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Dec 12 07:40

Russian Defense Ministry seeks to develop naval cooperation with Japan

Russia’s Defense Ministry seeks to boost naval cooperation with Japan and is ready to work jointly on a draft deal on assisting a rescue and search effort for crews of distressed submarines, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said after a meeting in Tokyo with Chief of the Joint Staff of the Japanese Self-Defense Force Katsutoshi Kawano.

Dec 12 07:27

Riyadh to Decrease Oil Exports to Asia Next Year

Saudi Arabian Aramco plans to reduce its January crude oil shipments to Asia in an effort to rebalance the international oil market.
The supply of oil to the United States and Europe will remain steady while exports to Asia will be cut by more than 100,000 barrels per day.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 07 08:09

Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

By roping India and Japan into its standoff with China, the U.S. is raising the nuclear stakes in Asia – including, dangerously, between India and Pakistan

Dec 06 09:11

Australian internet slows to a crawl after undersea cable cut for the second time in six weeks – and it may not be fixed for MONTHS

An undersea internet cable linking Australia with Asia has been cut, just six weeks after being repaired.

The 39,000 kilometre SEA-ME-WE3 cable linking Perth and Singapore took 50 days to fix after suffering multiple cuts in August.

Internet users are now facing the prospect of slow speeds for weeks, and no time-frame has been given for when repairs might be completed.

Dec 06 07:35

The Dog That Didn’t Bark – Israel Shamir

The media dog keeps silent...

Now the glorious if a tad too long name of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (or MBS) should join the list of the great solution-makers. He faced the problem of having a broke country, an empty treasury, and a lot of very rich citizens with full coffers.

Trump faces a similar problem; in the US, the top dogs have the whole hog, while the state is in multi-trillion debt.

Dec 06 06:14

Syria war, Sochi peace – Pepe Escobar

In a well choreographed Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin defines a peaceful future for Syria after the liberation of the country from militants

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

Dec 06 06:09

Is Flynn’s Defection a Death Blow?

Why did he not tell the FBI the truth?

As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are committed to a new relationship.

Not only was this initiative defensible, it proved successful.

My understanding is that Flynn simply forgot about the one meeting when asked.

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 04 11:49

The Philippines: when the police kill children

After school, Kulot would earn less than a cent and a free meal for hauling buckets of fish for sale around the neighbourhood.

On the weekends, he mixed cement or loaded sand and gravel at nearby building sites, handing over almost all his earnings to his mother.

Neighbours remember him as everyone's favourite errand boy.

Then, in mid-August, Kulot went missing. He was 14 years old.

WATCH: Another child dies in Duterte's war on drugs
Eighteen days later, his body was found 100km from his home, in a creek called Kinamatayang Kabayo (A Horse's Deathplace).

His face was wrapped in plastic and bound with tape.

Police say his body bore signs of torture and at least 26 stab wounds, many inflicted after he died, some so deep they pierced his heart and lungs.

At the time of his death, the Philippines was already reeling from the murders of several teenagers suspected to have been killed as part of the government's war on drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My prediction that all the tortures and murders, particularly of children, are going to turn the Philippine people against Duterte, and his anti-drug war is going to simply leave the drug situation worse than it was before.

There is one European country which has had a successful anti-drug program, and that is Portugal.

What happened after Portugal decriminalized drugs, from weed to heroin

The results were stellar, in the general wratcheting down of drug use by Portugal's citizens.

Of course, because it actually worked, other countries, like the US government, are loathe to try it, because too much money, filtering into too many pockets, makes it too lucrative a trade to decriminalize.

Nov 28 10:35

Is the Islamic State a “Geopolitical Tool”? US Looks to Southeast Asia to Unleash Its ISIS-Daesh Hordes

Western think tanks have been increasingly busy cultivating a narrative to explain the sudden and spreading presence of militants linked or fighting under the banner of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) across Southeast Asia.

This narrative – these think tanks would have audiences believe – entails militants fleeing Syria and Iraq, and entrenching themselves amid supposedly sectarian conflicts in Southeast Asia. The think tanks conveniently never mention how tens of thousands of militants are funding the logistical feat required to move them to Southeast Asia or sustain their militant operations in the region once they arrive.

Among these think tanks is the so-called International Crisis Group (ICG). In its report, “Jihadism in southern Thailand – A phantom menace,” it claims:

The decline of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the advent of ISIS-linked violence in South East Asia evince the possibility of a new era of transnational jihadist terrorism in the region.

Nov 26 08:32

Japan is building its own long range, air-launched cruise missile – the ‘Japan Tomahawk’

Japan is developing its own long-range cruise missile amid escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula. The missile, described as the Japanese Tomahawk, will reportedly be capable of being launched from aircraft, ships and land.

