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2018年07月18日

Huge Bomb Blast Kills Scores of Terrorists in Northwestern Syria

FARSNEWS2018/7/18
Huge Bomb Blast Kills Scores of Terrorists in Northwestern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) were killed or wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a base of the terrorist group in Northern Idlib on Wednesday.

Scores of Tahrir al-Sham gunmen were killed or wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a base of the terrorist group's military police in the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib.

Local sources reported the blast was so heavy that destroyed the nearby buildings.

In the meantime, at least two Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were killed and several more were wounded after unknown raiders opened fire at their base in the town of Kafr Yahmoul in Northern Idbli.

Tahrir al-Sham arrested ten people in the village of Ma'ar Shourin in Southern Idlib, accusing them of cooperation with the ISIL.

On Tuesday, Abu Abdullah al-Shami, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at, was gunned down by unidentified attackers in Southern Idlib.

Al-Shami, a senior commander of Tahrir al-Sham in Ma'arat al-Nu'aman region in Southern Idlib, was killed after a group of unknown attackers opened fire at him East of the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman.

In the meantime, a number of members of Faylaq al-Rahman, affiliated to the National Liberation Front, were killed and wounded after a bomb laden in their vehicle went off along the road between Qorqania and Hatan in Northwestern Idlib.

Also, Tahrir al-Sham executed eight members of the rival terrorists of the Free Army near the town of Sarmin in Southeastern Idlib.

Tahrir al-Sham further embarked on setting up several checkpoints in Sarmin region and kept forces on alert.

FARSNEWS2018/7/18
Syrian Politician Discloses ISIL-Kurds Cooperation to Loot Assyrian Villages in Hasaka
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian politician unveiled collaboration between the ISIL terrorist group and the US-backed Kurdish forces in destroying and plundering assets and properties of Assyrians in a number of villages of Hasaka province.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Head of the National Formation of Syrian Assyrians Fuad Sada as saying that the Assyrian villages in Tal Tamar region in Hasaka are still occupied by the Kurds who forced the residents of these villages to flee, surrendered the villages to the ISIL and looted the houses and churches of the region.

He added that the ISIL has freed tens of abducted Assyrians after receiving huge sums of money, noting that the freed people have revealed the betrayal done by the Kurdish militias.

Sada said that the ISIL has destroyed all churches with the help of the Kurds, adding that the artefacts in the region have been smuggled to Lebanon, Northern Iraq and Syria.

He also disclosed that the ISIL has entered Tal Jazeera and Tal Shamiran after the Kurds' withdrawal and "abducted 230 civilians in front of the eyes of the Kurds", saying that the ISIL and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed and supervised by the US, have been displacing and killing the Assyrian citizens in Hasaka province during the war in Syria.

Sada said only a sum of 950 out of the 20,000 residents of the villages near Khabour river in Hasaka are now in the region, and asked the Kurds to withdraw from the villages, deliver their control to the Syrian government and allow the Assyrian population to run a normal life.

Relevant reports said in March that the SDF forces had set ISIL militants free from jails in Raqqa city without presenting any explanation and despite the public's strong opposition.

Local sources said that a sum of 12 ISIL militants were released by the SDF from jails in Raqqa city, adding that the Kurds have also intensified security measures against civilians in the city.

The sources further said that fuel prices have significantly increased in Raqqa after the Kurdish militias banned sales of fuel supplies in the city.

They also reported growing popular uprising against US-backed SDF in Raqqa.

FARSNEWS2018/7/18
US-Led Coalition Dispatches Military Column from Hasaka to Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition forwarded a military convoy from Hasaka to Raqqa as tensions rise among different Washington-backed militia groups in Northeastern Syria.
The US sent a convoy, comprising several heavy trucks from the township of Tal Tamar in Northwestern Hasaka to Raqqa city.
In the meantime, local sources in Raqqa reported that a military vehicle of the Kurdish militia was targeted by unknown assailants that fired RPG missile at the vehicle along the road from the city to the 17th Regiment Base in Southern Raqqa, leaving three Kurds dead or wounded.
The sources further pointed to the intensified arrest operation by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of al-Mastour West of the town of Ein Issa in Northern Raqqa, adding that tensions between people and the SDF and also among SDF members have recently gone up in the region.
Local sources said on Monday that five SDF militias were killed after a bomb, planted by the unknown parties on their vehicles, went off near the village of Jadida Kahit East of the township of al-Karama in Eastern Raqqa.
In the meantime, a bomb went off near al-Taj Hotel in Raqqa city, killing and wounding a number of SDF militias, the sources said.
They further said that another SDF fighter was also killed after unidentified assailants opened fire at the militias in al-Nour street in the Central part of Raqqa city.
The SDF launched vast arrest operations in al-Karama after a number of its fighters defected the militant group.

