ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月16日

神奈川県7都市の2017年出生死亡比率 1年目にして推計値を大幅に下回る

神奈川県7都市の出生死亡比率実績。2017/12分については、鎌倉が未公表のため前年同期の数値で代用しています。

鎌倉市は、人口動態に関する市の速報発表が他の都市より約1か月遅れることが常態となりつつあります。



1年前、2017/1に次の推計を行っています。

神奈川県7都市計出生死亡比率年間最大、平均、最小の推移。2016年まで。


さて、2017年の最低は2月の0.783、最大は9月の1.02、平均は0.911でした。

中期推計も行っています。2017年の推計値は最低が0.78、平均が1.02、最高が1.10でしたから最低は予測通り、平均と最大が近似直線からの下方乖離が大きくなっています。

線形近似直線による将来推計


6年間の実績を使ってより長期の期間について推計したものが次のグラフです。

推計期間を2031年までの20年間に延長
最大値の傾き-0.0339を-0.03に修正(18年後くらいに最大値が平均を下回るため)



1年目にして大きな下方乖離が出てしまいました。長期の推計は使いものになりません。

冒頭のグラフでも2014年から年間ラインの下落幅が大きくなっています。はっきり言えば下落が加速しています。神奈川県下で出生死亡比率が月によっては0.5を記録することがあるのか、記録することがあるとすればそれが何年後なのかが今後の焦点になります。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:43| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

US Thinking About “Low-Yield” Nuclear Warfare - This Should Outrage the World

FRARSNEWS2018/1/15
US Thinking About “Low-Yield” Nuclear Warfare - This Should Outrage the World
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Pentagon regime intends to create a new 30,000 man occupying force in northern Syria, along the border between Syria and Turkey. The force is expected to predominantly be American, Kurdish, but also include some Arab fighters - read terror proxies.

According to Spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon, the inaugural class of border fighters have already been trained. There is no timeline on getting to 30,000, though in the past the US has struggled mightily to achieve large numbers in such training efforts. Unsurprisingly, since this whole scheme boils down to training and arming a heavily Kurdish force, guarding what is ultimately Kurdish YPG territory, Turkey is furious, saying the entire enterprise is unacceptable. But post-ISIL Syria is also furious, because it doesn’t need to have such a force along its border with Turkey.

Turkish officials have already summoned a US charge d’affaires in Ankara to protest the effort, and are being increasingly public about their opposition to the idea. Recent history suggests Turkey’s opposition to US actions in Syria will have no impact on them, however. Having repeatedly threatened such an offensive in the past, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a Turkish invasion of the Afrin District of northern Syria, held by Kurdish YPG forces, will be launched in the coming days.

In other words, there needs to be a global front against the latest US move at the United Nations instead, where member states can talk directly to the US and force it to change course.

Turkey, a UN member state, considers the YPG to be terrorists on par with ISIL, which has meant US support for the Kurdish group has caused a lot of tensions between the two sides. With US support for a new Kurdish border force, Turkey may believe chasing them out of Afrin needs to be done sooner, rather than later. And in a world that is dominated by the rule of jungle, the US takes any action that it likes to give Turkey the needed excuse to embark on military action in the territories of another sovereign state without its endorsement or, at least, its content.

It gets worse when we hear that new details continue to emerge on the Pentagon draft proposal on changes to American nuclear policy. This policy would see a focus on acquiring new types of nuclear weapons for the region, with an eye toward more usable ones for limited nuclear wars in the Middle East and beyond.

This is something some in the US military brass have been pushing for years, with an eye toward the acquisition of “low-yield” nuclear weapons that the War Party could readily use in situations where they would currently be unthinkable – Syria, Syria-Turkey border, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, North Korea, and suchlike.

This is now said to include not just the acquisition of these new nuclear arms for more limited and frequent nuclear wars, but also revisions of nuclear policy that would dramatically relax restrictions on such strikes. With the US spending preposterously large amounts of money on nuclear arms, some bureaucrats are galled at the fact that they get essentially no use out of them. In making smaller, more easily used nuclear arms, however, the US may ultimately end up normalizing nuclear warfare in the Middle East, something that would have huge implications for Iran, Russia, and Syria.

