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Sep 28 17:21

Looking Around Kuala Lumpur

Sep 27 07:55

After F*** you EU! Philippines President now calls for ALLIANCE with Russia and China

PRESIDENT of the Philippines said he would visit Russia and China to open alliances with the two powers after he slammed the EU for attacking his drug policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Odd how the leadership of the EU and US don't hesitate to drop white hot flaming death on innocent people around the world, but if you want to shoot a drug dealer they get really angry! One would almost suspect they are involved in the drug trade!

Sep 26 13:40

Norway’s theatre shows true grit our politicans lack

Perhaps the National Theatre of Norway can succeed where others have failed in getting across to world leaders the truth about Israel’s crimes against humanity.

Watch, listen and understand, Clinton and Trump, and hang your heads in shame for what you have become.

If you've never bothered, please do some homework on the subject before it's too late. And don't forget to apologize.

Sep 26 09:52

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea.

More than 40 Chinese military aircraft on Sunday traversed the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Miyako and Okinawa Islands, to carry out training in the West Pacific, according to a statement on China’s defense ministry website.

The Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, bombers and refueling aircraft did not violate Japanese airspace.

Japan’s defense ministry said it was the first time Chinese fighters had passed over the strait.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to ratchet down tensions in the South China Sea area one whit; it appears that the Chinese military is playing "picador" with Japan here, and this is only going to escalate tensions in the region.

Sep 25 21:39

An Obsolescent Military: Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing

What, precisely, is the US military for, and what, precisely, can it do? In practical terms, how powerful is it? On paper, it is formidable, huge, with carrier battle groups, advanced technology, remarkable submarines, satellites, and so on. What does this translate to?

The American military is an upgraded World War II military, designed to fight other militaries like itself in a world like that which existed during World War II. The Soviet Union was that kind of military. Today there are no such militaries for America to fight. We are not in the same world. Washington seems not to have noticed.

Sep 25 12:35

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators

Senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions...

The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.

Yesterday the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, flexed its muscle against President Obama and on the side of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by posting a letter signed by 88 senators warning President Obama not to back any international measures that would pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.

Sep 24 10:01

Finally the Russians Have Caught On That Negotiation with Washington Is Pointless

No more provocations from Washington. Period. The insanity must stop. Now.

If the dumbshit Western peoples and the corrupt EU, UK, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian political puppets don’t wake up ASAP, war will be upon us, a war that cannot be won.

The criminal neoconservatives must immediately be removed from power in Washington before the insane fools start World War 3.

The CIA and the Pentagon must be put under tight constraints. And Donald Trump needs a massive trustworthy security guard.

The European governments need to immediately disband the NATO alliance.

Sep 24 09:58

Zionists Have Been Hypocritically Practicing “BDS” for Centuries

And all of these anti-BDS politicians and leaders are simply enabling this criminality and “chutzpah.”

Organized Zionism seems to conveniently forget that the original creator of these types of economic boycotts, sanctions and divestment programs to get other nations, individuals or political organizations to comply with their demands, or bring them to their knees, began with the Zionists themselves.

Sep 24 09:51

Did the Pentagon Bomb Syrian Army to Kill Ceasefire Deal?

The US has officially taken responsibility for the incident which it called a “mistake”...

A rift between the Pentagon and the White House turned into open rebellion on Saturday when two US F-16s and two A-10 warplanes bombed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions at Deir al-Zor killing at least 62 Syrian regulars and wounding 100 others.

Many analysts now wonder whether the attacks are an indication that the neocon-strewn DOD is actively engaged in sabotaging President Obama’s Syria policy, a claim that implies that the Pentagon is led by anti-democratic rebels who reject the Constitutional authority of the civilian leadership. Saturday’s bloodletting strongly suggests that a mutiny is brewing at the War Department.

Sep 24 09:47

How Trump Wins the Debate

Trump has the same imperative and same opportunity as JFK and Reagan.

He has to meet and exceed expectations, which are not terribly high. He has to convince a plurality of voters, who seem prepared to vote for him, that he’s not a terrible risk, and that he will be a president of whom they can be proud.

He has to show the country a Trump that contradicts the caricature created by those who dominate our politics, culture and press.

The Trump on stage at Hofstra University will have 90 minutes to show that the malicious cartoon of Donald Trump is a libelous lie.

Sep 22 07:08

Asians Smile But Not Much Politics

Sep 20 11:22

America in Asia: Arrogant, Unapologetic, and Ready for More Conflict

The US, by presuming to dictate all that takes place across Asia, has all but declared itself a hegemon.

Reiterating the notion of American primacy and exceptionalism is a full-time occupation for the US State Department’s employees. This includes US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian who pointed out to followers on Twitter that she had “spoke to some Lao shop owners” following US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the Southeast Asian nation, and “they said [President Obama’s] visit was the most exciting and significant event in decades.”

Of course, for the nation of Laos, the most significant event regarding the US is undoubtedly the 2 million tons of munitions the US dumped on it between 1964 and 1973. These 2 million tons include cluster bombs consisting of some 266 million submunitions, an estimated 30% of which were left unexploded and remain to this day an enduring, deadly hazard to Laos and its 6.8 million people.

Sep 20 09:12

Finally Well Deserved Recognition for Deplorables

Public outrage over Hillary’s remarks should be overwhelming.

When the criminal Clinton cabal announces that their infamous foe and now world renowned ‘basket of deplorables’ are threats to their power establishment, you are really hearing an admission that they are losing the war of ideas.

It has long been a well established fact that psychopaths on the loony left are existing in a parallel universe, but it is relatively new just how desperate they have become since the public is waking up...

Sep 20 09:09

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton – The debate

Question: What kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect?

Donald Trump is one of the most unorthodox presidential nominees in American electoral history. He is unpolished and very brash. But some of his foreign policy ideas are intriguing, even common sense. This terrifies and enrages the establishment.

The Hillary Doctrine: if elected, what kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect? Does Clinton hold an extreme view of American exceptionalism? And is she now a neoconservative?

Sep 19 11:00

The Threat of World War III: The Great Unmentionable in the 2016 Campaign

The most important issue in the US presidential election is the one neither of the two main capitalist candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, is talking about: the increasing likelihood that the next US president will order direct military action against Russia, China or North Korea, all countries that possess nuclear weapons.

The mounting danger of such a war was underscored by the US bombing of a Syrian government military post on Saturday, killing dozens of Syrian army soldiers. The US claim that this was done accidentally—against a major, well-known Syrian military installation, the Deir ez-Zor Air Base—has no credibility. A similar US “mistake” could easily lead to the death of Russian soldiers and escalate into a full-scale military confrontation between the two powers that control 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On his last paragraph, the writer is absolutely dead wrong; it was Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 where those rumors originated.

Of the two candidates, at this moment, Clinton seems the more war-centric, particularly against Iran, and Trump appears to want to ratchet down tensions with (at least) Russia, and perhaps Korea and China as well.

I am not exceptionally "giddy with joy" concerning the choices US voters have in our Presidential election; but right now, I am very much edging toward Trump, because he is a businessman, and is not part of the DC establishment.

I frankly think our country needs that right now.