FARSNEWS2018/7/18
Thousands of Syrian Civilians to Leave Fua'a, Kafraya in Northeastern Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of residents of the besieged towns of Fua'a and Kafraya in the Northeastern countryside of Idlib city will be evacuated after a relevant agreement was struck between the militants and the Syrian government.

The agreement was concluded two months after over 40 hostages were released in the settlement of Estabraq in Idlib, SNAN reported.

The new deal also stipulates the release of remaining hostages in Estabraq, according to the agency.

Meanwhile, Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said that the Al-Nusra front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) has increased attacks on the Syrian army and civilians in Idlib over the past 24 hours.

"Despite the ceasefire regime, the intensity of firing by Al-Nusra operating in Idlib province has increased. Heavy fire by terrorists at the government forces and civilians has also been registered in the provinces of Lattakia, Hama and Aleppo," a statement by the Russian center said.

Idlib is one of the de-escalation zones created during the Astana reconciliation talks. While the government forces have by now recovered authority over most of the country, Idlib remains largely under militants' control.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシアから指名手配の英国投資家ビル・ブラウダー スペインで拘束

これはスクリパル事件と関係あり?? とても興味深いです。すぐ釈放されたとの情報があります。

RT2018/5/30
UK investor Bill Browder wanted for fraud in Russia ‘detained’ in Spain
UK businessman Bill Browder has been apparently detained in Spain on a Russian arrest warrant. Browder tweeted the news from the back of a police car, but said he did not know where he was being taken.

“In the back of the Spanish police car going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant. They won’t tell me which station,” Browder tweeted.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud. Browder was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate case from 2013.

Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital, made billions during Russia’s chaotic and devastating ‘shock therapy’ in the 1990s. He renounced his American citizenship in 1998 to avoid having to pay US taxes, and became a British citizen. The UK does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, which was fortunate for Browder. His Russia visa was annulled in 2005 and he has not shown up in the country ever since.

Hermitage has been repeatedly investigated for tax fraud. When Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer hired by Hermitage, was found dead in his Moscow prison cell in 2009, Browder embarked on a global crusade to demonize Russia as a murderous dictatorship.

This resulted in the 2012 passage of the Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to blacklist Russian officials “thought to be responsible” for Magnitsky’s death. In 2016, the law was expanded to have a global scope and blacklist any Russian officials for “corruption” or “human rights violations.” The move has repeatedly triggered protest from Moscow.

Browder’s vendetta against Russia has at times involved rather unseemly tactics: In April, he openly warned newly-appointed Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok that opposing the Magnitsky Act is a “career ruining position.” In response, Russia’s embassy in Canada tweeted: “Convicted criminal, fraudster and financial bandit @Billbrowder just threatened #Dutch @minbuza newly appointed minister by reminding him the fate of @AmbStephaneDion for being 'too soft on Russia'. Just wonder if it's not foreign meddling in internal affairs.”

RT2018/7/18
Russia wants to question Christopher Steele, Michael McFaul, top politicians for aiding Bill Browder
Russia’s prosecutor general will demand interviews with American congressmen, security services staff, and other high-profile individuals as it seeks to involve the US in its investigation into convicted financier Bill Browder.

Moscow accuses Browder of illegally taking $1.5 billion out of Russia and fabricating evidence that led to the passing of the sanctions-imposing Magnitsky Act. As part of the investigation, the prosecutor general wants to speak to ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump dossier, and former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who campaigned on behalf of Browder.

Other persons of interest on what Russia said was an incomplete list included David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and president of think tank Freedom House, and the billionaire Ziff brothers, who are described as "Browder's long-standing partners in crime."