The US could find many pretexts to normalize its “low-yield” nuclear warfare. For instance, it can fault Iran for not preventing alleged weapons transfers to Syria, Yemen and Iraq, hence taking the world’s focus off the harm done to civilians overall in any given nuclear attack. This could also rapidly disintegrate into a collection of warring statelets throughout the region, making it difficult for the UN to ever end such conflicts, let alone reunite after a US nuclear attack. This heavily faults the latest US decision to build a strong occupying force along the Syrian-Turkish border which we now know what they will be for: illegal airstrikes and even limited but frequent nuclear strikes.

Those expecting the US to leave Syria, however, should take a minute to consider this: the US still hasn’t left Germany and Japan. In fact, there are quite a few places the US hasn’t left, and while certainly most of them don’t pose a threat to American soldiers, they reveal a pattern about the US staying, rather than leaving Syria.

Surely one could say that the US has a military presence in Syria now. They even have bases and troops on the ground but we should include the warplanes in the sky as well. The US military arguably has more presence in Syria than it does in Germany or Japan. To take this idea further, it would also be rational to say the US has a military presence wherever it uses unmanned aerial vehicles to strike targets throughout the region.

All the countries that have some sort of American military presence - from military attachés to the troops involved in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan - essentially results in highlighting pretty much this dangerous situation. Considering a sizable US military presence, existence of illegal bases in Syria, and the fact that the Pentagon regime is thinking about conducting “low-yield” and frequent nuclear strikes in Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even North Korea, we are all advised to fasten our seatbelts, it’s going to be a nuclear ride by a country ruled by a Racist President known as agent orange!
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:19| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017/12人口動態速報 日本の核のメッカで人口減が続いている

常陸太田市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率改善
日立市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
筑西市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率大幅悪化
守谷市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率大幅悪化
浦安市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数同、出生死亡比率大幅改善
大和市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率大幅悪化
柏市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
仙台市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
高萩市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数減、出生死亡比率悪化

仙台市は人口自然減が定着です。放射性廃棄物の焼却が始まればこの傾向はさらに加速します。


いわき市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
我孫子市 前年同月比 出生数同、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
松戸市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率大幅改善
市川市 前年同月比 出生数微増、死亡数減、出生死亡比率改善
厚木市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率改善
川崎市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数微減、出生死亡比率改善
横浜市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化




郡山市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
福島市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数減、出生死亡比率大幅改善
福島県主要3市の合計では出生死亡比率がわずかに悪化

横須賀市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化、人口減続く

神奈川県主要都市7の合計では、鎌倉、小田原が未公表だが、出生死亡比率は前年同月比悪化の見込み

市原市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数減、出生死亡比率大幅改善
千葉市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率わずかに改善
水戸市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数減、出生死亡比率わずかに改善


核の利用は地域の発展につながらない。




流山市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率わずかに改善
船橋市 前年同月比 出生数減、死亡数減、出生死亡比率悪化
鎌ヶ谷市 前年同月比 出生数増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率わずかに改善

小田原市 前年同月比 出生数微増、死亡数増、出生死亡比率悪化
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:28| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

米加がロシア中国抜きで北朝鮮問題サミット 20カ国が参加

RT2018/1/15
US, Canada host world summit on N. Korea… but Russia & China will only be briefed on results
Canada and the US are hosting a meeting on the Korean peninsula deadlock, gathering diplomats from 20 nations. Moscow and Beijing, however, are not invited, and will only be “briefed” on the outcome, Russia’s FM Lavrov said.

The meeting, held January 15-17, seeks to achieve the goal of a “secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean peninsula,” according to its organizers.

“The Vancouver group of foreign ministers from across the globe will meet to demonstrate solidarity in opposition to North Korea’s dangerous and illegal actions,”reads the statement on the event issued by the Canadian government.

There are 18 countries in the “Vancouver group” besides the US and Canada, including Denmark, Greece, Norway, New Zealand and others. The two major players – China and Russia – who are the immediate neighbors of North Korea and are definitely not keen on the prospect of a nuclear conflict on their borders, were not invited to the gathering for some reason. The choice of participating countries, a large part of which are at the periphery of the Korean standoff, has reportedly raised eyebrows even among diplomats of one of the closest US allies – Japan.

Moscow and Beijing officials, however, were “welcomed” to attend the end of the meeting – basically just to check out its results. The proposal was turned down and criticized by both Russia and China.

