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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

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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

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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 24 07:09

Chinese Government Buys Syngenta: Massive Pesticide, Biotech, Pharma Mergers

China National Chemical (ChemChina) is a chemical corporation owned by the Chinese government. Syngenta is one of the world’s largest producers of pesticides, GM technology, seeds, and other biotech products similar to Monsanto or Bayer Crop Science. ChemChina has been bidding for Syngenta for a few months now, seeking to take the corporation…

Aug 23 11:30

China, Russia to hold South China Sea ‘drills’ next month

Amid rising tensions with the Obama administration and its neighbors across East Asia, China will hold a week of naval drills with Russia in the South China Sea next month, the two countries said Monday.

Vladimir Matveyev, spokesman for the Russian navy’s Pacific fleet, said the previously announced joint drills will be held over eight days starting Sept. 12 and will focus on protecting merchant ships in the heavily-trafficked waterway. The two navies will also engage in mock island landings, according to a report Monday in the TASS news agency.

The exercises come as Beijing had become increasingly assertive in its broad claims to sovereignty to the waters off its coastline, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries in the region.

Chinese state media reacted angrily last month when an international arbitration board in The Hague sided with Manila in a bilateral dispute over key strategic island outposts in the sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, we are looking at a ratcheting up of tensions with these "drills"

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 22 11:40

UK Military Not Ready For War With Russia, China: Admiral

The UK military is not adequately equipped to deal with the growing threat of a world war, a top British military commander has warned, renewing calls for more funding.

Admiral Alan William John West, who once led Britain’s Royal Navy, told the Daily Star on Sunday that the world “is more dangerous and chaotic” than at any time and major international conflicts are looming.

Aug 22 11:02

China Joins Russia in Syria War? “Enhanced Military Aid” against US Sponsored Terrorists?

If Syria goes, Iran is next, a war if initiated by Washington far more potentially consequential and devastating.

Iran’s population alone makes it an important regional country – four times the size of Syria at around 80 million. Imagine the possible war-related death, injury and displacement toll.

Transforming the Islamic Republic into a US vassal state would give America and Israel unchallenged Middle East dominance.

Russian and Chinese regional influence would wane or be eliminated. The loss of Syrian and Iranian sovereignty would greatly aid the scourge of US imperialism worldwide – Moscow and Beijing the key independent powers standing in the way of its global dominance.

Aug 22 08:25

Rand Corp advising US to start War with China sooner rather than later

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 21 13:35

US Woman Sentenced To Jail Over Bid To Send Military Gear To China

A US federal judge in Miami has sentenced a California woman to over four years of imprisonment for conspiring to export American military equipment, including warplane engines and a drone aircraft, to China.

Aug 21 11:53

Dangerous Seas: China And The USA

A combination of recent events underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the U.S. “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman.

Aug 21 10:31

China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.

Aug 21 09:31

China’s Pivot To World Markets, Washington’s Pivot To World Wars, And The Debacle Of The Latin American Left

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

Aug 20 10:03

China and the US Are Approaching Dangerous Seas

A combination of recent events, underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years, has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman.

In just the past five months, warships from both countries – including Washington’s closest ally in the region, Japan – have done everything but ram one another. And, as Beijing continues to build bases on scattered islands in the South China Sea, the United States is deploying long-range nuclear capable strategic bombers in Australia and Guam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American, I love my country very dearly; that having been said, I feel, as a Christian pacifist activist, that I have a moral responsibility to publicly witness to the truth, when I see this country going off the rails, as it is right now, both economically and geopolitically.

So I have a statement for both the Chinese Leadership, and the Chinese people; thinking Americans absolutely do not want war with your country.

There was a social philosopher who lived a long time ago, by the name of Karl Marx, who made the observation: "All wars are economic".

The US economy, having been horrifically mismanaged by the Federal Reserve and the US government, for so many decades, is close to entering a tailspin moment.

And what I mean by that is, although the government and corporate media keep attempting to reassure the American people that everything is just fine, thinking Americans know it is not.

American jobs continue to be outsourced/offshored at breathtaking speed, absolutely destroying what was left of the middle class in this country. Poverty, and very alarmingly, childhood poverty, particularly in our southern states, has reached breath-taking proportions.

3 million more children live in poverty, under the Obama administration

Over 90 million Americans who want to work cannot find jobs, but are not included in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in the unemployment rate, to make employment look far better than it is.

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There is some truly insane thinking in Washington which supports the idea that the only thing that can save the US economy is another World War, as insanely psychotic as that may sound. After all, the depressions before World War 1 and World War II got "mended" during and after the process of those wars, in which the US and its allies were victorious.

I understand that China has a clear, historic, and legal, claim to the South China Sea.

But in looking at the demonization against China, particularly after the judgement at the ICC, which did not rule in China's favor, I can hear the war drums, beating very loudly against both China and Russia.

The US government is looking for some excuse - any, really - to label both countries as the "bad guy", and ultimately declare war against them, to attempt to misdirect legitimate US citizens' anger against it, for conditions which the Federal Reserve and the US government have created, and through which the 1% have benefited.

These potential wars against China and Russia will be about hurting their currencies and economies, and preserving the hegemony of the US petrodollar.

