Jul 23 06:42

Here We Go Again: Toyota Shutters Factory In Thailand Due To COVID 'Delta' Variant

Today in "are we going to do the entire lockdown again for the Delta variant despite the entire world having access to vaccines" news...

Toyota says it is halting operations at three of its factories in Thailand as a result of the Delta variant disrupting the supply of automotive parts globally. The stoppage began on July 21 and will last until at least July 28, according to a report from Nikkei.

The report says that Toyota "has sourced wire harnesses to connect electrical components from an external factory, which was recently forced to shut down".

Jul 22 19:03

[Video] Lockdown 5 reality

Jul 21 17:26

[Video] Australians being told not to speak to neighbours or be "friendly"

It strikes me politicians are getting desperate.

Jul 20 05:42

Most Americans Don’t Realize That Each New Day Brings Us A Little Bit Closer To War

The good news is that at least we aren’t shooting at one another yet, but that could change.  China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan if independence is declared, and if that happens the U.S. military would get involved. -- Many Americans can’t even find Taiwan on a blank map of the world, but the truth is that it could easily spark a major military conflict.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, just consider what some national security experts are saying…

Jul 08 09:24

Russia vows support for Tajikistan in case of attack from Afghan border

Moscow and Dushanbe are allies under the Collective Security Treaty, the Russian foreign minister noted. "If Tajikistan is attacked, this will, of course, be a subject of an immediate discussion in the CSTO," Sergey Lavrov said

Jul 07 17:48


The New Zealand government plan to “CHASE DOWN“ people who refuse to take the COVID shot!

Jul 07 07:55

Armenia reports shootout with Azerbaijani troops at volatile border

The Armenian military says one of its soldiers has been injured during a shootout with Azerbaijani troops in an eastern border area, the latest incident since a halt in fierce clashes between the two neighbors over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region last year.

Samvel Asatryan, the chief of staff of Armenia’s army, said the injury took place on Tuesday as Azerbaijani forces “opened fire near the village of Verin Zhorzha” in Armenia’s eastern province of Gegarkunik.

The Armenian army official said the soldier suffered a “minor” injury and that two Azerbaijani troops were also wounded in the clash.

Baku dismissed Yerevan’s report of the clash and injuries, and suspected an internal incident between Armenian troops.

Jul 06 05:48

Ever-Widening Arc: Mongolia, Turkey United in Framework of NATO Partnership

On July 3rd, Turkey’s Daily Sabah featured an opinion piece by the Mongolian ambassador to Turkey, Ravdan Bold, entitled Mongolia, Turkey friendship toward strategic partnership.

He began his article by drawing parallels between the histories of the two countries.

In only the second sentence, however, he denounced the only two nations bordering his own – Russia and China – for, in the avatars of Czarist Russian and the Chinese Middle Kingdom, having “coerced Mongolia into autonomy status with the Treaty of Khyakta signed in 1915.”

The nation he represents has been an independent state for a century and throughout the Cold War was a close ally of Soviet Russia. Arguably the latter’s closest ally politically and geographically.

The ambassador praised Turkey for supporting his nation in the United Nations as a non-permanent Security Council member.

Jul 06 05:27

What is the Myanmar military’s ‘four cuts’ strategy?

The Myanmar military, also known as the Tatmadaw, appears to have returned to its “four cuts” strategy in a bid to stamp out resistance to its rule, after seizing power from the elected government in a coup on February 1.

But what is the “four cuts”?

Jul 05 08:19

Exclusive: After Pressuring Telecom Firms, Myanmar's Junta Bans Executives From Leaving

Senior foreign executives of major telecommunications firms in Myanmar have been told by the junta that they must not leave the country without permission, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.

A confidential order from Myanmar’s Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) in mid-June said senior executives, both foreigners and Myanmar nationals, must seek special authorisation to leave the country, the person said.

A week later, telecom companies were sent a second letter telling them they had until Monday July 5 to fully implement intercept technology they had previously been asked to install to let authorities spy on calls, messages and web traffic and to track users by themselves, the source said. Reuters has not seen the orders.

The directives follow pressure on the companies from the junta, which is facing daily protests from its opponents and a growing number of insurgencies to activate the spyware technology.

Jun 28 05:58

Covid-19 Killed 26 Indonesian Doctors in June—at Least 10 Had Taken China’s Sinovac Vaccine

At least 10 of the 26 doctors in Indonesia who died from Covid-19 this month had received both doses of the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a medical association said, raising questions about the Chinese-made shot that is being used in many parts of the developing world.

The Indonesian Medical Association’s Covid-19 mitigation group is still working to verify the vaccination status of the 16 others, said Dr. Adib Khumaidi, who leads the group. According to the group’s latest figures, over a five-month period, at least 20 doctors who were fully inoculated with Sinovac’s vaccine died from Covid-19, accounting for more than a fifth of total fatalities among doctors during that time span.

The toll could rise further in the coming weeks as the country battles a surge in infections and hospitals across the archipelago fill up.

Jun 25 04:18

U.N. Says 230,000 Displaced by Myanmar Fighting

An estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Myanmar and need assistance, the United Nations said on Thursday, as a major armed ethnic group expressed concern about military force, civilian deaths and a widening of the conflict.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a Feb. 1 coup ousted an elected government, prompting nationwide anger that has led to protests, killings and bombings, and battles on several fronts between troops and newly formed civilian armies.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said relief operations were ongoing but were being hindered by armed clashes, violence and insecurity in the country.

It said 177,000 people were displaced in Karen state bordering Thailand, 103,000 in the past month, while more than 20,000 people were sheltering at 100 displacement areas after fighting between People's Defence Forces and the army in Chin State bordering India.

Jun 23 11:43

Antonov Airlines transports five Black Hawk helicopters from Poland to the Philippines on a single flight

Antonov Airlines safely transported five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk utility-helicopters on a single AN-124-100 flight from Poland to the Philippines.

The AN-124 completed the second consignment of the Polish-built helicopter under a government-to-government agreement from Rzeszów, Poland, to Angeles, the Philippines.

Each of these utility helicopters weighed 5.6 tonnes, and the overall cargo weighted 35 tonnes in total as loading equipment was also loaded.

[The AN-124 can carry upto 33 tonnes of fuel and cargo upto 150 tonnes]

Jun 21 10:43

Northern Thailand Police Seize Bt 30 Million in Assets from Drug Networks

Police in northern Thailand have taken down 3 major drug networks in separate raids confiscating drug assets totaling 30.5 million baht.

Pol Col Sarawut Khonyai, said the raids were conducted in Tak, Phitsanulok and Sukhothai provinces starting on Monday. They were part of the policy to suppress drug networks during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The first raid was in Tak it came after police expanded their investigation from previous drug cases in the past three years. One case in October 2019 saw the confiscation of 1.5 tons of crystal meth.

The other 2 cases took place in Bangkok, police arrested seized assets worth 100 million baht in December last year; and in Lat Phrao early this month police who also seized 100 kilogram of crystal meth and ketamine during the raid.

Jun 21 07:42

Australia’s Medicine Regulator has never seen Pfizer Covid Vaccine study data despite deeming it safe for Australians

A freedom of information request made to Australia’s drug regulator has revealed they have never seen the extremely limited study data for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine despite giving it emergency approval and deeming it safe to be injected into the arms of Australians.

