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May 12 12:18

Asia Exports Plunging!

May 08 11:22

Sri Lanka Slammed the “Indo-Pacific” Concept as a Threat to China and Russia

Somewhat surprisingly, tiny Sri Lanka has emerged as the loudest voice in South Asia opposing the “Indo-Pacific” concept that New Delhi and Washington are jointly pursuing, pointing out how it’s “aimed at restraining China and even the Greater Eurasia by creating military unions between countries”, but the strong statement issued by the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia might also have been intended to alter the dynamics of his country’s ongoing “deep state” civil war.

May 06 04:25

China slams US warships operation in South China Sea

China says the entry of vessels in disputed sea is a violation of its sovereignty amid tense ties between two nations.

Two US warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, the US military said, in a move condemned by Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

The US guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon travelled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands, a US military spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, said that the "innocent passage" was "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law."
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"The relevant actions of the US warships violated China's sovereignty and undermined peace, security and good order in the relevant sea areas," ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press briefing.

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Trump's renewed threat for China tariffs spooks markets

May 05 13:48

Tourists from USA, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland are trapped They are unable to leave hotel in Uglii, Mongolia during Black Death outbreak It has already killed a husband and a pregnant wife with tourists stuck in hotel 

Tourists from USA, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland are trapped
They are unable to leave hotel in Uglii, Mongolia during Black Death outbreak
It has already killed a husband and a pregnant wife with tourists stuck in hotel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CDC has had a vaccine for this since 1982.

Plague Vaccine"

For anyone thinking about traveling to this part of the planet, please co-ordinate any vaccination with your health care professional before you go.

Here us what the CDC says about this vaccine:

"Plague vaccine is a vaccine used against Yersinia pestis. Killed bacteria have been used since 1890 but are less effective against pneumonic plague so that recently live vaccines of an attenuated type and recombination protein vaccines have been developed to prevent the disease."

After this outbreak, I sincerely hope that the Mongolians can purchase, and stockpile this, so that if it happens again, their people (and the tourists who come here) can be protected.

I'm not an anti-vaxxer; but with bubonic plague, I wouldn't want to mess around with this disease.

May 04 07:19

Indonesia Searches For New Capital City As Jakarta Sinks Into The Swamp Beneath It

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, an exploding population has dramatically lowered standards of sanitation. Overcrowding has created a near-constant state of traffic gridlock. And - oh yeah - the city's buildings are slowly sinking into the marshlands upon which they were built.

Yet, with its population expected to eclipse Tokyo's over the next ten years, earning it the title of world's largest mega-city, Jakarta is swiftly becoming an inhospitable place for the seat of government of one of the world's largest countries and fastest-growing economies. So the Indonesia government is planning to shift most of its important government functions somewhere else on the archipelago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Indonesian Government; before you lay claim to the "next Jakarta", PLEASE, send some soils engineers to any areas you might want to look at for this move, and get the soil tested for stability, so that you can plan to build permanently, without this happening again.

Apr 30 14:10

In first, Japan to develop computer virus to defend against cyberattacks

Japan will develop its first-ever computer virus by next March as a defense measure against cyberattacks, sources have said.

The Defense Ministry is considering malware that can break into a computer system, hoping such a computer virus could work as a deterrent against cyberattacks, the sources said Monday.

Apr 30 13:23

Trump’s Crusaders March to War

But behind the horror in Sri Lanka, a huge crisis was building up of which the world has so far taken insufficient notice: renewed tensions in the oil-producing Gulf. This is the latest attempt by the United States to crush Iran’s independent-minded government and return it to American tutelage.

The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war. In 1941, America’s cut-off of oil to Japan provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr President, a word, please: this was a completely lousy choice, potentially leading to more war in the Middle East and beyond.

And sir, this underscores a couple of points I have been making for a long time.

The first, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, seem to have lost all critical thinking capabilities, in terms of following various scenarios to their most logical end.

And second, and forgive me sir, but it must be blurted out here; just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move that the US government and military could do, is no guarantee that the US government and military will not do it.

This set of imperial decrees by you and your "enforcers in Chief, Pompeo and Bolton, have set this country up for an incredible, horrific war, which will have horrendous consequences domestically and for the world as well.

And to be painfully candid, sir, although the US did "win" world wars 1 and 2 with the help of their allies, which got us out of a couple of economic holes, this country wasn't running a $22 trillion dollar deficit at the time.

The old financial problems, with wars as their solutions, will not work in 2019. and in the evolving multi-polar world.

Apr 30 12:59

Where the Silk Roads Meet the Mighty Mekong

Spiritual beginnings

It’s tempting to regard the bridge as a post-modern naga. In the inestimable The Enduring Sacred Landscape of the Naga, published by Mekong Press, Lao scholars Mayoury and Pheuiphanh Ngaosrivathana track the literally fantastic world of animated beings in the Mekong basin – totemized reptiles such as the serpent, or ngu, the salt-water crocodile (ngeuak) and supernatural beings such as the naga.

The new naga will take the form of Made in China high-speed trains – for passengers of course, but mostly for cargo – crossing the Mekong back and forth and crucially bypassing the Maritime Silk Road along the South China Sea.

The numbers by the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport are impressive – the Kunming-Vientiane high-speed railway, started in 2016 and to be completed in 2021, features 72 tunnels, 170 bridges and will have trains speeding along at 160 km an hour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with the US's present administration; instead of making deals and building things up, the US is blowing things up, to regime change nations whose resources the US government wants to expropriate, and make sure that those resources will only be sold in American Currency.

There is a great deal about the Chinese government I really despise, but this ambitious, and almost visionary, long-term building project, really deserves respect.

Apr 28 09:52

Killing the dollar softly: China lobbies ASEAN on yuan use to expand economic influence

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its East Asian partners consider adding Chinese and Japanese currencies to their $240 billion currency swap safety net, business journal Nikkei Asian Review reported.

It said the 10 members of the association along with China, Japan and South Korea will discuss the proposed change to the so-called Chiang Mai Initiative at a May 2 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Fiji.

Apr 28 07:52

Trump Officials: China Gets No ‘Wind-Down’ Period for Cutting Iran Oil Purchases

This will cause War. Thanks a lot Trump!

US expects China to stop buying oil by May 1
Jason Ditz Posted on April 26, 2019Categories NewsTags China, Iran, Trump
In comments that may set up a catastrophic amount of fallout in international trade, officials from the Trump Administration say that China will absolutely not be given any time to “wind-down” their purchases of Iranian oil, nor any extensions beyond May 1.

China is by far Iran’s largest customer, and would have by far the hardest time sourcing enough replacement oil on the market. These comments are likely to have an impact on the oil market, pushing prices higher, and more importantly, risking a US ultimatum on China.

Apr 28 07:03

America’s Way of War: Killing Civilians

From Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the United States and its allies have been really good at one thing only: Killing civilians in wars without end.