And although I do want to see a woman president of this country, and soon, that woman most fit to run this country is not Hillary Clinton; she comes with more moral, financial, and emotional "baggage" than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

Sep 18 13:01

Actress Kimberlin Brown : Business Women for Trump

“One third of small businesses are owned by women…

“To the 9.5 million women business owners, who employ about 8 million workers, adding value about 1.5 trillion dollars to our economy; I urge you to think about how important this election is for your future…

“Who do you think better understands your challenges ?

“A career Washington insider… OR A successful businessman who knows how to make a pay roll…?

Sep 18 12:56

If Trumps Wins, Hillary and Bill Clinton Go To Jail!

The gloves are off and Hillary is being pummeled. This is much more than death by a thousand cuts.

The events of the past week have made it clear that this is not only a fight for who becomes president.

Sep 18 12:50

Israel To Get 38 Billion Dollars US Aid Package — Good Idea ?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration pledged the United States’ largest-ever military aid package to Israel on Wednesday — nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

Philip Giraldi joins today’s Liberty Report to break down the agreement and discuss whether it really does, as Rice claims, benefit US security.

A "memorandum of understanding" committing the US to providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

Sep 17 13:11

FBI grilled over handling of Clinton investigation

As lawmakers continued to probe Hillary Clinton’s private email use, the aide who set up the service declined to appear before the House committee. FBI officials had to be given a summons to produce documents on the investigation.

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee summoned contractors and former State Department officials who set up and maintained Clinton’s email servers and mobile devices. However, the key Clinton aide, Bryan Pagliano, did not show up for the hearing, pleading Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

The afternoon before, the committee dressed down FBI’s Acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Jason Herring, who was at pains to explain his absence from a major meeting last week and the bureau’s reluctance to hand over unredacted investigation documents.

Sep 17 09:40

Japan to increase activities in South China Sea, defense minister says

Japan's defense minister says its forces will increase engagement in the South China Sea through training cruises with the U.S. Navy and multilateral exercises with regional navies.

Newly appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada says Japan will also help build the capacity of coastal nations. She was speaking ahead her first meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter Thursday in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This tactic, apparently encouraged and enabled by the US government, appears to be engineered to further infuriate China to the point of provoking a potential military response.

Sep 15 09:18

China warns Taiwan not to allow Dalai Lama to visit

China on Wednesday warned Taiwan not to allow exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit, after a high-profile Taiwan legislator invited him to the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own, a trip that would worsen already poor ties.

China regards the 80-year-old monk as a separatist. Taiwan's former president, Ma Ying-jeou, who favored close economic ties with China, refused the Dalai Lama entry several times after his last visit to Taiwan in 2009.

On that occasion, Ma allowed him in but did not meet him.

Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen, elected in January, has not said whether the government would allow a visit by the Dalai Lama, who congratulated Tsai on her "remarkable" victory.

Freddy Lim, one of Taiwan's most famous heavy-metal singers and an outspoken critic of Beijing, who was elected to parliament in January, invited the Dalai Lama when he met him in India last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this 80 year old, slight, gentle monk is still such a thorn in China's side suggests to me that all is not well with China's governance in Tibet.

The following articles confirm my suspicion.

A Writer’s Quest to Unearth the Roots of Tibet’s Unrest

Relentless:
Detention and Prosecution of Tibetans under China’s “Stability Maintenance” Campaign

Explainer: Tibet's struggle against Chinese Rule

No wonder the Chinese are scared to death of the Dalai Lama's appearance in Taiwan!!

Sep 14 07:55

Radioactive Food And Water The New Normal In Japan

By Richard Wilcox, PhD

The long-term consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster continue to linger years after the event. Anyone who studies Chernobyl will know that even after three decades radioactive contamination persists. Although a different type of accident occurred there, in the case of Fukushima it was three reactors that had meltdowns instead of one, and even possibly “melt throughs” referring to corium penetrating the reactor buildings in lateral and vertical outward paths...

Sep 13 12:39

This is outright gas sliding

Fake polls and propaganda.

Continue to expose the sinister Hillary Clinton campaign for what it is: a wildly failed attempt by a handful of elites to seize power. They were hoping for a home run by rigging the corporate media, instead they’ve struck out – word of Hillary Clinton’s poor health and erratic behavior has gone mainstream, and will continue to do so.

Vicious warmongers in favor of surveillance, wars for profit, and centralized financial authorities.

Sep 13 11:19

Transforming a Country into “Collateral Damage”: US Cluster Bombs Killed Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen

The preposterous ironies of President Obama’s unapologetic visit to Laos on September 6 have not yet generated the attention they deserve, but they provide an excellent measure of the self-righteousness of the monstrous continuity of American violence inflicted on the world from Viet Nam in the 1950s to Yemen more than sixty years later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to war crimes, the United States Government can certainly claim: "We're number one! We're number one!"

I am an American who cares about the future trajectory of this country in the world; unfortunately, however, in examining this country's sordid history of generating these war crimes, I cannot be terribly hopeful about America's future at this point.

There is a Biblical injunction, "That which you sow, you shall also reap"; and right now, in the Middle East and Asia, the US government is sowing a whirlwind, and we will all reap the consequences of that.

Sep 13 07:48

A deadly eruption at Japan's Sakurajima volcano could take place soon, warn scientists

There are scores of active volcanoes in Japan, which sit on the so-called 'Ring of Fire'.

Here, a large proportion of the world's quakes and eruptions are recorded.

But one of these volcanoes in particular is behaving unusually, new research has discovered, with magma building up faster than expected.

And the 'growing threat' of this magma cause a repeat of a deadly eruption in 1914 that killed 58 people, the research says.

Sep 13 07:29

Duterte wants U.S. troops out of southern Philippines

U.S. forces advising the Philippine military against an Islamic insurgency are doing more harm than good and must leave, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.

Duterte, who made international headlines last week by crudely insulting President Obama, said white Westerners are an inviting target for kidnap-for-ransom groups such as the militant Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines. Duterte blamed his government's ties to the West — and a grisly U.S. military operation that targeted Muslims more than 100 years ago — for fueling much of the unrest centered in the Mindanao island group.

”I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go," Duterte, who is from the Mindanao region, said during a speech in Manila. "Americans, they (insurgents) will really kill them."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama just lost his back door to war with China!

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

It is well known that the Israeli Mossad using their Sayanim network in the United States routinely engage in Black Operations (“Black Ops”) against US Citizens here in the United States.

They usually target anyone who they deem to be antithetical or non-supportive of Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

There is virtually no escape from this type of black op once a target has been selected.

They routinely target senators, congressmen, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, academics, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, or anyone of relative importance in American society.

Sep 12 00:53

LEMOA – Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement Signed by India with the United States

LEMOA adversely impacts India, Asia, Africa, Eurasia and The Non–Aligned Movement

If this decision is not reversed by the Indian or the American people, the signing of these agreements will be another turning point in the political history of India already covertly overrun by Zionist financial and security companies and covert agencies.

Sep 10 10:03

Full of Promise, Obama's Pivot to Asia Ends With 'Slap in the Face'

Barack Obama's crucial "pivot to Asia" has ended with a sensational snub from Beijing and probably no Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), German newspaper Die Welt reported.