Jun 15 09:13

‘We do not need foreigners to investigate killings’: Philippines leader Duterte won’t cooperate with ICC killings probe

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman says the Philippines won’t cooperate with a planned International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the thousands of deaths that took place during Duterte’s war on drugs.

Speaking on Tuesday, the president’s spokesman, Harry Roque, dismissed the requirement for foreign intervention into the deaths during the nation’s war on drugs.

“We do not need foreigners to investigate killings in the drug war because the legal system is working in the Philippines,” Roque stated. He claimed that the ICC launching a probe into the killings would be “legally erroneous” and was “politically motivated.”

Roque stated that they would not participate as they are no longer members of the ICC, after President Duterte tore up their membership in 2018 after the Netherlands-based court opened an inquiry into crimes against humanity committed during the leader’s crackdown on narcotics.

Jun 14 13:41

Australian scientists accidentally engineer one of the world’s most thermally stable materials. Up to 1,400 °C it doesn’t expand

The composite material could prove particularly useful in aerospace where temperatures can spike wildly between space and atmospheric re-entry.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia were performing battery-related research when they accidentally discovered that a composite material they were working with had a phenomenal ability to resist heat. The composite material did not change in volume at all at temperatures ranging from 4 to 1400 Kelvin (-269 to 1126 °C, -452 to 2059 °F). It may very well be the most thermally stable material in the world.

This wonder material doesn’t break a sweat even at temperatures well past the boiling point of some metals

Jun 10 08:51

We've got your back: Japan throws its support behind Australia and blasts China's 'illegal territorial claims' and extraordinary tariffs on our exports - amid fears we're on the brink of war

  • Foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Australia held talks on Wednesday
  • They released a joint statement criticising Chinese 'economic coercion'
  • Beijing has blocked several key Australian exports such as beef and barley
  • Scott Morrison has warned 'conflict' in the Indo-Pacific is growing more likely

Japan has thrown its support behind Australia to slam Chinese 'economic coercion' and 'destabilising' actions in the Indo-Pacific amid fears the region is on the brink of war.

Foreign and defence ministers from the two allied countries held online talks to strengthen their security ties on Wednesday in the face of an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Jun 08 04:16

Australian airline Qantas 'disturbed' by reports of gangs infiltration, drug trafficking

As many as 150 Qantas staff may be linked to criminal activity

Australian airline Qantas has said it was "disturbed" after learning of reports that organized crime has infiltrated the company to support drug trafficking efforts.Reports by local newspapers and "60 Minutes" alleged that a Comanchero "bikie" (or motorcycle) gang affiliate is working as a Qantas manager at Sydney Airport, allowing him to recruit criminals and bolster narcotics import activities.

The news reports were based on an operation codenamed Project Brunello, which linked around 150 Qantas staff to criminal activity, according to the BBC.

The activity may be tied to a group of nine men involved in a criminal syndicate dubbed by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) as "the Aussie Cartel" – a group potentially responsible for about one-third of the drug imports into Australia.

Jun 07 16:23

9 more Australians report blood clots after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine

Australian authorities said nine more people developed blood clots after getting the AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The nine new cases brought the total number of patients who experienced the condition to 27. Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced the new cases as the country’s mass vaccination program faces scrutiny.

Jun 07 15:04

Invasion of the cannibal mice: Millions of rodents are rampaging across Australia, attacking people in their beds and even burning down houses. The twist in the tail? Their ancestors were British

Picture this. An invasion of billions of mice terrorising households, climbing up curtains, swarming onto beds and biting people as they sleep, running amok in supermarkets and hospitals and contaminating drinking water.

It’s the stuff of nightmares. But far from being a ghoulish product of the imagination, this is the reality in 21st-century Australia, where a rodent plague of Biblical proportions is devastating food supplies and inflicting misery and hardship.

In one case, a woman’s house burned down because the mouse army chewed its way through wiring in her attic.

Rebekah Ward watched the property go up in flames, her 12-year-old son John in tears beside her. He told how the family had already endured unimaginable horrors because of the rodents. ‘Sometimes I didn’t want to go to sleep because there was mice running around my bed,’ he said

Jun 07 08:09

Invasion of the cannibal mice: Millions of rodents are rampaging across Australia, attacking people in their beds and even burning down houses. The twist in the tail? Their ancestors were British

In the face of the crisis, the go-ahead for doubling the potency of certain rat poisons has been granted. And New South Wales has made an emergency request for the wide-scale agricultural use of the anti-coagulant poison bromadiolone, which is currently outlawed for use in fields.

This is because it is the chemical equivalent of napalm, kills instantly, and stays in the bodies of mice after they die.

Dr Peter Brown, a rodent management expert says it means birds of prey and other animals can feed on dead mice and ‘potentially get a lethal dose themselves through secondary poisoning’.

He warned this was not the only problem. ‘There have been studies published looking at owls. They’re eating dead mice poisoned by anticoagulants [and then] they’re unable to have successful hatching of young because there’s something wrong with the way that the eggshells form, for example,’ he says.

But the worst may be to come, as experts warn a plague of snakes is sure to follow.

Jun 04 08:44

Sri Lanka faces 'terrible environmental disaster' along pristine coastline as container ship containing microplastic, nitric acid and hundreds of tonnes of oil sinks after raging 12-day fire

  • A cargo ship laden with chemicals and oil has sunk off the western coast of Sri Lanka after a raging 12-day fire
  • MV X-Press Pearl was carrying 1,486 containers including 25 tonnes of nitric acid as well as micro plastics
  • Ship began to sink off of Negombo early on Wednesday despite desperate bid to tow it to deeper water

Sri Lankan authorities say they are bracing for a 'terrible environmental disaster' after a cargo ship sank off the country's pristine western coast following a raging 12-day fire on board.

The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl, carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid along with other chemicals and cosmetics, was anchored off the port city of Negombo when a fire erupted onboard after an explosion on May 20.

Flaming containers filled with chemicals tumbled into the sea from the ship's deck as emergency crews sought to contain the blaze over the ensuing two weeks.

Jun 03 11:03

Australian health authority wants to refer “fake vaccine theories” on Facebook to law enforcement

The governing body in charge of all things “medicine” in Australia is planning to start referring all “anti-vaccine” social media posts to the police for prosecution under the country’s criminal code.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), making “false” claims about Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injections on Facebook or Twitter should be illegal because some unvaccinated people might read them and decide to not get jabbed, which would upset Anthony Fauci and other medical fascists.

The TGA is particularly offended that some social media users are warning others that Chinese Virus needles could kill them, this is based on data cited in the official government database.

Jun 03 06:37

World-first artefact dating method shows humans have lived in the shadow of the Himalayas for more than 5,000 years

The dry highlands of Tibet are considered to be among the last areas on Earth to have been settled by humans. The high altitude of the region, in the shadow of Himalayan peaks more than eight kilometres high, makes for extreme conditions.

The question of where and when the peopling of this remote region occurred has been debated among archaeologists. Many studies have come from research conducted at open-air locations, with abundant evidence of stone tool use or manufacture, such as rock flakes found on the ground.

At an elevation of 4,450 metres, in a large valley descending from the highest peaks in the world – Mount Everest and Cho’Oyu — Su-re had been known for decades for its dense accumulation of diverse surface artefacts. This suggested a long history of site use by humans. But how long?

