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May 04 23:05

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

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

Apple is also facing difficulties in other operations in China.

May 02 13:58

Hundreds in Vietnam Protest Mysterious Mass Fish Die-Off

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

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

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Apr 30 12:59

The Hong Kong Housing Bubble Implodes

Apr 29 11:08

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

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

Apr 28 09:32

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

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

Apr 26 09:46

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

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

Apr 25 13:02

Fatalities Reported After Bus Blast in Yerevan, Armenia

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Apr 25 10:37

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

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

Apr 25 09:34

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Apr 24 08:11

US Lobbyists Meddling in Thailand a Concern For All Of Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

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

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

Apr 23 16:57

Japan panel greenlights gene editing of human eggs for basic study

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

Apr 23 16:55

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

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

Apr 22 14:28

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Apr 22 07:46

Giant hornet discovered in unsuspecting Japanese woman's wardrobe

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

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

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

This should do the trick:

Apr 21 23:20

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

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

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Apr 19 09:19

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

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

Apr 14 07:56

Lavrov holding talks with his Mongolian counterpart in Ulan Bator

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday has baun his official visit to Mongolia with a meeting with his counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren.

The sides will discuss current regional and global problems, key issues of bilateral cooperation in various multilateral formats.

Later in the day, the Russian foreign minister will also meet with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Chimed Saikhabbileg. He is also expected to speak to representatives of political and academic circles.

Apr 11 11:53

South China Sea warning looms over G7 summit

Meeting begins with call to end nuclear weapons, but Beijing says Japanese plan to raise maritime concerns threatens to overshadow proceedings

Apr 08 07:30

Japan's Migrant Crisis

Apr 08 06:41

Three Japanese nationals attempt getting inside Russian embassy in Tokyo

"Early in the morning, three Japanese nationals were trying to get inside the embassy’s territory through the main gate," the press service said. "They claimed to be from Switzerland - a father with two daughters of between 15 and 20 years of age." "They mentioned political persecution they are suffering in Japan ‘because of their anti-American position’ and thus said they wanted to address the embassy regarding political asylum." The Russian embassy spoke about "rather aggressive behavior of those people" and said the embassy had asked the local law enforcers for assistance in settlement of the situation. "We also made a similar address during a conversation this morning between the embassy’s minister counsellor and Japan’s head of the Europe Department at the Foreign Ministry." At the same time, the Russian embassy said the request for political asylum would be "considered in due course," and the Japanese nationals would be informed about the results.

Apr 08 05:01

Damage Extensive for Crippled U.S. Littoral Ship in Singapore

The USS Fort Worth, the third Littoral Combat Ship deployed by the U.S. Navy, suffered “extensive damage” during the botched maintenance procedure in January that’s left the crippled vessel sidelined in Singapore ever since, according to the service’s top weapons buyer.

A Navy team has been examining the vessel built by Lockheed Martin Corp. since the January 12 incident, when gears that propel the ship were damaged, Assistant Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said in Washington. An investigation is continuing into the failure that’s thought to have been caused by crew error rather than a design flaw.

Apr 06 10:44

‘Sporadic Fighting’ Reported as Ceasefire Takes Hold in Nagorno-Karabakh

Locals reported “sporadic firing” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region today, but no major fighting after Armenian and Azerbaijan officials agreed to a joint ceasefire, which seems to be ending the fighting in the territory for now.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been disputed between Armenians and Azeris for a century now. The UN recognizes the territory as Azerbaijan’s, but the de facto autonomous government is Armenia-backed. The two sides have fought several wars over the issue.

This latest fighting, which spanned the weekend and Monday, was the first major dust-up since 1994. Both sides continue to accuse the other of starting it, and dozens of people were killed in the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one; for cessation of hostilities to truly end, there needs to be a good-faith, intelligently negotiated, peace treaty which makes both sides believe that they have been treated reasonably and fairly, and can abide by the treaty comfortably.

This is a moment in time when Russia (as it generally does)needs to be "the adult in the room", and get all parties in Baku and Yerevan talking as a prelude to true peace treaty negotiations.

Apr 05 08:05

Azerbaijan tells Armenia to 'free occupied territories,' sends letters to UN, NATO, EU

Azerbaijan has set conditions for ceasefire in the troubled Nagorny-Karabakh region, saying that Armenia must withdraw from "occupied territories." Meanwhile, Armenia has said it would recognize the region's independence if the situation on the ground worsens.

Apr 05 06:12

Turkish President Erdogan announces support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh war

Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that Turkey would support Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

At the congress of the Red Crescent Society in Ankara, Erdogan expressed his firm belief that one day Karabakh would return to its real owner. Erdogan made it clear that Turkey had always been on the of Azerbaijan, and was not going to change this position.

Apr 04 11:41

Why US Neocons Consider Azerbaijan 'as Important' as Ukraine for Russia

After the fighting, both sides reported numerous victims and accused each other of breaking the ceasefire. However, who really stands behind the escalation of the frozen conflict, remains unclear.

The newspaper referred to US political expert Zbigniew Brzezinski who said the fate of Azerbaijan is closely connected with the fate of Russia. New violent clashes in the disputed regions could prove dangerous for Moscow especially given the fact that important oil and natural gas pipelines run through the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which suggests a third party might have fired the first few shots that broke the cease-fire.

Apr 04 11:39

Baku Threatens to Launch 'Powerful' Strikes Against Karabakh Capital

The Azeri defense minister will order artillery shelling of the capital of the self-proclaimed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Hankendi (Stepanakert), if the Armenian army continues to carry out artillery strikes against settlements of the territory of Azerbaijan, the Azeri Defense Ministry said Monday.

Apr 04 10:20

Encirclement of Russia: the War for Ngorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Plan U.S.A.?

Is it because Armenia refused to become a NATO base? According to the NATO website*** dated March 10, 2016 Armenia would be a basis for the establishment of partnerships. NATO would, therefore, try to support Armenia in its intent to keep Nagorno-Karabakh and to infiltrate the lines of Russian diplomacy?

NATO has, in any case, the desire to open a new front against Russia, since, according Azernews article dated as of March 10, 2016, as on the NATO website, we clearly see NATO’s attempts to obtain agreements with Armenia and Azerbaijan to encircle Russia. Azerbaijan, which has been trying for years to distance itself from Russia has finally agreed to become the NATO base against Armenia since 10 March 2016. Azerbaijan, as an ally to Turkey including on the Armenian genocide issue and as a NATO partner, would attack Armenia to injure an ally to Russia, which refused to support NATO%?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The maps here absolutely tell the story....

