Russia agrees to restructure Venezuela's $3bn debt
Russia’s Finance Ministry said on Wednesday that Venezuela's $2.8 billion debt to Moscow will be restructured to meet a previously agreed extension of payment terms.

“We have an agreement on (debt) restructuring with Venezuela,” Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters, adding the process is nearing its final phase. Earlier he said the sides were discussing acceptable solutions with a possible two-stage postponement.

“The first part includes pretty favorable terms with a small sum due for repayment so that it's manageable for our Venezuelan colleagues,” Siluanov said.

Russia is one of the critical lenders to the South American country, the total foreign debt of which exceeds $100 billion. According to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, almost three-quarters of the country’s bondholders are from the US and Canada.

In 2011, Moscow provided Venezuela with a credit line of up to $4 billion to finance the supply of Russian industrial products. Three years later Venezuela asked for restructuring. Last year, Moscow amended the agreement consolidating the debt of $2.84 billion to be repaid in equal tranches over three years, starting from March 2019.

Russia’s Rosneft has also extended $1 billion in additional credit to Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant PDVSA in the form of prepayments for oil supplies, bringing total lending to its Venezuelan counterpart to $6.5 billion. Last month Rosneft said PDVSA had repaid around $750 million of that in oil shipments and $500 million in interest payments. All outstanding obligations are scheduled to be settled by the end of 2019, Rosneft said.
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Japan can shoot N. Korean missiles ‘out of the sky’ if it buys enough arms from US – Trump
Donald Trump promised that Japan will be able to shoot North Korea’s missiles “out of the sky” if it purchases enough arms from Washington. The Japanese prime minister is considering buying fighter jets, missiles, and warships from the US.

Speaking at a joint press conference on Monday, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that Pyongyang is high on their meeting’s agenda. The American leader yet again blasted Pyongyang for the continued development of its “unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles” over Japanese territory.

“We will not stand for that,” he said, reiterating once again that “the era of strategic patience is over.” Abe echoed the message, but stopped short of threatening North Korea, saying that it is “time for dialogue,” while also promising more sanctions on the reclusive state.

Trump on his part also did not hesitate to advertise US weapons to Japan.“He [Abe] will shoot them [North Korean missiles] out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” the president said. “The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”

Japan is already buying defense equipment from Washington, but there are further plans to modernize the Japanese military in light of heightened tensions with North Korea. “The situation in Asia-Pacific is getting very tough, and we have to qualitatively and quantitatively enhance our capabilities,” Abe said.

He mentioned the purchase of F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets, SM-3 Block III anti-aircraft missiles, and Aegis-capable warships. “The quality and quantity must be enhanced by buying more from the United States, that’s what I’m thinking of,” Prime Minister Abe stated.

Donald Trump kicked off his first Asian tour by visiting Japan, a close American ally and long-time trading partner, last week. Shortly after arriving, he issued a thinly veiled warning to North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, saying that “no dictator” should underestimate the US.

North Korea marked Trump’s visit to Japan by firing off a verbal attack on the “spiritually unstable” US president. “Nobody can predict when Trump does a reckless act… The only and one way for checking his rash act is to tame him with absolute physical power,” according to a commentary on Sunday in The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party. The state newspaper also warned “Trump’s coteries” not to make “reckless remarks” again.

Many Japanese people also do not seem to be keen on the potential closer military cooperation between Tokyo and Washington. On Sunday, thousands of people protested in the Japanese capital ahead of Trump’s visit.

The US military presence has long been a source of controversy in Japan. The relocation of a US air base in the Okinawa prefecture is a particularly pressing problem. Locals have engaged in a months-long campaign to protest the move, which received the backing of the Okinawa governor, Takeshi Onaga.

In July, the Okinawa prefecture filed yet another lawsuit against the government in Tokyo demanding a halt to the relocation process. Apart from taking legal action, those protesting the move also used more radical ways to express their discontent, including sit-ins outside the neighboring US Marines base and using rocks intended for construction of the base to block construction machinery.

