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Ukrainian ‘terrorist attack’ foiled – Transnistria officials
The leader of the Moldovan breakaway republic was the target of an assassination attempt, media reports claim

Security officials in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria have claimed that they foiled “a terrorist attack” targeting prominent figures that was allegedly planned by neighboring Ukraine. The suspects are being interrogated, the region’s State Security Ministry (MGB) said on Thursday. Transnistria borders Ukraine from the southwest.
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Top US general visits troops in Syria
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley has defended the ongoing occupation as necessary to ensure US security
US troops occupying the petroleum-rich region of northeastern Syria have gotten a surprise visit from America’s top-ranking general and a vote of confidence that their illegal deployment is absolutely necessary to keep Americans safe.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley made an unannounced stop at a US base in Syria on Saturday, reportedly to review defenses against attacks by militants and evaluate efforts to prevent a re-emergence by the Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group. After the visit, he told reporters traveling with him that US troops and their local allies are making progress in ensuring that IS won’t rise up again.

Asked whether the Syrian occupation is worth the risks that it carries, Milley said removing the troops would jeopardize the security of the US and its allies. “If you think that that’s important, then the answer is ‘Yes,’” he said. “I happen to think that’s important. So I think that an enduring defeat of ISIS and continuing to support our friends and allies in the region… I think those are important tasks that can be done.”

The partial occupation under the banner of fighting terrorism has dragged on since 2014, in violation of Syria’s sovereignty. It has continued even after the virtual destruction of the group by Russian, Syrian and Iranian forces elsewhere across the country. It has also outlived the US-backed regime-change operation that failed to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.

The US hasn’t set a target date for withdrawing its approximately 900 troops in Syria. US Army General Matthew McFarlane, commander of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, has said that Washington envisions its partners developing a “sustainable capacity and capability to keep ISIS in check,” but that will only happen “over time.”

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz introduced a bill last month to end US military deployments to Syria, arguing that lawmakers never authorized the mission. “The United States is currently not in a war with or against Syria, so why are we conducting dangerous military operations there?” he asked. Gaetz added that putting America first means “actually putting the people of our country first – not the interests of the military industrial complex.”

Then-President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of all remaining troops from Syria in 2019, but backtracked later that year, saying: “We’re keeping the oil… We left troops behind only for the oil.”


シリアの占領は、それがもたらすリスクに見合うものなのか、と問われたミレー氏は、部隊を撤収すれば、米国とその同盟国の安全保障が危うくなる、と述べた。それが重要だと考えるなら、答えは "Yes "だ」と述べた。「私はたまたま、それが重要だと考えている。だから、ISISの永続的な敗北と、地域の友人や同盟国を支援し続けること...それらは、できる重要な仕事だと思う。"


米国は、シリアに駐留する約900人の部隊を撤退させる目標期日を設定していない。イラクとシリアにおける米国主導の連合軍の司令官であるマシュー・マクファーレン米陸軍大将は、ワシントンはパートナーが「ISISを牽制する持続可能な能力と性能」を開発することを想定していると述べているが、それは "時間をかけて" しか実現しないだろう。

共和党のマット・ゲッツ下院議員は先月、シリアへの米軍派遣を終了させる法案を提出し、議員達がこの任務を許可したことはないと主張している。「米国は現在、シリアと戦争をしているわけでも、シリアに対して戦争をしているわけでもないのに、なぜそこで危険な軍事作戦を展開しているのか」と問いかけた。ゲーツ氏は、アメリカ第一主義とは、"軍産複合体の利益ではなく、実際に我が国の国民を第一に考える "ということだと付け加えた。


US Congress rejects Syria troop pullout
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz castigated fellow lawmakers for voting to prolong America’s “forever wars”
共和党のマット・ゲッツ議員は、アメリカの "永遠の戦争 "を長引かせるために投票した同僚議員を非難した。








US lawmakers have voted down a bill seeking to withdraw all American troops from Syria, opting to continue the years-long military occupation despite repeated objections from the government in Damascus, which has rejected the armed presence as illegal.

While 56 Democrats joined 47 Republicans to back the GOP-sponsored bill, the Syria War Powers Resolution failed to pass in a 103-321 vote on Wednesday, facing stiff bipartisan opposition.

