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Nov 03 06:35

Russia Vows "All Necessary Assistance" To Armenia In Nagorno-Karabakh, Threatening Regional War

In a major weekend development Russia said that should Azerbaijan spread its military operations against Armenia beyond the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, it will give "all necessary assistance" to Armenia, with which Moscow has a defense pact:

Russia would be prepared to render "all necessary assistance" to treaty partner Armenia if the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict expanded to Armenian territory, Russia's Foreign Ministry declared Saturday.

Nov 02 13:28

“VIKINGS TO THE RESCUE”: UNITED STATES REVEALS ITS PEACE PLAN FOR ARMENIAN-AZERBAIJANI WAR

The diplomatic process surrounding the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has reached an expected stalemate. The Armenians do not want to surrender. The Azerbaijani-Turkish bloc does not want to drop its chances for a military victory.

On October 30, the sides tried to reach another humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and once again agreed to exchange prisoners, dead bodies and not strike civilian targets. This agreement collapsed as expected a few minutes after it was reached. Speculations of US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien about the possible deployment of some mysterious Scandinavian peacekeepers looks like wishful thinking.

Nov 02 07:58

Armenia Releases Video Of Detained Syrian Mercenary Captured On Battlefield

On Sunday, the Armenian Ministry of Defense published a video clip documenting the interrogation of a person who was said to be a Syrian militant who was captured in the Karabakh region after he participated in the hostilities on the side of Azerbaijan.

The captured man who appears in the tape said that he is called, Yousef Al-Abed Al-Hajji, who is from the village of Al-Ziyadiyah, located in the countryside of Jisr Al-Shughour of the Idlib Governorate, adding that he was born in 1988 and is married with five children.

Nov 02 07:28

Malaysia :Health DG calls for power to stop elections

October 30, 2020
PUTRAJAYA(Malaysia): Amendments should be made in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 for the health ministry to prevent elections for safety reasons, says health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Speaking at a press conference today, Noor Hisham said now was not the time to carry out elections because the country’s current infection rate (R0) had not reached the ministry’s target of less than 0.5.

He said amendments to the Act would be timely, adding that the Act was already in review even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.

Nov 02 06:59

Chicken Kiev Meets Cold Turkey: Black Sea Axis Emerges?

On the face of it, an alliance between Turkey and Ukraine seems like a rather odd creation, yet one that may surprisingly durable simply because neither country has anywhere else to turn.

Kiev’s Unrequited Love

Nov 01 09:38

Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree to Avoid Targeting Civilians

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed not to target civilians on Friday during talks in Geneva. Foreign ministers from the two countries met with envoys from the US, France, and Russia to discuss the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nov 01 09:02

‘Himalayan lie’: India raids over Kashmir ‘terror funds’ slammed

Activists and rights groups have condemned Indian agency’s raids on non-governmental organisations, activists and journalists in Indian-administered Kashmir, national capital New Delhi and the southern city of Bengaluru over alleged “terror funding” in the disputed region.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted a series of raids in those places on Wednesday and Thursday, accusing several “non-profit groups and charitable trusts” of collecting funds and using them for “carrying out secessionist and separatist activities”.

Nov 01 09:00

Homesick and bellicose, Karabakh's exiled Azeris yearn for return

Gassan Akhmedov has one last wish - to return to the land of his birth, a land he says has been occupied for more than 25 years.

That dream came a step closer, the 80-year-old resident of Baku says, when Azeri troops captured the region of Jabrayil as part of their southern march on the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Our native village has been liberated,” said Akhmedov, an elder in a run-down neighbourhood of the Azeri capital populated largely by exiles of the 1991-94 war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nov 01 08:57

Live Updates: Armenian Troop Withdrawal From Karabakh Must Be Negotiated ASAP, Aliyev Says

In October, the sides agreed on ceasefires three times but failed to prevent the escalations, accusing each other of breaking the accords.

A new round of hostilities erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh on 27 September, with Baku subsequently launching a partial mobilisation and announcing a "counter-offensive", while Yerevan launched a full mobilisation to defend the breakaway republic.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict flared up in the late 1980s, with the predominantly Armenian-populated autonomy proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. As a result, Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale war for the area between 1992 and 1994 that claimed the lives of around 40,000 troops and civilians from both sides.

Nov 01 08:54

Russia promises ‘necessary’ assistance to Yerevan if Nagorno-Karabakh fighting spills onto Armenia’s soil

Moscow has promised to provide the “necessary assistance” to Armenia if ongoing fighting in the Azerbaijani breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region reaches the country’s territory, after Yerevan called on the Kremlin for help.

Russia has signaled it is ready to get more involved in the conflict between Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh republic, backed by Armenia. The “assistance” will come only if the fighting reaches the territory of Armenia, which has security agreements with Russia, however.

“Russia will render Yerevan all necessary assistance if fighting takes place directly on the territory of Armenia,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, urging the warring parties to cease hostilities immediately.

Nov 01 08:04

MAJOR: Azerbaijan Uses Banned White Phosphorus Munitions In Nagorno-Karabakh (VIDEO)

Invading Azerbaijani forces were caught using white phosphorus munitions, banned internationally, in a number of renewed attacks on the Armenian-populated Republic of Artsakh (more widely known as Nagorno-Karabakh), the Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced on October 31.

Oct 30 06:47

Soros sent 2 000 Kurdish mercenaries to Armenia, says Erdo?an

Meeting with his party’s MPs on 27 October 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said that he informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about Armenia’s deployment of mercenaries [1].

Quoting the National Intelligence Organization (Millî ?stihbarat Te?kilat? - M?T), he added that about 2,000 fighters belonging to the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan) had been moved to Armenia.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian came to power in 2018 through a coup funded by Hungarian-born speculator George Soros. At the time of the Cold War, the PKK was a Marxist-Leninist party which had the support of the Soviet Union. It gradually shifted towards the western bloc and embraced anachism. During the war against Syria, it ran a puppet state, Rojava, under NATO military protection. It now looks like it is hiring out its services to George Soros.

Oct 29 08:38

Live Updates: Azerbaijan Takes Control Of Settlements in Four Karabakh Districts, Aliev Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier discussed the development of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the Russian president expressed deep concern over the ongoing hostilities, as well as the increasing involvement of terrorists from the Middle East in the clashes.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has accused the Armenian military of shelling settlements of the Terter region on Wednesday morning. Yerevan has yet to comment on these claims.