The horrific human cost to such potential wars is not at all in the calculus of the US government's deliberations. After all, it is most generally not the sons and daughters of the US "elite" who wind up fighting, dying, and getting maimed for life in these wars; it's most generally other people's kids.

But both countries have the opportunity to walk away from the edge of this precipice.

That is at the G-20 Summit, to be held during September 4th and 5th in Hangzou, China.

Both President Obama and China's President, Xi Jinping, will be attending.

Therefore, I strongly urge that the Presidents of both of our countries meet, and discuss ways to diffuse the tensions around this issue; the costs of not doing this may well be both horrific, and irreversible.

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 20 08:48

Russia, Iran and China: It’s time to slap New World Order agents in their faces

Vladimir Putin: “It seems that someone would like to impose upon us some new game rules, deliberately tailored to accommodate the interests of the privileged few…”

Aug 19 10:10

China’s New Silk Road May Be A Game-Changer For Pakistan: An Interview with Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

"This will be a game-changer for Pakistan. Linking up the Gwadar port with China through the rest of the the country will vastly enhance our infrastructure. When roads, rail lines and telecom links are constructed, they will open up whole areas of the country where there was little connection to anything. This would include the establishment of new townships and industrial estates."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When China wants to accomplish something, it makes deals; when the US government wants to accomplish something, it wages wars.

Aug 18 12:32

Will the Korean Powder Keg Explode? Seoul Holds Biggest Artillery Drill Ever

Artillery drills on the North Korean border constitute a stark escalation in South Korea’s military practice, causing concern that Pyongyang may react amid heightened provocation.

On Thursday, South Korea’s army conducted its largest-ever artillery drills near the tense border with North Korea, risking an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016.
© REUTERS/ KCNA
North Korea Threatens to Destroy US Military Bases in Asia-Pacific Region
Dozens of military units along the border on Thursday deployed some 300 artillery systems that simultaneously fired shells in multiple directions, according to an army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Military.com.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears, with US government enabling, South Korea's military is attempting to get a military provocation going from North Korea, that the South could use as an "excuse" for invading North Korea.

There is one minor problem with that however, and that is....China.

China has a mutual defense pact, which is renewed about every 20 years or so. As reported at pri.org in April, 2013:

North Korean threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States have left its closest ally, Beijing, in a difficult position. Under a treaty signed half a century ago, China is obliged to “render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal” in the event North Korea comes under “armed attack by any state.” According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China has been ambivalent about its commitment to the Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. But as tensions on the Korean peninsula escalate, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to state its position. The Pentagon confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an advanced ballistic missile defense system was being sent to Guam to protect US interests in the event of a North Korean attack. In a statement published by the North's official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said war with the United States could break out "today or tomorrow." China, along with South Korea, would bear the brunt of hostilities in the region and Beijing is no doubt working around the clock to prevent such an event. As the largest provider of food, fuel and industrial machinery to North Korea, China is seen as wielding the greatest influence over the hermit kingdom.

Sounds eerily contemporary, doesn't it?!?

What China has got to do, goading both the US and South Korea diplomatically, is resume 4-way talks to create a breakthrough in replacing the current Armistice (which is simply a cessation of violence between North and South Korea) with an actual peace treaty, guaranteeing various rights and privileges for North Korea, and needs to it very much being tied into North Korea's stopping of its nuclear weapons program.

Aug 18 09:48

Three types of US bombers converge for mission

The US Air Force has for the first time brought together all 3 types of its strategic bombers for an integrated mission in the Asia-Pacific region.

The US Pacific Air Forces said on Wednesday the B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers converged at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The aircraft took off from the base for simultaneous deployment over Northeast Asia and the South China Sea.

Aug 18 09:03

China And The U.S. Are Approaching Dangerous Seas

A combination of recent events, underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years, has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman.

Aug 17 15:12

China Launches World’s First Quantum Communications Satellite

The world’s first quantum communications satellite has been launched into orbit aboard a Long March-2D rocket.

Aug 17 12:55

China Readies First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier and a Fleet of Destroyers

As tensions continue to mount over disputed territories of the South China Sea, Beijing’s Navy is undergoing a renaissance of enhanced capability that may soon rival the maritime might of the West.

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 17 08:32

US Scrambles for New Weapons to Counter Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Missiles

In April, Russia successfully carried out the first test flight of a hypersonic Yu-71 glider launched with the use of an RS-18A strategic ballistic missile in the Orenburg Region in the Ural Mountains. The missile accelerated up to 7,000 MPH. Defense analyst Bill Gertz labeled the glider "revolutionary."

Three days later, China conducted a similar experiment, launching its DF-ZF hypersonic glider from atop a missile traveling at speeds up to 7,672 miles per hour.

Commenting on the tests, Pentagon strategic forces policymaker Mark Schneider, conceded that "US programs involving hypersonic vehicles are modest by comparison.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we see the strategic failure of the Defense Department. They are repeating the same mistake made just before WW2, where the focus was on refining the star weapons of previous wars, the battleships, with little attention paid to the new paradigm being developed by other countries, the aircraft carrier.

