Expect US dollar to plunge 40% against euro, forex analyst predicts

Expect US dollar to plunge 40% against euro, forex analyst predicts
The US dollar could severely depreciate against the euro by 2024, says forex analyst Ulf Lindahl, chief executive officer of A.G. Bisset Associates. He says the greenback is entering the cycle of losses.

Since the 1970s, the US currency has been repeating a 15-year cycle of losses and gains, and the greenback has now entered the phase of declines, Lindahl said.

“When investors learn about the 15-year cycle, they are initially skeptical and doubt it exists,” the analyst said, as quoted by Bloomberg. If non-US investors don’t hedge against the dollar, they could face the “riskiest investment climate in 45 years,” Lindahl added.

The analyst predicts that the dollar will fall to $2 per euro and 75 yen per dollar by 2024, corresponding to 41 percent and 33 percent losses, respectively. Lindahl notes that the cycle of losses and gains is a usual pattern for economy, investors don’t see it when it concerns the dollar.

From the economic standpoint, Lindahl cites the following factors for the greenback’s decline: a likely slowdown in US economic growth that will result in a market slowdown, political turmoil, and the dollar’s overvaluation on a purchasing-power-parity basis against almost all major currencies.

The dollar has strengthened this year against the euro, trading at $1.1542 on Wednesday compared to $1.25 at the beginning of the year. The US currency has slightly weakened against the yen in the last 12 months.
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キッシンジャーは戦争犯罪人 NY大学で抗議活動


Protesters Blow Up Henry Kissinger’s Appearance at NYU
TEHRAN (FNA)- Some 100 people protested against the visit of former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger for the talk series 'In Conversation with Lord Mervyn King' at New York University. [VIDEO]

‘Rot in hell!’: Henry Kissinger heckled at New York University speech
New York University students heckled and disrupted an appearance by Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, accusing the former US Secretary of State of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Kissinger, now 95, was wheeled into NYU’s Stern School of Business on Tuesday evening, where he appeared as part of the school’s speaker series ‘In Conversation with Mervyn King.’

Meanwhile, protesters – some of them members of the International Socialist Organization – gathered outside to denounce Kissinger’s checkered history of bloody foreign policy positions, including his support for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, under whom some 80,000 political opponents were jailed and at least 3,000 executed.

Inside, Kissinger was repeatedly interrupted by left-wing protesters, with the first shouting “Henry Kissinger, on behalf of the International Criminal Court, you are a war criminal, you have committed genocide against the people of the world!” before being escorted out by security.

“Henry Kissinger, you have blood on your hands,” another protester piped up. “What about the people of Chile? LIve with the results of what you’ve done.” Like the first interruptor, the second was removed, as the crowd’s boos and jeers became louder. The same thing happened when a third protester spoke up.

“You deserve to answer to war crimes!” another shouted, before telling the venerable statesman “You deserve to go to jail and then rot in hell!” Heckling and chanting continued as Kissinger departed the event later that evening.

Throughout Kissinger’s long diplomatic career, he was lauded for easing US relations with the Soviet Union and China, as well as negotiating the end of the Vietnam War. However, he has also been criticized for orchestrating a US-sponsored coup in Chile, giving the Argentinian junta free rein to commit mass murder and human rights abuses after the 1976 coup, and supporting Pakistan’s genocide against Bangladesh in 1971.

Kissinger also oversaw the escalation of the Vietnam War into Laos and Cambodia, which devolved into a four-year bombing campaign that killed as many as 100,000 civilians. Worse, it cleared the way for Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge to take power in Cambodia’s ensuing power vacuum, and commit genocide of an estimated 1.5 million people.

Several student groups had called on NYU to cancel the invite-only event, writing: “When this man is publicly celebrated as a wise sage of diplomacy, national security, and foreign affairs, his despicable hawkishness is implicitly endorsed.”

The university responded that “The free exchange of diverse ideas and viewpoints is a fundamental value at NYU. As such, an invited speaker should be able to be heard without disruption.”
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アイフォン歴 2か月
タブレットパソコン歴 1か月 これはセルラー通信ができませんので携帯型放射能測定器として使うことにし、家電並みの扱いやすさにセットアップしました。Windows10です。これは貸し出し用に調達したものですが、需要がなければもっぱら自分で使います。









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US soldiers in Poland probed after beating up three locals in front of family members

US soldiers in Poland probed after beating up three locals in front of family members
The US Army confirmed that some of its soldiers stationed in Poland are being investigated for an altercation, in which they reportedly assaulted a local dentist and his two sons in front of other family members.

The incident happened two weeks ago on Friday night in the western Polish town of Skwierzyna, one of several hosting US troops. A dramatic first report by Polish tabloid Super Express said three Americans got into a fight after trying to force their way into an apartment building. The Polish doctor, who lives on the ground floor of the building, came out with his sons to calm down the disturbance.

Apparently the US soldiers were far better brawlers, since the three “dark-skinned two-meter high attackers”, as the Polish newspaper described them, beat up the three locals. The altercation was witnessed from the window by the doctor's wife and the pregnant fiancée of one of the sons, the report said. The soldiers then retreated to their barracks while locals called the police and an ambulance.

US authorities pledged to get to the bottom of the issue and assured that military ties with Poland are important to Washington. “We take any allegation of Soldier misconduct seriously and are fully cooperating with Polish authorities to help determine the facts of this incident and ensure that appropriate action is taken,” Master Sgt. Nathan Hoskins told Stars and Stripes. Hoskins is a spokesman for the US military HQ in Poznan, from which all troops on forward deployment in Poland are overseen.

The US keeps its troops in Poland supposedly to deter Russian aggression. Warsaw is currently courting US President Donald Trump, trying to convince him to establish a permanent military base in Poland, which could be named after the incumbent US president.

If Trump agrees, the deployment would violate the Russia-NATO agreement, which forbids permanent deployment of foreign troops in Eastern Europe. The US and other allies currently circumvent this restriction by keeping “rotating” contingents of thousands of troops in the region as well as staging regular exercises there.
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Pompeo meets Erdogan in Ankara after talks with Saudis on missing journalist

Blackmail?: Saudi Arabia Delivers $100mln to Washington as US Diplomat Lands in Riyadh over Missing Journalist Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- Month after Saudi Arabia promised the Donald Trump administration $100 million for "American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from Daesh", the money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The timing of the money’s arrival raised speculations that whether Washington is trying to cover-up Riyadh's role in the alleged murder of the Saudi writer, as US President Donald Trump has once again risen to the defense of the Saudi government over the mysterious disappearance of Khashoggi, saying that pinning the blame on Riyadh before knowing all the facts is yet another case of "guilty until proven innocent”.

“The timing of this is no coincidence,” an American official involved in Syria policy said, speaking on condition of anonymity, according to The New Yotk Times. The official confirmed that the money arrived on Tuesday.