“We and the Chinese have not been invited, but we’ve been told ‘The meeting will be today in the evening, the main meeting on [January] 16, come alongside with the Chinese on 16 in the evening, we’ll tell you what we’ve agreed upon,’” Lavrov told a press conference on Monday.“It’s obviously unacceptable.”

The result of such a gathering would be rather negligible for untangling the North Korean issue, the Russian diplomat said.

“With all due respect towards those who came up with such an initiative, I don’t expect anything productive. Hopefully, nothing counterproductive will happen. It’ll be a great result already, while it’s hardly believable,” Lavrov said.

A similar attitude towards the Vancouver event has been expressed by Beijing, which warned the US and Canada against perpetuating “Cold War” thinking. The meeting without the major mediators in the North Korean crisis “will only create divisions within the international community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue,” said China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

Russia and China have repeatedly urged all the parties involved in the Korean crisis to abstain from hostile moves and engage in meaningful dialogue instead. Moscow and Beijing put forward a “double freeze” plan, which envisaged Pyongyang suspending its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for the US and its allies halting military exercises in the region. The initiative, however, was rebuffed by Washington.

The Vancouver meeting, conceived last year, has been preceded by the major breakthrough in relations between the two Koreas, who resumed direct talks earlier in January.

Pyongyang and Seoul held their first official talks in more than two years last week, agreeing on the participation of North Korean athletes in the South Korean Olympics.

The officials of the two countries have also discussed the prospects for reunification of families, separated by the decades old conflict. The two Koreas have agreed on establishing contact between the militaries of the two countries in order to prevent any potential military incidents.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:15| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

薪の山 猫が隠れています



※ bo @jackiemopsy氏の2018/1/15のツイートから
Find the cat in this pic:
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:43| Comment(0) | 木々と知り合う

福島第一原発事故から丸7年 小学校新入生は中学2年生に

2018年01月08日 Fukushima から大阪へ母子避難している方の2018年年頭の言葉の記事は、それなりの反響がありましたが、管理人には少し違う気持ちのほうが強かったのです。

ぷうさんからコメントが寄せられましたが、どちらかというと管理人はぷうさんの年頭の言葉に同意する面が多かったのです。

私は「支援対象者」ではなく、原子力災害による国内避難民、「避難者」です。
国策で推進している原子力災害の被災者で、原発避難者・被災者への恒久救済、法的保護を求め続けています。

との主張、活動は正しい。

ただ個人レベルに下りて、将来の生活を見通すとき、別の視点が加わっていいのではないかという気持ちがあります。

もう7年も経ったから「自立しろ」とか言われてますけど、ずっと自力で避難してます。。。
避難(ひなん)です・・・


避難とは、災難を避けて他の場所へ立ち退くことと辞書にあります。災難の危険性がなくなれば元の場所に戻ることの含意が強いです。あくまでも物事の、生活設計の基本は元の場所を基準に考えられているような印象があります。

それはそれで良いのですが、福島第一原発事故被災者に関して言えば「災難の危険性がなくなる」ことは期待できるでしょうか。管理人は今子供を連れて避難している世代の方が存命中にそれを期待することは難しいのではないかと思います。

福島第一原発事故から間もなく丸7年経過、当時の小学校新入生は中学2年生になります。

原発被災者が恒久救済、法的保護を求め続けるのは権利として当然認められるべきです。

ですが生活主体としての生活設計は運動論と切り離して考えるべきではないでしょうか。

日本は、福島第一原発事故が契機となって社会経済の中に潜在していた矛盾や利害対立があぶり出され、表面化しました。それを促進したのは、現政権です。

福島第一原発事故から経過年数が加われば、加わるほどにこれらの矛盾や対立は深く大きくなっていくのではないでしょうか。今の国民の政治行動などを見ると、そのように思えてなりません。

なりふり構わず既得権益を追う、既得権益のあるグループが連携して改革を阻む、政治はウソを並び立てて弱者を踏みつける政策を進める。

日本の社会は劣化しつつあると思うのですが、それを憂い、異を唱える声は大きくなりません。管理人のこれまでの長い人生、良識のある者と付き合っていたとの思い込みは、こっぱみじんに打ち砕かれてしまいました。

「趣味の旅行で人生を楽しんでいます」などと書いてある年賀状は、見るだけで嫌気がします。そんなことを吹聴している時ですか?

