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Aug 26 08:51

Transference of Evil: Netanyahu, a Creature without Morality or Mercy

This is a Zionist world gone mad.

“…the pictures out of Gaza are heart wrenching and painful, the painful pictures of children dying… and the thousands of refugees. What goes through your mind when you see that?” Bibi’s answer is not the “banality of evil” that Hanna Arendt saw as she witnessed Eichmann’s answers at his trial, an evil of “stupidity” that excluded rational thought.

“Hamas targets civilians, we don’t… They want to pile up as many dead as they can…the more dead the better” (Netanyahu interview with Wolf Blitzer, 8/20/2014).

Aug 26 07:19

The End of Liberal Zionism

The New York Times, Sunday Review, AUG. 22, 2014
Israel’s Move to the Right Challenges Diaspora Jews

Pushed to the political margins in Israel and increasingly irrelevant in the Diaspora, liberal Zionism not only lacks agency; worse, it provides cover for the supremacist Zionism dominant in Israel today. Liberal Zionists have become an obstacle to the emergence of a Diaspora Jewish movement that could actually be an agent of change.

Liberal Zionists are at a crossroads. The original tradition of combining Zionism and liberalism — which meant ending the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, supporting a Palestinian state as well as a Jewish state with a permanent Jewish majority, and standing behind Israel when it was threatened — was well intentioned. But everything liberal Zionists stand for is now in doubt.

Aug 25 22:51

Russian FM says manipulating MH17 crash into oblivion should not be allowed

The international community should not allow to manipulate the investigation of Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight crash into oblivion, the same way it happened with investigations into many other Ukrainian tragedies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says in an interview published by Russia Beyond the Headlines, a supplement to The Daily Telegraph.

Aug 25 14:01

Japanese Officials 'Regret' Russia's Tit-for-Tat Sanctions

Japanese diplomats have expressed disappointment with Russia's decision to blacklist officials in retaliation for Tokyo's sanctions against Russia.

Has the world's political class been infected with a virus that causes them to suffer an unprecedented level of stupidity, or has the chutzpah culture spread far beyond its original home? What the heck did the Japanese think would happen when they sanctioned Russia? Were they expecting a thank-you note?

Aug 25 08:30

U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China

The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.

Aug 25 06:56

Alan Hart: On course for Holocaust II…..?

This is the most controversial article the gentile me has ever written or is ever likely to write, but I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of “anti-Israelism” (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II, my shorthand for another great turning against the Jews.

Aug 24 07:18

Chinese ships log 20th intrusion into Senkaku waters this year

Four China Coast Guard vessels intruded into Japanese territorial waters Sunday morning near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said.

It was the 20th intrusion by Chinese government ships this year and the first since Aug. 12.

Aug 24 04:44

Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world.

Video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over his usage of the term “barbaric,” has been garnering thousands of hits daily since it got picked up by social media. She’s on fire!

(Must) Watch Rania Masri’s focused rage calling for us to make a stand and pledge to be organized in support of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. And read each word of her amazing speech, which has already been translated into three four languages:

Aug 24 04:36

The Mainstream Media, ISIS, and Iraq War Déjà Vu

It might not be possible to fool all the people all the time, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, but the record shows that enough of the people can be fooled enough of the time to achieve the desired result.

Only time will tell what the outcome here will be.

Stephen Walt, the co-author of the much-talked-about book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” poignantly observes that “if the history of the past twenty years teaches us anything, it is that forceful American interference of this sort just makes these problems worse.” Note that this is a key point to refute the mainstream internationalists’ claim that US involvement is indispensable for the good of the world and thus it should eschew a policy of non-intervention.

Aug 23 06:30

The ISIS killer on the (Saudi) king’s highway

There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the king’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
The Doors, The End

The killer awoke before dawn. He put his American desert boots on. He took a knife from the ancient gallery. And he walked on down the hall – bathed in desert sunlight.

The killer spoke with a British accent (London’s East End?) Father (Saud), I want to kill you. Mother (Langley?) I want to… yeeeaaahh, c’mon!

Then the sartorially composed Man in Black beheaded American photojournalist James Foley.

This is not the end, beautiful friend. It’s just a new beginning in the never-ending Global War on Terror. Now starring Papa Saud’s brand new bag – The Caliph and his goons.

Aug 23 06:25

Buggered by Obama, European bootlickers bankrupt their own economies

In a word, by submitting to Washington’s doctrine of permanent wars, Europe eschews the only road out of permanent crisis: peaceful co-existence. The mega-buggers in Washington and the bootlickers in Europe have chosen sanctions over trade and destruction over prosperity. They are paying a price: domestic unrest, displacement from markets by emerging economies and the ascendancy of chaos as a way of life in Western Europe.

Italy faces the reality of a decade of stagnation.

Portugal’s economy crashes and crawls.

Germany’s manufacturing machinery grinds to a halt.

Finland’s ‘principled’ brown-nosing boomerangs.

England is converted into a money-laundering bankers’ city-state where one-third of its children live in poverty.

Poland consumes itself, drunk with weapons and rotting appl

Aug 23 06:21

Sanctions rebound to hit Europeans

The West’s malevolent sanctions on Russia were not imposed because Russia had in any way affected the well-being, economic circumstances, territorial integrity or social structure of the United States or of any nation that jumped on the US sanctions’ bandwagon.

There was no question of enforcing sanctions because Russia’s actions anywhere in the world had impacted adversely on one single citizen of any Western nation. But they were imposed, anyway, just to try to make things difficult for Moscow and to try to ratchet up tension between Russia and the West.

Russia decided to hit back against US and EU sanctions by barring some US and EU imports. And why shouldn’t it, after such gross provocation? But there’s a definite downside for innocent people.

Aug 22 07:26

48 suspicious banking deaths

With the global financial system heading towards a major crash in the near future are these people buckling under the pressure of what they see coming or are they being silenced because of what they know?

We can only assume it’s a little of both.

Our advice is if JP Morgan offers you a job: politley decline. The list of top level bankers dying under suspicious circumstances has been growing rapidly in recent months.

Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Aug 22 07:23

“Exodus” Now Hurling Real 5,000 Pound Bombs

Ponder this for a moment: 5,000 pound GBU 28 bunker-buster bombs were dropped on a single house in Gaza. Israel obviously can pinpoint a target when it wishes to do so. It makes many claims that it “did not intend” to strike a United Nations school or a hospital.

That is not true. Schools and hospitals are not struck by mistake. These are large buildings and Israel’s ability to pinpoint targets are demonstrable.

Israel still retains absolute mind control over the western world, thanks to the selling of an Israel narrative which was boosted high into the literary lights and onto movie screens with the fictional Israeli narrative written by Leon Uris in 1954.

Aug 22 06:59

Why such hype about the Michael Brown killing?

I dislike ultra-racism, hyper-ethnic chauvinism and plastic patriotism as much as the next person.

Introspection is a noble value; criticizing one’s own people when they do wrong is a righteous thing in the same way that parents who admonish their children when they misbehave are trying to help, not hurt, their children.

Defending one’s own simply by virtue of their race, culture, nationality or religion is a negative attribute, and leads to extreme narcissism, nepotism and other nasty expressions.

But I also believe in honest and fair treatment, and that is scarcely to be found on the issues of race, racism and ethnocentrism.

Aug 21 05:58

Dr. Rania Masri’s Powerful Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Listen to a stunning speech by Palestinian rights activist Rania Masri. It’s about time more than one diaspora Palestinian spoke equally fearlessly, forcefully, loud and clear, unapologetically, powerfully and correctly and with pride in support of the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas besieged in Gaza. It’s long, long overdue.

Those who march behind genocide should be ashamed of themselves, not those who fight for what is right.

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:05

10-year JGB yields near 0.5%

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

Aug 19 14:03

Russia to request MH17 probe report

Russia will request an official report in relation to progress of an investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 19 07:56

Obama’s Foreign Policy - Militarization of Globalism

In a jaundiced US national foreign-policy perspective, Obama, befitting America’s steadily moving shift politically, ideologically, culturally, sharply rightward, is somehow viewed as weak, vacillating, lacking sufficient will to stand up to Aggression (capitalized because seen as all-pervasive, coming from every quarter: militant Islam, Russia, China, even Gazans), and thereby presumably a Leftist, when in fact he occupies the exact, predictable position marking an extension in US hegemonic claims to unilateral global supremacy effected through war, intervention, trade agreements, military alliance systems, market penetration, international financial and banking pressures and manipulations, that we have seen since the close of World War 2. Lack of toughness?

Aug 19 07:04

US “Pivot” Stumbles in Thailand

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Months after the May 22, 2014 military coup that ousted the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra, the military-led government has been working in earnest to uproot the Shinawatra political machine as well as realign the Kingdom’s foreign policy to represent a better balance between China’s rising power and the West’s waning but meddlesome influence.

