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‘A bomb of some kind’? Trump says US military officials ‘think’ deadly Beirut blast was an ATTACK
President Trump has claimed the blast that rocked Beirut was likely an “attack,” citing US military officials who “seem to believe” the explosion was not accidental, despite widespread reports it was a chemical warehouse accident.

The blast erupted at a port warehouse in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people and leaving thousands injured. Though the exact cause of the explosion has not been determined, and no Lebanese official has labeled the incident an attack, Trump told reporters that the Pentagon believes a bomb was involved.

“It would seem like it based on the explosion,” Trump said when asked whether the blast was the result of an attack.

I met with some of our great generals, they seem to feel this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of event.. they seem to think it was an attack, it was a bomb of some kind.

Though rumors and speculation of a potential foul play swirled on social media following the explosion, both the Israeli military and the Hezbollah militant group have denied any involvement, while Lebanese officials have also brushed aside suggestions of an Israeli rocket attack. Instead, the head of the country's General Security Directorate, Abbas Ibrahim, said an “incident” at a chemical depot set off the blast, suggesting it was accidental.

Some 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate – a chemical commonly used in fertilizers, but also in explosives – had been improperly stored at the port warehouse since 2014, President Michel Aoun said in a tweet, calling it “unacceptable” while vowing that those responsible would face the “most severe penalties.”

WATCH enormous Beirut blast from 15 synchronized camera angles as mystery surrounding its cause persists
Videos of the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut that left over 70 people dead and thousands wounded continue to emerge, painting a comprehensive picture of the destruction - though shedding no light on its cause.

A mega-compilation of 15 different videos from witnesses to Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion in Lebanon’s capital has been compiled by RT. The synced-up clips give some idea of the far-reaching devastation caused by the blast, which authorities have traced to a 2,750-ton stash of explosive ammonium nitrate in a warehouse by the port (certainly not an Israeli missile, Lebanese and Israeli authorities as well as Hezbollah have stressed).

The casualty count continues to climb and hospitals in Beirut are said to be exceeding capacity. The blast was reportedly heard as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles away from the port.

Despite the explanations supplied by Lebanese authorities, US President Donald Trump apparently felt compelled to weigh in on the incident during a press conference Tuesday evening, suggesting - “based on the explosion” - that it was an “attack, it was a bomb of some kind” after consulting with Pentagon generals.


Secretary General of Kataeb Party killed in Beirut Port explosion
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Secretary General of the Kataeb Party, Nizar Najarian, was reported dead after suffering a severe injury at the party’s headquarters during the massive blast at the Port of Beirut on Tuesday.

According to LBCI, the party’s secretary general died as a result of a severe head injury at the party’s headquarters, Beit Al-Wassit (Central House), in Beirut.

Beirut explosion seems a catastrophic ‘accident similar to 2001 Toulouse fertilizer factory blast,’ detonations expert tells RT
The massive blast that shook Beirut was likely caused by a fatal mishandling of hazardous materials, mirroring the explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant in France some two decades ago, a chemist and detonations expert told RT.

Tuesday’s explosion tore through a port chemical depot and sent a towering fireball and mushroom cloud into the sky over Beirut, leaving more than 70 people dead and some 4,000 injured. Though US President Donald Trump has mused that the incident was an “attack” caused by “some kind of bomb,” Frolov – who heads the combustion and explosion department at the Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow – said he’s confident the blast was a catastrophic accident.

The casualty count continues to climb and hospitals in Beirut are said to be exceeding capacity. The blast was reportedly heard as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles away from the port.

Despite the explanations supplied by Lebanese authorities, US President Donald Trump apparently felt compelled to weigh in on the incident during a press conference Tuesday evening, suggesting - “based on the explosion” - that it was an “attack, it was a bomb of some kind” after consulting with Pentagon generals.
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Concerns Over SAS Executing Unarmed Afghan People Withheld From Judge, Report Claims

Concerns Over SAS Executing Unarmed Afghan People Withheld From Judge, Report Claims

Fears over Special Air Service (SAS) troops killing innocent Afghans were reportedly expressed in emails disclosed to the High Court by an Afghani civilian, Saifullah Yar, who is demanding an investigation into the killing of his family in an SAS raid.

Senior officers from Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) expressed great concerns in emails over a so-called "rogue" SAS unit executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan in 2011, The Times reported.

The alleged emails revealed that in a period of three months at least 33 people were killed during night raids at their homes, after surrendering but reportedly trying to pick up weapons. In one of the messages, an SAS commander said that the "disturbing" allegations raised the possibility of "a deliberate policy among the unit to engage and kill fighting-aged males even when they did not pose a threat".

The "disclosed" documents suggested there was a "horrifying pattern" behind the deadly night raids.

The cache of emails was reportedly disclosed as part of a case brought by Afghani resident Saifullah Yar, who wants justice for four of his relatives killed in one of the raids. According to the report, when the judge asked Defence Secretary Ben Wallace why the evidence was withheld earlier, Wallace claimed it was "not new".

"This is not new evidence and this historical case has already been independently investigated. These documents were considered as part of the independent investigations, which concluded there was insufficient evidence to refer the case for prosecution", he allegedly said.

Investigations into the "rogue" SAS unit were launched in 2017 after reports emerged that these troops allegedly committed "war crimes", killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and falsifying mission reports to cover up the murders. The government, however, was reluctant to continue pursuing the investigation, thereby garnering accusations of a cover-up.

Afghanistan has been mired in political instability for decades, first a civil war and the Taliban insurgency, then a US-led invasion to purportedly curb terrorism. Forces from the United Kingdom were present in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014 as part of a mission called the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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共同2020/7/29 13:35 (JST)7/29 13:39 (JST)updated







毎日新聞2020年7月30日 19時22分(最終更新 7月30日 19時23分)
「女性議員3割」達成に意欲 来月20日までに戦略策定指示 自民・下村選対委員長


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:06| Comment(4) | 国際・政治

専門家の一部は 市場の先行きをこう見ている

‘Nasty days’ ahead for US stock markets no matter what government does, chief strategist tells Boom Bust

Jobless claims in the US are up for the first time in months as the pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country. Meanwhile, the government is set to release the next round of stimulus funding to support the economy.

RT’s Boom Bust talks to Todd Horwitz of Bubba Trading about the new stimulus and the stock market’s reaction to that.

“We know that at some point markets are going to crack again, and probably hit the lows that we saw in March,” says Horwitz.

According to him, when you look at markets, “this is a typical type of action and a possible direction change. We can’t time it, but we can watch the action and be prepared for it.”

“What’s very important, we are going to get some nasty days no matter what happens or where we’re going, the market will get some nasty sell-offs,” Horwitz added.


私の個人的、直感的な印象ですが、次なる市場のsell offの後は、価格水準が元には戻らないのではないかと考えています。資産価格が相対的に大きく変化するはずです。




‘The world is going back to a GOLD STANDARD as the US dollar is about to collapse’ – Peter Schiff
As the world grapples with Covid-19, precious metals’ prices are pushing higher. Massive moves in gold and silver are coming, according to veteran stockbroker Peter Schiff.

He says silver may hit $50 per ounce. The rally will be short-lived, however, with Schiff describing the metal as “the new bitcoin.”

The rise in gold and silver price is “about to explode” and this is just the beginning of a much bigger move, according to Schiff.

“We’re barely getting started,” the CEO of Euro Pacific said in his podcast. He explained that is also coinciding with what’s happening to the US dollar, because gold is the greenback’s “principle competitor” when it comes to reserve assets.

“The US dollar is about to collapse and when it does, gold is going to take its place. The bottom can drop out of the dollar any day, and gold could go through the roof any day. So, this is a real race and you have to get out of the dollar before it’s too late,” Schiff said.

The yellow metal “will resume its role at the center of the monetary system,” and “the world is going back to a gold standard whether the Federal Reserve wants it or not.”

And that could happen as soon as this year or the next, according to Schiff.


※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/27のツイート

※ 旅人 @ Worldwide Traveler@Traveler33_3氏の2020/7/27のツイート








※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/8/1のツイート

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/8/1のツイート

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:02| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


犯罪国家イスラエル! おぞましすぎるがこれが現実


※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/5/17のツイート


※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/11/3のツイート
犯罪国家イスラエル! きょう何度も流されている映像。足止めしたパレスチナ人を放ち、行けと言っておいて、ライフルで射殺。殺人をエンジョイするイスラエル軍。


こんなことは絶対に許されない。以下は2019/11/4 0:30時点で収録。

The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy@ThePIPD・2h
Viewer discretion is advised: After #Israeli occupation forces yell at him to leave, the young #Palestinian man puts up his arms and walks away. He is then shot in the back by the Israeli soldiers.

STOPPED, RELEASED, , , Then ❝❝Shot Dead❞❞
After stopping this #Palestinian worker who was returning home from work at evening hours, #Israeli occupation forces released him & ordered him to go back where he came from, , , , then, they shot him in ❝COLD BLOOD❞

Anwar Pal@AnwarPrinceP・8h
WATCH: killing for fun by #ISraeli soldiers, killing a peaceful innocent Palestinian who doesn’t present any threat to them. #ISraeliCrimes #Terrorism #FreePalestine #GroupPalestine


MOSCOW, Feb 7 - RIA News. The airliner with 172 passengers, which was approaching for landing, almost fell under the fire of the Syrian air defense, which reflected the Israeli attack near Damascus, the plane was taken to the Russian Hmeimim air base, the Russian Ministry of Defense reports.
According to the military, after 2 a.m. on Thursday, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets without entering Syrian airspace launched a surprise attack with eight air-to-ground missiles on the outskirts of Damascus.

