.

May 18 09:48

How Military Industrial Complex is Pushing US Toward New 'Missile Crisis

The US' dangerous muscle-flexing in Asia-Pacific is a continuation of Obama's "pivot to Asia" strategy, US peace activist Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. To avoid yet another missile crisis all the parties involved need to start negotiations over the long-term disarmament and eradication of nuclear weapons in the region, he stressed.

In his March interview with Sputnik the founder of "Show Up! America," Jan R. Weinberg, warned that the US-led militarization of the Asia-Pacific region might turn into the "American Missile Crisis."

"The American Missile Crisis may very well become the term that historians use to describe the precipitously dangerous, present day, militarization and terrorism issues within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," he warned.

May 14 12:13

The Man in Seat 61... : A ride on the Trans-Mongolian Express Moscow to Beijing by train

This is an account of a Moscow to Beijing journey on Trans-Siberian train number 4, the weekly Chinese train from the Russian to the Chinese capital via Mongolia. For an account of the Moscow to Vladivostok journey, see here.

Day 1, evening: Yaroslavski station, Moscow. Trans-Siberian trains leave from this distinctive station in central Moscow. Train 4 to Beijing leaves Moscow Tuesday nights.

Train 4 is a Chinese train, each carriage proudly displaying a destination board marked "Moscow-Ulan Bator-Beijing". You'll find plenty of westerners on board, with a party atmosphere all the way. There'll be plenty of Chinese, Russians & Poles to meet, too.

May 14 09:11

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games.

Xi used a summit on the initiative, attended by leaders and top officials from around the world, to bolster China's global leadership ambitions as U.S. President Donald Trump promotes "America First" and questions existing global free trade deals.

"We should build an open platform of cooperation and uphold and grow an open world economy," Xi told the opening of the two-day gathering in Beijing.

China has touted what it formally calls the Belt and Road initiative as a new way to boost global development since Xi unveiled the plan in 2013, aiming to expand links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has got this absolutely right, and hopefully, President Trump and his advisors will see clear reason to get on board with this, at least to some form of engagement.

In my world, trade trumps war every time.

May 05 20:16

Indian police claim rats drank 900,000 liters of confiscated alcohol

Police in the Indian state of Bihar, where alcohol was outlawed last April, have accused rats of decimating the majority of the stash of booze confiscated over the past year – over 40,000 cases, or about 900,000 liters.

According to the Hindu newspaper, senior superintendent of police of state capital Patna, Manu Maharaj, was informed of the disappearance of contraband from storage in a meeting this week, and was initially skeptical about how rats could have gained access to sealed glass bottles. His subordinates told him that the rodents chewed through the bottle caps, before glugging the drink.

Nonetheless, suggesting that he wasn’t entirely convinced by the explanation, the senior superintendent also ordered regular breathalyzer tests for officers.

May 04 07:55

Intelligence Reports Indicate The Deep State Is Pushing Their Agenda

Republicans trying to push their form of healthcare, which will not benefit the people. The hearing with Comey is another dog and pony show. The French election is coming up and the central bankers are making the push to put Macron in office.

May 02 12:49

Myanmar Oil & Gas Pipeline To China Opens While Saudi Arabia Radicalizes Nearby Bangladesh & Indonesia

China currently imports 50% of its oil from the Middle East, which currently passes through the narrow Strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaysia and could be easily blockaded by the U.S. if it so wished.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also import most of their oil and gas using the same route.

May 01 10:04

Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia

While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russian alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.

The Persian rival who showed the way

In 2012/2013, the US Treasury Department, under the Obama administration, initiated a raft of sanctions in an amateurish fashion against the Central Bank of Iran. As we were told, it was done to tire and bleed Iranian economic and social life enough to draw Tehran into negotiations concerning its nuclear programme. The argument of were they/weren’t they pursuing a weaponized nuclear program isn’t important; how the Iranians circumvented these sanctions is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this why we are seeing more and more demonization of Iran, to prevent it from finding more loopholes in US sanctions, and trading in a real commodity, rather than the dollar, which has absolutely no real backing behind it?!?

