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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.

Nov 22 07:27

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?

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.

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Nov 21 05:42

US vice president beats war drums in Asia:

US Vice President Mike Pence used Asian summit meetings over the past week to set out an ultimatum to China that accelerates the drive to war. Either China bows to the demands of American imperialism and accepts a subservient, semi-colonial status, or it will confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Pence accused China of taking “advantage of the United States for many, many years” and declared “those days are over.” He bluntly warned that “the US will not change course until China changes its ways” and warned that the US could “more than double” the existing massive tariffs on Chinese goods.

Pence effectively ruled out any deal between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping>>>

(*...here's your rifle !)

Nov 19 13:59

Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game. All-Asian solution. No Western invaders welcome

...What matters most for China is Afghanistan becoming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). That’s exactly what Chinese envoy Yao Jing told the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue in Islamabad earlier this week between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Kabul can act as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions,” Jing said. Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “The Greater South Asia has emerged as a geo-economic concept, driven by economy and energy, roads and railways and ports and pipelines, and Pakistan is the hub of this connectivity due to CPEC.” For Beijing, CPEC can only deliver its enormous potential if Pakistan and India relations are normalized. And that road goes right through Afghanistan. China has been aiming for an opening for years. Chinese intel operatives have met the Taliban everywhere from Xinjiang to Karachi and from Peshawar to Doha. The China card is immensely alluring.

Nov 19 10:57

Moment for settling Russia-Japan Kurils dispute long gone

Moscow earlier offered the "2+2" option, stipulating the return of Habomai and Shikotan while keeping Kunashir and Iturup, which have strategic importance for Russia. Japan insists that the "2+2" plan means handing over the first two islands and continuing talks on the status of the two other islands, chief of the TASS bureau in Japan Vasily Golovnin noted. A compromise is possible under the "2+2" formula, which implies providing Japan with the opportunity to freely pursue economic activity, Kortunov said. Now the situation for solving the territorial dispute can be hardly called favorable since the moment for it has passed. What was possible in the 2000s, when Russia agreed to hand over territories in the Khabarovsk Region and the Chita Region to China is very unlikely now not just due to hopes for a strategic alliance with Beijing, the paper says.

Nov 19 10:49

Return to 1956 declaration implies no transfer of Russian territories to Japan

"Over these days we have heard a great variety of different speculations, political guesses about some sort of a separate deal on the transfer of the islands and so on. This is not true and cannot be true," he told the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program of the Rossiya-1 television channel, commenting on the Russian-Japanese agreement to continue the peace treaty talks on the basis of the 1956 declaration. "Can we say that it means automatic transference of any territories? Absolutely no. This is what President Putin was saying when he answered journalists’ question," Peskov said. According to the Kremlin spokesman, the sides will reach a compromise that will not run counter to their interests. "Naturally, a compromise will be needed. We can say it already now that this compromise will not be in conflict with the national interests of either of the sides," he said.

Nov 16 03:56

Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody

'US to Sail and Fly Wherever International Law Allows': Mike Pence Says Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody
The United States seeks to ward off spreading Chinese influence in Asia's seas by practicing "freedom of navigation" operations - naval and aerial activity in what China believes to be its own territory.

US Vice President Mike Pence has said that the contested South China Sea isn't the domain of any country, challenging Beijing's claims to the resource-rich region.

"The South China Sea doesn't belong to any one nation, and you can be sure: the United States will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows and our national interests demand," Pence said on Friday.

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Nov 15 09:31

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer'

Japan's new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer.

Nov 12 14:09

Aung San Suu Kyi: Amnesty strips Myanmar leader of top prize

Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

The politician and Nobel peace prize winner received the honour in 2009, when she was living under house arrest.

The rights group said it was profoundly dismayed at her failure to speak out for the Rohingya minority, some 700,000 of whom have fled a military crackdown.

This is the latest honour in a string of awards Ms Suu Kyi, 73, has lost.

"We are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote in a letter to the Myanmar leader

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ABOUT BLOODY WELL TIME, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL!!