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/2/8のツイート



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:22| Comment(11) | 国際・政治


※ Russian Mission UN@RussiaUNの2020/7/30のツイート
#Nebenzia: We mentioned already the news spreading in the media about the #oil spills. From a damaged storage facility oil gets into nearby streams, poisoning the #Euphrates
雫 drain. According to experts, it's an ecological time bomb not only for #Syriaシリア国旗 but also for #Iraqイラク国旗.

※ Russian Mission UN@RussiaUNの2020/7/30のツイート
#Nebenzia: #USアメリカ国旗, occupying #Syrianシリア国旗
oil fields, doesn't provide either financial or technical assistance to solve the oil spills problem. W/ production of 100 000 barrels/day, amounting to 太字のドル記号30-40 mln monthly, nothing's done to protect the #environment. http://bit.ly/3ga0nnG
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Passenger: US Officials Lie about Fighter Jets’ Move against Iran’s Civil Airliner
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Lebanese female passenger of Mahan Airline's Tehran-Beirut Thursday flight said American officials are lying about the route and distance of their fighter jets, and added that the two fighters had approached the civil plane in a provocative way.

Fatimah Hamdan of Tehran-Beirut flight No. 1152 described her witness account on the harassment of two US fighter jets against the passenger plane.

“We were in the Syrian space at 7:15 when suddenly a fighter jet approached us very much. Contrary to what they [Americans] claim that they were one kilometer away from the plane, their fight jets were in a short distance. Before I could hold my camera to take photos, all of sudden, I heard a noise and our plane started reducing altitude in the sky, and unfortunately nobody had fastened the belt - as it was not the time for it - and everyone rose to the air,” Hamdan said to Sputnik News Agency.

The fighter jets wouldn’t leave us; they were flying over and under [our] plane. Then the first fighter left and the second one appeared and started maneuvering and flew for a while over our head. Then it left, she added.

Calling the American fighter jets’ move as provocative and unnatural, the Lebanese lady went on to say that all passengers were horrified as nobody expected such an event.

Fatimah Hamdan, then, continued that most of the passengers got injuries as a result of sudden rising from their seats and hitting the ceiling with their head or shoulder.

She noted that the two American fighter jets flew for 3-4 minutes around the passenger plane and the Iranian plane landed at Beirut airport eventually calmly.

Two US fighter jets approached a Mahan Air Tehran-Beirut flight over the Syrian sky in a highly risky move and the captain of the Iranian passenger plane was forced to make a sudden change of direction and altitude, causing several injuries.

The captain of Mahan Air Flight No. 1152 later said the pilots of the two hostile planes have identified themselves as US army pilots during a radio contact.

A video posted by a reporter of Iran's state-run TV who was aboard the plane showed an F-15 fighter jet from the window of the plane and comments from a passenger who had blood on his face.

In a later interview from Beirut, the reporter said three passengers have been wounded during "the US planes' intentional move".

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran's Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi has informed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the incident, and warned that "in case of any incident for this plane on the way back home, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the United States responsible".

"A similar message has been sent to the Swiss ambassador to Tehran," the spokesman added. The Swiss embassy hosts the US interests section in Iran in absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Mahan Air told FNA later that several passengers wounded during the incident were taken to a hospital in Beirut and others evacuated the plane sound and safe.

It said the passenger jetliner refueled to fly back to Iran.

The jetliner flew back home early Friday morning.

Minister of Road and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said threatening of Iran’s passenger plane by US fighter jets is a terrorist move, and added that CAOI has filed a complaint at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Speaking to FNA on Friday about the hostile move of the US fighter jets against the Iranian Mahan Airbus late on Thursday, Eslami said, “This is a terrorist act which has been carried out by the US lawless and oppressive government. This is considered an international aggression typical of the lawless American government.”

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran called for urgent investigation by ICAO into the threat posed by the US fighter jets to the Iranian passenger plane.

"Iran considers the US fighter jets' threats as blatant instance of the violation of international law, regulations and aviation standards," the CAOI wrote in a communique on Friday.

Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneidi also said disturbing a passenger plane is equal to the violation of indispensable international rules and regulations.

Causing of disturbance for a passenger plane amounts to violation of the inalienable principles of international rules, Joneidi wrote in a note on Friday.

“The behavior of the fighter jets against Flight No. 1152 of Mahan Air and creating trouble for the passenger plane, and that in a third country’s soil [airspace], is in flagrant violation of aviation security and infringing the principle of freedom of flight for civil planes,” she said, and noted, “Furthermore, it is in contrast to article 3 and article 44 of Chicago Convention, the relevant appendices and Montreal 1971 Convention."

Joneindi underlined that the explanations presented by the US are unjustifiable and unconvincing; thus, “the measures taken by these fighters have caused international responsibility for their government and is liable to legal prosecution, including at the ICAO and International Court of Tribunal.”
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アフガンにいるタリバンの幹部のようです。襟のついた白いシャツに黒いチョッキ。前列右から2人の人はチョッキの胸ポケットにハンカチが見えます。白い帽子をかぶってこれが正式な装い? 暑いからターバンは巻いていないのでしょう。


中央がタリバンのポリティカルチーフ Stanikzai スタニクザイ。








Afghan president Ghani orders release of Taliban prisoners, important point of deal with US
President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree pardoning Taliban fighters held in Afghan prisons. The move was part of the peace deal Washington made with the group, but official Kabul hesitated to act on it, demanding guarantees.

The Afghan president “has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban prisoners in accordance with an accepted framework for the start of negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted on Tuesday, announcing the measure.

The decree will see around 1,500 Taliban militants freed from prisons across Afghanistan, starting within the next four days. Each of them will have to provide a written guarantee that they won’t be returning to the battlefield.

The Taliban have promised to honor the deal, saying that they would release around 1,000 Afghan government troops as part of the swap.

Under the agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in Qatar last month, as many as 5,000 members of the militant movement were to be released by March 10, to pave the way to intra-Afghan talks on the future of the country.

However, the deal got stuck in Kabul, where Ghani demanded “executive guarantees” the freed prisoners would not take up arms again.

In the meantime, Taliban attacks on the government forces continued. Last week, around 20 Afghan soldiers and police were killed in clashes with the group, forcing the US to retaliate with an airstrike and put the fragile ceasefire at risk of a collapse.

American troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier on Tuesday, however, with the US military’s spokesman Sonny Leggett announcing the start of the “conditions-based reduction of forces to 8,600 over 135 days.”

With the US determined to withdraw and leave the authorities in Kabul to fend for themselves, Ghani appears to have changed his mind in an effort to shore up his legitimacy. His re-election in the September 2019 polls, validated only three weeks ago, has been disputed as fraudulent by challenger and former aide Abdullah Abdullah.

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ロールスロイスのエンジンを積んだBoeing 737 がエンジン停止の恐れ? 韓国当局の動きが早い

South Korea’s Transport Ministry has told local carriers to carry out emergency inspections of Boeing 737s shortly after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the jets could be at risk of dual-engine failure.

In an emergency order released on Saturday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) said that nearly 150 jets operated by nine companies are subject to the checks. The inspections will target older Boeing 737 models (not Max planes which are still grounded) that are parked for at least seven straight days, or have had less than 11 flights since being returned to service.

The precautionary measure comes on the heels of the FAA’s Emergency Airworthiness Directive that instructed air companies to inspect some stored Boeing 737 aircraft as the air check valves on the planes could become corroded. This may cause a complete loss of power in both engines without the ability to restart and may force pilots to land before reaching an airport.

Most of the planes affected by the FAA directive are in the US, where around 2,000 older Boeing single-aisle jets have remained grounded as the coronavirus pandemic all but erased travel demand. Meanwhile, India has also ordered three domestic operators which have Boeing 737s in their fleet – SpiceJet, Vistara, and Air India Express – to conduct inspections.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:29| Comment(1) | 国際・政治


Top US general visits Israel




Top US general visits Israel amid heightened border tension
JERUSALEM - America's top general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday for talks on "Iran and regional security challenges", Israel's army said as it confirmed a reinforced presence on its northern border.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alternate premier and Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Israel's army chief Aviv Kohavi.

Earlier on Friday, explosions on the Syrian side of the security fence in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights caused damage to a vehicle and a civilian building on the Israeli side, an army statement said.

The army said it was investigating the incident, and it was not immediately clear if there had been an attempted attack on Israeli positions from within Syria.

On Monday, five Iran-backed fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike south of the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian regime, said one of its fighters was among the dead.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the country's civil war in 2011, but rarely comments on such operations.

The Israeli army then announced an initial reinforcement of the northern border on Thursday, with Israeli media reporting the move was made in response to threats of retaliation from Hezbollah.

A further troop reinforcement on the northern border was announced on Friday, with the army saying it had "elevated its readiness against various potential enemy actions".

"The Israel Defence Forces holds the Lebanese Government responsible for all actions emanating from Lebanon," the statement said, without making reference to Hezbollah.

Gantz said Milley's visit underscored the close security ties between Washington and the Jewish state and warned Israel was "ready for any scenario and any threat".