The current armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region started on 27 September; Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of initiating the hostilities. The international community has strongly condemned the escalation and called on the parties to settle their differences peacefully.

Oct 29 07:38

Turks ‘search’ for Armenians in Lyon, France amid ethnic tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkish nationalists marched through the outskirts of Lyon, France, following violent clashes with ethnic Armenians who had blocked a roadway to show their support for Yerevan in its war with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Members of the ‘Gray Wolves’, a Turkish nationalist group, took to the streets of a Lyon suburb and a nearby commune on Wednesday night, after several Turks were reportedly injured earlier in the day by Armenian demonstrators.

France’s Independent Union of Police Commissioners said in a tweet that 150 “overexcited individuals” had participated in a “punitive expedition in search of Armenians” in Vienne, a commune 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Lyon. Footage posted to social media shows a group of people shouting and waving Turkish flags while moving through Vienne, as a police cruiser retreats.

Oct 29 07:18

Arms, oil and Iran – Israel’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh is a shambles. On September 27 hostilities flared up between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the breakaway enclave, located inside the borders of Azerbaijan yet populated by ethnic Armenians.

After three weeks of fighting and martial law the numbers of casualties differ massively, depending on the source, and are probably between a few hundred to several thousand killed. Around 75,000 ethnic Armenians fled their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh – more than half of the population. A tentative ceasefire has held since Sunday, replacing an earlier ceasefire from the previous week that fell apart within minutes.

Oct 29 06:35

Civilians Killed as Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of killing civilians on Wednesday as clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue. Despite three attempts at humanitarian ceasefires and international calls for a diplomatic solution, the fighting shows no sign of waning.

Baku accused Armenia of shelling the Barda district in Azerbaijan on Wednesday, killing 21 civilians and wounding 70 more. Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev said Armenia used cluster munitions “to inflict excessive casualties among civilians.”

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling two major cities in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing one civilian. Armenia said Azeri shells also hit a maternity hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh, but no casualties were reported. As has been typical in the conflict, both sides denied the other’s accusations.

Oct 29 05:09

Nagorno-Karabakh Live Updates: Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Says Fighting Continued Overnight

Earlier, the foreign ministers of Armenia and France emphasised the need for an immediate ceasefire in the unrecognised republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

A new US-mediated humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the third since the outbreak of hostilities, entered into force this past Monday and was subsequently violated, just like its predecessors.

The fighting on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan started on 27 September, when Yerevan and Baku accused each other of carrying out provocations in the conflict zone.

Oct 28 05:38

Third Karabakh ceasefire breached

The third ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, brokered in Washington this time, held for only one hour, on 26 October 2020. Entered into force at 8 a.m., it had already fallen through by 9 a.m. .

Like the previous ones, in Moscow and Paris on 10 and 18 October respectively, this one too seems to have been violated by Azerbaijan.

Oct 28 05:18

40,000 in Bangladesh Burn Macron in Effigy over France’s Crackdown on Jihad

An estimated 40,000 people attended a rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday calling for a nationwide boycott of France and government policies meant to hurt the European nation in response to President Emmanuel Macron launching a campaign against radical Islamists.

Macron has begun the process of shutting down jihadist groups and arresting radical Islamists in the aftermath of the murder of Samuel Paty, a schoolteacher, for showing his students satirical cartoons of Muhammad by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Macron has refused to apologize for the cartoons, as many in the Islamic world have demanded, instead announcing France would not yield to violence or intimidation in attempts to curtail free speech. The French government also held a national tribute to Paty, which many in the Islamic world considered an insult given Paty’s status as an infidel.

Oct 27 13:14

AZERBAIJAN IS IN ANGER. ARMENIANS OPEN FIRE AT ITS TROOPS PEACEFULLY ADVANCING IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH

The US-brokered humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed immediately after its start on the morning of October 26. Clashes between the sides did not stop even for a minute and Yerevan and Baku immediately accused each other of sabotaging the peace efforts.

As of the evening of October 26, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan officially stated that the US-brokered ceasefire failed, while Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that “the mediators must either achieve the withdrawal of occupying forces, or move away from the path of Baku”. It seems that the estimation of the Karabakh conflict as an ‘easy case’ by US President Donald Trump did not stand the test of reality.

Oct 26 08:02

2020 ACT Scores: Asians Pulling Away, Same as on SAT

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Taki’s column entitled “Asian Supremacy” reporting on SAT college admission test score trends for high school seniors graduating in 2020. Now the rival ACT test (12 to 36 scale) has published its 2020 average scores, and trends are fairly similar: Asians are going up, up, up, while everybody else is in decline:

The recent declines aren’t as sharp as on the SAT, where the test was redone a couple of years ago, which messed up everybody except Asians. Plus the SAT has recently won a bunch of contracts from state legislatures to give their test to everybody in the public schools, a strategy pioneered by the ACT. So, while the number of students taking the SAT has gone up in the last few years, meaning the SAT is scraping the bottom of the barrel harder, the number of ACT test-takers has declined, I think in part because the SAT won some statewide contracts away from the ACT.

Oct 26 05:56

In Asia, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China

U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington’s latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing.

As part of an intensifying pushback against China’s growing economic and military power in the region, Pompeo will also travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, two Indian Ocean countries struggling with a mountain of Chinese debt incurred to finance big infrastructure projects.

Pompeo will conclude his trip, which comes in the final week before the U.S. presidential election, in Indonesia, which is also locked in territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea.

Oct 26 05:51

Police ordered to crack down on Thailand's landmark protests aren't sure what side they are on

The 21-year-old police officer arrived in Bangkok just after midnight on Oct. 15 with clear instructions: Disperse all protesters gathered in front of the prime minister's office, with force if necessary.

The young officer's commander ordered the operation to start at 4:20 a.m., shortly after the Thai government issued an emergency decree aimed at quashing the demonstrations that had rocked Bangkok over the summer, challenging the once-untouchable monarchy. Protected by their shields, the police bore down on the young protesters, some officers kicking and punching as they went, before arresting more than a dozen leaders of the youth movement.

"The commander in charge of our operation was quite aggressive and I was worried about that. I thought our actions were very unnecessary," said the officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions. "It made me feel ashamed of myself as a human being, and like I was a coward, betraying my principles."