※  シュナムル‏ @chounamoul 氏の2017/11/7のツイート


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Whistle-Blower: Trump Bribed by Saudi Crown Prince
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has personally bribed US President Donald Trump with a sum of $1bln during the latter's visit to Riyadh in May.

Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page that Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration's favor in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who was heir to the throne until he was deposed in June.

He added that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia changed Washington’s stance on the competition between bin Salman and bin Nayef, forcing the US to take the 32-year-old’s side.

Arab media reported late last month that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered triple security checks and body search on visitors as he is deeply afraid of assassination attempts on his life by not just visitors, but even close relatives and aides.

"Bin Salman is living in horror. All those who want to meet him (even the closest ones) should go through three inspection rooms and all their belongings and whatever they carry are taken away from them, even a small pen in the second room," al-Ahd al-Jadid wrote on its twitter page.

Anyone who wants to meet bin Salman is thoroughly checked from top to toe and this is done on everyone even close relatives and family members.

Other Arab media outlets also reported in August that bin Salman has escaped an assassination attempt at one of the royal family palaces in Jeddah.

Arabic language Mer'at al-Jazeera quoted sources close to the royal family as saying that bin Salman was targeted by an assassination attempt in Jeddah by one of the Saudi princes.

Also, a western diplomat in Riyadh said that the Saudi crown prince wasn’t harmed in the failed attempt and the prince who made the move was arrested.

Bin Salman's ambitious acts in recent months and his attempts to dethrone the rivals have created wroth among other Saudi princes.

The Arab media have been reporting recently that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is much likely to step down in favor of his son Mohammed, the new crown prince, within the next few months.

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Leaked German military doc predicts EU collapse & rise of pro-Russian ‘Eastern bloc’ by 2040
The German military has outlined six “worst-case” scenarios for the future of Europe by 2040. The leaked secret document predicts that more states will leave a disordered, chaotic and conflict-prone EU – to join a Russian-led “Eastern bloc.”

A secret Defense Ministry paper leaked to Spiegel magazine has shed light on Berlin’s main concerns about the breakup of the European community, a scenario apparently feared in most Western capitals. Entitled ‘Strategic Perspective 2040’ (Strategische Vorausschau 2040), the 102-page policy paper imagines six scenarios that strategists in Berlin deem plausible.

They range from an East-West conflict in which some EU states side with Russia, to a “multipolar Europe,” where some states adopt a Russian political or economic model in defiance of EU agreements.

One such scenario, titled ‘The EU in Disintegration and Germany in Reactive Position,’ sees a world suffering from “decades of instability.” It also describes the departure of other states from the EU as well as Britain, and an end to the bloc’s expansion, stating: “The EU enlargement has largely been abandoned, [while] more states have left the European community that lost its global competitiveness.”

“An increasingly disordered, sometimes chaotic and conflict-prone world has dramatically changed the security environment of Germany and Europe,” the military strategists write. Another scenario, dubbed ‘West against East,’ envisages the demise of European integration due to the transition by some EU countries to an “Eastern bloc,” an apparent allusion to the group of Moscow-allied states during Soviet times.

A scenario called ‘Multipolar competition’ predicts extremism on the rise in Europe as some EU members appear to move closer to Russia’s “state capitalism model.” All scenarios, drawn by the German military’s Planning Department, are viewed as conceivable by 2040.

Europe’s integrity has been pushed to its limits since 2016, when the UK opted to leave the EU during a nationwide referendum. Britain, one of Europe’s financial hubs, is set to depart the bloc in 2019. The simmering Brexit talks are currently focused on the cost of the departure as well as the status of UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and vice versa. Far-right parties in France, the Netherlands and Austria have in the past called for ‘Frexit,’ ‘Nexit’ and ‘Oexit’ votes respectively.

Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse, has a long tradition of in-depth strategic planning for every eventuality in the continent. It all began with the decorated Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke in the 1850s, and was applied in at least three major conflicts, namely in 1871 during the war against France, as well as during World War I and World War II.
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Russian Commander: Syria May Use Force against Kurds
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Russian commander stationed in Syria raised the possibility that the Syrian army would use the military option to regain the regions controlled by the US-backed Kurds in the Northern parts of the country.

"It is possible that the military options will be the only way facing Damascus to reach regions beyond its control in the North which are under the Kurds' control illegally and with the US support," Alexander Ivanov, the spokesman of Russia's airbase in Hmeimim, was quoted as saying by Soumeriyeh News on Monday.

In a relevant development on Monday, Jamal al Zuubi, a deputy of the Syrian parliament, refuted the report of the Turkish Anadolu news agency that the Syrian government is negotiating with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) the possibility of their self-governance in the Northern part of the country and the possible exit of the Arab population from those territories.

"There are absolutely no grounds for such reports. Kurdish self-governance in Northern Syria is only a mere desire of some terrorist groups, Syria and its neighboring countries have an open and clear position on this issue which has not changed," Jamal al Zuubi told Sputnik.

He also refuted any possibility that these territories could put under the control of these groups by any representative of the Syrian government, adding that the terrorist organizations have occupied Syrian lands with the help of terror and arms.

"The Syrian government won't endure the presence of any illegal armed groups on its land," the parliamentarian assured.

He further pointed out that there are very few lands where Kurds comprise the majority of the population. They peacefully coexist with Arabs and are part of the Syrian people.

Syria: US Sends 120 Trucks with Arms to SDF for Deir Ezzur Operation
TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official said on Monday that the US continues to supply them with arms and has recently delivered 120 trucks loaded with heavy armament and armored vehicles for the Deir Ezzur operation.

"The US has supplied us with Hummer armored vehicles and heavy armament for the Deir Ezzur operation, including missiles, infra-red guidance missiles, machine guns, mine throwers, Kalashnikov assault rifles and other ammunition," the SDF source told Sputnik Turkiye on condition of anonymity.

According to the high-ranking official, the armaments and vehicles have been brought from the territory of Northern Iraq through the Semelka checkpoint into Rojava, the territory where the Syrian Kurds live. From there, the trucks with weaponry left for the territories which have been cleaned from ISIL to the North of Deir Ezzur.

The total number of trucks amounted to 120; the source, however said that they need more.

"We are advancing, our forces need to operate in the areas of combat and we do need armored vehicles. We have lost many fighters who were killed in mortar shelling by ISIL terrorists because they did not have armor protection," he explained.

He further elaborated that ISIL terrorists use sniper rifles and mine throwers. If SDF fighters had enough of armored vehicles and heavy weaponry, there would have been a lot less victims. However the US officers are there on the ground and have a chance to assess the situation themselves. They promised to meet the demands of SDF in additional armaments, he concluded.

Rudaw.net 2017/11/8
Assad: War continues until all Syrian lands under control
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The war being waged by Syria’s army is not only against terrorism but also against efforts to divide and weaken states, Syria’s president told a visiting senior Iranian official.

Bashar al-Assad said victories against terrorism will not end in Deir ez-Zor, where the Syrian army and international allies are currently battling ISIS, according to a statement on Tuesday from his office where he hosted Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

The two stressed their commitment to regional stability and security in the face of Western attempts to divide and weaken states in another hint at a possible offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are waging a parallel battle against ISIS in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.

Assad’s government considers all groups fighting against them as terrorists. The country is in the seventh year of a civil war.

Last week, Velayati said that regime forces and Iranian-backed militias would soon march on Raqqa, recently liberated from ISIS by the SDF.

The SDF are dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the military force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has established a semi-autonomous region in northern Syria, which Damascus deems “illegal.”

Assad told Velayati that the war will continue until they have recovered and secured “all Syrian lands.”

In their meeting, Velayati offered his congratulations to the Syrian leader, saying that years of resistance against terrorists “has been fruitful in terms of restoring security and political stability to Syria,” according to Iran’s Tasnim news.

