No longer a pariah? Russia and China could be about to 'normalize' North Korea and leave the US with another Asian headache
Once a Cold War proxy battleground for superpowers, is the Korean peninsula being pulled apart by bloc politics again?
By Timur Fomenko
At beginning of this week the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had exchanged letters with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The report stated both countries had agreed to “expand the(ir) comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts”.

Matching the anniversary of Korean independence on August 15th, Putin’s outreach comes as Russia seeks new partners away from the West. It also follows reports that North Korean expatriate workers would be assisting in the reconstruction of liberated territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, to which it recently granted diplomatic recognition.

But it’s also an indication that the world has changed, significantly. Only a few years ago Russia, as well as China, were at least somewhat willing to cooperate with the United States in imposing sanctions on the DPRK in the bid to curb its nuclear and missile development.

That situation no longer exists. The outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, combined with America’s bid to try and contain the rise of China, now means we exist in a multipolar international environment where multiple great powers are competing for influence.

This breaks down the space for cooperation over common issues, but also increases the need for strategic thinking among the competitors. In the eyes of Moscow, this makes their calculus concerning North Korea even more important than it was before, drawing parallels to the Cold War era.

We should not forget that it was the Soviet Union that enabled the creation of the DPRK in the first place. It was following the closing days of World War II that a strategic contest for influence in East Asia began to emerge between the US and the USSR over the former territories of Imperial Japan. As the Red Army marched south, an agreement was made to divide the Korean Peninsula at the 38th parallel.

Although the original agreement was designed only to make the division temporary, geopolitical frictions soon saw it become permanent, and rival Korean states emerged. The US-backed Republic of Korea in the South, and the Soviet- and China-supported Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the North, headed by former Red Army captain and guerrilla fighter Kim Il-sung.

The two young nations went to war in 1950, again supported by their respective superpower backers. Active fighting in that conflict ended three years later, but a formal peace agreement has not been signed to this day. And while Koreans on both sides of the divide wish for reunification, the scale of foreign involvement in the 1950s war stands as a reminder the peninsula is seen as a strategically critical landmass linking the continent of mainland Eurasia to the eastern seas.

Great powers have always seen it as a chess piece in the bid to dominate North East Asia. This had led to a tug of war which over the centuries has included the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Russian Empire, the Empire of Japan and the United States, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union.

But for the last three decades, since the end of the original Cold War, North Korea found itself increasingly isolated as China and Russia, for a period of time, both sought ties with the West, as well as the much more lucrative and successful South Korea. US unipolarity meant there was little interest from Moscow or Beijing in opposing America’s wishes to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear trajectory, which it sees as its last hope for regime survival.

But now a new paradigm is emerging, and just like in the times of old the DPRK, it’s seen yet again as a strategically indispensable bulwark against American power and military hegemony on Russia’s own border periphery, not least against its US-backed neighbors such as Japan.

In such an environment, there is no longer any benefit for Russia in cooperating with the US on the North Korean issue. The horse of “North Korea denuclearization” has long bolted, and instead the presence of a nuclear armed DPRK with ICBM capability is another thorn in Washington’s side, which if removed, only expands US power.

Thus, when America demanded another sanctions resolution against North Korea at the UN Security council earlier this year, both Russia and China vetoed it for the first time in over 15 years. It is a sign of the world we live in.

Moving on from here, Russia is likely to deepen its military and economic ties with North Korea, primarily because of its strategic and political worth.

In this view, history has completed a full circle and as the US shores up its allies to confront Moscow and Beijing, the theme of “bloc politics” re-emerges.







しかし、地政学的な摩擦から、この分断は永久的なものとなり、朝鮮半島には対立する国家が生まれた。米国が支援する「大韓民国」、ソ連と中国が支援する「朝鮮民主主義人民共和国」であり、元赤軍大将でゲリラ戦士の金日成が率いる「北朝 鮮」である。









North Korea furiously rejects South's ‘absurd’ offer
Kim Jong-un’s sister said the South Korean leader should ‘shut his mouth’ and stop ‘talking nonsense’
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a senior official in the country’s ruling party, has dismissed a proposal of economic aid from Seoul in exchange for abandoning its nuclear arsenal, calling the idea an “absurd dream.”

Kim gave a fiery denunciation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in comments carried by state media on Thursday, blasting him for a recent speech marking the end of Japan’s occupation of the peninsula in 1945, in which he also suggested an “audacious” plan for North Korea’s “denuclearization.”