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

Caesar was renowned for his multitasking; he could dictate seven letters at once, wrote Pliny. But even Caesar lookalike Putin can’t play the role prepared for him by Ms Clinton and other mainstream Western politicians, that is to bear blame for all their shortcomings.

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.
But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War.

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Fed up with the astounding incompetence of the White House, the US military launched and supported its own rebel groups in Syria, while CIA did the same.

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 11:35

Obama: US to Maintain Military Presence in South China Sea

Speaking today during an official visit to Laos, President Obama vowed that the US would retain a military presence in the South China Sea on an essentially permanent basis, saying it was necessary to show regional allies of America’s commitment.

Our commitment to your defense is a solemn obligation that will never waver,” Obama insisted, adding that warplanes would continue to fly over the South China Sea, and warships would continue to sail through the area. Pentagon officials have made much of such overflights as “confronting China.”

Maritime claims within the South China Sea are hotly disputed, with the US making a policy of supporting everyone else in claims conflicting with China’s, and urging them to negotiated when the disputes don’t involve China. The US has suggested it is obliged by treaty to militarily support the Philippines in particular in claims conflicting with China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government and military will keep "playing picador" with China until something explodes (perhaps a US false flag?!?), and China cannot afford to ignore a military confrontation.

Sep 06 06:35

Popov on the G20: A Geopolitical Stalemate

Today, the G20 meeting in Huangzhou, China concluded. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the day in very intensive meetings and negotiations. Let us briefly examine some of the issues discussed at the bilateral meetings.

Sep 05 21:23

Fact-Check — Top 20 Lies in Hillary’s ‘Alt-Right’ Speech

In his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, Andrew recalled how he warned the Tea Party what lay ahead for them: “I said that they’d be labeled racists and hate mongers and violent criminals, that they’d be depicted as the dregs of society, people to be excluded from dinner parties because of their made-up closet KKK status. They were about to be targeted.”

Andrew added:

“They need to marginalize and demonize those that would stand up to their hardball, toxic, and antidemocratic tactics … But it won’t work. Given a fair hearing, given just the slightest exposure — and the American people will rise to the occasion. They see these tactics for what they are.”

Sep 05 11:43

The Ultimate 21st Century Choice: OBOR Or War

The G20 meets in tech hub Hangzhou, China, at an extremely tense geopolitical juncture.

China has invested immense political/economic capital to prepare this summit. The debates will revolve around the main theme of seeking solutions “towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.”

G20 Trade Ministers have already agreed to lay down nine core principles for global investment. At the summit, China will keep pressing for emerging markets to have a bigger say in the Bretton Woods system.

But most of all China will seek greater G20 backing for the New Silk Roads – or One Belt, One Road (OBOR), as they are officially known – as well as the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

So at the heart of the G20 we will have the two projects which are competing head on to geopolitically shape the young 21st century.

Sep 05 11:37

Abe "Strongly Protests" After North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch Into Japan's Air Defense Zone

Just a month after Japan ordered its military to a "state of alert," and as world leaders gather in China for the G-20 summit, AP reports that North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe "strongly condemned" the actions, as the missiles fell into Japan's air defense zone, declaring the launch a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

As AP reports, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the three missiles, launched from the western North Korean town of Hwangju, flew across the country before splashing in the waters off its east coast, but officials did not describe the range of the missiles.

Before the firing, on Monday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, South Korean President Park Geun-hye criticized the North for what she called provocations that are hurting Seoul-Beijing ties.

Sep 05 11:06

"Who Is He To Confront Me?" - Philippines President Unloads On "Son Of A Bitch" Barack Obama

What was an embarrassing weekend for president Barack Obama, whose arrival at the G-20 summit in China was a case study in diplomatic humiliation, just turned even worse when on Monday, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned the US president not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or "son of a bitch I will swear at you" when the two presidents meet at a summit in Laos in the coming days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, there is one thing to be said for Duterte: you know precisely where he stands!!

But for Obama to even BEGIN to lecture Duterte about extrajudicial assassinations, when the US has an assembly line going for such a process internationally, under Obama's "He Needed Killin' " decree (with actually no legal precedent to stand on), smacks of hypocrisy of the highest order.

Duterte had probably better start wearing his Kevlars; the US government, after this very public humiliation, could well decide that such criticism of President Obama should result in Duterte's "neutralization".

Sep 05 11:02

FLASHBACK: US Now Admits it is Funding “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong

Posted in regards to the elections just held in Hong Kong.

Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called “Arab Spring” began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong.

Sep 05 10:16

Would America Really Go to War Over the South China Sea?

So then the hard question must be answered. We can imagine the scene in the Situation Room. The diplomatic and strategic advisers remind the President that this is not about someone else’s islands or waters: America’s credibility and the future of its leadership in Asia is on the line. Stepping back and allowing China to defy Washington’s warnings would fatally undermine the entire U.S. position in Asia, and reinforce China’s. The stakes are therefore enormous, and argument for military action is correspondingly clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...preserving U.S. primacy in these regions was the non-negotiable goal of US policy." ?!?!?

The cost, to the US government, in terms of blood and money already spent to enforce its alleged "U.S. supremacy", through such polices and conceptual codswallop, has been staggering.

The cost to the American people, who have lost family, and friends, or seen them maimed for life, in wars for global conquest of resources, has been staggering.

Every bit of military spending dead-ends the economy, as the US infrastructure is absolutely crumbling.

The country has a war-weary, war-skeptical electorate which understands, painfully clearly, the depths to which the US government lied about "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction" in order to "sell" them a war which was ultimately about the corporate control of Iraq's oil, and in what currency that oil will be sold.

The scenario with China isn't terribly different; although having witnessed some bumps in the road economically, and experiencing difficulty with financial reporting issues, China does seem to be on the ascent, economically.

It now offers a gold-backed yuan, which is not at all convertible to US dollar currency.

The US government wants to see China's economic ascendancy broken, and by any means necessary; one of those means, obviously, would be a war against it.

I am certain that some of their thinktankers (like the Rand corporation) have already laid out numerous possibilities for "selling" the American people on the necessity for this war, and the logistical issues which must be addressed to potentially create a successful war.

Of course, it's never "their kids" who get killed and maimed in war; it's always "other people's children", which makes them simply irrelevant, and their collateral damage simply the "cost of doing the business of war."

However, in looking at the "miredness" of the US government and our military, in these current wars, overt and covert, in places like Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, and Somalia, I would like to hope that these chronic, EPIC military fails might give politicians and the corporate heads of the military/industrial complex, who drive American foreign policy, just a little moment to pause here.

Because if the US-enabled Saudi military is unable to "win" against the people of Yemen, can someone please tell me how the Sam Hill the US government believes it can win a shooting war against China?!?

China conscripts, and has a huge edge in terms of troop strength.

China's recent advances in weaponry and warfare electronics is nothing short of amazing (of course, President Clinton aided and abetted this "great leap forward" by authorizing that transfer technology, courtesy of Loral, which has come to be known as "Chinagate").

Simply put, this time in its history, the American Military does not have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry, or the manufacturing to insure a successful conventional war with China.

Therefore, I would strongly caution our President, our Pentagon, and the corporate heads of the military/industrial complex that now would be a lousy time to pick a military fight with China, because the US government may well lose, because of those facts I have articulated above.