Apr 04 09:52

Ceasefire Fails to Take Hold, Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages

Heavy fighting in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday night and into Saturday left at least 33 people dead, including 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers. The fighting was the worst since 1994’s ceasefire, and despite Azeri calls for a unilateral truce, fighting is continuing throughout the weekend.

Both sides are blaming the other for starting this latest dust-up, with Azerbaijan reporting shelling from the region hitting their border villages, and Armenia claiming Azerbaijan just attacked for no reason. Either way, Azerbaijan fairly quickly gained some advantage, and took part of the region back under control.

This is complicating the ceasefire push, for while the international community is backing the notion of ending the battle, pro-Armenia forces within Nagorno-Karabakh are insisting they would only accept a ceasefire that returned all lost territory back to them.

Apr 04 07:46

Azerbaijan Launches Wide Scale Attack on Nagorno-Karabagh. Geopolitical Implications

Azerbaijan launched a full-blown attack on multiple positions of the Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh, NKR) contact line overnight on April 1-2. The Azerbaijani army employed tanks, military helicopters, drones, and various caliber weapons in an assault targeting the Line of Contact on the southern, southeastern, and northeastern fronts. The NKR Defense Army retaliated, and, according to the NKR Defense Ministry Twitter page, brought down two helicopters and two drones, and destroyed three tanks. There are multiple casualties on both sides. Civilians have also been targeted. According to reports, 12-year-old Vaghinag Grigoryan was killed in the Marduni region, while two other children were wounded, from a Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launcher attack.

Apr 04 07:43

South China Sea: Japanese Warships Dock in Philippines Near Disputed Waters

A Japanese submarine and two destroyers have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.

Apr 04 07:36

Escalation of hostilities in disputed Nagorny-Karabakh

Violence on the border with Azerbaijan in Nagorny-Karabakh region escalated overnight on Saturday, reportedly with the use of tanks, artillery and military aircraft. Baku and Yerevan blame each other for triggering the hostilities.

Apr 04 06:32

Death by overwork on rise among Japan’s vulnerable workers

Japan is witnessing a record number of compensation claims related to death from overwork, or karoshi, a phenomenon previously associated with the long-suffering salaryman that is increasingly afflicting young and female employees.

Labor demand, with 1.28 jobs per applicant, is the highest since 1991, which should help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe draw more people into the workforce to counter the effect of a shrinking population, but lax enforcement of labor laws means some businesses are simply squeezing more out of employees, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Claims for compensation for karoshi rose to a record high of 1,456 in the year ending in March 2015, according to labor ministry data, with cases concentrated in health care, social services, shipping and construction, which are all facing chronic worker shortages.

Apr 03 09:03

Azerbaijan Destroys 10 Armenian Tanks in Nagorno-Karabakh - Ministry

Armenia has lost 10 battle tanks during the intensified Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a repeat of the Georgian conflict a few years ago. The goal is to plunge that isthmus into war to prevent its being used by Russia when the US invades Iran.

Apr 03 09:01

Karabakh Defense Army liberates base captured by Azerbaijan in Talish direction

At dawn, in response to large-scale artillery shelling by Azerbaijani forces, the Defense Army undertook counteroffensive measures and dominated the strategic base in the direction of Talish, which was earlier occupied by Azerbaijani forces. The enemy suffered heavy losses, and was forced to retreat, informed the Press Service of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army.

Apr 03 08:41

Sputnik reporters shelled in Nagorny-Karabakh despite Baku’s claim of ceasefire

Sputnik Armenia news outlet journalists came under fire when entering the city of Martakert in Nagorny-Karabakh, the media says. The journalists weren’t injured.

According to social media reports, residents are leaving the city, which is some three kilometers from the frontline.

Apr 03 08:39

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Simulation of War

ussia has been very careful not to take sides in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in order not to upset the delicate balance, seeking closer relations with both countries and maintaining peace in the Caucasus, however Turkey and USA had professed their support for Azerbaijan, which may provide it with too much dangerous confidence. Incidentally, Azerbaijani president was visiting Washington during the break out of the new round of hostilities.

Apr 02 11:13

The US Is Militarizing the Pacific – and Not Taking Questions

Though overshadowed by unrest in the Middle East, the pivot remains very much underway. Already the US has expanded and established new military exercises and agreements with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other parts of Southeast Asia – as well as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, and even China.

The linchpin of this military realignment is my home state of Hawaii, which has hosted the headquarters of the US Pacific Command, or USPACOM, for almost 70 years.

Beyond Scrutiny

Based on the island of Oahu, USPACOM claims the Asia-Pacific as its “area of responsibility.” Home to 36 nations – and more than half the world’s population – the region stretches, in the words of top military brass, “from Bollywood to Hollywood and penguins to polar bears.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "power projection" of US military might from here on Oahu, coupled with the military activities controlled here, make this island potentially a first-strike, decap target for any Chinese war against the United States.

As an Oahu resident, that makes me more than a little nervous.

I would strongly suggest we constituents deserve some kind of answer from the "alleged" Representatives who ducked this reporter's questions, and ask them seriously about what they are doing to prevent a potential "Oahuclypse" if there is a war with China.

Apr 02 07:22

Albuquerque Police Release Video of Cop Shooting Fellow Cop

Albuquerque police released body cam video of an officer shooting another officer during an undercover drug sting operation last year that led to a $6.5 million settlement this week. The video is graphic and shows an incompetent and trigger-happy Lieutenant Greg Brachle pulling up in his car, stepping out and yelling at an occupant of another car to place his hands in the air, who turned out to be a cop he had worked with before.

Apr 01 17:38

Swift rise to high post - from Otago freezing works to Myanmar's second vice-president

Dunedin's small Myanmar community is buzzing after one of their own went from working at an Otago freezing works to being sworn in as second vice-president of the Southeast Asian country.

Henry Van Thio was this week sworn in as second vice-president in a historic moment for Myanmar - formerly known as Burma - in which the first president with no military ties in more than half a century officially took power.

Mr Van Thio, who lived in Dunedin from 2011 until last year, is part of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which recently won landmark elections in the country.

Only two years before his swearing in, he was working at Silver Fern Farms' Finegand freezing works, while his wife Anna Sui studied towards a PhD at the University of Otago.

Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Apr 01 08:08

Narcotics flooding into Japan

In early February, the anti-narcotic unit of the Tokyo police was in the limelight after arresting Kazuhiro Kiyohara, a former star professional baseball player, on suspicion of unlawfully possessing stimulant drugs. But the case is just a tip of the iceberg as illegal drugs keep permeating through Japanese society with no end in sight.