Jun 03 06:21

'Lazy' Aussies taking up fruit picking are quitting just two hours into the job as farmers struggle to find workers in absence of cheap overseas labour - despite people STILL picking up the dole

  • Unemployed Australians are quitting lucrative farm work because its too hard
  • Fruit and vegetable industry undergoing labour crisis due to lack of backpackers
  • Farmers say 'lazy' Australians are quitting hours into the job leaving them short

Unemployed Australians are quitting lucrative fruit picking jobs just hours after starting, a farmers' group claims, leaving growers with a dire shortage of workers.

Covid border closures has shut off the regular supply of backpackers and cheap foreign labourers, forcing farmers to offer more attractive wages to entice people off unemployment benefits but it seems even that is not enough.

Fruit and vegetable companies have been forced into offering as much as $145 an hour to pick the crops and prevent them going to rot but have seen little interest.

Jun 02 12:21

Aussies Threaten To Boycott Snickers After Finding Out They're Made In China

Australians have reacted in horror to discovering their beloved Snickers are made in China.

The revelation was laid bare in a TikTok video, where a shopper was perusing through the shopping aisles at his local Woolies and landed on the famous chocolate.

Melbourne man Jeremy Toh uploaded the video to his social media account asking whether anyone else knew the nutty chocolate bar was no longer being produced Down Under.

He picked up one of the bars at the supermarket and twisted it to the backside. Sure enough, it says it as clear as day: 'Made in China. Imported by Mars Chocolate Australia'.

Jun 02 05:38

Malaysia to summon Chinese envoy over 'suspicious' air force activity

The foreign ministry of Malaysia on Tuesday said it would summon China's envoy to explain an "intrusion" by 16 air force planes into its airspace, after the Southeast Asian country's military detected "suspicious" activity over the South China Sea.

Malaysia's air force said it scrambled jets on Monday to conduct visual confirmation after the planes flew within 60 nautical miles off Sarawak state of Malaysian Borneo.

It described the incident as a "serious threat to national sovereignty and flight safety".

The Chinese planes did not contact regional air traffic control despite being instructed several times, the air force said.

Jun 01 12:24

Biden’s Asian Bankers Hold $3.5 Trillion Key To Economic Boom

Jerome Powell’s bond market “conundrum” makes Alan Greenspan’s back in 2005 look quaint by comparison.

That was when then-Fed Chairman Greenspan was grappling with surprisingly low long-term bond yields despite his interest rate hikes. And despite concerns that government tax cuts might fuel inflation. Even so, U.S. borrowing costs edged lower, much to the Greenspan Fed’s chagrin.

Yet current Fed chief Powell faces something even more confounding. At a moment when U.S. debt is careening toward $30 trillion, President Joe Biden is having remarkable success in getting vaccinations in arms and inflation is the highest since 2009, yields on Treasury securities remain oddly low.

Rates on 10-year U.S. bonds are under 1.6%, compared with nearly 3% back in January. Many of the explanations why involve Asia, where central banks are particularly aggressive buyers of U.S. debt.

May 30 16:16

Vietnam Finds New ‘Hybrid’ Covid-19 Coronavirus Variant, What This Really Means

Just keep mutating. Just keep mutating. That’s what the Covid-19 coronavirus is gonna do. And over time that’s gonna keep resulting in more and more versions of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2), otherwise known as variants.

Case in point, the country of Vietnam appears to have found yet another Covid-19 coronavirus variant. Writing for The Guardian, Agence France-Presse quoted Nguyen Thanh Long, Vietnam’s Health Minister, as saying, “We have discovered a new hybrid variant from the Indian and the UK strains.”

The word “hybrid” may conjure up images of the B.1.1.7 variant (first found in the U.K.) and the B.1.617.2 variant (first found in India) finding each other on Tinder, swiping right with their spike proteins, and then meeting up in a seedy motel. There they may put on Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” while spiking their protein so to speak, resulting in little love child viruses, right? Uh, not exactly.

May 28 05:20

Mother-of-four is slapped with a $6million insurance bill and given just 21 days to pay it after SHE was left seriously injured in a car crash - but there's a reason for the huge fee

  • Samantha Melville had received a $6.3million insurance bill for a 2012 accident
  • She and a friend were badly injured in the crash, which happened during a storm
  • Ms Melville thought damages were covered by South Australia's CTP scheme
  • The bill was issued by Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire Warren Buffett
  • Lawyer Nick Xenophon is fighting the bill on behalf of Ms Melville for free

A mother-of-four received a $6million insurance bill and was given just 21 days to pay it by the company owed after she was left seriously injured in a car crash.

Samantha Melville was driving herself and a friend to work in regional South Australia in 2012 when a sudden, severe storm caused her to crash into a tree. Both she and her friend were badly injured in the crash.

Following the smash she received a demand to pay $6,312,399.83 from the insurer who took over the claim, Berkshire Hathaway.

May 28 04:29

America's Lone Carrier In Asia-Pacific Will Depart Region For Afghan Troop Withdrawal

Currently the sole US aircraft carrier based out of the Asian-Pacific, specifically with a home port in Yokosuka, Japan, is the USS Ronald Reagan - but it's now set to depart the region for the first time in years in preparation for the complete withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials told The Wall Street Journal the new carrier mission will see the Reagan depart Asian-Pacific waters this summer in support of ensuring a safe US troop exit from Afghanistan by the time of Biden's Sept. 11 deadline. There's growing concern that given Americans are now staying well past the previously agreed upon May 1st exit (based on the prior deal under the Trump White House), departing soldiers could face severe Taliban attacks, a scenario which is more likely the longer they stay. But now Congressional hawks worry about the glaring "gap" to be created should ongoing tensions with China escalate.

May 27 11:48

Queensland pulls AstraZeneca vaccine following more cases of blood clots

The state government of Queensland in Australia announced that it will not offer Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) injections using the AstraZeneca vaccine. Its decision came after health authorities in the country uncovered six more cases of blood clots linked to the vaccine candidate. Instead, the state will wait for the arrival of more vaccine doses from other manufacturers before resuming.

May 26 12:11

This Navy Cruiser Seized a Whole Floating Arsenal of Weapons

  • The USS Monterey discovered thousands of weapons after stopping a dhow in the North Arabian Sea.
  • The dhow was carrying at least 2,000 assault rifles, machine guns, anti-tank rocket launchers, and anti-tank missiles.
  • The Monterey was enforcing a United Nations-led arms embargo on Yemen when it discovered the weapons.

A routine patrol by U.S. naval and Coast Guard forces uncovered a major haul of what the U.S. Navy described as “illicit” weapons last week.

On May 6, Coast Guard personnel operating from the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey stopped a “stateless” dhow, or local commercial ship that isn’t registered under the flag of any particular country, during an inspection in the North Arabian sea. The dhow was carrying hundreds of assault rifles, sniper rifles, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, and even anti-tank missiles, which were likely bound for Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

May 26 12:05

Indonesia Built a Damn Tank Boat

  • Indonesia is developing a unique boat for so-called “brown water” warfare.
  • The “tank boat” is designed to carry more than 50 troops—and the firepower of a tank.
  • The tank boat will be used to defend the Indonesian archipelago from external threats and pirates.

Is it a tank that floats like a boat, or a boat that shoots like a tank? Indonesia’s new Antasena Tank Boat just might be both.

The long-promised hybrid vehicle is capable of patrolling 600 miles on a single tank of gas—perfect for defending a country made up of thousands of islands. Tank Boat can carry more than a platoon of Indonesian Marines and features a tank-like turret to provide fire support.