Trump has shifted his views several times since Khashoggi has been missing in early October, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage.

Last Week, Trump said there would be "severe punishment" for Riyadh if it turns out that the WaPo writer was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But he appeared to reject possible sanctions, saying that he is not willing to throw away billions of dollars in military deals with Riyadh over the suspected murder of Khashoggi. He defended a $110 billion arms deal he announced with Riyadh last year and insisting that the deal was worth 450,000 jobs inside the United States.

Later, the American leader suggested "rogue killers" could be responsible for Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance, an explanation offering Washington ally Riyadh a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

Meanwhile, US media reported that Saudi Arabia eyes "rogue killer" theory, noting that Saudi royal court will soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happens to be a friend of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - carried out journalist's killing.

Trump also cited King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his son's firm denial that Riyadh had anything to do with the situation − despite the fact that Ankara claims to possess evidence proving the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

US intelligence had revealed that the crown prince ordered an operation to detain missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The Washington Post. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Washington Post that Salman and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government employment and protection.

Analyst say Trump’s friendly policy toward Saudi Arabia has caused its leaders to believe they face no consequences for their actions − especially Riyadh war crimes in Yemen. They believe that Trump and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s embrace of the Saudi leadership has led the crown prince to feel he is immune from American pressure and criticism.

As the cover-up attempt by the American leader shows there is a deep and inviolable strategic bond between the United States and the oil-rich kingdom, Analysts stress that it’s the best time for Washington to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its reckless behavior and its violations of human rights, and cutting off its weapons supply. They state that the US should move to sanction Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing if its rhetoric about human rights had any substance.

Meantime, a group of Republican and Democrat senators united to demand an investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, which could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days.

Last year, the US president signed the largest arms deal in history with Saudi Arabia despite warnings that he could be accused of being complicit in the regime's war crimes in Yemen. During Trump's visit to Riyadh in May 2017, Saudi Arabia agreed to buy $US110 billion of weapons and signed "investment" deals worth billions more. The kingdom has one of the highest rates of spending on its military in the world, which stood at 10.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017, according to World Bank data.

Pompeo meets Erdogan in Ankara after talks with Saudis on missing journalist
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday following talks with Saudi Arabia’s King and Crown Prince about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Pompeo would bring information about the case to Ankara, two weeks after Khashoggi vanished when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his planned marriage. Pompeo told reporters that Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance, Reuters reports.

Jamal Khashoggi Case: US Secretary of State Touches Down in Saudi Arabia, to Visit Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reports emerged that Riyadh was poised to acknowledge that the WaPo writer was killed in its consulate in Turkey.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was due to meet the Saudi king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Istanbul consulate, World News reported.

Pompeo will also meet with the crown prince later on Tuesday, AFP news agency reported, quoting an unnamed US official.

Also, the secretary of state will visit Turkey after his meeting with King Salman over the disappearance of the journalist. according to the reports, Pompeo will come to Turkey on Wednesday and expected to meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

CNN and The New York Times, meanwhile, have in separate reports suggested that Riyadh is preparing to announce that Khashoggi was killed after his interrogation at the consulate “went wrong".

According to reports, the crown prince approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself. He then tried to cover up the botched handling of the situation.

US President Donald Trump stated Monday that he believes it is possible that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance of Khashoggi.

Speaking to journalists outside the White House about Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said “it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”.

Offering the rogue killer theory, Trump cited King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s “firm” denial that Riyadh had anything to do with the situation − despite the fact that Ankara claims to possess evidence proving the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

“[King Salman’s] denial to me could not have been stronger,” Trump told reporters.

Earlier, Trump announced that he was sending Pompeo to Riyadh and “other places if necessary” to figure out what has happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi has been missing since October 2, when he visited the Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage. Turkish sources declared that they believe the Saudi writer and critic was killed inside the consulate in what they describe as "premeditated murder". Saudi officials have countered that claim, insisting Khashoggi left the building before vanishing.

Turkish Official: Ankara Has 11 Minute Audio Track of 'Khashoggi Assault'

Arab Daily: Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal on Khashoggi's Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab newspaper said events in the past few days indicate that a deal is in the offing among the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to whitewash accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after his order to murder prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Some signs of a political deal among Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US in Khassogi's assassination case have appeared in the past three days," the Arabic-language al-Ahd wrote on Wednesday.

It questioned the reason for a delay in declaring the results of investigations into Khashoggi's case, and added, "Possibly they want to implement a plot like Lockerby case and say that three people abducted Khashoggi and then put them on trial to exonerate bin Salman."

This is while the Turkish sources and the US media have reported that bin Salman has directly issued the order to murder Khashoggi and Washington is in possession of a recorded voice of the Saudi crown prince in which he gives necessary orders for killing Khashoggi, al-Ahd wrote.

An official said on Tuesday that the Turkish police had found evidence inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul which confirmed that Khashoggi was killed in the building.

The "high level official" spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, but stated that police had found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi had died in the building. The official did not provide any more details about the evidence uncovered by police.

Also, a senior Turkish official told Reuters news agency that the investigators had gathered evidence, including soil sample.

“The Turkish crime scene investigators carried out searches in the consulate and took the things deemed necessary,” the unnamed official stated.

A team of Turkish police investigating journalist's disappearance left the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on Tuesday. The investigators entered the consulate late on Monday. The forensic team spent nine hours looking for clues and DNA samples which could shed light on the mysterious vanishing of Khashoggi who Ankara believes was assassinated at the diplomatic mission.

Speculations that the Saudis might have destroyed crucial evidence at the site were fueled by footage showing two women and a man bringing cleaning gear through the front door of the Istanbul consulate. Coincidence or not, the “cleaners” entered the building on the day when a joint team of Turkish and Saudi experts were to search the mission.

The case has shocked the international community amid reports that the journalist has been murdered in an operation ordered by Riyadh.

US media suggested that Riyadh is preparing to announce that Khashoggi was killed after his interrogation at the consulate “went wrong". According to reports, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself. He then tried to cover up the botched handling of the situation.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia has denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence.

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Radioactive, but… ‘safe’? Japan to dump Fukushima wastewater in Pacific despite objections

Radioactive, but… ‘safe’? Japan to dump Fukushima wastewater in Pacific despite objections
Running out of space to store water contaminated by fuel that escaped during the Fukushima meltdown, the Japanese government is preparing to release it into the Pacific Ocean – despite the presence of radioactive elements.

Currently, 1.09 million tons of contaminated water is stored in 900 tanks near the Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, which suffered a catastrophic release of fuel following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The government claims that radioactive material is being reduced to non-detectable levels through the Advanced Liquid Processing System procedure, but there is evidence that this process does not remove many radioactive elements, including antimony, cobalt, iodine, rhodium, ruthenium, strontium, and tellurium. Tepco, which operates the plant, admits the water contains tritium, but insist the levels are “safe.”