The opening months of WW2 showed the fallacy of such fossilized thinking as it became obvious that the battleships were extremely vulnerable to air attack. While the sides of battleships were armored against shells arcing in from other warships, the upward facing decks were left thin and vulnerable to bombs falling straight down from aircraft. Fortunately, America's manufacturing might was able to overcome this initial disadvantage and produce large numbers of aircraft carriers, 167 in total, quickly enough to change the outcome of the war.

Today the vast majority of military spending is going to new versions of the weapons that won the last war. Huge aircraft carriers, such as the Gerald R. Ford, and better versions of combat aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35. But scant attention and funding has gone to the different paradigm this next war will likely follow. The US is well suited to refight WW2, but ill prepared for WW3. China and Russia know better than to fight the next war the way the US wants to fight it; carrier group on carrier group, and instead have focused on developing weapons specifically designed to get around the US defenses rather than pummel their way through them.

If we allow WW3 to start and if it goes nuclear, the US will be wide open to attack with these hypersonic and maneuverable delivery systems.

Aug 16 18:28

SHOCK REPORT: US and China armies are planning for war which could plunge world into chaos

Astonishingly the research paper says both militaries are planning for a future conflict but gives different assessments on the outcomes.

If a dispute were to boil over today, the US would win with relatively few casualties, experts found.

Aug 16 13:51

US Army Chief Arrives In China To Discuss THAAD Deployment

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is in China to hold meetings with top Chinese commanders, as tensions run high between the two countries over Washington’s deployment of missile systems to South Korea.

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 12:15

China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide "Aid And Military Training" To Assad

Ever since the return of the Syrian war in 2015, which has seen both US alliance forces and as - of last - September, Russian forces too, jousting for political influence in the region under the guise of fighting ISIS while in reality either seeking to oust or preserve the Assad regime, one major player was missing: China.

That is about to change as the last major superpower enters the world's most volatile - and dangerous - region.

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua.

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Aug 16 11:43

China To Begin Aid And “Assistance,” Cooperation With Syrian Government

By Brandon Turbeville

According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese military will soon begin providing assistance and aid to the Syrian government, an agreement which was made on August 14...

Aug 16 10:53

Warnings of 'Destructive' War as China Challenges US Military Might

A future war between China and the US would be "intense, destructive, and protracted", US President Barack Obama's former chief intelligence adviser warned US policy makers on Monday (August 15). David Gompert sent the warning in a Rand Corporation report commissioned by the US Army.

"War between the United States and China could be so ruinous for both countries, for East Asia, and for the world that it might seem unthinkable…The United States can no longer be so certain that war would follow its plan and lead to decisive victory," Mr Gompert wrote.

Looking ahead, the report predicts that with the possibility that China's economy may overtake the US' by 2025, and with Chinese technological advances, the military gap between the US and China is set to narrow.

"Even then, however, China could not be confident of gaining military advantage, which suggests the possibility of a prolonged and destructive, yet inconclusive, war."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if that 2025 date, by which China is supposed to achieve financial parity with the US, is part of the push to have such war sooner rather than later, and push down the value of the Chinese currency.

Also, if DNC and the White House presidential polls indicate that Trump will win in a landslide in November, this Administration is not above "gifting" Trump with one or two wars before he even takes the oath of office, to create the worst possible scenarios with which he will have to deal as President.

Aug 16 08:20

While Beijing and Manila talk, Washington spoiling for a fight

As much as Washington may hate it, the fact is Beijing and Manila are diplomatically discussing the situation in the South China Sea.

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.

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"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 13 16:10

Rethinking The Cold War… (and the new one) — Paul Craig Roberts

Could it be any clearer? A vote for Hitlery is a vote for war. Despite this most obvious of all facts, the US media, united as one, are doing everything in their power to drive Trump into the ground and to elect Hitlery.

Aug 12 23:17

US Nuclear-Bomber Triad in Pacific for First Time as China Reaches Boiling Point

With tensions in the South China Sea and throughout the Pacific Rim at increasing levels, the Obama Administration adds fuel to the fire by dispatching enough nuclear weaponry to kill everyone in the region.

The United States has dispatched its three strategic bomber types to the Pacific region for the first time, in a bid to reassure allies amid growing aggression from China in the wake of the Hague-based Court of Arbitration ruling against Beijing’s claim to territories in the South China Sea, and the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system.

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
© AP PHOTO/ CHARLES PLATIAU
Is Edward Snowden in Danger? Spooky Tweet May Trace to Cryptic Bitcoin ‘911’

Aug 12 17:35

Could China Build Britain’s Hinkley Nuclear Power Plant Using Stolen US Technology?

Britain’s Chinese partner in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station deal is facing espionage charges in the United States, it has emerged.

Aug 12 12:49

War hawk Hillary Clinton vows to 'stand up to China'

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has vowed to “stand up to China” and oppose the Pacific trade agreement.

Speaking to a crowd in the US state of Detroit – where she unveiled her plans on global economic issues – Clinton said on Thursday the world’s second largest economy had “gamed the system” for too long.

