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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

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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.

Jul 12 07:38

US Marines begin arriving in Darwin in fourth rotation as part of US 'pivot' to the Asia-Pacific

About 1,150 US Marines have begun arriving in Darwin as part of the United States military's broader long-term "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.

The influx comes amid concern the growing US military presence could cause tensions with China.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

Now NATO has focused on what is described as “Russian aggression.” Does NATO create its own security risks?

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters.

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began.

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 08 08:20

"Super Typhoon Nepartak Hits Taiwan"

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 06 10:07

Toyota to let go of 800 workers in Thailand

Japanese car maker Toyota said Wednesday it is letting go of at least 800 workers at its factories in Thailand under a voluntary departure program, a reflection of deepening troubles in the Thai automotive industry.

Toyota Motor Thailand said in a statement that it aims to reduce by up to 900 its staff strength of 16,477 at three manufacturing facilities due to declining sales.

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 03 11:02

How This Japanese Town Produces Almost No Trash

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 09:23

US Ratchets Up Tension South China Sea

By Tony Cartalucci

The United States, as part of its stated agenda of raising tensions in the South China Sea to encourage cooperation across Southeast Asia with the US in encircling and containing Beijing’s regional and global rise, has included several high-profile naval and aviation incidents. However, there is a legal battle lurking just behind these more spectacular headlines, and once again the United Nations is being brought in and undermined in the process...

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 27 08:34

Asians In US Make Up Most Rapidly-Increasing Racial Group, Whites Slowest

The number of Asians in the US is rising at a greater rate than all other racial groups, based on the latest US Census data. International migration accounted for most of the Asian population growth. Whites showed the slowest gains.

Jun 27 07:05

Armenia is Swarmed by Western NGOs

The tactics of employing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for the preparation of so-called “color revolutions” in North Africa, the Middle East and a number of former Soviet states has been the modus operandi of the US and its satellites, which have been thoroughly discussed in various NEO articles.

It’s curious that these NGOs who are heavily sponsored by Washington choose to act precisely in those moments when a specific state begins resisting pressure applied on it by the so-called Western World. This resistance often is manifested as a reluctance to support certain projects that were put forward by Washington.

If we are to talk about post-Soviet regions, all Western NGOs, and American ones in particular, have been particularly active in Central Asian and Caucasus states over recent years in a bid to launch “color revolutions” across the majority of them.

Jun 23 12:30

KAZAKHSTAN – FRONTIER OF STABILITY IN CENTRAL ASIA?

Recent attempts to blow up Kazakhstan, the largest and wealthiest state in the Central Asia region, come down the pike every so often. In May, 2016, anti-government protests erupted across the country. Kazahk security agencies reported that they had found caches of Molotov cocktails, gasoline and iron rods near the protest site in Almaty, and weapons at some activists’ addresses in the city. Experts believe that this scenario is fueled by foreign actors interested in destabilizing the region. A few weeks after the failure of this aborted “color revolution”, another attempt to capture the entire city of Aktobe in the western part of the country was made...

Jun 22 11:12

Autism Rates Continue To Explode As More Vaccines Introduced

Autism rates in Asia are reaching new heights as more and more
vaccines are used on the people. Pharma’s long arm is contaminating the
brains of babies and infants because they likely see them as easy
prey, or, uncontested victims. According to a 2015 report in Thanhniennews.com, we are talking about disturbing new trends.

Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper Wednesday quoted a study from
the National Hospital of Pediatrics as saying that the number of
children diagnosed with autism at the Hanoi-based hospital’s
Physiotherapy Department in 2007 was 50 times higher than in 2000

Jun 22 09:00

What Japanese Media Doesn’t Want You to Say!

Write that ‘Japan is part of the neo-colonialist clique’, and you will never again be invited to participate in any public debate conducted by Japanese mass media outlets.

And that is exactly what I wrote several months ago, after being approached by an important publication based in Okinawa.

When my documentary film about the US bases on Okinawan territory was broadcasted by the South American television network TeleSUR in both Spanish and English, there seemed to be at least some appetite to bring my opinions on the subject to the Japanese public. At one point I was asked to write a 1,200 words essay, placing Japan in the world context, whilst also addressing the grievances of Okinawa.