May 26 09:02

Soil in Australian outback could STILL be leaking plutonium 65 years after British nuclear tests

n the mid-1950s, Great Britain tested nuclear weapons at Maralinga, a remote area about 500 miles northwest of Adelaide.

Radioactive waste dotted the landscape for decades and the Australian government has spent millions on cleanup.

But researchers have discovered 'hot particles,' microscopic bits of plutonium and uranium, are still leaking into the soil and groundwater.

May 24 07:58

Exclusive-Indonesia's Troop Surge in Papua Aims to 'Wipe Out' Armed Rebels: Police Intel Chief

A new security crackdown on armed separatists in the central highlands of Indonesia's restive Papua region will be maintained until they are wiped out, the country's police intelligence chief said.

Amid a worsening conflict, some 400 extra troops have been deployed to Papua following the assassination of a senior intelligence official there and the designation of separatists as "terrorists" by the Indonesian government last month.

In an interview with Reuters, Paulus Waterpauw, an indigenous Papuan and head of Indonesian police intelligence, made the strongest remarks yet about the resolve of Indonesian authorities to suppress the decades-long armed separatist rebellion in resource-rich Papua.

"The objective is to wipe out those behind these horrible acts of violence," he said. "This operation will go on until we get the maximum result. As long as they have not been arrested, we will do our utmost to incapacitate them and catch them."

May 24 07:58

Myanmar Junta Seeks to Prolong Rule With Suu Kyi Party Ban - Unity Govt

Myanmar's military junta is seeking to prolong its rule by banning Aung San Suu Kyi's political party, an official in the shadow government said on Friday, responding to media reports that the party would be dissolved for alleged vote fraud.

"The announcement that the junta's obedient electoral commission is banning the National League for Democracy is a blatantly undemocratic attempt to prolong military rule in defiance of the people," Dr Sasa, spokesman and minister in the National Unity Government, said in an emailed response to Reuters.

The junta has promised to hold new elections within two years.

May 24 04:13

More Than 125,000 Myanmar Teachers Suspended for Opposing Coup

Reuters) - More than 125,000 school teachers in Myanmar have been suspended by the military authorities for joining a civil disobedience movement to oppose the military coup in February, an official of the Myanmar Teachers' Federation said.

The suspensions have come days before the start of a new school year, which some teachers and parents are boycotting as part of the campaign that has paralysed the country since the coup cut short a decade of democratic reforms.

May 20 20:12

The story of Rum Jungle: a Cold War-era uranium mine that’s spewed acid into the environment for decades

Buried in last week’s budget was money for rehabilitating the Rum Jungle uranium mine near Darwin. The exact sum was not disclosed.

Rum Jungle used to be a household name. It was Australia’s first large-scale uranium mine and supplied the US and British nuclear weapons programs during the Cold War.

Today, the mine is better known for extensively polluting the Finniss River after it closed in 1971. Despite a major rehabilitation project by the Commonwealth in the 1980s, the damage to the local environment is ongoing.

I first visited Rum Jungle in 2004, and it was a colourful mess, to say the least. Over later years, I saw it worsen. Instead of a river bed, there were salt crusts containing heavy metals and radioactive material. Pools of water were rich reds and aqua greens — hallmarks of water pollution. Healthy aquatic species were nowhere to be found, like an ecological desert.

May 19 13:00

Extraordinary twist in Australia's most baffling death as the body of 'Somerton man' is DUG UP in a cemetery 70 YEARS after he was found dead on a beach with a mysterious coded note saying: 'It is finished'

  • Extraordinary twist in Australia's most baffling death as the body of 'Somerton man' is DUG UP in a cemetery 70 YEARS after he was found dead on a beach with a mysterious coded note saying: 'It is finished'
  • Remains called 'Somerton man' were found in 1948 on the Adelaide beach 70 years on, police still have no idea who the man was so are exhuming him
  • The corpse will now be DNA tested to try and establish a possible identity
  • His body was found slumped against the seawall by beach walkers

The remains of the so-called Somerton man are being exhumed at an Adelaide cemetery in a bid to solve the more than 70-year mystery over his death and his identity.

On December 1, 1948, the man's body was found on Somerton Beach with the circumstances of his death remaining an open police investigation.

May 16 10:20

Sad reason a hardworking Aussie bloke has been rejected from 237 jobs - despite serving 10 years in the Navy, working for a top finance firm and speaking THREE languages

  • Nicolas Winterson, 53, rejected from 237 jobs after applying for 17 months
  • The father served in the Australian Navy and worked senior investigation roles
  • He has applied for senior and junior roles including at hardware giant Bunnings
  • Though he has been rejected and Mr Winterson said it was because of his age

A middle-aged father says he has been rejected from 237 jobs in just 17 months because employers think he is too old.

Western Australia man Nicolas Winterson is just 53 and struggling to land himself a full-time job despite a lifetime of experience in the Navy and senior investigation roles.

He served with the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years, worked as a high-level fraud and forensics manager for 20 years and speaks Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.

At one point he was the director of forensic services at KPMG Australia - a globally recognised firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services.

May 14 22:30

A Society Based On The Social Credit System Is Closer Than You Think

Aussie welfare recipients only access to funds is via a cashless debit card

Australia’s government forced thousands of welfare recipients on to Centrelink, a cashless debit card. Under a massive expansion of the plan and new Federal Budget, immigrants have no access to most kinds of welfare for four years after attaining residency. However, the most crucial aspect of Centrelink is Aussies cannot use the cards for gambling, alcohol, or cigarettes. Only necessities like groceries and food can be purchased with the cards.

East Kimberley and Goldfields in Western Australia, Ceduna in South Australia, and the Bundaberg-Hervey Bay region of Queensland trialed the cards beginning in 2016. Under this scheme, 80 percent of welfare recipients’ Centrelink payment will go directly to the card rather than a bank account. That is supposed to keep recipients from wasting the welfare on unnecessary items.

May 14 12:30

'Missiles will fly': New Chinese threat to strike military targets on Australian soil after Scott Morrison said he was prepared for war with China

  • Editor of Chinese propaganda outlet delivered stark warning of war to Australia
  • Hu Xijin, of state media tabloid the Global Times, threatened Prime Minister
  • He says Australia should be prepared for 'missiles to fly' towards Australian soil
  • Hu responded to report where Scott Morrison said military preparation is his job .

The editor of a Chinese state media outlet has delivered a stark warning to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, declaring 'Chinese missiles will fly' towards Australian soil.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid the Global Times, responded to a story where Mr Morrison said preparing for war with China was an appropriate part of his job.

'Preparing for war? Then build an anti-missile system!' he posted to Twitter, despite China blocking citizens from using the social media platform.

May 14 11:24

Philippines won’t move an inch on South China Sea, Duterte tells Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rebuffed a call from China to withdraw vessels from disputed areas of the South China Sea – vowing not to move an “inch backward”.

The Philippines has boosted its presence in contested areas of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), including Thitu Island, near to a Chinese military installation, in defiance of the months-long presence of hundreds of Chinese boats it believes are manned by militia.

Duterte’s remarks in a televised address on Friday come as pressure builds on him to abandon his pursuit of close ties with China and stand up to what his defence chiefs say are blatant provocations.

May 13 02:41

US Troops Trying to Break Through from Afghanistan into Central Asia

Uzbekistan has no Russian or Chinese military bases and is not a member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are. And if Uzbekistan faces a security threat, it can only count on bilateral military agreements, which is why Washington believes the deployment of US troops could provide it with some additional guarantees in deterring militants based in Afghanistan.