チェルノブイリ事故のあったウクライナは、事故から30年経過しましたが、ソ連邦崩壊後政治が落ち着かず、社会経済の混乱が続きました。特にポロシェンコ政権になってから経済の低迷が強くなり、ほとんど経済破綻状態です。

そんな経済社会状況が影響したのでしょう、2014年以降の数年間で8百万人以上の人口が流出したとされています。ロシアへ440万人、ポーランドへ120万人など。ウクライナの人口は、2012年時点で45百万人程度と推定されていました。チェルノブイリ事故3年後の1989年では51百万人程度でしたから23年間で6百万人減少、そして2014年以降で8百万人以上が減少したことになります。

チェルノブイリ事故が人口減の一つの要因であることは確実ですが、それが30年経過してさらに減っているのはまさに社会の劣化によるものです。

このウクライナの人口流出に関する記事に「日本の将来を見るような記事です。」とのコメントがありました。管理人もそう思って記事を引用しました。

福島第一原発事故後、海外に移住した方から冒頭の母子避難者の年頭の言葉に深く共感したとのコメントが寄せられました。共感されるのは分かります。ですが、共感して涙を流すより海外移住というご自分の英断を褒めてやるべきではないかというのが、管理人の考えです。

放射能汚染から逃れて避難移住した人、特に海外に移住した人は何年も前にルビコン川を渡ったのです。現代風に言えばシリアのユーフラテス川を東側に渡ってテロリストと対峙する位置に立ったのです。

もう過去を振り返る暇も惜しい、前進あるのみです。福島第一原発事故がなければ、そのような決断は下せなかった。自分の人生を新天地に賭けたのではありませんか。

国内で避難移住した方の中には、移住先で新しい伴侶を見つけた、自宅を購入したといううれしい便りもいただいています。

日本が原発・核利用の呪縛が解けずに新しい技術システム、例えば再生可能エネルギーによるEV移行などが停滞する間に、海外は絶え間なく新たな試みを続けています。

管理人は、空間線量率測定システムの整備のためいろいろなフリーソフトを探し試しているうちに、日本国内で開発されたものの多くは1世代前のOSにしか使えないものが多くなっていて驚きました。パソコン市場は中国製品に席巻されています。ソフトもハードも日本は先進的な地位を失いつつあることは確実です。

リニア新幹線も経済的な観点からは、過去の発想にとらわれていると言えるでしょう。もんじゅは廃炉の見通しすら立たないのです。

過去の被害の償いを追求するのは当然です。ですが、それとともに過去のこだわり、しがらみを断ち切った新しい生活の創出に気持ちを切り替えることも大事だと強く感じます。

管理人は、最近、自分が孫を抱いているところを写真に撮ってもらってとても驚きました。えっ、いつも怒ってばかりなのに、こんなにうれしそうな顔をしているときもあるのかと。

そして、世の爺さんたちは、自分たちの孫の将来についてどう考えているんだろうと、見当がつかず深く悩んでいるところです。

・・・・・

ぷうさんの2018/1/16の投稿、引用開始

この1ヶ月ほどで、世界あるいは人類の置かれている局面が、大きく変わったと見ています。変な言い方ですが、これまでの旧世界を支配していた勢力の後ろ盾がなくなって、人類に対する支配体制の崩壊が雪崩を打ち始めている。

その過程で、人身売買やペドファイル、福島関連も含めて、人類に対する犯罪行為が明らかにされて、そのことへの怒りと報復の思いが、集合的に高まるかもしれません。責任者を処罰して、被害者に補償すべきだ、という動きもあるでしょう。

もちろん、そういう整理も大事ですが、それ以上に個々人において、まったく新しい世界、まったく新しい自己を創造する機会の扉が、目の前で開かれている?! ということに目を向けて、そこに意識や努力を集中すべきと思います。

ともすれば、過去の真実が明らかにされることに注目してしまいがちですが、それは過去から現在、そして未来の可能性を解放するために必要なだけであって、むしろ、未来において過去に影響されない新しい現実を創造することの方が、大事だと思います。

前に進むために、過去を解きほぐすことが必要なら、ぜひそうするべきですが、必要以上に過去にこだわることはない。未来のために必要なことを、現在において優先すべきではないか? いや、今を充分に生きることが、大事じゃないのか? と思います。

そういう意味で、311とどう向き合うか? というのは、一つの試金石だったように感じます。権威や支配、同調圧力、洗脳とどう向き合い、そこから脱しながら、自分にとっての新しい現実を創造していくのか? そこを乗り越えた人たちにとっては、これからやってくるグローバルな変化を乗り越えることは、たやすくはありませんが、応用問題として対処することができるかもしれません。

私も、いろいろ勉強し、経験してきましたが、そのすべてが覆り、価値を失う事態に直面することも、覚悟しています。そこで、過去の経験や価値観にしがみつかずに、前に進むことができるかどうか? 今年は、それが試されるのではないかな?