Uprooting the West’s Unwarranted Influence

The regime of Thaksin Shinawatra, led by nepotist proxy via his own sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, represented an inequity between this balance...

Aug 18 22:30

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

After a month during which Washington has failed to release evidence to support its charges against Putin, it is clear that the political offensive of the NATO governments and the media frenzy against Putin were based on lies.

Aug 16 01:35

Vanishing point …

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin's missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Aug 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 13 18:41

The mammoth global “free trade” agreement you’ve never heard of

'It is astounding that at a time when we are still reeling from the devastating consequences of reckless financial deregulation, our governments are negotiating further deregulation of the financial sector, solely in the interests of large financial corporations.'

Here's what we know: Fifty countries, including the United States, the EU nations, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey, have been in TISA talks since 2012. The resulting agreement will set the terms for almost 70 percent of global trade in “services”: everything from banking and construction to telecom and tourism.

The public got its first glimpse of the treaty on June 19, when WikiLeaks published a draft of the agreement's chapter on financial services. It wasn't pretty.

READ FULL ARTICLE: http://inthesetimes.com/article/17065/tisa_tpp_and_ttip

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 19:00

Russia Announces Military Exercises in Kuril Islands Claimed by Japan

Russia began military exercises in the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, a move likely to anger Japan, which also lays claim to them.

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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Aug 11 06:24

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president expressed his frustration over Abbas’s lack of popular support by the Palestinian people, unlike Netanyahu who, during this time of crisis and conflict, is strongly supported by most Israelis.

Aug 11 06:19

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

From the American viewpoint, India’s SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) membership literally caps the trajectory of US-Indian strategic partnership.The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles.

That is to say, SCO challenges the US strategy to project the NATO as the global security organization that bypasses the United Nations as the provider of security. This is precisely why the US has opposed the SCO and did all it could to debunk the grouping.

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Aug 09 17:36

Hey Israel STOP the Genocide in Gaza — Worldwide protests

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
by Annie Robins

Comment: Annie Robbins:
Occupier, I fully support non violent resistance. however, in the face of the violent genocidal intent of the occupier and the actions taken to ignite this latest round of violence (WB pogroms, killings, destruction, arrests detainment no doubt leading to torture) i think Palestinians should be able and willing to defend themselves and be proud of their achievements, efforts to protect themselves under siege, oppression. that includes procuring weaponry.

Aug 09 08:08

GMO Golden Rice: The Scourge of Asia

Ulson Gunnar
Activist Post

Asia’s dependency on rice cultivation for both subsidence and income is intuitively understood. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates the agricultural population of lowland rice cultivation in Asia to be over 470 million - larger than the entire population of the United States. Improvements in rice cultivation would stand to lift hundreds of millions from debt and poverty. Conversely, the disruption of rice cultivation would threaten to mire hundreds of millions in deeper debt, inescapable destitution, and all of the negative socioeconomic implications that follow...

Aug 08 09:34

Russian Sanctions Expose West's "Global Disorder"

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

In a report by the Sydney Morning Herald titled, "Julie Bishop says 'petulant' Russian sanctions reflect its lack of acceptance for role in MH17 disaster," it claims:

"Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Russia's "petulant" trade sanctions on Australian food imports is yet another example of Moscow trying to evade responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17."

However, Bishop fails to indicate why Russia should or would accept responsibility for downing an aircraft when no evidence whatsoever even suggests such culpability. Canberra, Washington, London, and Brussels are citing dubious YouTube videos, Facebook, and other forms of "social media," while Russia has provided radar and satellite pictures and has repeatedly called for and supported a proper, independent, impartial investigation into the incident...

Aug 06 13:36

The Second Aircraft - Was Malaysia Flight 17 Shot Down?

German pilot and airlines expert, Peter Haisenko, thinks that Malaysia Flight 17 was not blown up by a ground-based antiaircraft missile, but shot down by the type of double-barreled 30-mm guns used on Ukrainian SU-25 fighter planes. Haisenko presented his theory in a widely-circulated and controversial article which appeared on the Global Research website titled “Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”.

Aug 06 11:06

Pro Gaza Rally in Japan

Aug 06 10:43

Nagasaki the Forgotten Bomb

Aug 06 10:09

Southeast Asia’s top Islamic militant found alive two years after US jubilantly declared his death

The Philippine military said Wednesday one of Southeast Asia’s top Islamic militants was alive, more than two years after jubilantly declaring he had been killed in a US-backed airstrike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof positive that one cannot believe ANYTHING the US government says.

Aug 06 09:40

THE PALESTINIAN CONNECTION TO HIROSHIMA

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick explained eloquently about the real reasons for dropping the bombs instead of the mythology that is told in school books in America. But does that really make any difference on the horror of what Truman and his generals visited on humanity? Those of us in the medical field understand clinically what radiation poisoning does to the human body but politicians also know that and Truman had detailed reports from the earlier experiments. I met so many hibakushas (survivors of the nuclear blast) and their children and grandchildren. Many told us of the dramatic death of children by leukemia and other cancers and of the congenital deformities. It was more than we could take even as visitors so I can only begin to imagine the actual feelings of people here.
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Aug 06 07:41

Japanese Sanctions against Russia May Go into Force on August 5 - Reports

The Japanese sanctions against Russia, announced last week, may come into effect on Tuesday, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing a diplomatic source.

Japan's government may approve the package of sanctions during a cabinet meeting on August 5, which would bring them into effect in the second half of the same day, the agency said.

Aug 05 10:02

New war risk on Russian periphery amid Armenia-Azeri clashes

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan may meet this week in a bid to defuse escalating tensions between the two countries after at least 18 soldiers were killed in the worst clashes in two decades.

“Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan will hold talks with his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on 8-9 August,” Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said on the government’s website.

Azerbaijan has yet to agree to the negotiations, ANS TV reported, citing Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Aliyev’s office.

President Vladimir Putin plans separate meetings with the two leaders at the end of the week, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told Itar-Tass.

The skirmishes between the South Caucasus countries, which border Turkey and Iran, flared amid the worst geopolitical standoff since the Cold War between Russia and the US over the conflict in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is NOT being helped by the reality that the US has been selling arms to the Azerbaijan government.

The following statement was reported at Asbarez.com in June of this year:

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Eric Rubin, explained on Thursday that U.S. military assistance to Azerbaijan is not for use against Armenia. Speaking before the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), Rubin explained that arms sales to Baku are only for counterterrorism purposes and that the U.S. is seeking a resolution to the Artsakh conflict. “Where we do provide security assistance to Azerbaijan, we are careful to ensure it is used in full compliance with the law to counter terrorism, support the operational readiness of U.S. Armed Forces or coalition partners to counter terrorism, ensure Azerbaijan’s border security as long as it is determined that such assistance will not undermine or hamper ongoing efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan or be used for offensive purposes against Armenia,” Eric Rubin told the Helsinki Commission.

Sounds like great diplo-speak, doesn't it?!? Soothing, following all protocols, dotting the "i-s" and crossing the ts.

But once arms are sold to the government of Azerbaijan, there is no way for the US government to guarantee where the arms are going,or these the arms are going to be ultilized, period, end of discussion.

Eric Rubin understands this clearly, and the cynicism and hypocrisy in these statements are so horrific that they stink to high heaven.

This is yet another attempt to destabilize Russia, which supports Armenia in this fight, by arming the Azerbaijan government against Armenia.

Aug 05 07:18

US Cluster Bombing Legacy Continuing To Cost Lives In Laos

The Vietnam War era’s dark legacy of pervasive cluster bombing is still costing lives in Laos, nearly 40 years after the end of all hostilities in Southeast Asia. In this documentary feature, Journeyman Pictures meets the brave women who are trying to clear the bomb fields.

Laos has the notorious reputation for being the most heavily bombed country in the world. During the Vietnam War, the US dropped 2 million tonnes of explosives on Laotian territory. Even today, there is estimated to be up to 80 million unexploded munitions scattered across the countryside. Removing them is job that will likely take more than a lifetime to complete.

Jul 29 10:28

China, Japan and Russia zero in on Latin America

The leaders of China, Russia and Japan all descended on Latin America in recent weeks, jostling with the United States to increase their influence, invest and tap into resource-rich markets.

The latest arrival was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who on Monday was in Trinidad and Tobago, the second stop on a five-country tour that began on Friday in Mexico.

Abe’s visit began just as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his tour, which included stops in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba. Xi signed more than 100 trade agreements on the trip.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the region for a week from July 11, stopping in Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua and Cuba.