May 12 08:26

Shocking moment a Hyundai passenger tries to take out an innocent cyclist by sticking a long pole through his wheel

  • A cyclist was riding in a bike lane in Brisbane when the shock incident unfolded
  • A man sitting in the passenger seat of a car stuck his hand out the window
  • He was holding what appeared to be a pole and waved it in direction of cyclist

The shocking moment a passenger in a passing car attempted to take out a cyclist has been captured on camera.

The cyclist was riding in a bike lane in Brisbane's east when the incident unfolded as a Hyundai drove past.

May 11 05:27

Myanmar military designates shadow gov’t as ‘terrorist’ group

Myanmar’s military rulers have branded a group of deposed lawmakers running a shadow government as “terrorists”, and blamed it for bombings, arson and killings, state-controlled media said on Saturday.

Since the military seized power in a February 1 coup, detaining and deposing civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a nationwide uprising has refused to back down on its demands for a return to democracy.

May 10 06:50

Wall Street Journal: US Could Deploy Military to Central Asia After Afghan Withdrawal

The May 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal ran a feature titled Afghan Pullout Leaves U.S. Looking for Other Places to Station Its Troops which explores options the Pentagon is entertaining to station troops and equipment for an ongoing military role in Afghanistan.

The article mentions three options: basing military personnel and hardware in Central Asian nations; concentrating them in the Middle East, particularly in the Persian Gulf (identified by the newspaper more than once as the Arab Gulf), including the U.S.’s largest base in the region at Doha, Qatar, and over a dozen other bases “in countries stretching from Kuwait to Oman”); and using aircraft carriers and their strike groups for power projection in the South Asian nation.

May 10 05:32

Putin Pledges Support for Tajikistan as Afghanistan Concerns Mount -RIA

Russia is working on strengthening its military base in Tajikistan and will do all it can to support the former Soviet republic amid rising tensions in Afghanistan, the RIA news agency cited President Vladimir Putin as saying on Saturday.

Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, at a meeting with Putin in Moscow, said the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan had escalated since the United States' announcement last month that it would pull out its troops, with President Joe Biden promising the withdrawal of all troops by Sept. 11.

"I know you are concerned about this situation. It goes without saying, it is a valid concern," Putin said.

"For our part, we are doing everything we can to support you," he added.

Afghan security forces fought back a major Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in early May as militants launched assaults around the country after the United States missed a May 1 deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban last year to withdraw troops.

May 08 06:04

Civilians flee as Philippines soldiers dislodge 200 (hungry?) Islamist militants who seized town market – media

Residents were evacuated from a Philippines town after around 200 Islamist fighters captured a local market, reportedly in order to score a meal. Gunshots were heard as the military tried to flush the militants from the area.

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) seized the public market of Datu Paglas, located on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, on Saturday morning, prompting the deployment of military and police units to the area.

The group opposes a peace agreement between Muslim rebels, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the central government. Some members of BIFF have also reportedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Hundreds of residents fled the town, but some civilians were prevented from leaving by the militants, who used a truck to block a highway leading to the market, according to local media.

May 07 04:45

Japan Extends State Of Emergency As Petition To Cancel Olympics Sees Growing Support

Japanese newswire Kyodo just confirmed that Japan plans to extend its state of emergency which covers Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto prefectures. The third state of emergency has been in place since April 25 and had been set to expire on May 11, but officials are concerned that the brief shutdown hasn't been sufficient to suppress infections, especially as cases start to accelerate across Asia.

Prime Minister Suga had a meeting on May 5 with senior ministers to discuss the necessary measures moving forward, and rumors about an extension started swirling shortly after the meeting concluded.

In addition to extending the state of emergency for the four prefectures, the government is also considering implementing stronger measures in several other prefectures including Hokkaido and Fukuoka.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Japan's problem, is that its citizenry understands that the Moderna shot is NOT a vaccine in the traditional sense of what a vaccine is supposed to do, i.e., keep you from getting sick, and passing the disease on to others.

And there is no reasonable resolution possible, until Big Pharma gets off its collective backside, and develops a medication which can truly be described as a vaccine, and works precisely in that way.

Unfortunately, the only people to which Corporations are responsible, are their shareholders, and this is no different with a pharmaceutical corporation, the executives of which have had their consciences surgically removed, before they took the job.

Otherwise, why would infant vaccines be so fraught with problems, like the the use of mercury to "preserve them", so that they have a longer "shelf life"?!?

May 06 13:18

Depressed' MH370 pilot 'carefully planned' his flight path to avoid leaving clues about where plane was heading before plunging into the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board, new research suggests

  • Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, deliberately changed the direction and speed of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to research
  • The pilot changed the flight path to avoid giving a clear idea where he was going, claims aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey
  • The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8, 2014, with the mystery never solved

The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 'carefully planned' his flight path to avoid leaving clues about where the doomed plane was going before plunging into the Indian Ocean, new research suggests.

Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who was reportedly clinically depressed, deliberately changed direction and speed to avoid 'giving a clear idea where he was heading', claims aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey.

May 05 07:00

NATO Prepares Azerbaijan’s Army for Its Next War

Trend News Agency cited Azerbaijani member of parliament Vugar Iskenderov celebrating military cooperation and integration between his nation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The basis for current high-level cooperation – his words – between the Caspian Sea country and the thirty-nation global military bloc was laid in 1994 with Baku’s joining NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. That program was employed to groom the fourteen countries that have joined the alliance since 1999: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

According to the Azeri deputy, his nation is “conducting a political dialogue with NATO on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.” He also highlighted the fact that over the past twenty-seven years Azerbaijan has provided NATO with troops for wars and post-war “peacekeeping” missions.

May 05 06:43

Australia Escalated the Hybrid War on BRI at America’s Behest

The Quad is against China in all respects, especially when it comes to military and economic affairs. Canberra’s canceling of Victoria’s two BRI agreements is therefore consistent with this unstated but increasingly obvious strategy.

The Australian federal government recently canceled two Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) deals that the state of Victoria signed with China in 2018 and 2019 as part of its new policy enabling the central authorities to overrule international agreements clinched by lower-level administrative entities. China vowed to respond to this extremely unfriendly move which further worsens their bilateral relations after several years of steady decline due to Australia’s unprovoked actions against the People’s Republic. Examples of the latter prominently include politically meddling in Hong Kong and promoting harmful conspiratorial claims about COVID-19’s origins.

May 05 06:19

Thailand, Laos Report Surging COVID Cases As India's Outbreaks Spreads Across Asia

Just as the WHO feared, India's brutal second wave has spilled over its borders, sending COVID-19 cases rising across the region, as cases climb in neighboring Bhutan and Nepal and as far away as Laos and Thailand.

According to Bloomberg, the acceleration in the region is mainly due to more contagious mutant strains, like the B.1617 variant first identified in India, which has been now been traced beyond its borders. The WHO has released a list of 10 mutant strains that it is keeping a close eye on.

New strains are identified every day as the virus continues to evolve, but only a handful make the WHO’s official watchlist as a "variant of interest" or the more serious designation "variant of concern," which is generally defined as a mutated strain that’s more contagious, more deadly and more resistant to current vaccines and treatments.

May 04 10:51

Asia's multibillion dollar methamphetamine cartels are using creative chemistry to outfox police, experts say

(CNN)The shipping container raised suspicions as soon as it arrived in remote northwestern Laos last July.