Nov 08 09:29

Will the ‘Taiwan question’ give rise to a World War III scenario?

The United States and China are set to go head-to-head over disputes in relation to Taiwan and the South China Sea, with deadly consequences on the immediate horizon.

You wouldn’t know it with all the media hype over the US mid-term elections, but the US and China are on a deadly collision path in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. In the last two months, the US military has flown B-52 bombers and carried out its so-called “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea. There have also been instances of US warships sailing through the Taiwan Strait in support of Taiwan, an island which China considers to be a rogue part of Chinese territory.

On a side note, it is amazing to say the least that the US believes it should have the “freedom to navigate” in the South China Sea, yet seems to get up in arms when Iranian ships expect the same kind of freedom in the Persian Gulf.

Nov 07 10:34

Japan’s nuclear regulator approves extension for reactor damaged in 2011 tsunami

Japan’s nuclear regulator has approved an operations extension for a 40-year-old reactor near Tokyo that was damaged in the same earthquake and tsunami that sparked the Fukushima disaster nearly eight years ago. Tokai Daini also has the same basic design as those that melted down in the Fukushima crisis and will be the first boiling water reactor to be approved for a lifetime extension of 20 years in a controversial move, Reuters reports.

Nov 06 13:02

The U.S. Ignores Its Vietnamese Victims to This Day

Nguyen Van Tu grasps my hands in thanks as we end the interview. His story is part of a hidden, if not forbidden, history that few in the U.S. know. It’s a story that was written in blood in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1960s and 1970s and now is being rewritten in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a story to which new episodes are added each day that U.S. forces roll armored vehicles down other people’s streets, kick down other people’s doors, carry out attacks in other people’s neighborhoods and occupy other people’s countries.

It took nearly 40 years for word of Nguyen Van Tu’s hardships at the hands of the United States to filter back to America. Perhaps a few more Americans will feel remorse as a result. But who will come forward to take responsibility for all this suffering? And who will give Pham Van Chap a new leg?

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Being one of the world's most war-centric despots on the planet means, never having to say you're sorry; until the loss or losses are so horrific, that the wars ultimately grind to a stop, because the people of the US will not allow it, as they did during the peaceful, massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

So far, that hasn't happened for the US; but coming wars I see, potentially against Russia; China; and Iran, may well be the turning point for the US, creating either total devastation, or a complete economic collapse for this country. Either way, it may not not end well.

Nov 04 17:47

Keen Sword: US and Japan stage largest wargames in Pacific amid tensions with China (VIDEO)

Washington and Tokyo have amassed a record number of sailors, marines and airmen for the biggest joint naval drill that the two allied nations have ever held close to Chinese shores as tensions keep rising in the region.

Around 47,000 troops from the Japan Self-Defense Force have been joined by more than 10,000 US servicemen for the Keen Sword 19 military exercise – the biggest drill of its kind since the biennial joint maneuvers were launched in 1986. The US forces participating in the drill include the bulk of the Seventh Fleet, as well as the Submarine Group 7 – both of which are based in Japan's Yokosuka. Tokyo has deployed roughly a fifth of its military. Two Canadian warships are also taking part in the exercise.

Nov 01 10:27

SAUDI EXECUTES INDONESIA MAID WHO KILLED ‘ABUSIVE’ EMPLOYER IN SELF-DEFENCE

Saudi Arabia has come under fire once again after it executed an Indonesian female migrant worker without notifying her family or the Indonesian government.

Seven years after being sentenced to death for killing her employer in an act she claimed was self-defence from sexual abuse, Tuti Tursilawati was executed on Monday in the city of Taif.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo criticised the decision today, saying the government has officially protested to Riyadh and demanded better protection for Indonesian workers in the country.

Tursilawati was executed just a week after Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, met with his Indonesian counterpart and President Widodo in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers’ rights.

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She should never have gone to Saudi Arabia for work in the first place.

Women are completely disposable here; and particularly Asian women hoping to find work, where none really exists for them at all back home, are considered the most disposable.