A former anti-drug police officer has pointed to a lack of ability on the part of the authorities charged with controlling narcotics such as the police and the health ministry, saying, “Why did it take so long to arrest a guy like Kiyohara who had been heavily dependent on drugs?”

Indeed, it was in March 2014 that the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine reported that Kiyohara, who had long been rumored to be using stimulant drugs since the 1990s, was rushed to a hospital after suffering drug poisoning.

Mar 28 16:05

Australian government spends $6m of taxpayers' money on anti-refugee film

The Australian government has spent $6 million of taxpayers' money on a straight-to-TV movie intended to discourage refugees from claiming asylum in Australia.

Mar 28 07:01

AIIB says more than 30 countries await membership

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on Friday.

The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes.

Despite the opposition of Washington, almost many major US allies – Australia, Britain, German, Italy, the Philippines and South Korea – have joined.

Mar 27 07:39

Japan's Finance Minister Accidentally Reveals How It All Ends: "War"

While this all started with a currency "war," it seems - according to a stunningly candid transcript of Japan's finance minister's conversation with none other than Paul Krugman - that the real endgame here is actual war. Aso remarked that "a similar [deflationary mindset] had occurred in the US in the 1930s. What solved the question? War! Because World War II had occurred during the 1940s and that became the solution for the United States. [We] have to switch [the Japanese] mindset... we are looking for the trigger."

Mar 25 11:02

Old technologies regain popularity among Japanese

In Japan, a country famous for its high-tech electronics technology, there is a surprising resurgence in the popularity of the gadgets from the previous generation. Specialty stores, dedicated to retro electronics, are starting to open up and are seemingly doing well.

Webmaster addition: Those old computers do not have NSA back doors in them!

Mar 24 08:41

Japan Goes Full Krugman: Plans Un-Depositable, Non-Cash "Gift-Certificate" Money Drop To Young People

The Swiss, the Finns, and the Ontarians may get their 'Universal Basic Income' but the Japanese are about to turn the Spinal Tap amplifier of extreme monetary experimentation to 11. Sankei reports, with no sourcing, that the Japanese government plans to unleash "vouchers" or "gift certificates" to low-income young people to stimulate the "conspicuous decline" in consumption among young people. The handouts may not be deposited, thus combining helicopter money (inflationary) and fully electronic currency (implicit capital controls and tracking of spending).

Mar 21 00:14

Japan to return US 331kg of Plutonium, enough to make 50 nuclear bombs

Japan will return the US cargo with radioactive Plutonium, which is enough to make 50 nuclear bombs. 331kg of Plutonium was delivered to Japan from the US, Great Britain, and France in the 60s and 70s years of the previous century. Plutonium is reported to be sent with an armed British transport ship and under armed escort. Ecological organizations call return of 331kg of Plutonium to be a dangerous counter-attractive manoeuvre from the Plutonium which stays in Japan. The shipment may take place as early as this Sunday from the port to the north of Tokyo. As it was reported before, Plutonium delivery from Japan to the US is dedicated to the fourth and the last summit on nuclear security, which is to be held in Washington on 31 March 2016. the Japanese delegation will have possibility to render an account given the work done. At the same time, Japan possesses over 40 tons of Plutonium, which was obtained under processing of the exhaust nuclear fuel.

Mar 20 19:21

These 4 Nations Prove Decriminalization Works Better than Prohibition

Waking Times

In 2012, the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico called for a United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs, scheduled for 2019, to be reassigned an earlier date, given the crisis of drug trafficking and related violence in Latin America. As the session’s April 2016 date approaches, drug policy reform groups across the globe are organizing to educate and influence world leaders on the advantages of ending the criminalization of people who use drugs. Most recently, civil society groups condemned the UN for failing to acknowledge and work to resolve “the devastating consequences of punitive and repressive drug policies.”

Mar 19 11:41

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government and military could possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, the placement of these munitions caches being a sterling case in point.

Mar 19 10:54

US, Philippines agree on locations covered by defense pact

The U.S. and the Philippines announced Friday five locations where American forces will have access under a new defense pact, including one facing disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The announcement came at strategic talks in Washington, where the allies reiterated their opposition to the militarization of outposts in those waters, where six Asian governments have competing claims.

China has built artificial islands with airstrips and military facilities as it asserts its claim to virtually all the South China Sea, including land features claimed by the Philippines.

Another of the five Philippine military bases where the U.S. will have access is on southern Mindanao island, where the U.S. is concerned about the presence of Muslim extremist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, taken together with a soon-expanded US military presence in Australia, will give the US military a reasonably strong "footprint" against China.

But unfortunately, it will do nothing to ratchet down trade, or military, tensions with China at all; but of course, that appears to be the plan; to goad China into a position where its leadership believes there is no other recourse than a military response to the US military's "playing chicken" in the South China Sea.

Mar 18 08:18

Russia, China, Mongolia to promote tourism on ‘Great Tea Road’

Russia, China and Mongolia have decided to promote tourism on the ‘Great Tea Road,’ which was once called the longest overland trade route in the world, Sputnik News reports. “This is a project of the widest geographical coverage, the longest of the existing land routes, allowing to cross Eurasia and visit countries such as Russia, China and Mongolia,” Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Alexei Konyushkov told the website. The road will be honored as a tourist route seeking to tap the world's two billion tea drinkers, according to the report. Russia’s first supplies of tea came from camel caravans from China via Mongolia.

Mar 17 12:24

Moscow, Hanoi to increase security cooperation

Russia and Vietnam will intensify defense and security cooperation, the Russian Security Council said in a statement that was released after high-level talks in Hanoi on March 15. The talks were held between Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. The sides agreed to step up cooperation between Russian and Vietnamese law enforcement bodies and intelligence services to tackle cyber crime, drug smuggling and terrorism. Patrushev and Quang agreed on the need to expand cooperation between Russia and the Southeast Asian Association of National Police (ASEANPOL) to combat money laundering. Russia is a dialogue partner of ASEANPOL. Patrushev also met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.

Mar 15 09:29

US INVITES THAI FUGITIVE MASS MURDERER TO NYC

US special interests have been pursuing a decades-long regional agenda in Southeast Asia in an attempt to create a united supranational front with which to confront Beijing.

Exposed first in the “Pentagon Papers” in the 1970s, it was revealed that three fronts existed along which the US sought to “contain” China; the Japan-Korea front; the India-Pakistan front; and the Southeast Asia front.