The United States remains Latin America’s top trade partner, but gone are the days when Washington could take the region for granted as its backyard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As this economic evolution continues, particularly with Russia and China, watch the US dollar get dumped in favor of direct trade in the yuan and ruble.

Jul 16 08:35

Riots in Myanmar put US on the spot

A visit to Myanmar next month by United States Secretary of State John Kerry is set to pose a diplomatic challenge, as skepticism rises in Congress over Washington’s embrace of Naypyitaw’s democratic transition.

The trip will precede President Barack Obama’s own visit to Myanmar in November.

Rampages by Buddhist right-wingers against minority Muslims – and the recent interrogation and detention of journalists – have soured hopes for Myanmar’s transition and reforms.

Calls are emerging from Congress for Mr Kerry to roll back part of the red carpet extended to Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government – for example, Washington has lifted various sanctions and initiated limited military-to-military cooperation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Earlier this lifetime, I never thought I would be able to put the words "bloodthirsty" and "Buddhists" into the same sentence. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

But of course, the government in Myanmar loves this, because ethnic infighting between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority takes the focus off the myriad problems with the government here, which is so collectively crooked it has to screw its socks on on the morning.

Jul 10 09:36

The World’s Next Oil Shipping Corridor: The Arctic Ocean

It’s colder than the Persian Gulf, needs more icebreakers than the Suez Canal and passes less picturesque beaches than the Mediterranean, but the so-called Northern Sea route connecting Europe to Asia via the northern coast of Russia has its advantages.

It’s a shorter and quicker route, and thus more energy efficient. And it avoids many of the geopolitical flash points that make shipping risky–instead of the Strait of Malacca, the Horn of Africa and Egypt’s Suez region, boats can hug the coat of Russia for a chilly but uneventful ride.

Jul 08 09:12

This US-Trained, Dictator-Loving General Could Be Indonesia’s Next President

On July 9, the people of Indonesia will directly elect their president for only the second time ever. Quickly ascending in the polls is Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general in the Indonesian armed forces, who as of July 1 has virtually tied as front-runner. Prabowo's rise to prominence is alarming many journalists, scholars, and human rights organizations, who accuse him of human rights abuses, including claims that his military unit took part in mass executions, forced displacement, kidnapping, rape, and torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, just like Poroshenko in Ukraine, this guy is our kind of guy!!" - official White House Souse.

Jul 08 09:08

Russia approves creation of BRICS foreign exchange fund

The Russian Government signed a draft agreement on the creation of a $100 billion pool of currency reserves that the BRICS countries are forming to guard against financial shocks. According to the document, the countries’ dollar reserves will remain on the balance sheets of their central banks. However, these reserves can be made available at the request of one of the parties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

2015 looks as though it will be a very nasty year for the US dollar.

Jul 02 09:04

U.S. welcomes Japan’s move to lift of ban on military intervention

The United States Tuesday welcomed a historic shift by Japan to expand the role of its military by reinterpreting the terms of the nation’s US-imposed constitution.

“We have followed with interest the extensive discussion within Japan on the issue of exercising its right under the UN Charter to collective self-defense,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

“We welcome the government of Japan’s new policy regarding collective self-defense and related security matters.”

After months of political horse-trading and browbeating of opponents, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his cabinet had formally endorsed a reinterpretation of rules that have banned the use of armed force except in very narrowly-defined circumstances.

Under the new definition, Japanese troops will now be able to come to the aid of allies — primarily the United States — if they come under attack from a common enemy, even if Japan is not the object of the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sets the stage for a shooting war against China, the economic rise of which has financial centers in the US mightily spooked.

Countries are now competing to do business in the Yuan, and bypassing the US dollar all together.

Jun 30 10:05

Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

Japan is poised for a historic shift in its defense policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two, a major step away from post-war pacifism and a big political victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The change will significantly widen Japan’s military options by ending the ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack. It will also relax limits on activities in U.N.-led peace-keeping operations and “grey zone” incidents short of full-scale war, according to a draft government proposal made available to reporters.

The change will likely rile an increasingly assertive China, whose ties with Japan have chilled due to a maritime row, mutual mistrust and the legacy of Japan’s past military aggression, but will be welcomed by Tokyo’s ally Washington, which has long urged Japan to become a more equal partner in the alliance.

Jun 27 07:38

China aims to break U.S. hold in Asia with rival to World Bank

Beijing diplomats on charm offensive to rally support for new institution free from U.S. control.

China wants to set up a multilateral development bank in Asia to break the U.S.’s financial hold on the continent, the Financial Times reported Tuesday, citing officials familiar with the matter.

It said that Chinese officials have been touring Asia and the Middle East drumming up support for a new institution with $100 billion in capital, with a view to financing major development projects such as infrastructure. The FT said 22 countries across the region have expressed interest so far.

Such an institution would be a direct rival to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which China thinks are too much influenced by the U.S. and its ally, Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government would rather go to war with China than to see this happen.

There is only one, MINOR problem here; the American people are war weary, and infinitely more geopolitically savvy than when the US government went to war against Afghanistan and Iraq, and do not want any ore war, period, end of discussion.

War against China, to prevent its economic ascent, isn't a hard sell to the American people; it is a no-sell.

Jun 20 09:32

China sends four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam.

Jun 06 06:23

Thailand Coup 2014 - Message to John Kerry and the World

Jun 05 05:34

Dhaka, Beijing to seal the deal on deep-sea port

Bangladesh wants to conclude the negotiations with China on construction of a deep-sea port at Sonadia in Cox’s Bazar during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina there.

“We have analysed three proposals [for deep-sea port] that were submitted to the government and we found the Chinese proposal is the best. We hope to sign an instrument with China during the visit of the prime minister in Beijing,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.

Sheikh Hasina is going to China on June 6 on a five-day trip and is scheduled to return home on June 11.

Bangladesh has long been negotiating the mega-project and invited all interested countries to submit their proposals and three countries – the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and China – showed interest, said the official.

“They made presentations before the high-powered committee headed by the principal secretary where foreign and shipping secretaries are also members,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese leadership has been making deals to obtain what they want in terms of trade and opportunity; the US government has been waging war to attempt to accomplish the same objectives.

What's wrong with this picture?!?!? Everything!!

EVERYTHING!!

Jun 04 09:31

Friend or foe?

Currently, according to the agreements made after World War II, 94 U.S. military bases are deployed in Japan which is about 47 thousand American soldiers and officers. And their main goal is "to provide security for Japan and maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region".

And two-thirds of all U.S. troops in Japan are deployed on a small island of Okinawa (34 U.S. military facilities, part of which were built in the city), which is less than 1% of whole Japan. Even a joke appeared among locals that "not U.S. bases are located on Okinawa, but Okinawa is located on U.S. military base". And behavior of U.S. militaries often causes resentment of local population and demands for withdrawal.

Apr 05 13:11

Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Spills Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO believes they have accidentally spilled 12 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

Jan 15 16:09

Iran rial slides, 'dollar' text messages appear blocked

TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iran's currency has slid 20 percent against the dollar in the last week despite central bank intervention, and Iranians concerned about the economy said on Tuesday attempts to send text messages using the word "dollar" appeared to be blocked.

The central bank reportedly pumped $200 million dollars into the market last Wednesday after new and much tougher U.S. sanctions prompted nervous Iranians to change rials into hard currency, accelerating a rise in the price of dollars on the open market.

Dec 11 06:50

Thailand: Stage Set for Another Color Revolution

Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

What happens when the UK's globalist nexus Chatham House, the US's International Crisis Group (ICG) run by George Soros and Zbigniew Brzezinski, lawyers like Robert Amsterdam, and media giants like BBC, CNN, the Guardian, and the Economist get together to back street protests? Color revolution . . .

Dec 09 09:59

AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?

Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga

If you hang out much with thinking people, conversation eventually turns to the serious political and cultural questions of our times. Such as: How can the Americans remain so consistently brain-fucked? Much of the world, including plenty of Americans, asks that question as they watch U.S. culture go down like a thrashing mastodon giving itself up to some Pleistocene tar pit.

Nov 26 14:39

My View From the Bowl, past Bernanke, Obama, South Korea, and the toilet paper.

The U.S. is in debt huge to China, and although China isn't our largest debtor; it is truly the only one on the world stage with the ability to act alone with the same menacing ability as the U.S. claims it still cans.

The reality?:

1) China could crash our economy within 4 hours if it felt it wanted to, AND that it would be a viable interest to its people and longevity. It CHOOSES not to due to the following-
a- Our dollar is kept just strong enough to attract goods from China which we all purchase and keeps China's people employed making all the stuff we used to. China wants its people working.