Oct 23 06:21

Thailand’s Military Dictatorship Endangered By Impassioned Students

Six years ago, the clownish General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in Thailand. His first act as dictator was to deploy military entertainers around the country to herald his illegal usurpation of power. Don’t worry, be happy, they proclaimed. The messiah-wannabe treated his country as an exotic location in a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

Yet Prayuth was serious about repression. He arrested opponents, forced critics to attend “attitude adjustment” sessions, made television stations carry his weekly show, and warned journalists that he could order them to be shot. His erratic behavior brought to mind Uganda’s Idi Amin, albeit without the latter’s many cruel, shameless murders.

Oct 21 06:17

China Is a Challenge, But an Asian NATO Is Not the Answer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to undermine President Donald Trump’s "America First" agenda by promoting ever-expanding military commitments around the globe. Pompeo’s latest interventionist fling occurred last week when he attended the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, in Tokyo.

Also present were representatives of Australia, India, and Japan. This international meet-up was unashamedly directed against China. Pompeo urged participants to protect their people from Beijing’s "exploitation, corruption and coercion." He and Australia’s foreign minister reportedly discussed "China’s malign activity in the region."

Oct 21 06:14

Thais defy protest ban for sixth day with 'Hunger Games' salutes

Thai protesters raised three-finger salutes to the national anthem at public places across Bangkok on Tuesday in a sixth day showing defiance of a ban meant to end three months of protests against the government and monarchy.

Oct 18 07:41

Russia to Respond to US Deployment of Missiles in Asia-Pacific Region, Ambassador Says

Moscow will adequately respond to Washington's deployment of intermediate and short-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said.

"If American missiles are deployed in APAC, and it was once again confirmed to me yesterday that such missiles would be deployed, then the range of these missiles would reach the Russian Federation, covering strategic targets of tactical nuclear deterrence," Antonov said live on Channel One Russia.
The United States abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia in August 2019. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the last major arms control deal between the US and Russia, expires on February 5, 2021.

Oct 18 06:45

Thailand Protests Grow Fiercer Against Military Ruler & World's Richest Billionaire Monarch

Mass protests in Thailand demanding the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military ruler, have grown fiercer over the weekend despite days ago the government banning all political gatherings of five or more people. Thursday's anti-gathering order is part of a crackdown against the unrest and anger that's been on for months.

Oct 18 06:36

Thai PM says not quitting, protest ban to last up to 30 days

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday he was not resigning after tens of thousands of anti-government protesters defied a ban on demonstrations under emergency measures that he said would last up to 30 days.

After an emergency cabinet meeting, Prayuth told reporters that the law would be used against those violating the ban on political gatherings.

“I’m not quitting,” he said. “The government must use the emergency decree. We have to proceed because the situation became violent ... It is being used for 30 days, or less if the situation eases.”

Oct 17 08:20

Kyrgyzstan ends state of emergency as nationalist consolidates power

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted on Friday to end a state of emergency imposed by its ousted president, as interim Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov, a Kyrgyz nationalist, took temporary control of the presidency of one of Russia’s close allies.

Oct 16 05:17

France is getting Involved in Regional Power Games in Asia – but in What Capacity?

In view of two noteworthy events which occurred in early September this year, it may be interesting to take another look at France’s plans to joining the power games being played out in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region, which is becoming a key arena in the current phase of the global political contest.

It is “another look”, as NEO briefly dealt with this subject back in 2016 in connection with a speech given by the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Jean-Yves Le Drian (now Foreign Minister) in the Shangri-La Dialogue forum, which is held every year in Singapore by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Oct 15 05:24

Kyrgyz President Resigns After Unrest: 'I Don't Want to Go Down in History as Leader Who Shed Blood'

The Central Asian country was hit by mass protests earlier this month after parliamentary elections, which have since been annulled. The crowds clashed with law enforcement and stormed the parliament building, which also serves as the presidential office.

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has signed his resignation, the press service of the presidential office announced.

"I am not clinging to power. I do not want to remain in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who shed blood and shot at his own citizens. Therefore, I've decided to step down", an official statement from Jeenbekov said.

Oct 12 07:09

New clashes in Bishkek as Kyrgyzstan slips deeper into crisis

At least five people were injured during fresh clashes between rival groups in Kyrgyzstan on Friday as the volatile Central Asian country slipped deeper into crisis.

Political factions were jostling for power as President Sooronbay Jeenbekov ordered military forces to enter the capital after claiming he was ready to resign to calm tensions.

Fresh clashes broke out Friday afternoon between followers of rival politicians in the centre of capital Bishkek, where one of the groups -- an opposition bloc representing several parties -- was holding a rally.

One of the five injured during the violence was a prominent youth activist, whom the bloc has proposed as the country's new deputy prime minister.

Oct 10 07:04

Live Updates: Kyrgyz Deputy Speaker Calls for New Nomination of Prime Minister

Mass protests erupted in the former Soviet Central Asian republic on Monday in response to what many considered to be an unfair general election. Protesters clashed with law enforcement officers and stormed the parliament building, which also serves as the office of the Kyrgyz president.

Aida Kasymalieva, the deputy speaker of the Kyrgyz parliament, said on Saturday that it was necessary to nominate a new candidate for the post of prime minister as the current pick, Sadyr Japarov, would be unable to unite the country and end turmoil.

"Dear deputies, I propose to the majority coalition of the Jogorku Kenesh [parliament] to reconsider their previous decision and to nominate a new candidate for the post of the prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic", she wrote on her Facebook page.

Oct 10 06:24

Kyrgyzstan president calls in military as protesters clash in streets

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek on Friday and ordered the military to end days of unrest, as supporters of rival political groups fought on the streets.

A Reuters journalist in the capital heard gunshots and saw demonstrators from rival groups throwing rocks and bottles at each other and scuffling. One opposition politician was reported to have been wounded.

“Today we are witnessing a real threat to our statehood,” Jeenbekov said, explaining the move, a day after the Kremlin said it needed to prevent chaos in the former Soviet republic.

Oct 10 06:11

Live Updates: Kyrgyz Deputy Speaker Calls for New Nomination of Prime Minister

Mass protests erupted in the former Soviet Central Asian republic on Monday in response to what many considered to be an unfair general election. Protesters clashed with law enforcement officers and stormed the parliament building, which also serves as the office of the Kyrgyz president.