Research on these missiles will begin next year, reports Yomiuri, a Japanese news outlet. This will be Japan’s first full-fledged cruise missile. Apart from being a deterrent to North Korea, the so-called Japanese Tomahawk will also serve to “recapture remote islands occupied by enemies”, says the report, likely referring to the long-running feud that Japan has with China over a remote island in the South China Sea.

The report makes no mention of details such as the missile’s potential range, power or design. It is also not clear if the cruise missiles will be a whole new system built ground up or if it will simply be an upgrade of existing missiles.

Nov 24 05:59

US, South Korea to Hold Joint Air Force Drill in Early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.
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The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program, in defiance of global condemnation and sanctions, though it has not held tests for two months.

Pyongyang strongly protests against joint drills of this nature, which it views as aggression against the isolated state.

Nov 20 07:13

China proposes three-phase solution to Rakhine issue in Myanmar: FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Sunday that China proposed a three-phase solution to help settle the issue in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
China believed that the Rakhine issue can be addressed by a solution acceptable to both Myanmar and Bangladesh through consultations between the two neighboring countries, Wang told a joint press conference with Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

The international community and the United Nations Security Council should encourage such efforts by creating conditions and good atmosphere for the consultations, he added.
The Chinese top diplomat said the Bangladesh government pledged to continue bilateral talks with Myanmar over the issue when he visited the country Saturday. Myanmar also expressed the same attitude, he said.
Wang said the Rakhine issue is a complicated one touching on history, ethnicity and religion, which calls for both an urgent and long-term solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Chinese Foreign Minister Yi is proposing is completely rational, but unfortunately, does not address the centuries of prejudice against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

I never thought, earlier in my life, that I would have to say, that there would be a group of hyper-nationalistic Buddhists who would want to exterminate another religious group in their country with extreme prejudice; unfortunately, however, that is precisely what I am seeing happening in Myanmar right now.

Even the UN is characterising this behaviour, on the part of these Buddhists, as textbook ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

I sincerely hope that this can get sorted, in a civil and humanitarian way.

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 16 05:59

Philippines' Duterte lauds China's help at 'crucial moment' in Marawi battle

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday heaped praise on visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for what he said was China’s “critical” role in expediting the end of a five-month war with Islamist insurgents in a Philippine town.

Nov 15 05:15

THRESHOLD OF A NUCLEAR CONFLICT IN SOUTH ASIA

One cannot ignore the dual policy of Washington regarding to whom they allow to have nuclear aspirations, and against whom they raise international dudgeon and impose sanctions. We should also remember that today, the threat of nuclear confrontation is exacerbated in five different regions, the least noticeable of which in many publications of American and Western media is South Asia. It is generally accepted that there are, in fact, nine nuclear powers in the world today: The United States, Russia, France, Britain, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the DPRK. There is a total of about 15,000 nuclear warheads at their disposal (according to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SPRI), January 2017). However, only those who signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) of 1968 are officially considered as nuclear powers.

Nov 15 04:01

US CUTS FUNDS FOR DISARMING EXPLOSIVES IT DROPPED ON CAMBODIA

In an article by Thai PBS titled, “US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia,” it’s revealed that next year’s meager $2 million in US government funding for demining operations of US unexploded ordnance (UXO) in eastern Cambodia leftover from the Vietnam War has been discontinued without warning or explanation. The move caused confusion across Cambodia’s government, as well as across partner nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia participating in the US program. Speculation over the move revolves around growing tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh as the United States desperately attempts to reassert itself in Asia Pacific, while Asian states – including Cambodia – continue to build closer and more constructive ties with Beijing at the expense of Washington’s waning influence. Cambodia has recently exposed and ousted a myriad of US-funded fronts posing as NGOs and independent media platforms executing a campaign of US-backed political subversion.

Nov 14 09:54

TPP Moving Ahead Without US As Trump Fooled By "Warm" Welcome In Asia

In his speech (see here) at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) on Friday, Trump slammed China, the WTO and his predecessor’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement as issues holding back his America-first “Indo-Pacific dream”. Without referencing it specifically, Trump criticised the TPP which he said would “tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty and make meaningful enforcement (of WTO rules) practically impossible”. Trump stated that the US would conduct trade with Asian nations based on bilateral agreements. Over the weekend, Japan – the largest remaining member of the TPP and traditionally subservient to US wishes – and a host of other nations announced that they would move forward with a revised TPP, regardless of US withdrawal. According to the FT.

Nov 13 17:26

WWII: Singpore used as base to spread bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China

Rat fleas carrying the bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China during World War II were bred in Singapore. A branch of the nefarious Japanese biological and chemical warfare research and development Unit 731 was housed in the College of Medicine Building during WWII.