This has been going on since 2001, starting from Afghanistan, stretching to Yemen and then all the way back to Afghanistan, where the United Nations has once again warned that the United States and its allied forces are killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban and other armed groups do.

This has been largely the case in the first three months of this year. A new quarterly report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan shows that from January to the end of March.

It’s interesting to note that in response to the report, US forces spokesman in Afghanistan Colonel Dave Butler has said: "We reserve the right of self-defense of our forces. The best way to end the suffering of non-combatants is to end the fighting through an agreed-upon reduction in violence on all sides."

The thing is, the ongoing violence could be reduced to a great extent if all US and NATO forces actually leave the war-torn country.>>>

Apr 28 06:30

Fear and mourning as Sri Lanka marks week since attacks

Catholics observe mass at home via TV broadcast as churches across the island nation shut over fears of more attacks.

Apr 27 10:55

In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt

In Southeast Asia's only landlocked country, the Mekong River is a lifeline. From a slow boat heading up the river in Laos, you'll see fishermen working in their boats, riverside farms where bananas grow, and domesticated buffalo lazing. Occasionally a ferry chugs by. From time to time, steps leading to a riverside village become visible on the banks through the foliage. The wind is swift, and the brown fresh water laps up onto the side of the boat.

Just over 9 miles north of Luang Prabang, a startling aberration appears: five giant concrete pylons rising out of the water.

Red cranes top each of the pylons. A bridge is being built here. On either bank, the row of pylons continues until it almost hits the mountainsides, with scaffolding and other heavy construction equipment scattered below.

Apr 27 07:40

Fifteen dead as Sri Lanka forces raid suspects' hideout

Bodies of 15 people, including six children, discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle in an eastern town.

The bodies of 15 people, including six children, have been discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka.

A police spokesman on Saturday said three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead in the shoot-out, which came six days after the killing of 253 people on an Easter Sunday.

The three men set off explosives, also killing three women and six children, inside what was believed to a safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai on Friday night.

>>> One child caught in the crossfire was admitted to hospital.

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Apr 26 10:34

UK must show leadership on Turkmenistan’s human rights atrocities

t’s time for the UK to show global leadership on Turkmenistan’s human rights abuses, says Comment Central.

As the dawn of Brexit approaches, the UK is entering a crucial phase in its foreign policy; one that is likely to define its international approach for much of the 21st Century.

The Foreign Affairs Committee under the leadership of Tom Tugendhat has become an increasingly important actor in the UK’s debate on foreign policy, launching necessary and important inquiries.

One such initiative is the recently announced Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy Inquiry. Its remit is to examine British policy towards autocratic states and the ways in which they interact with the rules-based system. It is essential that it looks beyond the countries that make headlines to those that will be of increased geopolitical importance in the coming years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Britain is headed back to the age of empires (they are hardly alone) when they got clobbered in Afghanistan, slaughtered the Zulu and pillaged India.

Apr 24 09:21

Vietnam Demands Monsanto Pay Victims of Agent Orange For Cancer & Birth Defects

By Arjun Walia

Agent Orange studies were mandated by Congress in the 1980s. These studies were headed by Dr. Frank DeStefano, and Dr. Coleen Boyle of the CDC, who are now in charge of vaccine safety studies at the agency. Frank and Coleen ended the Agent Orange studies two years early, emphasizing that “no link” would be found between illnesses being reported by injured veterans and Agent Orange. The early termination of the study is what allowed the US Department of Veterans Affairs to deny any connection between Agent Orange and medical problems, preventing veterans and their families from qualifying for fair compensation. The Boyle/DeStefano team’s deception was outed by Admiral Zumwalt, who went to the President and laid out the science in a classified report (which has now been declassified)...

Apr 24 04:00

Some People Did Something Again and now Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash

'Not your enemies': Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash after blasts
Members of the community say they feel vulnerable in the wake of the church and hotel attacks that left 359 people dead.

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On Tuesday, the country's state minister of defence said the bombings were in retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand.

Ruwan Wijewardene made the comment to politicians in parliament without providing evidence or explaining where the information came from about the worst attacks since the country's civil war ended in 2009.
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Muslims have been at the receiving end of sporadic violence and hate attacks since the civil war ended in 2009.

Hardline Buddhist monks have led campaigns against the community and in 2013 and 2018, Muslim businesses came under attack.

Rumours were even spread that Sinhalese could become sterile if they wore underwear bought from Muslim shops, and that food sold by Muslims would cause infertility.

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(*at this point we have a rock solid Official Story , "without providing evidence or explaining where the information came from"!)

Apr 23 10:04

Hezbollah: US Iran Sanctions Amount to Aggression Against Entire World

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement denounced US economic sanctions against Iran, describing the punitive measures as “an act of aggression” against all world nations.

“US efforts to increase economic pressure on Iran, especially its pledge to drive the country’s oil exports to zero, will have negative repercussions and will affect the entire world, including the US itself,” Seyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital Beirut on Monday evening, presstv reported.

He then called on world nations to stand up against “US arrogance”>>>

(*take it easy on him fellas , he came down from The Exoneration Euphoria . be grateful you don't live in A US Blue State , is all I can tell you !)

Apr 23 07:05

US Decision on Iran's Oil Exports May Destroy Nuclear Deal

The European Union regrets the United States' decision to halt waivers on sanctions against importers of Iranian oil, which may undermine the success of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic said on Tuesday.

"We regret yesterday's announcement by the US not to renew all waivers. This further risks undermining the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… . We, as the European Union, will continue to abide by the JCPOA as long as Iran continues the full and effective implementation of its nuclear-related commitments," Kocijancic told reporters.

Iran has warned Europeans, as the main beneficiaries of the agreement with the Islamic republic, that the nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers will be in danger if European countries fail to fulfill their pledge to ease the US pressures and allow the Islamic Republic to reap the economic benefits of the deal.

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(*we're giving EU residents the same treatment were giving Venezuela, and apparently , our own Blue States )

Apr 23 04:05

The Sri Lanka attacks: New front, old wounds

The attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday for many brought back memories of the long ethnic war, which came to a bloody conclusion 10 years ago in May. Although the Sri Lankan authorities are yet to identify the perpetrators, it appears the attacks are of a different nature, one fuelled by global dynamics, rather than a response to local communal grievances. Despite this, the violence is bound to exacerbate already-deep ethnic and religious fault lines, increasing existing tensions and possibly fuelling further violence.

After 1948, newly independent Sri Lanka embedded a virulent form of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the formation of the state. This ethos, in simple terms, holds that the entire island is home to Sinhala Theravada Buddhism and that minorities are invaders, who will be tolerated if they accept Sinhala hegemony. Any threats (perceived or real) to the Sinhala identity of the country are attacked resolutely.