Nov 19 07:40

Bird Flu Outbreak in Hong Kong

AFP

HONG Kong is scrambling to contain an outbreak of bird flu after recording its first human case of the illness since 2003.

A 59-year-old woman now in a serious condition in hospital.

Nov 15 03:16

Mongolia's "Color Revolution" & Banker Colonization

As the bipolar Cold War system ended, a transitory phase of globalization was initiated in order to pave the way for global governance.

The color revolutions of the 21st century were a highly sophisticated method of transforming nation states into such a world system.

Mongolia experienced the draft form of color revolution in its "Red Rose Revolution" in the 1990's. The sparsely populated country was easier to manipulate due to its corrupt politics and post-Communist identity crisis.

As with many buffer states, Mongolia regarded it as beneficial economically, geo-strategically and security-wise to cooperate with larger powers such as the U.S. [1]

Nov 13 05:47

Spectacular opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou, China

Laser beams, fireworks and water jets exploded from the banks of the Pearl River as China marked the opening of the Asian Games, two years after dazzling the world with a gala opener to the Beijing Olympics. The opening ceremony paid tribute to coastal Guangdong province's seafaring heritage. The venue on Haixinsha island was configured like a sailboat for the opening festivities designed by Chen Weiya, who was Zhang Yimou's deputy when he crafted the Beijing ceremony.

Nov 10 09:54

Japan may put troops near disputed isles

Tokyo is considering placing troops on a remote Japanese island in the East China Sea to monitor China's expanded naval activities that have worried its neighbours, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The defence ministry wishes to create a "coastal security surveillance team" with the main mission to radar-monitor Chinese naval activities, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing ministry sources.

Japanese defence officials are considering placing about 200 troops on Yonaguni, Japan's westernmost island, roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Taiwan, the Yomiuri said.

The Japanese military regularly sends patrol aircraft to the region but has no permanent monitoring facility there, the Yomiuri said.

A defence ministry official denied the report, saying no such decision has been made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether or not these reports are true, they only serve to ratchet up tensions in the region, rather than calm things down.

Nov 09 06:48

Barack Obama Asia trip: 'Progress being made to end mistrust with Muslims'

The president said his efforts to improve the relationship between Muslims and the West have been "earnest" and "sustained". Still, he said the progress is "incomplete" and there is more work to do.

Though issues of terrorism and extremism often dominate the tensions between the Muslim world and the West, Mr Obama said the relationship must expand beyond security issues.

"What we're trying to do is make sure that we are building bridges and expanding our interactions with Muslim countries," Mr Obama said during a joint news conference with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Nov 08 18:29

Muslims in shock over police 'terror' leak

Apparently released via file-sharing software, the files and the background on how they were compiled reveal that Japanese police, under pressure from U.S. authorities, trawled Tokyo in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, in search of intelligence data among the city's tiny Muslim community. According to victims of the leak, in some cases the Security Bureau tried to recruit them as spies.

Nov 05 05:21

Barack Obama leaves for Asia to seal business deals

The drubbing handed out to Mr Obama's Democratic congressional allies in Tuesday's mid-term elections by disillusioned voters has increased pressure on the president to create jobs.

The US leader is taking 200 chief executives of American firms to India, where a senior aide has said the White House is hoping for "tangible benefits".

The executives are drawn from the fields of technology, publishing and chemicals, among others, seeking opportunities in India's booming economy, which is one of the few bright spots in the struggling global economy. Boeing and Lockheed Martin will strengthen their bids for an $11 billion deal for 126 fighter jets.

Oct 30 04:59

Empire - The Asian Arms Race

Oct 26 05:52

Anti-war protester hurls shoes at ex-Australian prime minister John Howard on live TV

Peter Gray flung his shoes at John Howard, a key Bush ally on the Iraq war, after demanding that the former leader defend his decision to send 2,000 troops to support the US-led 2003 invasion.

'That's for the Iraqi dead!' Mr Gray shouted as he flung the shoes during the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's live Q&A programme. The shoes missed their target and Mr Gray was escorted from the studio.

Oct 12 23:12

US airbase threatened in Kyrgyzstan as Russian-backed parties poised to take power

The staunchly nationalist Ata-Zhurt party had taken a clear lead by Monday afternoon in what international observers from the OSCE called a "vibrant" election which "reflected the will of the people of the Kyrgyz Republic".

Oct 11 04:39

In the crosshairs of US drones

Residents live under a constant fear of being hit as dozens of unmanned drones buzz the skies over North and South Waziristan. The drones frighten children and women who sometimes become the victims, especially if the intended targets are anywhere close to their homes.

According to local tribal sources, the Americans have planted several spies whose job is to insert microchips in vehicles which are then tracked and taken out by missiles fired from drones.

When the US drone attacks started several years ago, their priority was to get the al-Qaeda leadership, But a lot has changed since then, and it appears the Americans have expanded their targets to include foreign fighters, the Pakistani Taliban, and al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Oct 03 09:38

U.S. troops' presence in the Philippines altruistic?

One can never, for one second, believe that American troop presence anywhere is ever altruistic, from the standpoint of US government foreign policy objectives.

Oct 02 15:01

It was very sad that Quran was burnt: Craig Blomberg

One of the most distinctive and important teachings of Jesus was love for one’s enemies. Muslims as a whole are not Christians’ enemies, but even if a few Christians think so, that gives them no reason to violate their Lord’s teaching on loving the people they think are their enemies.

Sep 29 20:45

Americans are NOT Stupid

"Ok. I'm a little mixed up over the Palestinians and the Israelis . . . which one is throwin' the rocks?"

Sep 18 21:12

JAMES PETRAS: IMPERIALISM AND IMPERIAL BARBARISM

Excerpts from Petras thesis:

Imperialism, its character, means and ends has changed over time and place.

Under pressure from nationalist and socialist anti-imperialist movements and regimes, colonial structured empires gave way to new nationalist regimes. Some of which restructured their economies, diversifying their productive systems and trading partners.

Aug 30 22:34

Putin: U.S. Rearming Georgia

"There would have been no aggression and blood if not the rearmament of Georgia two years ago; we had been telling this to our partners, including to our European friends; and everyone kept silence; and how did it all ended? It led up to the war. This rearmament continues today," Putin said.

This is Russia's escape clause in the flawed 6-point ceasefire agreement which Sarkozy screwed up while he was so busy looking in the mirror at himself on the world stage.

Aug 28 11:22

Afghan militants in US uniforms storm 2 NATO bases

U.S. and Afghan troops repelled attackers wearing American uniforms and suicide vests in a pair of simultaneous assaults before dawn Saturday on NATO bases near the Pakistani border, including one where seven CIA employees died in a suicide attack last year...

Aug 27 13:33

GORDON DUFF: WHY AMERICA MUST HAVE AN ANTI-WAR UPRISING

What is war? All war is class struggle. If we still had more communists around, they would remind us. Rich people start wars, poor people die and resources are stolen, banks emptied and all of it hidden behind flag waving and childish scare tactics. War is part of the grander plan. Is war politics or is it economics?

At one point in the last 2 years, it was estimated there there were as few as 12 “potential Al Qaeda suspects” in Afghanistan.

The person reading my water meter is a “potential suspect.” To a paranoid or law enforcement officer, anything that moves is a “person of interest.” A “suspect” is a person of interest who isn’t sleeping or dead.

Aug 11 04:14

Intifada Palestine Wish you a Blessed Ramadan

Both God’s blessing and his generosity are best exemplified this month, as giving alms to the poor, suppressing greed and lust, along with feeling for suffering of the other all dominate interaction between people, bringing out the finest in both men and women.
The Intifada Palestine Team

Aug 08 10:37

US plans another Kyrgyzstan base

The US is planning to construct a USD 10 million military base in the southern city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where more than 300 people died in deadly clashes in June, Press TV reported.

The US Defense Department says the base, called Osh Polygon, will feature a range of facilities and weapons training services, including a secure garrison compound with officers' quarters and barracks for enlisted personnel, range facilities, crew-served weapons and explosive ordnance, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks; while the US economy is in spectacular meltdown, and homeless Vets sleep in our streets.

Aug 05 18:36

Chinese Carrier Killer Missile Could Shift Pacific Power Balance

Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than supercarriers. Bristling with fighter jets that can reach deep into even landlocked trouble zones, America's virtually invincible carrier fleet has long enforced its dominance of the high seas.

China may soon put an end to that...

Jul 25 07:26

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Jul 24 07:59

Handcuffed to history in South Asia

by Aijaz Zaka Syed

I sometimes wonder if Shakespeare had India and Pakistan’s leaders in mind when he wrote those immortal lines in As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.”