This was announced by Aleksandr Kurennoy, the head of the mass media department of the prosecutor general’s office in Moscow, who said that Russia was ready to share its findings with US law enforcement agencies “on even terms.”

The announcement follows hot on the heels of a proposal made by Vladimir Putin during his press conference with Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, in which he offered to “meet US authorities half-way” and allow the Mueller investigation into Moscow’s election meddling to interview suspects in Russia, “on the condition” that Russian investigators could speak to suspects in the Browder investigation. Russia has previously tried to extradite Browder and gain access to others, but without success, though the businessman was briefly arrested in Spain in May, before being set free.

"Realizing that the Russian prosecutors wouldn't let go off him easily, Browder has tried to cultivate connections with political influencers in in the US, and this can be seen through the Ziff brothers, and their support for the Democratic Party in the last election," said Kurennoy, explaining the intertwining of business and politics that has led to the current investigation.

Browder has responded to Putin's words in the Washington Post, claiming that the Russian leader's offer meant he was “rattled” by Browder’s accusations of corruption against Moscow officials.

US-born Browder made a fortune as an investor in Russia, starting in the 1990s, but was barred from entering the country in 2005, and has since become an arch-critic of the Kremlin. His allegations over the treatment of one of his staff, Sergei Magnitsky, while in custody, led to the sanctioning of select Moscow officials in the 2012 Magnitsky Act, but the legislation has since been expanded and can be applied to any foreign official, who is deemed to have violated human rights.

Browder was convicted in Russia in absentia in 2013 for fraud and tax evasion, and again, at the end of last year.

The 54-year old investor has also been a prominent voice in the Mueller investigation itself, though it does not concern him directly, and he submitted a scathing testimony about Russia to the US Senate a year ago.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イスラエル、イラン、パレスチナがサッカー外交でモスクワへ トランプ会談を控え

sptnik 18:07 11.07.2018(updated 18:08 11.07.2018)
Journo Says Israel Can Pressure US to Lift Russia Sanctions if Iran Leaves Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Moscow Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin, and is expected to again declare that Iran's presence in Syria is unacceptable to Tel Aviv. One Israeli analyst says Israel may try to sell the Iranian withdrawal idea Russia in exchange for Israeli promises to talk Trump about lifting sanctions.

RT2018/7/12
Middle East officials flocking to Moscow – is there a big deal to be made before Putin meets Trump?
Moscow is awash this week with Middle East movers and shakers, apparently eager to have a word with Vladimir Putin ahead of his meeting with Trump. Is there a big ME deal in the making? RT talks to analysts.

Before having a face-off with his US counterpart in Helsinki next week, President Putin is to have several high-profile meetings in Russia. There is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be in Moscow in time to watch the World Cup finals on Sunday and is expected to meet Putin. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, will also be among the spectators, although whether he would talk with Putin is yet to be confirmed.

Amid the flurry of visits there is some speculation in the media that a grand deal between the US and Russia, which would involve a rebalancing of power in the Middle East, may come out from the Helsinki talks and that regional players are making an 11th-hour bid to ensure that their interests would be taken into consideration.

Such a scenario is possible, but highly unlikely, because it would be inconsistent with Russia’s current policies in the Middle East, Grigory Lukyanov, a Middle East analyst and senior lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, told RT.

There are concerns in Damascus and Tehran that the course which Russia had in foreign policy over the past years, may take a shift similarly to how it happened in the past, when in pursuit of some global agreement with the US, Russia would sacrifice its Middle Eastern achievements and interests that it perceived secondary,” he said.

The sentiment is particularly strong in some Iranian political circles, which view Moscow as unreliable and its interests inconsistent with those of Tehran, he said. Such concerns don’t seem to be backed by facts and are inconsistent with Russia’s own interests in the region.

‘US - a beautiful and rich, but air-headed girl’
One should not overestimate how much Donald Trump may realistically offer in Helsinki to have Russia make any major policy change and how tempting this offer would be for Putin, Sergey Balmasov, a senior analyst at the Center for Crisis Society, a Moscow-based think tank, told RT.