とりあえず、新聞やテレビは無意味なので、捨てた方が良さそうです。ネットも玉石混交なので、ほどほどにした方がいいかな? そして、自分の内なる智恵、直感に目を向けて、自分の周りの人間関係において浮上する動きを、巻き込まれずに観察することが、大事になってくるかもしれません。

大局の変化ということを言いましたが、一番大事なポイントは、今までのように良くも悪くも外に頼れるものはなくなって、自らの直観、心の声を羅針盤にせざるを得なくなることだと思います。

これまでの教育は、この内なる声を掻き消して、外なる権威や知識、情報に従うように洗脳することが目的でした。その洗脳を解いて、もう一度、自分の内なる声に耳を傾ける訓練をやり直すのは、例えて言えば、赤ん坊が何度も転びながら歩けるようになるのと同じです。

最初は苦労しても、自分の足で、自分の内なる声に従って、道なき未知を歩くことを選ぶか? 今までのように、自分の外に真理を探して、与えられた道を歩き続けようとするか? 

この二つの道は交わらないので、そこで創造される世界は、どうしても分かれてきてしまうでしょう。どちらが正しいということもなくて、単に意識の発達と、それぞれの自由意志の問題なので、それは仕方がないことだと思います。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:21| Comment(5) | 福島原発事故

‘US-trained Border Security Force is a clear project to partition Syria’

RT2018/1/15
‘US-trained Border Security Force is a clear project to partition Syria’
Instead of an initiative towards more peace, aid, and reconstruction for Syria, the US is moving forward with more war by creating a new fighting force aimed at partitioning Syria, experts told RT.

On Sunday, the Pentagon announced it is training a brand-new force in the north of the Syria, the so-called Border Security Force (BSF).

About half will be members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-led group already supported on the ground by the US.

“There are approximately 230 individuals training in the BSF’s inaugural class, with the goal of a final force size of approximately 30,000,” the Coalition’s public affairs officer, Colonel Thomas F. Veale, told the Defense Post.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to ‘drown’ the US-backed Border Security Force, calling it a “terrorist army.”

RT discussed the issue with Middle East expert and contributor with Al-Monitor news website Ali Rizk, and security and political analyst Omar Nashabe.

RT: What does this move mean to the already fragile peace in Syria and the region?

Ali Rizk: It gives you… a fairly clear picture of what the US agenda for Syria now is: with ISIS being on the verge of defeat, I think it has become clear that you do have a project of partitioning Syria. It seems to me, especially when you use the term “border.” When they say a border force – ‘border’ is a term which is applied to sovereign states – so, what they are trying to do, it seems, is to build a state within a state – a small state within the wider Syrian state. And that, as I earlier said, is a clear project of partitioning. Now, why would they do that? [It may be] a way to continue to have leverage, a way to prevent the Syrian government from establishing control of all of Syria’s territories. And I think another very important point which I always like to emphasize is that America’s main Middle Eastern ally, Israel, does not want a scenario whereby the Syrian government and its allies like Iran and Hezbollah, etc. emerge as complete victors within Syria. And so, what they are doing by trying to create this small statelet inside Syria, that is also a way of trying to work for the interests of their main ally – Israel. I think you have all of these elements in play.

RT: The Turkish president has vowed to destroy the US-backed fighters in Syria. What would be the consequences for US-Turkey relations?

