ずくなしの冷や水

2018年03月08日

US ‘rudely and insolently cheated Russia’ during Ukraine coup

US ‘rudely and insolently cheated Russia’ during Ukraine coup – Putin
The US used Russia to prevent Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich from using his military against rioters in Kiev, and then ‘cheated’ Moscow by supporting an armed coup, President Vladimir Putin said.

The accusation refers to events that happened in February 2014, when Ukraine was gripped by violent anti-government protests. Yanukovich and three leaders of the opposition forces signed a power-sharing deal, which effectively amounted to a capitulation of the president.

The deal was enforced by three European nations: Germany, France and Poland. The accord lasted only a few days, however, as protestors – led by far-right nationalists – violated its terms and advanced unopposed by demoralized security forces. This forced Yanukovich to flee for his life.

“Here is something not publicly known,” Putin revealed in an interview. “At this very moment, our American partners called us and asked to do everything – and that’s almost a quote – to ensure that Yanukovich didn’t use the army, so that the opposition could clear the squares and governmental buildings on its own terms and go on towards the implementation of the agreement.”

The Russian president said Moscow agreed to this request, only to see the situation escalate the next day into a full-fledged armed coup. “They could have at least called us, do something, say a word! They could have said, ‘It was a case of agents stepping out of line, but we will fix it and turn everything into the bounds of the law,’” he said.

“Not a word! On the contrary, there was full support of those who committed this coup,” Putin recalled. “This is what they did with their own hands. How can they not support the current leadership now? They put themselves into a corner.”

After he was asked whether this was the first time Moscow had been cheated by Washington, Putin said this instance was “the first when the cheating was done so rudely and insolently.” It was the first time that the US had broken a promise this quickly, and would not even bother to explain their actions through proper channels, the president added.

“They should have understood that all this was happening near our borders. There are many people who identify themselves as Russians or consider themselves closely connected with Russia,” Putin said. “[Ukraine] is a country with which we have centuries-old special relations. We had an integrated production, energy and transport system. How can one not consider all those things?”

After the armed coup, the leadership of Ukraine chose to sever as many ties with Russia as it could, even though it hurt their own country. The painful break-up was justified by Kiev’s ambition to become part of NATO and the European Union – two goals that don’t seem much closer, four years after the ousting of Yanukovich. It did, however, cause significant damage to Ukraine’s economy, forcing millions of Ukrainians to seek low-paid jobs in countries like Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

“If they did it a little different, Ukraine would have benefited much more. Our co-operation links would not have been broken. Entire industries in Ukraine would have still existed,” Putin said. “All this destruction was done for what? For a ‘civilizational choice?’ Was that a choice of poverty or an opportunity to work illegally in European countries under the guise of a tourist visa?”

The remarks feature in a 90-minute documentary by journalist Vladimir Solovyov called ‘World Order 2018,’ which is based on interviews with Putin and a number of foreign dignitaries. The film is intended to show how the Russian leadership perceives the country’s place in the world today.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US driven by neo-imperialist ambitions in interfering in other countries' affairs – Lavrov

ラブロフがカウンターパートの発言をこのように批判するのは、まず例がありません。仕事の相手として信頼性に欠け、大変困っているということでしょう。

RT2018/3/8
US driven by neo-imperialist ambitions in interfering in other countries' affairs – Lavrov
Rex Tillerson’s criticism of China’s policy in Africa is not exactly appropriate, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He also slammed the US for interfering in other countries’ affairs, pursuing neo-imperialist ambitions.

Lavrov’s statements came on Thursday after he met with Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare.

“I didn’t know that [US Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson is a specialist in Chinese-American relations,” Lavrov said. He added that “it’s not exactly appropriate” for Tillerson to speak about Africa’s relations with other countries, while a guest, especially in such “a negative way.”

Earlier on Thursday, Tillerson urged African countries to carefully weigh the benefits of Chinese loans at a news conference in the Ethiopian capital during his first diplomatic trip to the continent. “We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa,” he said.

By interfering into internal affairs of other counties, the US seems to pursue “neo-imperialist” ambitions, according to Lavrov. “We don’t share such an approach. I consider it ‘neo-imperialist’. And we will never pursue such policies,” he added.

He added that Russia “has never interfered in other countries’ affairs, despite Washington and other Western countries claiming the contrary on a daily basis.” He stressed, though, that “not a single fact of this has been presented.”