“The moods of America are like the moods of a very beautiful and rich, but air-headed girl. Today you flirt with her, and the next day you find relations with that guy Iran spoiled. Such things require great care, and people in the Russian foreign ministry realize it well,” he explained. “And anyway, global issues cannot be solved Gorbachev-style with a stroke of a pen.”

‘Russia offers solutions US failed to’
Russia’s involvement in Syria, which changed the situation dramatically from the hopeless slide towards total disintegration in 2014 to the relative stability of today, is a major point of leverage for Moscow in regional politics, Balmasov said. Tactical considerations like the presence of pro-Iranian troops in southern Syria and Israel’s combative reaction to it, are of course important, but the really important issue for the country would be post-war reconstruction and who would pay for it.

Lukyanov agrees that Moscow would win nothing from siding with either party involved in the Middle East. Russia’s current policy in this region is to play its own game while taking into account the interests of other players. The meetings with Netanyahu and Velayati are most likely just meant to keep Putin up to date with the positions of Israel and Iran respectively, he believes.

At the moment Russia sees a more prominent place for itself in the Middle East, but the role it is ready to play is limited, compared to other global players, he said.

“Russia’s strong point now is the ability and willingness to offer solutions to security problems. The US failed in that regard in Iraq and some other places,” Lukyanov said. “But Russia cannot and is not trying to replace the US as a primary trade partner for Middle Eastern nations. Same is true about replacing China or Europe."

“Solving security issues requires constructive dialogue with stakeholders, and the Syrian experience is viewed by the Russian leadership as more than constructive. Many people in the Middle Eastern nations, Arab or otherwise, share this position,” he added.

FARSNEWS2018/7/16
Spokesman Dismisses Reports on Velayati-Netanyahu Indirect Talks in Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed as farcical some Arab media claims that Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Akbar Velayati and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were in Moscow for some indirect talks.

"I think that it is more like a satire and joke for anyone who is familiar with Iran's policies and such a thing cannot be true at all and I deny it," Qassemi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Velayati himself had also denied any such intention, saying Netanyahu apparently has too much time and wanders around aimlessly.

Elsewhere, Qassemi was asked by reporters about Argentina's request from Russia to arrest and extradite Velayati, a former Iranian Foreign Minister, in alleged connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

"It was an improper and wrong measure based on a baseless allegation," Qassemi said.

He added that such improper attempts are made against certain Iranian officials every now and then mainly as part of smear campaign and propaganda against Iran.

Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

On January 27, 2013, the former Iranian foreign minister and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timmerman signed an agreement to jointly probe into the bombing.

"This initiative has prevented some countries and political currents from interfering in our good relations with the Latin American states," former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehman-Parast said at the time.

He noted that Israel was trying to link the AMIA deadly incident to Iran, but Tehran's agreement with Buenos Aires prevented Tel Aviv from achieving its goal.

"The AMIA bombing is a fully suspicious case and no independent and impartial fact-finding mission had ever been commissioned to deal with it (before)," Mehman-Parast added.

After Iran and Argentina signed the deal over AMIA, the Israeli regime showed an angry reaction. "We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly," Israel's then Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Yigal Palmor said on January 28, 2013.

In a statement on January 30, 2013, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel's demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as "historic," was an "improper action that is strongly rejected".

FARSNEWS2018/7/16
Iran Denies Report on Message to Trump Via Putin
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry rejected media speculations that Tehran has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to convey a message to his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting in Helsinki on Monday.

"This is not true. We do not have a message for Mr. Trump and did not have any such discussion with the Russian government," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Trump will meet Putin in Finland later on Monday, ending a tumultuous European tour in which he criticized his allies. They are also expected to discuss the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after Washington's withdrawal.

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions reinstated on Iran on May 8 included boycott of Iran's crude supplies and bans on transfer of its crude revenues. There is a 180 days interval before these sanctions come into effect. Other US secondary sanctions are reinstated this month.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers. These conditions that were reiterated later by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei later mainly included Iran's guaranteed crude sales and transfer of its revenues back home.

Two months later, the other five powers party to the nuclear deal have failed to satisfy Iran. President Hassan Rouhani voiced his disappointment over a recent package of incentives proposed by the European Union countries to Tehran, and said that the Islamic Republic expected a much better, clearer and explicit stance by the EU.