Introduced by Florida Republican Matt Gaetz last month, the legislation would have directed President Joe Biden to remove the 900 US troops still deployed to the Middle Eastern nation within a period of six months. Arguing that Congress never authorized military action in Syria to begin with, Gaetz slammed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle following the ill-fated vote.

“There is no role for the United States of America in Syria. We are not a Middle Eastern power. We have tried to build a democracy out of sand, blood, and Arab militias,” he said on the House floor. “Time and again, the work we do does not reduce chaos. Oftentimes, it causes chaos – the very chaos that then subsequently leads to terrorism. While today’s vote may have failed, my fight to end forever wars and bring our troops home has only just begun.”

Opponents of the War Powers Resolution voiced fears that a US pullout could mean the revival of terrorist groups in the region. Democrat Gregory Meeks argued that while he does not support an “indefinite” deployment, a withdrawal would be “premature.” He did not offer an alternative timeframe for when US forces should leave the country, having occupied Syrian territory intermittently for nearly a decade despite years of vocal objections from the government in Damascus.

Gaetz said several prior Inspector General reports concluded a resurgence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria was “unlikely,” instead claiming the American presence has served as a “recruiting tool” for the infamous terrorist cell.

“We have to also acknowledge Syria and Iraq are the two countries on the planet Earth where we have done the most to fund ISIS. We give weapons to these so-called moderate rebels… and it turns out they’re not that moderate,” he continued, referring to President Barack Obama’s policy to arm rebel groups seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, many of which kept close ties with Al-Qaeda and other jihadist factions.

Though Congress never approved troop deployments in Syria, three successive presidents have cited the military authorization passed after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 to support the decision. The same measure has been invoked as legal justification for more than 40 US military operations in at least 19 countries around the world since 2001, according to the Congressional Research Service.
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Russian oil shifts to Middle East – Reuters
Shipments to the UAE have been steadily growing, data shows
The United Arab Emirates has boosted its purchases of Russian crude oil despite increasing pressure from the US and its Western allies to curb trade with Moscow, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing ship tracking data and sources.

Statistics show that around 1.5 million barrels of Russian crude have been shipped to the Gulf nation since November, with overall volumes having grown since early 2022. The latest cargo with Russian Urals crude reportedly arrived at the oil hub of Fujairah earlier this month.

According to energy analytics firm Kpler, the first shipment occurred in 2019 but deliveries increased after April 2022, with a pause between July and October 2022.

Data from financial analysis platform Refinitiv Eikon shows that the first Russian crude shipment to the UAE was in 2022, with a surge in April.

The UAE has recently strengthened its economic and trade cooperation with Russia despite Western pressure. Trade between the two countries reached an all-time high last year, with the Middle Eastern state on course to become one of Russia’s top 20 economic partners.

The UAE is home to one of the world’s biggest transshipment hubs, the Jebel Ali port in Dubai, and is Russia’s largest trading partner in the region, accounting for 55% of total trade between Moscow and the Gulf countries.

US spies concerned about Russia escalation risk
Moscow “probably” doesn’t want direct conflict, intelligence chiefs told the Senate

America's top spies believe Russia does not want a direct military confrontation with NATO, but there is potential for the conflict in Ukraine to escalate, according to the annual threat assessment delivered to the Senate by spy chiefs on Wednesday.

“Russian leaders thus far have avoided taking actions that would broaden the Ukraine conflict beyond Ukraine’s borders, but the risk for escalation remains significant,” according to the 2023 Annual Threat Assessment report.

Compiled in February, the assessment was made public on Wednesday at the annual Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines described China as the “unparallelled priority” of US spies. Directors of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also testified at the hearing.

The 40-page report dedicates four pages to Russia, looking at both the conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s role in Central Asia, Africa and Latin America. Though the report accuses Russia of “unprovoked aggression” in Ukraine, within a few paragraphs it admits that Moscow acted because it perceived an “existential threat in its neighborhood” that could “endanger Russian national security.”

The Ukraine conflict was described as “a tectonic event that is reshaping Russia’s relationships with the West and China, and more broadly in ways that are unfolding and remain highly uncertain.”
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EU energy bills soared 300% – von der Leyen
The European Commission chief attributed the unprecedented surge to Russia cutting off its gas supply by 80%
EU member states saw their energy bills skyrocket by at least 300% last summer after a dramatic reduction of Russian gas supplies, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

According to the EC chief, the bloc managed to replace the shortfall in Russian natural gas by purchasing more from alternative suppliers, as well as by increasing energy efficiency by reducing consumption by 20%.