Saudi men are of the opinion that women in their country can be dealt with in any way they chose, including abusing them, secure that the government will do absolutely nothing to them if they indulge in these kinds of practices, because these are "behavioural norms" for men who come from families with money.

This Saudi attitude toward women, coupled with this execution, should be a cautionary tale writ large, for Asian women hoping to get a better job in Saudi Arabia, where the risks definitely outweigh the benefits.

I would never, this lifetime, willingly, go to Riyadh; I would, however, love to see Tehran, because of the incredible history, art, and music, and science I know I would find there. I would love to talk with their young people, and see what dreams they have for their future, and how they see themselves shaping that future.

Oct 25 17:48

Australia to DEPORT foreign murderers and sex offenders in visa clampdown

FOREIGN sex offenders and murderers are among violent criminals who will be booted out of Australia in a new visa crackdown, it is reported.

Convicts guilty of serious offences such as murder, sex offences, manslaughter, kidnap, assault and aggravated burglary would be deported from Down Under.

Carjackers, burglars and cons guilty of serious invasion of family violence orders will also be targeted and risk having their visas cancelled.

Children guilty of serious offences won’t escape the clampdown, which would hit foreign-born criminals convicted of offences punishable by at least two years in jail.

Convicts could be deported even if they were caged for less than two years, or served no time behind bars at all.

Oct 25 08:41

China army to do ‘whatever it takes’ to retain Taiwan – defense minister

China’s defense minister said on Thursday that the military would do “whatever it takes” to stop any attempt to “split” Taiwan from the mainland. Beijing considers the self-ruled, island to be part of its territory awaiting reunification, even though the two sides have been governed separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949. “It is extremely dangerous to repeatedly challenge China’s limits on this issue,” Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe said at the Xiangshan Forum, a regional security dialogue hosted by Beijing. “If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,” AFP quoted the minister as saying.

Oct 25 05:11

China Vows To Defend Taiwan, South China Sea 'At Any Price'

Attempt to separate Taiwan from China and Chinese armed forces will 'take resolute action', warns defence minister.

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory - whether it's the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made the remarks on Thursday at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in the wealthy city-state of Singapore.

"If someone tries to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese armed forces will take action at any price," Wei warned.

Oct 24 19:50

World War 3 threat: Taiwan to hold fire war drills in preparation for Chinese INVASION

TAIWAN armed forces will hold live-fire war drills in the Spratly Islands in preparation for a possible military invasion from China by 2020.

According to the South China Morning Post, the exercise will begin between 8am and 9am, lasting from November 21 to 23, on Taiping Island in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

The move is likely to anger China, as well as Vietnam, which have been claimed ownership of the Spratlys.

Oct 24 09:05

What Asia thinks (but won’t say) about Trump ditching INF Treaty

US president’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty with Russia dents perceptions of American reliability. It also raises the prospect of an arms race in China’s backyard

Asian nations have for the most part stayed silent over a threat by the United States to withdraw from a disarmament treaty with Russia that has kept nuclear proliferation in check for the past three decades.

But analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week about his intention to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – a move he made without forewarning Asian allies – will have dented perceptions of America’s reliability as a defence partner.

Naoko Aoki, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at The Rand Corporation, said the credibility of the US rested on two pillars: its “capability and resolve”.

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Oct 23 10:40

World War 3: Taiwan stokes tensions with China as it prepares to deploy F-16 jets

TAIWAN has taken delivery of the first of a fleet of revamped F-16 Viper jets in a move certain to raise tensions with China after the US sent two warships through a narrow strait which separates the country from mainland China

Oct 21 18:11

Japan finds itself buried in plastic waste after China stops importing world’s trash

Nations across the globe are beginning to suffer from waste build-up, after China stopped importing recyclable garbage this year. Japan has become the latest country reporting severe recycling industry overload.

China’s ban on imports of 24 types of solid waste materials, such as soda bottles, mixed paper, recycled steel and newsprint, has impacted the recycling chain across the globe. Japan, which last year exported about half of its 1.5 million tons of annual plastic waste, is now piled higher and deeper in its own garbage, with many local governments struggling to cope with the problem.