The UK Telegraph has obtained documents from Japanese government sources indicating that authorities are aware ALPS, developed by Hitachi, is not actually eliminating radioactive elements to non-detectable levels. Tepco was forced last month to admit that 80 percent of the water still contains radioactive substances after local residents and fishermen protested plans to dispose of it in the ocean.

Tepco admits that 65,000 tons of ALPS-cleansed water retain more than 100 times the amount of strontium-90 legally permitted. Strontium-90 accumulates in teeth and bones and can cause leukemia and bone cancer.

Tritium, too, is not harmless, despite Tepco’s assurances. According to nuclear specialist Shaun Burnie, beta particles of the element are more harmful than X-rays and gamma rays.

The government initially planned to release the contaminated water in 2016, but was surprised by the strength of local opposition. In March 2016, Tepco executives were charged with contributing to deaths and injuries in relation to the Fukushima meltdown after a judicial panel said they had ignored a 2008 internal report warning the plant could be struck by 15-meter waves in the event of a tsunami.
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一時、絶体絶命のMBSを救うためサウジが身代わりの首謀者を立てるとの推測も出ています。宮廷アドバイザーのSaud al-Qahtaniの名が挙がっています。ですがこの話は進展していません。

















これで王族、特にMBSは守れるかもしれません。ただ、カショギの遺体を示す必要があります。公邸の庭から掘り出す?! 公邸に保管されていたことにする?

どんな話を組み立てるのかはわかりませんが、MBSの真の姿がどうかという点については拭いきれない汚点が残ります。そんな人間が王位に就く!! そんな式典は見るに耐えませんね。


Report: Khashoggi Dragged from Consulate Office, Killed, Dismembered
TEHRAN (FNA)- Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dragged from the consul general's office inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday before he was brutally murdered by two men who cut up his body, sources close to the investigation told Middle East Eye.

Turkish officials stated that they know when and where in the building the veteran Saudi journalist was killed and are considering whether to dig up the consul-general's garden to see whether his remains are buried there, according to MEE.

Khashoggi has been missing since last Tuesday when he entered the consulate to obtain paperwork so he could remarry, and has not been seen since.

Since Saturday, Turkish officials have maintained that he was assassinated inside the building, but have not provided evidence or spoken on the record. Meanwhile, Saudi officials have stressed that the 59-year-old left the consulate soon after he arrived and are concerned about his whereabouts.

“I would like to confirm that... Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him,” the Saudi consul-general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, said on Saturday after the consulate was opened to Reuters journalists, adding that “we are worried about this case”.

But a Turkish source with direct knowledge of the investigation has given MEE a detailed account of what investigators say happened in the consulate last Tuesday.

"We know when Jamal was killed, in which room he was killed and where the body was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic team are allowed in, they know exactly where to go," he stated.

Khashoggi first went to the consulate on 28 September and met with a Saudi diplomat in an attempt to get the papers he needed. The Saudi diplomat passed him on to a member of Saudi intelligence who said the consulate would be unable to provide what he needed that day, but he could return the following week, the source said. Khashoggi left the building on Friday with the telephone number of the intelligence official.

On Tuesday morning, Khashoggi called and asked if he should still come to the consulate and was told that the papers were ready for him, according to the source. His appointment was for 1 pm.

Half an hour before then, during the lunch break held at the consulate, all local staff members left for their usual lunch break which lasts an hour. As they left, they were told to take the afternoon off because a high-level diplomatic meeting was planned for the afternoon in the consulate, the source revealed.

As a time-stamped photo first published by the Washington Post has shown, Khashoggi walked into the consulate less than an hour later at 1.14 pm.

He was greeted by an official, and led into the consul-general's room. Shortly afterwards, two men entered the room and dragged Khashoggi out of the office and into another room where they killed him, the source said, without elaborating how he was killed.

Khashoggi's body was then dragged into a third room and dismembered, he added.

A Saudi source told Reuters that British intelligence believed there had been an attempt to drug Khashoggi inside the consulate that culminated in an overdose.

He said the information came from a British intelligence source. Contacted by Reuters, British intelligence did not comment. Asked about this account, a Saudi official said that “this death is not true”.

There are around 22 cars which are registered to the consulate of which between three and four are of interest to the murder inquiry.

One of them left the consulate building at 3:15 pm and went several hundred metres to the nearby consul general's home, the source stressed.

MEE understands that the prosecutor general is now considering whether to dig up the consul general's garden to see whether Khashoggi's remains are buried there.

A separate Turkish source told MEE that the consul general has not left his house for the past three days and has cancelled all of his appointments.

This source also stated that the Turkish police want to search the residence and also take all the cars which are registered to the consulate to a secure location to examine them, but the Saudis have not allowed this.

A source also told MEE the Saudis took all the hard drives from the security camera room at the consulate with them when they left the building.

The Saudis on Tuesday rescinded an offer they made originally to allow Turkish forensic experts onto the premises. Their offer was withdrawn after Turkish media outlets published a list of 15 Saudis who arrived in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi disappeared.

The source who outlined the account of how Khashoggi was killed said that police investigators were confident they already had enough forensic evidence from searches of the sewage network connected to the building.

A second Turkish source with knowledge of the investigation told MEE that the Turks had video and audio evidence of the killing. However, they have not revealed how they obtained this evidence.

But particular attention is being paid to the Apple watch that Khashoggi was wearing when he entered the building. This is synced electronically to the iPhone that he gave his fiance before entering the building.

MEE has sought comment from the Saudi embassies in the UK and US.

straitstimesOct 7, 2018, 3:24 am SGT
Saudi Arabia opens up consulate after journalist vanishes

Istanbul (CNN)Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death, a Turkish newspaper reported Saturday morning.
Khashoggi turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, according to Sabah newspaper.

The moments of his "interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud," the pro-government, privately owned newspaper paper reported. The Turkish newspaper said conversations of the men involved in the reported assassination were recorded.

Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khashoggi left with his fiancé, according to Sabah.

Upon noticing the watch, Sabah reports, Khashoggi's assailants tried to unlock the Apple Watch with multiple password attempts, ultimately using Khashoggi's fingerprint to unlock the smart watch. They were successful in deleting only some of the files, Sabah reported.

However, on its website, Apple does not list fingerprint verification as one of the Apple Watch's capabilities. A representative from the company confirmed to CNN the watches do not have the feature.

It was not immediately clear whether it would have been technically feasible for Khashoggi's Apple Watch to transfer audio to his phone, which he had given to his fiancée before entering the consulate.

