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Humanity at risk as sperm levels among Western men plummet to record low

Chemicals, diet, stress, and lifestyle choices have caused the sperm levels of Western men to plummet to less than 50 percent of what they were four decades ago, a new study has found.

The research found that sperm in the ejaculate of men from Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand fell by 1.4 percent every year between 1973 2011, leading to an overall drop of just over 52 percent.

“The results are quite shocking,” said study co-author Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, according to Reuters. He called the results an "urgent wake-up call."

Levine added that while fertility treatments such as IVF can sometimes offer solutions to the procreating problem, little is being done to address the root of the issue - an overall general decline in men's health.

Poor sperm counts have also been associated with testicular cancer, increased male mortality rates, children born with one or both testicles missing, and the onset of male puberty, according to the researchers.

"Eventually we may have a problem, and with reproduction in general, and it may be the extinction of the human species,” Levine told the BBC.

Environmental influences, heat, lifestyle factors, diet, stress, smoking, and obesity - both prenatally and in adult life - have all been “plausibly associated” with the decline, according to the study.

“Therefore, sperm count may sensitively reflect the impacts of the modern environment on male health throughout the life course,” the paper reads.

In particular, the paper notes, chemical exposures or maternal smoking “during critical windows of male reproductive development may play a role in prenatal life, while lifestyle changes and exposure to pesticides may play a role in adult life.”

Published in the medical journal Human Reproduction Update, the “rigorous and comprehensive” research analyzed data from 185 studies. Researchers from Israel, Denmark, the US, Brazil, and Spain took part in the study.

The trend has not been recorded among men in Africa, Asia, or South America, though the authors concede that fewer studies have been carried out in those regions.

The study’s authors have called for urgent work to narrow down the causes for the decline in sperm levels among Western men.

“This definitive study shows, for the first time, that this decline is strong and continuing,” said one of the study’s authors, Professor Shanna Swan of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

イスラエルでは男性の精子数減少でいずれ民族消滅だそうだ 日本も同じ?
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The mayor of the Danish city of Roskilde was woken up by music imitating the Islamic call to prayer. The local anti-Muslim activists who played it outside the mayor’s home said the act was to oppose the building of a mosque in the city.

A Missouri resident’s gym schedule may have helped him to dodge death, after an SUV tore through the roof of his house while he was attending a workout session.
The incident happened in Walnut Park West, St Louis, when a vehicle hit an embankment in a residential area and was launched onto the roof of a nearby dwelling, reported the St Louis Post Dispatch.

<左:シリアの元国会議員アサド支持 従兄弟がテロリストに殺害された> <中央 番組ホスト> <右:スンニ派のイスラミストリーダー>

Two Lebanese television guests engaged in a violent brawl last weekend as a debate raged about the Islamic State decapitation of one of their cousins.
Bashar Assad supporter and former Syrian MP Ahmad Shalash appeared on political talk show ‘Bel Moubashar’ with Sunni Islamist leader Bilal Daqmaq but the two quickly came to blows.
Rawad Daher, host of the show began the debate segment by extending his condolences to Shalash and his family for their tragic and gruesome loss.
He then asked Daqmaq, a staunch critic of the Assad regime, if he wished to follow suit, which is when the trouble began.
"I extend my condolences to the Syrian people for anyone killed..." replied Daqmaq before Shalash cuts him off by saying, "Brother, he asked you a straight question: Are you extending me condolences or not?”
“It’s none of your business,” Daqmaq rebuffed, as cited by Memri TV who translated the exchange.
The tense exchange quickly descended into a brawl with curses, insults, fists and glasses of water flying. Video of the fight was uploaded to the official OTV YouTube channel on Monday.
Shalash grabs Daqmaq in a clinch before punching him in the face and dragging him to the ground.
Daher was soaked with a glass of water for trying to break up the fist fight and a TV screen was smashed in the wrestling match.
Duqmaq stormed off the set but Shalash stayed on the show and used the opportunity to deride the absent sheikh.

Drone video shows devastation of liberated Mosul



2010 04 14 WikiLeaks が公開した " Collateral Murder " を確認してみた


A pilot has captured incredible footage of contrails billowing from the engines of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at an altitude of 33,000ft.
Lou Boyer was piloting a Boeing 747 flight from Tokyo to Alaska when he saw the contrails – or ‘chemtrails’ depending on your appetite for conspiracy theories – over eastern Russia.

Hemze Hamza‏ @Sergermed_ 23:16 - 2017年6月27日
Sniper battle inside Raqqa city. Thank god the ISIS terrorist missed

Hemze Hamza‏ @Sergermed_ 18 時間18 時間前
Kurdish women know no fear. Your average human being would be scared for life after being so close to death but she kept laughing.

次は英国 英国は事故が多いですね。

Dramatic images show devastating London tower block blaze (PHOTOS)


英国で "Liar Liar GE2017" 大ヒット中
嘘つきでは、日本はイギリスに負けないぞ! 彼を信じちゃいけないよ!
[ロンドン 30日 ロイター] - メイ英首相を「うそつき」呼ばわりする歌が、総選挙を来月8日に控えた英国で大ヒットしている。
「Liar liar GE2017」と題したこの曲を歌っているのはロンドンに拠点をおくバンド「キャプテンSKA」。メイ首相の政策モットーを揶揄(やゆ)し、売上チャートの上位に躍り出ている。

Highway horror: CCTV shows utter chaos from runaway truck smash (VIDEO)





CCTV: Truck slams into residential building in NW China, 5 dead



World’s best young photojournalists vie for Andrei Stenin prize (PHOTOS)
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女性必読! ロンドンで顔に強酸をかけるバイク強盗が頻発


Acid attack victims 'screamed in agony' while skin 'peeled off' - witnesses
Two men were left “screaming in agony” after acid was thrown in their faces in East London on Tuesday night, according to witnesses who said the corrosive substance "peeled off" their facial skin and melted their clothes.

The victims, thought to be in their late teens, flagged down police in Bethnal Green at around 7pm local time after having an unknown liquid thrown at them on Roman Road.

Paramedics were called and the men were taken to hospital for treatment. Firefighters at the scene also used their hoses to douse the men down.

Scotland Yard said the incident is being treated as a “suspected noxious substance attack.”

Videos of the incident on social media show a topless man pouring water over his face and torso as paramedics tend to him. Another man is seen sitting on the pavement while receiving medical attention.

Photos show what is believed to be one of the men’s jackets, with holes melted through the fabric.

PC Bennett, from Bethnal Green police station, said the color of the victims’ faces “had changed from where the bleach had been thrown over them.”

He told the Daily Mail at the scene: “There was a discoloring on the faces. They [the alleged victims] weren’t saying too much. It is believed that they do know who the suspect is.

“We can see it’s been burnt through their clothing.”