No matter who is in power in Delhi or Islamabad, the script of the carefully choreographed diplomatic spectacle never seems to change. From their famous encounter at Tashkent to the tense handshakes at Simla and Agra, and from Vajpayee’s historic bus trip to Lahore to the bitterness of Kargil, the more the narrative changes, the more it remains the same.

Jul 08 09:04

Uzbekistan - US worked with Al Qaeda allies to try to oust Karimov?

According to Wayne Madsen, 30 July 2005, there is evidence that the USA was involved in the revolt against President Karimov's government in the town of Andijan on May 17.

Jul 05 10:25

In Azerbaijan, key to Afghanistan efforts, Clinton walks tightrope on democracy

After a major speech in Poland encouraging democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled Sunday to a country that has tossed bloggers in jail, held elections widely considered flawed and abolished term limits for its president.

But she took a notably cautious approach there on the issue of democratic reforms.

That's because the country is Azerbaijan, a key transit route for U.S. troops and supplies heading for Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is far more to this meeting than talks about than transiting troops and supplies to Afghanistan here and improving US/Azerbaijani relations, and was notably absent from in this article.

Take a good look at the following map:

http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/atlas/iran.htm

Azerbaijan borders Iran at Iran's northwest border, at the Caspian Sea.

Although consultation regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh regional conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan may have been the "good reason" for this meeting, the real reason may well be to find out what Azerbaijan is prepared to do - or not do - when the US and/or Israel attacks Iran.

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 07:36

On the developments in Kyrgyzstan

Two sister nations have been made to confront each other and shed blood as a result of well-planned provocations and plots designed and executed in a very professional way. These two nations have lived together as brothers and sisters throughout our history and shared the same homeland and culture.

Jun 29 05:37

Jeju islanders want love, not war

By Matthew Reiss

Plans for a missile base on South Korea's Jeju island, 450 kilometers, from Shanghai have threatened to disturb a precarious balance of power in the East China Sea. But Washington's aspirations to use the base have been blocked by residents of the island.

The administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced commitments in 2008 and 2009 to purchase and deploy a fleet of Aegis destroyers equipped with US anti-ballistic missile and radar systems, built jointly by Hyundai and Lockheed-Martin. To date, opposition to construction of the base and a pending lawsuit have delayed preparation of a home port for the ships. But following the March 26 sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan, the government has grown less tolerant of dissent.

Jun 27 07:53

Bangladesh hit by general strike

Dozens of political activists have been arrested in Bangladesh after the main opposition parties called for a dawn-to-dusk general strike across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Bangladesh

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 25 15:13

Russia plans second military base in Kyrgyzstan

The Kremlin tried and failed to win approval for the base in the south of the country last year but saw its chances evaporate when the man it was close to making a deal with, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was deposed in a coup earlier this year.

However, as the interim government that succeeded him struggles to maintain order after an outbreak of ethnic violence in the south of the country that left more than 200 people dead, the Kremlin has quietly revived the controversial plan.

The base, to be located in either Osh or Jalalabad, would extend Russia's geopolitical influence deep into Central Asia and bolster its position with both China and the United States.

Jun 25 09:39

Kyrgyzstan: Picking Up the Pieces

Kyrgyzstan joined the rank of failed states this month: its central government lacks legitimacy and depends heavily on external aid, with the US base looming large, while the people are largely destitute, harassed by local thugs and drug barons, and looking to Moscow for a way out.

The issues at stake are the referendum next Sunday to legitimise the interim government, and the drug trade, which Bakiyev’s clan still controls and is loathe to give up. Heroin comes from Afghanistan via Tajikistan and is repackaged in Osh before being transported west to Uzbekistan and north to Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the UN. The killing two weeks ago of Aibek Mirsidikov, one of the drug kingpins in the area, threatened the Bakiyev clan’s control. The rest is history.

Jun 25 06:58

US to build troop training centre in Tajikistan: envoy

The United States plans to build a facility for training local troops in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state of Tajikistan, the US ambassador said here Friday.

"The plan... is almost 10 million dollars to build this national training centre for the Tajik armed forces," Ken Gross told journalists at a briefing in the capital, Dushanbe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great: we're ringing in Russia with military bases in Central Asia, while the infrastructure here at home is collapsing!

Jun 22 17:23

Russia pushing for control of fuel supplies to crucial US airbase

Russia is pushing to impose a direct fuel supply deal on the US's airbase in Kyrgyzstan that would allow it to force a rapid closure of the base once it is no longer necessary to support Nato operations in Afghanistan.

"Ultimately it's in the security interests of Russia for the US to be using this base for its operations in Afghanistan, but under a very, very strict mandate," said Ana Jelenkovic, Central Asia analyst at Eurasia Group.

"If Russia is able to monitor the destination of the fuel, it limits the ability of the US to stay there in the base long-term. It makes the Americans staying there at Manas contingent always on some Russian support."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not a deal that NATO and the US are probably keen to have happen, but it may be the only way to keep the US base at Manas supplied.

Jun 18 10:04

Kyrgyzstan Violence Claims Up To 2,000 Lives

Kyrgyzstan's interim president said Friday that 2,000 people may have died in the ethnic clashes that have rocked the country's south – many times her government's official estimate – as she made her first visit to a riot-hit city since the unrest erupted.

The deaths have been due to rampages led mainly by ethnic Kyrgyz against Uzbeks.

The United Nations said that as many as 1 million people may eventually need aid in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, including the refugees, internally displaced, host families and others who may suffer from the unrest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this violence and unrest was orchestrated to keep the country from going to the polls at the end of this month to elect new leadership.

Jun 17 10:26

Kyrgyzstan: Eurasian Geopolitics 101

For the moment, the Pentagon is breathing a sigh of relief. Vital US fuel supply flights from its Manas base to Afghanistan resumed last week even as Kyrgyzstan slid into chaos. At least 171 and possibly as many as 500 have died in rioting in southern Kyrgyzstan this week, almost all ethnic Uzbeks, with thousands injured. More than 80,000 fled to neighbouring Uzbekistan, forcing it to close its borders as it cannot cope with more. On Monday, China began evacuating the majority of its 1000 nationals.

Jun 14 16:40

Russia peers into Kyrgyz void

This is an internal conflict, and Russia does not see the conditions for participation in its settlement," a Kremlin spokesperson told reporters in Moscow on Saturday. Russia was providing emergency humanitarian support, she said.

However, she made a hugely significant revelation: "In his capacity as chairman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO] council, [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev has ordered consultations to be held among secretaries of the member states on Monday to work out a collective response." (The members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very measured, "adult in the room" stance from Medvedev, in behalf of both Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Jun 14 09:47

Russia deploys hundreds of extra soldiers to Kyrgyz military base

Russia has deployed hundreds more soldiers to protect its military base in Kyrgyzstan, in the wake of fresh unrest that had left almost 100 people dead in the Central Asian country as of Sunday.

Three Ilyushin Il-96 military planes with a battalion of Russian paratroopers on board have landed at the base in Kant, the Interfax news agency reported. A Russian battalion typically ranges from 350 to 800 soldiers, depending on the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting development, in light of the fact that Russia had previously declared it was sending no troops to Kyrgyzstan to quell the rioting.

As reported last Saturday, 12 June, at

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7050247.html

"Otunbayeva asked Russia early Saturday to send in troops, but the Kremlin said it would not meddle into what it described as Kyrgyzstan's internal conflict.

"It's a domestic conflict, and Russia now doesn't see conditions for taking part in its settlement," Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said in Moscow. She added that Russia will discuss with other members of a security pact of ex-Soviet nations about the possibility of sending a joint peacekeeping force to Kyrgyzstan.

Timakova said Russia would send a plane to Kyrgyzstan to deliver humanitarian supplies and help evacuate victims of the violence."

One has to wonder why Russia would believe that its base in Kyrgyzstan would come under any kind of attack.

Jun 14 09:07

100,000 Uzbek Refugees Flee Deadly Chaos, Bound For Border

The United States, Russia and the United Nations worked on humanitarian aid airlifts while neighboring Uzbekistan hastily set up camps to handle the flood of hungry, frightened refugees. Most were women, children and the elderly, many of whom Uzbekistan said had gunshot wounds.

The interim government had planned a referendum to approve a new constitution on June 27, but it now appears unlikely the vote will take place. New parliamentary elections are scheduled for October, but the violence appears aimed at undermining the interim government before then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the interim government of Kyrgyzstan is about to unravel.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

One has to wonder if Bakiyev, the former president, will be returned to power, under these circumstances.

Jun 13 11:29

Kyrgyzstan Death toll grows as Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence escalates

Mobs of Kyrgyz men rampaged through southern Kyrgyzstan today, slaughtering ethnic Uzbeks and burning down houses in a third day of ethnic bloodshed.

