国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年07月10日

イラク政府の汚職体質は改まらないようだ

シリア内戦問題、ISIS問題を通じてイラクの政治事情についても少し情報に触れることがありましたが、イラク兵をはじめとして服装などが他国に比べてアメリカナイズされています。典型が帽子とサングラス。

ISISがモースルに最初の本部を置きました。バグダーディがモースル アル・ヌーリ大モスクで演説をしました。ISISに協力することはカネになったんです。イラクにはそういう協力をする人が少なくなかった。

バグダーディの消息についても、イラクの政府内部関係者とされる人も含めて盛んにかく乱情報を流しました。かく乱情報を流させたのは、米国サイドです。イラク軍の中に米軍に通じる人たちが相当数いるらしく、毅然とした対処をしなかったためにボランティア軍ができたのだと思います。米軍はこれを目の敵にしましたが、当然です。ISIS掃討に関して米軍の制止を聞かなかったわけですから。米軍のイラク内駐留についてもイラク国内には推進派がいるとされます。

イラクの国防大臣だったでしょうか、物資調達に関する国家議員による介入を批判したため命を狙われ、結局議会の決議で辞任せざるを得なくなりました。その辺はシリアと全く違うところだと思います。

7か月前の選挙の後首相に任命されたAdil Abdul-Mahdiに対する攻撃が強まっているようです。背景や理由はよくわかりません。

Adil Abdul-Mahdi氏は、欧州に留学し、欧州で暮らしていた期間が長いようです。こういう人が選ばれるということは、利害関係者が与しやすしと考えているからですね。



次のニュースは、イラク軍の将校がCIAのエージェントにイラク軍の基地の場所などを緯度経度で教えていた、その音声を傍受したというものです。米軍、イスラエル軍に空爆される恐れありとしています。この将校、銃殺刑になってもおかしくない。でも、これまでの例からするとこういう米軍やCIAに通じた兵士は少なくない。情報組織も同じのようです。

アルジャジーラの記事は、ISIS支配下でISISに役務や労務を強いられた元公務員が、訴追されて死刑になる人もいることが書かれています。

aljazeera 2019/7/10
Iraq government employees face prosecution for working under ISIL
From teachers to doctors, those forced to serve during ISIL's occupation of Iraq face up to 20 years in prison. by Tessa Fox

Mosul, Iraq - As the city fell to the occupation of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) five years ago, many doctors in Mosul's public hospital ripped off their scrubs and fled.
Labeeb, a doctor himself, was unable to join his colleagues in their escape as he had just reached the hospital with his wife who was showing complications in her pregnancy.
"There were lots of gunshots... The doctors even left their patients and ran away," Labeeb, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, told Al Jazeera in an interview last month.

His wife needed a caesarean section though the anaesthetist had already fled, leaving her to bear a child with a birth defect at 8pm on June 9, 2014 - the same day ISIL took over the city.
"My child was about to die. It was a tough time. It forced me to stay in the hospital and witness everything," he said.
Labeeb, employed by the Iraqi government, is one of the hundreds of government employees under investigation for working under ISIL, also known as ISIS.
As the group occupied the city, it began building its administration from the foundations of the existing Iraqi government workforce.

Mosul's Old City remains largely in ruins two years after ISIL defeat
It was the blueprint the armed group set up across all the territories it controlled. At its peak, ISIL employed thousands of teachers, doctors and various civil employees, even down to municipality drivers.

Considering Labeeb remained in Mosul to care for his wife and newborn child, ISIL took advantage of his expertise.
As Human Rights Watch (HRW) has pointed out in various reports, including Flawed Justice - Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq, all civil employees are subject to investigation and prosecution under the government's blanket system for dealing with ISIL affiliates under its counter-terrorism law.

Forced to work
Within a month after the birth of his child, Labeeb received a phone call informing him to meet in a cafe in Mosul to discuss going back to work.
"I felt shocked because I didn't know who they were," he said.
His number was obtained by ISIL from the Nineveh government employment records.

English teacher Younis Muawiyah, 35, a government employee at Mosul High School since 2008, fell into the same position as Labeeb when the armed group seized control of the city.
"At first they sent me a message saying: 'You should come into the school because we need you.' I didn't answer them. I ignored it at first," Muawiyah said.

"The second day they sent me another message: 'You should come otherwise we'll punish you.'"
Muawiyah reluctantly went back to work, teaching a class of 150 ISIL children.
"They learned English in order to know what their enemies, such as the US, said," he added.
There are no exact numbers of government workers currently prosecuted or facing investigation under the counter-terrorism law, though HRW has documented charges against a "wide range" of individuals.

Salim Muhammed Noori, chief judge of Nineveh Court, told Al Jazeera it was difficult for a government employee to work for ISIL.
He said people did not have to stay in Mosul when ISIL came. "A lot of important people left the city," Noori added.

Harsh sentences
The Iraqi justice department has an investigation division that looks into the cases of those who worked for ISIL, gathering written witness statements and evidence.
HRW said only in a handful of cases has the court questioned witnesses or called them in to give evidence.
Considering many arrests are based on names provided to the security forces from ordinary civilians, there are cases where feuds between people have resulted in someone's name being submitted as an act of revenge, residents told Al Jazeera.

Muawiyah said, due to false witness accounts, there were many people in prison who did not work with ISIL.
"If I hate you, I can go to the police station and say this person worked with ISIL. You're innocent but you'll stay in prison until they check, and after that the government just says 'sorry'," Muawiyah said.

Noori confirmed this version of Iraqi "amnesty".
"If somebody is sent to prison because they killed someone then afterwards we find the person is not dead - they get out of prison," he explained.
HRW also highlighted charges are often based on confessions extracted under duress.

Labeeb continued working for three years under ISIL rule, even after the Iraqi government cut salaries in mid-2015, and the group offered no payment.
He worked at the Mosul Oncology Hospital, in which ISIL's leadership used the basement as a hiding place and patients and workers as human shields from air raids, Labeeb explained.

He was instructed not to examine female patients, but he refused their order.
"ISIL couldn't punish doctors because numbers were very few and they needed us, so they would only say bad things to us," Labeeb said. He said his constant refusal to follow ISIL's orders led to the investigation against him to be dropped by Iraqi authorities.