Aug 12 07:35

US Nuclear-Bomber Triad in Pacific for First Time as China Reaches Boiling Point

With tensions in the South China Sea and throughout the Pacific Rim at increasing levels, the Obama Administration adds fuel to the fire by dispatching enough nuclear weaponry to kill everyone in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, it occurred to me that I have never seen a mushroom cloud with my own eyes. I think it would be neat before I leave office!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 12 07:33

Beijing Crosses Washington's 'Red Line' in South China Sea

The Chinese military appears to be dramatically increasing its presence around a key island in the South China Sea, sending a strong message to Washington.

As Beijing continues its land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, Washington has remained adamant about one island in particular: Scarborough Shoal. Located northeast of the Spratly archipelago, it is claimed by China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and the US has maintained that any attempts to militarize the shoal would cross a "red line."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scarborough Shoal is 8,572 miles from Washington DC. It is just 11 miles long, and mostly lagoon.

I do think DC ought to be more concerned with problems inside our own borders than with mucking about on the other side of the planet!

Aug 12 07:11

Hillary Clinton vows to 'stand up to China'

Speaking to a crowd in the US state of Detroit - where she unveiled her plans on global economic issues - Clinton said on Thursday the world's second largest economy had “gamed the system” for too long.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And that's our job!" -- Hitlery

Aug 12 07:11

Globalization Is Dead, But The Idea Is Not

I personally have the idea that if you think central banks -and perhaps governments- have the ability and the tools to prevent or cure financial crises, you’re in the more optimistic camp. And if you don’t, you’re a pessimist. A third option might be to think that no matter what central bankers do, things will solve themselves, but I don’t see much of that being floated. Not anymore.

What I do see are countless numbers of bankers and economists and pundits and reporters holding up high the concept of globalization (a.k.a. free trade, Open Society) as the savior of mankind and its economy.

And I’m thinking that no matter how great you think the entire centralization issue is, be it global or on a more moderate scale, it’s a lost case. Because centralization dies the moment it can no longer show obvious benefits for people and societies ‘being centralized’. Unless you’re talking a dictatorship.

Aug 11 16:16

War With China Unthinkable? Think Again!

According to a recent study by the Pentagon-linked RAND Corporation, a US military conflict with China is unlikely by calculated move but less unlikely by miscalculation or accident. Does this not mean US interventionism in the South China Sea conflict could lead to such a nightmare scenario? Just this year the US has pushed both Vietnam and the Philippines to a more confrontational position vis-a-vis China.

Aug 11 10:04

Beijing Installs Supersonic Missiles on South China Sea’s Most Lethal Destroyer

The upgraded combat features on board the flagship of the South China Sea fleet impress Western defense analysts, as Beijing threatens to aggressively defend the disputed territories.

China has completed a major weapons upgrade for their Shenzen destroyer, which will return to operations with the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) fleet in the South China Sea amid brewing tensions over the disputed territory, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.

In this undated photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet lands on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning

The missile system of the Shenzen, Beijing’s only Luhai-class destroyer, was upgraded to a 32-cell vertical launch platform capable of firing medium-range HHQ-16 surface-to-air (SAM) missiles with a range of 19 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 2,148 mph (3457 kph). Defense analysts say the system is comparable to the powerful Russian Gollum/Shtil-2 missile system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one bet I will make right now; when these weapons are trained on a target, they will hit that target with absolute accuracy and devastating effect.

And there is another thing on which I am almost willing to bet; if internal DNC and White House polls show Trump winning in a landslide against Clinton in November, this country will be at war with Russia AND China before Trump has the opportunity to take his Oath of Office in January.

Aug 11 07:26

Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

Decades of authoritarian one party rule have perhaps reduced one man's ability to question authority as a Chinese bloke awaiting the birth of his child was erroneously whisked in for a haemorrhoidectomy.

Doctors at Shenyang Hunnan Xinqu Hospital mistook Mr Wang for another chap with a bad case of the pink grapes and whisked him into the operating theatre, according to a report in Bandao City News.

Wang thought he was going to help his wife with the delivery of their child but then medics asked him to drop his pants and jump onto the operating table.

“It felt strange, and I asked why,” he was reporting as saying. “They just said, “Just do what we tell you”. One operation later and the 29-year-old gent was rid of the piles he didn’t know he had.

Aug 10 10:04

South China Sea Ramp-Up: New Chinese Aircraft Carrier’s Shocking Combat Features

Speaking about the J-15 fighter jets during an August 4 program, Chinese Rear Admiral Yin Zhou said, "Once all eight aircraft fly out in formation, they have a strong combat capability." He noted that the Liaoning can carry up to 20 aircraft, prompting Chinese media to further comment that the carrier exhibits "growing combat capability."

India to Test BrahMos Supersonic Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missiles from Su-30s
The presence of Z-18J airborne early warning (AEW) and Z-18F anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters, never before seen alongside the J-15 on the Liaoning carrier, represents a significant development in China’s joint aviation and naval capabilities, likely forming a full air-wing for the carrier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Big deal. Our latest supercarrier, the Gerald R. Ford, will make short work of China's ... what? Really?!? You're kidding!!! (Ahem) ... Ummmmmmmm ... I have to go do ... something. Press conference is concluded." -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 09 09:14

CHINA TO LAUNCH UNBREAKABLE SPY SATELLITE

Aug 09 08:22

China warns of consequences if Theresa May scraps controversial Hinkley Point nuclear power plant

The Chinese ambassador to London suggested 'mutual trust' between the countries will be damaged if the huge project does not go ahead.