“Russia cut its gas supply to Europe by 80% in eight months, sending energy prices in Europe soaring,” von der Leyen said addressing a joint session of the Canadian parliament. “Last summer, our energy bills rose by 300%.”

The top official alleged that Russian officials tried to blackmail Brussels by reducing the supplies as EU nations were heavily dependent on Russian gas.
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Ukraine reports multiple missile strikes on key infrastructure
Kiev’s energy minister says key sites in seven regions have come under attack

Energy infrastructure has come under attack in seven Ukrainian regions, the country’s energy minister German Galushko stated on Thursday morning.

Power-related sites in Kiev, Nikolaev, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk and Zhitomir regions were struck by Russian missiles, Galushko claimed.

The Zaporozhye Region became part of Russia last year, after a referendum there showed overwhelming support for joining Moscow. Kiev rejected the ballot as a “sham” and remains in control of the northern part of the region.

Kiev’s top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, added that Russia's latest barrage involved over 80 missiles targeting sites across the country.

The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces said that Russia had launched six hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, as well as eight kamikaze drones. He claimed that many of them were intercepted or diverted from their intended targets.

The Ukrainian nuclear authority Energoatom reported that electricity supply to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which is controlled by Russia, had been cut.

It claimed the power loss was due to “Russian rocket shelling,” but Vladimir Rogov, a senior Russian official in Zaporozhye Region, denied that there was any military action in the area that could have impacted supply. He alleged that Ukrainians had shut down the link “out of spite,” forcing the use of on-site backup generators.

DTEK, a leading Ukrainian utility, said that three power plants were damaged, without specifying their locations. A company update on repair work indicated that the Odessa Region was one of those affected.

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko stated on social media that there were at least two powerful explosions in the Ukrainian capital, with two people said to be injured. Roughly 40% of electricity consumers in the city have been left without power due to emergency shutdowns, he said.

Blackouts have been announced as a “preventive step” to avoid possible damage to the grid, according to the Kiev Region administration. The disruption prompted national train operator Ukrzaliznytsia to roll out backup diesel trains, notifying passengers of expected delays.

The Russian armed forces have launched regular attacks on parts of Ukraine's energy infrastructure, which they describe as crucial to its military capabilities, though Moscow has yet to confirm Thursday's alleged missile barrage.









キエフ市長のVitaly Klitschko氏はソーシャルメディアで、ウクライナの首都で少なくとも2回の強力な爆発があり、2人が負傷したと述べている。同市の電力消費者のおよそ40%が緊急停止により停電しているという。


Moscow conducts major ‘retaliation strike’ on Ukraine
The missile barrage came in response to a terrorist attack on Russia’s Bryansk region, the Ministry of Defense has said
Russian forces have delivered a massive missile strike on Ukraine’s military infrastructure as retaliation for Kiev's terrorist attack on Bryansk border region earlier this month, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. It added that all assigned targets had been hit.

In a statement, the ministry said that the attack involved “high-precision long-range air, sea, and land-based weapons, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system.” The latter has a range of more than 2,000 km.

“The massive retaliation strike” hit key elements of Ukraine's military infrastructure, defense industry complexes as well as energy facilities that contribute to their operations. “The mission has been accomplished. All assigned targets have been hit," the statement said.

The ministry went on to say that the barrage destroyed attack drone bases and disrupted the transportation of reserves and foreign weapons. The attack also disabled facilities used for repairing military equipment and ammunition production, it claimed.