Aida Kasymalieva, the deputy speaker of the Kyrgyz parliament, said on Saturday that it was necessary to nominate a new candidate for the post of prime minister as the current pick, Sadyr Japarov, would be unable to unite the country and end turmoil.

"Dear deputies, I propose to the majority coalition of the Jogorku Kenesh [parliament] to reconsider their previous decision and to nominate a new candidate for the post of the prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic", she wrote on her Facebook page.

Oct 08 06:39

Unrest brews in Kyrgyzstan as political crisis deepens

Kyrgyzstan slid deeper into chaos as rival opposition factions made grabs for power on Wednesday, a day after they stormed government buildings, forcing the prime minister to quit and a parliamentary election to be annulled.

There was also more unrest overnight, with reports of scuffles and clashes between people in the capital. Bishkek residents, who went through violent revolts followed by looting in 2005 and 2010, have quickly formed vigilante neighbourhood watch units to reinforce police.

Oct 08 06:38

Cambodian PM Says Ream Naval Base Not Just for China

China would not have exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday, despite Beijing chipping in for upgrades after a US-funded facility was razed at the site last month.

The Ream base is strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand, providing ready access to the fiercely contested South China Sea — a key global shipping route.

Beijing claims the majority of the resource-rich sea — vying with six other countries.

“Other countries can also ask for permission to dock ships, re-fuel or hold (joint) exercises with Cambodia,” Hun Sen said in a speech at the opening ceremony of a Chinese-owned theme park near the capital Phnom Penh.

Oct 08 05:56

Quadruple trouble for China? Why Washington’s hopes of creating an anti-Beijing NATO-style bloc in the region is a pipe dream

Mike Pompeo wants to turn the “Quad” – an informal coalition of Australia, India, Japan, and the US – into a military alliance to counter Beijing. But it’s not going to happen, because of China’s economic clout.

In China, the term ‘Gang of Four’ is used to refer to an infamous clique who advocated Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution – the mass uprising among young people that, from 1966 to 1976, transformed the country into chaos. Today, however, it may have a different meaning for Beijing.

During his visit to Tokyo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue forum, which he maintains is designed to counter China. He hoped the Quad would “counter the challenge that the Chinese Communist Party presents to all of us,” and denounced what he described as the “CCP's exploitation, corruption and coercion.”

Oct 07 08:58

Pompeo Slams China in Tokyo Visit, Seeks Asian Alliance

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his crusade against Beijing on Tuesday in a meeting with representatives from Japan, India, and Australia in Tokyo. Trump administration officials are openly considering formalizing an alliance with the four nations, known as the Quad, to counter China in the Pacific.

Ahead of the meeting, Pompeo delivered a speech directly calling out Beijing, something the representatives of the other countries avoided in their remarks.

“As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s [Beijing’s] exploitation, corruption and coercion,” Pompeo said. “We see it in the South and East China Seas, the Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Strait.”

Oct 07 07:53

Kyrgyzstan Color Revolution in Central Asia

The sudden outbreak of Color Revolution unrest in the historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan following recent parliamentary elections in this Russian CSTO mutual defense ally intensifies the US’ Hybrid War “containment” of Russia when seen in the context of the ongoing regime change efforts in fellow ally Belarus as well as CSTO-member Armenia’s dangerous efforts to provoke a Russian military intervention in support of its illegal occupation of universally recognized Azerbaijani territory.

Oct 07 07:01

Kyrgyzstan cancels disputed election results after protesters seize government building, free jailed ex-president

Kyrgyzstan’s chief electoral body said on Tuesday that it was cancelling the results of a parliamentary vote that plunged the Central Asian country into clashes and political chaos.

The Central Electoral Commission said in a statement that it had "invalidated the election results" which saw parties close to pro-Russian President Sooronbay Jeenbekov score big wins amid accusations of mass vote-buying campaigns.

Earlier on Tuesday, protesters seized Kyrgyzstan's seat of government in the capital Bishkek and freed a jailed former president after demonstrations against the election results developed into violent

Oct 05 05:56

Cambodia demolished US-built facility on naval base: Report

Cambodia has demolished a US-built facility on the country's largest naval base, according to images published by an American think tank on Friday, amid increasing concern in Washington about China's access to military bases in the nation.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published images which it said showed that the Cambodian government last month demolished a building that the United States had built at Ream Naval Base.

Last year the Pentagon had asked Cambodia to explain why it turned down an offer to repair the base, saying the decision had raised speculation of possible plans for hosting China's military.

Oct 01 10:53

"Today Might Be A Shock": World's Third-Largest Equity Market Suffers Historic All-Day Trading Halt

When we reported last night that Japan's stock exchange had halted all trading "due to network issues", we expected that the glitch would be resolved shortly and things would promptly go back to normal. We were wrong - instead, trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was brought to a complete standstill by a hardware failure for all of Thursday, in what is now the worst-ever outage for the world’s third-largest equity market.

Sep 29 07:17

US Considering Forming an Asian NATO

There’s a general consensus in Washington that Beijing is the number one threat to US global hegemony. This has led some administration officials to consider forming a NATO type alliance in Asia to counter a rising China.

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun recently suggested that the informal partnership between the US, Australia, Japan, and India could be the beginning of a NATO-style alliance in the Indo-Pacific.

The four countries, known as the Quad, already regularly hold military drills together in the Pacific. On August 31st, Biegun spoke at the US-India strategic dialogue and discussed the possibility of forming such an alliance with the Quad.

“It is a reality that the Indo-Pacific region is actually lacking in strong multilateral structures. They don’t have anything of the fortitude of NATO or the European Union,” Biegun said. “There is certainly an invitation there at some point to formalize a structure like this.”

Sep 21 09:21

Taiwan says it has the right to retaliate after China sent its military planes into the sensitive strait area 40 TIMES in a deliberate 'threat of force'

The island's defence ministry said it was facing a 'high frequency of harassment and threat from the enemy's warships and aircraft' amid high tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own renegade territory.

China's People's Liberation Army flew 18 warplanes over the mid-line of the Strait on Friday, followed by another 19 on Saturday, while US envoy Keith Krach was visiting the island.

Beijing also ramped up its rhetoric today by warning the US against helping Taiwan and saying that support for its independence was 'doomed to fail'.

Sep 21 09:04

Coronavirus Victoria: Treasury economist resigns in protest at ‘police state’

A former economist at the Victorian Treasury Department has quit his job in protest at Daniel Andrews’ “police state”, penning a devastating op-ed slamming the government’s coronavirus response.