"I do not suggest our enemies to test us," Gantz said in the statement.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:40| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

中国の情報機器は一流でも 情報発信は三流国


米国国務省 → ロイター → 日本の支局 → 日本語訳

時には、このロイターの役割を日本の通信社や新聞社が担うことがあります。なんでこの件だけ親切に報じるの?? 無料記事でということがしばしば。






海外に支援チームを送り込みながら、なんで現地の活動状況を流さない? ロシアはRTのカメラマンが随行し、詳しく報道したのに。





posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:47| Comment(1) | 国際・政治


中国が米国のバブル、ゾンビ国家化に警戒 ロシアは米ドル資産を処分

SPUTNIK 04:00 GMT 18.07.2020
'China Minimised Economic Impact While US Risks Becoming Zombie Country,' Academic Says
Chinese exports and imports grew in June more than projected. According to the data published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, exports grew by 0.5% compared to the same period last year, while imports increased by 2.7%. These positive dynamics reflect that China is recovering from the crisis faster than expected.

This is the first time since the coronavirus outbreak when both China's exports and imports have started to grow. Most analysts expected that June would remain a month of recession: imports would drop by 10% and exports by 1.5%.

However, fiscal stimulus measures, as well as investments in infrastructure and real estate, yielded quick results.

Demand for imported rolled steel reached its peak for the last 33 months – it grew by 9.6%. Imports of crude oil also reached maximum values, climbing 9.9%. Here the demand was also spurred by Chinese oil refiners, who sought to fill their storage facilities while the oil price was low.

As a result, imports from some countries into the PRC increased at a double-digit rate. For example, June imports from the US to China increased by 11.3%, although in May this figure was in the negative zone.

Despite the pessimistic statements of some US politicians regarding the trade agreement, Chinese companies tried their best to fulfil the terms of the deal between the two countries that was concluded in January.

On the one hand, the easing of restrictive measures in response to the epidemic abroad contributed to the growth of exports. Many countries have begun to gradually open up their economies and resume business activities.

At the same time, increasing global demand for protective masks, gloves and other medical products and technological equipment also contributed to the increase in Chinese exports.

According to Chinese statistics, China's exports of medicines and pharmaceuticals increased by 23.6% in the second quarter. The sales of medical equipment to other countries soared by 46.4%.

China has undertaken various economic support measures. The authorities called on commercial banks to provide loans to support small businesses by at least 1 trillion yuan at low interest rates.

The People's Bank of China will buy back up to 400 billion yuan of these loans from commercial banks for one year. This will help commercial banks to cope with liquidity shortages.

Furthermore, 3.6 trillion yuan will be invested in the real sector, including in digital infrastructure, through the issuance of special government bonds as well as local government special-purpose bonds.

Finally, through various fiscal exemptions, as well as increasing the budget deficit to 3.6% of GDP, companies will attain an additional 3.3 trillion yuan of liquidity, which can also be used to restore business activities.

On the whole, China successfully coped with the first wave of the epidemic and was able to minimise economic losses, Jia Jinjing, assistant dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at the Renmin University of China, told Sputnik.

“China has effectively coped with the first wave of the epidemic now. It has managed to minimise the impact on the economy. Judging by domestic and foreign demand, we see that the measures are yielding results. However, the epidemiological situation remains uncertain, especially in some countries, including the US. Where the epidemic is likely to spread, the situation is very difficult to predict,” he said.

Despite the fact that China may have been able to minimise the impact of the epidemic for itself, due to China's involvement in the global value chain, the country is highly dependent on the situation in the world economy. At the same time, the US, as the expert notes, remains the main hidden threat to the global economy and finance.

“In terms of the financial or macro-level, the greatest latent risk comes from the US. The US has adopted a financial support programme that ends this month. It has not yet been announced what the next steps will be. But there are serious financial risks in the current situation that come from the US. In June, US federal revenues accounted for only one-fifth of expenditures. This means that the US will face problems servicing its own debt in the future. As debt accumulates, the US is becoming a zombie country, and this is a real danger for the global economy,” Jia Jinjing stressed.

The US has allocated $2.3 trillion to fight the current crisis, a record package of incentives. However, these anti-crisis measures are mainly limited to direct financial stimulation of the economy.

At the beginning of March, the Fed lowered the rates to zero and started implementing a policy of quantitative easing – this method was already practised during the 2008 crisis.

The quantitative easing – based on the lowest interest rates possible – is designed to sharply increase lending and, consequently, business activity and output growth. In reality, however, it turned out that cheap credit has led only to the expansion of the financial sector and speculative growth in the securities market.

From 2009 to 2019, the S&P 500 index grew by 370%. During the same period, GDP grew by less than 50%. The real sector, which supposedly provides most of the employment in most countries, was left behind, as evidenced by the accumulated structural problems in the American economy and society, such as high unemployment and growing social inequality.

China has taken into account the mistakes of the past, so the current measures taken by the Chinese authorities are aimed at maintaining the real sector. The practice has shown that huge financial incentives lead to economic imbalances and bubbles.

In fact, China's campaign against leverage, not completed so far, is precisely aimed at fighting the consequences of pumping the economy with financial doping in 2008.

But in today's situation countries can only jointly stabilise the global financial system and come out of the crisis caused by the pandemic with the least losses.

Russia adds $4.4 BILLION to forex reserves in just ONE WEEK
Russian gold and foreign currency holdings have increased to a total of $574.2 billion, according to the latest data released by the country’s central bank.

The international funds grew by $4.4 billion, or about 0.8 percent, in just one week (July 3-10). The regulator noted that the growth was driven by “positive revaluation.”

Statistics showed that since January 1 Russia boosted forex reserves by $20 billion. They were up by 18.3 percent last year.

The state's international reserves are highly liquid foreign assets comprising stocks of monetary gold, foreign currencies and Special Drawing Right (SDR) assets, which are at the disposal of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) and the government. The current level of holdings is higher than the target of $500 billion set by the CBR several years ago.

Russia has been boosting the reserves for four years running. Last year, growth totaled nearly $86 billion, while 2018 and 2017 saw increases of around $33 billion and $55 billion respectively.

The country has been also reshaping its international holdings, cutting the share of the US dollar in favor of other currencies and gold. Last year, the CBR reported that the greenback share fell from 43.7 percent to 23.6 percent in 12 months from March 2018.





※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/21のツイート

※ 熊猫さんパンダの顔ブタの顔イヌの顔クマの顔ネズミの顔@xiongmao53氏の2020/7/21のツイート
私的には、現在の米国の対中冷戦は、既に中国を取り込むことを諦めることによって、結果的に世界覇権を放棄し、中国が大きな役割を果たすであろう多極世界から孤立し、自分たちだけの一極だけを護持するという結果にしかならないと思います。実際、国際機関からの米国の脱退が続いています。 twitter.com/trappedsoldier…


The price of gold at the Comex exchange has increased by 0.6% compared to the previous session's close, reaching $ 1,904 per troy ounce.
The last time the price of gold was above $1,900 per troy ounce was in September 2011.



えっ、そんなことはいいからユーロの値上がりはどうなんだ、まだ続くのか? それに金もさらに値上がりか? それだけ答えろ!

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Several Injured After US Fighter Jets Come Close to Iranian Passenger Plane over Syrian Airspace
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several passengers were injured after two hostile US army fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over the Syrian airspace, forcing the pilot to make a sudden change of direction and altitude to avoid a collision. [+VIDEOS, PHOTOS]

Initial reports said two Israeli fighter jets approached a Mahan Air Tehran-Beirut flight over the Syrian sky in a highly risky move and the captain of the Iranian passenger plane was forced to make a sudden change of direction and altitude, causing several injuries.

While Western and Israeli media, including Reuters and Jerusalem Post, said the hostile aircraft were Israeli planes, the Israeli army denied the reports.

Yet, the captain of Mahan Air Flight No. 1152 later said the pilots of the two hostile planes have identified themselves as US army pilots during a radio contact.

A video posted by a reporter of Iran's state-run TV who was aboard the plane showed an F-15 fighter jet from the window of the plane and comments from a passenger who had blood on his face.

In a later interview from Beirut, the reporter said three passengers have been wounded during "the US planes' intentional move".

Syrian state news agency, SANA, said the incident happened in the country's sky over the "Al-Tanf border-crossing with Iraq". The US has a main base at Al-Tanf border-crossing which is supported by Ein Al-Assad airbase around 120km into Western Iraq.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran's Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi has informed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the incident, and warned that "in case of any incident for this plane on the way back home, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the United States reponsible".

"A similar message has been sent to the Swiss ambassador to Tehran," the spokesman added. The Swiss embassy hosts the US interests section in Iran in absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Mahan Air told FNA later that several passengers have been wounded during the incident and have been taken to a hospital in Beirut and others have evacuated the plane sound and safe.

It said the passenger jetliner has refueled to fly back to Iran.

At 21:30 GMT, flight tacking websites showed that the plane has crossed Syria's Al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq - the scene of the incident - on the way back home. At 22:30 GMT, reports said the jetliner has entered Iranian sky.

The Israeli air force has caused similar incidents over the Syrian sky in the last two years.

In February, an Airbus A320 passenger plane flying from Tehran to Damascus International Airport was forced to have an emergency landing at Russia's Hmeimim air base near Latakia in Northwest Syria after coming under fire from Syrian air defenses during an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian capital.

In an official account of the incident, Russia accused the Israeli army of using the civilian flight carrying 172 passengers as a shield during its air strikes on targets in Syria on February 7.

"The recourse to civilian aircraft as cover or to block a riposte by Syrian forces during military air operations has become characteristic of the Israeli air force," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement a day later.

Israeli radars have "a clear view of the situation in the skies around Damascus airport", Konashenkov said, accusing Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians".