"大規模な報復攻撃 "は、ウクライナの軍事インフラ、防衛産業複合体、およびそれらの運用に寄与するエネルギー施設の主要な要素を攻撃した。"ミッションは達成された。任務は完了し、割り当てられた標的はすべて攻撃された」と声明は述べています。




これに先立ち、ウクライナ当局は全国のエネルギー施設に対する攻撃を報告し、首都キエフを含むいくつかの都市で部分的な停電が発生したという。ウクライナ軍総司令官のValery Zaluzhny将軍は、今回の攻撃には80発以上のミサイルが含まれていると主張した。

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Rep. @Jim_Jordan
: 2人のトップ科学者がラボリーク理論に対するスタンスを変えた900万の理由がある

「それで、彼らが研究所から来たと言ってから3日後、彼らは立場を変えました。その間の唯一のイベントは、フォーチ博士とコリンズ博士との電話会議でした。再び、レッドフィールド氏(当時のCDCディレクター) ) はオンにすることを許可されていませんでした...そして 3 か月後、シャザム! 彼らはフォーチ博士から 900 万ドルを受け取りました。

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オハイオ州列車脱線事故 米国史上最大の環境災害になる可能性

#20 昨日、ペンシルバニア州ダーリントンの犬小屋のオーナーからのフェイスブックの更新によると、外に出て20分後に「ひどい頭痛、鼻水、目の焼けるような腫れ、眼窩内の脈動、喉のかゆみ、咳」が起こったそうです。

犬30頭と馬9頭を避難させた後、オーナーは "空気、土壌、井戸水の自主検査が行われ、安全と判断されるまで避難を続けている "と言っています。

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これは持続可能ではありません。米国のクレジット カード債務は今月、金利 25% で 1 兆ドルを超えました。
ジャストイン: 平均的なアメリカ人は、記録的な収入の 46% を家の支払いに費やしています。

一方、記録的な 36% のアメリカ人は、貯蓄よりも多くのクレジット カードの負債を抱えています。

住宅ローンの平均利率は 7.1% に達したばかりですが、クレジット カードの負債率は過去最高の 25% です。


・・・平均的な米国人は収入の 46% を家の支払いに充てている。36% の米国人は、貯蓄よりも多くのクレジット カードの負債を抱えている。クレジット カードの金利は過去最高の 25%



モーゲージとは不動産を担保にしたローンのことでアメリカ 抵当証券 30年住宅ローン利率は6%台の後半。1年前は3%程度でした。

NEW: 驚くべき数のアメリカ人が、仕事を持っていても、すでに苦しんでいます
約 2,500 万人が、クレジット カード、自動車ローン、または個人ローンの支払いを滞納しています。 2009年以来、それは見られませんでした
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中国の改革 先端分野、金融面で大きい

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Police break up anti-government protest in Georgia
Demonstrators besieged the parliament in Tbilisi over proposed laws on “foreign agents”
Riot police in Tbilisi deployed tear gas and water cannons late on Tuesday to disperse demonstrators besieging the Georgian parliament in protest over bills that would restrict the activities of foreign-funded organizations.

Though some of the protesters dispersed, live feeds from local TV networks showed thousands still gathered outside the parliament entrance on Rustaveli Avenue, defying police orders to leave or face “legal measures.”

Police eventually advanced on the protesters and pushed them away from the parliament building. By 3 am local time, the crowds had mostly dispersed, according to local media.

Earlier in the day, Georgian lawmakers voted 76-13 in favor of a bill that would mandate all organizations that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as foreign agents. The other proposal under consideration was patterned after the American FARA, enacted in the 1930s, which would have applied to individuals and included criminal penalties.

Opposition parties denounced the bill as “Russian” in style. They were backed by the US embassy in Tbilisi, which called its passage a “dark day for democracy” in Georgia and said it would “undermine the important work of many Georgian organizations helping fellow citizens.”

EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell has also described the proposed bill as contrary to EU values and called on Georgia to support “democracy, rule of law and human rights.”

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who is currently visiting the US, endorsed the protests and said she would veto the law if it were to pass in the final reading.

“This law was not needed by anyone, and it does not come from anywhere, if not at the behest of Moscow,” she said in a video address from New York. “I do not care about its article-by-article discussion, its similarity to the old American law, which we well know serves a completely different purpose.”

The Georgian constitution, Zurabishvili continued, says the government’s principal obligation is “to bring this country to the European Union, to protect the path of European integration,” and the law in question is “taking us all away from Europe.”