London MP demands carrying acid be made illegal after 90-minute attack spree
Carrying corrosive fluids should be made a crime, an MP has said, after two men on mopeds went on an acid attack spree across London on Thursday night, inflicting “life changing” injuries.

The Metropolitan Police say a 16-year-old has been arrested as a major investigation into the series of attacks that took place in less than 90 minutes is launched. The assaults appear to be linked, and two of the victims had their mopeds stolen, police added.

A 32-year-old man on a moped was left with facial injuries in Hackney after another moped with two male riders pulled up alongside him and threw a corrosive substance in his face.

One of the men stole his moped and the other drove away on the vehicle they arrived on. Police said the victim had gone to an east London hospital and they are awaiting an update on his injuries.

Little more than 20 minutes later, another victim was sprayed with the liquid in Islington. He was taken to a hospital in north London.

About 15 minutes after that, an attacker targeted another man in Shoreditch High Street. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The men on mopeds then struck again, hurling acid at a man on Cazenove Road, causing “life changing” injuries.

The final assault of the night was reported to police at 11:37 local time, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road. After they sprayed acid in his face, the moped was stolen and the attackers fled.

The assaults take place amid increasing concern about the sharp rise in acid attacks across the capital.

Since 2010, there have been more than 1,900 reports of attacks involving corrosive fluids in London. Last year, it was used in 458 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to Met Police figures.

Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, is calling for carrying acid to be made a crime. He will argue at a parliamentary debate on Monday that regulations surrounding acid should be overhauled “very quickly.”

“Carrying acid should in itself be an offence in the same way that carrying a knife was made an offence several years ago,” he told the BBC.

“I think that’s been a pretty effective change and I think the same change should be made for acid.”

Under the current law, if police stop someone carrying acid, they have to prove intent to cause harm.

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US Blames Human Error for Missile Test Failure
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military blamed human error for a botched ballistic missile intercept test in late June, an embarrassing failure amid an ongoing row with North Korea over its missile program.

The June 22 test in the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai failed after a sailor on board the USS John Paul Jones, the US Navy’s missile defense test ship, pressed the wrong button on the Aegis Combat System and caused a RIM-161 Standard Missile (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor to self-destruct mid-air, Defense News reported

An investigation by the US Missile Defense Agency sowed that the sailor, a tactical datalink controller tasked with maintaining encrypted data exchanges between ships and aircraft, had registered the incoming ballistic missile as a "friendly” rocket, the report stated.

“Though the review is still in process, the SM-3 IIA interceptor and Aegis Combat System have been eliminated as the potential root cause” of the failure, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, the director of MDA.

“We are conducting an extensive review as part of our standard engineering and test processes, and it would be inappropriate to comment further until we complete the investigation,” he added.

This was the fourth overall test and the second ship launch of the SM-3 IIA system, jointly developed by Japan and the US to allegedly counter missile threats rising from North Korea.

The US, along with South Korea and Japan, have been wary of the North’s progress in developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

North Korea has threatened to attack all three countries in case it faces American aggression.

Besides the SM-3 system, the US has equipped Tokyo and Seoul, Pyongyang’s two regional adversaries, with Patriot and the Terminal High Altitude Defense System (THAAD) missiles defenses.

Earlier this month, the US and South Korea fired surface-to-surface missiles in reaction to North Korea’s successful test-launch of what Washington insists was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

During the test, US and South Korean forces conducted simultaneous launches from the US Army Tactical Missile System and South Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile II system.

The US Army said in a statement that the drills showed both the US and South Korea’s military capability to “engage the full array of time critical targets under all weather conditions.”

Unfretted by the constant threats, however, North Korea says it will not give up on its missile technology and nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward Pyongyang and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea.
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US ship fires warning shots at Iranians in Persian Gulf
A US patrol ship fired several warning shots from a heavy machine gun at an Iranian craft that approached within 150 yards and ignored other warnings, Pentagon officials told reporters on Tuesday.

USS Thunderbolt opened fire only after it tried to warn off the Iranians over the radio, by firing flares, and blowing five short blasts from its whistle, the officials said. The warning shots were fired into the water, out of concerns of a possible collision.
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Trump blasts AG over 'Clinton collusion with Ukraine', says acting FBI director got '$700k from H'

Trump blasts AG over 'Clinton collusion with Ukraine', says acting FBI director got '$700k from H'
Donald Trump has accused his attorney general of taking a "very weak position" on the alleged collusion between the Clinton campaign and Ukraine, and once again brought up a contribution in which the wife of the acting FBI director received money "from H."

The barrage of accusations against Jeff Sessions and Andrew McCabe came in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

The tweets, directed at Fox News host Sean Hannity, came after Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Hannity's show last week, during which the president's son was interviewed on his personal meeting with a Russian lawyer. The meeting has been used by Trump's critics as they continue to accuse his campaign of colluding with Russia to win the election.

The alleged collusion of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Ukrainian government was reported months ago. Kiev allegedly tried to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton win the election and tried to score political points with her by attacking Trump campaign aid Paul Manafort, a decision which reportedly backfired after Trump became president.

The allegations against Ukraine resurfaced after Trump Jr. was accused of attempting to receive compromising material against Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

Trump also accused FBI acting director Andrew McCabe of getting “$700,000 from H for wife."

McCabe’s wife Jill reportedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions for her 2015 campaign for Senate, from Virginia Governor and Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe. Andrew McCabe’s capacity to investigate the case surrounding Clinton’s email server was consequently brought into question by Republicans last year.

Trump raised the issue of the contributions during his campaign.
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海外ニュースから 2017/7/10〜

この記事は、 N K M さんに協力をいただいています。

Are we sleepwalking to World War III?
Australia is plunging headlong into catastrophe and we are utterly unprepared. In fact, we may be past the time when we can prepare.
The time-bomb is ticking and it will explode in our lifetimes.
All certainty will be lost, our economy will be devastated, our land seized, our system of government upended.
This isn't mere idle speculation or the rantings of a doomsday cult, this is the warning from a man who has made it his life's work to prepare for just this scenario.
Admiral Chris Barrie was chief of Australia's Defence Force between 1998 and 2002.

A miscalculation or misunderstanding, he said, could tip us over the edge, countries would be backed into corners and we have no way right now of talking our way out.
This is a warning that comes from our past, and if unheeded, will shatter our future.
"History doesn't repeat but it does rhyme."

On the current trajectory, Allison says, war is "not just possible, but much more likely than currently recognised".
Any clash between the US and China is potentially catastrophic, but as much as we may try to wish it away, right now military strategists in Beijing and Washington are preparing for just an eventuality.
Global think tank the Rand Corporation prepared a report in 2015 for the American military, its title could not have been more direct ― War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable.
It concluded that China would suffer greater casualties than the US if war was to break out now. However, it cautioned, that as China's military muscle increased so would the prospect of a prolonged destructive war.