"The intelligence says I didn't join ISIL. It was proved I was innocent," Labeeb said. "I tried to get away from them as much as I could, so I didn't interact with them. Others may have had direct contact with them, [so they are] the people who are in danger now," he added.

In the Nineveh Counter-terrorism Court, under which the Mosul region falls, if someone is found guilty of a killing in the name of ISIL they are sentenced to death by hanging.
The minimum sentence given for someone who joined ISIL, including those who worked under the group, is 15 to 20 years in prison.

Noori said each case is carefully considered, but he acknowledged it was not an easy task.
"While ISIL never had any human rights and did so many bad things to the Iraqi people, [we have] guarantees to protect these suspects," he said.

Granting amnesty
For those convicted in Iraqi courts, some may be entitled to release under the General Amnesty Law.
For this to be possible, the person convicted would have to provide evidence showing they joined ISIL against their will and did not commit a serious offence.

Belkis Wille, HRW's senior Iraq researcher, said it is difficult for people to prove they were forced to work for the armed group because the bar has been set so high.
"The government would argue that you should have stayed at home, because by then you aren't working for the Iraqi government any more. So why did you continue to work," Wille said.
Even though this law exists, and would benefit the government workers forced to work under ISIL, HRW found the majority of judges handing counter-terrorism cases are not applying it.
HRW detailed a senior counter-terrorism judge in Nineveh who expressed his refusal to apply the law "because he thought no one who provided any support to ISIL deserved an amnesty".
It is also noted a senior judge recommended the death penalty for a man who was a cook for ISIL fighters.

Wille said there should be broad amnesty applied to people who are not linked to violent crimes.
"Particularly for those in government functions that helped keep the rights of people in that area, so people could continue to have access to water, electricity, et cetera," Wille said.
The way prosecutions are being handled are misguided and not helping the future of Iraq, she added.

"There's no comprehensive transitional justice action plan where prosecutions play a key role in helping to heal wounds and foster reconciliation," Wille said.

FARSNEWS2019/7/6
Hezbollah Releases Audio Files of Iraqi Officer's Phone Coordination with CIA against Hashd Al-Shaabi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's Hezbollah popular group released a series of audio files revealing phone talks and Whatsapp chats between a senior Iraqi officer in al-Anbar province and the US spy agency, CIA, against Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces).

The audio files disclosed contacts between Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of al-Anbar operations in the Iraqi army, with a CIA agent who is an Iraqi national.

The CIA agent asked al-Falahi to provide him with the geographical coordinates of the existing military bases at the borders between Iraq and Syria "to be attacked by the US and Israeli air forces".

He also told al-Falahi to meet with "the US army and intelligence service commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq.


During the conversations, al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military bases in al-Anbar to the agent.

Hezbollah described the audio files as documents showing al-Falahi's "plot against the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi and resistance forces ", warning that his spying for the CIA and Israeli Mossad spy agencies has endangered Iran's national security.

Iraqi security sources disclosed in 2016 that Washington was exerting pressure on the Baghdad government to end Hashd al-Shaabi's partnership in war against ISIL and dissolve the militia army that has the lion share in the war on terrorism in the country.

"The US government has conveyed the message to the Iraqi government through its diplomats that there is no need to Hashd al-Shaabi forces and their role should come to an end," a senior Iraqi source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA at the time.

A senior member of the Iraqi parliament revealed last month the US plots and attempts to dissolve Hashd al-Shaabi with pressures on Iraq's government after the popular forces regained control over Iraq's borders with Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Odai Awad as saying that the US was pressuring Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to force him act against Hashd al-Shaabi.

He referred to the US embassy's contacts with the ISIL commanders, and said certain regions in Iraq are showing allegiance to the ISIL again in a way that a number of Iraqi security commanders have compared the situation to the situation in 2014.

Awad said that the US pressures started after Hashd al-Shaabi forces retook control over the Iraqi-Syrian borders, adding that at present, some measures are being adopted against Hashd al-Shaabi on the political and international scene in a bid to disturb the public opinion in freed areas.

FARSNEWS2019/7/9
Ba'ath Party Spying on Hashd Al-Shaabi for US
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iraqi security expert warned that members of the dissolved Ba'ath party are collecting intel for the US in Western Iraq, mainly through spying on Hashd al-Shaabi forces.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Moa'ayed al-Ali as saying on Tuesday that members of Ba'ath party have infiltrated into the Iraqi security bodies in Western Iraq.

He added that they collect intelligence on security units and Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq and relay the intel to the US forces.

Al-Ali said that the number of Ba'ath party members has increased in Western Iraq, warning that some have managed to be appointed to security posts in the region through bribery.

Last week, Iraq's Hezbollah popular group released a series of audio files revealing phone talks and Whatsapp chats between a senior Iraqi officer in al-Anbar province and the US spy agency, CIA, against Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi.

The audio files disclosed contacts between Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of al-Anbar operations in the Iraqi army, with a CIA agent who is an Iraqi national.

The CIA agent asked al-Falahi to provide him with the geographical coordinates of the existing military bases at the borders between Iraq and Syria "to be attacked by the US and Israeli air forces".

He also told al-Falahi to meet with "the US army and intelligence service commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq.

During the conversations, al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military bases in al-Anbar to the agent.

Hezbollah described the audio files as documents showing al-Falahi's "plot against the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi and resistance forces ", warning that his spying for the CIA and Israeli Mossad spy agencies has endangered Iran's national security.

RUDAW2019/6/17
Iraq PM feels the heat as Shiite heavyweights blast leadership
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi could find himself in hot water after a major Shiite bloc in the Iraqi parliament and the highest Shiite religious authority both launched scathing attacks on his leadership, seven months since he took office.

Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the fatwa that led to the establishment of Shiite paramilitaries Hashd al-Shaabi, the Shiite Marja Ali al-Sistani criticized Abdul-Mahdi over his failure to fill top posts in his cabinet, tackle corruption, and improve public services.

Disputes between Iraq’s parties have left the top jobs at the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense unfilled, the Marja lamented in his Friday sermon, read by his representative Ahmed al-Safi.

“Corruption still remains rampant in the institutions, and the state hasn’t met that with clear practical steps to limit it and hold those involved accountable,” he said.