The results of such a war could be both catastrophic...and irreversible.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:47

Uncle “Sham” Says Dance, And the Band Played On

As usual, I have much to absorb and learn….

Those political, Republicratic “Conventions” clarified nothing and–despite the glitter, sparkle, balloons and flags, the pledges of allegiance, hands over the Constitution &/or one’s heart, the pretty words and gruff challenges—they succeeded in confounding and bewildering.

And this is the US political scene now! A barrage of imagery and fantasies—onrushing and nearly exploding our heads… and the band plays on!

Look for substance, and you will not find it. It’s a mirage. A chimera. It’s smoke in your hands.

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 03 06:56

Islamic militants Abu Sayyaf blamed for deadly Philippine bomb attack

Duterte, who had been mayor of Davao for most of the past two decades, declares a national “state of lawlessness” to give military extra powers to conduct law enforcement operations.

Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home town that killed at least 14 people.

An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top hotels just before 11 pm on Friday.
Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, most likely carried out the attack in response to a military offensive launched against it last week.

The office of the president texted and confirmed that was an Abu Sayyaf retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a civil war has begun in the Philippines.

I have to wonder just what draconian steps Duterte will take to stop the violence, if in fact, he can.

Sep 03 06:46

KARIMOV’S DEATH OPENS THE WAY FOR ISIS

Islam Karimov is one of the two heads of the former Soviet states who had been ruling the country since independence in 1991. The other one is the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev (age 76). After Karimov’s death, a country where power was centralized in one man, risks falling into destabilization.

Sep 01 10:35

A ¥9 Trillion Hole Emerges Inside The BOJ's Balance Sheet: "It’s A Pretty Dangerous Situation"

When it comes to accounting conventions, the Fed and the BOJ differ in one major way: unlike the Federal Reserve, the BOJ counts its bond holdings at the purchase price, minus amortization costs. In the old days before NIRP this wasn't an issue because with positive yields, it meant that with time, the value of any central bank bond purchases would accrete through maturity and never lead to a booked loss; however under NIRP, it means that the BOJ is purchasing hundreds of billions in bonds at prices that are so high they guarantee a loss, meaning that by maturity the central banks will face a cumulative loss on the face value of recent bond purchases.

From a purely accounting standpoint, it means that a gap has opened on the BOJ's balance sheet, representing the difference between the book and face value of the central bank's monetizations.

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Considering how banks and economies are so closely interlinked, this gap could well create a tsunami effect with other countries' economies as well.

Sep 01 09:33

U.S. washes hands of rights violations at Okinawa helipad site

The U.S. State Department, the federal body tasked with promoting human rights overseas, is refusing to censure Tokyo over its aggressive tactics to force construction of new helipads for the U.S. Marine Corps in northern Okinawa.

Since July, the Japanese government has been conducting a massive police campaign in the Takae district of Higashi village that has left at least five demonstrators hospitalized, infringed upon press freedoms and been condemned by Gov. Takeshi Onaga, media unions and local residents.

Asked for comment on the injuries and blocking of reporters, the State Department referred The Japan Times to the Japanese government and U.S. Department of Defense. Anna Richey-Allen, spokesperson for the department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau spokesperson, then issued a stock statement unrelated to the inquiries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the US government does it's alleged "pivot to Asia", one would think that the US government might be a little less tone-deaf to the concerns of the Okinawan people; unfortunately it appears not to be the case here.

Aug 29 12:23

"Massive Shock" Looms In Japan As Kuroda Is In "Jeopardy", According To $2 Trillion Investor

Yesterday, in our post-mortem on the Jackson Hole symposium, we found one particular highlight most notable: according to Princeton University economist Christopher Sims, "policymakers were told that it may take a massive program, large enough even to shock taxpayers into a different, inflationary view of the future." And, as has been customary over the past year, the place where this "shock therapy" will be tested first, will be the same place where 30 years of unconventional monetary policy has so far failed: Japan.

That is the scenario envisioned by Mark Haefele, global chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management who oversees the investment policy and strategy for about $2 trillion in invested assets.

In a Bloomberg Television interview, on Monday, Haefele said that the BOJ could announce a “massive stimulus program” as the nation desperately seeks to reach a 2% inflation target.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF such stimulus becomes an epic fail for the BOJ, look for it to potentially take down a number of other economies as well as well.

Aug 29 11:12

As Obama heads to Laos, signs of a tilt away from China

The secretive communist government of Laos, a country with a population of less than 7 million, rarely causes a ripple on the diplomatic circuit. And yet its sleepy capital will spring to life next week when global leaders arrive for an Asian summit.

Barack Obama will be among them, making the last push of his presidency to 'rebalance' Washington's foreign policy toward Asia, a strategy widely seen as a response to China's economic and military muscle-flexing across the region.

The might of Laos' giant neighbor to the north is hard to miss in Vientiane: wealthy Chinese driving SUVs overtake tuk-tuks sputtering along the roads and Chinese-backed hotels sprout from noisy construction sites in one of Asia's most low-rise cities.

But diplomats say Obama could be pushing on an open door in Laos, thanks to a change of government there in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly won't hold my breath until such a rapprochement happens; China is a lot closer than is the US, and a far more definitive power in the region.

Aug 26 10:49

Tokyo refrains from commenting Russia’s offer to join relief operation in Syria

Japan’s Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs have refrained from comments on the Russian offer to join the humanitarian operation in Syrian Aleppo. A Japanese Foreign Ministry source told TASS that Japan was rendering financial support to Syria, Iraq and the adjacent countries, who were receiving the refugee flows, in hope of making a contribution to the conflict’s settlement. "Along with rendering inclusive support designed to prevent the alienation and radicalization of certain groups, we also cooperate in the sphere of humanitarian support and support for the purpose of restoration. We also try to relieve the burden lying on the shoulders of recipient countries, which are inspiring the Syrians’ hope for the restoration of their future," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The cost of support programs for Syria, Iraq and the adjacent countries have exceeded $1.6 billion since the start of the Syrian crisis.

Aug 24 12:08

Philippines' Duterte warns China of 'reckoning'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday of a "reckoning" with China if there was no resolution to a tense dispute over rival claims to the South China Sea.

An international tribunal ruled last month that China's claims to most of the strategically vital waters had no legal basis, in what was seen as a sweeping victory for the Philippines, which filed the case.

Duterte repeatedly had said he did not want to anger China with an aggressive response, and sent an envoy to ease tensions, but on Wednesday signalled he was prepared to adopt a more confrontational approach.

"We will not raise hell now because of the judgement but there will come a time that we will have to do some reckoning about this," Duterte said in a speech to soldiers at a military camp.