“It would have been more favorable for his image to shut his mouth, rather than talking nonsense as he had nothing better to say,” she said, adding “I'm only saying this today because the South seems to be very eager to know of our reaction.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ゼレンスキー、ウクライナ人から猛烈な批判に直面 - WaPo

Zelensky faces furious criticism from Ukrainians − WaPo
The president’s admission that he willingly failed to signal a looming Russian attack has “punctured the bubble” of his image

Many Ukrainians have been infuriated by an admission, from President Vladimir Zelensky, that he concealed news of the imminent Russian special military operation last spring.

That’s according to the Washington Post, where he made the revelation earlier this week. Zelensky’s disclosure that he sacrificed lives to avoid ruining the economy was his first serious communication blunder since the conflict began, the paper said.

Before Zelensky seemed “beyond reproach, a national hero” to Ukrainians, the publication said, but the acknowledgment has “punctured the bubble, triggering a cascade of public criticism unprecedented since the war began.”

In the interview, Zelensky admitted that prior to the outbreak of hostilities with Russia, he was downplaying US warnings about a looming attack out of fear Ukrainians would flee the country en masse.

“If we had communicated that … then I would have been losing $7 billion a month since last October,” he said. Zelensky claimed that this deception of his own people prevented Russia from capturing the country in three days.

In late January, Zelensky promised Ukrainians a peaceful year, stating that people would be cooking barbeque during the May holidays, like they always do. The statement came days after he met with CIA Director William Burns, who reportedly laid out in detail Russia’s military plans.

Many ordinary Ukrainians and public figures were angered, seeing their president apparently not trusting them to handle the truth. Ukraine could have prepared for the fighting far better, stocking up on food and updating civil defense infrastructure and saving many lives that were lost, critics argued. Some questioned Zelensky’s motives in not informing the public.

“He didn’t want to put the country on a military footing because he was afraid of losing power,” journalist Bogdan Butkevich wrote on social media, as cited by the Washington Post.

Some of Zelensky’s supporters argued that people could have listened to American officials, who delivered public warnings about the Russian threat, instead of trusting their president, the article read.

The newspaper ended the piece with remarks from a Ukrainian woman, who said people should not discuss Zelensky’s admission until after the conflict is over.

“Ukraine is winning because of our belief in the president and our armed forces,” she was cited as saying. She believes that Zelensky would face accountability for his action afterwards, because “this is the society we are fighting for.”
ゼレンスキー、ウクライナ人から猛烈な批判を受ける − WaPo






1月下旬、ゼレンスキーはウクライナ人に平和な年を約束し、5月の休暇中はいつものように人々がバーベキューをするだろうと述べた.この声明は、ロシアの軍事計画を詳細に説明したと伝えられている CIA 長官のウィリアム・バーンズと会った数日後に出された。





「ウクライナが勝利したのは、大統領と私たちの軍隊に対する私たちの信頼のおかげです」 「これが私たちが戦っている社会だからです」

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:36| Comment(0) | ウクライナ




ハーシス入力支援の準備 千葉県の場合 で手続きを見ました。

・ 65歳以上の方
・ 40歳以上65歳未満の方のうち、重症化リスク因子となる疾病等(ワクチン未接種(ワクチン接種が1回のみの方も含む)、悪性腫瘍、慢性呼吸器疾患(COPD等)、慢性腎臓病、心血管 疾患、脳血管疾患、喫煙歴、高血圧、糖尿病、脂質異常症、肥満(BMI30以上)、臓器の移植、免疫抑制剤、抗がん剤等の使用その他の事由による免疫機能の低下)を複数持つ方
・ 妊娠している方





しかし、問題は、どうやって発熱外来で診察を受けられるようにするかです。予約しようとしても満杯で断られることが当たり前と聞きますが、65歳以上の者であれば優先的に受け付けてくれる? そんなことはないですよね。












posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:30| Comment(1) | Covid19

the "conventional view vastly understates the dangers of escalation" in Ukraine

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:56| Comment(0) | ウクライナ

what the British have done to Afghanistan children

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:37| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Serbia and Kosovo

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:03| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

the US medical profession urgently needs to face some hard truths

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:52| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ハーシス入力支援の準備 千葉県の場合

@ 検査キットの配布申し込み
A 検査キットを使用し、陽性の場合に陽性者の登録を行う



その恐れを承知の上で準備する場合次のデータ、画像が必要になります。A 基本情報(氏名、年齢、住所等) 入力
 本人の氏名や生年月日が分かるものの写真 アプロード
B 基礎疾患などがないこと 入力
C 検査キットの結果の写真(検査キット本体に検査年月日、氏名を油性ペンで記載、本人確認書類と並べて写真を撮影) アプロード
D 検査キットに係る情報(品目名、製造販売業者名) 入力
E ワクチン接種歴 入力





posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:22| Comment(0) | Covid19


しかし、西側諸国が#Ukraineの戦争が計画どおりに進んでおらず、望ましい結果をもたらしていないことを間接的に認めていることは良いスタートです。 #Russiaは事前に合意された計画がなければ、ウクライナが 625,000 トンの穀物を売却して換金することを許可しなかったであろう +

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:01| Comment(0) | ウクライナ


WHO updates Covid-19 booster advisory
Second booster shot only recommended for people at risk, says WHO vaccine adviser
The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization has issued a recommendation regarding Covid-19 booster shots on Thursday, saying that only specific groups of people should be offered a second jab after their initial vaccination and one booster dose.