Less than a month later, two civilian airplanes bound for Qatar were used as cover by Israeli fighter jets launching missiles from Lebanese airspace against targets near the Syrian cities of Homs and Quneitra.

Syrian air defenses engaged incoming missiles shortly after midnight local time on March 5, both near Homs in Central Syria and Quneitra in the South, on the armistice line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Following the attack, reports appeared that at least two flights – one passenger, one cargo – had to change course to avoid getting struck by air defense missiles.

The flights were tentatively identified as a Qatar cargo flight QR8294, bound for Doha from Basel, Switzerland. The other was QR419, a passenger plane that had taken off for Doha from Beirut, Lebanon, and made a loop around Tripoli before continuing its course South of Homs.

Passengers injured after ‘Israeli fighter jet’ buzzes Iranian airliner over Syria (VIDEOS)
Several passengers aboard an Iranian passenger plane have reportedly been injured after an encounter with an Israeli fighter jet over Damascus. Iranian media say the dangerous maneuver forced the airliner to rapidly drop altitude.

UPDATE: Tehran says AMERICAN, not Israeli fighter jets endangered & injured passengers of Iranian airliner over Syria

The incident, said to have taken place in the skies above the Syrian capital on Thursday, has been captured on videos published by the Iranian broadcaster IRIB.

The footage allegedly shows an Israeli fighter jet maneuvering dangerously close to the Iranian aircraft. Another clip shows passengers screaming as the cabin is visibly shaking.

Footage apparently captured later shows one man talking with blood running down his forehead, while another passenger is filmed lying prone on the floor.

Iranian media said the passenger plane was forced to rapidly drop altitude to avoid a mid-air collision, and that the chaotic scenes show the emergency descent and its aftermath.

The plane reportedly landed safely thereafter. It belongs to the Iranian private company Mahan Air.

There was no comment immediately available from the Israeli Defense Forces.
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ドイツ銀行がエプスタインと取引を行っていたために株価が下落したとして投資家から訴訟を起こされています。その件を担当する女性連邦判事の家にFedEXの配達人を装った殺人者が現れ、女性判事の息子を射殺、夫である弁護士に重傷を負わせたという事件です。震撼させられます。裏には、この殺人を仕掛けた者がいます。エプスタイン本人とともに邪魔者は消せ。テロが日常的な国、米国。容疑者は、反フェミニストの法律家? 謎だらけです。

RT 21 Jul, 2020 21:28 / Updated 2 hours ago
DB-Epstein lawyer shooting suspect worked for ‘CIA of Wall Street,’ did ‘men’s-rights activism,’ and had no clear personal motive

The attorney suspected of shooting Judge Esther Salas’s son and husband is being portrayed as a misogyny-crazed “anti-feminist,” but there seems to be more to the story, including links to the Deutsche Bank case Salas was hearing.

Roy Den Hollander, found dead of an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car in the New York Catskills on Monday, has been fingered by authorities as the primary suspect in the shooting of Salas’s son and husband at their New Jersey home on Sunday.

Other than the FedEx uniform he was wearing when discovered and a package in his car addressed to the judge, however, it’s not clear what links him to the scene – or what his motive was, if indeed he was the shooter.

Den Hollander described himself on his website as a specialist in “anti-feminist litigation, investigations, and advice on general corporate matters.”

The media explanation suggested the lawyer hated Salas, whom he once dissed as a "lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama," enough to hunt her down five years later and attempt to kill her family. While he had a case before the judge in 2015 that didn't go well, that motive doesn't explain why he'd shoot her male relatives without trying to find her, or why he would then kill himself.

While the insults directed at Salas are harsh, they’re taken from a searing self-published manuscript riddled with casual misogyny directed against multiple women – chiefly his Russian ex-wife, whom he refers to as a “Russian mafia moll,” a “prostitute,” and a “striper [sic], call girl, pimp, money launderer, and drug smuggler for the Russian mafia.” He even credits the woman with turning him from a “stupid frigging fool” susceptible to female trickery into the “anti-Feminazi” lawyer he subsequently became.

His own mother isn’t spared either – he dedicates the book to her, along with hopes that she “burn[s] in hell.”

As for Salas, Den Hollander landed in her court challenging the male-only draft policy of the US Army. According to his book, the attorney “wanted to ask the Judge out, but thought she might hold [him] in contempt.” While he disapproved of her handling of the case, he’d soon moved on to bigger things, suing several news reporters (including NBC’s Chuck Todd and Katy Tur and the New York Times’ David Brooks) for allegedly violating RICO statutes by publishing “fake news” about then-candidate Donald Trump.

Salas seemed all but forgotten – if anything, Den Hollander claimed to understand her motivation for dragging her feet on his case, suggesting she wanted to move up to a higher court and thus couldn’t make any decisions that could be framed as political. There are zero hints in the manuscript the attorney was nursing a five-year grudge.

Not mentioned in the sensationalistic media coverage of Den Hollander’s past is the lawyer’s stint with Kroll Associates, a shadowy firm with ties to US and Israeli intelligence. Known informally as the “private CIA,” Kroll’s ranks were stacked with former agents of the CIA, FBI, Mossad, and MI6. A member of the Bush family sat on its advisory board before that was dissolved in 1991, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton hired the firm during his first presidential campaign that same year. Den Hollander officially worked for Kroll from 1999 to 2000, but given that the company has long worked closely with lawyers, his relationship with it may have begun (or continued) in an unofficial capacity.

Given that Judge Salas was assigned to a lawsuit by Deutsche Bank investors against the firm less than a week before her son and husband were shot, Kroll’s connections with that bank are also noteworthy – and absent from any media speculation on Den Hollander’s motives.

After leaving Kroll Associates in 2008, founder Jules Kroll launched Kroll Bond Rating Agency, a credit rating agency that has become something of a second home for high-ranking Deutsche Bank staff, employing over half a dozen VP-level and above staff. The cozy “revolving door” relationship has seen KBRA vociferously defend Deutsche Bank in the press against allegations of wrongdoing – no matter how well-founded.

The suit in Salas’s court alleged the bank had failed to vet “risky” clients like Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious (and now deceased) pedophile suspected of having his own rather extensive ties to Israeli and US intelligence.

According to Vanity Fair, Kroll himself was hired by newspaper baron and Israeli spy Robert Maxwell – father of now-imprisoned alleged Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell – to uncover “people out to get him, to destroy his empire, to cripple him financially, and to destroy his life and business in any way they could.” Maxwell died under mysterious circumstances – also officially declared suicide, despite considerable evidence to the contrary – before he could compile the “memorandum of suspicions and unexplained events” he planned to send Kroll, the magazine claimed.

If the shooting and apparent attempt on Salas’s life are indeed linked to the Deutsche Bank case, Hollander’s subsequent “suicide” would be far from the first suspicious death surrounding Epstein and his circle of high-flying associates. In addition to the well-connected pedophile’s own infamous jailhouse suicide, performed during that crucial window of time when his guards happened to be sleeping and the surveillance cameras on the tier where he was housed were malfunctioning, his personal banker at Deutsche Bank supposedly did away with himself back in November.

Thomas Bowers, head of the firm’s Private Wealth Management Division from 2012 to 2015, was discovered hanging from a rope in his New York home before Thanksgiving, just as FBI agents were hoping to interview him about the loans he’d approved to Epstein and his various shell companies. Epstein had followed Bowers to Deutsche Bank in 2013, where – despite his allegedly defaulting on some $25 million in loans from Citigroup – Bowers secured further high-risk loans and credit lines for the convicted sex offender. Bowers was said to have visited Epstein’s private island and attended events at his New York home.

Federal authorities were quick to declare Den Hollander’s death a suicide, leaking to the press that he’d shot himself before his name was even officially released, upon finding the lawyer dead of a gunshot wound. Given that foul play is the rule, rather than the exception, in the circles in which Epstein moved, the shooting at Salas’s home would seem to merit further investigation.

washingtonpost July 21, 2020 at 6:17 a.m. GMT+9
‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer identified as suspect in deadly shooting at federal judge’s home
Federal authorities identified a self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer found dead Monday as the “primary subject” in a shooting at a federal judge’s New Jersey home that killed the jurist’s son and left her husband badly injured.

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was not harmed in the Sunday shooting, which the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and local authorities continue to investigate. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey identified the dead suspect as Roy Den Hollander. Speaking on the condition of anonymity to discussion an ongoing investigation, law enforcement officials said his body was found in Sullivan County, N.Y., about a two-hour drive from the scene of the shooting. The lawyer appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, one official said.

Hollander gained a level of notoriety having sued over ladies’ night drink specials, which he claimed were discriminatory. He also had a years-long case before Salas in which he was contesting the government’s refusal to allow women to register for the military draft.