In the meantime, Lavrov denied the US State Department's claims about absence of US-Russia discussions on his possible meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“I didn’t want to make a comment on this topic, but today the US State Department stated that there have been no discussions of our possible meeting with [Tillerson]. I can say that this is untrue,” he said, speaking at a press conference in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシアの新兵器にまず元CIA長官ブレナンが反応 軍は何に失望した?

RT2018/3/8
Pentagon ‘disappointed’ by Putin’s revelation of new Russian nuclear deterrent
Top Pentagon officials have told US lawmakers that they were “disappointed” by Putin’s public announcement of Russia’s unmatched missile capability, lamenting that he will use it to further “intimidate” the US and its allies.

“I think the statements made by Russian president Putin while not surprising were nonetheless disappointing. While we have been aware of the development of Russia’s capabilities and watching with concern some of the development that has occurred in terms of Russia’s doctrine and exercise program, it is nonetheless disappointing to see that the president of the Russian Federation chose to feature these capabilities in a way that he did,” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, John Rood, told the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, in a discussion on US Strategic Forces Posture and the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request.

Commander of the US Strategic Command, General John Hyten, added that “Putin’s statements are not surprising and only reinforce Russia’s commitment to develop weapons designed to intimidate and coerce the US and its allies.”

Last week President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has developed six new strategic nuclear weapons systems, including an intercontinental nuclear-powered cruise missile, an intercontinental underwater drone and a maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicle, that were designed to render all US capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.

Putin emphasized that Russia repeatedly offered compromises but never made a secret of its resolve to maintain a deterrent in the face of NATO expansions and growing US anti-ballistic missile capabilities – ever since the unilateral withdrawal by George W Bush from the Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002.

“Those capabilities have obviously been in development for quite some time. President Putin talked about their maturity. They are clearly not the capabilities that were developed in the last few months or the last year,” Rood admitted.

Rood, however, once again reiterated Washington’s mantra that US missile defense systems never intended to neutralize either the Russian or the Chinese strategic nuclear arsenal. “That has not been our plan in focus and the capabilities developed do not enable us to do that,” he noted.

At the same time, the Pentagon official reassured lawmakers that the US still has enough nuclear and conventional might to counter “revisionist powers” that seek to “reshape the world order and change territorial borders.”

FARSNEWS2018/3/3
Ex-CIA Chief: Trump ‘Unstable, Inept, Inexperienced, Also Unethical’
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former CIA chief John Brennan on Friday predicted "rough waters ahead", particularly on international issues, because US President Donald Trump is "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical."

In an interview with MSNBC's "Deadline: White House", Brennan told host Nicole Wallace that the President was "ill prepared" to take on the duties of commander-in-chief, particularly growing military aggression from Russia and North Korea, The Hill reported.

"It is no secret to anybody that Trump was very ill prepared and unexperienced in terms of dealing with matters that a head of state needs to deal with, head of government, and I think this is now coming to roost," Brennan said.

"[O]ur country needs to have confidence that we’re going to be able to deal with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, who is flexing his muscles once again on the military front, that we can deal with North Korea, that we can deal with these issues. And if we have somebody in the Oval Office who is unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical - we really have rough waters ahead," he added.

The former CIA chief under former President Barack Obama went on to hit Trump for tweeting at actor Alec Baldwin over his "Saturday Night Live" impression of Trump rather than responding to Putin, who announced the previous day the development of missiles he claimed would render defense systems "useless."

"When I hear what Putin was saying just yesterday about the nuclear capabilities he has, the President of the United States is tweeting about Alec Baldwin this morning, I mean, where is your sense of priorities?," Brennan asked, adding that "I think a lot of Americans are looking at what’s happening with a sense of − this is surreal."

The Russian Leader told lawmakers this week that new intercontinental ballistic missiles developed by the country could reach almost any target in the world.

"I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development... you have failed to contain Russia," he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Putin's comments in a statement to CNN.

"President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied. Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade, in direct violation of its treaty obligations," Sandres stated.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:31| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

操縦不能になった中国の衛星が地上に落ちてくる?

RT2018/3/7
Out-of-control Chinese satellite to strike Earth: What are your odds of being hit?
China’s out-of-control Tiangong-1 space station will likely come down to Earth next month. But anyone looking warily at the sky need not worry. The chances of being hit by a piece of space metal are quantum at best.