"Unfortunately, the EU’s package of proposals lacked an operational solution and a specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union," President Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 5.

President Rouhani pointed to US' unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and said, "After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran has been dealing with economic issues and problems in banking relations and oil, and foreign companies that have invested in Iran are skeptical about continuing their business."

The Iranian president, however, said that the package proposed by the three European countries (the UK, Germany, and France) on how they are going to live up to their commitments and cooperation under the JCPOA was “disappointing”.

President Rouhani reiterated that the JCPOA was a mutual commitment, and said, "Iran had expected a clear plan from the three European countries after the two months’ time they have been given to come up with solid guarantees to ensure Iran’s economic interests would continue to be met despite US pullout and reinstatement of sanctions."

The Iranian president, however, said that Tehran would continue cooperation with Europe if the outcome of the July 6 Vienna talks would be promising.

“If the process of the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe,” Rouhani added.

But the Vienna talks on July 6 among foreign ministers from Iran and the five world powers (Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain) failed to satisfy Iran with senior officials in Tehran complaining that the Europeans had offered nothing new to ensure Iran’s continued merits under the deal.

RT2018/7/18
Netanyahu hails Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, thanks leaders for discussing Israel’s security
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hailed Israel’s relations with the US and Russia after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin said that the Jewish state's security concerns were discussed during their summit in Helsinki.

The prime minister’s office released a statement applauding both nations shortly after Putin and Trump concluded their meeting on Monday.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the deep commitment of the United States and President Trump to Israel’s security, as expressed in the meeting between President Trump and President Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger,” the statement said, adding that Netanyahu “also greatly appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russia and President Putin’s clear position on the need to implement the 1974 separation agreements between Israel and Syria.”

The Russian president told reporters during a joint press conference that his US counterpart had raised the issue of Israel’s security during their talks. Trump added that both leaders had consulted with Netanyahu regarding “the safety of Israel” before heading into the summit. However, Trump dodged a question asking about specific agreements between the US and Russia regarding Israel’s security.

Israel has reserved the right to attack alleged Iran-affiliated targets inside Syria, claiming that an Iranian military presence in the Arab Republic poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

While the IDF does not comment on every engagement on its neighbor’s territory, previously acknowledged targets by Israel in Syria included weapons storage facilities, logistics sites and intelligence centers.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:26| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Lost in translation: CNN claims Putin admitted to election-meddling. He did not.

RT2018/7/18
Lost in translation: CNN claims Putin admitted to election-meddling. He did not.
The US mainstream media’s chorus condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has gone so far that CNN claimed Putin had confessed to meddling in US elections.

CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow made the claim on Tuesday while interviewing Marc Lotter, former press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence. Harlow played the clip of the Russian president responding to a question by Reuters reporter Jeff Mason at Monday’s press conference about wanting Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.

“Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?” Mason asked.

“Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal,” was Putin’s response, as provided by the translator.

Harlow took the repetition to mean agreement on both questions, and she insisted on replaying the clip after Lotter said he wasn’t sure, and that Putin might have been answering just the first part.

While the translator most certainly said that, Putin did not. His full answer, accurately translated from Russian, was, “Yes, I wanted him to win, because he talked about the need to normalize US-Russia relations.”

The Russian president notably did not address Mason’s second question at all. US reporters could have nitpicked that non-answer and used their favorite “he did not deny it” argument - just as they had with Putin’s dismissal of claims that Russia had “dirt” on Trump. Harlow, however, went a step further and argued that Putin actually agreed with Mason and admitted he ordered Russian officials to help Trump win.

Yet just a few minutes earlier, Putin had explained that the Russian public began to have sympathies towards candidate Trump because he spoke of the need to restore US-Russia relations.

“Isn’t it natural to have sympathy towards a man who wants to restore relations with your country? That’s normal,” the Russian president said.

Harlow and CNN weren’t the only ones to misinterpret Putin’s answer. There was also Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia - as well as many #Resistance activists, eager for proof of Trump’s “collusion” with Moscow in order to explain the 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Real-time translation is arduous work, demanding an extraordinary command of both languages and their nuances, as well as the personal style of the speaker. Even then, remarks can be translated poorly, or accurately but without the necessary context.