Oct 18 09:05

Asia's Natural Gas Prices Are Rising. Now Higher Oil Prices And Tariffs Could Cause More Pain

tariffs could cause more pain>>>

(*Join me in voting for MORE PAIN! 11/07/18 )

Oct 18 08:34

Freedoms ‘Will Not Be Curbed But Hong Kong Cannot Be Anti-China Base’

Hong Kong’s freedoms will not be curbed, but city cannot be used as anti-China base, top Beijing official
says

A top Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has sought to reassure the city that the central government has no intention of curbing its freedoms, and recent warnings against the city being used as an anti-Communist Party and anti-China base merely reflect a long-standing central government policy.

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) director Zhang Xiaoming told a delegation of senior news executives from the local media on Thursday that both the central and local governments must exercise “zero tolerance” when dealing with calls for the city’s independence, which crossed the “red line” of undermining Chinese sovereignty.

“It is nothing unusual for state leaders to send out kind reminders that Hong Kong should not be used as an anti-China and anti-Communist Party base,” delegation leader Siu Sai-wo quoted Zhang as saying.

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(* What the ....
Russia has no problem with using Ukraine for a anti Russian Base !

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Ain't that Right , boys ?)

Oct 18 07:30

US Bombers Fly Over South China Sea Ahead Of Asean Summit

B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijing’s ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore

Two US B-52 bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, in a move that could inflame tensions ahead of a key regional defence summit in Singapore where the US and Chinese defence ministers are slated to meet.

The two US Air Force bombers departed from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam as part of a “routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea”>>>

(*how much did that cost The Throw Away Empire ?)

Oct 17 10:53

Indonesia may cancel trade deal with Australia if embassy moves to Jerusalem

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi yesterday expressed his country’s concern over Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s remarks that the country may move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Marsudi called on the Australian government to respect the peace process and UN Security Council resolutions issued in this regard.

“Indonesia reiterates that [the political status of] Jerusalem is one of six issues that have to be negotiated and decided as a sustainable solution,” she said.

“Indonesia asks Australia and other countries to continue supporting the Palestine-Israel peace process in accordance with the principles that have been agreed and to not take steps that may threaten the peace process and world stability.”

Oct 17 09:44

Dollar monopoly slips as China & Japan dump US Treasuries

China and Japan – the two main holders of the US Treasury securities – have trimmed their ownership of notes and bonds in August, according to the latest figures from the US Treasury Department, released on Tuesday.

China’s holdings of US sovereign debt dropped to $1.165 trillion in August, from $1.171 trillion in July, marking the third consecutive month of declines as the world’s second-largest economy bolsters its national currency amid trade tensions with the US. China remains the biggest foreign holder of US Treasuries, followed by long-time US ally Japan.

Tokyo cut its holdings of US securities to $1.029 trillion in August, the lowest since October 2011. In July, Japan’s holdings were at $1.035 trillion.

Oct 17 04:43

The Dark Horse Of The Oil Price Rally

Vietnam’s economy is this year set to exceed the government’s growth forecast, which was predicting a healthy rise of 6.7 percent, VOA reported recently, citing a government statement. The reason this will be possible is oil prices. That’s right. Few of us would think of Vietnam when the benefits of oil production are discussed, but there you have it: this tiny producer is raking in the cash and will continue to rake it in even if Brent falls back to US$65.

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(*Bolton or Pompeo; Which US diplomat takes 'the trip' ?)

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 10:48

US "INVESTIGATES" GENOCIDE IN MYANMAR, COMMITS GENOCIDE IN YEMEN

Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.

In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically.

Reuters in their article titled, "U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities," would claim:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to have a great deal of respect for this country,my birthplace, the United States of America.

But when your eyes are open to the horrific atrocities this country has committed, and is still committing against foreign populations, that respect transmogrifies into an horrific awareness, that this country is run by the monied, for the monied, and of the monied.

Elections change nothing; we simply get a glorified Kabuki like performance of people who have been pre-vetted by the monied and the US Deep State, and will only serve their interests, no matter if their interests are in sync with those of We the People, or not.