The entire Asia region is a tinderbox.
Historian Michael Auslan, thinks Asia is so potentially unstable and insecure that he has questioned the very future of the region in his new book, The End of the Asian Century.

Allison concludes with a quote not from Thucydides but Shakespeare, our destiny lies "not in our stars, but in ourselves".

Japan PM Abe denies favors for friend amid falling support
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, said on Monday he had never instructed that preferential treatment be given to a long-time friend and that his friend had never lobbied for favors.
Abe and his aides have repeatedly denied intervening to help Kake Gakuen (Kake Educational Institution) win approval for a veterinary school in a special economic zone. Its director, Kotaro Kake, is a friend of Abe.

Psychopaths: Mean, misunderstood, and mistreated?
Does your ex drink too much, act impulsively and seem to fear nothing? Turns out, they could be a psychopath.
What is a psychopath and how would you identify one?
Even among scientists there's a lot of controversy about what's in and what's out in regard to the definition. You can think of psychopathy as an enduring type of personality disorder in which people have quite distinctive characteristics that can be harmful both to them and others. But there is also quite widespread acceptance that some aspects of psychopathy can be quite positive ... So it's more of a mixed picture of positive and negative characteristics.
There are three different clusters of characteristics ... meanness, boldness and disinhibition. This is known as the Triarchic model of psychopathy, developed by Christopher Patrick. It's gaining some acceptance because of its usefulness.

Hong Kong Herald紙より
MH370 search reveals previously unknown undersea world
Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe.

Hyperloop or hyperbole? Musk promises NY-DC run in 29 mins http://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/bots/2017/07/259337/hyperloop-or-hyperbole-musk-promises-ny-dc-run-29-mins
NEW YORK: US entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday he’d received tentative approval from the government to build a conceptual “hyperloop” system that would blast passenger pods down vacuum-sealed tubes from New York to Washington at near supersonic speeds.

Facing a barrage of skepticism, Musk, who has been known to over-promise in his announcements, clarified: “Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly,” urging people to lobby their representatives.
「over-promise 」って、イニシャルS.A.さんのことかと。

The right-wing media's outrage at BBC salaries has nothing to do with gender equality http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/bbc-salaries-figures-paid-chris-evans-alan-shearer-laura-keunssberg-privatisation-right-wing-agenda-a7848841.html
If people trust the BBC, they are likely to trust the country that created it. It is a diplomatic force of immense significance.

The government aims to force all porn sites to have age-verification checks by April 2018,

Icelanders named in Panama papers buy ISK at a 20% discount
RÚV reports that 21 Icelanders who’s names came up in the notorious Panama papers, purchased large amounts of ISK (Icelandic króna) at a 20% discount through the Central bank’s investment program.
The article states that the individuals are not necessarily being investigated by the tax authorities, but their identities remain anonymous
The Central bank’s investment program aims at bringing foreign currency into the country by allowing investors to purchase ISK at a 20% discount. So far, 206 billion ISK have been sold, 72 of them bought by Icelanders or companies owned by Icelanders. According to RÚV, the Governor of the Central bank of Iceland, Már Guðmundsson, says all laws have been upheld regarding the investment program.

Poverty among Italy’s young has tripled over last 11 years
According to official figures, 4.7 million Italians live in absolute poverty. The number is 144,000 up on 2015
Poverty remains high in Italy, and is slightly up on 2015, with larger families the worst hit. According to figures published by Italian statistics institute ISTAT, 1.619m Italian families were living in absolute poverty in 2016, for a total of 4.742m people, 144,000 more than in 2015. In relation to the number of households (25.7m) and resident population (60m), 6.3% of households were living in conditions of absolute poverty (compared to 6.1% in 2015). This amounted to 7.9% of the population (7.6% in 2015). For ISTAT, absolute poverty means being unable to buy a basket of goods and services “essential to a minimum acceptable standard of living”, which varies according to size of family, age and geographical location

'Defend Europe' Identitarians charter a ship to return migrants to Africa
European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups.
Earlier the group had said on its website it would try and force NGO ships to change course and to sap the financial and organizational resources of the charities.

‘Nuclear Nine’ and the NPT - The Manila Times Online
THEY who hold the gold make the rules.
True, especially in the case of the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, which are the nine countries in the world that possess nuclear weapons.

At best, the NPT is and can only be a deterrent against the leader of any of the nine countries who might get stupid or crazy enough to press the button that would send the rest of the world to kingdom come.

The NPT is a joke partly because it only prohibits developing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons; it does not carry a provision for recall or destruction of such weapons that at present may be in the nuclear depots of the Nuclear Nine.

Autistic teenager dies after being left by carers in hot minibus for six hours http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/autistic-teenager-dies-hot-minibus-japan-carers-forget-ageo-a7841841.html
It is thought he had been forgotten by staff at the facility, who only noticed he was missing hours later.

Japan’s mental health services have previously been criticised for institutionalising too many patients and breaching their human rights.
A 2013 study found Japanese people with mental health conditions faced greater stigmatisation than in many other areas of the world.
The majority of the public keep a greater social distance from people with mental illness, it said, while two-thirds of people with mental health disorders never seek treatment because of the stigma.

From buses to glasses: Silicon Valley’s love of non-tech start-ups

Truck carrying eels overturns, dumping slime over cars and highway
An Oregon highway has been “slimed” after a truck carrying 3,400kg (7,500lb) of eels overturned, spilling the animals and their excretions all over the road and nearby vehicles.
Hagfish are caught along the west coast of the US, including Oregon, and exported to Korea where they are a delicacy. Oregon state police tweeted that the eels were being shipped to Korea for consumption.

London firefighters battle blaze at Camden Lock Market (WATCH LIVE)

Mass brawl breaks out amongst crowd at UK boxing match (VIDEO)
Bloody seats and bruised egos; the ring failed to contain the carnage at a boxing match in east London Saturday night where a mass brawl erupted amongst the rowdy crowd.
The chaos at the Copper Box Arena in east London was reportedly sparked by the shock defeat of fan favorite Sam McNess who was brutally beaten by Asinia Byfield.
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Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Russian military and political presence in Iraq would bring balance to the whole Middle Eastern and North African region, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi vice-president, said during his visit to Moscow.

"It’s well known that Russia has historically strong relations with Iraq, therefore we would like Russia to have a substantial presence in our country, both politically and militarily,” al-Maliki said during his meeting with the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko.

“This way, a balance would be established that would benefit the region, its peoples and its countries,” he added.

The vice president said that Baghdad wants to boost relations with Moscow as it believes “in Russia’s role in solving most of the key international issues as well as improving stability and balance in our region and worldwide.”