This revealed itself in racially and linguistically discriminatory policies as constitutions were written, making non-Sinhala communities second-class citizens>>>

Apr 22 05:17

Local Militants Had International Help in Carrying out Attacks in Sri Lanka

An international network helped to perpetrate the bloody Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, the nation’s health minister announced after the series of coordinated bombings killed 290 people and left hundreds injured.
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday, RT reported.

He stated that there was “an international network”, without which the attacks “could not have succeeded”.

Suicide bombers set off explosives in several hotels and Catholic churches in different parts of Sri Lanka. An apartment complex was also targeted, and a bomb found near Colombo International Airport was defused.

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Apr 22 05:06

Blast Hits Sri Lanka Again, Police Find 87 Bomb Detonators at Colombo's Main Bus Station

A new bomb went off near a church in Sri Lanka when officials were trying to defuse it, after the nation was hit with coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday, which killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds.

A van blew up when a police unit tried to defuse the explosive, according to Reuters. Local reports suggested that there were no casualties.

Local media, however, reported that it was controlled explosion near an unnamed church in Colombo, and that the police cordoned off the area before detonating the device.

Sri Lankan police have also found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the capital, Colombo, on Monday>>>

Apr 21 08:30

Over 200 killed, 450 injured in serial blasts in Sri Lanka; seven arrested

At least 207 people were killed and 450 injured as a series of blasts hit Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Seven people have also been arrested in a raid on a house in Colombo in connection with the blasts probe, news agency Reuters reported.
"Altogether we have information of 207 dead from all hospitals. According to the information as of now, we have 450 injured people admitted to hospitals," Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said in Colombo.

Apr 21 06:53

Seasteaders Facing Prison or Death For Pursuing Freedom in International Waters

By Nicholas West

As regular readers of Counter Markets might remember, in Issue 9 I covered some of the new trends in secession and the rising desire for independence from the State that have been emerging in various forms. One of the more offbeat trends I noted was “seasteading.”

Part of the seasteading movement is the goal to create alternative societies, but the same core notion embedded in all Voluntarism — basically the right to be left alone and pursue permissionless happiness — can just be one individual (or a couple) who sets themselves adrift. This is what American bitcoiner Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend Nadia Supranee Thepdet thought they doing when they began occupying a small structure 14 miles outside of the territorial waters of Thailand...

Apr 21 04:48

Trump offers condolences to Sri Lanka over ‘horrible terrorist attacks’

US president erroneously says 138 million people were killed in bombings, then deletes tweet

US President Donald Trump on Sunday offers “heartfelt condolences” to the people of Sri Lanka after a series of deadly explosions at churches and hotels in the island nation killed more than 160 people.

“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels,” he tweets. “We stand ready to help!”

The US leader erroneously writes that “138 million people” were killed in the attacks. He later appears to have deleted the tweet.

Netanyahu condemns ‘murderous rampages’ in Sri Lanka, offers help

(*I'll bet he was Up All Night waiting for that rabbit express basket delivery while his extension of himself in the west was counting eggs that never hatched)

Apr 21 04:17

At least 156 dead, including 35 foreigners, as bombings hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka: police

Two new blasts hit capital Colombo, hours after near-simultaneous explosions kill 156 people and wound over 400.

Sri Lanka's capital Colombo has been hit by at least two new blasts, hours after the country was struck by a series of six bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 156 people and wounded about 400.

The seventh explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo.

There were no further details on what was targeted, police said.

Most of the victims were killed in three churches where worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services.>>>

(*oy vey!)

In Pictures: Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings

Apr 18 10:01

Will the West allow the construction of railroads linking the Gulf and the Mediterranean?

While the United States and their allies have deliberately created famine conditions in North Korea, then in Sudan, in Tunisia, and now in Yemen, they are also beginning to drag Syria down into starvation. The only way of avoiding this situation is by relaunching the regional economy, which collapsed during the wars in Iraq and Syria. Two projects for railroads are currently in competition – the first intended to develop the region, the second to divide it. Are the Westerners behaving like human beings, or are they pursuing their dream of world domination?

Apr 15 08:48

JAPAN STARTS FUEL REMOVAL FROM NUCLEAR PLANT

The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a building housing one of the reactors that melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Remotely controlled equipment is lifting fuel rods from a storage pool near reactor number three.

The delicate work at the contaminated site is expected to take two years.

The next phase of the huge clean-up at reactor three will be to remove molten nuclear fuel that remains deep inside.

A spokeswoman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the operation to remove the fuel had been delayed by earthquake debris inside the building as well as other technical issues.

Reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant were damaged by hydrogen explosions caused by the earthquake and tsunami. Three reactors melted down.

Apr 10 08:11

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS

Fake news laws aren't harmless. They don't protect the public. They're useless. And they lend themselves to censorship. Given these factors, it's tough to believe any of the proponents of fake news laws are proceeding in good faith but blinded by good intentions and fuzzy logic.

Anywhere they've been put in place, they've lead directly to governments taking action against political opponents, dissidents, and activists. Excuses are made about national security and protecting the public, but in the end, it's the public that ends up short on protection.

Singapore's new fake news bill is no exception. Legislators began pushing this bill last year, using their own fake news to claim the proposal had widespread support from the country's residents. The committee behind the legislation heavily editorialized the feedback it received at a public hearing, presenting a vocal opponent's comments as being supportive of instituting a fake news law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When legitimate, peaceful, and logical criticism are smothered, as they are going to be in Singapore, it is signalling to the world, that the censoring country is sliding toward fascism, at a very rapid "fall rate."

Apr 10 05:46

US-China trade war forces export powerhouse Taiwan to cut GDP forecasts

.Taiwan’s exports fell for the fifth straight month in March, with the country vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore

.Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019

Taiwan’s growth prospects are edging down, with the US-China trade war placing strain on the export powerhouse’s economy.

Sluggish global demand is adding to Taiwan’s poor trade performance, with exports falling 4.4 per cent in March, a fifth straight monthly decline.
Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s gross domestic product>>>

Apr 04 08:46

MIT cuts funding ties with Huawei and ZTE citing US investigations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ending its funding ties with Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, citing the risks that such arrangements might cause in the light of US federal investigations of the two companies.

The announcement by the academic institution – rated third in US News and World Report’s ranking of American universities – follows similar moves by Stanford University, University of California’s flagship Berkeley and University of Minnesota, which have all cut future research collaborations with Huawei

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Apr 04 08:33

Gays face death by stoning in Brunei

Gays face death by stoning in Brunei, the ‘Saudi of Southeast Asia’. Really?

The tiny oil-rich nation has been criticised by Ellen and Elton John for imposing a strict new Islamic penal code. But those familiar with the country say that all may not be as it seems.

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(*That's What The ForeFathers wanted for The Capitalist Republic . If You Don't Believe Me , and you really shouldn't, Ask A Republican)

Mar 31 07:55

Fukushima: “An Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe”. “A Huge Coverup”. Dr. Helen Caldicott

By Dr. Helen Caldicott and Michael Welch

The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it may be, seemingly crowds out all other clear and present environmental hazards.