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/20のツイート

Federal judge's son, 20, is shot dead and her criminal defense attorney husband is critically injured after a gunman disguised as a FedEx driver ambushed their home - four days after she was assigned a case linked to Jeffrey Epstein

The gunman shot and killed Judge Esther Salas' son, Daniel, 20, and injured her husband Mark, 63
The assailant opened fire after Daniel, a college student, opened the door to him at their home at around 5pm
His father Mark was shot several times at the front door and is now in critical condition in the hospital
Judge Salas is believed to have been in the basement during the shooting and was not harmed
Last week, the judge was assigned a civil financial fraud lawsuit against Deutsche Bank
Investors say they were misled by the bank which continued to do business with Jeffrey Epstein after his 2008 conviction for soliciting child prostitutes
Salas previously presided over the trial of former Real Housewife Teresa Giudice in a case regarding financial fraud
Her husband is a prominent criminal defense attorney who has represented members of the Bloods
He switched to private practice after serving as a prosecutor in New Jersey for more than 10 years
Friends say Salas frequently made remarks about being a target because of her job and receiving threats

bloomberglaw July 16, 2020, 11:29 PM
Deutsche Bank Investors Sue Over Epstein Ties, Stock Drops
TRACK DOCKET: No. 20-cv-08978 (Bloomberg Law Subscription)
JUDGE: Esther Salas (Bloomberg Law Subscription)
COMPANY INFO: Deutsche Bank AG (Bloomberg Law Subscription)

Deutsche Bank AG allegedly misled investors about anti-money-laundering deficiencies and didn’t “properly monitor” customers it considered “high risk,” such as Jeffrey Epstein, investors said in New Jersey federal district court.

The bank didn’t tell investors it hadn’t fixed disclosure control problems and wasn’t keeping an appropriate eye on clients like convicted sex offender Epstein and two other banks involved in past financial misconduct scandals, investors alleged Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Adding Epstein as a client in 2013 “was a critical mistake and should never have happened,” Deutsche Bank said in a July 7 message to staff. A bank spokesperson told Bloomberg News it had spent almost $1 billion to improve AML controls.

The bank’s share price fell 4.49% May 13 after news broke that the Federal Reserve had criticized its U.S. operations, including its AML and other control procedures, the investors said. The share price dropped 1.31% July 7 after New York’s state financial services department fined Deutsche Bank $150 million for “neglecting to flag numerous questionable transactions from accounts associated with Epstein,” Danske Estonia, and FBME Bank, the would-be class complaint said.

Deutsche Bank “signaled to investors” in 2017 that its then-new, now-departed general counsel would “further ensure” its “mitigation of its prior AML and other control function failures,” the complaint said. The bank touted its AML remediation efforts in subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings, the investors said.

The bank warned investors of “generic, boilerplate” control risks but didn’t disclose “relationships with, and lax monitoring of, customers” like Epstein that Deutsche Bank had “itself deemed to be high risk,” the complaint said.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the new suit Thursday but said it had offered help to law enforcement immediately after Epstein’s arrest. “We have been fully transparent and have addressed these matters with our regulator, adjusted our risk tolerance and systematically tackled the issues,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg Law.

“Our reputation is our most valuable asset and we deeply regret our association with Epstein,” the Deutsche Bank spokesperson said.

Causes of Action: Exchange Act §10(b)−Using a manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance for a securities transaction in violation of SEC rules (15 U.S.C. §78j); SEC Rule 10b-5−Employing a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud, making untrue statements or omitting facts, or engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which operates as a fraud or deceit (17 C.F.R. §240.10b-5).

※ RT2019/11/5
‘We had Clinton, we had everything’: ABC’s ‘Epstein coverup’ exposed by ‘p***ed’ news anchor in Project Veritas leak
ABC News knew the full extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes three years ago, but a combination of orders from above and threats from those implicated killed the story before it ever got to air, leaked footage shows.

In a video clip released by conservative group Project Veritas on Tuesday, NBC News anchor Amy Robach is caught on a “hot mic” speaking to colleagues at the news desk. Robach reveals that she had been contacted by Virginia Roberts (Giuffre), who alleges Epstein used her as a sex slave, and pimped her out to his powerful friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew.

“I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts...we would not put it on the air,” Robach says on camera. “First of all, I was told ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein.’ Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”

She told me everything. She had pictures, she had everything. It was unbelievable what we had. We had Clinton, we had everything.

Former President Bill Clinton was among those who traveled multiple times on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.” As well as Clinton and Prince Andrew, Robach claims that lawyer Alan Dershowitz was implicated in Roberts’ testimony.

Robach says that she tried to convince her bosses to air her story for three years, but “to no avail.”

“And now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations, and I freaking had all of it. What we had was unreal.”

Epstein was found dead in his cell in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in August, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide, with the city’s chief medical examiner determining the sex offender hung himself from his bunk bed in the cell.

Reports that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch two days earlier, and that the guards on watch left him unsupervised for longer than usual fuelled rumors that foul play was afoot. Epstein’s connections to high profile political and business figures led many to speculate that the mogul was murdered.

When New York’s former chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, claimed last month that Epstein’s wounds were more consistent with “homicidal strangulation” than suicide, the mystery was revived again, and the internet was flooded with “Epstein didn’t kill himself” memes and comments.

Robach said she believes “100 percent” Epstein was murdered.

Do I think he was killed? A hundred percent, yes I do. He made his whole living blackmailing people… There were a lot of men in those planes, a lot of men who visited that island, a lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.

When Epstein died, the case against him died too, as the financier was the sole defendant. A group of Epstein’s accusers and alleged victims have called on prosecutors to keep the case open, arguing that his associates - including girlfriend and alleged trafficking partner Ghislaine Maxwell - could also be culprits.

“Please, please finish what you have started ... we all know he did not act alone,” accuser Sarah Ransome told a court hearing in New York in August. “We are all survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate.”

※ RT2019/11/2
‘How did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?’ Hillary Clinton bursts into laughter over dead body joke… again
In an appearance on the Daily Show, Hillary Clinton was asked to weigh in on her role as the arch nemesis of conservatives, and how – not if – she added Jeffrey Epstein to the “Clinton body count” theorized by conspiracy buffs.

“I have to ask you a question that has been plaguing me for a while, how did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?” host Trevor Noah asked on Thursday’s show, getting an outburst of laughter out of Clinton. “You seem to be behind everything nefarious, and yet you do not use [that power] to become president.”

Before she could spill the beans, Noah rolled out his next question, asking what it was like to be the “bogeyman of the right” and the subject of countless internet conspiracy theories.

“Well, it’s a constant surprise to me … because the things they say – and now, of course, it’s on steroids with being online – are so ridiculous, beyond any imagination that I could have,” Clinton said.

They are so persistent in putting forth these crazy ideas and theories. Honestly, I don’t know what I ever did to get them so upset.

The more conspiracy-minded corners of Twitter were quick to give Clinton some ideas, however, with many skeptical commenters rushing to posit her role in Epstein’s death and other shadowy plots.

READ MORE: ‘Hanging does not cause these broken bones’: Epstein’s injuries more consistent with homicide, noted pathologist says

A number of theories centered on the Clinton family have emerged after the financier’s demise, intensified by reports that he was a personal friend to Bill Clinton. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August, where he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. While officials ruled the death a suicide, pathologist Michael Baden questioned that conclusion earlier this week, suggesting Epstein’s autopsy results more closely resembled a murder.

Some netizens mused that the Clinton conspiracy had compromised the Daily Show host as well, or even put his life in danger, even though Noah “1000% ... asked her permission to ask [the Epstein question] beforehand.”

Clinton’s hysterical laughter over a dead body at the Daily Show was not her debut in the world of comedy. While still in office in 2011, she told reporters a gut-buster about the brutal roadside execution of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi after a US-led bombing campaign ousted him from power, cackling:

We came, we saw, he died!

With Libya still a smoldering ruin plagued by violence some eight years after Gaddafi’s overthrow, the joke has not aged well, and might help explain what’s gotten Clinton’s critics so “upset.”

In another hilarious wisecrack during a 2010 State Department meeting on whistleblowing, Clinton allegedly asked department colleagues “Can’t we just drone this guy?” referring to Julian Assange, co-founder of anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of classified government documents. Though Clinton says she doesn’t remember the comment, she insisted “It would have been a joke, if it had been said.”

Notwithstanding another presidential run, perhaps a career in stand-up comedy is in the wings for the former secretary of state.

※ RT2019/8/14
Epstein lived in a netherworld where normal rules don’t apply. How many more Epsteins are out there?
Forget how he died, the real mystery is how Jeffrey Epstein lived - committing acts that would get a normal person jailed, all while next to the world’s most-watched men. How did he create a protective bubble around himself?

Take, for example, Epstein’s financial career, the foundation for so much of his other criminal activity.

While doubts about his methods for obtaining wealth for his clients had been circulating on Wall Street for years, throughout that time he had been described, at face value, as a financier and a billionaire.

In the past several months we have discovered that he likely was no billionaire, and no one is sure whether he ever did conduct any legitimate business activities, or even where any of his money came from.

Yet, there was definitely big money involved, as is evidenced by superficially inexplicable multi-million dollar transactions percolating through a network of offshore accounts, and the very real luxury assets that he had accumulated.

But despite the United States’ reputation for employing the world’s most aggressive financial crimes agents, ready go well outside their borders, Epstein was never charged or even thoroughly investigated, while the world’s most reputable banks were happy to continue doing business with him until the past few months.

More glaring is the scope of his unpunished sex crimes.

This was not a relatively common-or-garden abuser like Harvey Weinstein, extracting sexual favors from adult women he had power over in a string of hotel room encounters.

Instead, Epstein was apparently the operator of an international sex ring, involving hundreds of underage “slaves” picked off from the school and the mall, transported across international borders, with the knowledge of each other, and what must have been a great multitude of bystanders.

Yet, Epstein was caught likely decades after he started, handed a notoriously lenient punishment, and reportedly allowed to continue his lifestyle while swatting away lawsuits.

Throughout all this, the convicted sex offender seems to have been treated with an odd laissez-faire lenience by the media, which is so fascinated now, but with the exception of several dogged local journalists, didn’t seem bothered enough to get to the bottom of who Epstein really was.