The Aerospace Corporation made the claim in a report posted to its website. While engineers acknowledge that the chances of debris being a threat to people are slim, there is a worry that the craft’s layered construction, which they liken to an onion, could make it harder for the 8.5-ton vessel to fully disintegrate in the atmosphere. “The probability that a specific person will be struck by Tiangong-1 debris is about 1 million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot,” the report read.

Launched in 2011, the Tiangong-1 is China’s first ever space station and was designed as a pilot mission for the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. Two manned missions were completed to the Tiangong-1 in 2012 and 2013. The spacecraft has been steadily losing altitude since losing contact with Chinese mission control in 2016.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:33| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

次はフランス? それともベルギー?

RT2018/3/7
Nuclear alert? Belgium distributes millions of iodine pills, yet claims ‘no risk’
Belgium has started distributing iodine pills free for all citizens, claiming the measure was not prompted by any “specific risk.”

Pharmacies have begun receiving some of the 4.5 million boxes of iodine pills, which have been available for citizens for free since Tuesday, it was revealed during the presentation of a new plan in case on nuclear emergency.

The distribution of the medicine, which is considered beneficial for radiation-affected citizens, came as an updated emergency plan came into effect.

In 2017, the government launched a website, explaining to its 11 million citizens step-by-step what to do in case of a nuclear accident. The alert states that in emergency situations citizens should always follow recommendations of the authorities, which include seeking shelter, following evacuation orders and taking iodine pills.

One of the dangers of a nuclear disaster is the release of radioactive iodine (Iodine-131) which can be accumulated in the thyroid gland and cause thyroid cancer. Taking iodine pills – also known as potassium iodide – before or at the beginning of exposure can prevent thyroid cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It was Iodine-131 that caused around 5,000 deaths from thyroid cancer following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

According to Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon, Brussels is trying to “properly inform” the public, adding that all measures are solely precautionary and the nuclear facilities present no threat. “For now there is no specific risk with our nuclear plants,” Jambon said.

There are two nuclear power plants, operating seven reactors, in Belgium. The first plant is located in the village of Doel, near the northern Dutch-speaking port of Antwerp, and the second is in French-speaking Liege province in the south. Citing its ageing reactors, the country has decided to phase out nuclear power by 2025.

Belgium launched an initial series of emergency measures back in 1991 in case of a nuclear disaster, but only updated them in 2003, Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the national crisis center said. With the latest plans, “citizens must also prepare to help themselves the day something happens”, Ramacker told RTBF in an interview.

The country has recently witnessed dozens of minor incidents linked to nuclear power sites. Thus, in 2017 local media reported that ultrasonic inspections detected a substantial number of new micro cracks in nuclear reactors at both Belgian plants. Back in 2014, the Doel 4 nuclear reactor was temporarily closed due to an oil leak. Authorities later confirmed that it was a case of sabotage.

Following the terrorism attack in Brussels in March 2016, media revealed that suicide bombers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui had been planning attacks on Belgian nuclear power stations, according to Dernier Heure report.

Belgium is not the first European country to issue iodine to its citizens. Back in 2016, the Netherlands government, also concerned about the ageing reactors across its border in Belgium, ordered millions of iodine pills for its own citizens in case of nuclear disaster.

The authorities of the German city of Aachen, some 70km from the Tihange plant, also started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents, fearing leaks at facility.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:22| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

67歳? 7年生き延びて後はオマケと思うなら好きに暮せ

今年になって2か月余が経過、福島第一原発事故からまもなく満7年。自分の心境に変化が生まれている。

一つは、ずっと被曝問題について警告を続けてきたが耳を貸さなかった親しい友の飲み友達が昨年がんで亡くなったこと。そして、同じく被曝問題を鼻で笑っていた長い付き合いの友人も介護施設に入ってそれなりに落ち着いて、おとなしくなっているらしいこと。

個人的にも変化があった。めっきり加齢による体力の衰えを感じるようになったこと、できなければできなくてもよいと思っていた孫ができたこと、しっかりした勤め先もなくうろうろしていた子供もようやく自活に向けて動き始めたこと。

私は、この7年放射能問題を追って毎日があっという間に過ぎていた。ブログに書いている内容が友人、知人に通じないことは早々に悟った。警告しても鼻であしらわれるのであれば会わないほうが良い。後で訃報を受け取るのは辛い。そうはならなくとも、私との接触が相手に迷惑をかけるかもしれない。