May 01 08:49

JAPAN DEPLOYS WARSHIP TO SUPPORT US 'ARMADA', AUTHORIZES "NECESSARY USE OF WEAPONS" FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

In a post-World War II precedent-setting move (under the country’s expanded military doctrine), the Japanese Navy has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier (and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary), to escort and protect a US supply vessel.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, I can see nothing which is moving away from military action against North Korea and very soon.

The South Korean elections will be held next Tuesday, 9 May. If the attack does not happen by that point, and with a political "dove" who favors the "sunshine policy" apt to become the President of South Korea, this will have to happen quickly, or not at all.

May 01 07:22

People mark Labor Day in Asian countries

Workers and activists in Asian countries are staging rallies to mark Labor Day and voice their concerns over working conditions.

Apr 30 08:56

America’s War against the People of Korea: The Historical Record of US War Crimes

An armistice is an agreement by the warring parties to stop fighting. It does signify the end of war.

What underlies the 1953 Armistice Agreement is that one of the warring parties, namely the US has consistently threatened to wage war on the DPRK for the last 60 years.

The US has on countless occasions violated the Armistice Agreement. It has remained on a war footing. Casually ignored by the Western media and the international community, the US has actively deployed nuclear weapons targeted at North Korea for more than half a century in violation of article 13b) of the Armistice agreement.

The armistice remains in force. The US is still at war with Korea. It is not a peace treaty, a peace agreement was never signed.

Apr 28 21:19

China draws red line for North Korea issue: war is not allowed

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a tough position on the North Korea issue on Wednesday, saying that war on the Korean Peninsula is absolutely unacceptable.

Wang made the remarks in a press conference after a Sino-German dialogue on cooperation with Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister in Germany.

China has drawn a red line for the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea, that war on the Korean Peninsula is not allowed and that all consequences would be borne by the relevant countries should war break out.

Apr 28 21:17

China warns of necessary actions as US says THAAD to be operational in coming days

China expressed its grave concern after parts of the THAAD system were moved to the deployment site in South Korea, which the U.S. claims is purely defensive. China Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the deployment of THAAD breaks the strategic balance in the region and ratchets up the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

China strongly urged the U.S. and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment, and sent a strong warning that China will take necessary actions to safeguard its own interests.

Apr 28 21:07

Trump tough on South Korea: Threatens to terminate free trade deal, wants payment for THAAD missile defense system

President Donald Trump said that he will either renegotiate or terminate a "horrible" trade deal with South Korea, Reuters reported late Thursday.

The president also said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion THAAD missile defense system, Reuters said.

Responses to Trump's comments soon arose, with an official from South Korea's automakers association telling Reuters that the group is now concerned about "the uncertainty" of the free trade agreement.

Shares in Hyundai Motor fell as much as 2.4 percent following Trump's comments. South Korea's won turned weaker on the comments.

Apr 28 21:04

Experts: North Korean nukes can defeat even the world's most advanced missile defense system

The US has successfully tested THAAD 12 times, but never used it in actual combat, which can play out much differently than controlled tests. "Things that work well at home on the test range don't always go as smoothly when deployed," Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told the Associated Press.

Another scientist, David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Global Security Program, said that a salvo of North Korean short-range missiles could overwhelm THAAD.

Apr 28 20:51

'China's Anti-THAAD Drills to Simulate Counterattack Scenarios'

A Chinese military expert predicts drills ordered by Beijing to counter the threat of the THAAD will include a preemptive strike on the U.S.-built missile system, which is now based in South Korea.

Apr 28 09:01

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlement

Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.

Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin and Abe are behaving like the adults in the room right now.

However, that being said, I cannot imagine on what the Vegas odds are of talks restarting at this moment in time.

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson rejected talks with North Korea until they stop their nuclear weapons program, which is absolutely a non-starter for North Korea, because such weapons have been developed as a deterrent to an American strike against it.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

The 9th of May, the date when South Korea holds its elections, is coming up quickly; it's one week from this Tuesday.

IF, in fact, the US is going to engineer a false flag to blame against North Korea as the "justification" for an attack against it, they are going to have to do it very, very soon, unless the US government is determined to bend the South Korean election results to its liking; and it appears that this is very much the case.

