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2022年04月18日

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Explosion Hits Beyoglu District in Istanbul, Residents Being Evacuated, Reports Say
People have been evacuated from a building due to heavy smoke amid an explosion in Istanbul.
An explosion occurred in underground cable structures the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, residents are being evacuated from the building due to heavy smoke, the Turkish media reported on Monday.

There is no information about the victims yet, the Sabah daily said.
Other details of the incident, as well as its causes, remain unknown at the moment. The investigation into the explosion remains ongoing.

Turkey launches military offensive in Iraq
Cross-border ground assault is supported by artillery, jets, helicopters, and drones
Turkey has begun a major cross-border military offensive, targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern part of Iraq, according to the Defense Ministry, in Ankara.

The operation involves an extensive airstrike campaign using jets, helicopters, and drones, as well as a ground incursion by commando troops, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced in a video address on Monday morning.

Ankara claims it successfully destroyed multiple bunkers, tunnels, and ammunition depots, as well as military headquarters of the PKK in northern Iraq’s border areas of Metina, Zap, and Avashin-Basyan, before ground forces moved into the neighboring state. It is unclear how many troops and military hardware are involved in the operation.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:56| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ukraine Labs: Bioweapons Can be Used as Tool in US Low-Level War Against Russia, ex-DoD Analyst Says

Ukraine Labs: Bioweapons Can be Used as Tool in US Low-Level War Against Russia, ex-DoD Analyst Says
The Russian Ministry of Defence on 14 March announced that during the course of Russia's special operation in Ukraine it has obtained additional information about the military and biological activities of the US on the territory of the European state, which indicates numerous violations of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
"The post-World War II United States foreign policy has rarely experienced domestic or global accountability – there are rare exceptions, as we saw with the condemnation of CIA regime change operations in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s by the 1975 US Senate Select Committee known as the 'Church Committee.' That was 45 years ago, before the age of government-controlled internet and media, that today stifles dissent and promotes politically-driven domestic narratives in the US," says retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, a former analyst for the US Department of Defence.
In March, the Russian Defence Ministry revealed that about 30 biological laboratories involved in developing components of bioweapons and funded by the Pentagon had been discovered in Ukraine during Russia's special operation.
The Biden administration denied any involvement whatsoever in the programme. However, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland on 8 March told US senators that "bioresearch facilities" in Ukraine actually exist. A 2010 BioPrepWatch article preserved in web archives and the US Armed Forces' Counterproliferation Centre confirmed that America had maintained bioresearch cooperation with Kiev since 2005.

Later that month, the Russian MoD said that the Rosemont Seneca investment fund, co-founded by Hunter Biden, the US president's son, participated in the funding of Ukrainian biolabs in cooperation with Metabiota, a subcontractor to the Pentagon's principal contractor Black & Veatch. The Daily Mail acknowledged on 25 March that the Russian MoD's findings are "at least partially true" and presented evidence that the First Son had "helped secure millions of dollars of funding" for Metabiota, a US Department of Defence contractor which worked in Ukraine, specialising in researching pandemic-causing diseases "that could be used as bioweapons". However, the story has been largely ignored by the Western mainstream media sources since then.
On 31 March, the Russian MoD revealed that the US State Department had approved cooperation between the Ukrainian scientific technical centre (USTC) and Black & Veatch since 2011. In addition, Black & Veatch has been working in the interests of DTRA in Ukraine since 2008, carrying out a number of biological projects, including UP-1, UP-2 and UP-3.
The newly released discoveries indicate that American curators of biological laboratories in Ukraine were most interested in dual-use projects, many of which are aimed at studying potential agents of biological weapons, such as the plague and tularemia, as well as pathogens of economically significant infections, according to Igor Kirillov, head of the Russian MoD's radiation, chemical, and biological protection forces.

Kirillov emphasised that Russian intelligence found three Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with 30-litre containers and chemical sprayers in the Kherson region of Ukraine in March. In January 2022, Ukraine purchased more than 50 similar devices that can be used to apply biological formulations and toxic chemicals, according to Kirillov.
It was also established that US scientists from a laboratory in Merefa (Kharkov Region) were testing potentially dangerous biological drugs on patients of the regional clinical psychiatric hospital No 3 in Kharkov between 2019 and 2021, according to the Russian MoD.
The ministry alleges that the US has been boosting its bioweapon potential for quite a while in various regions of the world, taking advantage of gaps in international legislation and the absence of a clear verification mechanism.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:27| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

中国が世界の食糧不足を深刻化させる?

China won't drain supplies to accomodate West − media
Beijing is reportedly focused on securing sufficient food supply for the populous nation
China’s government is not planning to release the country’s massive reserves of grain to provide much-needed relief to Western nations that are bracing for historically high food prices, Chinese local media outlet Xinjiang Daily reported on Friday.

“Some foreign media have recently claimed that the build-up of Chinese grain reserves supposedly 'portended' the [Russian-Ukrainian] conflict by causing a rise in prices in the global grain markets, they even called on China to free up 20% of its grain stocks to save the European market.” the newspaper reported, adding that the demands are “absurd and inadequate.”

In December, the US Department of Agriculture estimated that China is expected to have 69% of the globe’s maize reserves in the first half of the crop year 2022, 60% of its rice and 51% of its wheat.

The report highlights that grain prices in China have been under pressure since the beginning of 2022 due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, along with droughts in South America and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. However, China has reportedly managed to maintain stable prices in the domestic market.