America’s military occupation of Afghanistan, Japan, and South Korea, along with the South China Sea confrontation it is cultivating against Beijing illustrate how from the 1970s to today, the US is still actively trying to contain China along precisely these fronts.

Since being ousted from power in 2006, Shinawatra has staged violence across the country, murdered well over 100 people through bombings, riots, mass arson, assassinations, and targeted killings.

NYC Media Event for Mass Murderer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, once a dictator is "our thug", he, or she, STAYS our Thug!!

Official White House Souse.

Mar 15 09:22

New Zealand plans to give everyone a 'citizen's wage' and scrap benefits

New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to scrap benefits and introduce a basic citizens’ income.

Leader of the opposition Andrew Little said his Labour party was considering the idea as part of proposals to combat the "possibility of higher structural unemployment".

Citizens’ income, also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI), involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.

Mar 12 11:58

Fukushima Coverup – Radiation Still Ruining Japanese Lives

Waking Times

Fukushima was – and still is – far worse than Chernobyl. Tokyo farmland has been tested numerous times, and shown to have high levels of radiation, even though Tokyo is hundreds of kilometers away from Fukushima. Countless people have lost their houses, land, livelihood and lives while the Government continues its denial. It’s a shocking lesson about the dangers of nuclear power, and the insanity of those who would pursue profit and power over people, no matter what the cost.

Mar 11 13:01

Washington Wants to Pour Millions of Dollars in This Country

US warhawks have focused their efforts on the further encirclement of Russia, US author Jonathan Marshall writes, adding that Washington is taking aim at Russia's "underbelly."

The Great Game for dominance over Central Asia that started almost two hundred years ago is far from being over, American author Jonathan Marshall notes; this time, Washington is maneuvering to beef up its military presence "on Russia's underbelly."

"Last month, the Pentagon announced plans for $50 million in new military aid to Central Asia — with a focus on Tajikistan — to 'counter the Taliban, ISIL [an acronym for Islamic State], and other regionally-based terrorist groups, and to promote stability in the region.' The aid will also help the US military get its feet in the door by enabling 'interoperability and collaboration' with local partner armed forces," Marshall writes in his article for Consortiumnews.com.

Russian Ties in Central Asia Threaten US Interests - CENTCOM Chief Nominee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

50 million dollars of US military aid to... Tajikistan?!?

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

As reported on 17 February of this year at hrw.org:

The Tajik government is arresting, imprisoning, and torturing members of the country’s peaceful political opposition, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. The government is also targeting perceived critics abroad, seeking their detention and extradition back to Tajikistan, and has forcibly disappeared critics abroad only to have them reappear in Tajik custody. Tajikistan’s deteriorating human rights situation worsened dramatically in the last year with the forced closure of Tajikistan’s leading opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) in September 2015. In March, an opposition figure, Umarali Kuvvatov, was shot dead in Istanbul in circumstances that point to involvement or acquiescence by the Tajik government. “Tajikistan is in the midst of the worst political and religious crackdown since the end of the country’s civil war, with hundreds of people landing behind bars for no other reason than their peaceful political work,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Tajikistan’s human rights crisis is expanding by the day, but the response of Washington, Brussels, and other international partners has fallen seriously short.” Recent research by Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee uncovered a wide-ranging campaign by Tajik authorities to detain, imprison, and silence peaceful opposition activists and perceived critics at home and abroad. Dushanbe has sought the detention and forcible return to Tajikistan of peaceful political activists in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and elsewhere. Since a wave of arrests that began on September 16, Tajik and other observers, including the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, estimate that Tajik police and security services have arrested hundreds of members of the Islamic Renaissance Party on politically motivated charges. A major trial of 16 senior party leaders began on February 9, 2016.

The alleged "President" of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, has a human rights record JUST to the right of that of Attila the Hun; and THIS is the guy the US government wants to deal with here?!?

Apparently, in DC-Speak, "stability" in Central Asia means suppressing political processes in places like Tajikistan.

However, I would very strongly caution the author Johnathan Marshall, that such actions can have a very distinct, and negative blow-back for the US; every Iranian who lived through the 1979 revolution, which kicked out the US-installed puppet Shah of Iran, understands how that can happen.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Mar 10 14:27

Islam liquidation may set Bangladesh afire

Demand to deprive Islam of the official state religion status was sent to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The reason is terror attacks, carried out by the IS adherents, and other radical groups. The initiative is backed by the Hindus and secularists - the same people, who are at the back of massacres of the Jamaat al Islamiya party leaders. Azhdar Kurtov, chief editor of the RISS journal "National Strategy Issues" told Pravda.Ru that demand to legislate against Islam was a strange measure and doubted that such a decision would be taken. Bangladesh is a relatively young state, that was formed on the wreckage of the British India, which had divided into two great conglomerations: a Muslim and mainly Hindu parts. Under the totality of population poverty, long-felt social and economic problems, growing numbers of population, there is risk of religious persecution generating government overthrow with terrorist methods.

Mar 10 08:29

MYANMAR IS QUIETLY EXPERIENCING ITS LARGEST UPRISING IN YEARS

You won’t hear much about it from international media. But Myanmar, exalted by the West for veering toward democracy, is in the middle of its largest civilian uprising in nearly a decade. Like practically all uprisings in Myanmar, where a domineering army still holds immense power, this revolt is turning bloody.

Mar 09 06:10

Why This Sucker Is Going Down——The Case Of Japan’s Busted Bond Market

The world financial system is booby-trapped with unprecedented anomalies, deformations and contradictions. It’s not remotely stable or safe at any speed, and most certainly not at the rate at which today’s robo-machines and fast money traders pivot, whirl, reverse and retrace.

Indeed, every day there are new ructions in the casino that warn investors to get out of harm’s way with all deliberate speed. And last night’s eruption in the Japanese bond market was a doozy.

Mar 07 17:35

Nancy Reagan is dead but her 'war on drugs' continues to terrorize Americans

Nancy Reagan in her later life never did much in the way to revisit or retract her statements made in 1982 as she launched her iconic War on Drugs campaign and it’s easy to see why.

In 1982 drug use was viewed as an epidemic by the public and a major target to blame for domestic unrest and urban crime. To put it simply that sentiment is completely changed in 2016 with more than 50% of the nation’s population at least having tried marijuana and a snowballing base of support for blanket nation-wide legalization and Nancy looks sort of foolish in retrospect when approached canonically.