Because all of a sudden, out of no where, we have a "dark horse" candidate, Ahn Cheol-soo, who is "surging" in the polls. As reported at the New York Times on 14 April, 2017:

Mr. Ahn, a boyish former medical doctor and relative neophyte in politics, calls himself a champion of “new politics” who would heal a country disillusioned with what he describes as a corrupt and out-of-touch elite. But his detractors call him a “stooge” for old politics, beholden to conservative allies of former President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment and ouster last month led to the election. Polling experts say that Mr. Ahn owed his recent popularity to people who shunned conservative candidates after Ms. Park’s corruption scandal but did not trust Mr. Moon either, especially in dealing with North Korea’s advancing military abilities. Mr. Ahn has wooed those people by attacking Ms. Park’s government while promising to honor its decision to allow the United States to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the country against the North, a decision that has infuriated China.

So, if this guy is able to pull off a "come from behind" win (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) the US will have a little more latitude in terms of timing on a military campaign, or taking other steps, against North Korea.

Rigging foreign elections is nothing new to the American deep state.

So the question becomes, will the American deep state take the chance that this man can actually win the South Korean election, or will the possibility he may not be able to, drive them to a pre-emptive strike?!?

We'll know very soon, I predict.

Apr 27 14:48

North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for support in battle with US to stop ‘nuclear holocaust’

NORTH Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”.

In a letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ secretary-general, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned the situation on the Korean Peninsula was “reaching the brink of war” because of Washington’s actions.
He urged the ASEAN chief to inform the 10-nation organisation’s foreign ministers “about the grave situation” on the peninsula “and give them a proper proposal”, while criticising at length US-South Korean military exercises.

Ri’s letter appeared to be a highly unusual move. A Southeast Asian diplomat said that, as far as he could recall, it was the first time North Korea had written a letter seeking ASEAN’s help on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is making his case in advance for blaming the United States government if things go south here, and there is a military exchange.

Apr 27 11:34

Japan Warns Citizens To Prepare For North Korean Missile Attack

As the United States begins to move elements of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea earlier than expected - in the name of defending against the “evil North Korea” of the mainstream narrative - Japan is warning its citizens they’ll have little time to find safety if Kim Jong-un launches an attack.

The government’s advice, essentially, is to find cover, meaning a sturdy building or structure — in itself a largely ineffectual tip, given their own guidelines admit “It is extremely difficult to be able to pinpoint missile landing areas before their launch.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think Kim Jung Un is too wily to order an attack against either Japan or South Korea, because he understands that the US will uncork, and turn North Korea into a molten sea of green glass if he does so; if something happens off of either country, it will most probably be a US-instigated "false flag" to get the war going, and time is definitely running out before South Korea's 9 May election to do this.

But I am still not really certain, at the moment, that this will happen; the Senators who attended yesterday's briefing left with little hard evidence, and probably, more questions than answers.

I will be very interested in seeing the responses of members of the House to their briefing, which happens later today.

Apr 25 21:54

Kung Fu students dangle heavy wooden boxes from genitals

OUCH!!! With video! ROTFWCMFEO!

April 25 (UPI) -- A group of students studying an unusual form of Kung Fu showed off their strength by swinging heavy wooden boxes from their genitals......

Apr 25 15:30

Officials Advise Citizens What to Do if North Korea Nukes Japan

Japan has warned its citizens that, in the case of a North Korean nuclear attack, they may have as few as four minutes to rush to safety.

Apr 24 11:45

Panic Buying Hits Japan Ahead Of Possible War: “Nuke Shelters, Air Purifiers, Anti-Radiation Supplies…” by Mac Slavo

As tensions heat up with North Korea and the potential for a nuclear exchange becomes all the more real, residents of Japan are panic buying everything from nuclear shelters to air purifiers in preparation:

Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people’s houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year.

The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company’s director

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War jitters do push the sale of products; except that this time, it really feels that the US and North Korea are on a precipice from which neither country feels it can back down, and the sense of war actually happening here, is eminent.

Apr 24 08:24

Trump To Discuss North Korea In Sunday Call With China's Xi, Japan's Abe

While the world is focused on the outcome of the first round of the French election, which is playing out much as the market had largely anticipated with Macron and Le Pen set to face each other in the runoff round, the North Korea threat remains, and according to Reuters, Donald Trump will speak on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, citing a administration official.

The topic of discussion is expected to be North Korea.

Apr 22 08:50

Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have left Sasebo naval base and are likely to take part in a drill with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is steaming toward the Korean Peninsula, Defense Ministry sources said Friday.