Jun 22 07:48

Japan: US to hand over controversial land as anti-base resentment surges in Okinawa

“The United States Marine Corps in Okinawa may hand back a 40.5 square km tract of land to Japan early next year, its commander said on Saturday, as Washington confronts a surge in opposition to US military bases there following the murder of a Japanese woman.

“Okinawa, which was under US occupation until 1972, still hosts 30,000 military personnel living and working on bases that cover a fifth of the island. Local resentment about that burden surged after an American civilian working at a US base was arrested last month in connection with the murder of a local 20-year-old Japanese woman.

Jun 20 15:38

Culture And Freedom

I have chosen to address several of the comments to my original post on this topic at one time, via this new post. I thank each one of you as you have provided very good feedback and conversation on this topic.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 13:39

Japan to strip to US army bases of immunity

Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet Yoshihide Suga stated Tokyo intended to revise the status of the US military in the country. "We will take swift and effective measures," Suga said, TASS reports. According to him, the Japanese government is extremely concerned about the recent murder of a Japanese woman by a serviceman of the US army base in Okinawa. The government also shares the feelings of the local residents in connection with the crime, Yoshihide Suga said. In May of this year, Japan police arrested former Marine Kenneth Franklin, who had killed a 20-year-old Japanese woman. He stunned her with a blunt object, then stabbed her and took the body to the woods. Not that long ago, as many as 65,000 Okinawa residents took to the streets to protest against illegal actions of US military men serving at the US army base in Japan.

Jun 20 12:19

Kazakhstan calls to stop sanction confrontation

Kazakhstan calls for abandoning sanction policies, the country’s foreign minister, Yerlan Idrisov, said on Monday. "The head of state has been repeatedly saying this and has been repeating his call on the world leaders to abandon the short-sighted politicized sanction policies that are harming ordinary people," he said. Kazakhstan’s economy, in his words, also feels adverse impacts of the sanction confrontation between Russia and the Western countries. "Naturally, the sanction are telling on us. Our businessmen and our economy feel it".

Jun 19 08:24

One of biggest protests in 2 decades: Over 50,000 Okinawans gather for anti-US military rally

The Japanese island of Okinawa sees one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades, involving at least 50,000 people who protest against heavy US military presence after a local woman was murdered by an ex-Marine and a string of other incidents.

Jun 18 09:59

Slavery in Thailand: How Southeast Asian Slaves Catch the Seafood Eaten in the US

Seafaring slave ships didn’t vanish in the 19th century. They still persist.

And there’s a good chance they’re catching your dinner.

Just a few years ago, the dark underworld of forced labor in Thailand’s fishing sector was little known. The dirty secrets of this $7.3 billion powerhouse industry have since been explored by the media and international watchdog groups.

But this international outcry has changed little on the lawless seas, where men still slave away on Thai-captained trawlers under savage conditions. Implications for the US are disturbing: Thailand is America’s second-largest seafood supplier behind China.

The men who haul these fish from the sea were typically suckered into working for zero pay. Almost all of the victims are smuggled from destitute villages in Myanmar or Cambodia under false promises of gigs in factories, farms or construction yards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, will the US Congress, understanding clearly that Thailand uses maritime slavery, do for Thailand what it did for Malaysia in its reclassification of its labor status in order to join TPP, which Thailand ultimately wants to join?!?

As reported at huffpo on 27 July 2015:

The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders — a move that the activists said damages U.S. credibility — simply to boost the president’s trade agenda. “The Administration has turned its back on the victims of trafficking,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a written statement. “They have elevated politics over the most basic principles of human rights.” Hundreds of Democrats and a handful of Republicans had previously urged the State Department to maintain Malaysia’s ranking as a “Tier 3” human trafficking violator. For years, the Malaysian government has largely turned a blind eye to sex slavery involving men, women and children. Forced labor is rampant in several sectors of the country’s economy, particularly the electronics industry. In April, mass graves holding more than 130 human trafficking victims were discovered near the country’s northern border with Thailand. That same month, the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia said the government needed to take human trafficking prosecution more seriously. Nevertheless, the State Department officially upgraded Malaysia’s status to Tier 2 on Monday.

It never ceases to amaze me to what depth President Obama is willing to sink to get his agenda successfully enforced to enrich the elites of this world, even when that agenda means the acceptance of slave labor, as it did with Malaysia's being accepted as a TPP member.