Mar 07 14:25

Fukushima: Tokyo was on the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe, Admits Former Prime Minister

Five years on from the tsunami, the former Japanese prime minister says the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster.

Mar 01 19:52

Medical Marijuana Legalized on Entire Continent of Australia

Waking Times

Australia’s population is roughly 23 million – while the US has approximately 318 million potential medical marijuana patients. All the same – lawmakers in the country have just legalized medical marijuana for the entire country, with a vote made by the Australian Parliament last Wednesday.

Feb 28 09:11

Afghanistan Part III: Central Asia Grand Chessboard

The timing of both Brzezinski’s book and the Bush Jr. Administration “carpet of bombs” threat to the Taliban are instructive since both occurred prior to the 911 attacks, which provided the perfect pretext for the massive Central Asian intervention that Brzezinski, Bush and their City of London bosses were advocating.

Dr. Johannes Koeppl – former German Defense Ministry official and adviser to NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner – explained of this rash of “coincidences” in November 2001, “The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberger Group, have prepared for and are now implementing open world dictatorship (which will be established) within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens.”

Drugistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the biggest drug deal in the country of the United States, and around the world, is the country of the United States!!

Feb 27 08:28

What is America doing in the South China Sea?

Washington is playing a dangerous game of 'chicken' with the Chinese and Russians, who are attempting to defend themselves from the Washington Consensus, which reduces subject populations to that of serfs.

While the Russians, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, seemed willing to accept a sort of vassal statehood, it is increasingly today clear that such an assignation is intolerable. Thus, Vladimir Putin enjoys immense popularity as he stands up to the pro-Washington forces inside and outside of the US.

Meanwhile, the Chinese remember all too well the sting of British colonialism: opium addiction and the lasting effects of British presumptions of superiority. The Chinese place in the Washington Consensus has been staked out as, in the case of Russia, supplier of inputs to feed the hungry capitalism of the US and the Western European former colonial masters.

Feb 25 21:19

Poisoned Mind: Social Media in the 21st Century

Waking Times

According to an article on the website of ‘Radio Free Europe’, a nondescript modern 4-storey building on Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg, houses the innocuously titled ‘Internet Research Centre’.

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 08:48

The Pentagon Readies Backup Island in Case of Chinese Missile Onslaught

The United States can no longer count on its Pacific air bases to be safe from missile attack during a war with China. On the contrary, a 2015 paper from the influential RAND Corporation noted that in the worst case scenario, “larger and accurate attacks sustained over time against a less hardened posture could be devastating, causing large losses of aircraft and prolonged airfield closures.”

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, due to its relative proximity, would be hardest hit. To up the stakes, China in September 2015 publicly revealed its DF-26 ballistic missile, which can strike Andersen Air Force Base in Guam — nearly 3,000 miles away — from the Chinese mainland. Andersen and Kadena are among the U.S. military’s largest and most important overseas bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet that construction on Tinian will begin very quickly, with the escalation of tensions between Korea, the US, and China.

Feb 25 08:47

The Globalists and the Islamists:

The Globalists and the Islamists:

Fomenting the "Clash of Civilizations" for a New World Order

Part Two:

The Muslim Brotherhood – The Globalists' Secret Weapon

I. The Roots of Islamic Terrorism
II. Creating the 'Arc of Crisis'
III. The Muslim Brotherhood Branches Out
IV. Osama Bin Laden: The Early Years
V. Bin Laden In Exile
VI. World Trade Center 1993
VII. Bin Laden's Money Problems
VIII. The Brotherhood Revolution Continues

Feb 24 10:24

Abe Ignores Obama's Advice Not to Visit Putin

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel his trip to Russia in May, but Abe refused to follow the advice, reported Kyodo agency, citing other sources. According to the agency, a telephone conversation between Obama and Abe took place on February 9. "Now is not a good time", — quotes RIA Novosti the words of Obama, who had advised Abe to postpone the visit to Russia. Sources claim that the Japanese Prime Minister did not budge and the conversation did not bring the desired result.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 22 05:38

FBI GATHERS CLUES IN MASSIVE GOLDMAN SACHS MONEY SCANDAL

Fallout from Goldman Sachs’ involvement with the controversial Malaysian state fund continued last week. US law enforcement officials are gathering sensitive documents — and identifying potential witnesses — in the massive money scandal that has ensnared the bank and one of its regional chairmen in a global probe, an international investigator told The Post.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 05:17

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

Military.com: BEIJING -- China on Friday accused the US of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed that Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that patrols by US military aircraft and Navy vessels, along with joint exercises involving regional partners were the true reason why concerns were growing over peace and stability.

"The above actions have escalated tensions in the South China Sea, and that's the real militarization of the South China Sea," Hong said.

Feb 19 12:24

U.S. rejects Chinese offer of peace treaty talks with North Korea

The United States said Thursday that denuclearization remains its top priority when it comes to North Korea, rejecting a Chinese proposal to begin peace treaty negotiations with Pyongyang in tandem with denuclearization talks.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the offer earlier this week after talks in Beijing with his Australian counterpart. A peace treaty with the United States, which would formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, is one of the North's long-running demands.

"Denuclearization remains our top priority. We remain in close contact with the other five-party partners on our shared goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Xi Jinping and the government of China; what you have proposed is completely logical and reasonable. Thank you for your suggesting this approach.

Having said that, it pains me to confess that I am sometimes dumbfounded by the ham-fisted, pig-headed stupidity of the US government, which more than occasionally, collectively, appears to be pathologically incapable of thinking anything through.

Using the peace treaty here would be the "carrot" in the negotiations which would ultimately lead to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. That the US government willfully refuses to see this logic is unfortunate.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 13 10:00

US sends extra Patriot missiles to S Korea amid rising tensions with North

The US military has deployed additional Patriot missile systems in South Korea, citing Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch.
The Seoul HQ of the US Forces Korea (USFK) said Saturday that the deployment of additional assets is part of an emergency readiness exercise being carried out in cooperation with the South Korean military.

"North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles against the expressed will of the international community requires the Alliance to maintain effective and ready ballistic missile defenses. Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, Commanding General of Eighth Army, the commanding formation of the USFK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deployment, coupled with the potential deployment of the THAAD system, is yet one more glaring demonstration (as if the American people need more demonstrations) of the reality that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And I have a short memo, and question, to the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department: why is it that the only time you tend to pay attention to North Korea is when they test another, bigger, more sophisticated bomb?!?

Has it not occurred to you that this is the only way Kim Jung-un believes he can get your attention?!?