CNN cannot independently verify the Sabah report and is seeking comment from both Saudi and Turkish officials.
CNN intelligence and security analyst Robert Baer cast doubt on the claim, saying it was too far for a Bluetooth connection and that Khashoggi was unlikely to have anticipated transmitting a recording in advance. "I think what's happened, clearly, is the Turks have the Saudi consulate wired, they have transmitters," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"The Turks don't trust any diplomats and they have been into most embassies and most consulates in Turkey and they listen to what's going on -- and if indeed there are tapes proving that he was murdered, I think that's probably how they know. But the Turks are very reluctant to admit that."

Saudi Arabia firmly denies any involvement in his disappearance and says he left the consulate that afternoon. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate, says she did not see him re-emerge. Turkey has called on Saudi officials to provide evidence that he left the consulate, as they claim.


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Khashoggi Murdered by Ex-Spokesman of Saudi-Led Coalition in War on Yemen

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Saudi diplomatic immunity must be waived over Khashoggi case

Saudi diplomatic immunity must be waived over Khashoggi case - UN rights chief
The UN’s high commissioner for human rights has called to drop diplomatic immunity of Saudi officials to allow for a transparent investigation over the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Michelle Bachelet made the plea on Tuesday as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched down in the Saudi capital Riyadh to talk to King Salman about Khashoggi’s disappearance.

“In view of the seriousness of the situation surrounding the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, I believe the inviolability or immunity of the relevant premises and officials bestowed by treaties such as the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations should be waived immediately,” Bachelet said in a statement.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on October 2 in order to collect documents that would allow him to get married. He hasn’t been seen since.

Pompeo’s visit coincides with reports in US media on Monday night that the Saudi government was preparing a report that will admit that Khashoggi died as a result of a botched interrogation.

“Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him from that point onwards,” she added.
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Politician: Russia’s S-700 Missile System Can Cover Entire Planet

Politician: Russia’s S-700 Missile System Can Cover Entire Planet
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret, or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is well-known for his explosive speeches and eyebrow-rising claims, made his latest one during a talk show last week, saying Russia should double down on its decision to supply the S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, RT reported.

“The Americans are afraid that the entire world will see that the Russian S-300 system is the best in the world. And we also have the S-400, S-500, S-600 and S-700! We can cover the entire planet, and not a single warplane will be able to take off!” he added.

The bragging was met with laughter by other guests while the host, Vladimir Solovyev, intervened to joke that Zhirinovsky should be careful not to disclose all of the secrets at once.

“What if you tell us about the terrible S-1500 system that we know nothing about,” he stated.

Unfazed Zhirinovsky assured that the ‘S-700’ would be the last one because “it will shoot down every missile right at the launch site”.

The politician heads the LDPR party, which holds 40 seats in the Russian parliament. He has a long record of eccentric behavior that apparently appeals to the party voter base.

Among his more incendiary statements is a suggestion that if Russian kids learned how to use a Kalashnikov rifle instead of speaking English language, “the entire world will speak Russian”. He also pledged that his “hands will be in blood” if he ever became president and “dictatorship is constipation; democracy is diarrhea; chose whatever you want”.

Despite the sometimes hateful and all too often insulting rhetoric, Zhirinovsky is mostly considered by critics a demagogue with a taste for crude jokes in place of policy ideas. At various times he suggested firing officials who weigh over 80kg, banning birds from migrating to other countries and allowing “seismic refugees” from Japan to settle freely in Russia’s Far East.

The S-300 and the S-400 are two generations of Russian long-range air defense systems meant to protect strategically important sites like key infrastructure objects, military units or ballistic missile launch silos from enemy aircraft and missiles. An S-500 system is currently in development by Almaz-Antey and may have anti-satellite capabilities, according to open source data.

The existence of any systems with higher index numbers is either a closely-guarded state secret that Zhirinovsky casually spilled to make a point or just a figment of his imagination.
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Top Bolton Aide to Leave National Security Council

Top Bolton Aide to Leave National Security Council
TEHRAN (FNA)- A top aide to National Security Adviser John Bolton is leaving the White House after roughly five months on the job, according to a report.

Fred Fleitz will rejoin the Center for Security Policy next month. He worked at the far-right think tank in Washington before Bolton brought him on at the National Security Council (NSC) as chief of staff in late May, The Hill reported.

“Fred Fleitz is a longtime friend and advisor. He’s been a valuable member of the National Security Council team,” Bolton said in a statement to The Hill, adding that “I wish him the best with his next endeavor”.

The development was first reported by CNN.

Critics have charged the Center for Security Policy with using anti-Muslim rhetoric and promoting conspiracy theories. Fleitz served as the think tank’s senior vice president for policy and programs for four years before joining the NSC.

In a statement Monday, the Center for Security Policy said Fleitz would be returning on Novomber 1 as a spokesman for the organization and would eventually succeed its founder, Frank Gaffney, as president and CEO in January.

“I’m thrilled that he agreed to my request to wrap up as swiftly as possible his latest stint of public service in the Trump White House, and succeed me as President of the Center for Security Policy,” Gaffney said in a statement.

“We look forward – as I am sure will President [Donald] Trump and Ambassador Bolton – to Fred’s renewed contributions outside of government in support of their efforts to make America safe again,” Gaffney added.

Fleitz is a former CIA analyst who also worked under Bolton at the State Department during the George W. Bush administration. He joined the NSC in late May, months after Trump tapped Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser in a major White House shake-up.

Fleitz’s appointment attracted criticism from a number of civil rights organizations and others.

“Fleitz’s senior leadership role with the Center for Security Policy, an Islamophobic, conspiracy-promoting organization, should automatically disqualify him from a position that deals with America’s most essential foreign policy and national security interests,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, stated at the time.
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US Army Retreats towards Deir Ezzur Energy-Rich Fields after ISIL Kidnaps American Soldiers

US Army Retreats towards Deir Ezzur Energy-Rich Fields after ISIL Kidnaps American Soldiers
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military forces have retreated towards two energy-rich fields in Eastern Deir Ezzur after a number of American soldiers and the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants were kidnapped by ISIL, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military forces have retreated towards two energy-rich fields in Eastern Deir Ezzur after a number of American soldiers and the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants were kidnapped by ISIL, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting that the US army and other foreign forces, deployed in Eastern Deir Ezzur, have limited their presence in Konico and al-Umer oilfields.

It further said that the move came after ISIL ambushed the US forces and their allies near al-Umer and in an SDF attack in al-Bahrah region and managed to capture four US soldiers and a number of SDF militias.

The Arabic Sputnik further said that ISIL has recaptured the regions they lost to the SDF in Southeastern Deir Ezzur in the last few days.

Meantime, the state-run news agency reported on Monday that the US-led coalition fighter jets targeted the town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzur by internationally prohibited bombs in the last few days under the pretext of campaign on ISIL.