As part of efforts to normalize this historic event and cover it up in its magnitude, the Japanese government has invested considerable financial, public relations and other resources into what they are billing the ‘Recovery Olympics‘ set to take place in a year’s time in Tokyo.

But Helen Caldicott warns that the dangers associated with Fukushima have not gone away and remain a cause for concern...

Mar 27 01:39

US expansion of global gag rule will 'punish women' worldwide

(*Get Into That Kitchen and
Rattle Those pots And Pans
Well, roll my breakfast
Cause I'm a hungry man !
Shake Rattle and Roll
Bill Haley & The Comets
)

T*R*U*M*P
2*0*2*0

Mar 26 09:04

Oil prices rise as attention turns to tightening global supplies

WTI crude futures trade back above $60 a barrel

(*A God sent Miricle For America's Victimized Billionaires !
Is how it shall be written into new age dogma and it shalt not be POTUS Trump's fault , nor His Devine Sanctions on Iran , the way the satanic oil glut that the heathen Obama created so the tired , poor , huddled masses could get a less costly tank of Gas , to get to work !
Praise the lord!)

Mar 25 10:21

Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs

The recent Hanoi summit attended by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thrust Vietnam into the global spotlight; a rare moment of publicity in the modern era for a country which dominated the world’s attention through the unfolding horrors of war in the 1960s and 1970s.

Yet the hosts were left disappointed when the summit collapsed, after failed talks on de-nuclearization prompted the US delegation to depart early for Washington. Five decades earlier the US had been in no rush to leave despite a similar sense of impending mission failure, instead sending thousands more troops and sticking around to bomb Vietnam for eight years from 1965-1973. While the summit leaves no lasting impression, the legacy of unexploded bombs and toxic contamination from the war remains.

Mar 24 10:45

More 2020 Election Optimism for POTUS Trump as Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand elections

Thailand's election commission says it will announce full results of long-delayed pols on Monday.

Bangkok - Preliminary results from Thailand's Election Commission show a military-backed party in the lead, in the country's first elections since a military coup in 2014.

With about 90 percent of ballots in Sunday's long-delayed polls counted, the Palang Pracharat party had seven million votes. Pheu Thai, the party linked to the former Prime Minister and exiled tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra, had 6.6 million.

Future Forward, a newly founded party that campaigned on a promise of change and military reform, was third, with nearly 4.8 million votes
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The vote is taking place under a new constitution that gives the military considerable influence over the country's civilian politics>>>

Mar 23 08:33

US and Soros Take Stab at Thai Elections

By Tony Cartalucci

One such front – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – has recently released a report condemning upcoming elections as undermining the “right to vote.”

To understand Soros-funded propaganda published by HRW, one must first understand why Thailand has been targeted for regime change in the first place...

Mar 21 10:26

After Bleeding Thailand Dry, Soros is Going in for the Kill

The highly controversial figure, George Soros has become one of the richest men on the planet by creating a great many hedge funds including Soros Fund Managemen. If Forbes is to be believed, his personal fortune exceeds the mind-boggling sum of 25 billion dollars, however, the dubious strategies that Soros would use to accumulate such an excessive amount of wealth are largely the reason why his name evokes an emotional outcry whenever it is mentioned publicly. It seems that at this point there’s more countries where people are not willing to put up with a myriad of his NGOs than those where his reputation doesn’t precede him. In fact, those ultra-liberal values promoted by his minions are nothing more than a pretext for new color revolutions to be staged which are designed to provide this so-called philanthropist with ultra-profits.

Mar 20 09:35

US AND SOROS TAKE STAB AT THAI ELECTIONS

Western regime change efforts have intensified ahead of upcoming elections in Thailand. Opposition groups attempting to take power and remove Thailand’s powerful, independent military from Thai politics have received extensive, well-documented funding and political support from Washington, London, Brussels, and Western corporate foundations, including the most notorious of all – George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF).

One such front – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – has recently released a report condemning upcoming elections as undermining the “right to vote.”

To understand Soros-funded propaganda published by HRW, one must first understand why Thailand has been targeted for regime change in the first place.

Why Thailand?

The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand serves as a pivotal regional hub economically and geopolitically. It has the second largest economy in ASEAN and remains the only Southeast Asian state to have avoided Western colonization.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 18 09:40

Memory Hole New Zealand: News Reports Suggested 2 Shooters; IEDs Found Strapped To Multiple Vehicles; Suspect’s Strange Travel History

By Aaron Kesel

The official narrative being pushed in the mainstream press on the tragic shootings at two crowded mosques in New Zealand is that 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant murdered 50 people and injured scores of others at the time of this report by himself. However, there are more questions than answers regarding the attack.

For instance, New Zealand authorities reported that after the incident four suspects were taken into custody -- three men and a woman. Adding that they had found and neutralized several IEDs (improvised explosive devices) on the vehicles stopped during the arrests.

MSN even wrote the IEDs were "attached to the attackers' vehicles," which was cited by Associated Press at the top of the article...

Mar 12 11:11

The Lobby USA - Abridged

1 hour, abridged version of censored Al Jazeera documentary exposing the Israel lobby in the U.S.
The documentary was never broadcast by Al Jazeera due to pressure from some Jewish groups and individuals. It was eventually leaked to a few groups, which posted some short clips.

Mar 07 12:03

Top Philippine General Warns US Bomber Missions Near China Could 'Spark War'

After weeks of seeming relative quiet in the South China Sea, which previously witnessed steadily ratcheting tensions as US naval ships and planes passed near Chinese military assets with increased frequency in the latter part of 2018, the US has once again risked an encounter with Beijing by flying a pair of B-52 strategic bombers in close proximity with China.

The US Pacific Air Forces confirmed in a statement on Monday, “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and participated in routine training missions, March 4, 2019.” It was the first such flight through the area of the South China Sea since November.

Mar 06 12:08

Pompeo’s War Warning to China

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration.

Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the Philippine government, will be treated as an attack on an American ship or plane, bringing a U.S. military response.

“China’s island building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and, therefore, economic livelihood, as well as that of the United States,” said Pompeo. “As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under article 4 of our mutual defense treaty.”

Mar 06 09:22

Philippine Official, Fearing War With China, Seeks Review of U.S. Treaty

The Philippines’ top defense official said on Tuesday that the government should review a decades-old treaty with the United States, its longtime ally, to avoid provoking a potential armed conflict with China in the disputed South China Sea.

The security environment in the region has become “much more complex” since the countries’ Mutual Defense Treaty was drawn up 68 years ago, said the Philippine defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana.

“The Philippines is not in a conflict with anyone and will not be at war with anyone in the future,” Mr. Lorenzana said.