Instead of sanctioning and hurriedly deploying more weapons to South Korea, will someone, please pick up the damned phone, and call China's President, Xi Ping, and start the dialogue leading to a 4 way conference between North Korea, China, South Korea, and the US to replace the Armistice (which is just a cessation of fighting) with a genuine peace treaty?!?

Because when this happens, and with one of the iron-clad articles in the treaty stating that North Korea never develops weapons again, these countries would do a great job of ratcheting down the tensions in the region, noticeably.

Of course, what I am suggesting is...logical, which it may never have occurred to the American government, at least not so far.

Feb 13 08:13

FOIA REQUEST: U.S. BASE RELEASED 21,000 LITERS OF CHEMICAL AGENTS INTO OKINAWA DRINKING WATER SUPPLY

It seems Okinawan residents had good reason to sue the Japanese government and spend over 500 days protesting the relocation of a U.S. base on their land. They had long suspected that U.S. bases were polluting their waterways, and documents released by Freedom of Information Act request appear to prove them right. A recent drinking water contamination in Okinawa may have been caused by a series of accidents at Kadena Air Base, which led to the release of a minimum 21,000 liters of fire extinguishing agents over the period of 15 years. Some of these agents are toxic.

Feb 11 10:45

Indonesia to replace US-made F-5 fighters with Russia's Su-35 jets

The government of Indonesia intends to purchase ten Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said after the talks with the head of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. "I am going to Russia in March to sign the contract," the minister said, Defenseworld.net reports. According to the Indonesian official, it goes about the acquisition of ten aircraft, even though it was earlier said that Indonesia was planning to purchase 12 jets. Indonesia is sending its pilots and technical staff to Russia soon for training. It is expected that the state-of-the-art Russian-made fighter jets will replace the US-made F-5 aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. Indonesia also has eleven Su-30 and five Su-27 aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-35 is a deeply modernized super-maneuverable multifunctional 4 ++ generation fighter jet. The aircraft uses fifth-generation technology that makes it superior to other similar class fighters.

Feb 09 14:55

US using Pyongyang nuclear tests as pretext for pivoting more towards Asia

UN sanctions imposed on North Korea over the past decade have failed to prevent Pyongyang from expanding its nuclear and missile programs, a UN panel of experts says, while the US has used the North’s activities as a pretext for expanding its military build-up in Asia.

Feb 09 14:44

5th Russian-built Kilo-class submarine arrives in Vietnam

The fifth of the six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam purchased from Russia has arrived at Cam Ranh Bay, Thanh Nien news reported. The submarine, which was delivered by a Dutch-registered cargo ship, laid anchor near the Cam Ranh Port, according to the report. The sixth submarine is undergoing sea trials in Russia and is expected to arrive in the middle of 2016. Vietnam purchased the six submarines for $2 billion in 2009.

Feb 09 09:19

Asian markets: Japan's Nikkei down more than 5% following weak close on Wall Street

While China, Hong Kong, South Korea among other markets remained closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, remaining stock exchanges in Asia were trading lower on 9 February. This followed a negative Wall Street and FTSE close overnight.

Fears over a sell-off in the European banking sector gathered pace overnight after Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index – the gauge of the banking sector in Europe – recorded its sixth consecutive weekly decline, the worst streak since 2008. Worried investors as a result pulled out of Asian stock markets in search for safer havens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The PPT is fighting gravity today on the US markets.

Feb 08 14:19

The Neocons Do Not Want Peace In The World:Paul Craig Roberts

endless wars and endless reaping to benefit the banksters

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 05 17:02

BOOGA BOOGA! North Korea may be ready to launch a rocket by Super Bowl kickoff Sunday

Satellite images North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity, and a US defense official believes launch could happen this weekend.

Feb 05 16:20

East Asia Is Invisible

Americans don’t care about East Asia.

That’s a strong statement. So, let me make a few qualifications. First, Americans love Chinese, Japanese, and (increasingly) Korean food. They like to visit East Asia. They will, on occasion, watch a Hong Kong action film or the latest from Park Chan-Wook.

Feb 04 08:15

Beijing Vs DC: The Battle for Southeast Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

The Straits Times published an opinion piece by the London-based Rob Edens. Wishfully titled, “South-east Asia fast becoming unfriendly territory for China,” it attempts to portray Southeast Asia as increasingly pivoting West toward Washington, coincidentally just as Washington was “pivoting” East toward Asia...

Feb 03 09:42

US SEEKS JOINT NAVAL PATROLS WITH PHILIPPINES IN DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA

A U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday that the U.S. was open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea aiming to continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. Philippines has asked the U.S. to patrol the area together after China began test flights from Fiery Cross Reef an artificial islands where Beijing has built airfields. “We do discuss that principle (joint patrols) with the Philippines and so I am not discarding that possibility,” U.S. Ambassador in Philippines Philip Goldberg told reporters.

Feb 01 13:57

Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don’t Know About

The “New Cold War” could be a potential description for the unfolding geopolitical lay of the planet as Russia reemerges as a world power, and China rises as a new one in the face of a prevailing Wall Street-Washington-London international order.

The most obvious battlegrounds taking shape in this “New Cold War” are Ukraine, Syria, and the South China Sea. Perhaps not as high-profile but no less important are the ongoing conflicts in and around Libya, the proxy war being waged across Yemen, and America’s enduring occupation of Afghanistan in Central Asia.

However, there are other struggles taking place that go virtually unseen by the general public, or are briefly mentioned – out of context in the news – before being quickly forgotten.

Feb 01 04:46

Asian Markets Close Mixed: Weak PMI Data Weighs on China

Asian markets traded mixed on Monday with China taking the biggest hit to close in the red. The weak Chinese PMI manufacturing data coupled with decline in oil prices, drove the equity stocks in the region to close mix.
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SSE Composite index in China closed down 1.78% on Monday after PMI index disclosed contraction in manufacturing and services sector of the country. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing sector in January dropped to 49.4, its lowest level in three years, from December’s 49.7, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
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>The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) also injected around $1.5 billion in cash in the country’s financial system
>China’s Energy sector performed poorly during today’s trading session.
>Hang Seng in Honk Kong closed down 0.45%, erasing early gains.
>Oil prices plunged on Monday during Asian trading hours

Jan 30 07:02

Sexual counter-revolution: how the "celibacy syndrome" is ruining the economy of Japan

The Japanese youth no longer wants to go on dates, get married and even have sex. This phenomenon, dubbed "celibacy syndrome", was recorded a few years ago, and the situation is only getting worse. A natural consequence of the "celibacy syndrome" — what a surprise! — reduction of fertility. In 2015 in Japan came to light one million eight thousand newborns, and one million three hundred two thousand old people died. Some simple calculations show that for the year the population decreased by almost 300 thousand people. According to demographic calculations, there will be 30 per cent less Japanese by mid-century... By the end of 2014, the debt of Japan has reached to 1.03 quadrillion yen. Quadrillion! A normal person need a dictionary to understand that we are talking about the one with 15 zeros. You can transfer this amount to more than the usual US dollars, but no relief will bring. Eight trillion 654 billion dollars too incredibly much.