Even if Epstein hadn’t been a larger-than-life character, a close associate of formerly the most powerful man in the world, and his wife vying to fill the same position, not to mention a friend of Prince Andrew and Woody Allen, should have been a treasure trove for an ambitious investigator.

Yes, some of the allegations may have been difficult to prove, and journalists can’t be expected to sneak into the cargo hold of the Lolita Express, but at least since 2005 there has been solid ground on which to build a story. In a world where a single #MeToo article can destroy a career, Epstein was indulged like a disgraced Gatsby, holding court for New York Times journalists and boasting about his links to Mohammed bin Salman.

The greatest temptation for many now is to write this off as a conspiracy. That Epstein was a protected man due to his connection to the Clintons, that he was a front and a fixer for the CIA or Mossad, that anyone who got in his way, from investigators and prosecutors to journalists, was paid or warned off, perhaps blackmailed.

All other than Alec Baldwin should take a breath here, and now wait as more facts are likely to emerge, not least about Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s currently hard-to-locate partner, whose name has flashed up again and again. Though anyone hoping that a fully-formed color-coded scheme with arrows, circles and lists of crimes will ever emerge is likely fooling themselves.

But to me, a possibly more terrifying discovery is that there was no conspiracy, as such.

That simply through the power granted by his wealth and connection multiplied by the ability to lead an international lifestyle simply put Epstein outside the reach of the normal legal and societal constraints.

We already assume that plutocrats, the political elite, and celebrities live by different rules. But we are not talking about normal rich people indulgences: the yachts, butlers, and London basement pools.

This is Bond villain-level stuff. A private island with a secret temple. Plans to “seed” DNA into scores of women. Engaging top scientists for transhumanist studies to create a new super race.

If we’d learned that instead of grooming young women, Epstein’s hobby was transporting and hunting homeless people, would we be any more surprised? Would he have found it that much harder to get away with it?

We can tell ourselves that Jeffrey Epstein was a one-off, a uniquely cunning and depraved psychopath with the right connections. But it seems equally plausible that this opulent, global and lawless netherworld is capable of hiding other depraved transgressors, less publicity-hungry, and more dangerous still in their intentions.

The job is to try and stop them now before they die in a New York jail cell, leaving behind a trail of victims. But who has the guts for it?

By Igor Ogorodnev

Igor Ogorodnev is a Russian-British journalist, who has worked at RT since 2007 as a correspondent, editor and writer.

※ SPUTNIK209/8/14
US Comedian ‘Gets Death Threats’ After Trump Retweets His Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton Conspiracy Theory
Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a prison cell over the weekend has multiple conspiracy theorists questioning the decision to take him off suicide watch, just a week after he apparently tried to take his own life.

Terrence K. Williams, an American actor and comedian, says he started receiving death threats after President Donald Trump retweeted his conspiracy theory suggesting a Clinton connection in Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

“Ever since President Trump retweeted me, people have been sending me death threats, threatening me every single day, telling me I better watch my back,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter.

He accompanied the clip with screenshots of messages he had purportedly received, saying “You’re next” and threatening to rape him.

Williams, a vocal Trump supporter, earlier made a video suggesting that Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, are behind Epstein’s death because the late financier and registered sex offender “had information” on the ex-president.

Donald Trump disseminated this unfounded claim on Twitter, and the clip has been viewed by 5.4 million people so far. Trump later stood by his decision to repost the apparent conspiracy theory, describing Williams as a “very respected conservative pundit”.

Williams says that Facebook is now investigating whether his claims about the Clintons qualify as fake news.

“I am a comedian,” he maintained. “How can you fact-check a joke? I have never in my life heard about someone fact-checking a joke. What happened to free speech?” he inquired, asking Donald Trump to step in.

“They are coming after conservatives and Trump supporters because 2020 is around the corner and they’re trying to shut me down.”

He also encouraged users to support him by using the hashtag #ProtectTerrenceKWilliams, which is now among the top trending on Twitter.


Jeffrey Epstein’s Computers Seized in FBI Raid of His Luxury Home in the Caribbean (Video)
The raid comes as part of the FBI’s probe into former financier Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide at in a New York City prison where he had been held ahead of his pending trial; he was charged with the sex trafficking of minors. The 66-year was found dead in his top security cell on 10 August.

The FBI has seized computer equipment from the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion, which is located on a private island in the Caribbean.

Drone footage obtained by the CNBC showed at least two computer desktops and an Apple computer packaged and marked for transport during an FBI raid of 70-acre Little St. James Island, which was owned by Epstein.

Taking part in Monday’s raid were officials from the New York Police Department (NYPD), who are members of the FBI New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

CNBC cited an unnamed NYPD spokeswoman as saying that “the NYPD is a partner in the task force with the FBI that led to the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein last month”.

“The case remains an active and ongoing investigation, and the NYPD continues to work alongside the FBI in investigating leads − including at Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands. The NYPD declines further comment on an ongoing investigation,” the spokeswoman added.

The New York Post in turn quoted unnamed sources as saying that the FBI is in search for evidence to confirm claims by hundreds of women who accuse Epstein of sexually abusing them when they were underage girls.

Earlier, President Donald Trump demanded a “full investigation” into the circumstances of Epstein's death, while Attorney General William Barr lambasted the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, saying that there were “serious irregularities” at the facility, and that he was “appalled” after hearing about Epstein's death.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability,” Barr pointed out.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that he doesn’t like conspiracy theories and that police should not engage in them because “we need to know the facts”.

He added that “the whole thing is completely incredible” to him, singling out many potential ways in which Epstein could have been killed.

“He could kill himself, prisoners could kill him because they don't like alleged perverts [...] And don't like people who might cooperate,” Giuliani claimed.

The remarks followed those by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who said that Epstein’s death “boggles the imagination” and that “this series of events is way too convenient”.

Speaking to the news network NY1 on Tuesday, he suggested that all those involved could say that they were watching Epstein “like a hawk” and that they were going to “take every measure to make sure nothing happens to him or he doesn’t do anything to himself”.

Epstein was arrested on multiple counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors last month, with the Justice Department starting an investigation into his case in early 2019, ruling the non-prosecution agreement which followed his 2008 plea deal and 18-month prison sentence unconstitutional. He apparently committed suicide at a Metropolitan Correctional Centre cell on 10 August.

Complete List Of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously Or Committed Suicide Before Testimony

Epstein Kept 'Meticulous' Diary Full of Secrets of His Powerful Friends as 'Insurance', Media Claims

Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide in his New York jail cell on 10 August − just hours after unsealed court documents named some of the world's famous and powerful people as allegedly being involved in his purported child sex trafficking scheme.

The alleged secrets of Jeffrey Epstein's friends could haunt them even after his death as the disgraced American financier is said to have kept a personal diary detailing his interactions with the rich and famous, including UK Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and media heiress, as an "insurance policy", The Mirror speculated, citing unnamed sources.

"All Jeff ever had he bought, including his friends. He used his wealth to buy buddies and then bestow his money on those he courted. Jeff knew his relationships with the rich and famous brought him protection. He kept a diary in meticulous detail in case he ever needed it. One former congressman said there are a lot of people 'breathing a huge sigh of relief' now Jeff is dead. They should hold their breath for a long time to come. It ain't over", one source said.

The claim follows reports that court documents from the sex trafficking trial of Epstein revealed that Prince Andrew was named in a 2015 lawsuit, in which the plaintiff, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleged that the son of Queen Elizabeth II groped her when she was a minor at the financier's New York mansion.

Giuffre sued Maxwell, who was accused of being the "madame" for Epstein's professed underage girl sex trafficking ring, and claimed that she was used as a "sex slave" to perform acts with multiple famous men, including the Duke of York.

Buckingham Palace has dismissed "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" as "categorically untrue", saying that the case relates to legal proceedings in the United States, "to which The Duke of York is not a party".

Prince Andrew, who's eighth in line to the British throne, wasn't charged with anything back in 2015.

The case was settled out of court two years later, but documents still state "an undisputed fact that multiple witnesses deposed in this case" have testified that Maxwell "operated as convicted paedophile Epstein's procurer of underage girls".
Epstein's 'Apparent Suicide'

Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Lower Manhattan, where he was detained pending trial on child sex trafficking charges, on Friday night.

US Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Federal Inspector to investigate his "apparent suicide" since it happened just days after he was taken off suicide watch. New York City's chief coroner, meanwhile, is convinced that the billionaire took his own life, but is waiting for the results of the autopsy.

The timing of Epstein's suicide and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, including reports that prison guards failed to follow procedure and check on inmates every 30 minutes the night he killed himself, has given rise to multiple conspiracy theories, including suggestions that the financier believed someone had tried to kill him.

His apparent suicide came three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his prison cell with mysterious marks on his neck. It was not immediately clear whether they were self-inflicted, or he was assaulted in his cell, but he was reportedly put on suicide watch until 29 July.

The convicted sex offender was arrested on 6 July over numerous allegations of sex trafficking underage girls in the early 2000s at his New York and Florida estates. The 66-year-old, who served a 13-month jail term on prostitution-related charges involving minors in 2008, pleaded not guilty.

Minister says Epstein’s French connections must be probed despite prison death
Sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s connections in France need to be investigated by the nation’s law enforcement, the French minister for gender equality said. Epstein died in US custody last week by alleged suicide.