Nov 13 15:01

North Korean Radio Hacked to Play 'The Final Countdown ...

Allegedly the North Korean short-wave radio station “6400kHz” had been hacked and began blasting out The Final Countdown by the Swedish cheese-rock 80’s legends Europe.

Nov 13 12:24

McCain As Metaphor – Justin Raimondo

We’re effectively bankrupt thanks to out-of-control military spending and McCain’s favored wars of choice.

The Senator from Arizona represents something relatively new on the American scene: the emerging class of colonial administrators, Pentagon contractors, and high-ranking military personnel, and their families, many of them stationed overseas. These people have a material interest in the expansion of our role as global cop, they number in the tens of thousands, and they are strategically placed in the social order, with enough social power to constitute an influential lobby.

Nov 12 04:44

North Korea Accuses Trump Of ‘Begging’ For Nuclear War

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Trump’s 12-day Asia tour has, so far, focused primarily on containing the perceived North Korean threat, in the wake of the sixth nuclear test that the North carried out in September. As he continues his tour of the region, the US Navy together with Japanese and South Korean ships began massive naval drills in the Pacific.
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During this tour, Trump repeatedly made clear that his patience to reach a peaceful settlement to the Korean crisis is running thin, and that a military option remains on the table. Speaking in South Korea, Trump said nuclear weapons do not make N. Korea safer but instead, places the “regime in grave danger.” Every step Pyongyang takes “down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

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Nov 11 09:10

Japan's biggest warship to drill with U.S. carriers near Korean peninsula

Japan said on Friday it would send one of its two big helicopter carriers, the largest warship in its fleet, along with two escorts to join three U.S. aircraft carriers for exercises in waters close to the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma and Makinami will sail with the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on Sunday, Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.

It is the first time three American carriers have trained together in a decade. The show of force comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with regional leaders at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Vietnam.

Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia and has already made stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

His administration has demanded that North Korea halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests. The naval exercise will be a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the U.S. ability to rapidly mobilize military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the signals President Trump got from Beijing put the issue of North Korea on the proverbial "back burner", at least for the time being; the infinitely more rapidly emerging and volatile struggles are happening in the Middle East, between angagonists Saudi Arabia and Iran, where a war of words may spill out into a hot war, and very quickly.

Nov 11 09:07

Trump’s Pivot to Asia – An Arms Sales Bonanza – An Anti-Peace Trip

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We know about Obama’s several years of pivoting to Asia. It resulted largely in the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 countries including the US. The first thing Trump did when he came on board is canceling it, claiming that it would only harm the US. Canceling it, in fact, was a good thing, since contrary to what Trump understands, or claims to understand, of US-made international trade, the Asian partners would have suffered, not the US. There is not one single trade agreement the US has instigated, bilateral or multilateral, where the US came out as a loser, or even as an equal, always a winner. The original meaning of trade is not winning or losing, but it is an exchange of equals with equal benefits for all partners. ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) is perhaps one of the few living examples.

Trump doesn’t like multilateral trade agreements, because – even though he is in control >>>

Nov 11 09:04

The Best Way to Honor a Vet is With the Truth

American troops, guns, money, and blood bought us time and a seemingly graceful exit. That’s about all. Iraq’s government never gained legitimacy in the Kurdish north or Sunni west. Corruption and sectarianism reigned. Our strongman, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, terrorized Sunni protesters, and kept Sunnis out of government work. The country is again in danger of fracturing. The center didn’t hold—it never could. Iraq is a mirage, a post-colonial tempest, and its problems (and solutions) are Arab and Kurdish. Not American. Neither plucky Petraeus nor his surge-enthusiast minions could change that. Nor will President Trump or any of “his” generals.

Nov 11 08:31

Trump to Asia: Unite on North Korea, but Go It Alone on Trade

President Trump has issued two starkly contradictory calls on his trip to Asia this past week: The nations of the world must rally behind the United States to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea, but they should expect America to go its own way on trade.

Reconciling those messages will be hard, and it may determine the near-term fate of the United States as a Pacific power.

Nov 11 06:57

U.S. Imposes Oil Blockade to Force Venezuela into Default

The U.S. is betting on the default of Venezuela affecting its financial credibility and hampering its debt repayments.

While continuing the commercial and financial embargo and the systematic attack on PDVSA, it was revealed at the start of November that imports of Venezuelan oil to the United States this year have declined to 56 percent compared to last year. This multi-pronged attack that this state industry is facing as the main foreign exchange earner of the country, has been run by a network of internal allies, many of whom have been detained by the Public Prosecutor's Office in recent months. This was after the former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz became a key factor in allowing the continuity of these mafias to operate within the company.