Jun 16 15:53

‘Ferguson Effect’ To Blame? DOJ Study Points To ‘Unprecedented’ Homicide Rise

As the US comes to terms with the Orlando massacre, the Justice Department has revealed “a nearly unprecedented” spike in homicides. Yet, the worrisome surge was not due to mass shootings, but a “Ferguson effect,” the new DOJ study says.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 10 11:34

Preparations underway for summit on Nagorno-Karabakh in St. Petersburg

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and French Ambassador to Moscow Jean-Maurice Ripert have discussed preparations for the trilateral summit on Nagorno-Karabakh in St. Petersburg, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The meeting was held on the request of the French ambassador who was accompanied by co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group Pierre Andrieu.

"During the meeting, the sides discussed issues connected with international efforts on resolving the crisis in Ukraine, as well as preparations for the trilateral summit on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement in St. Petersburg. They also touched upon the situation in the South Caucasus and in Central Asia," the foreign ministry said.

The ministry did no clarify the concrete date of the summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is perceived as an "honest broker" by both the Azerbaijani and Armenian governments; hopefully, this dialogue will move the process along to where there can be a meaningful peace deal created., and permanently de-escalate tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Jun 09 07:17

US-Japan Sign Historic Defense Cooperation Deal to Counter China’s Reach

The deal that Tokyo has long resisted threatens to intensify regional tensions and may come at a big cost to American workers and the US military-industrial complex.

Jun 08 10:48

Kazakhstani leader says Aktobe events organized from abroad. Signs of color revolution

On June 5, a group of criminals attacked two gun shops and an army unit of the National Guard in Aktobe, a city located 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Russia’s border, the Interior Ministry said. Seven people were killed in the attack, including three servicemen. Thirty eight people were wounded, the health ministry said. A total of 13 criminals were killed and 14 others wounded in an anti-terrorist operation. A search for six other suspects is underway. A moderate "yellow" terrorist alert has been declared in all regions of the republic for at least 40 days... President Nazarbayev said there are signs that ‘color revolutions’ plotted in the Central Asian republic. "We all know that the so-called color revolutions have various methods and start with sophisticated rallies, murders and the strive to seize power. These signs have emerged here," the president said, adding that "someone has sought to test the state power’s strength" taking advantage of the liberal state policy and laws.

Jun 07 15:23

Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Due To Glyphosate Contamination While U.S. Does Nothing

By Amanda Froelich

Bad news for Quaker Oats. After a random inspection from Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), glyphosate (the compound deemed to be “probably carcinogenic by the WHO last year) was detected in 10 out of 36 oatmeal products, exceeding the country’s legal limit. As a result, the country recalled nearly 62,000 kilograms of oatmeal...

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

May 30 10:04

Japan Puts Military On Alert For Possible North Korea Missile Launch

Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing, while South Korea also said it had detected evidence of launch preparations, officials from Japan and South Korea said.

Tension in the region has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles.

Japan ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, Japan’s NHK state broadcaster said.

A Japanese official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed the order. A spokesmen for Japan’s defense ministry declined to comment.

A Patriot missile battery on the grounds of Japan’s Ministry of Defense had its missile tubes elevated to a firing position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historically,the guidance systems on North Korean missiles have performed miserably, to date.

That having been said,however, if another country, like Israel, (which was caught attempting to sell nuclear technology to then-apartheid South Africa) , sells North Korea a functional guidance system, which North Korean scientists can reverse-engineer, then all bets are off, and the region may well be headed into war.

May 27 11:31

Israeli Weapons Flow to Azerbaijan

In early April, as renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region made headlines in Turkey, there was little talk of the crucial role of Israeli weapons in the clashes. Only the daily Hurriyet reported on Azerbaijan’s use of the Israeli Harop armed drone, which generated Armenian protests.

Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Omer Celik summarized why the issue should be important to the press: “Azerbaijan’s battle is our battle; their martyrs are our martyrs.” Indeed, Azerbaijan consistently scores as Turkey’s closest friend in Turkish public opinion polls, while Israel maintains its status as a serious threat in the same polls.