China, which has in recent years undertaken giant land reclamation works in disputed parts of the sea, has vowed to ignore the ruling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at thediplomat.com in January of this year, concerning the newly minted mutual defense pact between the US and the Philippines:

The EDCA provides U.S. forces rotational, negotiated, and limited access to a number of mutually-agreed upon locations. So far, the Americans have zeroed in on at least eight prime military bases, including Subic and Clark — the site of largest American military bases during Cold War — as well as Oyster Bay in Palawan, strategically close to disputed land features and waters in the South China Sea. Instead of permanent U.S. bases, we are instead looking at the establishment of forward operating sites and cooperative security locations, where the host nation (theoretically) enjoys considerable supervision and control over the activities of visiting forces. The EDCA is particularly beneficial to the United States, because it will no longer have to pay huge sums to rent out Filipino bases à la Cold War days, not to mention that the Philippines will actually end up paying for the transportation and utility costs of visiting forces. In short, the Pentagon will enjoy low-cost and flexible access to premium locations in the Philippines. So what is the Philippines is getting in exchange? There is nothing in the EDCA that compels the United States to come to the host nation’s rescue as far as Sino-Philippine territorial disputes are concerned. The Obama administration has consistently reiterated that the agreement is not aimed at China, but instead is aimed at enhancing the two allies’ capabilities in the realm of humanitarian relief and disaster-management operations. The Philippines, however, hopes that an increased U.S. military footprint on its soil will nonetheless provide some element of ‘latent deterrence’ against further Chinese provocations. Although legally not obligated to do so, Washington will surely come under tremendous political pressure to help the Philippines in an event of contingency in the disputed waters. Furthermore, EDCA facilitates the expansion of joint military exercises, the enhancement of interoperability among the two allies, and the transfer of more U.S. funds and military equipment to Armed Forces of the Philippines.

I am sure that US forces have been moving quickly to occupy those agreed-upon bases, and that US military equipment has been put into place to confront China militarily from the Philippines; I think that this is why Duterte seized this moment to challenge China.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.


How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 10:25

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.

Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said.

The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters.

The projectile reached Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a briefing, referring to an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars in the region are not going to stop the trajectory of North Korea's growth in military hardware; and with this test firing, it appears as though North Korea's capabilities are improving rapidly.

I wish that China, South Korea, Japan, and the US could get Kim Jung Un to the negotiating table, and negotiate a true peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees on military and trade opportunities if North Korea stops their nuclear missile development; but of course, that... would be logical.

If not, I would not be surprised to see North Korea actually being able to target their missiles by the end of this year, with this much improvement seen on this sub-launched missiles.

Aug 23 19:03

The Beloved Orangutan is Being Wiped Out by Corporate Greed

Waking Times

A public statement to the world by International Animal Rescue (IAR) issues the warning that unless effective action is taking to protect their natural habitats, orangutans face worldwide extinction within ten years. Recently, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially listed the Bornean orangutan as a critically endangered species as a result of the devastation of Indonesian rainforests, of which a staggering 25% have been leveled in recent decades.

Aug 23 17:00

Japan may use e-waste for 2020 medals

Japan is exploring the feasibility of forging the Olympic 2020 medals using precious metals salvaged from electronic waste.

Aug 23 09:54

China strongly warned Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea

China strongly warned a high-level Japanese official around late June that Tokyo should not send its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to join U.S. operations that test the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, diplomatic sources said Saturday.

Aug 23 07:35

CLSA: "The Bank Of Japan Has Nationalized The Japanese Stock Market"

The Bank of Japan's near doubling of its purchases of Tokyo shares is causing investors to worry the central bank will dominate financial markets, which could lead to price distortions as it continues to grease the economy. It also prompted a CLSA analyst to tell the truth: "The BOJ is nationalizing the stock market."

Aug 22 06:55

Japan to upgrade 200 F-15 jets, doubling missile payload amid E. China Sea tensions

Japan’s Defense Ministry wants its 200 F-15 fighter jets to carry twice as many air-to-air missiles as they do now, in a bid to prepare for a possible confrontation with Chinese Air Force around disputed East China Sea islands.

Aug 22 06:54

‘Red line’: China warned Japan against joining US freedom of navigation stunts

Beijing warned Tokyo of a harsh response if it ever crossed a “red line” in deciding to sail with US warships near disputed waters surrounding China’s artificially reclaimed islands under the pretext of the Freedom of Navigation principle, Japanese media reported.

Aug 20 09:53

US Concerned Over Japan Getting Nukes, But It's Known 'Nukes Already in Okinawa'

The irony is that Washington which imposed a non-nuclear status on Japan has done a lot to neglect those principles. As for the third principles, the US military moved nuclear weapons to Japan from the very beginning. Everyone knows that nukes are already in Okinawa," Murashkin said.

Aug 20 09:21

Japan discovers Chinese ‘pier for warships’ near disputed islands

China has constructed a vanguard “pier for warships” on an islet off the port city of Wenzhou, Japanese media warned, calling the development a boost of Beijing’s claims on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and disputed waters around them.
The new 80-meter-long installation, already dubbed the “pier for warships” by the Japanese media, was allegedly erected on Nanji Island, one of 52 islands in the Nanji chain that are part of China's Zhejiang Province, Kyodo news reports.

Several Chinese military vessels have already been noticed docking on the island, according to the report. Meanwhile The Japan Times’ sources added that the pier is also capable of accommodating landing craft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "war porn", demonizing China again, I see.

Aug 18 08:21

‘Arrogant, insensitive, wrong’: US VP Biden causes uproar with remark on Japan’s constitution

US Vice-President Joe Biden made a remark slamming Donald Trump, but ended up in deep water with Japan instead, saying that the US “wrote Japan’s constitution.” His comment was slammed as “arrogant”, “wrong”, and “insensitive” in Japan and beyond.

Aug 17 16:11

What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out?

Delta Airlines recently experienced what it called a power outage in its home base of Atlanta, Georgia, causing all the company’s computers to go offline—all of them. This seemingly minor hiccup managed to singlehandedly ground all Delta planes for six hours, stranding passengers for even longer, as Delta scrambled to reshuffle passengers after the Monday debacle.

Aug 17 10:04

JAPANESE COAST GUARD RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING HUNDREDS OF CHINESE SHIPS NEAR DISPUTED ISLAND

One week after Japan vocally complained to China over what it alleged was a fleet of 300 Chinese vessels spotted near the disputed territory of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, with Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoning and complaining to China’s Ambassador Cheng Yonghua that the incident had infringed on Japan’s sovereignty, the Japanese coast guard released a video showing hundreds of Chinese vessels sailing in the contentious territory. The aerial footage indicates the high level of tension in the area.

The video, which was shot from inside a low-flying patrol aircraft, has been released online by the Japanese Coast Guard, the Japan Times reported on Tuesday. The footage shows 200 to 300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by 28 Chinese patrol ships spotted in areas just outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkakus, as well as Japanese patrol ships trying to prevent the Chinese ships from advancing into the disputed area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This brinkmanship is going to devolve into a shooting war before too long, unless all parties are ready to sit down at the negotiating table and work these issues out calmly and intelligently.

Unfortunately, I don't see that happening any time soon.

I see these tensions coming to a boiling point well before the end of this year; I hope to heck I am wrong; however, the current course of events seems to scream that war will be the outcome here.

Aug 16 12:24

Escalation, Naval Deployments and Geopolitical Conflict in the South China Sea

The weeks immediately following the PCA ruling at The Hague, regarding the arbitration brought forth by the Philippines against China, have been marked by an increasing escalation of both the South China Sea Crisis and the territorial dispute between China and Japan in the East China Sea. The broader crisis has even effected the Koreas and Japan in terms of their greater strategic defense posture. It is interesting to note that all parties involved, with the exception of the Philippines, have taken steps to escalate the crisis and increase tensions in the region. The Republic of the Philippines, perhaps the least belligerent of all nations involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, has acted to deescalate the situation, even reaching out to Chinese officials to negotiate a bilateral agreement that would help resolve the issues involved. This is doubly surprising given the inflammatory reputation of the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, my bet would be on "a matter of weeks", from the time the G-20 concludes in China in early September, if there are no sideline meetings to ratchet down the tensions.