In addition to corruption and internal sabotage, PDVSA is facing a series of sanctions for the issuance of debt, which has also complicated transactions with U.S. refineries for the purchase of crude oil.>>>

Nov 11 04:12

TRUMP SNUBS PUTIN

Trump Snubs Putin Meeting At APEC Summit

With both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled to be in Vietnam for the APEC summit, the expectation has been that a meeting would take place, with Russia confirming one would happen, and weeks of preparation on both sides.

In the end, no meeting took place, with the US spurning the meeting at the last minute, and while they shook hands when they bumped into each other, they claimed “scheduling conflicts” prevented an actual meeting.

Russia is said to be frustrated with the lack of talks>>>

Nov 09 02:22

Trump at Talks With China's Xi on North Korea: 'Things Will Happen'

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US President Donald Trump has predictably touched upon the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. The president believes "things will happen" in the ongoing North Korea crisis, as the US leader claimed.
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According to Trump, China can easily and quickly solve the problem on the Korean peninsula if the Chinese president works hard on the issue.

In turn, President Xi stressed that US-Chinese partnership "is not only in the interest of our two nations but also the world, global stability and development."

Nov 08 08:38

Trump: Year One – Justin Raimondo

Trump is neither monster nor savior, and that is surely evident on this first anniversary of the Trump victory

As the one year anniversary of Trump’s triumph approaches, the pathetic remnants of American liberalism still haven’t recognized its meaning, or reconciled themselves to their loss of State power. They dream of impeachment, or even an outright coup: their contempt for the Great American Middle – “the deplorables!” – defines their politics, which, by now, are almost entirely negative: anti-Trump, anti-Russia, anti-bourgeois.

Nov 08 02:29

Ryabkov: Russia Never Supported Total N Korea Embargo, There is an Alternative

Russia has never supported a total embargo of North Korea, the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said, commenting on Trump's call on the world to abandon support for Kim Jong Un’s regime.
"We have never supported the idea of a total embargo of the DPRK, like any other country. We believe that the real problem of violation of a series of UN Security Council resolutions by Pyongyang and Pyongyang's provocative actions occurred in the past should be resolved in a completely different way," Ryabkov said.

"Pushing, pressure, sanctions, especially the blockade, embargo" are not the way Russia acts in the global arena, Ryabkov added.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump called on the world — calling out by name Russia and China — to stop supporting the North Korean regime>>>

Nov 07 12:57

US Expanding Military Drills In Asia

While the US, Australian and South Korean navies are conducting joint exercises in the East China Sea, US officials have also revealed  three US aircraft carrier strike groups will exercise together in the Western Pacific in the coming days in a show of unprecedented force as President Donald Trump visits the volatile region.

Nov 06 11:33

Trump begins 12-day Visit to Asia to Build War Coalition against North Korea

Donald Trump, accompanied by a coterie of minders and corporate executives, departed yesterday for a 12-day tour of what US foreign policy strategists now officially designate as the “Indo-Pacific.”

This will be one of the longest official trips to Asia ever undertaken by an American president, and its objectives are clear. In the short-term, Washington is seeking to stiffen the backbone of its allies for a catastrophic and potentially nuclear war against North Korea. In the longer term, US imperialism is seeking to maintain its waning global dominance by exerting military and economic pressure on China in order to undermine, and ultimately shatter, its growing influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This coming war with North Korea will horrific, if war is chosen as the method of "pacifying" North Korea away from its nuclear stance.

And living on a first-strike target here on Oahu which China can hit, because all military comms run through here eastward, does make Mike and me very nervous!!

Nov 06 10:00

Yen Tumbles On Trump, Kuroda Comments As Japan Comes Back From Long Weekend

Amid President Trump's visit, Abe's calls for more sanction and general militarization, the Japanese came back from their long weekend and decided it was time to panic-sell JPY in favor of the dollar the open. The yen slumped as much as 0.6% moments ago to an 8-month low against the dollar...

Nov 05 14:25

Does Russia Now Have Superior Military Technology? – The Saker

Americans are hands down the leaders in quantitative terms; but in qualitative terms they are already behind the Russians and falling back faster and faster with each passing day.

“what happened” and “why nobody seems to be aware of it”.

“Do you think his assessment is accurate?” was the subject line of an email I got from a good friend recently. The email referred to the article by Paul Craig Roberts “One Day Tomorrow Won’t Arrive” which claimed that “the US military is now second class compared to the Russian military“.

Nov 05 14:22

Tillerson’s Wobbly War Assurance – Finian Cunningham

Washington has spurned appeals from Russia and China for multi-party talks and a “double freeze” on all military actions by the US and North Korea.