A good case in point is Nikita Khrushchev’s famous phrase, “we will bury you.” The Soviet leader delivered it in November 1956 at the Polish Embassy in Moscow as part of a rant about how the USSR and other socialist countries did not care about getting approval from the West.

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” is how Khrushchev’s interpreter, Viktor Sukhodrev, phrased it in English. He couldn’t have explained, as it was not his place, that Khrushchev was referencing the Communist Manifesto, which spoke about capitalism producing “its own grave-diggers” and the inevitability of Communist victory.

Instead, the words were taken as a threat of nuclear annihilation. Hostility between the US and the USSR spiraled out of control as a result, culminating in the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:31| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

木々と知り合う カシワバアジサイ

2010年の秋、ウォーキングの途中に友人が畑の隅を指差して、カシワバアジサイを教えてくれた。とっくに花が終わった花穂が枯れて残っているし、雑草に埋もれそうだ。



カシワバアジサイは、他のアジサイと同じく挿し木で増やすようだが、上の木が生えていた場所をからして実生だろう。北米原産でも日本で増殖するようになったのだろうか。

次は、民家の塀越しに育ったもの。2010/10/31撮影。



2012/6/24撮影。ようやく美しい花に出会えた。



2018/06/24市川市内で


葉の形が少し違います。アジサイがこんなに大きくなる。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:43| Comment(0) | 木々と知り合う

複数個所に設置した機器が連続的に創出している画像などの記録保管

複数の個所に設置した機器が連続的に創出している画像などの記録保管の概要を示す。

画像記録作業用スティックパソコン 2個(DC5Vで稼働)
データ創出機器 10数個 +スティックパソコン同数
HDMI切替機 1個、HDMIダミー 1個
古いモニター 1個
専用サーバースペース、ネット回線

@ 各地に設置されたデータ創出機器のデータをスティックパソコンがグラフに加工し、リアルタイムでサーバーに送信

A これらのグラフ画像をサイトに一覧表示。これをスティックパソコンで一定時間間隔でキャプチャー、その画像をサーバーないしは内部に保管。

B AのスティックパソコンのブラウザーはFirefoxを利用、プラグインTab RotatorとTab Auto Refreshを組み込んでいる。キャプチャー、FTPはShareXを使用。

C Aのスティックパソコンは、1台のモニターにHDMI切替機を介して2台のスティックパソコンをつなげたが、スティックパソコンによってはモニターを消すと画像をキャプチャーしなくなる。ディスプレイオートオフでそうなることも。

1台はディスプレイオートオフを止め、HDMI切替機につながず、ダミーのHDMIを付けた。もう1台はHDMI切替機を介してモニターにつないであるが、モニターの電源を落としても継続して安定的にキャプチャーできる。これでうまく省エネで行ければよいが。

D Tab RotatorのReload機能は確実に作動しないのでTab Auto Refreshを併用。3つのtabをshareXでキャプチャーしているが、shareXのキャプチャー間隔、Tab Rotatorのローテーション間隔(時間指定は一周する時間らしい)、Tab Auto Refreshの時間の組み合わせで苦しんだ。結局は単純に考えて解決。

E スティックパソコンの1台は長者原定点カメラなど他のサイトの画像を記録している。使用ソフトはBと同じ。こちらは頻繁に画像キャプチャーするのでTab Rotatorのローテーション間隔などは適当でよかった。

このようなシステムを構築できたのは、個人が安価なスティックパソコンを入手できるようになったことが最大の要因。24時間稼働に経済的・精神的な負担感が少ない。

また、いろいろなフリーソフトが開発されていることも大きい。このシステムで有料ソフトは、スティックパソコンにプリインストールされたWindowsだけ。

ドローンはこのような小型パソコンを積んでいるはず。ソフトはLinuxだろう。巡航ミサイルや対戦車誘導ミサイルもこのような小型パソコンをいくつか積んでいるはず。

HDMI切替機は1500円ほどだったが、赤外線リモコンで赤外線受光器に信号を送る仕組み。確実に切り替えが行われる。ドローンに爆薬を積んで赤外線で爆発させるなどというテロが増えるのではないか。最初に使ったとき、少し怖い思いがした。
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