The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the Carl Vinson strike group at some point.

Apr 21 12:53

Trump sparks confusion, danger of war in Korea tinderbox

Donald Trump’s latest moves toward North Korea are “dangerous” and sow confusion in a tense geopolitical scenario, says veteran Korea analyst Daniel C Sneider.

Trump’s recent declaration that he ordered a US carrier strike group to race toward Korea when there was no such force in the vicinity undercuts American credibility and increases the possibility of a misstep, said Sneider, associate director of research for Stanford University’s Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

“War is always possible,” said Sneider, a former Asia correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. “What Trump is doing is dangerous if it leads to miscalculation by the North Koreans, and it’s dangerous if the US actually acts on this vague threat of doing something, presumably with the use of force.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please.

There is another way of resolving this issue. That would be to get a conference going between the US, North and South Korea, offering South Korea a true peace treaty with which to replace the existing armistice, and the quid pro quo of such an agreement being that in exchange for the peace deal, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons development program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 21 11:06

North Korea Ready for 'All-Out War' if US Starts it - Embassy in Russia

North Korea is ready for an all-out war if the United States starts it, the country's Embassy in Russia said.

"If they [the US] commit a reckless provocation, the Korean Revolutionary Forces will deal a devastating blow and respond with an all-out war to an all-out war, respond to a nuclear war with a nuclear strike," an attache of the North Korean Embassy Moscow said.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches conducted in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions.

North Korea reportedly carried out the most recent missile test early on Sunday. However, the launch was unsuccessful, according to South Korean defense officials. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the alleged missile launch had not been announced officially, though it's Pyongyang's "sovereign right" to conduct such tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the US military is playing "picador" with North Korea. And the following isn't helping de-escalate tensions either. As reported in the English version of sputniknews.com this morning;

Japan Sends Destroyers for Drills With US Carrier Group Amid Korea Tensions

Apr 19 22:49

BEXALERT!: US Supercarrier Went Off Course Because White House, Pentagon Miscommunicated

The botched cruise missile strike in Syria and now this. Something funny is going on.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US supercarrier deployed by President Donald Trump to deter North Korea did not reach the Sea of Japan because White House and Department of Defense officials failed to communicate effectively, media reported.

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrives for an annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and U.S, at the port of Busan, South Korea, March 15, 2017.

Apr 19 08:11

North Korea Remains Defiant; U.S. Remains Aggressive

By Brandon Turbeville

After a series of aggressive actions across the world by the United States, North Korea defied the apparent Western right to dictate the behavior and policies of all nations on the globe by launching a missile test on Sunday. Despite warnings from the United States about nuclear and missile tests, North Korea also announced that there will be no changes to its plans to conduct such tests in the future...

Apr 19 07:13

Banned chemicals contaminate groundwater near US bases on Okinawa

Elevated levels of two banned pollutants used by the US military have been detected in groundwater running under Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa, Japanese officials have said. The Pentagon won’t let Okinawan officials on base to investigate.

The carcinogenics perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were found in high concentrations in underground water during surveys in August and January, the Okinawa prefectural government’s environmental protection department said in a statement.

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Japan banned the manufacture and importation of both chemicals in 2010. They are synthetic, fully fluorinated organic acids that have been linked to tumors, increases in body and organ weight and death in animals, Okinawan officials said. PFOS and PFOA are used in firefighting foam, aircraft grease, water-repellant materials and fluorine chemicals.

Apr 18 09:12

Japan May Consider Deploying Troops in Case of DPRK Missile Fall in Its Waters

Japanese government is reportedly considering the possibility of deploying the Self-Defense Forces in case of a fall of a North Korean missile in the country's territorial waters.

For the first time the Japanese government is considering the possibility of deploying the Self-Defense Forces in case of a fall of a North Korean missile in the country's territorial waters, local media reported on Tuesday.
The laws adopted on March 29, 2016, divided security threats into three categories: the possibility of military aggression, obvious threat of military aggression and military aggression.

The government wants to recognize fall of a foreign missile in its territorial waters as an obvious threat of military aggression, which allows deployment of troops, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This posture is a huge escalation for the Japanese government, and I hope to heck that the US, Japan, and South Korea are coordinating on these moves, because any further threat against North Korea could, potentially, put Kim Jung Un into another tailspin, where he orders the launching of more missiles, some of which may probably wind up in the Sea of Japan.