そんな思いから友人、知人との接触を避けていたのだが、最近昔からの友人、知人に会う機会が少し増えて、この7年という月日はやはり大きいと痛感するようになっている。友人、知り合いもどこか昔に知っていた人ではなくなっているような感じを受けることが多い。

私の身にも、友人、知人の身にも、7年間の歳月は押しとどめようがない変化をもたらしている。

今会える人たちは、曲がりなりにもこの7年を生き抜いてきた人たちだ。幸い、友人、知人からは、子供や妻が急死したなどという話は聞いていない。原発事故に備えて家族で対応を話し合っていたなどということはあるはずがないので、運が良かったというしかない。

福島第一原発事故当時60歳の定年を迎えた人であれば、今67歳。7年生き延びられたと思えば、喜ぶべきことなのだと思う。家族に対しても社会に対しても、務めは果たしたと自認している人も多いだろう。

もう、新しい情報の吸収力も遅くなっているわけだから、被曝に警戒したり、今の政治に怒ったりすることもなく、自分の楽しみを追い求めのは、ごく自然な姿なのだと思う。そんな姿に不満を言っても始まらないのだ。

よんたさんのような正義感の衰えや諦めを知らない年配者は、例外中の例外なのだと思う。 (削除)よんたさんからコメントが寄せられていますので取り消し線を付して残します。

さあて、自分はどっちにするか? 私に与えられたオマケは、やはり社会の肥やしに還元するのが一番価値があるような気がする。ほかにやることもない。

もう新聞や雑誌、放送で生き方の羅針盤を得ることはできない時代になった。私の子、孫に大人の知恵を授けてくれるのは、ぷうさん?、SYさん?、デスラーさん? N K Mさん?

皆さん、出番は順番ですよね。

・・・・・

SYさんから
ひとつ言えることは、生きてさえいれば何かしらのものに遭遇して、自分の生きる世界を見つけられるし、生きていること自体が結果的にそういうことなのだろうということです。
とにかく死んだら終わりです。生きることの贅沢さ、生きていることの奇跡をもっともっと自覚すべき時代なのかと思います。
・・・確かに。

N K Mさんから
今の中高生はチェルノブイリについてほとんど知りません。昔そんなことがあったらしいという程度です。生まれるよりもずっと前の出来事なので、知らないのも無理はないです。
さらにフクシマについてもほとんど知りません。彼らは当時小学生でした。テレビで散々見た記憶はあるようですが、昔そんなことがあったという程度の認識です。時制でいうと過去完了です。とっくに終わった話しだと思っているようです。
しかし、チェルノブイリでは住民は強制避難で今も帰れないこと、一応石棺でカバーしていること、それに対しフクシマでは、住民は帰還させられていること、原発はほぼ露天であること、7年間ずっと現在完了進行形であると知ると、みんなビックリします。
親が無頓着であれば子どももそうなるのは当然ですが、本来なら子どもの方が残りの人生が長いはずなので、7年経っても知ることは大切だと思います。
しかし、「真理省」によって公文書の書き換えが通用する国の言語でニュースを読んでも信用できないので、外国語は読めるくらいの能力が必要です。
・・・多数の海外メディアは読んでいませんが、英語で読むニュースは世界の動きをビビッドに伝えていてとても面白いです。それに何が真相かをきちんと指摘する専門家がいるのも日本と全く違います。精神安定剤になります。

よんたさんから
他の人より正義感が強いとか諦めが悪いとかいうことではないと思ってます。人種差別とヘイトに対抗し、ある意味、自分の尊厳を守るための抵抗を続けてきました。その結果、正義感が強いように人には映ったりするようですが、自分の成り立ちを維持するがための生活マインドであると自覚しています。

逆に言うと、そうしなければ自分を認め受け入れ、人間として前向きに生きるということが難しかった、ということになります。殆どの方がご存じありませんが、日本では人種差別が歴然と存在し、外国人への、特にアジア人へのかなり強いヘイトが存在します。少なくとも私が生まれ育った今生の中でも存在し続けました。