Surely, Russia and China should draft a resolution at the UN Security Council demanding implementation of their diplomatic roadmap. If the US vetoes then it stands to be exposed as an aggressor.

A war with North Korea is completely unnecessary. It is a gratuitous calamity in the making.

Nov 03 08:20

How the DPRK riddle is freaking out the US establishment

China and Russia to provide US option to resolve DPRK.

Asia-Pacific is where the real action is – geopolitically and geoeconomically.

The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead.

Nov 02 14:41

Washington Corruption Is Unparalleled In History – Paul Craig Roberts

This is a disservice not only to President Trump but also to the American people and the planet itself.

Dr. George Szamuely, a distinguished member of the Global Policy Institute of London Metropolitan University, is a British citizen and not a partisan of US politics. He has carefully investigated the so-called Russian dossier and reports that it was entirely the work of the Hillary Democrats.

This fact was known at the beginning both to former CIA director John Brennan and to former FBI director James Comey. Yet both went along with the DNC-invented story of Russian election hacking and Christopher Steele’s fake “dossier” on Trump’s imagined relations with Russians.

Nov 02 11:44

CrossTalk on Manafort: Let the Games Begin!

But still there is no Russia connection.

With the indictment of Paul Manafort and his associate, the special investigation into what is called Russiagate has yielded some results. It has been long thought Manafort and others may have committed financial transgressions. Essentially, this is about following the money.

Nov 02 11:41

Sorting Out the Russia Mess – Robert Parry

U.S. mainstream media, most of which has embraced Mueller’s acceptance of Papadopoulos’s story as the long-awaited “smoking gun” of Russia-gate.

Russia-gate special prosecutor Robert Mueller has turned up the heat on President Trump with the indictment of Trump’s former campaign manager for unrelated financial crimes and the disclosure of a guilty plea from a low-level foreign policy adviser for lying to the FBI.

Oct 28 10:11

Constitutional Battle: Abe Wants Amendment Allowing Japan to Go to War Again

With a successful (if controversial) snap election on the books, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has turned his eyes to his longstanding goal of amending the Constitution of Japan to allow the nation to declare war on its enemies - but this is a task easier said than done.
On Monday, Abe vowed to see the constitution amended to remove Article 9, which reads "the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." The article adds that Japan may not maintain "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential."

The 1947 constitution was written at a time when Japan was utterly ravaged following World War II, not to mention under US occupation. The belligerent behavior of Imperial Japan caused the Americans to pressure the feeble post-war government into the strict restrictions on Japanese use of military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this Japanese Constitutional Amendment passes (and I wouldn't put it past Abe to have the pull to make it happen), watch for Japan to start flexing its military muscle as far as it thinks it can get away with it, against both North Korea and China.

Oct 27 06:01

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Leads US President Trump to War with Iran

The constant catering and groveling to Israel, an insignificant global economic entity, has reduced US prestige and status...

Can Generals James Mattis (US Secretary of Defense) and John Hyten (Head of US Strategic Command) Prevent a Disaster?

Oct 27 05:57

Re-visiting Russian counter-propaganda methods – The Saker

What is becoming increasingly evident is that western propagandists simply don’t understand the world they live in, especially the US Americans.

What I propose to do today is to share with you a few recent examples of what Russian households are regularly exposed to.

By now, you must have heard about the CNN report about how the evil Russkies used Pokemon to destabilize and subvert the USA.

Oct 25 13:09

George W. Finally Found His Voice

George W. is in good company with his father and pals Bill and Barack, fellow travelers seeking the “new world order”

George W. Bush stayed mum during most of his presidency. He started with a strong voice in his first year as president, after 9/11...His voice then faltered as he tried to make the case for invading Afghanistan and Iraq

Oct 25 11:56

China’s Belt and Road: Geopolitical Analysis of Regional Impediments. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh

China’s colossal industrial overcapacity needs global markets and it drives the country to explore wide-scale and costly corridors for overland access to the east and west.

China’s vision to establish a brand new international currency in lieu of the US dollar under powerful bloc of BRICS nation;

China and Russia’s shared efforts to shatter petrodollars and of the highest concern, China’s mega “Belt and Road” project is cautioning the US about its future economic hegemony in the region. Remember, the entire global violence of any sort, anywhere has its ultimate roots in economic interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another confirmation of Tony Cartalucci's article regarding Myanmar at globalresearch.ca today!

Oct 25 11:30

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: US withdraws military assistance

The US is withdrawing military assistance units from Myanmar over the country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.
The state department said it had also dropped travel waivers for Myanmar military officials, and was considering economic sanctions.
Almost a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, says Bangladesh's envoy to the UN.

Myanmar's military says it is fighting militants and not targeting civilians.
"It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities be held accountable," the US state department said.