It further said that the fighter jets targeted a number of Hajin's neighborhoods, located 110 km East of Deir Ezzur city, by white phosphorous bombs that are international prohibited.

In the meantime, local sources reported that a civilian was killed and 6 more, including women and children, were wounded in another air raid by the US fighter jets on the small town of al-Souseh in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

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Jamal Khashoggi Case: Cleaning Teams at Saudi Consulate Before Turkish Officials Start Searching Building

Jamal Khashoggi Case: Cleaning Teams at Saudi Consulate Before Turkish Officials Start Searching Building
TEHRAN (FNA)- A team of cleaners entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Monday, just hours before Turkish officials will be escorted around by Saudis in a joint inspection over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The inspection was agreed after a Saudi delegation of a dozen officials arrived in Turkey, while Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Erdogan spoke on the phone on Sunday.

Turkish investigators will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Monday afternoon, according to Ankara.

Trump to Send Pompeo to Meet Saudi King over Khashoggi Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump said Monday he's sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after Riyadh denied knowing about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen,'" Trump wrote in a tweet, referring to Khashoggi without using his name, World News reported.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" Trump added.

Trump is facing hard pressure to investigate the disappearance of the WaPo writer, which could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days, after receiving a letter from a bipartisan group of senators.

Britain, France and Germany have also called on Saudi Arabia to provide a “detailed” response about the mysterious disappearance of the anti-Riyadh journalist.

US President Says 'Rogue Killers' Might Have Killed Saudi Journalist
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump stated that he believes it is possible that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking to journalists outside the White House on Monday about Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said “it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”, Middle East News reported.

Offering the rogue killer theory, Trump cited King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s “firm” denial that Riyadh had anything to do with the situation − despite the fact that Ankara claims to possess evidence proving the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

“[King Salman’s] denial to me could not have been stronger,” Trump told reporters.
Earlier, Trump announced that he was sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh and “other places if necessary” to figure out what has happened to Khashoggi.

Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn’t
Washington has reacted with uncharacteristic calm following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Instead of slapping Riyadh with sanctions and tearing up deals, Trump has refused to pin the blame on anyone.

Turkey has flatly accused Saudi Arabia of murdering and dismembering Khashoggi when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain marriage documents. That was the last time the dissident journalist was seen − and Ankara says it has audio and video proof that he was murdered inside the building.

Trump on the other hand has been more circumspect, even suggesting that perhaps “rogue killers” were responsible for the suspected murder − a theory he proffered to journalists at the White House shortly after a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

But the mostly low-key reaction from the Washington to the disappearance provides a stark contrast to how both Trump and his predecessors have dealt with unproven accusations made against other countries − most notably Russia.

When ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury in March, it took nothing more than a swift declaration (sans evidence) from British intelligence agencies before sanctions had been slapped on Moscow.

Within days of the poisoning, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country and requested that Britain’s allies do the same. The US along with a slew of European countries were happy to oblige, all announcing they too would kick Russian diplomats out of the country as punishment for the poisoning of the Skripals − for which there was no actual solid evidence presented.

READ MORE: Telegraph defence editor savaged by Owen Jones over Saudi-links, deletes Twitter account

Soon, the media too lost all interest in searching for answers on the Skripal case − and journalists probing further were quickly subjected to public ridicule for daring to question the official government narrative.

While it would be nice to think that Trump has suddenly realized the value of calmly awaiting information and assessing evidence, the reality unfortunately is quite different.

Trump has promised “severe punishment” will be handed out to Riyadh if it turns out that the country is responsible for the alleged killing of the journalist − but that harsh comment has been tempered by other less angry statements which indicate that the US president is not quite serious about doling out any kind of consequences. After all, there are other things on Trump’s mind, far more important than the fate of one journalist.

Referring to a $110 billion weapons deal previously signed by Riyadh and Washington and noting that Khashoggi was not a US citizen, Trump told journalists last week that he didn’t really want to stop “massive amounts of money” from being poured into the US from Saudi Arabia. “It would not be acceptable to me,” Trump said.

In other words, if Saudi Arabia really did send a team to torture, kill and dismember Khashoggi − a journalist who wrote for the Washington Post − weapons sales are still more important. Even the sale of weapons which are being used by Riyadh to continually slaughter civilians in Yemen during a war that threatens to create the worst famine in 100 years, according to the UN.

So much for the notion that the US really cares about standing up for human rights around the world. As is so often the case, when human rights conflict with war and money, war and money win − and not just under Trump, as some journalists have been quick to suggest.

With Trump now appearing to buy into theories about “rogue killers” being responsible, even while Ankara claims it possesses strong evidence of Riyadh’s guilt, it seems certain that anyone expecting a strong US response to Khashoggi’s disappearance would be well advised to lower their expectations now.

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate after 9-hour search for Khashoggi DNA traces
Turkish forensics team have conducted a sweep of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul trying to find any evidence into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whom Ankara believes was murdered at the diplomatic site.
Having entered the Kingdom’s consulate on Monday, for the first time since Khashoggi disappearance nearly two weeks ago, a team of Turkish experts spent the next nine hours looking for clues and DNA samples which could shed light on the mysterious vanishing of the journalist. Video of Turkish investigative team shows police officers sweeping the premises in Istanbul before departing the consulate in early hours of Tuesday morning.

Some materials at Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where journalist vanished were painted over – Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says some materials in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul were painted over. The statement comes after investigators into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance searched the building.

Some substances Turkish police were looking for at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul seem to have vanished, Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday. He claimed that “the investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over.”

Erdogan did not expand on that claim, only adding that “my hope is that we can reach conclusions that will give us a reasonable opinion as soon as possible.”

Previously, a Turkish forensic team spent nine hours looking for clues and DNA samples which could shed light on the mysterious vanishing of Khashoggi, who Ankara believes was assassinated at the diplomatic mission.

Meanwhile, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters the investigators are considering extending the search to the residence of the Saudi consul. Local TV channels have broadcast what they said was footage of a vehicle exiting the consulate premises and parking at the residence two hours after Khashoggi disappeared.

Speculation that the Saudis might have destroyed crucial evidence at the site were fueled by footage showing two women and a man bringing cleaning gear through the front door of the consulate. Coincidence or not, the “cleaners” entered the building on the day a joint team of Turkish and Saudi experts were to search the mission.

Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia has denied the charges as “baseless.”

According to CNN, there is a yet-to-be-published Saudi report that will blame Khashoggi’s death on an attempted abduction and botched questioning, “carried out without clearance and transparency.” The unconfirmed report is based on two anonymous sources that reportedly spoke to CNN’s correspondents.

This comes as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Riyadh. He was urgently sent by President Donald Trump to meet with the Saudi monarch. Trump has threatened the kingdom with “severe punishment” if it is found to be involved in Khashoggi’s disappearance, but he later changed tune and said Saudi King Salman “denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened” to the journalist.