今では自分の中では解決していますから別段とりわけこれを問題にするつもりはありません。でも、ずくなしさんのブログの中のコメントなどでも時折みられるヘイト感情や人種差別感覚に対して、まだまだだなぁ、とこっそりため息をついている自分がいます。私個人も数え切れないほどの大小のヘイト事件を体験しています。今でも充分、朝鮮人大虐殺が起きる素地が存在しています。是認しない人も多いかもしれませんが、これは私の皮膚感覚です。否定されても意味ありません。

沖縄は人種差別とヘイトがありません。これは私にとっても驚くべきことでした。その状況がこれほどに心地よいものなのか、と改めて感じ入った次第です。そして、勝つまで諦めないという心性も支持できます。

何度でも言いますが、私を在日韓国人というくくりで捉えたり、民族主義だの愛国主義だのという感覚で観たりするのは的が外れています。国? 民族? 愛国心? そんながらくたはどぶに捨ててしまえ、が私の信条なのですから。

沖縄以外の日本を沖縄ではヤマトと呼びます。ヤマトは私には全く楽しい場所ではありませんでした。なので沖縄にいます。

ぷうさんから
我が身を振り返ると、結局、311の前と言っていることもやっていることも、変わらないんですよね。311以前の様々な知見、科学的・医学的な研究の成果に照らして、311の被害状況はどうなのか? これからどうなるのか? それを言い続けているだけなのに、なぜか311以前は正しいとされていたことが、無視されたり歪められたりしている。

まあ、科学や医学を信奉しているわけではありませんが、客観性や合理性においては、経済的な都合や政治的な都合によって、その内容が歪められることはあるまい?! と思っていたのが、この日本では見事に裏切られました。医学者や科学者が、率先して嘘を言ったり、数値をごまかしたり、歪曲したりする。いや、それ以前に、被曝被害の調査に回されるべき研究予算が、被曝隠蔽のための洗脳研究に回されるという事態。さすがに、私の予想を超えました。

というわけで、7年を経て、いまだに汚染状況や被曝被害の隠蔽が続き、メルトダウンの直接的な責任者が総理の座に居座り続け、「直ちに影響はない」と言って、現在に至るまでの被曝隠蔽・放射性廃棄物拡散政策のレールを敷いた人物が、野党第一党の党首?! という、まさかの原子力非常事態が継続している。

「日本、凄い!」としか言いようがありませんが、そういう状況のなかで言うべきことも言い尽くした感があって、個人的には、自分の使命に集中すべき段階かな? という感じです。

最後に「羅針盤?」ですが、最終的には知識と経験、合理的思考を踏まえた上での直感が大事になるでしょうね。自分のなかに生じる違和感を無視しないで拾い出して、切迫した状況では迅速に動き、そうではない状況では気長に曖昧なものが明晰なものになるのを待つ。

いずれにしても、未来の情報は一種の予感のような形で、心に浮かんできます。その曖昧で得体の知れないものに、形を与え、仮説検証してその正誤を確かめるために、知識や経験、合理的・科学的思考を用いるべき?! と言いましょうか?

私たちは、現在を生きながら、潜在意識的なところでは、過去も未来も知っている。しかし、現代社会というのは、私たちの潜在意識にも働きかけて、教育やメディアによる洗脳や歪曲を通じて、私たちの中にある過去や未来の情報へのアクセスを遮断してきたと言えるでしょう。

311後の日本では、さらに科学的な思考や合理的な思考さえも妨害されて、まともに考えることのできる人たちを、逆に煙たがるようにさえなっている。

放射能による精神汚染は、凄まじいものがあります。と言っていた端から、「心の除染」ですからね?! このまま、思想警察の世界に突入するのか、それとも正気の世界に踏み止まることができるのか? もう、内からの変化は無理で、気候変動か外圧による外からの変化しか、状況を動かせないだろう?! というのが、私の現時点での直感であり、見立てであります。

SYさんから
3.11の前後で何が変わったかと言えば、今まで隠していたことが、隠しようがなくなった(隠す必要がなくなった?)、状況の可視化が進んできたことだと思います。

それはネットの利用が板に付いてきたせいでもありますが、隠すのが難しい放射能汚染の存在が大きいです。隠しにくいものを必至で隠したり、隠してほしいと願って自分から騙されたり、逆にそれを批判的に見ていたり、今まで曖昧だったものがはっきりと色分けされた気がします。