The US investigation into Epstein’s alleged sexual abuses of minors was undermined by the disgraced financier’s death in a US jail. But it uncovered enough evidence involving France that merit a national investigation, Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa said in a statement on Monday. Such a probe would be “fundamental for the victims” and will also help prevent sexual predation in the future, she argued.

Epstein died in what the authorities called an apparent hanging suicide while being held in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. He was charged with sexual exploitation of minors as young as 14.

The death may be a relief for many powerful people around the world, who allegedly partook in Epstein’s sexual predation dating back to at least 2002. Previously he was convicted for paying for sex with an underage girl and given an 18-month prison sentence.

※ Syrian Girl@Partisangirl氏の午前8:43 ・ 2019年8月11日のツイート
It's not a coincidence that #Epstein's accomplice Wexner owned modelling agency Victoria Secret that gave him access to young girls with low self esteem, and if their self esteem wasn't low going in they tore it down. Nor is the link with Wexner & MC2 modelling a coincidence.

wes robertson@antithesis295氏の2019/8/11のツイート
返信先: @Partisangirlさん
Wexner was trying to cover his a$$ by saying 46 million he gave to ol' Ep was "misappropriated" by Epstein.
Wexner the weasel.

nude massage から始まるんですね。自尊心の強い女の子はこの時バイブレーターを男に投げつけて逃げる。イタリアのモデルの話にそんなのがありました。


Report: Epstein Wasn't on Suicide Watch at Time of His Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, according to multiple reports on Saturday, raising questions about his time in federal custody while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Several people familiar with the investigation told NBC News that Epstein was not under supervision when he killed himself in his cell in a Manhattan federal prison.

His body was found early Saturday morning and he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, officials announced.

The New York Times, citing a prison official, reported that Epstein was in a special unit in the prison with extra security but wasn't specifically under suicide watch.

Epstein was behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan over charges of sexually trafficking minors, to which he had pleaded not guilty.

His suicide comes hours after testimony from one of his accusers was made public in unsealed court documents, detailing the inner workings of his alleged operation.

Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch after an incident in late July when he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck.

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement Saturday he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death and that the Justice Department's watchdog would open an investigation along with the FBI.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death,” he added.

Epstein’s death: A mystery that may end up rivaling JFK assassination?
While the abrupt death of Jeffrey Epstein has triggered an avalanche of conspiracy theories, many reasonably wonder: What exactly did he know and how could such a high-profile inmate, supposed to be on suicide watch, end up dead?

Epstein was found unconscious at around 6:30am Saturday inside his New York prison cell, and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been on suicide watch after an alleged attempt to take his life on July 23, but was apparently transferred back to his cell about a week later.

Thus, the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s management, and the lapses of the American prison system in general, must share the blame for Epstein’s death, believes Julio Rivera, editorial director for Reactionary Times.

“He was taken off the suicide watch. This is wholly unacceptable based on the grotesque nature, and the charges, and the amount of the alleged victims,” Rivera told RT, though she admitted that prisons hardly have enough funds or manpower to keep suspects on constant suicide watch, no matter how high profile their cases.

This is a systematic failure by the American bureau of prisons.

“In the US, at least in federal custody, where this person was, and you’re on suicide watch – you are constantly video, audio monitored and in addition, you have one or more people standing outside your cell,” said political analyst Charles Ortel.

With Epstein now dead, what exactly could he tell the court and how many powerful friends of his might have had a sigh of relief on Saturday is a question that now bothers not only conspiracy theorists. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called Epstein’s death “way too convenient,” and wondered how many “other millionaires and billionaires were part of the illegal activities that he was engaged in?”

The FBI has launched a probe into Jeffrey Epstein's death, while the federal prosecutor has vowed to continue the investigation into his possible accomplices. But Epstein's case has now turned into much more than an internal US issue, and the entire world “deserves to really understand what happened there,” Ortel believes, noting however that the full truth may never be known.

This is a mystery that will end up rivaling the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Harold James: Today’s America bears striking similarities to pre-collapse USSR

Harold James: Today’s America bears striking similarities to pre-collapse USSR
By Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm, and Making the European Monetary Union.
Like the Soviet Union in its final years, the United States is reeling from catastrophic failures of leadership and long-suppressed socioeconomic tensions that have finally boiled over.

For the rest of the world, the most important development is that the hegemony of the US dollar may finally be coming to an end.

The Soviet Union was fertile ground for political jokes, which featured as prominently in the culture as late-night comedy does in the United States. According to one popular story, a young man who shouted in Red Square that the decrepit Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev was an idiot ended up being sentenced to 25.5 years in prison – six months for insulting the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, and 25 years for revealing state secrets.

The Trump administration’s furious reaction to a new book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton has followed a similar script. The book is considered dangerous not so much because it insults Donald Trump as because it reveals that the president is deeply incompetent and “stunningly uninformed.” If it wasn’t obvious already, the whole world now knows that the US lacks any strategic orientation or coherent executive leadership.

In fact, many aspects of America’s current annus horribilis recall the final years of the Soviet Union, starting with the intensification of social and political conflict. In the Soviet case, long-suppressed ethnic rivalries and competing national aspirations quickly bubbled to the surface, pushing the entire country toward violence, secession, and disintegration. In the US, Trump’s response to nationwide protests against racism, police brutality, and inequality has been to stoke further the country’s historic racial divide. And, like statues of Lenin during the collapse of the Soviet empire, statues of Confederate leaders are being toppled just about everywhere.

Another parallel concerns the economy. The Soviet Union had a large, complicated planning and resource-allocation apparatus that attracted the society’s best-educated people, only to consign them to unproductive and frequently destructive tasks. The US has Wall Street. To be sure, America’s vast financial-services sector is not the equivalent of Gosplan (the Soviet State Planning Commission), but it does frequently extract value rather than create it, and thus will inevitably be part of any debate about the allocation of resources.

Up until the moment the Soviet system collapsed, very few thought it could actually happen. In assessing the state of the American system, it is important to remember that economists are not very good at prediction. The entire discipline relies on extrapolating from contemporary conditions on the assumption that the underlying fundamentals of what is being analyzed will not change. Knowing full well that this is an unrealistic and absurd assumption, economists often emulate medieval theologians by dressing up their prognoses in arcane language and jargon. One doesn’t need to know Latin to invoke ceteris paribus (“other things being equal”) as the premise of one’s forecasts.

Given this standard practice, we should pay close attention to long-run counter-intuitive forecasts that actually are borne out. In the late 1960s, the economist Robert A. Mundell made three predictions: that the Soviet Union would disintegrate; that Europe would adopt a single currency; and that the dollar would retain its status as the dominant international currency. Considering that the par-value system (gold standard) collapsed soon thereafter, triggering a depreciation of the dollar, these looked like wild predictions. But Mundell turned out to be right on all three counts.

But the circumstances to which the dollar owes its longstanding hegemony are now changing. The Covid-19 pandemic is driving a more digitalized form of globalization. While the cross-border movement of people and goods plummets, information is flowing like never before, ushering in an increasingly weightless economy.

Moreover, for the past three and a half years, the Trump administration has been inviting an eventual backlash against its weaponization of the dollar for political ends. Financial and secondary sanctions were highly effective in their original form, when they were directed against small, isolated bad actors like North Korea. But their more extensive deployment against Iran, Russia, and Chinese companies has proved counterproductive. Not only Russia and China but also Europe have quickly taken steps to develop alternative mechanisms for international payments and settlement.

Non-state digital payments systems are also undergoing rapid development, particularly in places where the state is weak, distrusted, or otherwise lacking credibility. The payments revolution will likely occur fastest in poor countries, such as in Africa or some former Soviet republics. New digital technologies already offer these societies the means to move from poverty and institutional underdevelopment to institutional complexity and the chance of innovation and prosperity.

The dollar’s longstanding centrality reflected global demand for a deep, liquid safe asset. But that condition will disappear when alternative safe assets emerge, particularly if they are backed by non-state providers. More to the point, the dollar’s long reign over the international financial system depended on the US remaining economically stable, financially credible, and culturally open. Now that the US system’s dysfunctions are being laid bare, the rest of the world may start to question its basic competence and state effectiveness.

The Covid-19 crisis is a case in point. In terms of the number of cases and deaths, and the effectiveness of containing the virus, the US has performed poorly relative to most other countries – and all other developed countries. Under President Donald Trump, America has become an international embarrassment.

Under these conditions, the dollar won’t be able to buy as much internationally as it once did, and it may even start to look like the old Soviet ruble, even if there is a dramatic change in leadership and strategy. After all, Mikhail Gorbachev did not immediately succeed Brezhnev, and by the time he came to power and introduced perestroika, it was too late. The malaise had become terminal.

Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2020
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香港 2019年の反政府デモ主要メンバー逮捕


香港 2019年の反政府デモ主要メンバー逮捕
Sputnik / Miguel Kandela
2020年04月18日 20:17
同じく逮捕者には民主党初代主席の李柱銘(マーティン・リー)氏、民主活動家の何俊仁(アルバート・ホー)氏、社会主義政治家の梁国雄(レオン・クォックホン)氏、元民選議員の區諾軒(Au Nok-hin)氏なども含まれ、いずれも2019年8月および10月の大規模な不法集会を組織したとして罪に問われている。
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※ Disclose.tvパトライト@disclosetv氏の2020/7/15のツイート
People in Baku Azerbaijan take it to the streets and demand authorities to start a full-blown war with Armenia.