“It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” Trump said.

Are they covering tracks up? Twitter abuzz after footage of “cleaners” entering Saudi consulate

A Turkish official told AP that police have found evidence inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul which confirms that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.

The "high level official" spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, but said that police had found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi had died in the building.

Reports in US media on Monday evening suggested that Riyadh might be preparing to admit that Khashoggi was killed as part of an unauthorized interrogation gone wrong.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2. Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of murdering the journalist, but Riyadh has denied involvement.

After a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday, US President Donald Trump suggested perhaps “rogue killers” had been responsible for the journalist’s disappearance.

During a visit to Riyadh on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked the Saudi king for committing to a “transparent” investigation of the disappearance.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that some “toxic materials” in the consulate were “painted over”. Also video footage of cleaners with mops and buckets entering the building before investigators could search it has prompted speculation of a coverup.
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茨城県 ほぼ全域で
栃木県 県の東部のみ(24時間降水量東部で少し)
群馬県 一部で小幅上昇(24時間降水量ほぼなし)
埼玉県 三郷、加須の上昇が大きい
千葉県 全域
東京都 全域
神奈川県 ほぼ全域
静岡県 上昇の時間が早い
愛知県 一部で








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※ 有田芳生認証済みアカウント @aritayoshifu氏の2018/10/14のツイート













大阪大学の現役教授の中にもそんな典型的な方がおられるようですね。頭おかしいんじゃね? 身近な人は気を配ったほうがいいんじゃね? との意見まで見られます。もうつける薬はない段階だと管理人は見ていますが、そんな人多いですね。

日本社会の秘密 中年を見たら浅薄なネツトウヨだと思え 1

日本社会の秘密 中年を見たら浅薄なネツトウヨだと思え 2

ネツトウヨの皆さん 日本人が戦地に出向く機会が近づいてきたようですよ

日本社会の秘密 中年を見たら浅薄なネツトウヨだと思え 3

日本社会の秘密 中年を見たら浅薄なネツトウヨだと思え 4
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Windows10更新ソフト 1809版へ でも不具合発見か





常用のWindows10 64bitはまだ1809になっていません。その後32bitパソコンを最新バージョンにしようとしても1809がインストールされなくなりました。何か不都合があった?





能力の低いWifiをお使いですと、Windowsの更新などは失敗したまま何度も試みたり、そのまま放置されていることが多いのではないでしょうか。ゼロsimでWindowsの更新ができるかな? と思ったりします。





1 無線LANを有線LANに変える。
2 古いパソコンは円盤が高速回転するハードディスクを記憶装置を使っています。エクスプローラーでドライブC(WindowsCなどとなっています)を右クリック。プロパティを表示してディスクのクリーンアップを行いましょう。
3 古いパソコンでは、CドライブのほかにDドライブがあり、Dドライブを使っていない方も多いでしょう。Cドライブのマイドキュメントなどに古いファイルがぎちぎちに詰まっていることはありませんか。これは、千円程度で買えるUSBメモリーにファイルを全部コピーします。
4 ウィルス対策ソフトを使っていますか? この種のソフトは入ってくるファイルを全部スキャンしています。そのためそれが終わるのに時間がかかります。
5 私が新しいWin10 32bitパソコンを入手した際に最初にやる仕事はMcaffeの削除です。
6 サイト閲覧がほぼ唯一の用途ならLINUXパソコンで十分です。WindowsパソコンにインストールしてLINUXパソコンに変えることはできますが、スペックが特に古いものはインストールできないものもあります。
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Mohammed bin Salman: The dark side of Saudi Arabia's crown prince

aljazeera 2018/10/16
Mohammed bin Salman: The dark side of Saudi Arabia's crown prince

Touted as Saudi Arabia's progressive reformer, Mohammed bin Salman has an ominous human rights record.

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS.

Since he outmaneuvered his rivals to become Saudi Arabia's de-facto leader in 2015, the 33-year-old has received favourable coverage in international media, with a multitude of reports focused on his economic and social reforms in the conservative kingdom.

In March, he toured the United States amid a swirl of publicity, gracing the covers of Time Magazine, sitting down for interviews with CBS' 60 Minutes and Bloomberg.
Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

However, the Khashoggi case has shifted the focus towards the darker side of Salman's record, one that includes the imprisonment of critics and human rights activists, thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen and a rapid rise of the number of executions since his ascent to power.

The war in Yemen
Detaining the leader of Lebanon
Imprisoning woman human rights activists
Worsening ties with Canada
Purging political rivals
Orchestrating the GCC crisis
Rising number of exections
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Failing to reform the economy

The aerial destruction of Yemen

In 2015, Saudi Arabia intervened in the civil war in neighbouring Yemen, launching an aerial campaign targeting the Houthi rebels, who were quickly gaining territory.

With logistical support from the US, the Saudi-UAE alliance have now carried out more than 16,000 raids on Houthi-held areas in an attempt to reverse their gains.

Human rights organisations have accused the Saudi-led coalition forces of indiscriminately bombing civilians and hospitals, schools and other infrastructure.

Besides a prolonged air campaign, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have also blockaded the strategic port of Hodeidah, which they see as the main entry point of weapons for the Houthis, which are backed by Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival.

As a result of that blockade, crucial humanitarian aid has not been able to reach Yemen.

Since 2015, at least 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen war, many thousands more have died from famine resulting from the war and millions of people have been displaced.

Speaking to Time in April 2018, MBS defended the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, saying: "In any military operation mistakes happen... Of course any mistakes made by Saudi Arabia or the coalition are unintended mistakes.

"We don't need to have a new Hezbollah in the Arabian peninsula. This is a red line not only for Saudi Arabia but for the whole world."
Forcing the resignation of Lebanon's PM

What was supposed to be a regular visit to Saudi Arabia turned into a stunning episode of detainment by Saudi security forces for Saad Hariri, former Prime Minister of Lebanon.

When Hariri travelled to the Saudi capital in November 2017, his phone was confiscated on arrival, and a day later he resigned his post live on a Saudi-owned television channel.

It transpired Hariri was summoned to meet both King Salman and Crown Prince MBS a day after his arrival, but was eventually presented with his resignation speech to read on television, sources told Reuters news agency shortly after the event.

The move sparked outrage in Lebanon over what was publicly perceived as the abduction of a sovereign state's prime minister by another country.

Saudi-Lebanese relations were strained, as President Michel Aoun refused to accept the resignation and called on authorities in Riyadh to release his country's "detained" prime minister.

The prime minister, for his part, accused Iran and Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon and remained in the Saudi capital for two weeks.

Hariri, 47, ultimately returned to Beirut weeks later after French President Emmanuel Macron's successful mediation efforts, and withdrew his resignation.