Sanjeev Sabhlok, who moved to Melbourne from India in 2001, resigned last week after being asked to remove a number of inflammatory social media posts criticising the state government.

Mr Sabhlok runs a blog and has a Twitter account with more than 3000 followers where he has railed against COVID-19 lockdowns, and in some cases called for politicians responsible to be jailed.

“These monsters need to be tried for crimes against humanity and shot,” Mr Sabhlok said in one post earlier this month, responding to a tweet by UK conservative commentator Suzanne Evans criticising a Labour MP in that country.

Sep 21 05:24

Political Islam against China

You are probably aware that you are incompletely informed about what is brewing in Myanmar, and you probably haven’t heard about the military coalition that is preparing to attack that country. And yet, as Thierry Meyssan reveals here, these current events have been in preparation by Riyadh and Washington since 2013. Don’t take sides before you read this article and digest the information.

Sep 20 16:57

Systemic discouragement of Hydroxychloroquine is a ‘national scandal’

“Hydroxychloroquine saves lives. Italian lives, Saudi lives, Swiss lives, Filipino lives, American lives. So why not Australian lives, Mr Kelly?,” he said.

“I'll tell you why. Because all these clowns, these bureaucrats and politicians, are taking their advice from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, who in turn are taking their advice from some mob called the COVID-19 Taskforce, who have taken all their advice from the Recovery studies in Britain.

“Which have been repeatedly questioned and even debunked.

“By discouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine, by banning the drug in Victoria and criminalising its use in Queensland, Australian governments and their bureaucrats are directly responsible for the deaths of Australians.

“This is a national scandal and in time will be acknowledged as such.”

Sep 20 10:22

Australia coronavirus cases 'set to be lowest in months'

Australia looks set to record its lowest daily coronavirus increase for three months, with just 18 new cases reported so far.

The state of Victoria - the epicentre of the country's Covid-19 outbreak - recorded 14 new infections to Sunday morning, down from 21 the day before.

New South Wales and Queensland reported two cases each. The remaining states are yet to report their figures, but rarely record any new cases.

Figures were last this low on 23 June.

Sep 20 06:44

Thousands protest in Thailand demanding new government & monarchy reform

Bangkok has seen its biggest rally in years, as almost 20,000 gathered outside the Grand Palace to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the limiting of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers.

Saturday’s action is the largest since the day Prayuth came to power during a military coup six years ago, which also saw thousands on the streets.

People in Thailand have been taking to the streets since mid-July, calling for the sacking of the government, a new election and constitutional changes.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 15 10:27

Bureaucrats 'deny the evidence, Hydroxychloroquine reduces death by 73 per cent': Craig Kelly

Liberal MP Craig Kelly says studies have shown a 73 per cent reduction rate in mortality where Hydroxychloroquine was dispensed to COVID infected patients, yet Australian health bureaucrats continue to deny the evidence.

Mr Kelly said on Thursday an Italian peer-reviewed study showed a 73 per cent reduction of mortality where Hydroxychloroquine was administered.

A further study from Saudi Arabia produced the same figure – Hydroxychloroquine caused a 73 per cent reduction in death from COVID.

He told Sky News host Alan Jones early in the coronavirus pandemic period, doctors were free to prescribe Hydroxychloroquine to patients for off label use.

“It’s a drug that is lawful for doctors to use,” Mr Kelly said.

“We’ve got health bureaucrats in this country who think they know better than thousands upon thousands of doctors all around the world, and have banned this.”

Sep 14 08:21

Andrews is responsible for the ‘most savage devastation’ in the world: Jones

Sky News host Alan Jones says the “know-all dictator” Daniel Andrews has overseen the most savage response in the world causing the most savage devastation, both financial and non-financial.

Mr Jones said his “heart bleeds” for Victorians as up to 1.3 million are expected to be on JobKeeper in the December quarter while contributing 723 of the country’s 816 deaths.

The state is also under extreme stage four lockdowns, including a unprecedented curfew which is set to continue until at the very earliest October 26.

The premier has based the restrictions on modelling which, against the outcry of politicians and professionals alike, his government has refused to release.

“They won’t, because Andrews thrives on the psychology of fear,” Mr Jones said.

Sep 11 05:29

.UK Strikes Historic Free Trade Deal With Japan As Brussels Threatens To Abandon Talks

After a solid nine-month stretch that was blissfully devoid of major Brexit-related news as the global COVID-19 pandemic raged on, we declared last night that Brexit talks "suddenly matter again" as the drop in the pound was blamed - incorrectly, as Bloomberg later determined - for triggering yesterday's intraday declines in US markets.

But on Friday morning, American traders awoke to some surprisingly positive trade news out of Great Britain. A trade deal with Japan had been agreed to in principle, which would - if finally ratified by both countries - allow 99% of the UK's exports to Japan to cross the border tariff-free.

What's more, the deal even gave Johnson the opportunity to gloat, as Reuters reported the digital and data provisions in the agreement went "far beyond" those in the EU's trade deal with Japan.

The deal also allowed BoJo to show voters that Brexit is already giving them new options to strike favorable free trade deals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how the EU's financial arrangements with the UK either evolve, of devolve, after this treaty.

Sep 09 18:08

‘Extraordinary revelations’ over pandemic and Victoria’s lockdowns surface

Sky News host Chris Kenny says “two extraordinary revelations” surfaced on Tuesday when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic and what’s happening in Victoria.

Mr Kenny said the two revelations were “crucial” because they help put the threat of the virus in perspective and demonstrate that some of the lockdown measures in Victoria, especially the curfew, are just random, overbearing and unnecessary.

Sep 09 17:50

'A national advertising campaign must tell the public the truth on COVID-19’: Alan Jones

Sky News host Alan Jones says he is challenging the Morrison government to take out a national advertising campaign to tell the public the truth about the coronavirus.

“And if you are not prepared to do that, tell us why you are not prepared to do it,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones said an advertising campaign is needed to tell the nation there have been no deaths of anyone below the age of 30 in the country.

“Tell Australians that 99 per cent of cases are mild,” he said.

“Tell Australians that expert epidemiological advice is that lockdowns should not exist.

"Why are we not telling the people the truth?