The country's interim government granted its security forces shoot-to-kill powers and promised to send a volunteer force to the region – but the violence continued to rage, taking the death toll since Thursday night to more than 100.

Opponents of the new government said it had failed to impose political stability, and was letting the country drift towards civil war.

Jun 13 10:55

Official: 30 killed in Kyrgyzstan village

Ethnic rioting spread Sunday in southern Kyrgyzstan, where at least 80 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded. Thousands of Uzbeks fled after their homes were torched by roving mobs of Kyrgyz men.

Fires destroyed much of Osh, the second-largest city in a Central Asian country that hosts U.S. and Russian military air bases. Stores were looted and the city was running out of food.

Gunfire rang out Sunday in another major southern city, Jalal-Abad, where the day before a rampaging mob burned a university, besieged a police station and seized an armored vehicle and other weapons from a local military unit. Thousands of Kyrgyz men brandishing sticks, metals bars and hunting rifles gathered at the city's horse racing track, shouting anti-Uzbek slogans while police stayed away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the current Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has begged Russia for troops underscores how utterly critical the situation has become for her government.

Jun 13 09:56

Malaysia to send aid convoys to Gaza

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad has disclosed a plan to send shipments of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to break the Israeli blockade.

Jun 13 04:53

Thai government tells US it's in charge

"We ourselves also see some difficulties in negotiating and discussing with the Red Shirts," Kiat told AFP. "If the US extends a helping hand, I don't know if it will have different results."

(*The Thai government should consider that the US entertained the idea of using a nuke , on an oil leak)

Jun 12 15:29

CIA Seeks Chaos in Kyrgyzstan?

The town of Osh, the 'southern capital of Kyrgyzstan', has long ago become a major cross-point for the Great Heroin Way..."

There may be more to this than meets the eye, see Russia criticizes US, NATO over Afghan drugs from March where they complain that a surge in heroin smuggling is endangering Russia's national security, and (just this week) Medvedev Seeks War on Afghan Drugs, But U.S. Is Tepid. Anyone want to guess which recently-independent western-backed state is the Euro-hub for all these drugs?

Jun 11 11:17

Japanese PM Naoto Kan warns of Greece-level 'collapse' under debt pile

New Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, seeking to lay the groundwork for a future sales tax rise, warned on Friday that the country risked defaulting on its borrowing if it failed to rein in its massive public debt.

Jun 05 20:10

Gordon Duff: Pakistan’s Role In Afghanistan

THE KEY TO PAKISTAN’S SECURITY IS AFGHANISTAN

THE KEY TO AFGHANISTAN’S SECURITY IS PAKISTAN

US policy in Afghanistan hasn’t so much failed as it hasn’t even materialized. With the original rationale for overthrowing the Taliban their relationship with Osama bin Laden now long forgotten, buried with, not only the death of bin Laden many years ago but much more. No ties between bin Laden and 9/11 have ever been established, none of the training camps seen in the online videos existed anywhere but in fiction, truth is such a delicate thing. Children in Afghanistan are taught to be fighters from birth. Training an Afghan to fight is like training a fish to swim.

Jun 05 09:34

Burma is trying to build nuclear weapons and missiles, says US senator

The Burmese Government is attempting to build nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, according to a military defector who smuggled photographs and documents of secret nuclear equipment out of the isolated dictatorship.

Evidence presented by the former Burmese officer and weapons engineer suggests that the country is still a long way from creating usable nuclear weapons. But the fact that it has even a nascent nuclear programme will cause international alarm at a time when the West is struggling to contain the ambitions of Iran and North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Senator Jim Webb: the US, in its invasion and occupation of Iraq, gave the world a magnificent object lesson as to what can happen to a nation which does not have a nuclear deterrent.

The Bush administration used the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which it did not, as the springboard for its attack against, and occupation of, Iraq.

Welcome, Senator Webb, to the wonderful world of unintended geopolitical consequences.

And of course, any allegation that will make North Korea look even more like a rogue nation is always attractive to the US, to China's embarrassment.

Jun 01 23:09

Japanese PM Resigns Over Failure to Move US Base

Just over a week after being forced to make a public apology, admitting that his campaign promise to get the US to abandon a military a base in Okinawa would go unfulfilled, Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio has tendered his resignation, putting an end to his eight month reign.

Jun 01 19:48

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama Will Announce His Resignation

The main cause of the collapse in polls was the result of his backtracking last month on a pledge to relocate U.S. troops stationed on Okinawa.

May 30 09:12

Japan party quits coalition over US base

Japan's Social Democratic Party, SDP, has decided to leave the ruling coalition government amid a row over the controversial presence of the US military in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's bullying (and using that false flag attack n the South Korean warship) to force Japan's PM to allow the US base to stay on Okinawa might bring down the entire Japanese Government.

In diplomatic circles this is known as a "whoopsie!"

May 29 22:23

In Japan, U.S. Losing Diplomatic Ground to China

When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Japan’s new leaders in October, not long after their historic election, he pressed so hard and so publicly for a military base agreement that the Japanese news media labeled him a bully.

May 28 08:21

Russia wants '100% proof' N.Korea sunk ship

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia will not support efforts to punish North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship until it is fully convinced Pyongyang was behind the incident, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.

"We need to receive 100 percent proof of North Korea's role in the sinking of the corvette," the spokesman, Igor Lyakin-Frolov, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

"Our specialists are currently studying the materials of the investigation. We need to draw our own conclusions about what happened. Everything will depend on the situation and the body of evidence."

May 27 23:35

Beijing suspects false flag attack on South Korean corvette

WMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea.

One of the main purposes for increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula was to apply pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to reverse course on moving the U.S. Marine Corps base off Okinawa.

May 27 16:33

IMF calls for gradual rise in Japan sales tax

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. "

May 24 22:48

Japan premier incites anger over U.S. base

Okinawans were outraged Sunday that Japan's prime minister reneged on his campaign pledge to move a U.S. military base off their island, a decision that upholds a long-standing agreement with Washington.

May 23 09:54

Hatoyama Accepts U.S. Base on Okinawa, Says He Has ‘No Choice’

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama decided to move a U.S. military base within Okinawa in adherence to a bilateral agreement, saying security threats from countries such as North Korea trump local sentiment to shift it elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How LUCKY for the US that North Korea (nudge nudge wink wink) "attacked" a South Korean ship just when Japan wanted to kick the US out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 20 10:00

MSM: ‘Act of aggression’ sank Korean ship

North Korea has threatened “full-scale war” after an international report concluded a torpedo fired by one of the reclusive regime’s submarines sank a South Korean navy ship in March.

A multinational team of independent investigators concluded that North Korea was behind the sinking of the 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan that killed 46 sailors.

The international team, including five Australian Defence Force personnel and experts from America, Britain and Sweden, analysed the shattered hull and parts of a torpedo found on the sea bed.

The investigators say fragments, lettering and propellers on the torpedo match North Korean-manufactured torpedos acquired by the South seven years ago.

May 20 02:06

Kyrgyzstan ethnic clashes kill two

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan has declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Jalalabad after two people died in clashes.

Shots were fired as police tried to stop ethnic Kyrgyz protesters from storming an Uzbek university.

May 19 06:58

Plenty of swine flu vaccines, not one volunteer to take them

On Day One of the swine flu vaccination drive for healthcare professionals, the BMC found the vaccine had no takers. Over 2,000 city-based professionals, who had worked in isolation wards and screening centres when the virus had first struck, had consented to taking the vaccine, but none turned up.

May 18 06:56

Massacre in Thailand and Obama’s Foreign Policy Stance

When the White House is quiet as protesters are butchered in the streets of Bangkok Thailand, suspicions are raised. Silence often equals complicity. One can only imagine what the U.S.’ response would be to a Venezuelan government slaughter: the U.S. media and Obama would loudly condemn such an act, in contrast to the muted response to Thailand’s blood bath.

Thailand was thus transformed into a U.S. client state and given money, guns, and U.S. government intelligence to battle Thailand’s “communists.” This relationship has equaled numerous Thai dictatorships that have a very bloody history, including the shooting of untold numbers of protesters that the Thai government named “communists,” or their modern equivalent, “terrorists.”

May 18 06:44

Bracing for the worst in Bangkok as troops gather

Further in, families lolled on plastic mats laid on the pavement damp with rain, seemingly unperturbed by the prospect of an imminent military onslaught. The deadline of a government ultimatum on protesters to leave had expired over an hour before, and a reported 30,000 troops were getting into position all around them.

Refusing to leave the protest site in Bangkok, scores of women with children have found shelter at the Wat Pathum Wanaram Buddhist temple, wedged between two ultramodern shopping malls. They idle on rattan mats amid sculptured hedges around saffron-robed monks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Making martyrs out of these protesters may well be the undoing of the current Thai government.