Despite denying all allegations of forcing Hariri to resign or holding him captive in the country, MBS was seen as one of the key players behind the bizarre episode.
Imprisoning women's rights activists

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive, a move seen by many as a progressive step for women's rights in the kingdom.

MBS was generally seen as the main force behind the decision, but it was a group of Saudi human rights activists who first fought for the right to drive back in the 1990s and continued to publicly push for the right since then.

Several activists, mostly women but also several men, were arrested earlier this year just weeks before the ban was officially lifted.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised the arrests, saying it was an attempt by MBS to show he would not accept criticism of his rule.

"Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's 'reform campaign' has been a frenzy of fear for genuine Saudi reformers who dare to advocate publicly for human rights or women’s empowerment," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement at the time.

"The message is clear that anyone expressing skepticism about the crown prince's rights agenda faces time in jail."

The activists are currently still in prison, together with many other human rights activists arrested on other charges.

Speaking to Bloomberg earlier this month, bin Salman said the arrests were "not about women asking for the right to drive .... It's nothing at all to do with that."

He said some of those arrested had connections with foreign intelligence agencies and had tried to harm Saudi Arabia. "Qatar is one of those countries that recruited some of those people. And some agencies indirectly working with Iran. Those are the two main countries that are really recruiting these people."

"I believe there will be a formal case against them based under Saudi law," MBS added.
The Canadian kerfuffle

Following the arrest and imprisonment of several domestic women's rights activists, Saudi Arabia got into a diplomatic spat with Canada in August.

After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the release of the activists and a general improvement of human rights in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom responded by expelling the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh, freezing trade with the Northern American country and ordering all Saudi students based in Canada to return home.

"We don't want to be a political football in Canada's domestic politics. Find another ball to play with," Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City in reaction to the measures.

"It's very easy to fix. Apologise and say you made a mistake."

Responding to Saudi Arabia's actions, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa would not be changing its position.

"Canada will always stand up for human rights... We feel a particular obligation to women who are fighting for their rights around the world," she said. "And we feel a particular obligation to people who have a personal connection to Canada."

In November, German former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised Saudi Arabia for what it called "adventurism" in the Middle East and meddling in Lebanon's internal politics by detaining Hariri during his visit to Riyadh.

Those comments started a ten month long diplomatic row between the two countries, leading to Saudi's withdrawal of its ambassador from Berlin and denying accreditation to Germany's ambassador in Riyadh.

In April, Germany also introduced draft legislation aimed to prevent weapons exports and all other related goods and services to countries that may use them for human rights abuses, mostly focusing on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their involvement in the war in Yemen.

The diplomatic spat ended last month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, when Germany's new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the country's had decided to put their dispute to rest.

"In recent months, our relations have witnessed a misunderstanding which stands in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we sincerely regret this," Maas said.
The Ritz-Carlton purge

Since he became crown prince, MBS has not only cracked down on human rights activists, but also on political rivals.

In 2017, Saudi security forces arrested several hundred of the richest people in the country, allegedly in an attempt to combat corruption among the higher echelons of the Saudi bureaucracy.

Those arrested were locked up for weeks in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, where some were reportedly physically mistreated.
Saudi Arabia's crackdown

A report by the New York Times said 17 of the detainees required hospital treatment after physical abuse, including one who later died in custody.

According to experts, MBS used the purge to remove people that could potentially pose a political threat to the crown prince.

"If your goal really is anti-corruption, then you bring some cases. You don't just arrest a bunch of really high-ranking people and emphasise that the rule of law is not really what guides your actions," Greg Gause, a Gulf expert at Texas A&M University, told Al Jazeera at the time.

Mahjoob Zweiri, a professor of contemporary Arab politics at Qatar University, said that the purge was part of MBS' plan to consolidate economic, as well as political power in Saudi Arabia.

"That required destroying other economic empires in Saudi Arabia," he told Al Jazeera, referring to Saudi Arabia seizing more than $100bn in anti-corruption settlements from those arrested.

Following the allegations of abuse, HRW called on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible to account.

"The alleged mistreatment at the Ritz Carlton is a serious blow to [Saudi crown prince] Mohammad bin Salman's claims to be a modernising reformist," said Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

"While MBS jaunts across Western capitals to gin up foreign investments, investors should think twice the Saudis' cavalier dismissal of the rule of law and fundamental rights."

Speaking in November 2017 after the purge, Saudi King Salman said it was an attempt to tackle corruption and came in response to "exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly, accrue money".
The man behind the GCC crisis

On June 5 2017, four countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a diplomatic and trade blockade on their Gulf neighbour.

Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, effectively turning its neighbour into an island only reachable by air and sea.

The move to cut ties with Qatar was mainly driven by MBS and the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), and which seems to have achieved nothing significant other than dividing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

According to a report from The Intercept, the original blockade plan included a military aspect as well, with Saudi and UAE forces invading Qatar.

The plot involved Saudi ground troops crossing the land border into Qatar, and with military support from the UAE, advancing 100km inland and seizing the Qatari capital, Doha.

Based on information it said it received from a current member of the US intelligence community and two former State Department officials, The Intercept said the coup plot, which was largely devised by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's crown princes, "was likely some weeks away from being implemented".

Pressure from former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson caused the Saudi crown prince to back down, who was concerned that the invasion would damage Saudi Arabia's long-term relationship with the US.

More than a year later, the blockade against Qatar still stands, with Qatar refusing to give in to the demands made by Saudi Arabia and its three allies.
Executions on the rise

Over the last couple of years, MBS has instituted several societal reforms in Saudi Arabia, including opening the country's first movie theatres and allowing music concerts to take place, moves hailed by many as progression towards a more open society.

During the same period, the number of executions in the kingdom has steeply increased.

Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world that still employs beheading as a form of execution, has been in the five top countries for the number of executions carried out for over a decade.

According to human rights organisations Reprieve and Amnesty International, the number of executions has seen a sharp increase in recent years.

"In the eight months after he was appointed crown prince, 133 people were executed," Reprieve said in March this year.

"Mohammed bin Salman has overseen the execution of 16 people on average per month, every month, since his appointment. If this rate continues, 2018 could see 200 executions, the highest number of executions ever recorded in Saudi Arabia in one year," the organisation added.

Amnesty International has also condemned Saudi Arabia's prominent use of the death penalty, adding the country uses the punishment as a way of stifling criticism from a Shia minority in the country.

"These brutal executions are the latest act in the Saudi Arabian authorities’ ongoing persecution of the Shi'a minority. The death penalty is being deployed as a political weapon to punish them for daring to protest against their treatment and to cow others into silence," Amnesty said last year.

The organisation also criticised MBS personally, saying the crown prince should invest in human rights, not PR for trips abroad.