※ Bassem@BBassem7氏の2020/7/19のツイート
Turkey is not done killing and slaughtering Armenians, as if over 1 million Armenians killed on their hands during WW1 wasn’t enough, they are now shipping Syrian rebel terrorists to Azerbaijan to fight the Armenians and also shipping armed drones.

Ankara, Baku slam media rumors of Turkey redeploying mercenaries from Syria to Azerbaijan
Spokesmen for the Azerbaijani side also refuted these allegations, telling TASS it was "false information and a fake"
TASS, July 19. Media reports about Turkey sending Syrian armed opposition militants to Azerbaijan are utter falsehoods, a Turkish official told TASS on Sunday, commenting on reports from the Firat Kurdish news agency.

"It has nothing to do with reality," he insisted.

An official Azerbaijani spokesperson also refuted these allegations, telling TASS it was "false information and fake."

The Firat News Agency reported earlier that Turkey was allegedly looking at sending units of the Free Syrian Army to Azerbaijan. No official statements on this matter were cited however.

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Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Detained for Spying for UAE
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former advisor to fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi and the Saudi ambassador to Sana’a were detained on charges of spying for the UAE.

Officials affiliated to Mansour Hadi government were quoted by the Arabic-language al-Sahafat al-Yamaniyeh news website as saying that Rashad al-Alimi and Mohammad al-Jaber, the Saudi envoy, have been arrested.

According to the report, the two are also accused of cooperation with the UAE to overthrow Mansour Hadi.

A number of Yemeni media outlets had earlier reported that the Saudi kingdom has suspended al-Jaber’s mission as its ambassador to Yemen for providing Hadi with misleading information.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been conducting a bloody military aggression in Yemen with help from its regional allies, and using arms supplied by its Western backers. The aim of the war has been to bring Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and defeat the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces have been boosting their military capabilities and responding to the attacks using domestic missiles and drones, and targeting sensitive oil installations and military sites deep inside the Saudi territory.

Over 100,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the military aggression in the past five years.

The war has also destroyed, damaged and shut down Yemen's infrastructure, including a large number of hospitals and clinics.

The Yemeni population has been subjected to large-scale hunger and diseases aggravated by the naval blockade imposed on the country by the coalition of aggressors.

※ Suribelle@Suribelle1氏の2020/7/10のツイート
Riyadh expels "Hadi government" from hotels to modest apartments | Yemen Press Agency 嬉し泣き

YPAgency On Jul 10, 2020 1:48 AM
Riyadh expels “Hadi government” from hotels to modest apartments
SANAA, July 10 (YPA) – Local media outlets loyal to Saudi-led coalition revealed on Thursday that Saudi Arabia has rented cheap apartments in a modest building for residence of officials and ministers of Hadi’s government, after expelling them from the hotels.
“We congratulate the officials and members of the Diaspora government on the new buildings in Riyadh that were allocated for them after they were taken out of the hotels,” Ali al-Nassi, a pro-coalition southern journalist, said in a tweet on Twitter on Thursday.

Al-Nassi added sarcastically, “it is modest housing, but does the job.”
Local media circulated an official document stating that the Saudi authorities on May 14 stopped providing nutrition to ministers and officials of Hadi government and gave them a deadline until the end of this month to leave hotels and apartments rented at the expense of the Saudi government.

※ Suribelle@Suribelle1氏の2020/7/10のツイート
Sanaa refuses Griffiths' circumvent to prevent fall of Marib | UN’s special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has returned empty-handed from Oman to Jordan, after representatives of Ansarullah movement refused to receive him or receive his new initiative.
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ISISが公表した残酷なビデオにしばしば登場した英国出身のテロリストMohammed Emwaziが、2015/11/12の米国によるドローンを用いた攻撃によって殺害されています。
携帯電話の電波がドローンを誘導する? 英語を話すグループがまとめて殺害されています。英語を解しますから文書はもちろんのこと電話での会話なども全部わかる。米軍にとって何が都合悪かったのか。ヒラリーがアサンジをドローンで殺害できないかと言ったことがあります。おそらくそういうハイ・プロファイルの関与の実態を知られてしまった?






White Helmets co-founder stole aid money destined for Syria – report
As Western governments opened their checkbooks for the White Helmets – a controversial ‘rescue organization’ in Syria – their co-founder used the cash to top up his wage and even finance his wedding, according to a Dutch report.

Days before he plunged from a window in Istanbul to his death last year, White Helmets co-founder and British mercenary James Le Mesurier admitted to defrauding Mayday Rescue, an organization that fundraised for the anti-government rescue group in Syria.

According to documents seen by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Le Mesurier told an accountant sent to audit the charity’s books that he forged receipts for $50,000, pretending that it was sent to finance an evacuation operation in Syria. Instead, the money was paid to Le Mesurier himself. In addition to paying himself a salary of €24,000 ($27,414) per month, Le Mesurier dipped into company cash to finance a lavish wedding in Istanbul in 2018, and to issue loans to his new wife, former diplomat Emma Winberg, the report claims.

The accountant sent to investigate Mayday found that “tens of thousands of dollars in cash” were withdrawn to pay for the “fairytale wedding.”

Meanwhile, governments across the Western world were lining up to support Mayday, and channel money to the White Helmets. According to a 2018 report by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organization took in $127 million between 2014 and 2018, with only $19 million of this haul coming from non-state donors. The government of the Netherlands paid out almost $11.5 million in this period, while similar donations flowed in from Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Qatar, and others.

Despite being hailed as fearless rescue workers, the White Helmets have been accused of partnering with Al-Qaeda. Operating exclusively in rebel-held territory, the group’s members have been photographed posing with jihadists and have been accused of staging chemical weapons attacks to draw in Western forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Le Mesurier’s death was deemed a suicide by Turkish authorities. Shortly afterwards, a number of countries that had donated to Mayday demanded an accountant have another look over the organization’s books. According to De Volkskrant, this probe found that most of Mayday’s financial records are “missing.” Donations were not just handed to the organization in Amsterdam and forwarded to Syria, but distributed through a network of commercial organizations in Turkey and Dubai.

In a letter to donors, Le Mesurier admitted to swindling them out of their cash, but maintained the fraud wasn’t committed on purpose. After these donors discovered their cash had disappeared, they kept the inquiry into Mayday secret, De Volkskrant reported.

The Dutch government pulled its funding from Mayday Rescue almost a year before Le Mesurier admitted the fraud and killed himself. The government in The Hague will not transfer a final subsidy of more than €57,000 ($65,200) to the organization, while Germany is attempting to claim nearly €50,000 ($57,200) back. Cor Vrieswijk, Mayday’s new administrator, told De Volkskrant that the charity will be dissolved in the coming months.

President Assad claimed last November that Le Mesurier’s death was no accident, stating in an interview that the former soldier and mercenary may have been killed because he “knew major secrets.” What Le Mesurier may or may not have known is anyone’s guess, but his death and the subsequent investigation into Mayday has not dried up the White Helmets’ funding.

The group is reportedly receiving subsidies from Western governments through other organizations. At present its members are occupied with fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Syria. However, that hasn’t stopped its leadership from lobbying the US government against Assad and pressing for the maintenance of sanctions, even amid the pandemic.

Assad likens ‘suicide’ of White Helmets founder to EPSTEIN & other high-profile mystery deaths
Syrian President Bashar Assad has scorned the official story of wealthy sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, suggesting that people like him, or the late White Helmets founder, knew too much for the rich and powerful.

Epstein “was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British and American regimes, and possibly in other countries as well,” Assad told Russian channel Rossiya-24 in an interview Thursday.

Assad suggested that the convicted sex offender’s death was analogous to the unusual demise earlier this week of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, who allegedly jumped out of a window at his home in Turkey. Turkish police are treating Le Mesurier’s death as suicide.

They turned into a burden once they had played out their roles. A dire need to do away with them surfaced after they had fulfilled their roles.

Assad was referring not just to Epstein and Le Mesurier, but also to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – originally trained by the CIA to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in American custody in the notorious Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq. All these “had been killed chiefly because they knew major secrets,” the Syrian leader argued.

While Epstein’s death was officially declared a suicide, celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden threw a wrench into the machine when he declared that the deceased pedophile’s broken hyoid bones likely came from strangulation. Le Mesurier’s death, tentatively ruled a suicide, proved too suspicious for Assad, who believes it is the “work of the secret services.”

Possibly, the founder of the White Helmets had been working on his memoirs and on the biography of his life, and this was unacceptable. This is an assumption, but a very serious one, since other options don’t sound convincing to me at the moment.

Le Mesurier was tagged as a “former agent of MI6” by the Russian Foreign Ministry just three days before his death, with “connections to terrorist groups” in Kosovo. His White Helmets group, Assad said, “are naturally part of Al-Qaeda” and have been caught staging “gas attacks” such as the phony event in Douma, used by the US as rationale for a strike on Damascus.

Epstein’s own links with intelligence agencies have been subject to much speculation, especially after Alex Acosta, the former Florida prosecutor who sentenced Epstein to an open-door prison sentence of just 13 months despite allegations he’d trafficked and abused dozens of girls, said he was told to “leave it alone” because Epstein “belonged to i
ntelligence.” Former Israeli military intel officer Ari Ben-Menashe has claimed Epstein worked with Israeli intelligence as well, introduced to the business through his “girlfriend” Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert – a known Mossad agent.
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SOCHI, May 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have completed their negotiations held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. They lasted about three hours, a TASS correspondent reported.

The two top diplomats are expected to hold a joint news conference later in the day. After talking to reporters, Lavrov and Pompeo will be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Bocharov Ruchey residence in Sochi.
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