Matviyenko, in turn, praised the commitment of the current Iraqi authorities to widening their cooperation with Moscow.

“Russia is also determined to expand its interaction with Iraq both politically and economically as well as in the military-technical sphere, and, of course, on the parliamentary level,” she said.

In his talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, earlier Monday, al-Maliki stressed that a Russian presence in Iraq would bring the balance which couldn’t be “undermined in a political sense in favor of any external party.”

“Today we need Russia's greater involvement in Iraqi affairs, especially in the energy field. Now when we are done with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Iraq needs investments in energy and trade,” he said.

Earlier in July, the Iraqi authorities announced that the last IS stronghold in the country, Mosul, had been fully liberated from the terrorists, following an eight-months-long campaign backed by the US-led coalition.

Al-Maliki told Lavrov that Moscow and Baghdad “should enhance… cooperation in countering terrorism in the region.”

“We believe that both our countries are targets for terrorists and those who stand behind them," al-Maliki said.

Moscow supports the efforts of the Iraqi authorities to “normalize the situation in the country, first of all aiming at eradicating the terrorist threat,” Lavrov said.

It’s vital that Baghdad’s struggle isn’t carried out in isolation, but is carried on in the context of international efforts to eradicate the terrorist threat across the globe, including in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other countries, the Russian FM added.

Al-Maliki is also travelling to St. Petersburg, where he’s expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
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Air Force secretary critical of nuclear waste routes to Yucca Mountain

If the Trump administration restarts the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project, the US Air Force says the proposed transport route would endanger its operations, from tracking North Korea missile tests to timekeeping for the New York Stock Exchange.

“If Yucca Mountain becomes a storage area, it needs to operate without impacting the ability of the country to defend itself,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There is no route across the range that would not impact testing and training.”

In addition to training and testing, the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range serves many other “high priority” Air Force operations, Wilson said.

Wilson said infrared sensors on the range are used by the Air Force to detect North Korean missile tests “and we calculate not only that there has been a launch, but where that launch is headed, how fast it’s going, what angle it’s going at and within minutes we communicate that information to people on the ground so they can make decisions.”

The service is also responsible for the timing signals for automated teller machines and the New York Stock Exchange, she added.

The Department of Energy (DOE) had previously evaluated possible rail routes for hauling high-level nuclear waste to the proposed repository before the project was defunded in 2012.

Originally the Chalk Mountain route would have run right through the Air Force testing site, and the Nevada National Security site.

The Chalk Mountain route was later downgraded to “nonpreferred” by the DOE, but it is still one of the routes evaluated for the license application.

Even the Nye County route, which closely parallels the Nellis Air Force Base, could raise encroachment issues, Wilson said. Some 75 percent of all live USAF munitions stored in the US are at Nellis, which also conducts air combat training.

The Air Force also wants to expand the site, because it has shrunk relative to its purpose as military jets have become faster. The F-22 Raptor can fly across the testing site in seven minutes, flying at roughly 17 miles per minute.

In 2010, the Obama administration canceled the maintenance project for the national nuclear waste repository in Nevada. President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes $150 million in funding to revive the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, however.

On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved a $38.4 billion funding measure that included a provision for consolidated nuclear waste storage and funding to allow the Department of Energy to store nuclear waste at private facilities licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Committee. But the subcommittee excluded the funds requested to restart the Yucca Mountain re-licensing process.

Local opposition to Yucca Mountain has always been strong, especially while Harry Reid (D-Nevada) served in the Senate as Majority Leader.
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キルギス大統領 米軍基地はキルギスの安全保障に脅威となっていた

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US airbase in Kyrgyzstan caused a major threat to the republic’s security, President Almazbek Atambayev told a news conference on Monday.
"To be honest, some countries warned us they were ready, if necessary, to use missiles against the US airbase, which Kyrgyzstan hosted," he said, TASS reported.

"The situation continued to 2014, when the base was removed from the country," he added. "To that time, our people were under a major threat."

That was one of the reasons why Kyrgyzstan decided to close the US airbase, which was at the airport in Bishkek since 2001 and served for support of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, he continued.

Kyrgyzstan had signed an agreement with Russia to host its airbase, the president said. However, the new agreement with Russia reads the term of hosting the Russian military is "cut from 74 to 15 years."

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Okinawa files new lawsuit to block relocation of US Marines base – local media

The Japanese prefecture of Okinawa filed a new lawsuit against the government demanding a halt to construction work for the relocation of the US Futenma base, local media report. The relocation has been the target of protests among locals.

The prefectural authorities say that Tokyo is acting illegally without permission from the Okinawa governor, as seen in a copy of the lawsuit sent on Monday and obtained by the Okinawa Times.

The relocation of the base involves damaging seabed rock, which would harm the fishing grounds, the lawsuit states.
Earlier in July, an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly committee asked for legal action against damage to the fishing grounds caused by the relocation.

“The granting of fishing rights is considered a local government matter and it’s the prefecture that determines how to interpret those local government matters,” Kiichiro Jahana, the head of the executive office of the governor, told the assembly.

The US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is going to be moved from the densely populated city of Ginowan to the less populated city of Nago in the Henoko coastal area. The city is already home to Camp Schwab, another US Marines camp which has caused numerous protests among the local population.

The base relocation has been repeatedly halted due to resistance from the Okinawa authorities and local residents.

Japanese authorities began the relocation of the base back in February this year, despite stiff opposition from the population. Local residents regularly stage protests with thousands of people, often resulting in confrontation with police.

According to the relocation plan, the flight functions of the Futenma airfield will be transferred to Camp Schwab. Tokyo also plans to reclaim around 157 hectares of land in Henoko waters and build a V-shaped runway.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is among those who stand firmly opposed to the US military presence on the archipelago, calling for the removal of the Futenma base.

Onaga says that the relocation would destroy the environment of the bay surrounding the new base site.

Around 100,000 US military personnel are currently stationed in Japan, according to the official website of US Forces, Japan. Home to about one percent of Japan’s population, Okinawa hosts almost half of the troops (47,000), according to media reports.
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えっ、えっ、え! マケインの脳腫瘍はウソ?

アノニマス:マケインがISISに武器を送っていた 新しい資料で判明 これは面白い

Christopher Witt Diamantさんがリンクをシェアしました。
7月22日 11:16
While McCain hides away with his fake cancer diagnosis. Newly released files reveal John McCain helped ship weapons to terrorists, including ISIS, in the Middle East. The Dilyana Files released by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva and Anonymous Bulgaria, expose how the US State Department and McCain used Silk Way Airlines to transport weapons into the hands of terrorists. This new release is highly likely to be related to the Story of Marc Turi – a convicted international weapons dealer out of Arizona.