Mar 01 10:26

Australia to reopen notorious migrant detention center after govt. fails to block medevac bill

The Australian government will be reopening the Christmas Island detention center, likened to a maximum security prison, after the opposition streamlined a bill to allow migrant detainees to seek medical help on the mainland.
Australia's conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that the detention facility in the Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean his government worked hard to shut down would be reopened to accommodate potential new arrivals and detainees, who might be transferred from the Nauru and Manus Island offshore migrant detention camps.

The setback in the conservative government's effort to scale down the controversial migrant detention program is a response to a new amendment to a medical evacuations bill, championed by the Labor party, which enlisted the support of the Greens and crossbench MPs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wrestle with this because, morally, because I hate to see people suffering and struggling, as illegal immigrants do struggle in environments like this; that being said, as draconian as it is, this policy has kept the Australian people safe from illegal immigrants in a big way.

What the Australian Parliament should come up with, is a different, more responsible way in which they treat their illegal immigrants.

Feb 28 12:00

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran, Armenia must boost ties despite US opposition

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran and Armenia should work to further boost their relations irrespective of opposition from the US that seeks sedition, division and war across the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Leader underlined the need for Iran and Armenia to put the goal of achieving ever-growing friendship and cooperation on their agenda to serve the interests of the two countries.

Feb 28 09:44

Boeing Signs $15.7 Billion Vietnam Orders on Trump's Visit

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Aviation JSC signed deals to buy 110 aircraft from Boeing Co. during President Donald Trump’s visit to Hanoi for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Bamboo agreed to purchase 10 787-9 Dreamliners worth about $3 billion, while VietJet’s order is for 100 737 Max planes valued at $12.7 billion, Boeing said Wednesday. VietJet’s 100-plane commitment was unveiled at the Farnborough air show last year. The accords were signed in the presence of Trump and Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Feb 28 01:51

TRUMP - KIM SUMMIT CUT SHORT

No agreement reached as Trump-Kim summit cut short
US and North Korea leaders leave their meeting in Vietnam's Hanoi early and cancel a planned signing ceremony.

Vietnam's Hanoi has hosted the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore last year, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

On Wednesday, they kicked off their Hanoi summit with a brief one-on-one conversation and a social dinner, before the launch of formal talks on Thursday.

Here are all the latest updates as of:
Thursday, February 28: >>>

Feb 25 11:11

Japan to push ahead with U.S. base relocation despite Okinawa referendum result

A majority of voters in a referendum on Okinawa opposed a plan to relocate a U.S. military base within the southern Japanese island, but the central government said on Monday it intended to press ahead with its construction plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Japanese officials are just as tone deaf and blind to their constituents desires as are their American counterparts.

Feb 21 09:29

Hell Hole on Earth Discovered at Fukushima

Most people think they have to die to go to hell but that is not true anymore. Today, in the mainstream press, they announced the existence of a hell hole in Japan at the destroyed nuclear power station at Fukushima. We have a hot spot on our planet that has never been imagined before and in the face of it human technology is helpless.

At the levels of radiation now being found a Fukushima, a robot would be able to operate for less than two hours before it was destroyed. And Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences said medical professionals had never even thought about encountering this level of radiation in their work.

Feb 20 13:40

Conspiracy Researcher David Icke Banned From Speaking In Australia

As the social media and big tech purge of independent voices continues, entire supposedly democratic countries are banning certain voices as well...

Feb 19 13:12

Businesses in the Middle East have begun to think ‘Make trade not war’ and being part of China’s Belt and Road scheme

Singapore, aiming high for the status of Asia’s unofficial capital, seems like the ideal venue for a conference to discuss how the Middle East could learn a few lessons from ASEAN’s multi-layered relations with China, especially involving partnership in the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

But first, let’s get things straight. The “Middle East” is, of course, a Eurocentric, Orientalist denomination. From Asia’s – and China’s – cultural and geographical point of view, the “Middle East” is correctly seen as Southwest Asia.

It’s enlightening to evaluate two Chinese informed perspectives on how China is deploying its geopolitical soft power across Southwest Asia in contrast to the Trump administration’s immensely muddled strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a great place for the world to start; and I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of trade trumps war ANY day, in my book

Feb 18 04:38

Heart of Darkness Germany

If it wasn’t for Jewish power, Americans wouldn’t have so much Muslim blood on their hands, or being worse than bankrupt, having fought so many wars for Israel.
If not for Jewish power, questioning the Holocaust wouldn’t be a thought crime in 16 European countries. No other event in human history is so fascistically protected from scrutiny. None but the Holocaust, thanks to Jewish power.

Robert Faurisson conclusively dismantled the Nazi gas chamber myth, so Jewish power destroyed his academic career, put him on trial and bankrupted this brave, unflinching man. In 1989, three thugs claiming to be The Sons of the Memory of the Jews attacked the 60-year-old and broke his jaw.

Feb 16 08:59

US Stealth Jets Conduct Bombing Drill In Philippine And East China Sea

F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets with the fixed-wing detachment of Medium Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a bombing exercise from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Philippine and East China Seas, Jan. 26 through Feb. 6, according to a press release by the US Indo-Pacific Command.
F35B releases smart bombs above the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 3, 2019.
During the exercise, fifth-generation combat aircraft were armed with Sidewinder missiles and precision-guided munitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, a note of caution here; yes, the US military has some very sophisticated fighting aircraft; however, the Chinese are spending far less than does the US government, and getting a better "bang" for their weaponry bucks. Consider the following article from CNN, dated 30 January, 2019:

Chinese New Weapons: Fact, or Fiction?!?

IF you take a look at the individual pieces of weaponry, and see how frequently the analyst says "plausible", in terms of what capabilities the Chinese have right now, they have really upped their game, in the weaponry delivery department.

It seems, however, our military designers are stuck on those technologies which were successful in bringing the conclusion of World War II, rather than the futuristic weapons we would need to be successful, in fighting and winning World War III.

This has got to start to change, and immediately.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I would love to see war become so morally stigmatized, that it never happens again; however, as an economic realist, and understanding just how much money is made in war, at all levels, I have to conclude that there will another global dust-up, most probably generated by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Feb 16 06:59

GOOGLE MAPS REVEALS PATRIOT MISSILE LAUNCH SITES IN TAIWAN

The Taiwanese government is doing damage control after the latest Google Maps upgrade revealed their most sensitive missile sites, down to the launcher types and models of the missiles, for all to see – including archenemy China.

Defense Ministry officials in Taipei are asking Google to blur the missile site locations, which were exposed in painstaking 3D detail in the latest upgrade of Google’s satellite map app, for the sake of national security – while urging the public to remain calm.
Taiwan to talk with Google over exposed missile positionhttps://t.co/mO6SE19bmj pic.twitter.com/XM1DrzNL7Y

— Focus Taiwan (@Focus_Taiwan) February 15, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an industrial strength "oops there!!" on Google's part, and the timing could possibly be worse, given the current tensions between mainland China and Taiwan, but I sure has heck don't see how.