“Administrative bureaucracy, lack of employment opportunities, and an acute shortage of essential services, except for some late improvement, cause suffering for the people.”

Failure to address these issues could lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group (ISIS), he warned.

Sistani’s criticism prompted Sayirun, the biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament led by firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, to demand Abdul-Mahdi appear before MPs.

“We find ourselves obligated to invite the head of the Council of Ministers and his cabinet to appear before the Council of Representatives to present a thorough and detailed report the rate of completion of the governmental program and explain the hurdles that have prevented its implementation,” Hassan al-Aquli, head of the Sayirun alliance parliamentary bloc, told reporters Saturday.

When he took office, Abdul-Mahdi pledged to complete the foundations of the federal state and its democratic republican system, promote the rule of law and strengthen security, invest in water and other essential infrastructure, and strengthen the economy and public services.

Iraqis are “disappointed” with the current conditions, Aquli said, speaking in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf. The PM must provide MPs with figures showing progress is being made and evidence he is tackling corruption, he added.

Abdul-Mahdi established the Supreme Anti-Corruption Council in January to fight graft. Iraq is ranked by Transparency International as among the world’s most corrupt countries.

In March 2019, while appearing before parliament, Abdul-Mahdi identified cases of corruption in 40 different sectors of the state, including oil, border controls, customs, electricity, prisons, pensions, and IDPs, among others.

Aquli said little progress has been made.

The government is not performing “at the required level”, he said. “This is a fact we have to admit.”

The Hikma Front, led by Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, announced on Sunday it will officially become the parliament’s first opposition bloc as a result of growing discontent with Abdul-Mahdi’s government.

As an independent technocrat, Abdul-Mahdi does not have a party or bloc in parliament.

Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi security analyst, said in a Facebook post Sunday: “The future of ousting or continuing the government of Adil Abdul-Mahdi depends on the success of countering the complaints” of his critics, “especially countering the coalition’s MPs from holding the government on its failure to implement its programs and promises.”

The PM has already said he has no plans to resign, but has conceded parliament could oust him.

Changing the prime minister is solely within the constitutional authority of parliament, Abdul-Mahdi told reporters in his weekly press conference on Wednesday. However, “there is no fight in the parliament towards this direction,” he added.

Removing Abdul-Mahdi could undermine Iraq’s already shaky recovery, as local and foreign leaders warn of an ISIS resurgence.

Moreover, the uptick in US-Iran tensions could spill over into Iraq and further undermine its hard-won stability.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:57| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

在米英国大使がトランプを酷評した電報が漏洩 辞任へ 英政府内の陰謀説

SPUTNIK 14:00 10.07.2019(updated 14:02 10.07.2019)
UK Ambassador to US to Resign Amid Scandal Over Leaked Cables
American President Donald Trump earlier slammed the UK ambassador to the US as a "very stupid guy" following the leak of British Embassy's cables, which revealed that the envoy had called Trump "inept and "incompetent".

SPUTNIK2019/7/7
UK Ambassador to US Calls Trump ‘Inept,’ ‘Incompetent’ in Memos – Report
In cables to the UK Foreign Office, the British ambassador to Washington provided a particularly “candid,” “unvarnished” and “honest” assessment of the Trump administration. The UK Foreign Office says that’s the way it likes it to be.

UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, in cables to the Foreign Office, reportedly acknowledged that US President Donald Trump is “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” CNN reported Saturday. The leaked cables were originally published by The Daily Mail.

In the cables, dating from 2017 to today, the ambassador warned his bosses that Trump’s “career could end in disgrace” and described conflicts within the administration as “knife fights,” the report says.

“We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the ambassador said in one memo.

The diplomat disclosed that while talking to the US president “you need to make your points simple, even blunt.”

In a more recent memo, Darroch referred to US policy on Iran as “incoherent” and “chaotic,” arguing that Trump’s decision not to retaliate for a downed spy drone was motivated by his focus on the 2020 re-election. During his 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to get out of foreign wars and bring every American soldier fighting in foreign wars home.

“[It is] unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon” as “this is a divided administration,” the memo reads.

Speaking to CNN, an undisclosed UK Foreign Office source confirmed the leaked cables were authentic.

"The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities," the official said.

Darroch claimed that Trump has a habit of consulting with friends outside of the White House on policy issues. Many of those ‘friends’, the ambassador writes, were “cultivated” by London and therefore could be used to manipulate the president.

“You want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer,” the ambassador wrote home. “So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.”

It would not be far-fetched to assume that the publication of his statements could spell the end the ambassador’s tenure in Washington.

According to CNN, there is a possible explanation to the diplomatic scandal, as the leak has been made public as the UK Conservative Party elects a new prime minister to replace outgoing Theresa May.

The most likely candidate is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a hardline Brexiteer. If Johnson takes the UK away from the EU, he will need to negotiate a new trade agreement with the US, and will arguably require a like-minded ambassador, according to the CNN report.

UK Brexit party leader Nigel Farage has already called on the Darroch to step down.

“The sooner he is gone the better,” Farage, a long time proponent of Trump’s, said, according to The Daily Mail.

RT2019/7/7
UK envoy to US worries ‘dysfunctional’ Trump is one twitch away from Iran war, leaked memos show
US President Donald Trump’s erratic policies regarding Iran could lead to war at the slightest provocation, the UK’s American envoy has been warning his London superiors in internal memos leaked to media.
(略)
The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.
The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.

(略)

JNN/TBS 2019年7月8日(月)15時13分
英大使の米大統領「無能」報告報道、トランプ氏不快感示す
イギリスの駐米大使がアメリカ・トランプ大統領を「外交的に無能だ」などと本国に報告したと報じられ、トランプ氏も不快感を示すなど、波紋が広がっています。
 イギリスのメール・オン・サンデー紙は6日、極秘の公電の内容を入手し、ダロック駐米大使がトランプ氏について「外交的に無能」「不安定」などと本国に報告していたと報じました。ダロック大使はさらに、「ホワイトハウスは機能不全で、トランプ氏は不名誉なかたちで職を降りるだろう」とも伝えていたということです。
 「彼はイギリスの役に立っていない。我々は彼のことをあまり好きではない」(アメリカ トランプ大統領)
 トランプ氏は7日、こう不快感を示しましたが、これに先だって、イギリスのハント外相は「政府の意見とは一致しないが、大使は率直な意見を述べることが仕事だ」とダロック大使を擁護。イギリス外務省は情報漏洩の調査を始めるとしていますが、米英に亀裂が走っています。(08日14:25) JNN/TBS

RT2019/7/10
‘Political hit job’? Disgraced UK envoy victim of govt intrigue, Scaramucci tells RT
UK ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, whose leaked criticism of President Donald Trump has rendered him persona non grata, was the victim of a “hit job” by someone in the Foreign Office, a former White House official told RT.