U.S., Europe Should Investigate Azerbaijan Shipments of Weapons to Terrorists
By Harut Sassounian
FLArmenians Guest Contributor

A stunning investigation by Bulgarian reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva revealed that Azerbaijan’s state-run Silk Way Airlines has shipped under diplomatic cover 350 planeloads of heavy weapons and ammunition to terrorist groups around the world in the last three years! Azerbaijan asked the Foreign Ministries of various countries to issue a diplomatic exemption for these flights, allowing civilian planes to carry weapons which would normally be prohibited by the International Air Transport Association.

The reporter’s information is based on a large number of emails sent to her by an anonymous source: “The leaked files include correspondence between the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria with attached documents for weapons deals and diplomatic clearance for overflight and/or landing in Bulgaria and many other European countries,” in addition to Syria, Iraq, the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, and Israel, to name a few.

According to documents obtained by Gaytandzhieva, “Silk Way Airlines offered diplomatic flights to private companies and arms manufacturers from the US, the Balkans, and Israel, as well as to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and the military forces of Germany and Denmark in Afghanistan and of Sweden in Iraq. Diplomatic flights are exempt of checks, air bills, and taxes, meaning that Silk Way airplanes freely transported hundreds of tons of weapons to different locations around the world without regulation.”

The leaked documents also reveal that American weapons manufacturers had shipped over $1 billion of weapons through Silk Way Airlines. These were non-US standard weapons which means that they were not intended for use by U.S. forces. When Silk Way Airlines did not have enough available planes, Azerbaijan’s Air Force jets would transport the military shipments, Gaytandzhieva reported.

According to the U.S. federal contracts registry, in December 2014, the U.S. Special Operations Command signed a $26.7 million contract with the American company Purple Shovel. Bulgaria was listed as the country of origin for the shipped weapons and Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry as the consignee. Another US company, Orbital ATK, received a contract for $250 million of non-US standard weapons.

Amazingly, the daring Bulgarian reporter went to Aleppo, Syria, in December of last year where she “found and filmed 9 underground warehouses full of heavy weapons with Bulgaria as their country of origin. They were used by Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria designated as a terrorist organization by the UN).”

Gaytandzhieva discovered that just in April and May of 2017, Azerbaijan’s Air Force jets transported 282 tons of grenades on 10 diplomatic flights.

Another major purchaser of non-US standard weapons is Saudi Arabia which cannot use these weapons for its own defense as they are not compatible with its arsenal of western weapons. In 2016 and 2017, there were 23 diplomatic flights carrying weapons from Bulgaria, Serbia and Azerbaijan to Jeddah and Riyadh. These weapons were transported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through Silk Way Airlines and ended up in the hands of militants in Syria and Yemen that Saudi Arabia officially admits supporting, according to Gaytandzhieva.

On April 28 and May 12 of this year, Silk Way Airlines carried out two diplomatic flights from Baku to Burgas-Jeddah-Brazzaville (Republic of Congo). The military cargo on board both flights was paid for by Saudi Arabia. The aircraft was loaded with mortars and anti-tank grenades. These very same weapons were discovered by the Iraqi army a month ago in an Islamic State warehouse in Mosul. It is not surprising that Islamic State terrorists have displayed these weapons in their propaganda videos, according to Gaytandzhieva.

The same situation existed with the shipment of Coyote machine guns which appeared on propaganda videos posted online by militant groups in Syria. These weapons were transported on a diplomatic flight via Turkey and Saudi Arabia a few months earlier. There are many other examples of such shipments that ended up in the hands of terrorists, including some shipments sponsored by United Arab Emirates.

In February and March 2017, Saudi Arabia received 350 tons of weapons on Silk Way Airlines’ diplomatic flights originating from Baku. The cargo included 27,350 pieces of 128-mm rockets and 10,000 pieces of 122 mm. Grad rockets.

Some of these shipments were paid in cash which may account for the huge amount of wealth accumulated by Pres. Aliyev and his family.

Just as concerning are the shipments of large quantities (around 200 tons) of white phosphorus which could be deadly. Ironically, Azerbaijan, which possesses white phosphorus, accuses Armenia of using it in the Artsakh conflict.

This is not just another article which should be read and forgotten! The U.S. Congress and European governments should hold hearings and investigate these huge shipments of weapons, most of which are destined for terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Ilham Aliyevアゼルバイジャン大統領

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Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnie Gunderson, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 U.S. atomic power plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
He explains that both the Japanese government and the atomic power industry are trying to force almost all of the people who evacuated their homes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to return "home" before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
His analysis of what is happening is simple.
"Big banks and large electric utilities and energy companies are putting profit before public health," Gunderson added.

2020 Tokyo Olympics to be Held Amidst "Hot Particles"
Katsuta said that the Fukushima evacuees are "extremely worried" that their plight will be overshadowed by the Olympics. He believes the Japanese government is using the Olympics to demonstrate to the world that Japan is now a "safe" country and that the Fukushima disaster "has been solved."
"In Japan, the people are really forgetting the Fukushima accident as … the news of the Olympics increases," he said.
Arnie Gunderson doesn't think it makes sense to have some of the Olympic venues (soccer, baseball and possibly surfing) in Fukushima Prefecture itself.
"Radioactively 'hot particles' are everywhere in Fukushima Prefecture and in some of the adjacent prefectures as well," he said. "These 'hot particles' present a long-term health risk to the citizens who live there and the athletes who will visit."
Ramana, too, believes that the events held closer to Fukushima "may be adding to the radiation dose of the competitors and the spectators."

Fukushima Disaster "Will Continue for More Than 100 Years"
Maggie Gunderson pointed out that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission consistently claims it has learned lessons from Fukushima, but she doesn't think the commission―or the Japanese government, or corporations―learned any lessons at all.
"Energy production is all about money," she said. "After the meltdowns, many banks in Japan invested in keeping the atomic power reactors on hold until the disaster could sort itself out. Those banks and the government supporting its access to the use of the atom have a vested interest in starting the old reactors up."