Apr 17 08:25

Japan's jets deployed in response to Russian bombers

Japanese fighter jets were scrambled to warn six incoming Russian aircraft flying near Tokyo-claimed airspace, NHK reported Wednesday, local time.

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 14 13:53

Report: North Korea soldiers face punishment for Kim Jong Un jokes

Said I wouldn't do this. No real attribution except for "The Source". They link to another UPI article that quotes,"Sources" and a non-link to Radio Free Asia. This is a good example of Psyops and Propaganda. Korean War part 2 here we come. Sure hope not!

Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private, nonprofit international broadcasting corporation[2] that broadcasts and publishes online news, information, and commentary to listeners in East Asia while "advancing the goals of U.S. foreign policy."[3][4] RFA is funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent agency of the United States government[5][disputed – discuss] responsible for all non-military, international broadcasting sponsored by the U.S government (such as Radio Free Europe), which appoints the board of RFA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Free_Asia

Apr 14 13:17

Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

Apr 14 13:11

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’

“There’s a big fight [going on]”

Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door”

The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.

Apr 14 08:19

Mike Pence heading to Seoul amid tensions with North Korea ...

(*Maybe this is the reason behind The Trump Armada . How else is he going to get anybody to listen to Pence ? )

Apr 13 19:58

Before attacking North Korea, please try everything else

By Grant Newsham April 12, 2017 12:07 PM (UTC+8)

The US has spent the past 25 years trying to concoct a formula that will get North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons program, while hoping China would help bring Pyongyang to heel.

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent statement that years of negotiations with North Korea have failed, it seems an American military response is no longer unthinkable — and in some quarters is seen as inevitable.

But the US still hasn’t played all its cards, and ought to before rolling the dice with a military strike. First, some stark reminders are in order.

Apr 13 19:25

Who’s Nasty Now? Southern White House Fails To Keep Seafood, Meat Cold Enough

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo were courted on diplomatic working visits at Mar-a-Lago, and now one must hope they did not return home with food poisoning. The high-profile club was cited for failing to store seafood and meat at adequate temperatures and forgetting to ensure that seafood was not contaminated by parasites, the Miami Herald reported.

Apr 13 07:19

‘Riskier than striking Syria’: Beijing warns US against attacking North Korea

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said they expect it to consult with them before any action.

Tension is mounting in the region as US President Donald Trump said he would solve the “North Korean problem” with or without China’s help.

The paper said Washington needs to accept the reality that it “has no power to put global affairs in order at the moment” and work with other leading world powers on the Korean situation through the UN Security Council, a body that the US has shun by the unilateral attack against Syria.

Apr 13 06:57

Asian First: Dog & Cat Meat Banned In Taiwan

The East Asian Country of Taiwan just passed milestone legislation which bans the sale, torture, and slaughter, of cats and dogs, and the consumption of their meat.

Apr 12 23:07

China Threatens To Bomb North Korea, If U.S. Agrees to Lead (Video)

Tensions are rising in the Korean peninsula, and things have just taken an interesting turn. Following Trump’s missile strike in Syria, which many speculate was more of a warning to other countries, China has now stated that if North Korea crosses its ‘bottom line’, that it would destroy its nuclear facilities. Given how China has almost always supported North Korea for political purposes, this is quite a drastic turn.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at the implications behind China’s statement and what it could mean for the region and America’s future options. It looks as if China has tired of the North Korean’s regime’s erratic actions and blustering, and wants to put it in check.

With Trump himself stating that he is willing to ‘tackle the North Korean problem’ unilaterally; is China trying to encourage or discourage potential military action against the regime?

Apr 12 18:22

Mattis: Navy Strike Group Not Headed to North Korea for Any Reason

A Picard and Rivero palm to forehead moment!

With a US carrier strike group steaming toward North Korea, and top administration officials talking up the need for the US to “solve” North Korea, Russian officials today echoed a concern shared by a lot of people, that the US is about to unilaterally attack North Korea.

Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to downplay those concerns, however, insisting the carrier strike group is just in the western Pacific in general, and isn’t speeding rapidly toward the Korean Peninsula for any particular reason, and has nothing in mind when it gets there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsrK6P9QvI

Apr 12 17:21

Xi advises Trump to be Peaceful

This guy sounds like a Statesman and he is to the point.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday and emphasized that conflict on the Korean Peninsula has to be resolved through peaceful means, after Trump reiterated that he was ready to solve the North Korean nuclear issue on his own.

China's state-run broadcaster CCTV reported that Xi and Trump held a phone conversation Wednesday morning Asia time to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other matters of bilateral concern, five days after their summit last week. The CCTV report was issued shortly after the conversation.

Xi was reported to have told Trump, China adheres to the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and calls for peaceful means to resolve the problem in order to safeguard the peace and stability of the region.

Apr 12 10:41

Japan Makes Moves On Hundreds of Disputed Islets

Apr 11 05:38

North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Attack At Any Sign Of Pre-Emptive Strike

With the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steaming toward the Korean peninsula for what some speculate may be to launch a "decapitation" strike on the Kim Jong-Un regime, on Tuesday North Korean state media threatened the US with a nuclear attack at any sign of a U.S. pre-emptive strike, and warned it is ready for "war" as Washington tightened the screws on the nuclear-armed state.

Apr 09 09:05

U.S. Sending Navy Strike Group To Korean Peninsula In Show Of Force

By Brandon Turbeville

After nearly provoking World War Three with Russia as a result of its illegal attack against Syrian military positions in al-Sha’aryat, the Trump administration is looking to provoke an international conflict on the other side of the world. This time, North Korea is the target...

Apr 06 10:25

China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

Next week’s provocative visit of the Dalai Lama to the Chinese-contested town of Tawang is set to mark a low point in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

Apr 04 13:19

U.S. Out of Korea

The future is dictated by the corruption and collapse of the government. Trump and BREXIT were merely the effect of symptoms of the decay in government. We are past the point of no return. There is no going back. The storm of political change is upon us. The cards have been dealt. It’s time to turn them over one at a time. No one will be able to fix or stop this trend. Since World War II, politicians have ruled only for their self-interest. They have made promises that will never be kept and far too many people have believed in them. The system is just not sustainable.

Apr 04 11:08

More Serious Than Problem of THAAD': US, Allies Eye Island, Upset China

"The ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan may add to a possible security crisis which may be even more serious than the problem of THAAD," Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, told Sputnik Korea.

In an interview with Sputnik Korea, Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, warned of "a much more serious security crisis than the problem of THAAD," which he said may stem from the ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan.
On Monday, the three countries started a combined naval exercise against North Korea's growing submarine threat, Yonhap News Agency quoted the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The establishment of the US naval base on Jeju was completed, and the port was opened, in February of last year.

But it is a point of US military power projection in Asia, which, logically, has to have China concerned.

And Gwonil is entirely correct when he states, that should there be a joint US Navy/Japanese/South Korean effort to restrict the movement of Chinese military vessels, particularly from the port in Jeju, South Korea, all hell could break loose in the region.

Apr 04 10:33

Why Trump’s First War Is Probably Going to Be a Conflict With North Korea

The first definite sign that the current administration was going to take a different approach to North Korea, was when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated emphatically last month that “all options are on the table.”

“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told reporters during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Friday.

“Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict,” Tillerson said.

However, he went on to say that “if they (North Korea) elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the table.”

He added that a “comprehensive set of capabilities” is being developed to deal with the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a third outcome this writer does not mention, and that is, to work with China to get North Korea; South Korea; China; and the US into negotiations about replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, with the quid pro quo that North Korea would stop its nuclear weapons program.

IF major nations of the world can take away the "fear factor", which is driving Kim Jung Un's relentless moves toward guideable, nuclear missiles as a deterrent, then perhaps peace does have a chance here.

Much is riding on the meetings this weekend between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping: I hope these meetings are dedicated to positive outcomes to the mutual issues the US and China wish to resolve, and peace on the North Korean peninsula has to be darned near the top of both of their lists.

Apr 04 10:14

World War III nightmare scenario brewing in the East China Sea

While the world watches mounting military tensions in the South China Sea, another, more ominous situation is brewing in the East China Sea that could be the trigger point for a major war between the superpowers. At the heart of tensions are eight uninhabited islands controlled by Japan that are close to important shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves. China contests Japan's claims and is escalating its military activity in Japan airspace. In response, Japan has been doubling its F-15 jet intercepts.