私は、学校神話を守るために不登校の子どもたちが殺されたり、精神疾患にされたり、国をあげての学会や医療や普通の大人たちの狂気を見てきたので、放射能に関する今の状況を特別なものとは見ていません。原発の問題にしても3.11以前からずっと反対運動があったわけですが、巧妙に隠されていた問題が隠しようのない形で明らかになってきただけです。

流れとしては、起承転結の転を今は通過中なのだと認識しています。(つまり、ただ今変化中!)どういう結末がやって来るのかは正直分かりません。きっと、後から振り返ればそうだよねと思えるような、意外な結末になると思います。

なので、状況を動かせないどころか、もう止められないだろうね、というのが個人的な認識です。言い方は違うかもしれませんが、ぷうさんの見立てとそれほどの違いはないと思っています。ただ丸ごと変化する?だけのことです。

ヘビー級りとますさんから
震災後、被曝症状癌と甲状腺や家族親族バラバラ、主義の別れた友人に去られと、今やありきたりのこてんぱんの道を通っているのですが、まださほど問題なく(自暴自棄でもなく)私の中のパーソナリティーそのものは変わったという部分はあんまりなく…。
それでも強いて言えば、正体が剥き出しになった現実世界に、揉まれこそげ落とされた核である己の部分を(善悪全て!)全面に出して全力で闘わねばならなくなったこと、でしょうか。
罪もない幼い方、お若い方々、年齢と膨大な人生経験を積まれ世の中に貢献された方々までも、自分の大事な何かを護らねばと本気で必死にならねばならない、皆、今現在同じくそういう日常の中にあるのではと思います。
でもこれが現実世界であると、歪みきった正体を晒しきったこの国、この世界の有り様をはっきり見て認識してしまっては…、
恐れいります…私流で失礼を。
「ほう!こいつは上等じゃねえか。よぉーし!敵サンの正体がめちゃめちゃ超はっきりしたぜぇー!!人生最後まで闘う価値のある目標が出来たってもんだぜ!!」
…と、はっきりすっきりいたしました。
人類が絶対避けて通れない、ある性質は集団の形の中で残酷なほどはっきりと現れる、良かれと思って陥るエゴイズム。その結果の悪行。その最悪の形が今ここに至ったと。
これから何百年、いやそれ以上かかる、もしかしたら負けて滅ぶかもな大きな難問と真っ正面から腹をくくって付き合っていかねばならないって事は嫌でもわかりました。
もう間違えてはいけないのだと。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:55| Comment(15) | 福島原発事故

‘US aid ends up with extremists’

RT2018/3/7
‘US aid ends up with extremists’: Analysts alarmed over Pentagon’s 60,000-strong Syrian rebel force
Analysts have warned that US-supported groups in Syria often defect to extremists with their weapons. That's after it was revealed the Pentagon plans to spend around $300 million to train and equip a 60,000-strong army in Syria.

Commenting on the Pentagon’s plans to build, train and equip a massive ‘Vetted Syrian Opposition’ to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria, a number of US-based experts told RT the move has nothing to do with combatting terrorism. Instead, US weapons and aid could easily land in the hands of Islamist extremists, as has often been seen in the past.

“In the past, some of the groups who were the recipient of US aid ended up either taking over or [being] defeated by some of the radical forces on the ground in Syria. Or some of them ended up joining the extremists and taking some of the weapons with them,” Edmund Ghareeb, a scholar at the American University in Washington, DC, told RT.

Another expert said an armed formation will help Washington tighten its grip over rebel-controlled parts of Syria, while stressing that the US’ “hostile military presence in Syria” has no legal basis. “They want to create… conditions in Syria where the country is still divided. The record of the US and the CIA’s operations in Syria is that the people they have supported all along have been extremists,” said Nicolas J.S. Davies, the author of ‘Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.’

He argued that the State Department and Pentagon “clearly want to push ahead with a plan to basically keep forces under their control in command of all Syrian territory east of the Euphrates river.”

While the US justifies its presence in Syria with claims it is fighting terrorists, the only area IS “has survived is the area that is under American and its allies' control,” Daoud Khairallah, a professor of international law at Georgetown University, believes.“One would wonder whether they are getting assistance from Americans for their survivability, ” Khairallah told RT.

Pentagon pays monthly allowance to rebels, seeks to establish large force in Syria

Following the virtual defeat of IS terrorists in Syria, the US appears to be trying to restructure its military presence in the war-torn country. In February, a fiscal year 2019 budget document mulled creating a new army out of elements of the so-called Vetted Syrian Opposition (VSO). The forces are “projected to total approximately 60,000 to 65,000” by October 2018, according to a report titled 'Justification for FY 2019 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)'.