“Someone wanted to embarrass him and knock him out of that post,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Afshin Rattansi, the host of RT’s Going Underground.

Because of Trump’s “predictable” response to the embarrassing leaks – which called his administration “dysfunctional,” “inept,” and “incompetent” – Darroch will most likely not receive a term extension, even though he is “very well liked in Washington,” Scaramucci said.

Give me 11 days inside the Foreign Office, I could figure out who’s doing it and we’d have to send him out.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

日本はホルムズ海峡航行安全に関する軍事同盟に引き入れられるでしょう

Washington Plans to Create Coalition to 'Ensure Freedom of Navigation' off Iran, Yemen - US General

Iranian officials have earlier blasted the US over the Gulf buildup, calling the superpower's military presence in the Mideast the "weakest in history".

Washington has developed a plan to create an international military coalition that would safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford said.

"We're engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab," he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

"And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we'll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that'll support that," Dunford added.

Earlier, US Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said the Navy would not rule out sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group through the Strait of Hormuz if doing so was found to be necessary. The strait is a strategic narrow body of water is separating the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea.

The sharp escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States began in May 2018, when US President Donald Trump announced Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last month, on the one year anniversary of Trump's announcement, Iranian leaders said the country would suspend some of their voluntary commitments under the nuclear deal, citing the other signatories' apparent inability to withstand US pressure.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

元アルヌスラがトルコの年内解体の方針に反発

トルコがシリア軍のイドリブ侵攻を食い止めようとロシアに停戦などを申し入れているようですが、ロシアはテロリスト強硬派の元アルヌスラが軍事停戦ラインを守らないことなどを理由に挙げて空爆攻撃続行。イドリブの実効支配を続けたいトルコは、やむを得ずアルヌスラの年内解体の方針を出しますが、アルヌスラがこれを受け入れません。それはそうですよね。解体した後は彼らはトルコから打ち捨てられることになります。

トルコとの交渉が不調に終わったロシアは空爆を強化しています。G20でプーチンとエルドアンが会談し、エルドアンが米国の圧力を跳ね返してS-400導入を進める中でも、シリアの現地では戦いが続いています。

※ razan @urfavsyrian氏の2019/7/10のツイート
Turkish backed terrorists captured my neighbors nephew today who is a Syrian soldier in Northern Lattakia, beheaded him, and then posted his severed head as a profile picture on Facebook after stealing his phone.
I’m out of words... like I’m speechless. Literally shaking.

※ Alaa Ebrahim @Alaa_Ebrahim_tv氏の2019/7/10のツイート
An officer is killed in today's fighting; the attackers then behead him&using his smartphone take a picture of severed head making it his profile picture on Facebook. Hours later picture is still there 4everyone who once knew him to see it.
I guess it's just another day in #Syria

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Tahrir Al-Sham Opposing Its Dissolution in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists have voiced their strong opposition to being dissolved by the yearend as proposed by Turkey as part of Ankara plan to annex Idlib to other areas under its control in Northern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted media sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying that Tahrir al-Sham will not agree to its dissolution under any conditions.

The sources pointed to reports on Turkey's plan to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham and annexing Idlib province to other areas known as Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield in Northern Aleppo, and said that these reports are at a time while Ankara is trying to bring itself out of the current situation and it is trying to reinforce the Syrian dissidents in line with its expansionist policies.

They, meantime, noted that Tahrir al-Sham is a pressure lever for Turkey to achieve its long-term goals, and said that Ankara considers Tahrir al-Sham as its strategic partner and it will not victimize its under any agreement.

The sources also said that because Tahrir al-Sham has gained control over the entire Idlib province and Ankara's order to other terrorist groups to obey Tahrir al-Sham, Ankara does not intend to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Syrian dissident sources claimed that "Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo".

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.

Reports said earlier this month that differences between Russia and Turkey had increased amid the Syrian army's air and ground offensives against the terrorist groups' positions and moves in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

Also, al-Watan newspaper reported in June that Turkey ordered Tahrir al-Sham to reinforce strategic military positions in Jbal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib province after it turned down Russia's demand for withdrawing militants from the region.

It wrote that with an aim to confront the Syrian Army in Northern Hama, Tahrir al-Sham has sent large volumes of its military equipment to al-Jolmeh to North of Mahradeh.

"Turkey's intelligence body has asked Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Northern Syria to reinforce its defense lines, including 50 towns and villages up to the city of Ariha in Aleppo-Lattakia international highway as clean-up operation by the Syrian and Russian armies in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib is imminent," al-Watan quoted local and opposition sources in Idlib as saying.

The sources reiterated that Turkey's operations room in Shir Mughar region in Jabal Shahshabou in Northern Hama where terrorists are constantly supported in terms of weapons, ammunition and intelligence has warned terrorists that the Syrian army might soon capture Jbal Shahshabou which overlooks Sahl al-Ghab in Northwestern Hama and towns to the South of Idlib and then advance towards Jabal al-Zawiyeh.

The newspaper also further quoted the sources as saying that Russia had recently asked Turkey to make terrorists retreat from Jbal Shahshabou region in Northwestern Hama and Kabani town in Northeastern Lattakia which are regarded as the Southern and Western gates of Idlib, but Ankara has strongly turned down the demand.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Youm news website quoted media activists in Idlib province as saying that after supplying advanced weapons to terrorists, Ankara has ordered them to launch new attacks in Northern Hama to recapture the town of al-Saqilbieh.

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Russia Increases Airstrikes on Terrorists in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying that the Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's operations in provinces across Syria.

Idlib

The Russian Air Force has increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria, media reports said.

The Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June, the Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying.

The source said the recent rise in Russia's military activities comes just days after collapsed ceasefire talks with the Turkish Armed Forces with regard to the situation in Northwestern Syria.

The Russian Air Force pounded several military positions of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Jeish al-Izza South-West of Idlib province.

The Russian Air Force pounded the terrorists' supply line from the town of Khan Sheikhoun to the Sahl al-Ghab.

FARSNEWS2019/7/6
Ankara after Annexing Idlib Province to Occupied Territories in Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo, Syrian dissident sources claimed on Saturday.

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying on Saturday that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分?

米国がイランの経済妨害を強め、両者の応酬がさらに激化しています。ホワイトハウスが「(核の)取引が成立する前でさえ、イランがその条項に違反していたことは疑いようがない」と述べて失笑を買っています。
イスラエルとサウジ、UAEが親密度を強めています。UAEとサウジは、ペルシャ湾をはさんで戦闘行為が始まることを恐れています。イスラエルはイランと砲火を交える構えを見せていますが、イスラエルは全域がイランの弾道ミサイルの射程圏。イランの国会議員が米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分と述べてイスラエルに改めてショックを与えました。

Tehran Warns US That American Bases Are ‘Within the Range' of Iranian Missiles
On Tuesday, Iran’s Minister of Cultural and Social Affairs Hossein Nejat warned that Iran could obliterate US aircraft carriers in the Gulf if the US attacks Iran, further increasing tensions between the two countries.

"American bases are within the range of our missiles ... Our missiles will destroy their aircraft carriers if they make a mistake," Nejat warned. "Americans are very well aware of the consequences of a military confrontation with Iran."

According to al-Masdar News, Nejat also added that war is not on “Trump’s agenda” and that the US president wants to “drag Tehran to negotiate through the maximum pressure.”

“Iran has put Israel’s security at risk and now it is troubling Saudi Arabia, America and Israel. Tehran is fighting the war at the enemy’s borders and not on its borders,” Nejat continued, the agency reported.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made similar remarks, warning Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes. The Israeli official's statement comes one week after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, indicated that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan,” Sputnik reported.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria,” Netanyahu said at an Israeli Air Force base Tuesday.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been high ever since the United States pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, despite Iran's continued compliance with the agreement by not pursuing a nuclear weapons program, as attested to by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The US pullout prompted the deal's other signatories, including Russia, China and several European powers, to scramble to try and salvage it. Following the pullout, the US reimposed a series of sanctions that had been lifted against Iran under the terms of the JCPOA. Additionally, Washington has continued to introduce new sanctions against Tehran.


SPUTNIK2019/7/9
Netanyahu Warns Iran It is Within Range of Israeli Warplanes
This comes after Iranian MP Mojtaba Zolnour warned last week that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Referring to Tehran's threats to destroy Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria", Netanyahu said during his public remarks at an Israeli Air Force base on Tuesday.

“Our planes can reach any area in the Middle East, including both Iran and Syria”, the tweet reads.

The remarks come after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, warned in last week's interview with the Tehran-based Arabic language news TV network al-Alam that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told the Herzliya Conference that the Jewish state is bracing itself for its possible military involvement in the event of an escalation in the political standoff between Iran and the US.

He singled out “mistaken calculations by the [Iranian] regime” that he claimed may bring about a “military conflagration” in the Middle East region.

“We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios”, Katz pointed out.

This comes amid frozen relations between Israel and Iran, with the Jewish state repeatedly accusing Iran of establishing a permanent military presence in Syria.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been conducting airstrikes against what they have claimed were Iranian military targets in Syria, while Tehran argues that it has only been sending military advisers to Damascus to help it fight terrorism.

Iran, which denies Israel's right to exist, has also ramped up its stern rhetoric against Israel, promising to wipe it off the political map.

RT2019/7/2
'Tactical' rapprochement: Top Israeli diplomat visits UAE for 1st time, talks 'common enemy' Iran
Yisrael Katz has visited the UAE for the very first time, discussing everyone’s favorite bogeyman - the “Iranian threat” - with an “unnamed official.” But is Tehran scary enough to cement ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states?

Katz, the Israeli minister of foreign affairs – and intelligence – visited Abu Dhabi over the weekend. It was the first time the Jewish state’s top diplomat set foot on UAE soil, albeit as part of a UN-led Climate Meeting.

The diplomat used the opportunity to meet an unnamed senior local official to discuss growing ties between the two countries, economic cooperation and the ever-trendy “Iranian threat.”

“I am excited to stand here in Abu Dhabi and to represent the interests of the State of Israel vis-à-vis the Arab Gulf states,” Katz said. “This is a significant step up in the relations between Israel and the states in the region.”

Even though it was not a state-level visit, it’s still “quite an unprecedented step, showing that the relationship has gone quite far,” believes Dmitriy Maryasis, senior fellow with the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies.

“The Iranian issue is definitely the base of their relationship, it’s always easier to unite against a common enemy,” Maryasis told RT.

Tactically, the Sunni countries of the Persian Gulf and Israel turned out to be on the same side regarding the relations with Iran – both of them perceive it as a threat.

The Iranian “threat” – real or imaginary – is not the only thing that brings together Israel and the Gulf States. The Arab monarchies have apparently also “grown wary” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Maryasis believes, since it’s hard to imagine that such a “threat” would bring them together some 20 years ago. Still, the improving relations appear to be a tactical move and might not last.

“I see no strategy there, it’s a purely tactical thing. If the situation changes, the relations between Israel and these countries might change as well,” Maryasis warned.

The bonding between Israel and the Gulf States, many of which don't recognize Israel as a country, is unlikely to reach a high-profile formal level.

“Since the Palestinian issue exists, no one would dare to establish high-level political contacts with Israel over ideological and internal policy issues,” Maryasis said, bringing back the example of Egypt. Signing the peace treaty with Israel back in 1979 ultimately cost then-President Anwar Sadat his life.

While the Gulf States and Israel have quite a vast field to cooperate on – Tel Aviv possesses advanced irrigation technologies and the Arab nations have money to spend on them – prospects of their economic cooperation are still quite murky, Maryasis believes. Aside from political issues, the very unstable situation in the region is likely to derail any major infrastructure projects, such as the ambitious “Tracks to Peace” plan, promoted by Katz.