Fukushima Disaster "Will Continue for More Than 100 Years"
Maggie Gunderson pointed out that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission consistently claims it has learned lessons from Fukushima, but she doesn't think the commission―or the Japanese government, or corporations―learned any lessons at all.
"Energy production is all about money," she said. "After the meltdowns, many banks in Japan invested in keeping the atomic power reactors on hold until the disaster could sort itself out. Those banks and the government supporting its access to the use of the atom have a vested interest in starting the old reactors up."
Katsuta has a dire outlook for the future of Fukushima, and said there are already numerous evacuees who have given up hope of returning because they are aware of the crisis being unsolvable by the current means of TEPCO and the Abe administration.
"Even if decontamination and decommissioning work progresses, the problem will not be solved," he said. "We have not yet decided how to dispose of decontamination waste and decommissioning waste."
Ramana believes Fukushima should be a reminder of the inherent hazards associated with nuclear power, and how those hazards become worse when entities that control these technologies put profits over human wellbeing.
Arnie Gunderson had even stronger words.
"The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi will continue for more than 100 years," he explained. "Other atomic power reactor disasters are bound to occur. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi should have taught everyone around the world that nuclear power is a technology that can destroy the fabric of a society overnight."
According to him, the remains of the reactor containments at Units 1, 2 and 3 are highly susceptible to damage from another severe earthquake, and any earthquake of 7.0 or higher at the Fukushima site could provoke further severe radiation releases.
Shortly after the meltdowns, Maggie and Arnie Gunderson both spoke about Japan being at a "tipping point": It could respond to the disaster by leading the world in renewable energy while choosing to protect people and the pristine rural environment through sustainable energy economies.
But obviously it didn't work out that way.
"The world saw Japan as technologically savvy, but instead of moving ahead and creating a new worldwide economy, it continues with an old tired 20th century paradigm of energy production," Maggie Gunderson said. "Look at the huge success and progress of solar and wind in other countries like Germany, Nicaragua and Denmark. Why not go energy independent, creating a strong economy, producing many more jobs and protecting the environment?"
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White House leaks must stop or ‘everyone is getting fired’, warns new coms chief Scaramucci
The new White House communications director has promised to take “drastic action” to prevent leaks from the Trump administration, warning, “they’re going to get fired” if the leaks do not stop.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Anthony Scaramucci told host Chris Wallace he was willing to enforce hardline reforms of the White House’s communications department – and would even be willing to “pare down the staff.”

“I think it’s not fair to the president, it’s actually not fair to America or the people in the government,” Scaramucci said.

“I’m not going to be able to stop the leaks in the intergovernmental agencies and all that other stuff, that’s a different ball of wax. But something is going on in the White House that the president does not like and we’re going to fix it.”

Pressed to elaborate on his pledge to cut down staff, Scaramucci said, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a new start for everyone in [the communications] team. Everyone on that team can stay if they follow protocol against the leaks.”

'Russian situation is completely overblown' – new WH communications director
The scandal around the US officials allegedly colluding with the Russian government has been “overblown” and serves to “to take the president off his agenda,” Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has said.

On Sunday, the newly appointed White House communications director appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ program addressing questions on alleged Trump-Russia interactions.

“I was there early on in the campaign. I didn’t have any interactivity with the Russians. I didn’t see anybody have interactivity with the Russians. It is a completely bogus and nonsensical thing,” Scaramucci told host Jake Tapper.

“You guys have to manufacture these scandals to take the president off his agenda,” he added.

Scaramucci also spoke to Fox News, telling host Chris Wallace, “I think that the Russian situation is completely overblown.” He added, that he too has been falsely accused of conspiring with the Russians.

Last month, CNN published a story, claiming that Scaramucci, who was a part of Trump’s transition team, along with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, had been under a Senate investigation over a meeting with a Russian investment bank CEO. The network later retracted the story, apologizing to Scaramucci, while the three journalists involved have resigned.

With Trump tweeting Saturday that “the US president has complete power to pardon,” Scaramucci was asked to comment on reports that Trump is considering using his power to pardon his family members, aides and himself in light of the Russia probe.

“The president is thinking about pardoning nobody,” he emphasized.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong,” Scaramucci said.

When asked about a new raft of already drafted sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, Scaramucci said that Trump “hasn’t made the decision yet to sign the bill” and that “He’ll make that decision when he makes it.”

He nevertheless noted that “a person that’s going to be super, super tough on Russia is President Donald J. Trump.”

Also on Sunday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who Friday replaced Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, assured that the administration would back the new sanctions legislation.

“The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” she said on ABC ‘This Week.’

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the bill Tuesday, after Republicans and Democrats agreed on a new round of sanctions to be applied to Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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‘We hear nothing in Western media about devastation of Mosul’: Academic who visited city to RT
The devastation in Mosul and Aleppo are comparable, Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi told RT, and yet the Western media only choose to highlight the suffering in the Syrian province and downplays the plight of those in the Iraqi city.

Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran, visited Mosul with his colleagues after receiving an invitation from his Iraqi counterparts.

“The city is almost empty. People’s lives have been completely destroyed,” Marandi said. “The devastation across the city, and it’s the second-most important city in Iraq, is extraordinary.”

“Those we spoke to were all seemed very pleased for the city to have been retaken, but they all said the American airstrikes were very devastating and very hurtful to ordinary people, and many civilians were killed,” according to Marandi.

From October 2016 to July this year, Iraqi forces backed by US airstrikes as well as Shiite and Kurdish militia, had been fighting to wrest control of the city from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

But what struck Marandi was the sharp contrast in the coverage of the tragedies of Mosul and Aleppo in the Western media.

“We also visited Aleppo after the liberation as well, and what was very interesting, or very unfortunate, was the devastation of East Aleppo which was occupied by al-Qaeda in Syria, was very similar to the devastation we saw in West Mosul,” he said.

“The bombing by the Americans destroyed so much of the west side of the city, yet the Western media said almost nothing about it.”

However, according to Marandi, as “the Russians, Syrians, Iranians were trying to liberate the city from al-Qaeda forces,” the Western media quickly tried to pin the blame for the civilian suffering on Damascus and its allies.

“But what we saw in Mosul was the same amount of devastation and we hear nothing from the Western media.”

During its air campaign to back Syrian forces liberating eastern Aleppo, Russia had been accused of being responsible for civilian casualties there. Moscow insisted that it bombed only terrorist targets and that various militant factions on the ground used civilians as human shields. Russia also insisted that militants prevented residents from leaving the embattled part of the city through special Russia brokered humanitarian corridors.

Many of the people Marandi spoke to also laid the blame for the troubles, at least partly, at the door of the Americans, which they hold responsible for the rise of both Islamic State and Saddam Hussein.

“Iraqis have been saying all this devastation since Saddam Hussein and up to now, the United States is to blame more than anyone else because they supported Saddam Hussein,” who was, according to the people, responsible for much of the destruction of the country.

“And then they [US] also helped create ISIS, alongside the Saudis and unfortunately the Turkish government and the Qataris. They funded the extremist groups as we know from the defense agency documents of 2012, and also the WikiLeaks documents which show that Hillary Clinton knew that in 2014, the Saudis and the Qataris were helping ISIS. So the Iraqi people are very much aware of what’s going on, and they believe for over forty years of devastation, the United States more than anyone is to blame, alongside its regional allies.”

The United States initially supported Saddam Hussein, giving him aid and equipment worth billions of dollars to fight the bloody war against Iran in the 1980s.