May 18 05:38

17,000 Form Human Chain At U.S. Base In Japan

— Thousands of Japanese linked hands and encircled a Marine Corps base in Okinawa on Sunday to protest its presence on the island, putting more pressure on Tokyo to resolve an impasse over the base's future.

About 17,000 residents surrounded the Futenma air base early in the afternoon, chanting slogans and completing a human chain twice for several minutes each time, city official Hitoshi Nakou said. The base covers about 1.9 square miles (4.92 sq. kilometers), and sits in the middle of Ginowan, a city of about 93,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this situation is resolved, Hatoyama and his party are going to lose their collective shirts in the next election.

May 17 14:06

Thai Protestors Using Improvised RPGs

May 16 08:53

Thailand Protests Worsen For Third Straight Day, Gov't Declares 'Live Fire Zone'

Thailand's leader defended the deadly army crackdown on protesters besieging the capital's heart, saying Saturday the country's very future was at stake. Protesters dragged away the bodies of three people from sidewalks – shot by army snipers, they claim – as soldiers blocked major roads and pinned up notices of a "Live Firing Zone."

"I insist that what we are doing is necessary," Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in a defiant broadcast on national television, making it clear he would not compromise. "The government must move forward. We cannot retreat because we are doing things that will benefit the entire country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the wholesale slaughter of protesters is going to "...benefit the entire country.?!?

The Thai government, through its actions, just may have a real revolution on its hands.

The US is evacuating all of its diplomatic personnel out of Thailand immediately, which indicates that they know this situation is very much likely to worsen.

May 15 08:54

THAI TROOPS OPEN FIRE, DEATH TOLL SOARS...

May 14 11:06

Death toll rises as anti-government protests escalate in Thailand

At least eight people were killed and up to 121 injured during a day of violence between anti-government protesters and troops which drew months of stand-off in Bangkok closer to an endgame.

Dozens more were injured today, seven fatally, according to reports from hospitals, as troops used teargas and fired live and rubber bullets in an attempt to bring to an end two months of protests in which more than 30 people have died and more than 1,400 people have been injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather than coming to an "endgame", it is highly possible that the actions by the Thai government will simply exacerbate an already volatile situation.

May 14 09:21

Russia Ready To Assist To Resolve Tibet Issue

Addressing the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said if all the parties to the conflict made sincere efforts to separate purely "pastoral" contacts from politics, this could bring about a solution to the problem, and Moscow was ready to assist in this regard.

China, which has always claimed Tibet as its territory, condemns world leaders who meet with the Dalai Lama as it accuses the Tibetan monk of heading a separatist movement seeking independence for Tibet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov can generally be counted upon for his quiet pragmatism; this offer of mediation is certainly a demonstration of that quality, which may possibly bring some calm to a very tense situation.

May 14 08:59

Thai Protests: Violence Erupts In Bangkok

Late Thursday, the army moved to seal off the Red Shirt encampment in an upscale commercial district of the capital. Some 10,000 protesters, women and children among them, have crammed into the area.

The Red Shirts see Abhisit's government as serving an elite insensitive to the plight of most Thais. The protesters include many supporters of former prime minister Thaksin whose allies won elections in 2007 after his ouster. Two subsequent pro-Thaksin governments were disbanded by court rulings before Abhisit was elected by Parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Making martyrs out of its own citizens will prove very counterproductive for the Thai military and government, both domestically, and internationally.

May 13 09:58

Thai protester shot, killed during violent clashes with police

Earlier, the leader of the Red Shirt movement, Seh Daeng, was shot in the head while being interviewed, according to a journalist who witnessed the shooting. He was in critical condition.

May 06 13:44

Japanese PM's Reversal on US Base May Have Political Cost

Political analysts in Japan say Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's reversal on a key campaign pledge is likely to cost him in coming elections. Mr. Hatoyama told residents of Okinawa this week it will probably be impossible to completely move a U.S. marine base off the island.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aren't the Japanese supposed to slice themselves open when they fail to keep a promise??? :)

Apr 27 01:52

Japanese Military Joins U.S. And NATO In Horn Of Africa

Japanese navy commander Keizo Kitagawa recently spoke with Agence France-Presse and disclosed that his nation was opening its first overseas military base – at any rate since the Second World War – in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Apr 26 09:03

Thailand is close to civil war as its British-born PM rejects deal with angry Red Shirts

So how did Thailand, a mostly Buddhist nation of 66 million, come from economic success to such a stark political precipice?

The country, officially a constitutional monarchy, has experienced 18 military coups since 1932 – but continues to hold elections.

Thais are glancing nervously at the army, believed to be badly split behind a brittle façade of unity. Generals have launched 18 coups since 1932, but almost as great a fear now is that enlisted men could join protesters and help turn the protests into a full-scale uprising.

Apr 21 11:32

Exiled Kyrgyz leader insists still president

Kyrgyzstan's ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev insisted on Wednesday that he was still the rightful leader of his country, breaking several days of silence after his flight into exile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Napoleon said the same thing. And if Bakiyev thinks the US will back him in a war against the new Russian=backed government of Kyrgyzstan, then he is crazy!

Apr 14 10:42

US: No troops flights for now through Kyrgyzstan

Apr 14 08:25

Japan islanders reject US base

Three mayors from a Japanese island, slated to host a US military base, are to write a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their refusal to the plan. The move is to protest against the Japanese government’s decision to relocate the Futenma US Marine Corps Air Station in Okinawa to the Tokunoshima Island.

Apr 12 07:46

At the Geopolitical Crossroads of China and Russia: Kyrgyzstan And The Battle For Central Asia

It not only borders China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, but is only separated from Russia by a single nation, Kazakhstan. To gain an appreciation of Russian and Chinese concerns over hundreds of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops passing through Kyrgyzstan, imagine a comparable amount of Chinese and Russian soldiers regularly passing through Mexico and Guatemala, respectively. For almost nine years and at an accelerating rate.

It is not only a military "hard power" but also a "soft power" threat that the Western role in Kyrgyzstan poses to Russia and China.

Apr 11 11:05

Kyrgyzstan's new leader tackles challenging job

Otunbayeva -- a former Soviet official, United Nations representative, Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States and United Kingdom, and and Kyrgyz foreign minister -- is not a newcomer to this business. A short, unpretentious woman, it's clear the weight on her shoulders is intense. She's working long hours, taking no time off.

Her immediate challenge is dealing with the deposed Kyrgyz president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, in hiding in the southern part of the country. She has called on him to resign. He has refused. She has offered him free passage out of the country. He hasn't responded.

Apr 11 10:18

Blowback in Kyrgyzstan

The timing of this week's revolt in Kyrgyzstan, making headlines around the world, is telling. On Thursday the son and heir apparent of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Maksim, was scheduled to speak at an economic forum in Washington. The meeting has been postponed indefinitely, and something tells me it may not be re-scheduled any time soon. As the Guardian reported today, interim opposition spokesperson and former Kyrgyz ambassador the United States, Roza Otunbayeva, said of the outgoing president: "His business is finished in Kyrgyzstan … in essence people were simply fed up with the previous regime, and with its repressive, tyrannical and abusive behaviour. They want to build democracy here."

Apr 11 03:44

Kyrgyzstan Another Soros "Color" Revolution

Der Spiegel featured a report with the title "Revolutions Speed Russia's Disintegration."In part it revealed the prime movers behind the events in Kyrgyzstan:

"As early as February," Roza Otunbayeva (left)- now the apparent head of the provisional government - "pledged allegiance to a small group of partners and sponsors of the Kyrgyz revolution, to 'our American friends' at Freedom House (who donated a printing press in Bishkek to the opposition), and to George Soros, a speculator who previously helped unseat Edward Shevardnadze's government in Georgia.
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She has already confirmed that the American base at Manas will not be closed.

Apr 10 12:17

Video: 1,300 U.S. troops stranded at airfield in Kyrgyzstan, military says

A U.S. military spokesman, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the security situation, said the troops have been unable to move because of the suspension of U.S. military operations at the airfield...

Apr 10 10:14

Nine dead as Thai troops clash with Red Shirt protesters

The sudden escalation of the month long demonstration, has raised fears of a larger uprising against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The demonstrators, who all wear red-shirts, are supporters of the deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and want Vejjavia to resign.

Protest leader Veera Musikapong told protesters today: “We are changing our demand from dissolving parliament in 15 days to dissolving parliament immediately.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the Thai people have had enough.