This is from indexmundi.com, which, for some unfathomable reason, still calls the country Burma:

The Natural Resources of Burma

The article goes on to state:

"Natural resources: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower, arable land

Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future."

And of course, as with every other country the US has invaded/pacified/conquered, which it wants here, is the following: a US-Centric government, well-kept with a lot of hush money for its top leadership, which does not mind the expropriation of its resources, and with those resources not being allowed benefit to the citizens of those countries, and all to be sold only for the US dollar.

The only thing left is to peacefully witness to the reality that in both Myanmar and Yemen, the mind-set of the US government and
Deep State, is that the people of these countries are only "collateral damage", to be disposed of in the most expeditious way possible, because that... is the US government's and Deep State's "Final Solution" for dispersing whatever wealth these countries do have in resources to US-friendly companies.

Oct 12 07:51

Moon Jae-in Urges US To Declare End Of War With North Korea

The South Korean president said Pyongyang has taken steps to achieve peace and the US should take similar measures.

(*We Sent Pompeo , forcryin'outloud !
Maybe we should send Lindsey Graham , for their troubles .)

Oct 11 16:38

Uniqlo’s 1st automated warehouse cuts manpower by 90%

Fast Retailing Co., which operates the Uniqlo apparel retail chain, unveiled to reporters on Tuesday a warehouse in the Ariake district of Tokyo where a robotic system automatically conducts work such as inspections and sorting apparel goods. The system started full-scale operations this month, resulting in a 90 percent reduction in manpower at the location, according to the company.

Oct 07 09:41

It’s No Longer Just a Trade War Between the U.S. and China

The U.S. confrontation with China that has been ramping up over the past year due to heightened trade tensions, military showdowns, and diplomatic ill will escalated to new levels on Thursday ith a double-barreled assault on Beijing’s growing economic and geopolitical heft.
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The administration on Thursday also accused China of deliberately trying to undermine U.S. national security by targeting the nation’s defense industrial base. A Pentagon-led review of the defense industry, ordered by Trump, pegs China as one of the primary culprits in what it called “predatory practices.” These include “state-sponsored dumping, public subsidies, and intellectual property theft,” which the report said “are destroying commercial product lines and markets of domestic [Defense Department] suppliers.”

That report and the vice president’s speech reflected the Trump administration’s growing view of China as a rival to be confronted>>>

Oct 06 09:20

Beijing’s Challenge To US Warship In South China Sea ‘Deliberate And Calculated’

By the normal rules for ensuring navigational safety ‘there’s no way we would see ships getting so close’, analyst says

China was making a clear and deliberate statement that it will not tolerate challenges to its sovereignty when it sent a destroyer to “confront” a US warship in the South China Sea on Sunday, military and diplomatic analysts said.

The incident happened when a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer sailed within 41 metres (135 feet) of the USS Decatur in an operation described by Washington as “unsafe and unprofessional” and by Beijing as a necessary defence of its territory.

Going by the normal rules of the road for ensuring navigational safety, there’s no way we would see ships getting so close like this,” said Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Oct 06 09:12

Australia concerned by China’s ‘aggressive tactics’ in South China Sea

Australia has expressed concerns about China’s “aggressive tactics” in the South China Sea after a Chinese navy destroyer sailed within yards of an American warship on the weekend.

Christopher Pyne, Australia’s defence minister, said the Morrison government would view any use of intimidation in the region as “destabilising and potentially dangerous”.

According to a US official, the USS Decatur guided-missile destroyer was conducting a “freedom of navigation operation” in the South China Sea on Sunday, when it passed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the contested Spratly Islands.

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Oct 06 09:05

America’s Message: Time To Pick Sides In The South China Sea

Chinese leaders may have been US Vice-President Mike Pence’s main target audience this week as he issued Washington’s most blistering broadside on Beijing in recent years, but analysts say there was also a message for regional countries caught up in the proxy battle for supremacy between the two juggernauts in the disputed South China Sea: pick your side.