In 2003, the Washington-led invasion toppled Hussein’s government claiming he possessed weapons of mass destruction, something which later turned out to false. The operation and the removal of Hussein led to a power vacuum and a sectarian power struggle which is believed to have contributed to the rise of IS.
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ロシア製武器 ロシア航空ショー

Futuristic jets & battle hardened planes: Highlights of Russia’s MAKS 2017 airshow (VIDEOS)


イラクがロシア製T-90タンクを購入 近く配備へ
Iraq buys ‘large batch’ of T-90 tanks – Kremlin aide
A Kremlin aide has confirmed that the Iraqi armed forces will soon take delivery of Russian-made T-90 battle tanks. The Russian hardware will be deployed alongside the US M1A1 Abrams tanks.

“A significant contract for a large batch” of T-90 tanks, has been signed between Baghdad and manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to the Russian president on military-technical cooperation told the Izvestiya daily.

“I cannot disclose the exact cost [of the tank contract] but the number [of tanks] is substantial,” Kozhin added.

Earlier, Uralvagonzavod indicated that it will deliver 73 T-90S/SK tanks to Iraq this year. A yearly report for 2016 published earlier in July by the manufacturer mentioned a contract with “foreign customer 368”, i.e. Iraq, to be fulfilled in 2017.
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More than 100 refugee minors remain missing after being smuggled into the UK illegally from France during the last 12 months, the Independent has learned, warning of potential sexual abuse of children by their smugglers.

Out of 167 children that were trafficked from France to the UK since last August, 104 minors remain missing, the Independent reported, citing figures provided by the Refugee Youth Service (RYS), a Calais-based charity.

Months after the Calais ‘Jungle’ was bulldozed by French authorities in October 2016, refugees, including unaccompanied minors, are still arriving on the banks of the English Channel, hoping to reach the UK. In response, Britain has scrapped the Dubs Amendment, allowing for the resettlement of 3,000 unaccompanied minors.

RYS tracks the records of minors who are known to have reached the UK from France illegally. Once on British soil, the charity refers them to the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC), providing it with all the information needed to help locate them in the UK. CTAC then reports those cases to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – a process set up by the government to identify and support victims of trafficking in the UK.

In their report, the publication noted that the actual number of missing kids could be much higher, as many of the minors remain “hidden” from child protection agencies after being told by their traffickers not to engage with the authorities.

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” Michael McHugh, the RYS coordination and child protection officer, told the Independent. “There are children here who are trying not to be seen, manipulated by people who don’t want them to be seen by us, worried about the state interfering. The true numbers will be far higher.”

Charities that deal with child welfare warned that the missing minors could be subject to sexual and drug abuse as well as labor exploitation by the individuals who smuggle them across borders.

Getting a child from France to the UK can cost around £9,000 ($11,700), the report estimates, which most minors are unable to pay. To cover the cost, children practically serve as slaves to the criminal gangs engaged in illegal trafficking.

“Both in Calais and once they reach the UK, children and young people are falling victim to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, criminal exploitation,” Christine Beddoe, an adviser on tackling child trafficking who co-authored the report, said.

“Very high prices are demanded and if they don’t have families who can pay, then those young people are expected to do something to pay back that money, and then that turns into an exploitation situation,” she added.
Beddoe pointed out that sexual exploitation is the biggest problem faced by young male refugees. Because of the nature of the abuse, young boys are reluctant to report the abuse to the authorities.

In response to the report, the UK Home Office has issued a statement, stressing that Britain is doing everything to make sure that the minors arrive to its shores safely.

“We have already strengthened regulations on children’s homes and placed a duty on local authorities to tell us about all incidents of young people going missing,” the statement to the Independent reads.

“However, we know trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children can be particularly vulnerable. Our focus will continue to be on transferring all eligible minors to the UK as soon as possible and ensuring they arrive safely,” it added.

1,000s of children rescued from slavery in England – report

Thousands of children in England have been rescued after being exploited for slave labor, suffering sexual or domestic abuse, a damning new report has found.

According to the study, more than 1,200 children have fallen victim to modern slavery. Anna Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England who is behind the report, believes the true number is likely to be far higher as cases go unreported.

Longfield has called on politicians to act.

“Child slavery leaves deep scars on the lives of those children who suffer horrendous exploitation by adults – and this could well be only the tip of the iceberg,” Longfield said, according to the Daily Mail.

“These appalling crimes need to remain in the spotlight and be consigned to the past.

“I hope today’s report highlighting the large number of children living vulnerable lives will be a spur for politicians to act.”

According to the report, which cites the government’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a scheme designed for the UK to account for all modern slavery victims and support them, at least 1,203 children aged up to 17 were referred to the scheme, up from 901 in 2015.

British nationals accounted for the largest group of slaves, with a total of 247. Up to 209 are thought to have been sexually exploited.

Albanians were the second biggest group at 223, with 150 referred for potential labor exploitation.

Vietnamese children came third with a figure totalling 200, more than half of them feared to have been forced into labor.

The report warns, however, that there are many more “invisible children” who may be “particularly vulnerable” because of failures in identifying them as modern slaves.

This was backed by a spokesman for the Human Trafficking Foundation, a British charity, who said the issue in identifying victims is two-fold.

“The data around child trafficking masks the scale of the problem, not only because many children are hidden or too scared to come forward, but also because we are often failing to recognize child victims of modern slavery when they actually do come forward.”

Jakub Sobik, from the organization Anti-Slavery International, accused the UK of failing to adequately protect children.

“Child slavery affects thousands of British children and those trafficked from abroad,” Sobik told the Daily Mail.

“But the UK is not well prepared to protect them. Trafficked children go missing from the care system at an alarming rate.”

Prime Minister Theresa May last year defined modern slavery as “the greatest human rights issue of our time,” and pledged £33 million (US$42.6 million) to coordinate a government response to the crisis.

However, she faced a backlash in April from the Commons Work and Pensions Committee for failing to deliver on her promises.

The committee claimed there were “inexcusable” failures by the UK government in dealing with modern slavery, as one of its reports found that while thousands of victims will not come forward, those who do identify themselves as modern slaves and testify against their abusers are being left destitute because of a lack of sufficient support.
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アノニマス:マケインがISISに武器を送っていた 新しい資料で判明 これは面白い

Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona has been diagnosed with brain cancer after checking into a hospital for a blood clot near his left eye. Doctors discovered a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.
The tumor was discovered at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday.

"The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team," a Wednesday evening statement from McCain's office read. Chemotherapy and radiation may be the next step, according to the statement.

Doctors said McCain recovered from surgery "amazingly well," according to McCain's office, and they added that McCain's "underlying health is excellent."

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, confirmed the news, which she called a "shock" in a statement released Wednesday evening.

"It is an experience familiar to us, given my father's previous battle with cancer," she said, adding, "It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father."