Aug 09 07:18

THE AMERICAN KRAKEN IS STRETCHING ITS TENTACLES TO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Apparently, 90% of the wars, waged against China certainly from abroad, went through the South China Sea. So, there is a whole strategic interest in maintaining defensive positions. Regarding the Arbitrage Court in Hague which decided that China had no historic rights to the South China Sea and it had violated the Philippines' economic and sovereign rights, China said it doesn’t recognize its legitimacy. Also we can see that the EU and France in particular are siding with the US, pursuing the line of 'freedom of navigation' in this area of international waters.

Aug 08 08:38

Chinese Anti-Nuclear Rally: ‘We know about Fukushima’

French nuclear moguls Areva SA are now designing two nuclear reactors in the southern Chinese city of Taishan. Now, thousands of people took to the streets this week in Lianyungang in the northeast of China, to protest against the other Areva nuclear project there.

Aug 08 08:37

US Fails to Drive a Wedge Between India and Its BRICS Partners

Despite the recent US charm offensive against India, New Delhi has resisted the temptation, remaining committed to the BRICS ideal of multi-polarity. India maintains mutually beneficial relations with China, regardless of "brief bumps" in the relationship, geostrategic analyst Matthew Maavak told Sputnik.

Aug 08 08:36

China's New Silk Road Accelerates Sino-Russian Rapprochement

The China-led 'One Belt, One Road' initiative has become an important part of Sino-Russian relations. The two nations seek to integrate the New Silk Road with the Eurasian Economic Union project to overcome the economic difficulties they have faced.

Aug 08 08:35

South Korea Scoffs at China’s Fear of THAAD, Tells Beijing to Stop North Korea

Seoul argues that North Korea poses a present and immediate threat to regional security, but China worries more about being encircled by an increasingly aggressive United States.

Aug 07 07:41

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between US neocons and neoliberalcons. The CNAS think tank is led by one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I have dubbed The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and – the most terrifying words in the English language – Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration.

This is in fact PNAC (the Project for a New American Century) on steroids, with echoes of the warlike 1992 US Defense Planning Guidance disguised under the soothing rhetoric of benevolent hegemony and “rules-based international order”. If the Trump campaign managed to restrain his motormouth and/or motortweet instincts and focus on what this warmongering opus means for the US and the world at large they would strike a chord with millions of undecided US voters.

Aug 06 11:27

China conducts 'combat patrols' over contested islands

China's air force sent bombers and fighter jets on "combat patrols" near contested islands in the South China Sea, in a move a senior colonel said was part of an effort to normalize such drills and respond to security threats.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the disputed waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled last month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea.

The air force sent several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets to inspect the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The patrols included surveillance and refueling aircraft, Xinhua said, although it did not say when they occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a completely logical move on the part of the Chinese government, considering to what lengths the US government has gone to stoke tensions in the region with their alleged "freedom of navigation exercises".

And the following report, from businessinsider.com, indicates that more tensions are brewing:

China is finding itself falling into a strategic nightmare with the first sign of a Washington-Tokyo­-Seoul military alliance at its ­doorstep after South Korea hinted that it would share missile intelligence with Japan, analysts say. South Korea's Ministry of ­Defense said only that it could share with Japan the information on North Korean missiles gathered via a US-supplied ­antimissile system. But that is a dangerous step in the eyes of ­Beijing, as it could knit Tokyo and Seoul closer in military cooperation down the road. Both Japan and South Korea are military allies of the US, but Seoul is always reluctant to engage in bilateral military cooperation with Tokyo because of territorial disputes and wartime atrocities suffered by Koreans. But Seoul's stance changed on Thursday. In his regular press conference, the South Korean defense ministry spokesman said information sharing with Japan would be possible, citing a memorandum signed in 2014 by the US, South Korea, and Japan regarding Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported. This modest start could lead to wider information-sharing ­between South Korea and Japan, and remotely, a military alliance, said Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military analyst who previously worked as an instructor for the People's Liberation Army's Second Artillery Corps, the former strategic missile force.

Aug 06 10:51

“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government

If Helen Thomas were still there, she would ask the Liar-in-Chief what went wrong with Washington’s policy in Iraq. We were promised that a low-cost “cakewalk” war of three or six weeks duration would bring “freedom and democracy” to Iraq. Why is it that 13 years later Iraq is a hellhole of war and destruction?

What happened to the “freedom and democracy?” And the “Cakewalk”?

You can bet your life that no presstitute asked Obama this question.

No one asked the Liar-in-Chief why the Russians and Syrians could clear ISIL out of most of Syria in a couple of months, but Washington has been struggling for several years to clear ISIL out of Iraq. Is it possible that Washington did not want to clear ISIL out of Iraq because Washington intended to use ISIL to clear Assad out of Syria?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Russian and Chinese leadership; thinking Americans do not want to see their country go to war against you.