The document explains that some 30,000 fighters will conduct “ongoing combat missions” against remaining pockets of IS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), while another 35,000-strong contingent will form Internal Security Forces in liberated areas.

Creating the massive new military structure of rather questionable legality, roughly equivalent to the size of the Canadian armed forces, is an expensive endeavor. Besides seeking $250 million for border security requirements for areas outside of Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon is seeking some $300 million from US lawmakers to implement the creation of the new opposition bulwark machine that will be funded through the Syrian Train and Equip Program. Launched under the Obama administration in 2014, the program identified and trained selected Syrian opposition forces to fight IS.

The Pentagon plans to spend the bulk of the new funds on arming the forces. Nearly $50 million is allocated for buying AK-47s, PKM machine guns, as well as RPG-7 anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Mortar launchers and sniper rifles are also on the menu next to hand grenades, different types of vehicles and tons of ammunition.

Washington plans to pay a monthly allowance to its force, in addition to providing the new force with uniforms, hygiene kits and medical equipment. “[The Department of Defense] will transition to a stabilization effort that will focus on support to local Internal Security Forces, who will receive stipends for their efforts to secure liberated territory and prevent the re-emergence of ISIS or its affiliates,” the document reads. “Currently, 10,000 established partner force personnel are being paid stipends. The individual stipend payments range from $200 to $400 per month.”

While Washington maintains that its goal is to defeat IS, Moscow has repeatedly questioned US intentions, especially as the American presence in Syria is viewed as a violation of sovereignty.

The Russian military last month asserted that the true US goal is to capture “economic assets” in Syria, warning that America’s presence constitutes a dangerous threat to the political process and territorial integrity of the country.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Syrian Army Deploys New Russia-Made Radar System

FARSNEWS2018/3/7
Syrian Army Deploys New Russia-Made Radar System
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russia-made small-sized radar system, 1L122-1E, was spotted operating under the Syrian Army’s control in one of the extended battleground of the war-torn country.

Earlier, Moscow declared that it is boosting Syria’s air defense capabilities in order to defend itself against hostile airstrikes, the AMN reported.

Recently, Russia has sent four 5th generation Su-57 stealth fighters to conduct temporary operations across the country.

The newly-deployed 1L122E small-sized radar in 1L122-1E configuration is designed for use as a radar data source for flight radar support at field and temporary airfields and for air defense needs.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:36| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Corbyn Urges May to Condemn Saudi War on Yemen As Bin Salman Visits

FARSNEWS2018/3/7
Corbyn Urges May to Condemn Saudi War on Yemen As Bin Salman Visits
TEHRAN (FNA)- The British opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Prime Minister Theresa May to protest Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen during the visit of the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to London.

Corbyn said that May should tell bin Salman that Britain would stop providing arms to Riyadh, presstv reported.

Bin Salman’s three-day visit bagan with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday.

His stay in the UK included two audiences with the British Royal family, a briefing with national security officials, and a visit to the Prime Minister’s country residence.

“May should use this visit to announce the UK will no longer supply arms to Saudi Arabia while the devastating Saudi-led bombing of Yemen continues and make clear Britain’s strong opposition to widespread human and civil rights abuses in Saudi Arabia,” Corbyn stressed.

Saudi Arabia and its partners launched a war on Yemen in March 2015 to reinstall its former Riyadh-allied government. The military aggression has so far killed over 13,600 Yemenis.

The war is being led by bin Salman, also Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, with the help of the US and the UK.

May’s government has remained defiant in the face of growing pressure to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia, defending the sales amid evidence of war crimes and civilian deaths in Yemen.

The UK has increased its weapons sales by around 500 percent since the onset of the Saudi invasion, according to a report by The Independent.

The UK has, so far, sold more than six billion pounds of arms to Saudi Arabia.

The weapons sold by Britain, which has also been providing logistical and arms support for the bombardment, include precision-guided bombs.

"Time and time again, UK ministers have turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's atrocious human rights record - barely mentioning the country's crackdown on peaceful opposition figures, or the alarming prevalence of torture, unfair trials and grisly executions,” Amnesty International UK’s Director Kate Allen said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治