McCain has previously overcome cancer. He revealed in 2008 during his presidential campaign that he had four malignant melanomas removed in surgeries in 1993, 2000 and 2002.

McCain's colleagues in Congress tweeted their support and prayers for the 80-year-old six-term US senator, who chairs the armed services committee. McCain was also a Navy pilot and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

McCain illness forces Republicans to delay vote on troubled health care bill
Senate Republicans have delayed consideration of their proposed health care reform bill while Senator John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wished McCain a speedy recovery in a statement Sunday, adding that Senate Republicans would now work on other “legislative items and nominations” in their colleague’s absence.

McCain’s illness is the latest blow to the already tumultuous effort by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republicans currently hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, meaning they can afford to lose two senators and still pass the legislation using the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence, a fierce critic of Obamacare.

Moderate and conservative Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky have both said they will vote against the Better Care Act, Obamacare’s proposed replacement. Without McConnell’s delay, the loss of McCain’s vote would almost certainly have spelled defeat for the repeal effort.

The Arizona senator is recovering at home after having a three-inch blood clot removed above his left eye during surgery Friday. The clot was discovered and removed at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix on the same day, according to a statement on McCain’s website.

McCain paid tribute to the staff of the Mayo Clinic on Twitter Sunday.

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URGENT: Sen. John #McCain diagnosed with brain cancer https://on.rt.com/8i87

http://yournewswire.com July 21, 2017
Anonymous: New Files Reveal John McCain Shipped Weapons To ISIS

Newly released files released by Anonymous reveal that John McCain helped ship weapons to terrorists, including ISIS, in the Middle East.

The Dilyana Files released by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva and Anonymous Bulgaria, expose how the U.S. State Department and McCain used Silk Way Airlines to transport weapons into the hands of terrorists.
管理人注:Silk Way Airlinesはアゼルバイジャンの航空会社

This new release is highly likely to be related to the Story of Marc Turi – a convicted international weapons dealer out of Arizona:

Twenty-four years later, in March 2011, an international arms dealer named Marc D. Turi set up a $534 million deal to ship military weapons from Eastern Europe to rebel fighters in Libya’s civil war.

Within months, according to court records, federal agents swarmed over Turi’s Scottsdale residence and seized his computer. He was charged with violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act.

Seemingly unrelated incidents, but with a common denominator: The student and the arms merchant are just one person − a mysterious figure named Marc whose story contains all the elements of a spy novel.

Be advised that this saga, full of spooks and political misdirection, twists the mind. The CIA is involved. Also Bulgarian arms manufacturers, Benghazi terrorists, Libyan rebels and U.S. political operatives.

In court filings, Cabou sought evidence that Clinton secretly armed the Libyan insurgents through other private brokers.

He claimed Turi was a CIA contractor, working with agents, and the U.S. “did in fact covertly arm the Libyan rebels using a plan remarkably similar to the one at issue here.”

In May 2016, the defense put together a slideshow for Justice Department lawyers, outlining reasons the case should be dismissed. The presentation stressed that Turi had pursued the Libya transaction openly, ultimately received a permit for the Qatar shipment, and had even contacted Arizona Sen. John McCain’s office for support.

One slide featured a March 2011 message from Turi to a McCain staffer describing his company as “the single largest private supplier of weapons and ammunition into Afghanistan.” Turi explained that Libyan fighters were requesting firepower, and he was seeking State Department licenses “to begin delivery immediately. … We feel this option provides an avenue to limit U.S. involvement while supporting the opposition forces.”

Within weeks of that message being sent, McCain became a leading voice for arming Libya’s anti-Gadhafi forces. As reported at the time by CNN, the senator “argued that Western powers need to do more to ‘facilitate’ the delivery of weapons and training for the rebels.


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Interpol fears ISIS trained 170+ bomb attackers for Europe – media
A list of dozens of suspected ISIS militants trained to deal with explosives and potentially aiming at terrorist attacks in Europe has been shared with EU intelligence by The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the Guardian reports.

Interpol issued a list of 173 terrorists linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who “may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam,” the Guardian reported on Friday, saying it obtained the names.

The specially trained attackers “can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities,” but it is unclear whether they managed to reach Europe, the report says.

While the document identifies the suspects and provides their photos, it also features such details as the date of recruitment and possible addresses, even including the mosques they could attend.

The list apparently stems from US intelligence data which was obtained through “trusted sources” during operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The potential attackers were pinpointed “through materials found in the hiding places of ISIL,” according to the paper.

Interpol reportedly sent the warning to its European counterparts on May 27 and asked to share information on the suspects.

In March, then-FBI director James Comey warned that European states may face an unprecedented “terrorists diaspora” in five years, as after the defeat of ISIS, terrorists will spill over into Western Europe.

On Friday, the UK’s most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, stated that advances against ISIS in Syria and Iraq do not reduce the threat for the country.

Earlier, German Police Chief Holger Muench said that around 700 Islamists may pose a threat to German security, local media reported.

ISIS continues to plan more complex and mass-casualty attacks in the West, particularly in Europe, according to a report from Europol. The agency also warned that terrorist tactics and techniques are transferred from the current conflict zones, including the “illicit spread of bomb-making knowledge and instructions.”
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US contributed to ISIS creation, now tries to claim victory over it – Iraqi VP talks tough
The recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi people while the US is trying to highjack it and claims it was them who "led that war," Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has told the RIA Novosti news agency.

"Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force," al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency.

He added that he "regrets and denies [Americans] claiming the victory [in Mosul] is their achievement."

"In reality, this is the victory of the Iraqi army," al-Maliki said, revealing that the victory came a high cost, with some 20,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers having been either killed or wounded.

The Iraqi military did everything possible "not to destroy the city more than it was necessary in the circumstances of war," he said, adding, that as a result, the battle for Mosul lasted for nine months.

"We could have surrounded the city, but then its residents would have suffered from famine."

There were some 5,000 terrorists in Iraq, with between 2,000 and 3,000 of them having been killed. Others are still hiding or have fled with the refugees, according to the Iraqi vice-president.

"The victory is yet not final," the top Iraqi official said, explaining that there are "still small terrorist hubs in the city," as well as terrorist "sleeper cells" across the country.

"There are sleeper cells in Baghdad, from time to time they take action and perform bombings... That's not worrying in a military sense. Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] is unable to advance or capture territories, they will not be able to hold the occupied regions, but from the security point of view there are still sleeper cells and lone wolves, used by IS," al-Maliki said.

While the US has provided support to the Iraqi army and allied forces, it has contributed to the emergence of IS in the first place, al-Maliki claimed, adding that Washington now seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region.

"IS resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. The same way, IS was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases," he stated.

"The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country's territory," al-Maliki told RIA, adding that he has already warned the Americans against "coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here."
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