Iran is a key ally of Assad’s regime. The influential Iranian advisor said that the fates of the alliance of countries opposed to American and Israeli influence, dubbed the Resistance Front by Iran, are now tied together and their enemies are at their weakest.

Velayati also met with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis while in Damascus. They discussed boosting economic and trade cooperation, according to Syria’s state-run media SANA.

Moscow, another key Damascus ally, is stressing the need for a political process to resolve the Syrian conflict.

“The fight against terror in Syria is coming to an end,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, explaining that “the political process is becoming ever more important.”

Russia has led diplomatic discussions over Syria through the Astana process with Iran and Turkey, and has also coordinated with the United States and the United Nations. Lavrov denied reports that a planned peace congress in Sochi on November 18 had been postponed, stating that no date had yet been set and discussions over the agenda were still ongoing.

Turkey had claimed that the meeting was postponed at Ankara’s request over objections to the inclusion of a Kurdish delegation.
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これはびっくり サウジの皇太子がイランに政治亡命


※  Soraya Tebbani‏ @2flamesburning1 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
#Breaking Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz arrived in #Iran sought political asylum His father was arrested few hours ago

#Breakingプリンス Turki 箱モハメド ビン ファハド ・ ビン ・ アブドゥルアズィーズは、#Iranに到着したが彼の父が逮捕された数時間前政治亡命を求めた


| Edited by Dev Goswami
New Delhi, November 7, 2017 | UPDATED 19:02 IST

With Saudi princes dead, arrested, King Fahd's grandson flees kingdom to... Iran
Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd is reported to have fled Saudi Arabia and sought asylum in Iran, Riyadh's arch nemesis.

The Saudi royal family - the House of Saud - is throwing up one intrigue after another.

Hours after the reported death of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, his nephew and son of late King Fahd's eldest surviving son, Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd has fled the country. His destination, according to speculation among those who are watching the situation closely, is, wait for it, Iran.

If this is true, this may put new strain on Tehran and Riyadh, already at loggerheads for dominance in the restive Middle East region, where Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting, what analysts term, a proxy war in Yemen.

What makes Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd's reported flight to Iran, where he is said to have sought asylum, interesting, apart from his destination, is that it comes at a time when Saudi aviation authorities are said to have been told not to let any of the oil-rich kingdom's many royals fly out of the country.

Of course,with the outflow of information from Saudi Arabia particularly restricted right now, all reports of developments on the region must be taken with a pinch of salt.

Turki bin Mohamed, is the son of Muhammad bin Fahd Al Saud, the second-oldest son of late Saudi King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and is also the grandnephew of the current King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

This is the same King Salman whose son Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (known informally as MBS) is believed to be have orchestrated what many are seeing as a coup by sideling prominent Saudi royals and taking decisions that could win over the country's liberal quarters.


Turki bin Mohamed's reported escape to Iran, where he has reportedly sought asylum, comes just a day after two Saudi princes reportedly died in mysterious conditions.

Yesterday, there were strong rumours and reports that Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, the youngest son of late King Fahd, died in a gunbattle with Saudi security forces while resisting arrest.

The Arabic website AlIthad News carried a report quoting a Saudi Royal Court notification to say that the Saudi royal family mourned the death of Prince Abdul Aziz but did not mention a reason for his reported death.

Abdul Aziz's death itself came merely hours after Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, the son of former Crown Prince Muqrin al-Saud, died in a helicopter crash. According to an Al Jazeera report, the cause of the crash, which took place near the Yemen border, wasn't immediately known.

The Saudi-run Al Arabiya even posted a video of Mansour Bin Muqrin boarding the ill-fated chopper.


Just the deaths of two princes on their own may not have caused Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd to consider fleeing Saudi Arabia had what happened Saturday night not happened.

Just as the Middle East was coming to terms with the Lebanon prime minister's surprise resignation, the Saudi-run Al Arabiya reported that authorities had placed under arrest 11 princes and dozens of former ministers as part of a supposed anti-corruption drive.