The plan envisions the construction of a railroad from Israel to Oman, which would provide infrastructure and access to the Mediterranean for the Gulf Arab states. Security risks would likely prevent the project from getting from paper into reality, just as they doomed the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline, which ceased to operate after being repeatedly blown up by terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

RT2019/7/2
Israel ‘preparing’ for military involvement if US-Iran tensions erupt into confrontation
Amid escalating tensions in the region, Israel has said it is preparing for possible military involvement in a confrontation between the US and Iran.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz warned an international security forum on Tuesday that the situation might be brought out of the “gray zone” and into the “red zone” of “military conflagration” if Iran makes any “mistaken calculations.”

Israel, Katz said, “must be prepared” for such an escalation and continues to “devote itself to building up its military might” in the event that it would have to “respond to escalation scenarios.”

The comments came after a senior Iranian lawmaker warned on Monday that if the US attacks Iran, Tehran will respond and “only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan.”

The two nations frequently exchange threats and Israel has previously threatened to take military action against Iran to prevent it from making nuclear weapons, though Tehran has denied it is trying to produce the bombs.

Israel has been a major supporter of US President Donald Trump’s aggressive “maximum pressure” policy against Iran, including the economic sanctions Washington has used to strangle the country’s economy. Katz predicted that the “economic war” on Iran would be successful despite the lack of enthusiasm for it shown by Europe and other powers − a source of frustration in Washington.

Tensions between the US and Iran has been mounting for months, with the US accusing Tehran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in June. Iran later shot down an American spy drone which it said had entered its airspace, prompting Trump to consider a military strike which he backed away from at the last minute.

Washington accused Tehran of "playing with fire" on Monday after it announced that it had breached uranium enrichment limits under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump abandoned the deal last year, calling it a “disaster” and the “worst deal ever” but expected Tehran to remain compliant. The White House also alleged on Monday that Tehran had violated the terms of the deal before it even existed.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:14| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

UAEはイエメンの兵隊を引き揚げ イランと米国の緊張激化で

FARSNEWS2019/7/9
UAE Withdraws Troops from Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates announced it is reducing the number of its troops fighting as part of a Saudi-led military coalition which presses ahead with a years-long atrocious military aggression against the impoverished Yemen.

A senior Emirati official during a press briefing in Dubai on Monday claimed that the withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi was shifting from a military strategy to a peace plan in Yemen, Yemeni News reported.

"We do have troop levels that are down for reasons that are strategic in (the Red Sea city of) Hudaydah and reasons that are tactical" in other parts of the country, he said.

"It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing," the official added.

Meanwhile, an official from Yemen's former Saudi-backed government told AFP that UAE troops had "totally vacated" the military base in Khokha, located South of Hudaydah.

He went on to say that the UAE had withdrawn part of its heavy artillery from Khokha but was still overseeing the military situation in Yemen's West coast.

The Yemeni official also claimed that Emirati troops vacated a military post in Sarwah, West of Marib province, and pulled back the Patriot missile system that was previously deployed in the area.

Western diplomatic sources announced in late June that the UAE was scaling back its military presence in Yemen as worsening US-Iran tensions “threatened security closer to home”, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has been unsuccessful to this day, and reports have revealed cracks in the coalition in the form of differences between Hadi and the UAE, which has reportedly gained oversized influence in southern Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi − yet to play out in full display − could have major consequences for the Saudi-led coalition, which has for more than four years been fighting a war it hoped to finish in a matter of weeks.

In May, the UAE reportedly deployed dozens of Southern separatists on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea as divisions grew in the Saudi-led coalition over Abu Dhabi’s military build-up on the strategic island.

Citing sources close to Hadi, the Middle East Eye news website earlier reported that Hadi was angry at Emirati forces for acting “like an occupation power” in Yemen.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.

According to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

Save the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished nation.

France, the United States, the Uinted Kingdom and some other Western countries have faced criticisms over arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose aggression against Yemen has affected 28 million people and caused what the United Nations calls “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world". According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
Dissident Syrian Analyst: Iran's Downing of US Drone Displays Washington's Power Decline
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian dissident analyst underlined that Iran's downing of a US spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz showed that Washington's power has decreased and will sustain a heavy damage in any possible war against Tehran.

"What happened over the Strait of Hormuz's sky was not theatrical but it displayed the decline of the US power," Ayad al-Ja'afari wrote in the Arabic-language Geiroon news website close to the Syrian dissidents on Saturday.

He referred to US President Donald Trump's threat to launch war and genocide against Iran, and said such a war will not be limited to Iran but will affect the entire US troops deployed across the region and will inflict damages on Washington way greater than the Vietnam war.

Al-Ja'afari advised the Americans to avoid such a war more than Iran, and said they are not ready for heavy damage and tolls as their fleets of warships and bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq are within the range of Iranian missiles.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a US Navy RQ-4A global Hawk drone that had entered Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf region to gather intelligence on June 20, using Sevom Khordad indigenous surface-to-air missile system.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has withdrawn large numbers of troops from the embattled country of Yemen allegedly in fear of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, according to a report.

The withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi wanted to have forces and equipment "on hand" following recent tensions in the Persian Gulf region, Reuters cited four unnamed Western diplomats as saying on Friday.

The tensions come after the United States ratcheted up its rhetoric against Iran, announcing the deployment of additional troop deployments to the Persian Gulf region in order to counter an unspecified "threat" from Iran in early May.

A week later, four oil tankers were sabotaged in the UAE sea-port of Fujairah. Earlier this month, two other oil tankers were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.

On Wednesday, the UAE announced there is no "clear, scientific and convincing" evidence to assign blame for the attacks, splitting with the United States and Saudi Arabia which held Iran responsible without any foundation.

The UAE's split came after Iran shot down a multi-million dollar US spy drone for violating its airspace, which surprised American military officials as well as the country's allies in the region.

Speaking of the recent tensions and the UAE withdrawal, one Western diplomat said the Arab country had effectively withdrawn "a lot" of its forces in the past three weeks.