"We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured."

Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his country held Myanmar's military leadership "accountable" for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, adding that the US was "extraordinarily concerned" by the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how quickly the US government will move from withdrawing military aid to sanctions...or, possibly support a militant upheaval here, as the US attempted to do in Syria ,which will greatly hinder any hope for economic development in the area. There are two important factors to consider here, and they both touch on Chinese development in the Rakhine area:

The Pursuit of Money and Natural Resources in Myanmar: the Untold Story

The Rakhine state, where most of the Rohingya live, is very vital for transportation of oil and natural gas, and development of other natural resources, to China and beyond. This is the primary reason that the Myanmar government wants the Rohingyas out, and are apparently terminating Rohingya lives "with extreme prejudice" to accomplish this.

World Chinese entrepreneurs meet in Myanmar for business convention

The following analysis from Tony Cartalucci, at globalresearch.ca, is very telling:

America's plan for its client state, Myanmar

Oct 25 11:09

China and Asean to go ahead with first joint naval exercise in sign of greater engagement

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plan to deepen their military relations and will go ahead with a joint maritime exercise proposed by Beijing, according to a statement from Singapore’s defence ministry, in a sign of greater engagement between the 10-member bloc and the region’s leading economic power.

China’s defence minister, Chang Wanquan, and his Singaporean counterpart, Ng Eng Hen, met on the sidelines of an Asean security meeting in the Philippines, and the two discussed “further practical initiatives to advance Asean-China relations” and plans to conduct an inaugural Asean-China maritime exercise, the statement said.

Singapore is the Asean-China dialogue relations coordinator from 2015 to 2018.

“Singapore supports it,” Ng told reporters when asked about China’s offer to hold maritime exercises. “We will push it … for the very reason that all of Asean and China want that. If you exercise, you at least build understanding and trust.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This strengthening of relations between China an the ASEAN nations, both economically, and militarily, signals another blow, both economically, and militarily, against United States' hegemony.

Oct 25 09:38

Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war

During the Cold War, the United States kept nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour ready alert in case our conflict with the Soviet Union ever turned hot. Thankfully, that readiness was never put to use, and after the Cold War ended in 1991, the bombers were no longer kept on standby, ready to strike.

Until, perhaps, now. As Defense One reported Sunday evening, the Air Force is preparing to revive that alert status in anticipation of an order to do so from President Trump in connection to North Korea.

RELATED: Air Force prepares for possible order to put nuclear-armed bombers back on alert

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A US-government generated war against North Korea would immediately put China in the position of having to defend it, as its client state.

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Right now, North Korea's Kim Jung Un is keeping to himself rather quietly, in terms of missile testing, so is giving the US government and military utterly no reason to fly off the handle at it. And in a statement by the North Korean government, about one week ago, the following has been announced:

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal. North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said.

In spite of being called "Reckless" and "Crazy" by US and other Western media, Kim Jung Un appears to be to be quite sane and pragmatic. The development of these nuclear weapons are to act as a deterrent only to any Western attempt at regime change in North Korea. Kim understands that should he first-strike any American asset, or geopolitical friend in the region, that attack would leave North Korea a puddle of molten glass, courtesy of a US-led coalition, consisting of South Korea and Japan.

My concern here is that, failing to give the US government the "justification" which it craves in labeling North Korea as the "baddie" to be attacked mercilessly, that the US will simply create one for North Korea, by way of a false flag incident; false flags have long been a tool of US statescraft.

What the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America need, and right the heck now, is a legitimate "Department of Peace", tasked with identifying, and implementing, peaceful means of meeting geopolitical objectives, which do not involve regime changes, or wars.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Oct 25 09:21

Israel Sold Advanced Weapons to Myanmar During anti-Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

Israel refuses to stop arms sales to Myanmar, despite its campaign of rape, torture and massacres against the Rohingya

Top Secret Israel's top court just ruled about arms sales to Myanmar. But we're not allowed to tell you the verdict

Opinion Israel, partner in genocides.

“Welcome to the Myanmar Navy,” said the caption on the Myanmar Navy’s Facebook page, in honor of the arrival of an Israeli patrol boat to Myanmar’s shore. “The Super-Dvora MK III is moving forward at 45 knots on Myanmar waters,” the post continued. The post is from April, only half a year ago, when the Myanmar (Burmese) army was already being accused of war crimes.

Although the persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Rohingya people, has become more intense in recent months, back in November 2016 the army was already being accused of brutality against them and of torching their villages. During that period tens of thousands of Rohingyans were expelled

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli weapons manufacturers made their millions in these sales; the genocide created by the use of these weapons against a religious minority, getting thoroughly persecuted as "the other" by hypernationalist Buddhists is something to which they absolulely cannot relate.