Among those arrested were Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a leading investor and one of the world's richest businessmen, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was the head of the influential National Guard.

The arrests came just after Saudi Arabia constituted a new anti-corruption committee headed by none other than Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Prince Salaman, notably, is also the authority credited for the kingdom's recent decision to (finally) let women drive cars.

Oh and by the way, on the same day, Saudi Arbia also managed to intercept a ballistic missile targeting Riyadh's international airport. The missile was reportedly fired from Yemen and Saudi Arabia laid the blame at its rival Iran's feet.

According to a New York Times report citing a CNN interview, the Saudi foreign minister Adel Jubair said his kingdom sees the missile firing as an "act of war". "Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps," Jubair was quoted as saying.

Remember, this is the same Iran that Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd is reported to have fled to. The Iran whose relations with Saudi Arabia have always been marked with hostility, hostility that Riyadh and Tehran seem ready to resume as the fight against the Islamic State enters its fag end and geopolitical tensions in the volatile Middle East rise again.




※  maytham‏ @maytham956 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
Breaking - A senior Saudi Prince arrived in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.

※  Abhijit Iyer-Mitra‏ @Iyervval 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
So why choose Iran? Iran which is political & religious enemy no 1? Cuz Turki, better than anyone, understands how far the Saudi grip goes

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish 氏の2017/11/6のツイート
#BREAKING - #Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz, youngest son of King Fahd dead after injuries sustained from arrest recently by order of the new king

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish 氏の2017/11/6のツイート
#BREAKING - #Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, Deputy Governor of Asir region dead after Helicopter crash near #Yemeni border

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish氏の2017/11/7のツイート
#BREAKING - #Yemen's de facto president Hadi, propped up by the #Saudi coalition is now under house arrest in Saudi Arabia

※  ali ornek‏ @ornekali 氏の2017/11/5のツイート
Shops were closed during general strike against forced conscription policy of #SDF #YPG in #Syria's #Manbij town.

※ PRESSTV2017/11/7
Lebanon’s Hariri travels to UAE after resigning as PM in Riyadh
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has reportedly left Saudi Arabia, where he announced his surprise resignation last week, for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Hariri left Riyadh for Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, according to a report by Future TV, which is owned by the senior Lebanese politician.
Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya television also confirmed the report, saying that Hariri had met with the Emirati crown prince, without further elaboration.

※ FARSNEWS2017/11/7
Corbyn: UK Queen Should Apologize for Offshore Investments
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Queen Elizabeth should apologize after her name appeared in the so-called Paradise Papers, a collection of leaked documents linking businesses and individuals to offshore investments and tax avoidance.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference, Corbyn said the revelations contained in the leak were “shocking,” and added that “widespread tax avoidance and evasion on an industrial scale must lead to decisive action and real change,” Politico reported.
Asked if he thought the queen should apologize, Corbyn said according to City A.M., “Anyone who is putting money into a tax haven … should do two things, they should apologize and recognize what it does for society.”
“Who loses out? Schools, hospitals, housing,” he added.
According to the leaked documents, some £10 million of the queen’s private money was invested in funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda by the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the queen with an income.
A spokesperson for the Duchy of Lancaster told the BBC that the all of the investments “are fully audited and legitimate.”

※  Al Jazeera News‏認証済みアカウント @AJENews の2017/11/8のツイート
Houthis offer Saudi princes political asylum in Yemen

※  Bassem‏ @BBassem7 氏の2017/11/8のツイート
Former Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin today during the funeral of his son Mansour who was liquidated by current Saudi crown prince in helicopter “crash”

※  Bassem‏ @BBassem7 氏の2017/11/8のツイート
Sacked the father and killed the son.
Perfect textbook Saudi version of #GameofThrones
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今週は体調の変化があるか慎重に見極めてください 西から雨です

2017年10月31日 外国賓客歓迎の日の丸印??























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