The situation increases the risk of an accidental confrontation — and could draw other countries, like the United States, into a conflict. It's a topic President Trump will likely bring up with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that this week's meeting between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping will calm down the tensions in the region, as well as tackle the situation with North Korea.

Neither President wants war; but at the same time, these men cannot be seen, either at home or abroad, as "losing face" as the outcome of this meeting.

Mar 29 08:23

Clinton's #Emailgate: The Dangerous Militarization of the Asia-Pacific Region

The Obama administration's 'Pivot to Asia' policy has not become a thing of the past, the founder of “Show Up! America” Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. The activist explained why the policy, spearheaded by the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, was actually aimed at extensive militarization of the region.

Mar 29 06:49

Tokyo Olympics chiefs facing shortage of English speakers train staff with FAWLTY TOWERS

This could be interesting :)

Mar 28 13:43

We can't just wait until we're destroyed': Japan calls for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War II as it seeks to defend itself from North Korea 

Japan has called for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War Two in the wake of North Korean aggression.
Politicians in Japan have argued for the technically pacifist country to have the ability to strike North Korea rather than relying on the US for its defence.

The reclusive state has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions.

He added: 'Our country is protected by other countries, but we can't do anything to protect them. This is not acceptable in the international community anymore.'

Gen Nakatani, defense minister until last year and a member of the committee, told the newspaper: 'I believe that we should consider having the capacity to strike.'

Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to give weight to the idea, saying he wanted to 'keep an eye' on developments.

Abe oversaw the acquisition of F-35A stealth fighter jets last year, boosting the country's air defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this legislation come to pass in Japan, and it decides to do a first strike against North Korea, the potential geopolitical fallout is going to be devastating.

What is needed here is for cooler heads to prevail, and for there to be summits, including Japan; South Korea; North Korea; and China to hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the proviso that for this treaty, North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons development program.

Mar 28 12:57

The Dollar Dump Begins: “China, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia Have All Become Big Sellers”

As global financial markets teeter on the edge of collapse, a report published this morning suggests that the run up in the U.S. dollar may be over. As of today, some 80% of post-Trump election gains have been wiped out and as noted in the special video report from Future Money Trends below, it appears that things are only going to get worse:

China sold more U.S. Treasuries last year than any country has ever sold in a single year… $188 billion worth… Japan is also making an exit, selling nearly $30 billion since election day… Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have all become big sellers too…

Official national debt is $20 Trillion… the real debt has been calculated to be $200 Trillion… what’s not included in the official numbers is social security, Medicaid and Medicare obligations… Think about it… every penny spent on the military, welfare programs, foreign aid and even your Congressman’s paycheck… it’s all borrowed money…

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 24 11:30

Scandalous Duterte: a friend of Russia or temporary companion?

This week the Filipino President has bluntly demanded of the European Parliament to mind its own business, rather than that of his country. The reason is a latest resolution of the European Parliament, which condemns Duterte's plans on appliance of death penalty for drug-related crimes in his country. 'Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries, especially us. Why don't you mind your own business? Why do you have to f**k with us?' he claimed during his visit to Myanmar. The Filipino President is famous for his sharp terms towards the Western politicians. In particular, he has called the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein to be an idiot and Barack Obama to be a son of a whore. Global community used to condemn ways of combating drug dealing in the Philippines. According to the UN data, since Duterte came in power on 30 June, 2016, more than 6,000 people have been killed.

Mar 24 11:17

Japan calculates damage caused by thousands of suicides

Japan has calculated economic damage that the country has suffered as a result of suicides. The damage was evaluated at more than 459 billion yen or 4.1 billion dollars over one year, reports NHK. In 2015, as many as 23,000 Japanese people between 15 and 69 years of age committed suicide. The damage was calculated on a supposition of how much those people could have brought to the Japanese economy if they had worked before turning 70. Special headquarters for the prevention of suicide were established in Japan 12 years ago which made it possible to reduce damage by $900 million. Indicators for 2015 were the lowest for the last 18 years. In Japan, most suicides are committed by males. People mostly kill themselves for health reasons, economic and domestic problems and family difficulties...

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