Understanding the history of Israel, and the horrific experiences of many of its founding fathers and mothers, one cannot but help but find this mindset... painfully ironic.

Oct 25 09:08

Air Force F-35s coming to Japan in November

The Air Force’s F-35 is making its operational debut in the Asia-Pacific region, with 12 A-models set to arrive at Kadena Air Base, Japan, early this November for a six-month deployment.

More than 300 airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — including pilots, maintainers and other personnel — will deploy to Kadena to support the aircraft, Pacific Air Forces announced.

“The F-35A gives the joint warfighter unprecedented global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats while complementing our air superiority fleet,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “The airframe is ideally suited to meet our command’s obligations, and we look forward to integrating it into our training and operations.”

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My question is, will the deployment be before - or after - President Trump's upcoming visit to Beijing next month?!?

Oct 24 17:27

Laura Ingraham Reacts to George W. Bush Speech

The Globalist Cabal Uniting Yesterday to slam the Trump Administration to encourage everyone to be more globally fine tuned as a country...

Oct 23 14:38

John Brennan’s Police State USA – Mike Whitney

So it all started with Brennan, the resentful Intel chief who got his nose bloodied by Putin in Syria and decided to seek his revenge.

And, keep in mind, Washington’s Sunni proxies were not a division of the Pentagon; they were entirely a CIA confection: CIA recruited, CIA-armed, CIA-funded and CIA-trained. The defeat is not a loss for the US Military, but a blot on the record of CIA Director John Brennan, the architect and main proponent of the failed project to remove Assad. Brennan’s whole scheme has gone down in flames.

Oct 21 08:26

China to ‘Compel’ Saudi Arabia to Trade Oil in Yuan – Ending Petrodollar as World Reserve Currency

The jig is up for the NWO gang that murdered JFK back in 1963 and has run America into the ground ever since.Their day is ending!

This week, a leading economist predicted a major paradigm shift, as Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics told CNBC that China will “compel” Saudi Arabia to abandon the petrodollar, and instead, begin trading oil in yuan—a move he says is likely to precipitate the rest of the oil market following suit and abandoning the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.

Weinberg noted that China is poised to clearly dominate the global landscape in terms of oil demand since surpassing the U.S. as the “biggest oil importer on the planet,” adding that Saudi Arabia will “pay attention to this because even as much as one or two years from now, Chinese demand will dwarf U.S. demand.”

Oct 20 21:03

“The Lobby” British Style – Philip Giraldi

An undercover reporter secretly records how the Israeli Embassy directs local groups

There is undeniably a complicated web of relationships and networks that define Israel’s friends.

Now that the British account of “The Lobby” has cleared a regulatory hurdle the American version will reportedly soon be released.

Oct 19 09:58

Maung Zarni: Military-Controlled Ethnocracy in Myanmar Causing Exodus of 100,000 Rohingyas Every Week

The Burmese scholar in an exclusive interview with FNA said that Aung San SuuKyi’s leadership has been the direct product of the icon manufacturing by Western media and activists which was intended to give acceptability to what, he believes, is a “military-controlled ethnocracy, wrapped in Buddhism”.

According to the rights activist, Rohingyas in Myanmar live under restrictive measures of movement, marriage and child control in either open prisons or internally displaced persons camps (IDP camps). He also added that the Muslim minority’s access to food supplies and medical care is awfully limited.

Maung Zarni is a democracy advocate, Rohingya campaigner, and an adviser to European Centre for the Study of Extremism. He is also a research fellow at Genocide Documentation Centre and has been frequently interviewed by international media outlets such as BBC, Al Jazeera, Press TV and TRT World.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very bitterly dissapointed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership; I expected much better behaviour from her,as a Nobel Peace Prize winner toward Myanmar's deliberately kept-stateless Rohingya minority.

But then again, one of her brother Nobel Peace Prize recipients was Henry Kissinger, a still-wanted war criminal who has President Trump's ear these days.

Oct 19 07:25

ISIS in Afghanistan is US tool to cause trouble in whole region – ex-Afghan President Karzai to RT

The US uses the Islamic State insurgency as a tool in Afghanistan, aimed at destabilizing the whole region, the former Afghan president told RT, urging the international community to convince the US that it needs to actually fight terrorism.

No action was taken against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists despite their atrocious acts being well known “since the arrival of Daesh [an Arabic acronym for IS] on the Afghan scene,” former President Hamid Karzai said. He then mentioned reports of “unmarked foreign helicopters” providing support to the terrorists.