Paperwork showed it was packed with 72 tons worth of blue vats filled with propionyl chloride, a relatively obscure chemical, and bound for an area in northern Myanmar notorious for the industrial-scale manufacturing of synthetic drugs.

The cargo had been procured by a broker based in territory controlled by the United Wa State Army, a militia that for years has been accused of funding itself through drug sales.

But local authorities had not heard of propionyl chloride. It is not one of the 30 precursor chemicals scheduled by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for use in manufacturing illicit narcotics or psychotropic substances.

Nor had there been any apparent attempt to conceal the cargo though the corrugated shipping container had taken an unusual route thousands of miles around Asia, rather than overland through China.

May 04 10:31

China Is Trying To Break Up The Five Eyes Intelligence Network

The Five Eyes alliance, comprising the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, dates back to the Second World War, when a number of key allies decided to share intelligence in their bid to defeat Nazi Germany and Japan.

China is making a deliberate attempt to create divisions within the elite "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance by forging closer relations with the left-wing government of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern.

Today, maintaining intelligence-sharing cooperation between the five Anglophone nations is deemed essential to combating the threat posed by autocratic states, such as Russia and Communist China.

The survival of the alliance in its current form, though, is under threat after Ms Ardern's administration announced that it was making improved trade relations with Beijing its priority, rather than maintaining its support for Five Eyes.

May 04 05:43

Philippines' Top Diplomat Tells China To 'GET THE F*CK OUT' Of Their Territory

In response to the 'illegal' presence of hundreds of Chinese boats parked inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Locsin tweeted:

"China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE FUCK OUT. What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You."

May 02 18:44

Public Health Act 2016 (WA) – Instrument of Authorisation – Authorisation to Supply or Administer a Poison [SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE – Australian Defence Force] (No.2) 2021

An authorisation by the Chief Health Office under the s. 197 and s.198 Public Health Act 2016 (WA) to authorise relevant Australian Defence Force employees to supply and administer the COVID-19 Vaccine.

...which is seen as a POISON

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This would explain the huge number of adverse reactions.

May 02 07:43

Countries Spending the Most on War

According to a new report, total global military expenditure rose to $1.8 trillion in 2018, a 2.6% increase from the previous year.

Military spending in China rose for the 24th year in a row. While overall military spending in the U.S. is down compared to a decade prior, due largely to the conclusion and de-escalation of two of the most expensive wars in its history, but military spending in the United States increased for the first time in seven years. These two countries account for such a substantial share of total global arms expenditure that their two increases in military spending alone largely explain the global increase.

The United States and China are by no means the only world powers that spend billions each year on the military. The top 14 military spenders, after the United States, can be found on five continents, and each has its own vast web of military and political alliances. Some are allies; others bitter enemies.

Apr 30 15:32

Australia mulling heavy fines, five years in jail for travelers circumventing flight ban from Covid-19 hotspots – reports

The Australian government is reportedly considering fining and jailing its citizens if they return home from Covid-ravaged countries under biosecurity rules that would give authorities sweeping new powers.

If imposed, it would mark the first time it has been made a criminal offence for an Australian to enter their own country.

The development comes after two Australian cricketers who had been in India arrived in the country on Thursday after transiting through Doha, Qatar, bypassing a government ban instituted earlier this week on all direct flights from India until mid-May.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government was said to be looking into criminalizing such repatriation dashes by people who had been in a Covid-19 hotspot in the past two weeks. The punishment could involve up to AU$66,000 (US$50,908) in fines or five years in prison, according to 9News Australia.

Apr 30 15:31

Australian intelligence predicts terrorist attack ‘in next 12 months,’ police seek new powers to combat ‘extreme’ ideologies

Australia’s Federal Police are requesting new powers that would make possession of “propaganda” and “terrorist” manifestos illegal to possess and share, as intelligence agencies predict a terrorist attack within 12 months.

Apr 30 08:12

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan border clashes force evacuation of hundreds

Images show people gathered in a hotel after hundreds were evacuated from villages affected by fighting along the Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan border.

The clashes that erupted along the poorly demarcated border between the two mountainous countries over a reservoir and pumping station are the heaviest in recent years and have raised concerns they might escalate into a wider conflict.

Apr 30 06:40

Kazakh President Says Ready to Help Restore Mutual Trust Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev voiced concern over the conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and expressed his readiness to make efforts to restore confidence between the parties.

"I received with deep concern the information about the armed clash on the state border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The Kyrgyz and Tajik peoples are fraternal for us. We are united by a common history and cultural values," Tokayev said in a statement.

He welcomed the agreement reached to end the armed conflict and start negotiations between the plenipotentiary representatives of both states.

"I am confident that the leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with due wisdom, will be able to settle all disputed issues exclusively through peaceful means. For my part, I am ready to make efforts to find mutually acceptable solutions and restore mutual trust," he stressed.

Apr 30 05:45

Three Kyrgyz Servicemen Killed, 22 Injured in Clashes With Tajikistan, Security Committee Says

Three Kyrgyz border patrol agents were killed and 22 others injured in the border conflict with Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz National Security Committee's State Border Guard Service told Sputnik on Friday.

"Three servicemen of the Boru special detachment of the National Security Committee's State Border Guard Service were killed in clashes with the Tajik side, 22 servicemen sustained injuries of differing levels of severity. The condition of two servicemen is assessed as grave," a spokesman for the Kyrgyz State Border Guard Service said.

The personnel extends condolences to families and friends of the victims, the spokesman continued.

Apr 28 08:56

Fit and healthy' man, 55, dies of 'massive' blood clot in the lungs eight days after receiving a Covid-19 vacc

  • A 55-year-old man died in Tamworth Hospital, Australia on April 21 after getting Covid jab
  • It remains unclear which vaccine he received and the case is being investigated
  • Hospital staff said the man, described as 'fit and healthy', had lung blood clots
  • Six Australians have so far been diagnosed with AstraZeneca-linked blood clots
  • A 'fit and healthy' man has died of a blood clot days after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

The 55-year-old died in Tamworth Hospital on April 21 after suffering what hospital staff had described as a 'massive' blood clot in his lungs.

His devastated family told the Northern Daily Leader he was otherwise a 'fit and healthy' man.

A link between the vaccine and his death is yet to be established, with the case currently under investigation.

It remains unclear which vaccine he receive

Apr 27 05:58

Ethnic rebels in Myanmar 'seize army base' near Thai border

A major armed group in Myanmar says it has captured an outpost of the army near the country's eastern border with Thailand, as armed resistance ramps up against the military junta.

Forces of the Karen National Union (KNU) — one of the largest armed groups in Myanmar — reportedly seized the army base in Karen State near the Salween River early on Tuesday morning.

Footage posted on social media showed flames and smoke rising from the forested hills.

"Our troops captured the Burmese military camp," KNU's head of foreign affairs Padoh Saw Taw Nee told AFP. He said the camp had been burned down and the group was still checking on deaths and casualties.

Some villagers had already left their homes for other towns fearing retaliation from the Myanmarese military.

Apr 26 10:21

The United States Has Declared Defeat In Two More Wars

President Biden announced last week that he planned to remove all combat troops from Afghanistan by September, which he says will mark the end of what is now a twenty-year war in the central Asian country.

A week earlier, the US and Iraq reaffirmed a deal to withdraw “any remaining combat forces” from Iraq, and to further wind down the US involvement there, which dates back to the 2003 invasion.