Feb 11 07:59

China Sent 95 Ships to Intimidate Philippines' Projects in South China Sea

China has reportedly deployed a fleet of nearly 100 ships to the Thitu Island, one of several disputed islands in the South China Sea, in an effort to stop ongoing construction work being carried out by the Philippine government.

According to a Wednesday report published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a think tank run by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Beijing recently began dispatching vessels from the Subi Reef, which lies roughly 12 nautical miles from Thitu.

On December 3, 2018, with construction days away from beginning on Thitu, China deployed at least 24 vessels to the disputed island, the report notes. Construction had previously been halted due to poor weather and rough seas.

Feb 09 14:10

KEEPING UP WITH THE KIMS

NORTH KOREA’S LEADER HAS CHARMED TRUMP, XI AND MOON. BUT ARE THEY ALL JUST KEEPING UP WITH THE KIMS?

When Kim Jong-un delivered his annual New Year’s address last month, the scene was unrecognisable from his first speech as leader of North Korea six years prior. Gone were the Maoist suit and lapel pin featuring the images of his father, previous ruler Kim Jong-il, and grandfather Kim Il-sung, who founded the country.

In their place was a suit and tie that would be at home in any office in London or New York. Rather than sheltering behind a podium in an austere auditorium, his voice faltering intermittently as it had before, Kim sat composed in an armchair in a wood-panelled office.
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Kim’s 30-minute address focused heavily on the economy, but he found time to say that North Korea was willing to continue denuclearisation talks with the United States – and to warn that the hermit kingdom would take a “new path” if Washington did not ease its pressure against it.

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(*VIDEO at source)

Feb 07 12:01

Life in a Crazy-Small 8m2 Tokyo Apartment

Feb 06 09:41

SWINE FEVER SPREADS IN JAPAN, 15,000 PIGS TO BE CULLED

Japan’s swine fever outbreak has spread to five prefectures including Osaka, and more than 10,000 pigs will be culled as part of measures to prevent further contagion, the government said on Wednesday.

This is a different strain from the deadly African swine fever China has been battling, an agriculture ministry official said.

Pigs in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture have been found with swine fever, the first such case outside neighboring Gifu prefecture since the country’s first swine fever outbreak in 26 years was confirmed in Gifu last September.

Pigs shipped from the Aichi farm in question to pig farms in Osaka and three other prefectures were also found infected with swine fever, the ministry official said, adding some 15,000 pigs at affected farms were being culled and buried.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The price of pork, for Japanese consumers, is about to go through the roof.

Feb 05 12:04

ESCOBAR: MAGA MISSES THE EURASIA TRAIN

While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, instead clinging to military empire...

We should know by now that the heart of the 21stCentury Great Game is the myriad layers of the battle between the United States and the partnership of Russia and China.

Even the U.S. National Defense Strategy says so: “The central challenge to U.S. prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition by … revisionist powers.” The recently published assessment on U.S. defense implications of China’s global expansionsays so too.

The clash will frame the emergence of a possibly new, post-ideological, strategic world order amidst an extremely volatile unpredictability in which peace is war and an accident may spark a nuclear confrontation.

Jan 24 09:12

Asia’s biggest listed restaurant chain now employing robots as chefs and waiters, with plans to expand overseas

HaiDiLao International Holding Ltd, listed as one of Asia’s biggest restaurant chains, recently partnered with Japan’s Panasonic Corporation to open a fully automated kitchen in Beijing last October 28, 2018. The food giant, which operates a chain of hotpot restaurants in the Sichuan province of China, declared this milestone as the next stepping stone towards a fully automated food industry. At this restaurant, robots will take orders, prepare the food, and deliver meals to customers.

Jan 18 11:35

MALAYSIA TO GOLDMAN: PAY US $7.5 BILLION AND WE WILL DROP 1MDB CHARGES

The Malaysian government has a message for Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Your disingenuous, blame-deflecting apology for Goldman's role in one of the biggest financial frauds ever perpetrated in Asia isn't going to cut it.

According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysian prosecutors might consider dropping the criminal charges brought last month against the bank, several Asian subsidiaries and two of its employees (who have also been indicted in the US) if the bank agrees to pay back the total amount that the Malaysian government believes was looted during the fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this progresses; the wealthy seldom eat their own.

Jan 16 17:34

Australian Government Causing Death and Disability with Mandatory Vaccination Policies

By Judy Wilyman

Vaccination policies are not about promoting ‘health’ in the community they are about promoting vaccines (big business) in the community and this is why children’s health is significantly declining with the addition or every new vaccine that is recommended by the government.

The government doesn’t promote these policies with statistics on the improvements in children’s health that these policies will provide – because these statistics do not exist...

Jan 16 04:48

US and Britain conduct first joint drill in South China Sea

USS McCampbell and HMS Argyll join forces as US seeks to push back against China’s claims to disputed waters

The United States and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the South China Sea, as Washington seeks support from its allies in challenging Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.

US Navy guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted operations together in the South China Sea from Friday last week until Wednesday, the two countries said.

The US said the two vessels had practised communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability

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Jan 13 10:45

Economic Breakdown Starts In East Asia Due To Collapsed Births & Childbearing Populations

The floor under the East Asia neighborhood (consisting of China, Japan, South / North Korea, Taiwan, & Mongolia) is about to fall away. These nations (combined) equal slightly more than 20% of the global population and consume 27% of total global energy. From 2000 through 2016, this region (spearheaded by China) represented 48% of the global growth in total energy consumption. So, when I tell you these countries are economically entering long-term domestic declines (or perhaps outright collapses), the impacts will reverberate everywhere.

Jan 07 08:33

FIVE-YEAR JAIL TERMS SOUGHT FOR EX-TEPCO EXECUTIVES OVER FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

Five-year prison terms were sought Wednesday for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. for their alleged failure to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
At the Tokyo District Court, court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors said if the three had collected information properly and prepared necessary safety measures it would have been possible to predict the massive tsunami and prevent the disaster.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, 78, chairman of the company at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, and Ichiro Takekuro, 72, and Sakae Muto, 68, both former vice presidents, have pleaded not guilty, arguing the tsunami was unforeseeable and the disaster would have occurred even if they had implemented preventive measures.

A final hearing for the defense will be held next March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only 5 years for the devastation created by Fukushima, on top of lack of real planning by these guys, since 2008?!?

It should be a life sentence for these guys, without parole, and not, please, in the Japanese equivalent of a "Club Fed."

Jan 06 14:45

It Begins: Russia, China, and India Are Now All Dumping the US Dollar

(RT) — The past year was full of events that inevitably split the global geopolitical space into two camps: those who still support using US currency as a universal financial tool, and those who are turning their back on the greenback.