Born in France, Zurabishvili was the French ambassador to Tbilisi in 2004, when the US-backed “Rose Revolution” brought Mikhail Saakashvili to power. She quickly received Georgian citizenship and became the country’s foreign minister. The ruling Georgian Dream party – which ousted Saakashvili in 2012 – endorsed Zurabishvili in the 2018 presidential election, but they have since fallen out.
"外国人工作員 "に関する法律案をめぐり、トビリシでデモ隊が議会を包囲





EUの外交政策責任者であるジョゼップ・ボレルも、この法案をEUの価値観に反するとし、グルジアに対して "民主主義、法の支配、人権 "を支持するよう呼びかけました。




ネオコンは、ロシアの影響力の増大に怯えているため、グルジアのカラー革命に「青信号」が与えられました。外国代理人に関する法律はグルジアの NGO に打撃を与えており、それらは国務省によって 99% 資金提供されています。
Opposition besieges Georgian parliament
Protesters against “foreign agents” law clashed with riot police again
Thousands of demonstrators, some wearing gas masks and helmets, surrounded the parliament building in Tbilisi on Wednesday evening, protesting a law that would curb foreign-funded NGOs. Police used tear gas, water cannons and flash-bangs in an attempt to disperse them.

In a repeat of Tuesday’s clashes, protesters used Molotov cocktails and fireworks against the police, drawing a forceful response. The authorities are trying to unblock the parliament building and push the demonstrators away, according to local media.

Live-streams of the protest showed demonstrators attempting to breach the gates and enter the parliament building. Several windows on the building were broken. At one point, gunshots could be heard.

EU threatens Georgia over ‘foreign agent’ law
Senior MEP says Tbilisi’s legislative move endangers its “European course”
Georgia risks “significant withdrawal of EU support” if it proceeds with the law on registering foreign agents, Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan said on Wednesday. The vice-president of the European People's Party bloc in the European Parliament told Romania’s Digi 24 outlet that requiring NGOs to disclose foreign funding was an attack on democracy.

Ukraine endorses Georgia unrest
Vladimir Zelensky wished “democratic success” to activists besieging the parliament in Tbilisi
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共和党のリーダー ゼレンスキー氏の招聘に態度を示す

Republican leader responds to Zelensky’s invitation
With his party split on continued military aid to Ukraine, Kevin McCarthy said he won’t visit Kiev
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has invited US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to visit Kiev, in a bid to “help him with his position” on military aid to the country. While McCarthy has promised not to authorize “blank checks” to Kiev, he backed a multibillion dollar arms package last year.

“Mr. McCarthy, he has to come here to see how we work, what’s happening here, what war caused us, which people are fighting now, who are fighting now. And then after that, make your assumptions,” Zelensky told CNN on Wednesday. Visiting Ukraine, Zelensky continued, “would help [McCarthy] with his position.”

Dozens of Democrats and Republicans have made the journey to Kiev in the year since Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began. President Joe Biden visited the Ukrainian capital last month, while McCarthy’s predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, met with Zelensky in Kiev last May.

McCarthy has not made the trip, and told CNN that he has no plans to change this. “Let’s be very clear about what I said: no blank checks, OK? So, from that perspective, I don’t have to go to Ukraine to understand whether there’s a blank check or not,” he told CNN. “I will continue to get my briefings, but I don’t have to go to Ukraine or Kiev to see it.”

While the Democratic Party has unanimously backed President Biden’s policy of propping up Ukraine’s government and military “for as long as it takes,” the GOP is split on the issue. Although McCarthy sided with the majority of House and Senate Republicans in authorizing a $40 billion package of military and economic aid for Ukraine last summer, he led the party’s campaign to retake the House of Representatives in November with a promise to veto any further “blank checks” for Kiev.

He has since stated that he now supports increased oversight of this aid, rather than a reduction. Furthermore, he criticized Biden on Wednesday for not acting “quickly enough” to arm Ukraine, in CNN’s words.

Despite the Republicans winning a majority in the House, McCarthy still had to negotiate with more than a dozen hardline conservative holdouts to win the speakership vote, many of them opponents of continued US assistance to Ukraine. One of the concessions struck between McCarthy and this group was a measure that would allow him to be removed as speaker with only five votes, meaning he has to work to keep these Ukraine-skeptic lawmakers on side.

Some 11 of these lawmakers, led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, recently introduced a resolution seeking to cut off the supply of arms to Ukraine and demanding that Zelensky seek peace talks with Russia.
共和党のリーダー ゼレンスキー氏の招聘に態度を示す








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