From the two years onwards to today, every day the local people, the local elders, government officials, media and others began to report that unmarked helicopters, unmarked foreign helicopters, would go in and support extremists in all parts of the country,” the former president told RT on the sidelines of the Valdai Forum in Sochi, Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Karzai is saying is making absolute sense; let's take a look at Afganistan on a map, and see what other countries it borders:

Map of Afghanistan with surrounding countries

Note that it borders Iran; Pakistan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Western China, where the suppressed and restive Muslim Urigurs are already annoyed with their Beijing masters.

ISIS has already been moved into the Phillipines in an attempt to undermine Duterte; do you believe, for one milisecond, that those Deep Staters in the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika wouldn't us it to destabilize any one of the surrounding countries, particularly Iran?!?

I sure wouldn't bet against it.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 15 09:05

Is Trump’s “Friend” Kissinger Steering Him From Calm To Storm?

Kissinger’s timely guidance to the President during “the calm before the storm” should give the American public considerable cause for concern.

Tuesday’s meeting was not the first occasion Trump has met with Kissinger since becoming a fixture in American politics. The pair’s first meeting after Trump’s rise to political prominence took place in May of 2016.

Oct 14 08:21

North Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-South Korea drill: Report

SEOUL: North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

The US Navy said Friday that a US aircraft carrier will lead the drill in the coming week, a fresh show of force against North Korea as tensions soar over the hermit state's weapons programme.

The move will likely rile Pyongyang which has previously responded angrily to joint exercises.

The Donga Ilbo daily, quoting a government source, said satellite pictures show ballistic missiles mounted on launchers being transported out of hangars near Pyongyang and in the North Phyongan Province.

US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, the newspaper said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, there is no other confirmation of the story I can find; other English outlets have simply copied the story verbatim, like www.hindustantimes.com, and www.tribuneindia.com.

And what is the time stamp on the satellite pictures showing "ballistic missiles being transported out of hangars near Pyongyang"?!? How do we know how recent those images are, or if, in fact, they are from earlier missile tests done by North Korea?!?

There is also no confirmation at 38north.org, a very sober research group sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, dedicated to analyzing satellite and other data, to determine what, as precisely as possible, North Korea is doing with its missile program.

But what most deeply disturbs me about the timing of this article, not to mention the "weasel wording", peppering the article with statements like "believed to be": "suspect"; "believed to be preparing" with absolutely zero confimation elsewhere, is that it feels as though this article has been crafted and planted by various "alphabet soup" US agencies as a cover for a "false flag",to insure that this alleged coming "North Korean missile testing" is to be whispered and chatted up as though it were gospel truth, then to be blamed on North Korea as the justification for a US-led war against it.

Unfortunately, in light of the fact that Kim Jung Un doesn't seem to be willing to give those in the bowels of power in the Occupied, Unhinged, States of Amerika the excuse they want for starting a war against North Korea, that excuse may well be created for him. False flags have been part and parcel of American statescraft for decades.

Oct 13 07:19

Where’s the Beef? The Senate Intel Committee and Russia

The basic claim of Russia meddling that has yet to be proved.

Burr’s statement is an example of “confirmation bias” which is the tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms one’s own preexisting beliefs. In this case, Burr and his co-chair, Senator Mark Warner have already accepted the findings of a hastily slapped-together Intelligence report that was the work of “hand-picked” analysts who were likely chosen to produce conclusions that jibed with a particular political agenda. In other words, the intelligence was fixed to fit the policy.

Oct 12 11:34

Why U.S. and Saudi Arabia Back Rohingya in Myanmar

Demonstrations, protests and online petitions have appeared worldwide to defend the struggle of the Rohingya people who have been driven from Myanmar into exile. What is of concern is that political forces with no history of or interest in defending the rights of these oppressed people, including the U.S. and Saudi regimes, have joined this effort.

While he was threatening People’s Korea, Iran and Venezuela in his United Nations speech, U.S. President Donald Trump also demanded that the U.N. Security Council take “strong and swift action” to end violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya population.

U.S. government officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence, have called for immediate action and delivery of humanitarian aid to the Rohingya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One could not help but note the intense irony of this Administration's policy on Myanmar and their treatment of the Rohingyas; but it reminded me, again, of Karl Marx's observation that all wars are economic in their origin, and how completely correct that assessment remains, even in the 21st century.

Oct 12 10:44

Mystery hacker steals ‘sensitive’ data on Australian F-35s & newest spy jets

Some 30 gigabytes of defense-related data covering fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets as well as Australia’s newest warships and spy planes has been stolen by a mystery hacker, local media reports citing a top cyber intelligence official.

The hacker, nicknamed “Alf” after the ‘Home and Away’ character played by Ray Meagher, breached a defense contractor’s database containing 30GB of files on some of the West’s most secretive and modern military programs, an official of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the government's main cyber intelligence agency, said on Wednesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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