Omar Nashabe: The relationship between Turkey and the US has not been on the right track, has not been really positive since the beginning of the tension, especially in the northern parts of Syria. But what is interesting today with the announcement of the Americans with the creation of this new army, or the… “new border army,” I wonder what kind of “border.” – this is a clear sign that the Americans are going for a partitioning of Syria, as [Russian Foreign Minister] Lavrov said earlier today. I think that this would lead to more escalation. And I noted a correlation here: a correlation between the fact that the Syrian Army and the Russian Army have been making a lot of progress in eradicating terrorism, have been making a lot of progress with moving forward with the peace talks at various conferences here and there, and here come the Americans with creating a new army. One would have expected an initiative towards more peace, more aid, more reconstruction for Syria, a better future for Syria. Well, what we can see is the Americans are moving forward with more war, like creating a new fighting force… a border fighting force. I am trying to really analyze and understand what is meant by this border force. Is it that they are creating a true partition of Syria and creating an area that is separate from the rest of Syria where they can actually have military bases there to actually put pressure on Iran, on Turkey and on the future Syria, and to ensure American interests? I think this is counter to American interests…
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Iran's Top Security Official Warns against Military Action, Occupation of Syria by Foreign States

FARSNEWS2018/1/15
Iran's Top Security Official Warns against Military Action, Occupation of Syria by Foreign States
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned of the dangers posed to the regional states by certain countries' military action or occupation of Syria.

"The future of regions occupied by the terrorists in Syria could only be decided on the scene of powerful confrontation against the Takfiri groups and reliance on people's power and no party may ignore the necessity for battle against the terrorist groups or try to trouble this trend on the pretext of ceasefire," Shamkhani said at a meeting with Syrian Parliament Speaker Hammoudeh Sabbagh in Tehran on Monday.

He underlined that the political path should continue in a bid to strengthen the sovereignty of the legal government in Syria and widen its superiority over all Syrian territories.

"Any political or military action to target a part of the Syrian territories which are under the terrorist groups' control or occupation of the Syrian lands by foreign forces runs counter to people's interests, is considered as a threat to the regional countries and doomed to failure," Shamkhani said.

His remarks came after a military expert said on Sunday that Turkey's protest at the Syrian army operations in Idlib indicates its support for the terrorist groups fighting against the army, specially al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board).

General Yahya Suleiman, an expert in the strategic military fields, referred to the al-Nusra Front's recent offensive against the Syrian army positions in Southeastern Idlib, disclosing that all the weapons used by the terrorists during the attack were Turkey-made which clearly proves Ankara's ties with the militant groups in Idlib.

He referred to the fact that Ankara changes its positions once in a while in line with its interests, and said that Turkey is supporting the terrorist groups again to force the other side to make concessions during the future peace talks on Syria.

Turkey has voiced its discontent about the Syrian government forces' violations of de-escalation zones, according to the sources.

Idlib is located within one of the so-called de-escalation zones set up in Syria last September in an effort to scale back the conflict.

While Turkey has protested at the Syrian army's attacks against the militants in Idlib, Damascus says that its offensives are aimed at al-Nusra which is considered as a terrorist group.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:47| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US missile systems in Japan may have offensive purpose & be controlled by Washington – Moscow

RT2018/1/15
US missile systems in Japan may have offensive purpose & be controlled by Washington – Moscow
The US-made Aegis missile-defense system deployed in Japan could be used for offensive purposes and fall under full control of Washington, the Russian foreign minister warns.

The deployment of the American Aegis Combat System, designed to provide defense against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles, casts a shadow over Russia-Japan relations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his annual Q&A on Monday. Moscow has serious concerns over its purpose and who will be behind the operational control of the missile system in Japan. Despite Tokyo’s assertions, Moscow remains unconvinced.

“We have data that the system that will be deployed in Japan is based on universal launchers, which can use assault weapons,” the foreign minister stated. He added that Washington has never given control over its weapons to the country of deployment and this time will be no exception.

“We have heard that it will be Japan that will allegedly operate this system, and the United States will have nothing to do with it, but we have serious doubts that it is so.”

The statement comes on the heels of a report, which states that the stationing of the Aegis system is allegedly aimed at curbing Russia and is intended as a deterrent against its nuclear missiles, Japanese media say, citing an unnamed official.

Last month, Tokyo decided to boost its ballistic missile defense system and approved the purchase and deployment of two Aegis Ashore batteries – expected to become operational by 2023 – at a cost of around $2 billion.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is eager to engage in dialogue over the stationing of US missile defense systems overseas, to make sure they will not “become a serious destabilizer” of the international climate, according to Lavrov. Despite US claims that the weapons are not directed against Russia, Moscow has “plenty of evidence that all this is not so.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:12| Comment(0) | 国際・政治