I hope to heck I am wrong, but with the US war hawks desperate for a military confrontation against China (which the US military may well not be able to win), coupled with a desire to smack down the Chinese currency, and a potential Trump landslide win in November.

Aug 16 10:01

The Mysteriously Obtuse Case Of The Missing Fukushima Fuel

By Richard Wilcox, PhD

“Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” – Mark Twain

As the world forever hurtles toward Armageddon, the Fukushima nuclear disaster has largely faded from the front pages. But the issue is far from resolved. Radiation from nuclear accidents is not easily dispelled with estimates of clean-up time at Fukushima ranging from 40 to 500 years, and nearly six years have already passed. Even safely stored nuclear material is dangerous for 100,000 years.

Elvis Has Left The Building

The major question regarding the situation at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi (no.1 nuclear power plant) regards the location of the melted fuel at reactor units 1, 2 and 3...

Aug 15 11:43

Terrible Mistake' Chinese Media Hints at War With Vietnam Over Rocket Launchers

Tensions in the South China Sea resulting from The Hague arbitrational court’s ruling against China’s longstanding claim to the disputed area are at risk of spilling over with rhetoric and tactics escalating.

On Thursday, China’s state-run Global Times newspaper warned Vietnam against the deployment of rocket launchers targeting Chinese facilities reminding Hanoi of the devastation that ensued the last time the two countries went to war.

US Nuclear-Bomber in Pacific for First Time as China Reaches Boiling Point
"If Vietnam’s latest deployment is targeting China, that would be a terrible mistake," said the editorial. "We hope Vietnam will remember and draw some lessons from history."

The statement follows a Reuters report, citing “Western officials,” that Vietnam had deployed advanced mobile rocket launchers targeting China’s runways and military installations amid a brewing regional dispute in the South China Sea that the United States has been all too willing to meddle in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was this ever for real?!?

Or was Reuters attempting to make Chinese leadership believe that the Vietnamese had actually done this pre-positioning of their mobile rocket launchers?!?

in going back to the following, the Reuters article by Greg Torode in Hong Kong, here is what you find:

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing. The launchers have been hidden from aerial surveillance and they have yet to be armed, but could be made operational with rocket artillery rounds within two or three days, according to the three sources. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said the information was "inaccurate", without elaborating. Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Chi Vinh, told Reuters in Singapore in June that Hanoi had no such launchers or weapons ready in the Spratlys but reserved the right to take any such measures. "It is within our legitimate right to self-defense to move any of our weapons to any area at any time within our sovereign territory," he said. The move is designed to counter China's build-up on its seven reclaimed islands in the Spratlys archipelago. Vietnam's military strategists fear the building runways, radars and other military installations on those holdings have left Vietnam's southern and island defenses increasingly vulnerable. Military analysts say it is the most significant defensive move Vietnam has made on its holdings in the South China Sea in decades.

Please take a good hard look at this, and realize that none of it was ever sourced.

IF the story was, in fact, real, Torode should have sourced it.

Therefore, I find it more than mildly suspicious that no one, apparently, was willing to go on the record that this ever really happened.

Aug 14 12:14

Thailand Gets the Libya-Syria Treatment

By Tony Cartalucci

Just as the Western media attempted to hide the true nature of violence unfolding in Libya and Syria during the opening phases of the so-called “Arab Spring,” it is now attempting to do likewise regarding the Southeast Asian country of Thailand.

Between August 11-12 and within a 24-hour period, several bombs detonated in four separate regions of Thailand including Trang, the resort city of Hua Hin, Phuket, and Surat Thani. Several deaths were reported and dozens were maimed as shrapnel tore through their bodies.

The Western media was quick to blame the violence on southern separatists; however, that low-intensity conflict over the course of several decades has never ventured into any of the areas recently struck. There also is a matter of no motive existing for such a drastic escalation...

Aug 10 08:36

Vietnam 'fortifies several islands in South China Sea with new mobile ROCKET launchers'

VIETNAM has risked raising tensions with China by fortifying several islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers, according to Western officials.

Diplomats and military officers claim intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months.

The rocket launchers are thought to be capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, the officials said.

Aug 08 07:20

Putin: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran Could Discuss New Caspian Projects

Moscow, Baku and Tehran could discuss new energy and transport projects among other joint initiatives in the Caspian Sea, President Vladimir Putin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US makes wars, Russia makes deals!

Aug 08 00:56

Japanese TV fosters pointless prejudice towards Korea


Of course this is (state) TV it's not the opinions of ordinary people. But they accuse Korea of always copying Japan. Holy projection.

Aug 06 12:57

Hiroshima: 71 Years Ago Today, The US Govt Carried Out One of the Worst Terrorist Acts in History

By Matt Agorist

In May, Barack Obama became the first US president in history to visit the memorial of the American atomic bombings of Japan in Hiroshima. However, in true American fashion, he offered no apology.

“We have a shared responsibility to look directly in the eye of history. We must ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again,” Obama said in a speech at the memorial on Friday.

The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. However, the devastating atomic blast from the U.S. bomb that killed over 100,000 innocent civilians left the clearing in which the monument now sits.

Aug 06 10:22

Japan protests after Chinese coastguards and fishing boats sail near disputed islets

Japan issued a new protest to Beijing on Saturday after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230 fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japan's foreign ministry said.

The latest incident comes amid heightened tensions, less than a month after an arbitration court in The Hague invalidated China's sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines.

China has refused to recognize the ruling. Japan called on China to adhere to the verdict, which it said was binding, prompting warnings from Beijing to Tokyo not to interfere.

Three of the six Chinese coastguard ships that were in the so-called contiguous waters on Saturday appeared to be armed, Japan's coastguard said.

On Friday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels had entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around the islets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is slouching toward war in the South China Seas, and most Americans are completely oblivious that this is coming.

Aug 06 09:32

Japan Convokes National Security Council Meeting Amid North Korean Missile Test

Japan convoked an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea fired a missile on Wednesday, which presumably dropped in the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, media reported.

The decisions made at the meeting are not disclosed so far, Kyodo agency said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the Japanese Security Council: what will ultimately get Kim Jung Un to stop testing missiles is a true, solid peace treaty, to replace the armistice (which a mere cessation of fighting between North and South Korea) which currently exists, with guarantees on trade, the cessation of sanctions, and freedom of navigation.

Any military response - from ANY country- will only accelerate North Korea's race to develop a maneuverable nuclear device, as a deterrent to being attacked, most probably by South Korea and the US.

And of course, any such move like that will involve China on North Korea's side, so...double plus ungood.!!

Aug 05 15:40

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing

The widespread disdain for Donald Trump and the fear of what his presidency might mean have led to an abandonment of any sense of objectivity by many Trump opponents and, most notably, the mainstream U.S. news media. If Trump is for something, it must be bad and must be transformed into one more club to use for hobbling his candidacy.