May 24 08:44

OBAMA LIFTS ARMS EMBARGO TO THE “POLICE STATE” OF VIETNAM

Don’t let anyone tell you Barack Obama’s a lame duck. Our CEO of war was recently spotted in Southeast Asia spreading around some of that famous peace and democracy.

Vice News reports:

US President Barack Obama announced on Monday that Washington would fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, despite human rights organizations describing it as “among the world’s most repressive regimes.”

The decision to lift the arms trade ban, which followed intense debate within the Obama administration, suggested that US concerns about China’s assertiveness outweighed arguments that Vietnam had not done enough to improve its human rights record and that Washington would lose leverage for reforms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unrelenting state of siege against human and political rights by the Vietnamese government against its own people means absolutely nothing to President Obama, or the people around him; this is all about the money the US military/industrial complex will make off of the coming weapons sales to Vietnam.

May 20 09:04

Japan protests to US over Okinawa woman’s death

Japan has submitted an official letter of protest to the US diplomatic mission in Tokyo over the brutal murder of an Okinawan woman, which is suspected to have been carried out by an American.

On Thursday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida summoned US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to the Foreign Ministry and handed over the letter after the police arrested the 32-year-old suspect.

The body of Rina Shimabukuro, who had been missing since late April, was recently found in a weed-covered area in southern Okinawa. Police have found DNA matching the dead woman's in a car belonging to Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former US Marine, who lives in southern Okinawa and works at the US Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture.

The police, accordingly, suspect the man of having murdered the victim and disposed of her body.

May 20 06:49

US military contractor murders another Okinawa woman, Japan furious

It looks like they are going to give this one to the Japanese authorities. He will probably get the death penalty. Good riddance.

May 19 18:59

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

May 19 12:39

Vietnam says U.S.-based group, culprit behind social disturbance

Social order in Vietnam's capital Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City have been recently disrupted due to mass gatherings held in the name of environment protection using the context of the unusual mass fish deaths in the country's central coastal region.

"The U.S.-based terrorist organization Viet Tan was the real culprit behind the social disturbances," according to Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA on Wednesday.

Viet Tan members inside and outside the country incited people, including juveniles and ex-convicts, to gather at public places. They even delivered money to participants, with the hidden intention of blowing up the protest into a riot, thus hindering the upcoming general elections, said VNA.

May 17 11:41

Armenian, Azeri leaders reiterate commitment to Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a ceasefire in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region and to a peaceful settlement of the conflict during a meeting in Vienna on Monday, according to a joint statement by United States, France and Russia.

Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev also agreed on a next round of talks to be held in a mutually-agreed location, with the aim of resuming talks on a comprehensive settlement, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a "cross your fingers and pray moment" for this region.

Any major flareup in activities could have regional allies, like Russia for Armenia, and Turkey for Azerbaijan, joining the fray as well.

May 12 09:32

IN TOONS ~~ POTUS RUBS SALT ON THE SURVIVORS OF THE HIROSHIMA BOMBING

Many are expecting Obama to apologise for atomic bomb during historic visit, but the White House says it won’t happen.

May 10 01:50

US Navy Carries Out Patrol In Disputed Part Of South China Sea

US Navy carries out patrol in disputed part of South China Sea after PLA wraps up combat drills in the area
The latest US ‘freedom of navigation exercise’ close to Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef, amid increasing tensions over territorial claims in region

A US navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near a disputed reef in the South China Seas on Tuesday, the US Department of Defence said, after the Chinese military wrapped up a military drill in the area.

The operation by the USS William P. Lawrence, travelling within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, was to “challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea”, a defence department spokesman said.
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The US operation came after the Chinese military had carried out a combat drill involving its most advanced warships as Beijing boosts its military presence in the South China Sea.

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May 09 12:53

Yen tumbles on intervention warning, higher risk appetite

The yen hit a roughly two-week low against the dollar on Monday after Japan’s finance minister said Tokyo was ready to intervene in the currency market if needed, with stronger risk sentiment also easing demand for traditional safe havens such as the Japanese currency.

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May 08 08:16

Hillary Clinton’s Israel, Iran, Iraq & Libya Record Indicates She’s A Proven Warmonger

Looking back over Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record, it’s clear that she is neither a progressive nor a liberal, but a proven warmonger whose record has contributed greatly to war, bloodshed and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa.