Global tensions caused by economic sanctions and trade conflicts triggered by Washington have forced targeted countries to take a fresh look at alternative payment systems currently dominated by the US dollar.

RT has taken a deeper look into the recent phenomena of de-dollarization, summing up which countries have taken steps towards eliminating their reliance on the greenback, and the reasons behind their decision.

Jan 06 14:05

The new Great Game on the Roof of the World

On top of the graceful Baltit Fort, overlooking the Hunza Valley’s Shangri-La-style splendor, it’s impossible not to feel dizzy at the view: an overwhelming collision of millennia of geology and centuries of history.

We are at the heart of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan’s Northern Areas, or – as legend rules, the Roof of the World. This is an area about 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) crammed with spectacular mountain ranges and amidst them, secluded pristine valleys and the largest glaciers outside of the Polar region.

The location feels like vertigo. To the north, beyond the Batura Glacier, is the tiny northeast arm of Afghanistan, the legendary Wakhan corridor. A crest of the Hindu Kush separates Wakhan from the regional capital Gilgit. Xinjiang starts on Wakhan’s uppermost tip. Via the upgraded Karakoram highway, it’s only 240 km from Gilgit to the Khunjerab Pass, 4,934 meters high on the official China-Pakistan border.

Jan 02 10:54

XI JINPING SAYS TAIWAN "MUST AND WILL BE" REUNITED WITH CHINA

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it "must and will be" reunited with China.

In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing's call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis.

However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.

While Taiwan is self-governed and de facto independent, it has never formally declared independence from the mainland.

Beijing considers the island to be a breakaway province and Mr Xi's comments are in line with China's long-standing policy towards reunification.

But on Wednesday, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said the island would never accept reunification with China under the terms offered by Beijing.

"I want to reiterate that Taiwan will never accept 'one country, two systems'. The vast majority of Taiwanese public opinion also resolutely opposes 'one country, two systems', and this is also the 'Taiwan consensus'."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF President Trump wants a better relationship with China, he seriously needs to rethink US policy on Taiwan. As reported at www.diplomat.com in September of last year: Where will the US/Taiwan relations under Trump End up?

This article offers a very thoughtful observation of the issue: "Over the past few years, the rise of Chinese capabilities and Beijing’s growing willingness to exert pressure on Taiwan and Washington has intensified a broader debate across administrations about the strategic importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations. Though more nuanced, that debate is often caricatured as being between those who recognize Taipei as a key partner to engage either on its own terms or as part of a wider strategy with allies and partners directed against China, and those who see Taiwan as just a challenge to manage within the much-prized China relationship."

Dec 30 17:47

Heavy snow blanketing Japan

Heavy snow continues to fall in northern and western Japan along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says the winter-type weather pattern has strengthened, bringing with it a cold air mass.

A village in northern Yamagata prefecture had experienced nearly two meters of snow by Saturday.

The snow is expected to continue through Sunday, mainly in coastal areas.

Up to 70 centimeters are forecast in the 24 hours through Sunday morning in Niigata Prefecture and the Kanto Koshin region. Up to 50 centimeters are expected in Hokkaido, Tohoku and Hokuriku.

Dec 30 09:26

The West Is in Disarray, and It Will Only Get Worse. Crisis of Political Leadership in US and EU

Meanwhile in the United States there has been strong jostling between the political-financial-war elites for the dominance of Trump’s foreign policy. The President, either out of inexperience, ineptitude or intentionally, soon succumbed to the foreign-policy establishment, with its usual offerings of neoliberalism and brutal imperialism.

Trump’s weaponized use of the dollar thereby ended up in an unintended blue-on-blue attack, with Trump’s money bags, Saudi Arabia and Israel, receiving some friendly fire in addition to the intended targets, Iran, Russia and China. An understanding between Trump and the foreign-policy establishment has therefore been reached, sealed with the appointments of Bolton and Pompeo, establishing a modus vivendi between competing interests.

Dec 22 06:59

MALAYSIA DEMANDS GOLDMAN PAY $7.5B IN 1MDB "REPARATIONS"

Malaysia is seeking a massive financial penalty from Goldman Sachs after filing criminal charges against the bank alleging that it lied in deal documents and knowing enabled Malaysian government officials and one corrupt financier to steal billions of dollars from the Malaysian people through 1MDB, the sovereign wealth fund that is at the center of one of the biggest financial frauds in history.

In comments to the Financial Times published Friday, Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Goldman should pay reparations in excess of $7.5 billion in connection with three bond deals it underwrote for 1MDB (deals that netted the bank a staggering $600 million in fees, well above the typical 1% to 2% fees that are typically collected in these types of deals). The $7.5 billion figure is the largest floated so far by Malaysia, which has charged three of the bank's Asian subsidiaries, as well as two Goldman bankers, in its criminal probe into 1MDB.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that there will be some sort of compensation to the Malaysian government, but that the number they are demanding will ultimately be considered "too extreme".

Time will solve that mystery.

Dec 19 14:11

Malaysia puts Goldman Sachs in the dock

Wall Street investment bank says it will 'vigorously contest' criminal charges brought by Malaysia over bond offerings for scandal-plagued 1MDB fund. Malaysian authorities filed criminal charges against three subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs this week in connection with the US investment bank’s involvement in a sprawling scandal that saw billions embezzled from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). While past controversies have seen the bank pay hefty legal settlements when its employees became subject to criminal charges and investigation, the charges filed by Malaysia’s Attorney General Tommy Thomas on December 17 are believed to represent the first time the New York bank has been directly blamed for wrongdoing.

Dec 18 09:03

Asian LNG Demand To Quadruple By 2030

The biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Northeast Asia—which account for more than half of the world’s LNG market—could see their total uncontracted demand rising fourfold by 2030, new research by Wood Mackenzie has shown.

At the same time, U.S. LNG export capacity is set to significantly increase in the coming years with several projects awaiting final investment decisions (FIDs) and several others currently in commissioning stages.

Rising LNG demand in Asia is welcome news for the variety of projects under construction and commissioning in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast.

Dec 17 09:08

MALAYSIA FILES CRIMINAL FRAUD CHARGES AGAINST GOLDMAN SACHS

In an unprecedented move that possibly foreshadows similar charges from the US DOJ - and lots of headaches for the "recently retired" Lloyd Blankfein - the Malaysian attorney general has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs - targeting two of the investment bank's Asian subsidiaries and two former Goldman bankers who have already been charged by the US (former Southeast Asia head Tim Leissner and banker Roger Ng), accusing the investment bank of violating the country's securities laws by lying in bond agreements for three deals that raised $6.5 billion for 1MDB, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund formed under former Prime Minister Najib Razak that US authorities believe was looted for upwards of $4 billion by corrupt bankers and officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bring the popcorn, folks, this will be fun to watch.