In both cases, of course, the stated plans to end military intervention have been framed in polite language designed to make it look like the US is leaving on its own terms—and also to allow the US regime some level of plausibility when it claims “mission accomplished.”

Apr 21 06:18

A growing revolt in Myanmar

In the city of Naypyitaw on Saturday, Myanmar’s military junta celebrated Armed Forces Day, a holiday marking the beginning of Myanmar’s revolt against Japanese occupation during World War II. The weekend celebration came with a parade, a speech by coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and a lavish dinner party.

Meanwhile, across the country, soldiers and police shot largely defenseless anti-coup protesters and bystanders—including children—killing 100 people in the country’s deadliest day since the military’s Feb. 1 takeover.

Apr 20 09:32

Government considering 100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The Morrison Government will consider a radical measure to prevent online bullying and trolling, but experts say the proposal would involve serious risks for social media users.

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

The recommendation, which has been raised before, is one of 88 recommendations from a parliamentary committee report looking at family, domestic and sexual violence.

“In order to open or maintain an existing social media account, customers should be required by law to identify themselves to a platform using 100 points of identification, in the same way as a person must provide identification for a mobile phone account, or to buy a mobile SIM card,” the report suggests.

Apr 19 06:13

Indonesia has NO MERCY! Blows Up 45 Fishing Ships and Sinks Them ALL

Apr 17 06:55

Bahrain demonstrations continue for 20th consecutive night in solidarity with jailed activists

Bahrainis have rallied for the 20th night to reiterate their call for an immediate and unconditional release of political inmates amid concerns over the alarming situation of the country’s prisons in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The demonstrations were held under the banner of “Friday of Prisoners’ Rage,” with participants denouncing Bahraini authorities’ mistreatment of imprisoned activists, and the miserable conditions of prisoners at detention centers across the tiny kingdom.

The demonstrators carried Bahrain’s national flags as well as pictures of jailed political opponents, and chanted anti-regime slogans in several villages, including Karzakan, Karbabad, Hamala, Shahrakan, al-Dair, Karrana, Abu Saiba, Shakhura, Bu Quwah, North Sehla and Samaheej, as they called for the unconditional freedom of the prisoners.

Apr 14 06:50

‘Red Movement’ protesters daub Myanmar streets with paint as military crackdown death toll rises

Pro-democracy protesters gathered in Myanmar on Wednesday to cover the streets of Yangon in red paint, marking the bloodshed and lives lost in clashes with the military, after the junta seized control of the country.

The student-led ‘Red Movement’ has sparked demonstrations across the country, with protesters throwing red paint onto roads and buildings to show their opposition to the military’s takeover without risking getting caught up in the violence.

Apr 14 06:17

Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities; U.N. urges end to 'slaughter'

Opponents of military rule in Myanmar cancelled traditional new year festivities on Tuesday and instead showed their anger with the generals who seized power through low-key displays of defiance and small protests across the country.

The United Nations human rights office said it feared that the military clampdown on protests since the Feb. 1 coup risked escalating into a civil conflict like that seen in Syria and appealed for a halt to the “slaughter”.

A Myanmar activist group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, says the security forces have killed 710 protesters since the ouster of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Protesters were out again on the first day of the five-day New Year holiday, known as Thingyan, which is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.

Apr 12 07:27

Secret Documents Reveal the Size of Blatant American Intervention in Yemen

Al Masirah Net has published a number of documents tagged with “Top Secret”, some of them issued by the American embassy in Sana’a and others issued by the Yemeni National Security Agency during the period before the revolution of 21th of September 2014.

The level of the US intervention in Yemen through its embassy in Sana’a and meddling and violating the country’s sovereignty is beyond imaginable, such intervention that led to the revolution that ousted of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh leading to his killing and the ensuing relentless bombardment of the country by a Saudi-led coalition.

The documents issued by the US embassy included directives from the former ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein to the presidency to transfer the so-called “Anti Terrorism Units” from the Ministry of Interior Affairs to the Ministry of Defense, and to turn these units into security forces for the Yemeni land and sea borders.

Apr 12 06:18

Pentagon Campaign to Recruit Vietnam as Military Ally Against China Exposed Delusions of US War Strategy

When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that they would eventually support an agreement to provide them the permission.

But a Grayzone investigation of the Pentagon’s lobbying push in Vietnam shows what a delusional exercise it was from its inception. In a fit of self-deception that highlighted the desperation behind the bid, the US military ignored abundant evidence that Vietnam had no intention of giving up its longstanding, firmly grounded policy of equidistance between the United States and China.

Apr 12 05:55

Doctors under fire as Myanmar military targets efforts to aid injured protesters

Htet Htet Win and her husband were late returning home on Sunday night. It was past the junta-imposed 8pm curfew when their motorbike passed through the streets of eastern Mandalay. The security forces reportedly shouted for them to stop, and then opened fire when they did not do so. Her husband was hit but managed to get away. She was knocked to the ground.

A grainy photograph, taken by an onlooker, shows her lying face down on the concrete, her arms reaching above her head, her purple top and bottoms marked with dark patches.

Doctors believed she was still alive, but were warned by residents that soldiers were waiting nearby. They feared it was a trap. “I felt like they were ambushing us,” said one of the rescuers. “I think she would have survived if we were able to pick her up as soon as it happened,” he said. They waited for more than an hour before the soldiers eventually retreated. It was too late.

Apr 10 07:10

Myanmar military sentences 19 to death, says anti-coup protests dwindling

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday, the first such sentences announced in public since a Feb. 1 coup and crackdown on protesters.

The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North Okkalapa district of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Martial law has been declared in the district, allowing courts martial to pronounce sentences.

The military rulers who overthrew an elected government said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling because people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy.

Troops fired rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters on Friday in the town of Bago, near Yangon, witnesses and news reports said. At least 10 people were killed and their bodies piled up inside a pagoda, they said.

Apr 10 07:09

Myanmar UN envoy urges no-fly zone as many protesters killed

Myanmar’s own ambassador to the United Nations has called for a no-fly zone and sanctions, as the international community puts more pressure on the military government to end a deadly crackdown and restore democracy, and as the death toll continues to rise with dozens more reported killed early on Saturday.

The United States and European nations pleaded for action at a meeting on Friday of the UN Security Council where a Southeast Asian summit on the crisis was taking shape, but the military leadership remained defiant and refused entry to a UN special envoy.

Apr 10 07:08

Myanmar denies involvement in child deaths, says elections could be pushed back

Myanmar’s military junta is denying that it had involvement in the deaths of children since the February coup, and says its elections could be pushed back.

More than 600 people have been confirmed killed by the junta, according to a daily briefing from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) published Friday.

UNICEF said last week that at least 44 children had been killed as a result of the crackdown last month.

Apr 09 05:47

Eleven killed as Myanmar protesters ‘fight soldiers with rifles’

At least 11 people have been killed in a northwestern town in Myanmar, local media reported, as security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters who fought back with hunting rifles and firebombs.

The Myanmar Now and Irrawaddy news sites said on Thursday that six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell a huge protest in the town of Taze on Wednesday. When the protesters fought back with guns, knives and firebombs, five more truckloads of troop reinforcements were brought in.

Apr 08 05:44

Myanmar security forces kill 15 protesters, junta leader says opposition aims to "destroy" country

Troops in Myanmar opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the latest victims of a campaign to crush opposition to the ruling military junta, activists and media said.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the army coup that ousted Myanmar’s elected government on Feb. 1, said the civil disobedience movement’s aim was “to destroy” the country.