May 07 08:43

Armenia, Azerbaijan forces resume fire

Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have reportedly resumed fire in violation of a ceasefire that had ended deadly clashes in the disputed Caucasus region of Karabakh last month.

On Saturday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Armenian armed forces had violated the truce on the contact line with the Azerbaijani armed forces in the conflict area 122 times over the past 24 hours.

Armenian forces shelled Azerbaijani positions both from Armenian territory and from the territory under dispute, it said. “Taking into account the operational situation, the Azerbaijani armed forces delivered 123 strikes upon the enemy positions,” the ministry said.

Yerevan had earlier claimed that Azerbaijani forces had violated the ceasefire on the border with Armenia in the early hours of Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Sergei Lavrov; sir, you are one diplomat the Azerbaijanis and Armenians trust, because you have earned it.

Please do everything you possibly can to ratchet down tensions here.

With Russia supporting Armenia, and Turkey supporting Azerbaijan, this conflict could spread out of control quickly, and turn into another horrific regional war, which could generate a world war.

May 05 14:23

Japan’s Prime Minister Invites Putin to Tokyo Despite Washington’s Fury

Much to Washington’s chagrin, Tokyo and Moscow appear to be forming a partnership.

On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, as Abe seeks to settle territorial disputes and gain improved trade deal conditions.

May 04 23:05

Apple loses trademark fight over 'iPhone' name in China - BBC News

The ruling comes shortly after to Apple's latest results which showed a 13% drop in revenue on slower iPhone sales. Sales in China had plunged by 26%.

Apple is also facing difficulties in other operations in China.

May 02 13:58

Hundreds in Vietnam Protest Mysterious Mass Fish Die-Off

It's rare for Vietnamese people to publicly protest anything in their Communist country.

But things have gotten out of hand. Over the past month, nearly 50 tons of dead fish have washed up on Vietnam's shores — without official explanation.

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Apr 30 12:59

The Hong Kong Housing Bubble Implodes

Apr 29 11:08

Pot, Kettle: UK Urges Saudis To Speed Up Yemen Inquiry, Despite Its Own 6-Year Chilcot Wait

In a rare bout of public criticism of the Saudi regime, a UK minister has urged the theocracy to speed up an inquiry into its brutal war in Yemen.

Apr 28 09:32

Japanese Bloodbath After BoJ Disappoints - Nikkei Drops 1000 Points, USDJPY Crashes

If there was a sign that nothing else matters but central bank largess, this was it. The moment The Bank of Japan statement hit and proclaims "unchanged" a vacuum hit USDJPY and Japanese stocks. Reflecting that Japan's economy has "continued a moderate recovery trend" which is utter crap given the quintuple-dip recession, Kuroda and his cronies said they will "add easing if necessary" and apparently that is not now. Not so much as a higher ETF purchase or moar NIRP.. and the aftermath is carnage - NKY -1000 points and USDJPY crashed to a 108 handle!!

Apr 26 09:46

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

Thailand-based newspaper Bangkok Post in its article, “Yingluck denies Thaksin’s involvement,” refers to ousted, US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra, removed from power in 2006 by a military coup after nearly two terms in office trampling the rule of law and the lives and livelihood of the Thai people, and claims that he has extensively relied on foreign lobbyists in a bid to return to power.

Apr 25 13:02

Fatalities Reported After Bus Blast in Yerevan, Armenia

A bus explosion has occurred in Yerevan, Armenia, killing at least three people and injuring six, according to Major-General Nikolay Grigoryan of the the Armenian Emergencies Ministry.

The explosion occurred in downtown Yerevan at the intersection of Halabyan and Arzumanyan streets and could be heard from miles away.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the explosion. The bus explosion occurred one day after the Armenian capital hosted ceremonies to mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One little factoid this article very carefully left out; it was the Turks who created genocide against the Armenians in 1915

The timing, right after ceremonies to honor those killed during the Armenian genocide, strikes me as more than a little interesting, and I have to wonder; did a Turkish or Azerbaijani agent/provocateur do this?!?

I hope Putin advises the Armenian government strongly upon good forensics on the investigation,and geopolitical restraint against Azerbaijan.