Apr 09 10:27

US state department on Kyrgyz unrest

Apr 09 07:45

Kyrgyzstan moves to shut US-run Menas air base

Kyrgyzstan's new leaders have said they intend to remove a US military base, which currently serves as the premier air mobility hub for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, from their soil.

The interim government led by ex-foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva, has said it wants the US base, Manas, closed down for security reasons.

The remarks came amid growing uncertainty over whether the new Kyrgyz authorities would allow the US to use the base.

Russia, which itself maintains an air base at Kant, just 20 miles from Manas, has been keen to block US military presence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read that last part again. If the US tries to force their airbase on the new government of Kyrgyzstan, it will mean war with Russia.

Apr 08 04:40

Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in chemist shops across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.

Apr 07 16:16

US military base in Kyrgyzstan 'closed' amid riots

US military flights from a base north of the Kyrgyz capital have been suspended after authorities closed the airport amid anti-government riots...

Apr 07 14:51

Kyrgyzstan government falls

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Kyrgan... the Kygorians... Kyrian ... If they can do it, we can do it!

On a more serious note. The US has a major air base there supporting the Afghan operation. If the new government refuses to allow the US to continue to use the base, the US will probably invade. Russia will be forced to retaliate and we will be one step closer to being mushroomed.

Apr 07 14:40

KYRGYZSTAN: BISHKEK VIOLENCE COULD SET OFF NEW ROUND OF SPECULATION ABOUT AMERICAN AIR BASE

In recent years, US policy toward Kyrgyzstan has appeared driven by American security interests, namely the desire to maintain a base at Manas airport, outside the capital Bishkek. The base is seen by US military planners as a vital hub in the Northern Distribution network, a web of rail, road and air links that is being used to ferry supplies to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Apr 07 04:34

Red Shirt Protestors Storm Parliament

The Thai have just shown us what to do with a corrupt government as protestors stormed parliament, ran over police and chased the SOB's to the roof of parliament.

Mar 19 08:54

US says base needed to defend Japan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to put too fine a point on it, but who was the last country to actually attack Japan?

Mar 12 08:53

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activist arrested in Japan

A New Zealand anti-whaling activist was arrested in Japan Friday after a harpoon ship he boarded in Antarctic waters last month docked in Tokyo, greeted by police and nationalist protesters.

Peter Bethune, of the militant Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), was engaged in months of high-seas clashes with the Japanese whaling fleet but has been in custody since mid-February when he boarded the Shonan Maru II.

About 20 angry nationalist protesters with Rising Sun flags, watched over by riot police, lined the pier and shouted through megaphones: "Step forward Pete Bethune! Apologise to the Japanese people! We will tear you apart!"

Feb 26 02:43

How Prime Minister Hotoyama Can Stop The "Japan Bashing"

The Japanese central bank (BOJ) presently holds more than $1 trillion US Treasurys and dollar-backed assets. PM Hatoyama should announce that USTs will be liquidated incrementally at 5 percent per week until the balance is zero.

The government should warn that it will temporarily close Toyota plants now operating in the United States at a pace of one per month.

There should be a thorough review of import tariff policy, with the prospect of raising tariffs on US imports by 30 to 50 percent.

US nationals working in Japan should be required to update their Visas on a monthly basis pending resolution of the Toyota controversy.

New regulations and taxes should be targeted at US industries and financial institutions operating in Japan.

Feb 16 10:44

East Asian Security Framework Planned

South Korea, Japan and China are discussing establishing a tripartite security framework this year, Seoul officials said Monday.

Jan 31 10:09

Thousands in Tokyo Protest Against US Troops in Japan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Romani Ite Domum!" -- Monty Python, The Life of Brian

Jan 25 16:04

Okinawa vote pressures Japan on US Marine base

Japan's prime minister said Monday he may nix a key military deal with Washington on relocating US troops, after a local election in Okinawa showed that residents oppose any new Marine base in their region.

Jan 22 20:23

Terrorists might use paragliders to attack India

Indian intelligence agencies on Friday warned that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has purchased paragliders and its members are training to use them for suicide attacks on India.
According to intelligence inputs, fifty paragliders have reportedly been bought from Europe.

Give me a break! Paragliders?!

Jan 18 19:51

When MPs attack: Heated debate turns into mass brawl at Taiwan parliament

In the House of Commons a political fight is little more than a mildly-worded disagreement - but in Taiwain it's more akin to a violent football brawl.

In the island nation's most recent melee, more than 70 MPs punched and wrestled each other to the ground, yanked clothing and hurled anything in a politician's grasp.

One member of the governing party even claimed that he had been bitten by a member of the opposition.

Jan 07 17:12

Russia, China, Iran redraw energy map

The inauguration of the Dauletabad-Sarakhs-Khangiran pipeline on Wednesday connecting Iran's northern Caspian region with Turkmenistan's vast gas field may go unnoticed amid the Western media cacophony that it is "apocalypse now" for the Islamic regime in Tehran.

The event sends strong messages for regional security. Within the space of three weeks, Turkmenistan has committed its entire gas exports to China, Russia and Iran. It has no urgent need of the pipelines that the United States and the European Union have been advancing. Are we hearing the faint notes of a Russia-China-Iran symphony?

Jan 06 17:28

Ady Gil Being Rammed by Japanese Whalers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Japan is trying to claim that the smaller boat rammed them.

Dec 31 12:33

Kazakhstan denies uranium deal with Iran

Kazakhstan has denied US reports of possible uranium supplies to Iran...

The authorities in Tehran have also refuted the reports. According to Iran’s official media, the Iranian UN office said in a statement that this information was “not true”.

The statement came after the Associated Press cited intelligence sources as saying that the countries are about to sign a deal to export 1,300 tons of uranium ore from Kazakhstan... read full article

Dec 30 08:41

‘Japan ready for nuclear cooperation with Iran’

The Japanese ambassador to Iran has said Tokyo is ready to cooperate with Iran in the field of nuclear energy.

During a meeting with MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Tehran on Tuesday, Ambassador Akio Shirota also called for the expansion of ties between Iran and Japan in various spheres, the Fars news agency reported...

Dec 29 04:45

China Unveils the World’s Fastest Super High-Speed Train

China on Saturday launched what it described as the world’s fastest super high-speed train. The new bullet train runs at an average speed of 217 miles-an-hour, and can reach up to 245 miles-an-hour, cutting the 1,068 kilometers (664 miles) journey time between Wuhan in central China and Guangzhou in the country’s south (a business hub near Hong Kong) from the original 9 hours to about 3 hours.

Dec 22 19:21

US warns Japan over relocation of Futenma airbase

The US yesterday told Japan the planned relocation of a US marine airbase and thousands of troops based on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa was not up for negotiation in a further sign of growing tensions over the future of the US military footprint in east Asia.

Reports said the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, told the Japanese ambassador to Washington, Ichiro Fujisaki, that Japan must honour a 2006 agreement to move the Futenma airbase – located in a crowded city on Okinawa – to the island's remote east coast.

Dec 19 07:42

NuoViso: "War Promises" (Full lenth documentary)

Millions of people believe that evidence proves that Western intelligence services organized the hideous attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. Even the mainstream media have stopped defending the official version and now prefer to ignore the issue altogether.

Distrust in Western governments grows as the wars of aggression waged by the USA and NATO continue to be justified with these “false flag” operations. Ever harsher domestic laws are being passed to crush all outrage and resistance in Western populations;

Dec 04 09:48

Nepalese government holds cabinet meeting on Mount Everest

Against a snowy backdrop of the world's highest peak, the Nepalese prime Minister and 22 ministers, kitted out in padded jackets, hats and yellow oxygen masks, sat round a table 5300m high to endorse Nepal's declaration for the UN summit next week.

"We are all very excited because we had a historic meeting at Kalapatthar," Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal told The Daily Telegraph after his helicopter dropped him at a lower plateau at Syangboche.

Dec 04 09:23

US base divides Japan coalition government

Japan’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) says it will quit the ruling coalition if the government decides to keep a US military base in Okinawa.
SDP leader Mizuho Fukushima said on Thursday that “the Social Democratic Party and I will have to make an important decision” if the government decides to go ahead with the plan.

Nov 30 13:29

India's economy grows 7.9%

India reported its best growth figures for more than a year today as government stimulus measures and record low interest rates boosted Asia's third largest economy.

Nov 30 07:22

Indonesia minister says immorality causes disasters

A government minister has blamed Indonesia's recent string of natural disasters on people's immorality.

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that there were many television programmes that destroyed morals.

Therefore, the minister said, natural disasters would continue to occur.

Nov 27 06:02

Facebook group plans 'mass suicide' on Dec 21

Police in Hong Kong are trying to trace the founder of a Chinese-language Facebook group whose members claim to be planning a mass suicide on December 21.

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