"Or are we prepared to go on as we are with 1.3 million Australians underemployed. As of late August, two million Australians are jobless, business being crushed because we have promoted fear and alarmism and we have failed to promote the truth."

Sep 07 08:58

Australian fruit being left to rot amid shortage of pickers

Fruit across the nation is in danger of being left to rot due to a chronic shortage of fruit pickers on Australian farms says Sky News host Peta Credlin.

Sep 07 08:51

Daniel Andrews 'is an out of control menace': Bolt

Sky News host Andrew Bolt says Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is out of control and is a “menace” to his state and to the country as he imposes ruinous bans on people already just hanging on.

“The Victorian Premier is out of control, he’s a menace to his state,” Mr Bolt said.

“He's a menace to his country”.

“He is destroying Victoria's economy, destroying Victorian jobs, destroying the federal finances and I really fear that's it's so bad that he will now provoke civil unrest, much worse than what we saw on the weekend,” Mr Bolt said.

Mr Andrews announced on Sunday tentative dates for the easing of restrictions, should new case numbers remain low.

The Melbourne metropolitan area will continue with its stage four lockdowns until at least September 28.

Mr Bolt said the state has been “ruined by a premier who seems a megalomaniac, imposing ruinous bans”.

Sep 07 08:35

Australians are unaware only nine per cent of COVID deaths caused solely by virus: Jones

Sky News host Alan Jones says Australians are not being told the facts which clearly show people are dying with coronavirus, not from it.

The Department of Health released the Communicable Diseases Intelligence Report on August 22, which said “comorbidities were common in those COVID-19 cases admitted to Australian sentinel hospitals”.

“With 78 per cent recording at least one of the specified comorbidities; only nine per cent recorded no comorbidity,” the report continued.

“Why are we not being told this?”

Sep 07 08:30

Real cost of Andrews' 'megalomania will be the deaths caused by lockdown'

Sky News host Rowan Dean says people dying from the effects of lockdown will be the real cost of Daniel Andrews’ “megalomania and this totalitarian left-wing rule”.

His comments come regarding Daniel Andrews' recent extension of the state's lockdowns, in particular the restrictions on regional Victoria despite it having less cases than the premier said warranted such measures.

“This is an absolute travesty,” Mr Dean told Sky News host Paul Murray.

“The reality is there is no scientific evidence from anywhere around the world that lockdowns do anything to stop the virus.

“That’s the facts.

“There is plenty of evidence that lockdowns either make no difference or actually make matters worse."

Sep 07 08:24

Victorian doctors argue the lockdown is 'causing more harm than good'

Victorian surgeon Dr Geoffrey Wells says a growing number of doctors in the state believe the lock-down is “causing more harm than good”.

Mr Wells is one of over 500 doctors in Victoria who have signed a letter to Premier Daniel Andrews concerning the controversial State of Emergency bill which he recently pushed through parliament with crossbench support.

He said the doctors were yet to receive a reply from the Andrews government.

“What we’re seeing is that the number of referrals from general practitioners to specialists has markedly decreased, it’s probably down about 70 per cent”.

Sep 06 17:13

COVID DOCTORS NETWORK

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Sep 04 10:01

Victoria Police ‘sang a different tune’ on BLM protests

Sky News host Peta Credlin says it’s abundantly clear “we’re not in it together” anymore, especially for the pregnant Ballarat woman arrested for allegedly organising a protest on Facebook against Daniel Andrews' draconian lockdowns.

Vision has emerged of charged 28-year-old Zoe Buhler being arrested for incitement during a police raid for her alleged involvement in organising an anti-lockdown rally for Saturday.

Ms Buhler was listed as an organiser for a rally against Victoria's stage four lockdown via a Facebook post.

Ms Credlin said Victoria police “sang a different tune” when the tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter activists protested through the streets of Melbourne.

On June 3 the assistant commissioner said police would “exercise their discretion” when issuing fines, but only three were in fact issued despite the massive crowd.

Sep 02 09:23

'People we didn't elect are running our country': Murray

Sky News host Paul Murray says when it comes to COVID-19, people nobody elected are running our country.

Mr Murray said under the cover of COVID-19, the health bureaucrats, are not only giving advice, but have been giving elected leaders, not only advice, but permission to make decisions.

In the past week, Australian chief health officers rejected Agriculture Minister David Littleproud’s code allowing agricultural workers to freely cross the border if they needed to do so for work purposes.

“Under cover of COVID, who actually runs the joint has changed,” Mr Murray said.

“We need to tell the people that we elect, that our role is not just as the idiot tax payer, we are the people who want to see our families, who want to mourn our dead, who want to support other businesses, who want to be able to freely move to do our businesses.

“Who is in charge of this country right now.”

Sep 02 09:11

What Australia is facing 'is not a recession but a catastrophe': Alan Jones

Sky News host Alan Jones says what Australia is facing is not a recession but rather a catastrophe which no one in the government “has any clue how to get out of”.

“I don't think anyone in the government has any clue how we get out of this,” Mr Jones said.

“This is the worst economic blow since World War Two, the largest fall in GDP, seven per cent since records began in 1959.

“The only thing we know is that they put us here.

"It is not a recession; it is a catastrophe.

“The response to this coronavirus has been prompted by alarmist chief medical officers who have ignored international evidence; politicians who've refused to lead but rather follow; and hysterical modelling, which has now been totally discredited”.

Sep 02 08:36

Andrews 'must go tonight' after horrible example of 'inexcusable powers': Jones

Sky News host Alan Jones says Daniel Andrews’ grab for power and disdain of accountability has forced Victorians to behaviour designed to re-take their freedoms, as footage emerges of a pregnant woman arrested for ‘incitement’.

“The only person guilty of incitement is the Premier of Victoria,” Mr Jones said.

The Victorian woman was arrested in front of her children on charges of ‘incitement’ after allegedly organising an anti-lockdown protest.

“This woman is a victim of the inexcusable and unlimited powers given to the Victorian police,” Mr Jones said.

“The verbal and intimidatory behaviour towards a pregnant mother is a form of violence the like of which no Australian will tolerate.

“Go Daniel Andrews, and go tonight. Before more damage is done.”

Aug 28 03:49

Escobar: Definitive Eurasian Alliance Is Closer Than You Think

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog (originally posted at The Asia Times),

Beijing-Moscow is already on; Berlin-Beijing is a work in progress; the missing but not distant link is Berlin-Moscow..