Jan 30 06:08

Japan joins negative interest rate club

Jan 30 05:03

Islamic Extremism in Southeast Asia

The recent wave of international terrorism, which has swept across the world over the last couple of years, is a strong reminder that no region, not even remotest corner of our planet is secure. January 2016 has seen deadly blasts in different cities - from Turkey to Indonesia - taking too many innocent lives... RIAC gives an overview of extremist organizations present in the ASEAN countires.

Jan 29 04:50

Japan adopts negative interest rate in surprise move

In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan has introduced a negative interest rate.

BBC: The benchmark rate of -0.1% means that commercial banks will be charged by the central bank for some deposits.

It is designed to encourage them to use their reserves to lend to businesses in an attempt to counter Japan's economic slump.

The charge does not directly apply to ordinary customers' accounts.

The country is desperate to increase spending and investment.

Desperate

One of the side effects of a moribund economy is falling prices - something that can send an economy into a downward spiral

Jan 28 11:07

The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years

For more than two years, the Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.

Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.

Worried that Branch was on the verge of being indicted, Navy leaders suspended his access to classified materials. They did the same to one of his deputies, Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations.

More than 800 days later, neither Branch nor Loveless has been charged. But neither has been cleared, either. Their access to classified information remains blocked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why on earth has the Navy allowed this to fester in this way?!?

the only answer that makes sense is the scope of the corruption here is mind-blowing, that any prosecution of the case would forever shake the public's confidence in Naval acquisition programs.

As reported in November of the New York Times last year:

The U.S. Navy is being rocked by a bribery scandal that federal investigators say has reached high into the officer corps and exposed a massive overbilling scheme run by an Asian defense contractor that provided prostitutes and other kickbacks. Among those arrested on corruption charges are a senior agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and a Navy commander who escaped Cambodia’s “killing fields” as a child only to make a triumphant return to the country decades later as the skipper of a U.S. destroyer. The investigation has also ensnared a Navy captain who was relieved of his ship’s command this month in Japan. The chief executive of the Singapore-based defense contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, and another company official were arrested last month at a San Diego harborside hotel after federal investigators lured them to the United States by arranging a sham meeting with Navy officials, according to court records and people involved in the case. The unfolding investigation is shaping up as the biggest fraud case in years for the Navy. Federal prosecutors allege that Glenn Defense Marine, which has serviced and supplied Navy ships and submarines at ports around the Pacific for a quarter-century, routinely overbilled for everything from tugboats to fuel to sewage disposal.

Jan 27 15:40

Japan superior immigration policies?

Jan 27 07:59

The War on Cash: A Country by Country Guide

slaves ARE property. they don't OWN property

Jan 26 03:57

Asian stocks drop as oil retreats

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Chinese and Japanese shares drove losses in the region with markets in Australia and India shut for holidays and U.S. index futures declined. American oil extended last session's selloff, falling to $29.47 amid expectations U.S. stockpiles data will intensify concerns over the global glut.

Jan 25 16:42

Petraeus: ‘It’s Time To Unleash America’s Airpower in Afghanistan’

In an Op-Ed printed in the Washington Post, former General David Petraeus says it is time to “unleash our airpower in support of our Afghan partners in the same way that we support our Iraqi and Syrian partners against extremists.”

Jan 25 09:00

East Asia cold snap 'kills 85 in Taiwan'

A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has killed at least 85 people in Taiwan and stranded 60,000 tourists in South Korea.

Taiwanese media reported deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.

Meanwhile heavy snow forced the closure of the airport on the Korean holiday island of Jeju, cancelling flights.

The cold spell has also hit Hong Kong, southern China and Japan.

Jan 22 08:08

Missoula Doolittle Raider Thatcher to join Living Legends of Aviation

Missoula’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night.

Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, California, where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta.

Thatcher, 94, will be joined by the other Doolittle survivor, Dick Cole of Texas, who turned 100 in September.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 21 05:50

Terrorists interested in recruiting adherents among prisoners — CIS anti-terrorism center

"The expert meeting was held not only due to a general increase in terrorist activities in the world and the activities of international terrorist and extremist organizations but also due to the need to promptly track and prevent major threats to the national security for CIS member-countries in Central Asia," the Anti-Terrorism Center said. "Currently, we register interest of international terrorist organizations in recruiting adherents from among prisoners with a view to using the destructive potential of criminal elements while committing acts of violence up to incitement to carrying out terrorist attacks and involvement in anti-constitutional actions."

Jan 20 14:45

Planet of Fear

same silliness different day

snip: And that once again feeds the warmongering hordes, for which that «good old-fashioned world war» is the easiest ticket out. Cancel all the old debt; issue loads of new debt; turn ploughshares and iPhones into cannons. And after a little thermonuclear exchange, welcome to full employment and a new (waste)land of opportunity.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 04:13

More Islamic State Terrorism in Jakarta, Indonesia? A First Glance Only Raises Questions

Though the actual people pulling the triggers in these terror acts may be Islamic extremists, in every case there are invisible imperialistic government forces from the West that are pulling the strings from behind the scenes, most often CIA handlers who coordinate state sponsored covert operations working directly with the alleged terrorist patsies, financing, arming and training them. Former career military intelligence and CIA officer and whistleblower Robert David Steele said:

Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.

Regarding the violence in Jakarta, Robert David Steele believes that the CIA cannot be discounted as possible perpetrators. Several months ago his open source intelligence network "documented expectations that CIA planned to begin covert operations in Indonesia to further inflame the equation of Islam with terrorism."

Jan 18 13:19

Japan demands Russia's return to G8

The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe claimed about necessary return of Russia into the ranks of world leading economies. According to the Financial Times, Abe recognized an important role Moscow plays in the Middle Eastern affairs as well as those of the whole world. He also added that it is indispensable to improve constructive cooperation with Vladimir Putin to solve dispute over the Kuril Islands. Abe announced about his intention to set off to Moscow as the G7 representative or to invite the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tokyo.
He noted that Russia should take part in the settlement of such problems as tensions between Iran and the Saudi Arabia, war in Syria, and threat of radical Islamism.