And as you are well aware, the American military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

Please understand: I love this country very much.

That being said, however, I have had, and am having, some intense moral, and practical, concerns about the really bad decision-making, demonstrated by the US government, concerning its use of military force, over the last two decades.

But if such a war comes, it most likely will happen this Fall, particularly if internal DNC and White House polling finds Hillary Clinton woefully behind in this year's Presidential elections.

As reported by the nytimes.com in September of 2002, relative to the campaign to "justify" the coming US government's attack against Iraq:

White House officials said today that the administration was following a meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein. The rollout of the strategy this week, they said, was planned long before President Bush's vacation in Texas last month. It was not hastily concocted, they insisted, after some prominent Republicans began to raise doubts about moving against Mr. Hussein and administration officials made contradictory statements about the need for weapons inspectors in Iraq. The White House decided, they said, that even with the appearance of disarray it was still more advantageous to wait until after Labor Day to kick off their plan. ''From a marketing point of view,'' said Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff who is coordinating the effort, ''you don't introduce new products in August.'' A centerpiece of the strategy, White House officials said, is to use Mr. Bush's speech on Sept. 11 to help move Americans toward support of action against Iraq, which could come early next year. ''Everybody felt that was a moment that Americans wanted to hear from him,'' said Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's chief political adviser. Sept. 11 will also be a time, Mr. Rove said, ''to seize the moment to make clear what lies ahead.''

It is very clear to me that when any government believes it has to "sell" its public on a particular narrative to push their war agenda, it has neither the truth, nor the high moral ground on its side.

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 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 15:27

China’s Futuristic Bus That Drives Above Car Traffic Is Finally Here

Chinese engineers have made every city-dweller’s dream come true, building an elevated bus that can drive above car traffic.

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 05 11:16

Growing Organic Market In China But Is It Only For The Rich?

Despite being the second largest economy on the face of the earth, and rapidly moving to become the first, a vast majority of Chinese wouldn’t know it. The 20th century for China has been marked with low living standards, totalitarianism, war and genocide. Not content to suffer under only one ideology, China…

Aug 05 09:45

“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”: RAND Corporation Lays out Scenarios for US War with China

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Aug 05 09:37

China's top court issued an 'ominous' message about the South China Sea

The days of nations jockeying for position in the resource-rich waters of the South China Sea aren't even close to being over, despite last month's historic legal decision rejecting China's claim to the majority of the region.

On Tuesday, China's top court said there was a "clear legal basis for China to safeguard maritime order, marine safety and interests, and to exercise integrated management over the country's jurisdictional seas."

The regulation states that those who engage in illegal hunting or fishing in China's waters will be pursued for criminal liability.

"This is kind of an ominous suggestion that they will be prosecuting people who enter the waters that China claims," Michael Davis, a law professor at Hong Kong University told CNN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the time of the Treaty of Cairo, right after World War II, these islands have been universally considered part of Chinese territory.

To consider it otherwise is attempting to demonise China toward the geopolitical goal of causing a shooting war in the South China Seas.

Although the US government would like to see China's growth and power checked in the 21st century, as well as undermine its currency, a war against China (which would most likely mean a war against Russia) would be terribly unwise at this point.

And I say this because, at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome from a war against China.

The weapons procurement process in this country is nothing short of incestuous, with the same Congressional Representatives getting funded for their campaigns by the same weapons companies hungering for those lucrative weapons contracts which are ultimately greenlit by those same Congressional representatives.

Consequently, when weapons are delivered, they frequently do not work as advertised to the point of being obsolete upon delivery; are horrifically late, and obscenely over budget.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

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.

Aug 04 09:53

Is this why US taxpayers bailed them out?

A reminder:
General Motors now China Motors.
Listen to this and weep as you realize that Trump is telling the truth.
All this happened under 0bama.

Aug 04 09:51

Is Creating “Superhumans” the Next Arms Race?

By Nicholas West

The very nature of any arms race is a study in one-upmanship that is presumed to be necessitated by that which came before. A perfect current example is the global drone arms race. But what happens when a country starts tinkering with genetics?...

Aug 03 09:29

Prepare For "War At Sea" China Defense Minister Warns

In the latest escalation of bellicose rhetoric over the territorial dispute involving the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan warned of offshore security threats and urged for a "substantial preparation for a people's war at sea" to safeguard sovereignty, China's Xinhua writes.

Aug 02 21:18

Chinese Media: Australia an ‘Ideal Target to Strike’ Over South China Sea

Australia Politicians spend their time kissing the arse of Wall St. then bending over and backing up.
The only battle that Australia has fought in self interest was fought by teenagers on the Kakoda trail in New Guinea in WW2. They were teenagers because Australia's army was shipped to Singapore where Churchill abandoned them and ordered the British fleet to sail away empty to save his precious ships. These men and women were starved and tortured until the rest of the war. Australians won't only be nuked by China they are also expected to go and be slaughtered in Europe again. All wars are bankers wars.
Armchair General Sells Australian Involvement in Ukraine….On Behalf of Arms-Maker-Funded Think Tank

Aug 02 14:23

FBI Agent Caught Spying For China Draws Comparisons to Hillary ( China gave millions in “speaking fees” to Clinton Foundation)

An FBI employee pled guilty in court for passing along sensitive information to the Communist Chinese government even as known Chinese agent Hillary Clinton is allowed to continue running for president.