"If you didn't know better, you would think Saudi Arabia is on a path to major reform. However, in the months since the crown prince's appointment, we have seen little reason to believe that his overtures are anything more than a slick PR exercise," Amnesty said earlier this year.

"In fact, Saudi Arabia retains an atrocious human rights record and the situation has only deteriorated since the Crown Prince was appointed as official heir to the throne in June 2017."

When pressed on a spate of executions in the kingdom in a 2016 interview with the Economist, bin Salman stressed that all of those executed had been through three layers of the Saudi judicial system.

"They are reviewing a crime, and a procedure, and a trial, and a sentence, and carrying out the sentence," he said.
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

On October 2, Saudi journalist and MBS critic Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document certifying his divorce from his ex-wife.

He has not been seen since.

Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was killed inside the mission by a Saudi state hit-squad. Saudi officials have denied the allegations, insisting Khashoggi left the building shortly after he entered.

Since then, a diplomatic game of chess has been played by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and many other international players.

The US, UK, Germany and several other countries have all demanded a thorough investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, threatening Saudi with sanctions if the kingdom indeed is proven responsible for the disappearance.

Khashoggi, once an adviser to members of the royal family, fell out of favour for his criticism of bin Salman's reform programme.

"As we speak today, there are Saudi intellectuals and journalists jailed," Kashoggi told Al Jazeera in an interview in March.

"Now nobody will dare to speak and criticise the reform ... It would be much better for him to allow a breathing space for critics, for Saudi intellectuals, Saudi writers, Saudi media to debate."

According to the Washington Post - for whom Khashoggi wrote columns - US intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials planning to abduct him.
Saudi Arabia's MBS: 'Gaddafi on steroids'?
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2018/9人口動態速報 横浜市、千葉市また大幅悪化

守谷市 出生死亡比率前年同月比大幅改善
大和市 前年同月比大幅悪化
筑西市 前年同月比大幅悪化
仙台市 前年同月比大幅悪化
常陸太田市 前年同月比大幅改善
柏市 前年同月比変わらず
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横浜の人はそうではない? 全般的に被ばくに気を付けていないのであれば、この先底なしに悪化するでしょう。

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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:03| Comment(4) | 福島原発事故

カショギ殺人 尋問の行き過ぎ説が浮上

CNN claims Saudi government to admit journalist killed in ‘interrogation gone wrong’
A report being prepared by the Saudi government will say that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of interrogation gone wrong, in course of his abduction from Turkey, CNN reported citing anonymous sources.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in Turkey and writing for the Washington Post, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Ankara has accused the authorities in Riyadh of murdering the journalist and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia has denied the charges as “baseless.”

According to CNN, however, a still-unpublished government report will blame Khashoggi’s death on an attempted abduction and botched questioning, “carried out without clearance and transparency” and say that those involved will be held responsible. This is based on two anonymous sources that reportedly spoke to CNN’s correspondents, and has not been independently confirmed.

“It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” US President Donald Trump said on Monday, after talking to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh.

Salman “told me in a very firm way that they had no knowledge of it,” Trump told reporters.

The US Senate has already asked Trump to open a Global Magnitsky Act investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance, which would result in sanctions against persons or governments found responsible. Trump said there would be “severe punishment” for the affair, which he described as “really terrible and disgusting.”

The CNN report comes as a team of investigators arrived at the consulate in Istanbul on Monday. While the details of the team’s composition remain unknown, it presumably consists of Saudi and Turkish officials, who arrived in unmarked police vehicles.

The New York Times cited an anonymous source “familiar with Saudi plans,” who said that Riyadh was preparing a “narrative” that an intelligence official was “tragically incompetent” in carrying out the order for Khashoggi’s interrogation and rendition to Saudi Arabia. The story is intended to deflect the blame from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Times said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

福島の怪談 登山編

※ yayoi @yayoi12333氏の2018/10/16のツイート


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:46| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故


サウジ株式、通貨リアルが下落 原油は上昇

Saudi Riyal at Weakest Since Mid-2017 over Missing Journalist Case, Oil Could Skyrocket
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia's riyal was quoted at 3.7514 to the US dollar in the market early on Monday, its weakest rate since June 2017, Refinitiv data showed.

Saudi financial markets have come under pressure in the last few days as US President Donald Trump has threatened to punish Riyadh if it turns out that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Although the riyal's move was unusual, it was smaller than some bouts of instability in recent years, including in November 2015, when oil prices were plunging, the riyal dropped as low as 3.7598.

As international pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of the journalist, analysts say the sell-off on Riyadh's Tadawul stock exchange shows investors are uneasy.

Shares in Saudi Arabia plunged as the fallout over the disappearance of Khashoggi got worse over the weekend. The main stock market index in Riyadh fell as much as 7% --- biggest drop since December 2014 --- on Sunday and billions of dollars were wiped off the value of leading Saudi companies. The index recovered some ground later to close 3.5% down.

According to a United Nations report earlier this year, direct foreign investment in Saudi Arabia fell to $1.4 billion in 2017, the lowest level in 14 years.

Analysts also warn that there could be fallout for global oil markets, as Riyadh pushes back against international pressure that it played a role in the disappearance of the WaPo writer

They believe that oil could indeed by used as a tool of retaliation by Saudis, stating that if the oil price continues to react in an upward direction, it affects many markets, also many emerging markets in Asia, which are net importers of oil.

Oil prices rose on Sunday afternoon during Asian trade, with Brent crude jumping 1.29 percent to $81.47 per barrel, and US crude futures rising 1.14 percent to $72.15 a barrel.

The US administration is seeking to cut Tehran's oil exports to zero as Washington introduces new sanctions on the nation after unilaterally abandoning the historic 2015 Iran Joint Cooperative Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal signed by Russia, China, Iran and several European states. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to boost oil output by about one million barrels a day − a move strongly opposed by Iran.

Washington's unilateral oil sanctions of Tehran have led to a sharp drop in Iran's crude oil exports and to a price hike in the oil market. Saudi Arabia has also insisted that the kingdom is replacing lost Iranian oil with its own output. But, Iran dismissed claims by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman that Riyadh was making up for the loss of Tehran's oil supplies as "nonsense".

"Bin Salman's remarks can only satisfy Trump. No one else will believe him. Iran's oil cannot be replaced by Saudi Arabia," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said early October, adding that "any country that makes such claims… just wants to display its support to the US sanctions against Iran".

Also, several US media organisations and business leaders have pulled out a major Saudi investment conference over the disappearance and suspected murder of Khashoggi, as global pressure for answers about the whereabouts of the prominent journalist mounts on the kingdom.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have also called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to mount a "credible investigation" into the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding they were treating the case with "utmost seriousness".
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:10| Comment(0) | 国際・政治