But a London-based research group said the military was losing control.

In other unrest, a series of small blasts hit the commercial capital Yangon and a Chinese-owned factory was set on fire.

About 600 civilians have been killed by security forces in the turmoil since the coup, according to an activist group. Nationwide protests and strikes have persisted despite the bloodshed.

Apr 07 06:12

Video: Myanmar: US-backed Opposition Is Armed

After weeks of denying the violence carried out by US-backed opposition groups in Myanmar, US-funded propaganda outlets like “Myanmar Now” are finally admitting and making excuses for the opposition fighting government security forces with war weapons.

The opposition has announced a parallel government the US is likely going to “recognize” and offer military support to – creating a catastrophe directly on China’s as well as Thailand’s borders in a chain of events identical to the US engineered “Arab Spring” and interventions in Libya and Syria in 2011.

Armed groups linking up with US-backed anti-government protesters represent US-British backed proxies armed and trained by the West for decades – including as colonial forces used by the British to occupy Myanmar – then called “Burma.”

Apr 05 10:24

‘A necessary step’: Japan starts trials on issuance of national digital currency

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) said on Monday that it has begun experiments to study the feasibility of issuing its own digital currency. The move sees it join other global central banks in exploring options in the digital sector.

According to the regulator, the first phase of experiments will be carried out until March 2022 and will focus on testing the technical feasibility of issuing, distributing, and redeeming a central bank digital currency (CBDC). It will then move to the second phase of experiments, which will scrutinize more detailed functions, such as whether to set limits on the amount of CBDC each entity can hold.

Mar 31 06:56

US orders evacuation of ‘non-emergency’ diplomats & families from Myanmar amid calls for intervention

Citing “civil unrest,” the US has ordered non-emergency government employees and their family members to leave Myanmar, the State Department said as online activists ramped up calls for “humanitarian intervention” against Yangon.

The one-sentence State Department announcement came on Tuesday evening in Washington, on the day the opposition in Myanmar began a “garbage strike” against the government.

Mar 31 06:34

Ethnic Karen insurgents says thousands of Myanmar ground troops advancing

A major armed ethnic group in southeast Myanmar vowed on Tuesday to defend its territory from what it said were thousands of government troops advancing “from all fronts” and urged the international community and neighbour Thailand to protect its people.

In a statement, the Karen National Union (KNU), the country’s oldest ethnic army, asked the international community to provide humanitarian help as its people flee fighting and to pressure the ruling military to cease using weapons on civilians. It said the world should sever economic and military ties with Myanmar’s junta.

Mar 31 06:33

As ethnic armies unite against coup, war returns to Myanmar's borderlands

Tracing his fingers over a “Love and Peace” tattoo inked on his forearm in a misty valley on the Thai-Myanmar border, 49-year-old former soldier Isaac said he was contemplating a return to war.

An ex-fighter with the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) he said he had spent years battling government forces in the eastern jungles before settling in northern Thailand. For decades, soldiers like him have fought for greater autonomy for minorities from a central government and army dominated by majority Bamar Buddhists.

Now, with the country in turmoil since the army overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a Feb. 1 coup, those ethnic armed groups are being drawn back into conflict with the military junta as they side with opponents of the coup, according to Reuters interviews with representatives of three such groups and the ousted civilian government.

“If all the ethnic armed groups unite, they can win,” said Isaac.

Mar 30 05:05

Thousands flee Myanmar airstrikes, complicating crisis

Thai soldiers began sending back some of the thousands of people who have fled a series of airstrikes by the military in neighboring Myanmar, people familiar with the matter said Monday. But Thai officials denied that as the insecurity on the border added a new dimension to an already volatile crisis set off by a coup in Myanmar.

The weekend strikes, which sent ethnic Karen people seeking safety in Thailand, represented another escalation in the violent crackdown by Myanmar’s junta on protests of its Feb. 1 takeover. On Saturday, more than 100 people were killed in and around demonstrations throughout the country — the bloodiest single day since the takeover.

The violence by the Myanmar military — both on the border and in cities around the country — raised the question of whether the international community would respond more forcefully than it has thus far to a coup that ousted the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and reversed years of progress toward democracy.

Mar 27 06:27

Myanmar protest deaths reach 320 as US, UK, impose sanctions

The toll of protesters confirmed killed in Myanmar since last month’s military takeover has reached 320, a group that verifies details of deaths and arrests announced Friday.

Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said its tally includes only documented cases, with the actual number of casualties “likely much higher.” It said 11 people were killed Thursday, when it also managed to verify 23 deaths that occurred previously.

Myanmar news agencies, including the Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima, reported that three more people had been shot dead by security forces in the city of Myeik in southern Myanmar. Video posted on Mizzima TV’s YouTube channel showed protesters risking getting hit by gunfire to carry the bloody body of one young man who the report said had later died.

Mar 23 05:16

Dozens Of Chinese-Owned Factories Have Been Torched By Myanmar Protesters

In yet more sanctions actions out of the White House Monday (following anti-China human rights related sanctions), Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced fresh measures against members of Myanmar's military for the continuing crackdown on pro-democracy protests after the Feb. 1 coup d'etat led by the army.

Myanmar's chief of police, Than Hlaing, and its Bureau of Special Operations commander, Lt. Gen. Aung Soe, along with two army units will be hit with sanctions "for being responsible for or complicit in or having directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, actions or policies that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by people in Burma," Blinken said, using the official US name for Myanmar.

Mar 21 08:40

Myanmar junta faces calls to halt bloodshed but more die in anti-coup protests

International pressure on Myanmar’s military junta to halt its repression of pro-democracy protests following last month’s coup increased on Friday but on the streets, security forces shot dead at least nine demonstrators in an unrelenting crackdown.

Calls for dialogue and the end to the bloodshed came from several of Myanmar’s Southeast Asian neighbours led by Indonesia - an unusual stance in regional diplomacy.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned what he denounced as the military’s continuing brutal violence. A “firm, unified international response” was urgently needed, he said, quoted by his spokesman.

Mar 21 08:38

More than 1,000 Myanmar refugees seeking shelter in India's Mizoram state: lawmaker

More than 1,000 people fleeing violence in Myanmar have crossed into neighbouring India’s Mizoram state since late February, an Indian lawmaker told Reuters on Friday.

With that number likely to rise further, authorities in the small northeastern state are pushing federal authorities to help build designated refugee camps near the border, the member of parliament from Mizoram, K. Vanlalvena, said.

“Otherwise, all the refugees will be scattered everywhere in India,” he said.

Mar 21 08:08

US Crimes against the People of Iraq, Vietnam, Nicaragua, … : Denial, Selective Perception and Military Atrocities.

When the horrors of the sadistic, near necrophile behaviour of U.S., personnel at Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, first showed the tip-of-the-iceberg-lie of “liberation”: cruelty, depravity and bestiality on a scale which apparently dwarfed all that Saddam Hussein’s regime had been accused of, President George W. Bush said: ” This does not represent the America I know.”

He should have. It was under the watch of his father, George Bush, Snr., that in 1991, thousands of Iraqi conscripts were buried alive in southern Iraq, by US army tanks and bulldozers. “What you saw was a bunch of buried trenches, with peoples arms and things sticking out of them”, said Colonel Anthony Moreno who participated.(1)