And although the monied rarely eat their own, I seriously doubt that there will be criminal charges filed against any of the accused which will result in hard time in jail.

Dec 14 11:31

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future.

President Putin is unconditionally engaged to make it a success. Already at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2016, Putin referred to an emerging “Eurasian partnership”.

Dec 14 10:43

Police join Protestors Thailand

Nationalism is putting your countrymen above your government
Earlier this week in Thailand, a shocking turn of events took place. Ordered to harass and block protestors , policemen instead yielded to the peaceful riot by laying down their barricades and helmets as a sign of solidarity

The gathering protestors explained that their goal is to destroy the political machine of former Prime Minister Thakskin Shinawatra, who is accused of widespread corruption and abuse of power. The present Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is Thakskin’s sister and is seen as a puppet of her brother. In a move to topple the Shinawatra government, protestors planned on storming the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau. This act was devised and led by protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban.

But what police did instead surprised many. Their lowering of arms and joining with protestors marks a turning point in the protests and a potential shift in power.

Dec 14 06:44

Beijing slams US legislation demanding easier access to Tibet for American journalists, tourists

.Washington has ‘grossly interfered’ in China’s domestic affairs, foreign ministry says
.Bill wins bipartisan support as it passes through US Congress and now awaits approval by President Donald Trump

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(*who'll appease Them with his signature , and appease the rest of us by saying it's their fault he signed the legislative disaster !)

US Meltdown Over Russian TU-160s In Venezuela

Dec 10 16:11

Australia’s horrific new encryption law likely to obliterate its tech scene

Australia‘s government signed a bill into law last week giving law enforcement agencies the right to force technology companies to reveal users’ encrypted messages. Another way of putting it: Australia‘s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine.

The law was introduced as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, but now it’s official. And there’s a lot to be concerned about, even if you don’t live or work in Australia.

Dec 10 04:13

Armenian citizens vote for "revolutionary majority", says acting PM

Armenian citizens are voting for a "revolutionary majority" in the new parliament, acting PM of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan told reporters on Monday. "The citizens of our country are voting for a revolutionary majority, and they are doing it in a calm environment. The elections are clear and transparent. And we have to get used to the fact that since now, there will be no incidents during the elections. Times of turbulent elections are behind us," he said. Pashinyan noted that so far, Armenia’s former leading party, the Republican Party, has not received enough votes to hold any parliamentary seats. "If there had been transparent elections in Armenia in the last 18 years, then the Republican Party of Armenia would barely get the passing percent. We have said it repeatedly, and now we see the results with our own eyes," the acting PM stated.

Dec 09 15:32

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use.

Dec 06 16:53

Australia passes ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption law after bipartisan compromise

Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation.

The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue “technical notices” — a nice way of forcing companies — even websites — operating in Australia to help the government hack, implant malware, undermine encryption or insert backdoors at the behest of the government.

If companies refuse, they could face financial penalties.

Dec 05 15:27

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use.

Dec 01 10:32

Why US attempting to increase tensions in the Indo-Pacific

The United States is attempting to increase tensions and create confrontations in the Indo-Pacific region in order to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, said that America “is not at all interested in promoting peace and security in the so-called Indo-Pacific. Its primary intention is the exact opposite, to increase tensions and create confrontations where none need exist. It is only in this way that the US can continue to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia. In doing so it hopes to mobilize its wavering allies in the region to challenge and confront China. This strategy however is doomed to failure.”

Nov 30 09:31

World War 3: China WARNS Japan over plan to convert aircraft carriers for FIGHTER JETS

BEIJING has issued a stark warning to Tokyo to not go ahead with plans to put F-35 Stealth jets aboard aircraft carriers, claiming the move would “drive the country to repeat its militaristic history”.

Nov 30 08:24

A Savage ‘War To End All Wars,’ and a Failed Peace

Europe lost an entire generation, killed, maimed or forever psychologically broken by the war. Many Europeans lost faith in the snake oil of nationalism and turned away from the standard frameworks of monarchy or liberal democracy. Some found solace in socialism, whereas others doubled down on ultranationalism in the form of fascist leaders.

Despite 9 million battle deaths – a number unfathomable when the war began – WWI solved little and sowed the seeds for the European cataclysm of 1939-45. It is an uncomfortable truth, especially for the United States, a nation that tends to see itself as being at the center of the world; the US played mostly a late, and bit, part in the drama across the Atlantic.

Nov 28 11:23

Australian politician praises remote tribe that killed US missionary for their 'strict immigration policy'

An Australian politician has praised the remote tribe which killed an American missionary for their ‘strict immigration policy’.

Right-wing One Nation party leader, Pauline Hanson, praised the isolated southern Asian island tribe for protecting their way of life 'through the enforcement of strong border protections'.

The populist leader has moved a motion in the Australian Senate commending the Sentinelese people for their 'strict zero-gross' immigration policy.

Nov 26 08:31

Apple is CUTTING the price of its 'budget' iPhone XR with the 'world's most advanced LCD display': Firm forced to offer subsidies to Japanese operators due to underwhelming sales

Apple is cutting the price of its latest iPhone in Japan to boost sales after an underwhelming launch.

The Silicon Valley firm is offering subsidies to mobile network operators in Japan to help shift its $749 (£749) iPhone XR, which was released less than a month ago.

Operators will offer price cuts as early as next week, a decision which indicates Apple's long-term dominance in the smartphone market may be wavering.

It is not known whether the firm will offer the discount in other regions.

Nov 23 07:42

China can stop the Quad before it even starts

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Vasilis Trigkas says the US has the determination and military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some careful strategic outreach

The recent war of words between China and the US at the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea stunned geopolitical pundits around the world and attests to the ominous dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. As the two nations increasingly see issues in terms of security, there is a real danger of matters escalating into a strategic competition for regional alliances.

Just two days before the opening of the summit, an informal meeting took place in Singapore. There, US Vice-President Mike Pence met the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. This was the third meeting of leaders of the four democratic Asia-Pacific states known as “the Quad”, and while the structure has not been institutionalised into an alliance, American strategists have called for the crystallisation of an archipelagic Nato.

Never has the United States faced a challenger with the geo-economic and military might of China>>>

Nov 22 09:14

US bombs continue to kill in Laos 50 years after Vietnam War

US dropped two million tonnes of bombs on Laos at height of Vietnam War. Why are cluster munitions still killing?

Vientiane - This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in history, decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tonnes of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War.

Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

On Thanksgiving Day in November 1968, the United States escalated its war against North Vietnam in Laos.

Then-US President Lyndon B Johnson had ordered traditional turkey dinners to be helicoptered in to US troops who were secretly deployed in the quiet, landlocked country to sever the North Vietnamese supply lines that ran through the east.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government and military rarely clean up their global messes; it should be American teams in Laos, doing the cleanup, and making living for these people safe again, without the threat of even one child ever getting torn apart, limb from limb, by these devices.

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