Aug 02 11:25

China holds massive naval drills to prepare for ‘sudden, cruel & short’ modern war (VIDEO)

The Chinese navy held a large-scale “live ammunition” drill in the East China Sea, which involved hundreds of ships and submarines from all three fleets of the People’s Liberation Army.
The exercise involving China's East Sea, North Sea and South Sea fleets practiced both offensive and defensive capabilities of the Chinese naval power. The exercise mobilized some 300 ships, dozens of fighter planes, and involved troops that are responsible for coastal defense radars, communications, and electronic warfare defense, daily newspaper The China Times reported.

“The drill is aimed at honing the assault intensity, precision, stability and speed of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences,” said a navy statement released Monday. “An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires a fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China is telegraphing to the US government would be, "Please do not mess with us in the South China Sea."

I would like to hope that US officials are listening to this message, collectively, with both ears.

Aug 02 09:46

"Beyond the God Particle" --China to Trump CERN's LHC: Twice the Size and Seven Times as Powerful

China is planning to build an enormous particle accelerator twice the size and seven times as powerful as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, according to state media reports. According to China Daily, the new facility will be capable of producing millions of Higgs boson particles - a great deal more than the Large Hadron Collider which originally discovered the ‘God particle’ back in 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After more than a few false alarms, CERN now claims to have found the Higgs Boson. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was built specifically to look for the Higgs Boson, nicknamed "The God Particle", thereby revealing the religious agenda that is actually behind what may be history's most expensive church. It must be pointed out that although the LHC, in the unimaginable fury of the high energy collisions it generates, claims to have succeeded in producing a particle that more or less matches the predicted characteristics of the Higgs Boson (absent a piece of "massless matter" to test it with, how will we know?), that does not prove such a particle ever existed before that very moment, nor does it prove the Big Bang. The scientist-priests at the LHC will not be able to prove that their new particle is not itself a creation of the LHC rather than a part of the natural atomic world.

Particle physicists like to joke that studying matter with colliders is like smashing two mechanical clocks together and trying to guess what the clocks looked like based on the springs, gears, and levers that fly out. Let us take that analogy one step further and speculate that given enough speed at the moment of collision, individual teeth from the clock gears will come flying out as separate distinct pieces. But clearly, prior to that moment of collision, they never did exist as separate distinct pieces. Their separateness is created by the collision at that very moment. The same may well be true of the ultra-tiny particles generated by the collisions of the LHC, including whatever we may be asked to accept on faith as the "God Particle." They may be artifacts of the experimental method, and not of natural processes.

Aug 02 09:25

Chinese Fleets Conduct Real Combat Drill On East China Sea

This drill was the first large exercise using real missiles and torpedoes organized on the East China Sea after the discussion on PLA’s combat training.

Aug 02 09:06

FBI Employee Pleads Guilty To Spying, Leaking ‘Sensitive’ Information To China

After almost 20 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a 46-year-old Chinese-born electronics technician pleaded guilty to spying for Beijing.

Kun Shan Chun told the federal court judge in New York on Monday that he was guilty of sharing sensitive US government information with China.

Aug 02 07:26

FBI employee pleads guilty to spying, leaking ‘sensitive’ information to China

After almost 20 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a 46-year-old Chinese-born electronics technician pleaded guilty to spying for Beijing.

Kun Shan Chun told the federal court judge in New York on Monday that he was guilty of sharing sensitive US government information with China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, I figured if the Clintons did it in 1996, it must be okay! And, I didn't MEAN to do anything wrong!!! That gets me off the hook, right Mr. Comey?"

Aug 02 07:02

UK balks last minute at Hinkley Point nuclear deal with China, Beijing decries ‘suspicious approach’

Theresa May's government has backtracked just hours before signing a deal for a China-backed nuclear power station. Beijing state media says the UK is acting irrationally by delaying the project, jeopardizing the hard-won ‘Golden Era’ of China-UK ties.

Aug 01 10:00

Is War Inevitable In The South China Sea?

For Beijing, it’s crystal clear; the eastern seaboard must be protected at all costs – because they are the entry and exit point of China’s global supply chains. Yet as Beijing improves its military sophistication, the hegemon – or exceptionalist – machine gets itchier and itchier. Because the whole ingrained exceptionalist worldview can only conceive it as a “threat” by a peer competitor.

The larger-than-life “access” drama

From Exceptionalistan’s point of view, it’s all about the myth of “access”. The US must have full, unrestricted “access” to the seven seas, the base of its Empire of Bases, post-Rule Britannia system: the “indispensable nation” ruling the waves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If internal White House and Clinton Campaign polls indicate that Trump is going to win the November election in a landslide, my prediction is that the Democrats are going to make sure we are in a major war with Russia and/or China before Trump takes the oath of Office.