Jan 18 08:41

The "Putin Is Isolated" Meme Officially Dies As Japan Calls For Closer Ties With Russia

One of the great ironies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record is the extent to which Washington started 2009 with designs on normalizing frosty relations with Russia and started 2015 with the worst US-Russo dynamic since the Cold War.

To be sure, not all of that was Washington’s fault - but most of it was.

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 16 15:15

ISIS: US-Saudi Plague Reaches Indonesia?

By Tony Cartalucci

Coordinated bombings and mass shootings struck Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday leaving several dead and many more wounded. The pattern matched that of attacks carried out last year in Paris, France, where known terrorists Western intelligence agencies were tracking, some for years, were somehow allowed to mobilize large caches of weapons in Belgium and execute their coordinated mass murder with virtually no effort to stop them ahead of the attacks.

The so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” quickly claimed responsibility for the attack and the Western media has begun stoking fears that the terrorist organization has now spread to Southeast Asia...

Jan 15 09:28

More Islamic State Terrorism in Jakarta, Indonesia? Who is Pulling the Strings?

And why? Where does Indonesia fit into the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?” According to the West’s official narrative, Indonesia doesn’t fit in at all except in the most abstract, ideological way imaginable.

But if you understand that:

1. The US and its allies created ISIS on purpose to fight its proxy wars in the Middle East, North Africa, Central, East, and Southeast Asia for it;

2. The US is NOT fighting ISIS by any means, and is only using the organization’s existence in Syria and beyond to justify extraterritorial military aggression and meddling across the globe;

3. Indonesia has been defying US pressure to join Washington’s proxy conflict with China in the South China Sea and;

4. Indonesia has been fostering closer economic and military ties instead with China itself …

…then ISIS attacking Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta makes perfect sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ISIS is the Frankenstein monster, created by a US foreign policy, which is wielded like a club against any country which would dare to take steps to distance itself from American hegemony.

Jan 15 09:15

Philippines urges patrols with U.S. amid sea dispute with China

The Philippines has asked the United States to hold joint naval patrols, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday, amid a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

Foreign and defense ministers from the United States and the Philippines met in Washington this week for the second time in more than three years to discuss trade and security, focusing on the South China Sea.

"We are suggesting that we also patrol the area together," Peter Paul Galvez told reporters in Manila. "There is a need for a more collaborative presence in the South China Sea."

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus underscored the importance of the U.S.-Philippine relationship, but declined to comment on the Philippine request for joint patrols.

A Pentagon spokesman, Commander Bill Urban, said the United States engaged "in numerous joint defense activities" year round with its ally, including exercises, capacity building, training, and intelligence sharing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These joint patrols would be a poke in the eye to China; and there is only so far it can be provoked without the government believing that it has to respond, perhaps militarily.

Unfortunately, just because a tactic is potentially the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apparently, with a stock market in flux, and the economy collapsing ( the Dow Jones average is below 400 as I type this), the Administration is looking for a war, any war, with which to deflect the anger of Americans about the horrific economic mismanagement, courtesy of the Fed, which has led to this horrendous moment in the US economy.

When Wall Mart is closing 154 stores in the US (as was announced today), you know that the financial excrement is about to hit the ventilation system, and in an industrial-strength way.

Jan 15 08:14

Jakarta Blasts: ISIS Inc Strikes Again

By Tony Cartalucci

We are to believe that the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) – named so because it allegedly exists and primarily operates in Iraq and Syria – is fighting the Syrian government, nonexistent moderates the US claims it is arming and funding to the tune of several billions of dollars a year since 2011, the Iraqi government, the Kurds, Russia, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and Iran. And also, allegedly, ISIS is fighting the combined military power of the United States, France, England, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar.

Yet we are expected to believe that ISIS has the time, energy, resources, and inclination to attack Indonesia in a spectacular, large-scale bombing and mass shooting?...

Jan 13 18:25

Asia stocks extend losses, Nikkei tumbles 4%

Major Asian stock markets tumbled Thursday morning, following a massive sell-off on Wall Street overnight, pressured by concerns over a global economic slowdown and low oil prices.

Jan 13 11:51

Japan Threatens East China Sea Stability, Plans to “Drive away Chinese Naval Ships”

Japan plans to use Self-Defense Force units to drive away “Chinese naval ships” from waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, a move that experts say will break the currently controlled status-quo and may lead to escalated tensions or even open confrontation in the East China Sea.

Analysts have also said that Japan may want to play up East China Sea tensions to suppress the domestic opposition before its controversial security bill comes into effect in March.

Responding to Japan’s warning, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Tuesday that China’s resolve in upholding territorial sovereignty is unswerving when it comes to the Diaoyu Islands but urged Japan to exercise restraint.

“An escalation of tensions in the East China Sea is the last thing we want to see. We are willing to properly manage and settle the relevant issue through dialogue and consultations,” Hong said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would really like to hope that cooler heads in Japan's Abe government will prevail.

Yes, I understand that there is a defense treaty between the US government and that of Japan; unfortunately, however, the US military cannot guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against China, because it does not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure such an outcome.

I hope the Japanese leadership thinks about this very seriously before they embark on such a tactic.

Jan 13 11:24

Pentagon Cheers as Philippines High Court Approves US Deployments

Pentagon officials are touting a great victory today as the Philippines Supreme Court voted 10-4 to approve a deal that will allow the return of US troops and weapons to military bases inside the Philippines. This ruling was related to a 2014 deal on the return of US forces, which had been challenged in court.

The agreement was related to territorial disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea, with the Philippine government hoping to use US military forces to enforce their claim. Already, Philippines military officials are calling for US deployments to the contested islands, citing “flashing flights” from China as a military challenge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another poke in the eye to China, I see.

Jan 12 18:23

The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Crusade

snip: the US government poses a far greater threat to innocent children and other civilians around the world than all of the crazed gunmen in the United States put together. [...]
Israel used US weapons to kill more than 1,500 Palestinian children between 2000 and 2013, which averages out to one child killed every three days. And the carnage wrought by US weaponry isn’t restricted to children. The US-backed Colombian military has become the primary human rights violator in that country’s armed conflict. According to Human Rights Watch, it has been responsible for at least 3,000 civilian deaths since 2002.

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