However, confirming only "some troop movements" from Yemen, an unnamed senior Emirati official claimed that Abu Dhabi was not seeking to withdraw from the country and was committed to the Saudi-led military "coalition".

The official declined to provide further information on the number and location of the troop movements.

The troop withdrawal comes as the Saudi-led coalition has recently come under much pressure from Yemen's Houthi movement and armed forces.

In the past two months, the Yemeni forces have launched an array of missile and drone attacks on vital Saudi facilities, including oil installations, airports and air defense batteries in response to incessant Saudi-led strikes on the country.

Marking an improvement in Yemen's air defense capabilities, Yemeni forces have also managed to shoot down an increasing number of Saudi drones flying over the impoverished country.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Houthis.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.







posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年07月09日

US State Dept Greenlights $2.2bln Sale of Tanks, Missiles to Taiwan Despite China’s Protests

US State Dept Greenlights $2.2bln Sale of Tanks, Missiles to Taiwan Despite China’s Protests
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington has given a green light to supply Taiwan with $2.2bln worth of US military tech, including tanks and surface-to-air missiles, in violation of the One China principle that views the island as part of the mainland.

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO for the M1A2T Abrams Tanks and related equipment and support Stinger missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $2 billion,” the Pentagon announced on Monday, RT reported.

The purchase, which still needs to be approved by Congress, includes 108 units of M1A2T Abrams Tanks, which Taipei plans to use against China if it tries to reclaim sovereignty over the island.

The Pentagon maintains that the sale will not influence the “basic military balance” in the region and will merely “enhance” Taiwan's ability “to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense”.

Beijing, however, made clear that it will battle any outside meddling and attempts to split Taiwan from mainland China, stressing that the country will not rule out the use of force to do so.

“Any interference in the Taiwan question is doomed to failure,” China’s defense minister General Wei Fenghe said at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore last month, adding, “No attempts to split China will succeed.”

“China firmly, consistently and unequivocally opposes US arms sales to Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang stated in a separate statement last month, warning Washington against inflicting “serious damage to bilateral relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Relations between Beijing and Taipei have deteriorated since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the island’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in May 2016. China suspects the leader to be seeking formal independence with support from Washington.








posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国の億万長者ジェフリー・エプスタインが未成年者の性的人身売買容疑で告発される 続き

SPUTNIK2019/7/8
US Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Charged With Sex Trafficking
Epstein was arrested in New York and appeared in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media.

66-year-old hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who was previously investigated on more than one sexual exploitation charges, has been indicted Monday following his arrest on Saturday on a number of counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors - more specifically, one count of sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors ruled Epstein had sexually exploited dozens of girls and paid victims to recruit others.

Epstein was detained in New York and accused of the trafficking and abuse of dozens of girls he knew were underage at his homes in New York State and Florida between 2002 and 2005, prompting Attorney David Boies, who represents several of Epstein's accusers, to refer to Saturday's arrest as "an important step toward getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein's sex trafficking enterprise."

He earlier reached a controversial plea deal in Florida over the same case, thereby avoiding prosecution on the said charges. The deal has been since challenged in court by a number of Epstein's accusers, who argued they had been denied a chance to voice their testimony, in violation of the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act - the fact later confirmed by a Florida judge.

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/7のツイート
Flight records show Bill Clinton flew on #Epstein's plane 26 times.
Epstein owned a private Boeing 727 jet nicknamed #LolitaExpress
#BreakingNews Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested and Accused of Sex Trafficking Minors
#JeffEpstein #EpsteinIsland #EpsteinArrest #EpsteinTrump

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の1:03 - 2019年7月8日のツイート
In 2016, Trump warned Bill Clinton would face lots of problems because of his 26 trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s Island.
@TruNews Rick Wiles @TulsiPress @AOC @RepAOC #JeffEpstein #EpsteinIsland #EpsteinArrest #EpsteinTrump #Epstein @LeeCamp
Derek Utley

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
Ghislaine Maxwell father Robert Maxwell real name was Jan Ludvik Benjamin Huk
he was a Mossad agent
Image : Ghislaine Maxwell with Nathaniel Philip Rothschild owner of Vallares, the oil investment co has assets in the Kurdistan region of Iraq

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
oops
Ghislaine Maxwell to Imran Khan: "I'll take you to a wonderful Island"

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
Jeffrey Epstein Black Book (The Holy Grail) could expose numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well‐known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”
#EpsteinTrump #EpsteinArrested #EpsteinsBlackBook

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book contains the NAMES of VVIPS who visited the #EpsteinIsland #OrgyIsland
among them are many British Lords, Prime Ministers and business tycoons
#EpsteinTrump #EpsteinArrested #EpsteinsBlackBook
Tony Blair
Ehud Barak
Henry Kissinger
King Salman

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
Mud Slinging Show Begins
Netanyahu discovers Ehud Barak's name in the Paedophile Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's black book.
#EpsteinIsland #OrgyIsland
#EpsteinTrump #EpsteinArrested #EpsteinsBlackBook

※ Nardeep Pujji @AWAKEALERT氏の2019/7/8のツイート
Lord Alistair McAlpine, who was at the centre of the child abuse scandal in the UK, is listed in the Jeffrey Epstein's black book.
#EpsteinIsland #OrgyIsland
#EpsteinTrump #EpsteinArrested #EpsteinsBlackBook

Where are they now? The biggest players in the Jeffrey Epstein case


※ 大沼安史 @BOOgandhi氏の2019/7/9のツイート
【エプスタインSEXスキャンダル】専用ジェット「ロリータ・エクスプレス」搭乗者は連邦航空局に提出が義務付けられている名簿に記録されているので、誰が「乱交アイランド/罪の島」に入ったか米司法当局は把握しているはず。日本からの入島者がいたら、当然、記録されます。@okabaeri9111

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
The more I learn about Jeffrey Epstein and his pedo ring, the more bizarre links I uncover. I'm going to review three of them here.

1) Alex Acosta, the man who arranged for Epstein to get off the hook in Florida, is now Trump's Labor Secretary.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
2) The man who hired Epstein when he was 20 years old to be a math teacher at NYC elite private school Dalton was Donald Barr, the father of William Barr, the current Attorney General of the United States.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
3) Finally, and this one is a giant rabbit hole, relates to Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman accused of being Epstein's madam. Her father was Robert Maxwell...go ahead and do some digging into this guy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Maxwell

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Here's how Robert Maxwell died:
"On 5 November 1991, Maxwell was last in contact with the crew of his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, at 4:25 a.m. local time, but was found to be missing later in the morning. Maxwell was presumed to have fallen overboard from the vessel, which was..