The address – which immediately drew fire from China for its “unwarranted accusations” – suggests that President Donald Trump’s administration is on the brink of intensifying the ongoing trade war between the countries into a more broad-based cold war-esque confrontation, they say.

In such a scenario, China’s neighbours, from Vietnam to Malaysia and Singapore, may be cajoled into taking sides after years of delicately balancing their relationships with both superpowers.

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Oct 04 06:39

Hindus were killed and dumped in mass graves by Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The jihad in Myanmar is widely misunderstood, due largely to the jihad-aligned media (not just in Myanmar but in Israel, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Russia etc). Anywhere Muslims have immigrated, they are agitating for Islam (which is everywhere they immigrate), and the media’s knee-jerk narrative is their victimization. If the conflict were better understood, al hijrah (Muslim immigration) would severely restricted.

Dr. Bostom writes here: “As we shall see, like their ethnically cleansed coreligionists to the south, in western Myanmar’s Arakan province, the Buddhists of the Indian subcontinent were subjugated to the near extinguishing ravages of jihad, albeit some 800 years prior. British historian of India Vincent Smith has described the devastating impact of the late 12th century jihad razzias [raids] against the Buddhist communities of northern India, centered around Bihar, based on triumphal Muslim sources, exclusively

Oct 04 06:37

Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.

Suu Kyi made the comments in a lecture in Singapore in which she reviewed her two years in power.

"We who are living through the transition in Myanmar view it differently than those who observe it from the outside and who will remain untouched by its outcome," she said, in an apparent response to criticism of how her government has handled the plight of the Rohingya.

Critics accuse Myanmar's army of carrying out ethnic cleaning, or even genocide, against the Muslim minority. Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist.

Suu Kyi's government says it carried out justifiable counterinsurgency operations in response to attacks by militants on security forces.

Oct 03 10:07

A Volcano Just Erupted in Indonesia Just Days after Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

Only days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi – killing at least 1,347 people – survivors now have another powerful force of nature to reckon with.

Oct 03 06:25

Beijing Slams Intrusion Into Islands' Waters

China voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Tuesday to a US warship's intrusion into the waters of China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Tuesday the USS Decatur guided missile destroyer arbitrarily entered waters on Sunday off China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea. He noted that a Chinese Navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with international law and warned the US vessel off.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters>>>

Oct 01 01:19

‘Doomsday chemical -Fentanyl’ seized, ‘US-hating’ scholar arrested

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a group of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal chemical laboratory in Indore, India and they seized 9 kg’s of a fentanyl (deadly synthetic opioid).

Sep 26 21:50

One of the World’s Rarest Tigers Was Just Killed in a Horrible, Preventable Accident

Sumatran tigers are just a few hundred of them left in the wild – and now the population of critically endangered Sumatran tigers in the Indonesian jungle has suffered a blow after a magnificent animal was killed in a senseless accident.

Sep 26 08:01

China denies request for Hong Kong port call by American warship

The refusal follows exchange of trade tariffs and US sanctions on a Chinese defence ministry unit over purchase of Russian weapons

China has rejected a request for a US warship to make a port call in Hong Kong, the US consulate in Hong Kong said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

“The Chinese government did not approve a request for a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp. We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that to continue,” the consulate said.

The amphibious assault ship had been due to stop in Hong Kong next month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed US military officials.

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Sep 19 05:47

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak arrested, to face charges over US$628 million linked to 1MDB
Najib will face ‘several charges’, some of which will relate to the transfer of 2.6 billion ringgit into his account

Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday and will be charged over allegations that US$628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.

Allegations that Najib and his cronies looted huge sums from the investment vehicle were a major factor in the shock defeat of his long-ruling coalition in elections in May, at the hands of a reformist alliance headed by Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir, 93, in his second stint as premier after coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protégé Najib, has reopened investigations into 1MDB that were shut down by the former government, and vowed to bring Najib to justice.