We have seen how China is meticulously planning all its crucial geopolitical and geoeconomic moves all the way to 2030 and beyond.

What you are about to read next comes from a series of private, multilateral discussions among intel analysts, and may helpfully design the contours of the Big Picture.

In China, it’s clear the path ahead points to boosting internal demand, and shifting monetary policy towards the creation of credit to consolidate the building of world-class domestic industries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Western politicians cannot see their way past a 4 year election cycle, which is a definite disadvantage in imagining how the "longer game" may well play out for lots of prosperity for a lot of people.

Aug 28 03:40

Shinzo Abe, Japan's Longest-Serving Postwar Leader, Resigns As Health Deteriorates

Following repeated hospitalizations over the past few weeks stemming from a flareup of his chronic ulcerative colitis, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially resigned Friday morning, marking the end of Abe's reign - the longest of any postwar Japanese leader.

Japanese stocks plunged on the news, with the Nikkei 225 falling from 23310 to 22678 within minutes of the first headline, before bouncing off the lows. Abe has no clear successor, and his resignation is expected to set off a heated contest for the premiership at a time when Japan is struggling from the delayed 2020 Olympics and a coronavirus outbreak that refuses to fade.

Party Secretary General for the Upper House of the Diet Hiroshige Seko said that Abe had decided to resign so his health wouldn't "cause trouble." The PM, whose term officially ends in September 2021, is expected to stay on until a new party leader is elected and approved by Japan's parliament, the National Diet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest, that there is a lot more than "tummy troubles", guiding this resignation.

Aug 25 10:58

Australia’s answer to Mao wants to extend his state of emergency for another YEAR. This should frighten anyone who values liberty

Victoria’s Dan Andrews has brought in some of the most draconian Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the planet and now wants the right to keep them in place for a further 12 months. This public health tyranny needs to be stopped.

I regret to report that Melbourne’s answer to Mao Zedong has decided that he really rather enjoys being able to tell people exactly what they have to do and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Chairman, sorry, Premier Dan Andrews of Victoria is trying to railroad a bill through the legislature that would allow him to keep the current state of emergency going for another 12 months.

Australia’s second most populous city has already been in a state of emergency for six months, meaning that if he gets his way he will have been free to run the place like his own private penal colony for 18 months.

Aug 25 07:26

Pompeo seeks to flood West Asia with arms, defies US own laws: Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister says his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, is trying to “flood our region” with all kinds of US weapons even when his country’s own laws prohibit such a measure.

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments came in a Monday tweet after Pompeo said earlier the same day and following his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem al-Quds that the US will find a way to balance helping its military ally, the United Arab Emirates, without weakening Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME).

Pompeo’s remarks came amid controversy over whether the US will sell F-35 stealth jets to Abu Dhabi, after the Emirati officials unveiled their plan to totally normalize their country’s relations with Israel.

“The US has legal requirements with respect to the QME, and we will respect that,” Pompeo said, adding, “We have a 20-plus year security relationship with the UAE as well.”

Aug 24 20:36

'No jab, no play' the wrong approach to COVID-19 vaccine, doctors warn

Doctors are urging governments not to compel Australians to get a COVID-19 vaccine, warning the fast-tracked approval process could create a risk of harmful side effects.

Australian Medical Association President Omar Khorshid said while the peak body was "very supportive of vaccination generally because of its extensive science behind the safety, it's not going to be the case for a COVID vaccine, at least initially."

Dr Khorshid said tying vaccination to access to services such as childcare, school or social security payments, as state and federal governments do with paediatric vaccines under 'no jab, no play' and 'no jab, no pay' laws, could not be justified with a brand new COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have to acknowledge it is a rushed approval process and even if the phase three trials on this Oxford vaccine go really well, it's still not absolutely proven that it is safe, not as proven as is normally the case," he said.

Aug 24 06:21

Washington’s Role in Thailand’s “Student Protests”, Destabilize Thailand, Undermine Thai-Chinese Relations

The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand has tilted too far toward China for Washington’s liking.

The country – with nearly 70 million people and the second largest economy in Southeast Asia – counts China as its biggest trade partner, its largest source of foreign direct investment, the largest source of tourism with China providing more tourists per year than all Western nations combined, and a key partner in developing infrastructure including the already under-construction China-Laos-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail link that will only further cement these ties.

Thailand is also replacing its aging US military hardware with Chinese alternatives including Chinese-made main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, naval vessels including the Kingdom’s first modern submarines, and jointly developed projects like the DTI-1 multiple rocket launcher system. Thailand and China have also conducted joint military exercises in recent years.

Aug 21 17:35

No jab, no JOB: Bosses demand the right to sack their workers if they refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine when one is available in Australia - and powerful unions look set to back them

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Australia to secure the promising Oxford University vaccine candidate.

The government hopes the coronavirus vaccine will reach Australia by early next year and wants 95 per cent of people to get the jab.

Mr Morrison said he would like to make the vaccine 'as mandatory as possible' but does not have the power to make it compulsory.

The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia has since proposed law changes that would give employers the power to sack workers who refuse the jab.

'If one of my staff members says, "no, I'm against it", then I'm going to have to say, I'm sorry then, you are a threat to my business',' Council CEO Peter Strong told 7News.

Aug 19 11:11

Australia's big four banks remove thousands of ATMs and shut down hundreds of branches as the coronavirus crisis pushes nation closer to a cashless society

The number of ATMs across the nation are at their lowest level in 12 years at 25,720, after at least 2150 terminals removed in the recent June quarter, according to the Australian Payments Network.

Australia's big four banks – ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac – also shut up a combined 175 branches in the last 12 months.

The widespread closures have divided public opinion and left 2.5 million elderly Australians who don't do online banking inconvenienced.

Aug 13 05:49

Exposing US Color Revolution in Thailand Aimed at China

The Western media was quick to decry the arrest of 34 year-old lawyer Anon Nampa who has been leading recent anti-government protests in Thailand.

Articles like, “Two protesters arrested, more sought,” noted Anon Nampa faces charges including sedition. The Western media cites an organization – Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) – noting its role in advocating for Anon Nampa’s release, but never notes that Anon Nampa himself works for TLHR or who funds and supports TLHR.

TLHR and the Protests it Leads Are US-Funded – Funding the Media Refuses to Mention

TLHR was created out of the US Embassy in 2014 just two days after a coup ousted the US-backed client regime of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra. TLHR has since protested both the coup and reforms enacted to ensure such a client regime could no longer take power.