Apr 25 10:37

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been working out specific details of how best to use the new high-speed rail infrastructure project spanning the vast space of Eurasia from Beijing across Russia and the states of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union including Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus and on to the west to include, so far, states of eastern and central Europe. A series of recent agreements by Chinese companies in Kazakhstan gives a hint of the economic boom being planned.

Apr 25 09:34

MALAYSIA WILL LIKELY FORCE ‘POLITICAL BLOGS’ AND NEWS WEBSITES TO REGISTER WITH THE GOVERNMENT

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry has formally proposed legal amendments to the Attorney General that would require the country’s political blogs and online news portals to register with the government. Minister Salleh Said Keruak denies that the legislation amounts to censorship, arguing that the proposal is designed to preserve the Internet as a tool for promoting Malaysia’s economic growth, and meant to protect the country against internal divisions brought about by misleading information published online, he says.

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, saying the move reverses the government’s earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Minister Salleh Said Keruak: this proposed legislation is absolute, and complete, codswallop, and you know it!

Instead of attempting to silence the messenger, is it possible that the current government of Malaysia could, please, be a little less corrupt and a little more transparent?!?

Apr 24 08:11

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

Thailand-based newspaper Bangkok Post in its article, “Yingluck denies Thaksin’s involvement,” refers to ousted, US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra, removed from power in 2006 by a military coup after nearly two terms in office trampling the rule of law and the lives and livelihood of the Thai people, and claims that he has extensively relied on foreign lobbyists in a bid to return to power.

During this struggle to return to power, he has placed a series of proxies in his place, most notably his own brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat who served as prime minister in 2008, and his own sister Yingluck Shinawatra who served as prime minister from 2011-2014 before being removed by a subsequent coup...

Apr 23 16:57

Japan panel greenlights gene editing of human eggs for basic study

A government bioethics panel on Friday approved gene modifications of fertilized human eggs for basic research purposes, while rejecting the technology’s clinical use due partly to the unknown impact on the next generation. Studies on so-called genome editing are under way to use it for animals, plants and human body cells, but whether the technology should be applicable to fertilized human eggs is being debated worldwide after Chinese scientists reported gene editing of human embryos last year, in what was believed to be the world’s first such case.

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 22 14:28

Obama Bows to Turkish Genocide Denial as Erdogan Calls for War on Armenia

President Obama broke a campaign promise in refusing to honor the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians so as not to anger Erdogan, his dictatorial, terror sponsoring counterpart.

Nonetheless, with one last opportunity to identify a historical truth and properly honor the suffering of an entire people, President Obama once again joined a chorus of deniers, embracing what he once called an untenable policy, and sending a direct message to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US endorses his plans to kill dissenting ethnic minorities to recreate his version of the Ottoman Empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am beginning to wonder if Edrogan is dealing with the result of multiple medications which are fighting each other, with results like this statement happening (multiple medication is a problem for older people), or if he is simply starting to lose his reality license.

Either way, it is a scary moment, particularly in light of the fact that Turkey is a NATO partner.

Apr 22 07:46

Giant hornet discovered in unsuspecting Japanese woman's wardrobe

A woman in Japan had an unwelcome surprise when she opened her cupboard to discover an enormous Japanese Giant Hornet nestling in her clothes.

The insects, which are often around 4.5cm long and have a sting which can pierce leather, are a sub-species of the Asian Giant Hornet, one of the most dangerous bugs in the world.

The woman, known by her Twitter handle @sun_s_k, posted the photos to social media, showing off the size of the hornet and asking for advice on dealing with it.

This should do the trick:

Apr 21 23:20

Space Mystery: Japan’s $273 Million “Black Hole” Satellite Has Vanished

Japan claims its “Black Hole” satellite Hitomi was “essential” to solving the mysteries of the universe, but now the satellite itself is the mystery, as Gizmodo explains it has just up and disappeared, “leaving behind only an ominous trail of debris and some cryptic messages”...

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Apr 19 09:19

HPV vaccine makers to be sued in Japan for damage and deaths caused by toxic immunizations

In response to vaccine injuries linked to the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, 12 plaintiffs in Japan plan to file a class action lawsuit against the Japanese government, Merck and GlaxoSmithKine after June 2016. The plaintiffs are seeking answers about why they were not told about the HPV vaccine risks before they received the vaccination.

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