Some Western critics are accusing China of contributing to global inflation, food price hikes and regional shortages of foodstuffs as the nation keeps importing record levels of grain year after year.

According to the publication, “acute shortages” in some agricultural produce, such as soybeans and sunflower seeds, pose a threat to China’s food security. A sharp decline in grain stocks will reportedly “seriously affect” sustainable supply and trigger market turmoil.

北京は、人口の多い自国への十分な食糧供給を確保することに重点を置いていると伝えられています。
中国政府は、歴史的な食糧価格の高騰に備える西側諸国が待望する救済のために、国内に備蓄されている大量の穀物を放出するつもりはないと、中国の地元メディア、新疆日報が金曜日に報じた。

"一部の外国メディアは最近、中国の穀物備蓄の積み増しが世界の穀物市場の価格上昇を引き起こし、(ロシアとウクライナの)紛争を「予兆」していると主張し、中国に欧州市場を救うために穀物在庫の20%を解放するよう要求さえした。"と、同新聞は報告し、この要求は "不合理かつ不適切 "と付け加えている。

12月、米国農務省は、中国が2022年の作期前半に世界のトウモロコシの69%、米の60%、小麦の51%を備蓄する見込みであると試算した。

報告書では、2022年に入ってから、南米の干ばつやロシアとウクライナの紛争とともに、パンデミック規制が続いているため、中国の穀物価格が圧迫されていることを強調している。しかし、中国は国内市場で安定した価格を維持することができたと報じられています。

欧米の評論家の中には、中国が毎年記録的な量の穀物を輸入し続けているため、世界的なインフレ、食料価格の高騰、地域的な食料不足の原因になっていると非難する人もいます。

同誌によると、大豆やひまわりの種など一部の農産物の「深刻な不足」は、中国の食糧安全保障に脅威を与えているという。穀物在庫の急激な減少は、持続可能な供給に「深刻な影響を与え」、市場の混乱を引き起こすと報じられている。

Deeplで翻訳

よくわからない記事です。中国はロシアから穀物を調達できます。鉄道で運ぶこともできる。中国が自国の食糧安全保障のため世界市場から大量の穀物を買い付けるために価格が高騰している、一部を放出すべきだという主張があるようですが、穀物が自由市場で交易されている以上、買い付けをやめよという理屈は通らない。

ウクライナにおける今年の穀物の作付けは確実に減るでしょう。加えて収穫、流通システムの稼働に疑問があります。

ロシアは、作付けはできるし、やるでしょう。ただ、経済制裁への報復で穀物の輸出先には制限が付く。

欧州では、食品価格が上がってくるでしょうから、エネルギーに続いて中期的な物価上昇要因です。

アフリカ、中東などの途上国には、ロシアが供給確保に努めると思います。中国が援助という形で備蓄を途上国の救済に回すことはあるでしょう。

日本は、価格の高いものでも買い付けるでしょうから、当面は品不足ということは起きにくいと思います。

Send weapons to Ukraine to prevent world famine, German minister suggests
Increasing the weapon supply is purportedly needed to avert global famine, the official argued
Supplying Ukraine with “more effective” weaponry amid the ongoing conflict with Russia is essential to avoid the supposed looming “global famine,” German Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir has said. The official made the remarks in an interview published Sunday by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine is increasingly turning out to be an attack on the international community,” the minister claimed.

That’s why it's so important that the West support Ukraine with more, more effective weapons – and Germany shouldn't be exempt from that.

Ozdemir also alleged that the Russian military has been deliberately targeting Ukrainian agriculture in the conflict that broke out in late February. He cited “alarming news” coming from the country yet did not elaborate on the source or exact nature of the allegations.

“We are receiving alarming news from Ukraine, where Russian troops are apparently also deliberately destroying agricultural infrastructure and supply chains,” Ozdemir stated.

The alleged attacks are a part of the “starvation strategy,” purportedly employed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the official went on. This “strategy” is set to take a heavy toll on the countries already experiencing issues with food security, in particular a number of African nations, Ozdemir claimed. The situation needs to be addressed globally, and the UN World Food and Agriculture Committee should play the central role in this, the official believes.

“Here we have to agree on fundamental, structural questions of agricultural and food policy worldwide,” he said.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has prompted fears of global grain shortages as wheat prices soared to multiple-year highs last month. Both Russia and Ukraine are major wheat suppliers, accounting for some 30% of global exports.
オズデミール農業大臣の発言は意味不明。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:08| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

この動画がお勧めです 国際問題 羽場久美子氏

「中国は敵ではない。東アジアは平和と繫栄の基礎。東アジアで2度と戦争を起こさない」

読者に教えてもらいました。2022/4/14の講演です。

歴史的な経緯を踏まえ、最近の動きが幅広く整理されています。客観的で特にイデオロギー的な臭いは感じません。
所要時間38分。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:55| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

東欧から傭兵がたくさん出ている



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ポーランドからの傭兵1700人です。ポーランドの政治家の発言は好戦的に感じますが、EUに入って経済的な援助を得ていても、経済的には困難を抱えています。東欧の国はすべからくそうです。ルーマニアも。

経済的な理由で傭兵に応じた人も多いでしょう。アゾフスタルに閉じ込められた外国人傭兵も多いはずです。出身国は、彼らに投降の機会を作ってやらないのでしょうか。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:18| Comment(0) | 国際・政治