Amid his incoherence and insults, Trump has raised valid points on several important questions, such as the risks involved in the voracious expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and the wisdom of demonizing Russia and its internally popular President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 14:01

The Reluctant Enemy

The Enemy according to Trump is unemployment, outsourcing, immigration, wars abroad, neocons and free-wheeling allies, the Clintonites chose, Russia as the enemy.

In words of Jeffrey Sachs, “Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex supporting every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” And now she and her party set their sights on Russia.

Aug 04 16:24

Eric Trump weighs in on father’s feud with Khan family

“My father’s simple message – it’s not an anti-Muslim message, it’s [an] anti-terror message,” he said. “You know, we have ISIS and they’re running rampant around the world and we have to do something about it and quite frankly, if you look at Hillary.”

Khizr Khan gave a blistering denunciation of Donald Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Aug 04 16:21

Eric Trump predicts dad will ‘win this crazy thing’

'I think we're going to win this crazy thing,' he said.

As his father’s seemingly quixotic campaign caught fire, Eric Trump, 32, an admitted political neophyte, found himself thrust into the heart of it all. He barnstormed across small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire, gamely doing interviews on local radio stations and Fox News, all while balancing growing responsibilities to the company.

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Aug 04 16:18

Julian Assange: “1,700 emails” proves Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

“A vote today for Hillary Clinton is a vote for endless, stupid war,” - Julian Assange

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Jul 30 08:57

U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.

But just two weeks after the July 12 announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague - which at least on paper, appeared to be a humiliating defeat for China - the U.S. strategy appears to be unraveling and the court's ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant.

China also scored a major diplomatic victory earlier this week, when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dropped any reference to the ruling from a joint statement at the end of a meeting of the 10-country group's foreign minister in Laos. This followed objections from Cambodia, Beijing's closest ASEAN ally.

e also said it was "impossible" for the ruling to become irrelevant because it is legally binding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here appears to be that the US government has absolutely ZERO diplomatic "strategy" for getting the court ruling respected by China, save for aggressive military maneuvers in the area, which they will be kicking off very soon, with a tour involving both Japanese and Indian naval forces, working in concert.

If the aim of such alleged "freedom of navigation" exercises is to anger the Chinese government into a military response here, the US government may well get its wish; however, a full-out shooting war against China may not go well for the US military.

Jul 30 07:39

Where will US lose its bases after Japan?

The US authorities are ready to fulfill demand of the Japanese residents and return them territories on the Okinawa island, which the US used for its military bases. The US agreed to return the territory of 40 squared kilometres, which was used by the Americans as one of the largest military training grounds in impenetrable jungle in the north of the island. It should be noted that Okinawa makes up less than 1% of the Japan's territory, but military power of the Americans is concentrated there. About 80% of military sites with equipment make up the biggest US military camp in Japan. Now there are almost 26,000 American military with the families. A large-scale demonstration of the Japanese generated disarmament of the island, as they took to the streets demanding to take the American military away from Okinawa after a local girl had been killed by the US service man.

Jul 29 13:50

Asia-Pacific Pivot: US to Deploy B-1 Bombers to Guam for First Time in Decade

As the Obama Administration continues to shift the focus of the Pentagon to the Pacific regions, the US plans to station long-range bombers in Guam, roughly 2,000 miles from the South China Sea.

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Air Force will deploy a squadron of long-range B-1 Lancer bombers to Guam, a US territory in Micronesia. The aircraft will be flown from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota next month, and the air wing will be accompanied by 300 airmen.

"The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific," reads a statement from the US Air Force.

"They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one, fast, lean, flying machine, and can probably get from Guam to China very, very quickly.

Jul 29 13:02

Former American Colony Takes Center Stage In South China Sea Dispute

Has Manila singled out Beijing at Washington’s behest?

The territorial disputes in the South China also include Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Vietnamese have historically been the most aggressive in their territorial claims, and the pre-Vietnamese unification state of South Vietnam even had tense military altercations with the Philippines over Southwest Cay in 1975. Even though the Spratly/Nansha Islands are divided among these states, Manila has focused on challenging and demonizing Beijing.

The demonization of China not only comes at the expense of good relations between China and the Philippines. It serves Washington’s agenda to encircle China, which President Benigno Aquino III was all too happy to go along with. From a strategic standpoint, Washington wants China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea to be eroded so that the South China Sea can be an open body of water where the U.S. can position its military forces.

Jul 28 11:52

US, Japan Shake Hands on Military Cooperation Amid South China Sea Row

The United States and Japan struck a bargain to enhance bilateral military cooperation in Asia, amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea region and North Korea’s provocative ballistic missile program.

The agreement was voiced as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the head of the US Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, in Tokyo on Tuesday, the Japan Times reported.

During the meeting, Abe praised last year’s revision of Tokyo’s cooperation agreement with Washington and changes in Japanese military doctrine, stressing that those “encouraging” moves facilitated a deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear missile experiments.

The changes in the Japanese military doctrine were made last year, and allow for the country’s Self-Defense Forces to participate in foreign military operations, upon the request of an ally. The step caused a backlash among the Japanese public, with many protesting what they claim is a shift toward militarization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh sure, THIS is really going to ratchet tensions in the South China Sea down...

Forgive my cynicism here, but I swear, sometimes... I just can't keep up!!

Jul 26 11:49

Gun Control Works! Knife Wielding Man Kills 19 in Japan

Despite that, somehow I doubt that the gun grabbers will have some kind revelation after reading about this murder spree in Japan. To them it will just be some random tragedy. But to those of us who care about our right to bear arms, it’s just additional proof that strict gun laws don’t stop evil people.

Jul 26 10:57

In Signal to Military, Hillary Clinton Picks Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly with the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia. Clinton also wanted to repudiate any association with the issues of social inequality that motivated the widespread support for her main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.

Jul 24 15:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 24 15:47

Democratic convention draws thousands of protesters to Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to the sweltering streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic national convention.

The group of about a dozen marchers walked on sidewalks from near the convention site up toward the Liberty Bell. One played This Land is Your Land on bagpipes as the group weaved around people eating brunch at sidewalk cafes and others walking dogs.

Jul 24 15:39

Jill Stein Just BLASTED the DNC Over Leaked Emails

“This latest revelation from WikiLeaks underscores how much the media is in bed with the DNC to circle the wagons around Hillary,” Stein told US Uncut in a phone interview. “The corruption and underhanded tactics and deception and conspiratorial efforts to silence Bernie and delegitimize him — I mean, welcome to the Green Party. This is what we’ve been up against forever.”

“The leaked DNC emails are the smoking gun that the Democratic establishment was rigging the game against Bernie the whole time,” Stein said in a press release issued by her campaign. “Instead of running the process impartially and letting the voters decide, top Democratic officials were doing all they could to ensure a Clinton victory, including collusion with journalists to present a pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders narrative.”

Jul 24 15:31

CHARMING! Mike Pence – Paul Ryan intro – Republican National Convention

Mike Pence rallies crowd behind Trump, takes on Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of status quo, looking for another title ?

“HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – MIKE PENCE

Jul 24 10:18

Public school bans applause because it might startle 'sensitive' students ... but 'silent cheering' approved as ok (for now)

A public elementary school in Sydney, Australia, has banned applause from its school assemblies, "to respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise."

Jul 23 14:27

Donald Trump and the Revolt of the Proles

The Trump phenom is about economic insecurity. This isn’t about ideology, or racism, it’s about reality;

Western elites were shocked by Brexit, shocked that all their fear mongering and finger-wagging amounted to nothing. The same is true in the US, where the media’s daily attacks on Trump have failed to erode his base of support at all, in fact, they may have added to it.

That’s the reality that made Trump possible, and that’s what this election is about, economic insecurity.

Jul 23 14:22

Donald Trump Jr. Receives Standing Ovation For His Speech At RNC

Make America Work Again. “We are going to put America First.”

“Let me tell you something about “Risk.” If Hillary Clinton were elected, she’ll be the first President who could not pass a basic background check.
Hillary Clinton is a “Risk” Americans cannot afford to take.”

Jul 23 13:51

How the Australian, British, and US Governments Shamelessly Helped Kill Countless People in Indonesia in 1965

The Hague-based International People’s Tribunal has ruled that the Indonesian regime that replaced Indonesian President Sukarno committed crimes against humanity in 1965. The governments of Australia, Britain, and the United States have also been pronounced guilty as complicit partners in the massacre of 500,000 to 1000,000 people or more in Indonesia. People were murdered in Indonesia due to their principles, political ideology, ethnic backgrounds, and opposition to foreign influence. Albeit the ruling is an important historical acknowledgment, the assistance that the Australian, British, and US governments provided to the coup and played in the massacres is not a secret.

Jul 23 08:18

Fund Manager Warns Japanese Launch of Physical Gold Exchange Is Signalling The End Game

Japan announced announced last week that its TOCOM commodity exchange would begin trading physical gold – like the Shanghai Gold Exchange – on July 25th.

The news of this event was largely muted in the western financial media and even the alternative media blogosphere largely seems to have overlooked the news release. But this is a highly significant development because it signals a subtle shift in Japan’s economic and monetary focus from west to east.

It will also create an big upward price-readjustment in gold and silver…

Jul 22 10:36

Japan and the Arbitration Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rules-based or Case-based?

As far as the South China Sea is concerned, Japan’s support for the claims presented by the Philippines stems not only from its regulatory approach, but also from its vital economic interests. Japan gets 90 per cent of its oil imports and 60 per cent of natural gas supplies via the South China Sea, while sea routes account for 99.7 per cent of the country’s total foreign trade. What is more, Southeast Asia is home to a huge multinational production chain serving Japanese companies. To protect this artery, Tokyo actively supports Hanoi and Manila by supplying them with coast guard vessels, among other things. In addition to supporting the recent tribunal ruling, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the South China Sea question at the May G7 summit in Ise-Shima and the July edition of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Ulaanbaatar. Yet The Hague’s refusal to recognize the disputed Spratly Islands as islands could undermine Japan’s own claims to the Okinotorishima atoll in the Philippine Sea.

Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 17 12:55

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Throughout the Sanders campaign, the Socialist Equality Party has welcomed the broad shift to the left that it revealed in the thinking of millions of working people and youth, while warning that the Vermont senator would inevitably disappoint his supporters.

Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street’s favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 16 07:08

TRUMP TEAM SCORES BIG WIN AS RNC WRITES ITS CONVENTION RULES

The Never Trump movement tried to make a stand. It failed by a massive margin.

CLEVELAND — Efforts to block Donald Trump’s nomination — hyped for months by proponents as a growing grass-roots movement among Republican activists attending this week’s convention — turned out to be a flop.

During key votes on Thursday evening, only 12 hard-core holdouts continued to resist Trump’s nomination when members of on the powerful 112-member Convention Rules Committee considered a proposal to prevent delegates from rejecting Trump.

Jul 16 07:02

Republicans in Cleveland Applaud Trump Pick of Mike Pence

Republican delegates and party leaders gathering in Cleveland for next week’s national convention praised Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, saying it would stabilize the ticket and calm social conservatives.

It adds significant government experience to Trump’s outsider campaign for the White House.

“Principled Conservative” … “Solid Grasp On Policy” … “A Home Run” … “Could Not Have Made A Better Choice”

Jul 15 11:23

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WW III At Stake”, by Mac Slavo

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does NOT create an atmosphere conducive to negotiations by surrounding a contested sea region with military hardware, even to the point of sending a guided missile destroyer there (which President Obama did, several months ago).

Jul 15 11:08

China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took centre stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia.

China has refused to recognise Tuesday's ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague invalidating China's vast claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings. It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to.

Meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, Li told Abe that China's stance on the South China Sea was completely in line with international law, state news agency Xinhua reported.

"Japan is not a state directly involved in the South China Sea issue, and thus should exercise caution in its own words and deeds, and stop hyping up and interfering", Li said, according to Xinhua.

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And with WHAT COUNTRY does Japan have a mutual defense treaty, if things go south here?!?

That's right: the USA!

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 10:04

US Warns Allies Not to Rush to Capitalize on South China Sea Ruling

While the Hague Tribunal ruling against China on its territorial claims in the South China Sea was loudly endorsed by US officials, American diplomats are cautioning their allies in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, not to rush to try to press those claims overtly against China.

The Philippines was the one who won the Tribunal case, which ruled they had certain fishing and energy exploration rights China had contested. Vietnam was said to be interested in filing a quick case of their own against China to cash in on the previous ruling.

At the same time, China and Taiwan are both spurning the ruling, and China has vowed to defend its interests in the Sea. They accused the US of “stirring up trouble” in backing such efforts against them, and indeed the US has made a habit of backing everybody’s claims in the South China Sea so long as they intersect with China’s claims.

Jul 14 15:34

Former Admiral Urges America to Prepare for Imminent Naval Battle with China

By James Holbrooks

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea. Other nations in the region — including the Philippines, who brought the action against China in 2013 — also claim sovereignty in that zone...

Jul 14 13:59

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania. As Putin recently made clear to the imbecilic Western journalists, these missiles can easily and secretly be changed from anti-ballistic missiles to nuclear attack missiles that can strike their Russian targets within 5 or fewer minutes of launch, thus depriving Russia of its retaliatory deterrent. Once these missiles are in place, Washington can issue orders to Russia.

Whatever the evil men and women in Washington who are gambling with the life of the planet think, Russia is not going to accept these missiles.

Jul 14 13:49

Brexit campaigner David Davis to lead Britain out of the EU in Theresa May’s new Cabinet

Mr Davis, a former Tory leadership rival to David Cameron, has described Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing Britain.

“The biggest issue over coming years will be managing Brexit, improving UK trade position, controlling borders and enhancing democracy,” Mr Davis tweeted last month.

Making trade deals with countries outside Europe should be a top priority.

“That needs vision, optimism, energy and drive – that is why I am backing @BorisJohnson for Conservative leader,” he added.

Jul 14 01:33

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PETITION TO HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

“IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT NO AMERICAN–EVEN A CLINTON–SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT HILLARY CLINTON BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL HER VIOLATIONS.”

In the video below, Paul says that “if the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.”

Jul 14 01:25

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.

First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

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