Jul 31 08:40

DoD Admits US Global Hegemony Threatened By China, Russia In "Persistently Disordered World"

By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West's military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What is WRONG with these people who won't do what we tell them to do?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 31 08:13

DOD ADMITS US GLOBAL HEGEMONY THREATENED BY CHINA, RUSSIA IN "PERSISTENTLY DISORDERED WORLD"

By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West's military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said...

Conflict and war in 2035 cannot be understood by the simple identification of a set of individual trends and conditions. Instead, the intersection and interaction of many discrete trends and conditions will ultimately change the character of future conflict and illuminate the reasons why the Joint Force may be called on to address threats to U.S. national interests. In fact, conflict in 2035 is likely to be driven by six specific and unique combinations of trends and conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the totally dysfunctional monetary policy, courtesy of the Fed and the US government, I seriously doubt that such a situation will becoming to the US that late in time, and would suggest that it will hit this country sooner rather than later.

Jul 31 06:44

China's M2

Jul 30 09:03

‘Irreparable Consequences’: China, Russia Angry About THAAD in South Korea

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow’s mutual nuclear deterrent.

“This missile defense system tends to undermine stability in the region. We hope that our partners will avoid any actions that could have irreparable consequences,” cautioned the Russian foreign ministry in the wake of Washington and Seoul’s announcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
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 08:34

Former American Colony Takes Center Stage In South China Sea Dispute

The Philippines was under American colonial rule from 1898 to 1946. Despite gaining independence, the island nation is now being used as a tool to apply pressure on China, America's biggest rival in the South China Sea.

Jul 29 16:28

RAW: Devastating Floods Hit Tibet, Highway Road Washed Away

Rain-triggered floods wash away parts of highway in Tibet, China.

Jul 29 14:31

U.S. must beware China's 'Guam killer' missile

(CNN)Capable of hitting targets 3,400 miles away, China's "Guam killer" missile is raising new fears of a growing Chinese threat to major U.S. military installations.

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 29 09:33

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.

China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.

"This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular monthly news conference.

"The exercise is not directed against third parties."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get dicey and quickly. As reported at yahoonews.com on 23 July of this year:

The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) will take part this year, the third time since 2007. The exercises off Japan's southern coast come on the back of rising regional tensions as Delhi and Tokyo remain embroiled in territorial spats with Beijing. China is also at loggerheads with some Southeast Asian nations over its claim to large swathes of the South China Sea. Washington has been increasingly turning its focus to Asia as it looks to counter Beijing's growing influence and a military buildup that has unnerved some of its regional neighbours. "India, Japan and the United States have a shared strategic interest," said international relations expert Takehiko Yamamoto, professor emeritus at Tokyo's Waseda University. "The aim of this naval exercise is for (the three countries) to manage a vast sea area stretching from the western Pacific to the Indian Ocean. "They need to make sure the lines of communication stay robust -- this exercise has China in mind," he added. India is nervous about the so-called "string of pearls", the concept of a network of ports around the Indian Ocean to which China's navy would have access, Yamamoto said. "For India, this is a great threat," he said.

All it is going to take is one stupid miscommunication, or misinterpretation, on the part of the Indian, Japanese, US, Russian, and Chinese military, (or a deliberate false flag, to be blamed on China and/or Russia), and we will be off and running in a shooting war potentially with both countries.

Jul 28 15:43

Preparing for something? Beijing and Moscow gear up for war drills in South China Sea

BEIJING and Moscow are joining forces this year for massive naval drills in the South China Sea.

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 28 11:40

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.

The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until North Korea actually finds and masters a weapons delivery system which works, Kim Jung Un is impotent to cause any real harm.

That having been said, however, there have been numerous speculations this year about North Korea having developed, or being in the process of developing an EMP weapon.

Should that ultimately prove true, it would really be nasty for South Korea and certain areas of the US (particularly here in Hawaii).

Jul 27 12:56

US Wants To Avoid Confrontation In South China Sea: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington wanted to avoid “confrontation” in the disputed South China Sea and help resolve the issue peacefully.

Jul 27 12:42

Keep It Coming: China Looks to Russia to Supply its Gold Rush

Though it is the world's biggest producer, China cannot keep up with its demand for gold, and Russian representatives at this week's China Gold Congress & Expo in Beijing are keen to strike deals to supply the Chinese market.

Jul 27 11:28

IMF and China Accelerate Creation of New Global Reserve Currency

So after the G20 meeting on July 25, the deputy director of the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) International Office Zhou Juan immediately countered the concern about a lack of market demand. He said an international development organization like the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) could issue SDR bonds in China as late as August, according to Chinese newspaper Caixin.

Zhu echoed both Ocampo and the IMF and said that “SDR-denominated bonds should be appealing to official investors at their preliminary stage because they can provide diversified investment products and reduce exchange rate and interest rate risks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could well undermine the petrodollar for good; is it no wonder that the US government is threatening war against China in the South China Seas to prevent a rise in the use of this financial instrument, as well as the rise of the gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible to US dollars?!?

Jul 26 15:27

US Looks To Increase Counter-Terror Cooperation With China: Official

The United States is considering ways to increase counter-terrorism cooperation with China, according to a senior US administration official.

The cooperation would include information sharing and working to bring stability to conflict zones like Iraq, the official told Reuters on Tuesday.

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