Aug 10 14:09

The Jakarta Method: How The U.S. Used Mass Murder To Beat Communism

Indonesia was considered especially crucial during the 1960s as one of the leading non-aligned countries with the largest communist party outside the USSR and China. U.S. officials saw it as a “prize” far more valuable than South Vietnam, and in 1965-66 it was violently yanked into the U.S. orbit by mass murder. The Indonesian military under Suharto and its auxiliaries carried out mass killings against communists and suspected communists, and they murdered up to one million innocent people for nothing more than their presumed political affiliations.

Aug 07 07:56

Madness in Melbourne

Melbourne, that glorious city in the state of Victoria in Australia, granted me some of the best travel days of my life during two separate trips each lasting a full week.

A happy, civilized, highly educated people are here living amidst modern architecture, inspiring bridges, and natural beauty, a place where even the police are kind, and when you ask them for directions they reply with a smile, and when you say thank you, they say “No worries.”

Now there are big worries in Melbourne.

The Premier has imposed a vicious police state without precedent in this country’s history. His name is Dan Andrews (a sweet-sounding name that masks the tyrant he has become), and he tweets out pictures of empty streets to brag about what he has achieved in the name of suppressing a virus.

Tacitus’s line about the Roman empire comes to mind: “Where they make a desert, they call it peace.”

Aug 06 08:00

Is reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan possible or is another war looming?

Relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan remain tense after a recent escalation of border hostilities. Is there a solution to the decades-long conflict or will it lead to another bloody war between these former Soviet republics?
Last week, units deployed at the Russian 102nd Military Base in Armenia conducted training exercises that involved over 1,500 troops and 500 vehicles and hardware such as MiG-29 fighter jets and Mi-24P and Mi-8MTV helicopters.

Just across the border, Azerbaijan is currently holding large-scale tactical exercises with Turkey. Military formations and units from both countries are practicing high-alert combat readiness.

Aug 05 07:35

On Verge Of Six-Week Shuttering, Australian Small Businesses Beg: We Can't Survive Another Lockdown

The reality on the ground in Australia is that many small businesses were struggling even before the coronavirus lockdowns began. Now, with the country on the verge of what Financial Review is calling "Lockdown 2.0", it could be the last straw for many businesses.

Nellerichal ‘‘Sree’’ Sreeju, who owns a gift shop in Richmond said: "It was already hard and this has made it five times harder. It’s really uncertain."

He represents a microcosm of businesses in Australia who are begging for some sanity after the country has announced that "non-essential" retailers will once again have to close, starting at midnight on Wednesday this week.

Aug 04 08:47

Not a sausage: Supermarket shelves are stripped bare by panic-buyers as Melbourne braces for huge meat shortages

Bare supermarket shelves are now a common sight in Melbourne as panic-buyers rush to stock up on essentials amid the city's strict Stage 4 lockdown.

Meat is now the most popular item among shoppers eager to fill their fridges ahead of abattoirs and meat processing plants scaling back to two-thirds of production.

Aug 04 06:58

Victoria, Australia, implements draconian new lockdown, no outdoor trips allowed

One of the strictest lockdown impositions has been declared in Victoria, Australia, where a “state of disaster” ruling now prohibits people from going out late or, in some cases, even leaving their homes at all.

After reporting 671 new alleged cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the Australian government took the opportunity to shut everything down and order everyone to stay home in order to stay safe.

Aug 02 11:02

Melbourne turns into a ghost town on the first night of curfew after desperate Dan Andrews announced Stage 4 lockdown that will cost $9BILLION and 'hundreds of thousands' of jobs - as NSW is warned the next three weeks are 'make or break'

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra believes it will the final nail in the coffin for many businesses, which will be forced to close shut up shop for good.

Tens - if not hundreds of thousands - of jobs could potentially be lost in the coming weeks.

'Stage four will mean the end for many businesses, with thousands more jobs set to be lost. Business will take a further hit with employees now also having to supervise school-age children at home again, and childcare centres closed for the first time,' he told the Herald Sun.

Jul 21 06:35

South China Sea: beware of US ‘sabotage’, Beijing warns Southeast Asia

China’s Ambassador to the Philippines has urged Southeast Asian countries to be on guard against US attempts to “sabotage” the region’s stability by inserting itself into the South China Sea disputes.

The comments by Huang Xilian follow a hardening of Washington’s position on China’s claims in the sea and come after an op-ed in which his American counterpart, Sung Kim, declared Washington’s support for Manila in the “West Philippines Sea”. This is the term Manila uses to refer to the portion of the South China Sea it claims as part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and includes areas claimed by Beijing.

Jul 16 05:21

Black Death Plague Returning in Asia

Jul 03 09:03

Japan ‘won’t reintroduce’ state of emergency despite cases in Tokyo rising to 2-month high

Tokyo reported 124 new cases on Friday, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among nightlife workers in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts, Reuters reported. Despite the spike, the number of serious cases is declining.

Jun 28 17:04

Flashback 25/5/20: Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency With 850 Deaths and No Lockdown

Total deaths to date: 971 [https://covid.graphics/country/jpn.html]

There has been no surge.

Jun 24 09:47

F-35 Stealth Jets "Elephant Walk" In Japan Amid Rising Sino-US Trade Tensions

On the same day White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox News the trade deal with China is "over" (and immediately, the White House reversed Navarro's comments because of market gyrations) - a massive show off force, likely directed at China, took place Monday at a Japanese airbase involving stealth fighter jets.

Navarro's comments suggest the phase one trade deal is trouble. It also signals tensions are rising between both countries over the origins of COVID-19 and China's assertion of power over Hong Kong. At the moment, China is lagging significantly behind phase one targets it promised, and as we've noted, Chinese buyers ditched U.S. markets for Brazilian ones.

Now it's hard to say if around the time Navarro made the comments that a fleet of warplanes conducting an "elephant walk" at the Misawa base in Japan was connected - but it certainly implies tensions are heating up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like this is going to help already frayed trade relations?!?

Come on, those permanent members of Foggy Bottom, can you please get real for once?!?

Whatever the answers are here, this is not it!!!!!

Jun 19 09:45

WHY THE CHINESE-INDIAN SKIRMISHES MAY ESCALATE

On Monday night a fight between Indian and Chinese soldiers cost several dozen lives

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