Speaking during a virtual WHO press conference on the issue of vaccines, SAGE chairman Alejandro Cravioto said that the organization’s recommendation “does not constitute a general recommendation of vaccinating all adults after the first booster.”

Cravioto explained that the advisory is only meant for populations at “the highest risk.” The WHO already recommends that all adults receive a Covid-19 vaccine – most of which consist of two doses – as well as a follow-up booster shot four to six months later.

Second boosters, says SAGE, should first and foremost be offered to the elderly and all immunocompromised people, as well as pregnant women and those with conditions like diabetes, hypertension and cardiac, lung and kidney disease.

“The recommendation aims to control the pandemic and mortality among high-risk populations, but it is not a general recommendation to vaccinate the entire population after the first booster administration, as described in the roadmap,” explained Cravioto.

SAGE’s experts noted that the current booster recommendations are only meant for the vaccines that are currently available, which were designed to tackle the initial Covid-19 strain. The advisory group stated that they do not know how exactly the novel coronavirus could evolve in the near future or what kind of characteristics future variants could obtain, suggesting that additional doses may be needed “within 4-12 months after the second booster, especially in persons most vulnerable to severe disease and death.”


ワクチン問題に関するWHOの仮想記者会見で、SAGEのアレハンドロ・クラビオト議長は、この組織の勧告は "1回目のブースター後にすべての成人にワクチン接種を行うという一般的勧告を構成するものではない "と述べました。

Cravioto氏は、この勧告は "最もリスクが高い "集団のみを対象としていると説明している。WHOはすでに、すべての成人にCovid-19ワクチン(そのほとんどは2回接種)を接種し、さらに4〜6カ月後にフォローアップのブースター注射をすることを推奨しています。




posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:31| Comment(0) | Covid19


Ukraine conflict could end Western hegemony – Hungary
Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he doesn’t believe the West can win militarily in Ukraine and argues that sanctions are failing

The deadly conflict in Ukraine has the potential to “demonstratively” put an end to Western hegemony globally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed.

In an interview with German online magazine Tichys Einblick, published on Thursday, Orban said he expects the European Union to emerge weaker in the global arena once the fighting in Ukraine is over.

The Hungarian leader argued that the West is incapable of winning the conflict militarily, and that the sanctions it has imposed on Moscow have failed to destabilize Russia. To make matters worse, the punitive measures have spectacularly backfired on Europe, he said.

Orban also noted that a “large part of the world” is clearly not getting behind the US when it comes to Ukraine. He pointed to “the Chinese, Indians, Brazilians, South Africa, the Arab world, Africa” as regions not supporting the Western line on the conflict.

“It is quite possible that it will be this war that will demonstratively put an end to Western supremacy,” Orban said.

On the other hand, non-EU powers are already benefiting from the situation, he said, pointing toward Russia, which “has its own energy sources.”

The premier noted that while EU energy imports from Russia have plummeted, Russia’s majority state-owned gas giant Gazprom has seen its revenues skyrocket.

Beijing, too, is now better off than before the start of the conflict, Orban claimed. He explained that China had previously been “at the mercy of the Arabs,” but is not anymore, apparently referring to the oil market.

The other beneficiaries, in the Hungarian prime minister’s view, are “big American corporations.” To prove his point, Orban pointed to profits doubling for Exxon, quadrupling for Chevron and increasing six-fold for ConocoPhillips.

While going along with EU sanctions against Russia, Hungary has maintained a neutral stance since the outbreak of the conflict, by not providing either side with weapons or making any harsh statements against Moscow or Kiev.

Budapest has insisted that it cannot not risk the security of Hungarians, and will not be dragged into the conflict.

Moreover, Orban and other Hungarian top officials have repeatedly criticized some of the EU sanctions, claiming that they harm the EU more than they do Russia.

Back in May, Hungary entered into a direct confrontation with the EU leadership over a Russian oil embargo. Budapest lifted its veto only after it carved out an exemption for the fuel imported via pipelines.
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