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Sep 19 03:17

Asian Equities Extend Gains as Markets Recover from Trade War Fears

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Beijing announced?on Tuesday retaliatory tariffs that targeted?more than 5,000 U.S. products worth $60 billion. The new tariffs would take effect on Sep 24, China’s Ministry of Finance said in a statement. The country’s commerce ministry also filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S., according to reports.?

The announcement seemed to have little impact on Asian stocks however, as major indices including Shanghai Composite and the Nikkei 225 jumped more than 1.5% in afternoon trade.

Markets also took comfort from the fact that the new U.S. tariffs were set at 10% for now rather than the previous expected 25% tariffs, according to analysts.

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Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

Tags: AFGHANISTAN AFRICA ASIA CHINA IRAN IRAQ KOREA MIDDLE EAST SOUTH AMERICA SYRIA (*VS.) WHITE HOUSE

Sep 17 10:56

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With

This article was first posted on Global Research in September 2017.

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled ‘Agent Orange,’ to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and more effective bombing of enemy bases. The issue was, Agent Orange wasn’t just an herbicide — it was also a deadly weapon, as it contains large amounts of dioxin.

Agent Orange was discovered in the year 1943 by American botanist Arthur Galston. Between the years of 1962 and 1971, the US army “showered” the deadly chemical over Southern Vietnam as part of the military operation “Ranch Hand”, or “Trail Dust.” In total, more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was used. Sadly, Agent Orange did more than contribute to the deforestation of vast areas of land. It also contaminated air, water, and food sources.

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This is truly hard to remember; and it just as horrific as is the US military's current practice of using depleted uranium as a weapon in the 21st century .

Sep 17 07:30

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

Attack submarine joined by helicopter carrier and two destroyers in first confirmed mission of its kind in disputed waterway

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters.

Japan’s participation is the latest challenge to China’s military build-up in Asia’s most strategic waterway.

In a rare announcement on Monday, the Japanese defence ministry confirmed the submarine Kuroshio, as well as the helicopter carrier Kaga and two other destroyers, the Inazuma and Suzutsuki, took part in an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday.

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Sep 13 12:52

Russia's Putin tells Japan's Abe: 'Let's sign peace deal this year

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a conference stage on Wednesday and offered to sign a peace treaty by the end of this year to formally end World War Two hostilities between their countries.

But soon after Putin made the dramatic offer, a Japanese government spokesman in Tokyo said Japan wants the return of islands in the Pacific captured by Russian troops in the last days of the war before it signs a peace treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that some accommodation on the part of both Japan and Russia can ultimately make this peace deal happen, and that a negotiated settlement will resolve the issue of these islands.

Sep 13 12:49

Bangladesh says it won't assimilate Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh has no plans to take in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees permanently, its foreign secretary said on Wednesday, adding that they “belong” to Myanmar from where they fled.

Some 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed from the west of mostly Buddhist Myanmar into Bangladesh from August last year, according to U.N. agencies, when Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces triggered a sweeping military response.

Bangladesh and Myanmar reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but it has not started, with stateless Rohingya still crossing the border.

“We are not thinking of assimilating them in Bangladesh. They belong to Myanmar,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi.

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Shunned, marginalized, tortured, despised, and even killed in their home country of Myanmar, could someone please tell me where are these poor people supposed to go?!?

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

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This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 04:23

Peace with Japan? Tokyo needs no peace. Tokyo needs Russian islands

President Putin suddenly offered Japan to conclude a peace treaty with Russia before the end of the year. The news came as a surprise to both Russia and Japan. If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had accepted the proposal, he would have been demonised and put to shame in Japan. He turned Putin's offer down, and the chilled relations between Russia and Japan may deteriorate even further. Tokyo announced that Japan sticks to the old concept for the peace treaty that can be signed only when Russia and Japan settle the territorial dispute. Therefore, Tokyo's decision about Putin's proposal shows that Japan is not interested in maintaining any type of mutually beneficial partnership with Russia - Tokyo is only interested in the islands. Vitaly Shvydko, the head of the group for Japan studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, shared his opinion with Pravda.Ru about a possibility for Russia and Japan to sign the peace treaty before the end of 2018.

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