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
cruising off the Canary Islands, and his naked body was subsequently recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. The official ruling at an inquest held in December 1991 was death by a heart attack combined with accidental drowning."

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Also, before his death Robert Maxwell was was under investigation for war crimes:

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Finally, Robert Maxwell was accused of having links to Israeli spy agency Mossad by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh.

There is a lot going on here. I hope people are watching Epstein and Maxwell closely to prevent any further "suicides."

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
It seems like the whole Epstein thing was an elaborate professional blackmail operation intended to ensnare the rich and powerful. But who was really behind it, who was really bankrolling Epstein?
We really need to get to the bottom of this and then the dominos really fall.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Seems obvious Epstein was intentionally trying to get as many wealthy and powerful people as possible ensnared in his sick web. This wasn't just about his sick desires, but about getting blackmail on global big hitters. It's imperative we find out why. There's a reason.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
This thing looks as if it was run like a professional operation/business. Just a hunch, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was a front person.


※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
I keep hearing the same thing from people.
Everything about Epstein is bizarre.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
"Epstein had caught the attention of the press when he had flown Bill Clinton on his jet to Africa. No one knew who he was or understood how he’d made his money."

Nope, not strange at all.

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Read this article:
"One was the hidden source of his wealth−he claimed he’d fueled a lifestyle of vast homes, a private jet, and endless travel by managing the money of billionaires and taking a commission, a story that no one I spoke to believed."

dailybeast.com
I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
"Epstein’s friends speculated that retailer Les Wexner was the real source of Epstein’s wealth, Wexner (who called him 'my friend Jeffrey') never commented on this."

※ Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz氏の2019/7/9のツイート
Here's how Alan Dershowitz came to know Jeffrey Epstein:

"His social profile began to improve in 1996 upon meeting the financier Jeffrey Epstein through Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a Martha’s Vineyard friend."
https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2016/12/11/alan-dershowitz/2/

※ PeptoAbysmal @I_Mediocrates氏の2019/7/9のツイート
返信先: @LibertyBlitzさん
I stand by my years old theory that there is a global network of nonces, and a global network of powerful people who blackmail/control said nonces

I’m near certain also that occultism plays a large part in these networks

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was a documentary

※ A. Pacheco @revivin_ophelia氏の2019/7/9のツイート
返信先: @LibertyBlitzさん
The original Palm Beach investigation of Epstein & the cover up there is also an unbelievable story. The PB prosecutor gave Epstein a sweetheart deal & had the audacity to label the victims as prostitutes. The police detectives were so angry that they brought it higher up.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:10| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年07月08日

米国の億万長者ジェフリー・エプスタインが未成年者の性的人身売買容疑で逮捕される

SPUTNIK2017/7/7
US Financier Jeffrey Epstein Arrested Over Allegations of Sex Trafficking Minors – Report
The 66-уear-old financier served prison time for child molestation over a decade ago. In the following years, he evaded numerous lawsuits and investigations but on Saturday police took him into custody pending a court hearing.

US billionaire financier, owner and founder of J. Epstein & Co. - later named the Financial Trust Company - and philanthropist Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday night over numerous allegations of child sex trafficking, The Daily Best reported, citing law enforcement agencies.

According to the report, Epstein allegedly trafficked dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002-2005. The arrest comes 12 years after Epstein served a 13-month prison term in Florida for child molestation.

During his imprisonment, he was allowed to spend 16 hours a day outside of the detention facility, according to The Daily Beast.

Despite a subsequent decade of continuous investigations and lawsuits on behalf of his many victims, Epstein managed to avoid prison or federal charges, the report says.

The financier is expected to face court Monday. His attorney declined to comment on the issue, The Daily Beast reported.

RT2019/7/7
Friend of the Clintons or Trump’s pal? Media war erupts after Epstein’s arrest
Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on fresh sex trafficking charges has ignited a media war, with outlets on each side of the spectrum rushing to tie their political opponents to the notorious pedophile.

Having already served 13 months in an ‘open-door’ prison for abusing scores of underage girls after striking a non-prosecution agreement in 2007, Epstein was arrested in New York on Saturday evening. Facing one count of sex trafficking of minors and another of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors, the 66-year-old could serve up to 45 years behind bars if convicted.

The sealed indictment reportedly details a litany of molestation, abuse, and trafficking of dozens of girls, some as young as 14.

A rich and connected man, Epstein rubbed shoulders with presidents, business moguls, Hollywood stars, and even British royalty. In the wake of his arrest, partisan media outlets jumped at the chance to tie their opponents to the disgraced billionaire.

Left-leaning Newsweek called Epstein a “longtime friend” of President Donald Trump, while Raw Story called him a “Trump pal.”The Independent described him as a “former friend of Trump,” while the Huffington Post highlighted a 2002 quote by Trump calling Epstein a “terrific guy” who likes his women “on the younger side.”

The sex offender was a regular at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club for several years. Trump also reportedly hitched a ride from Florida to New York at least once on his private jet, according to a 2009 deposition from Epstein’s brother Mark. Though Trump’s legal team have insisted the president knew nothing of his horrifying behavior, Trump barred his supposed “friend” from Mar-a-Lago after he discovered “Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents filed by Florida lawyer Bradley Edwards.

After news broke on Saturday, the right had accusations of their own. In a mirror image of the left’s coverage, PJ Media called Epstein “Bill Clinton’s billionaire friend.” Fox News also described him as “friends” with Bill Clinton, while the Gateway Pundit went a step further, claiming without evidence that Epstein flew Clinton to “Orgy Island,” a private island off the coast of Puerto Rico where the billionaire allegedly carried out much of his abuse.

A host of conservative commentators on Twitter also shouted the connection.

Stories of Clinton’s supposedly sordid connection with Epstein have circulated on the right for years. Fox News revealed in 2016 that Clinton had flown on Epstein’s jet – dubbed the “Lolita Express,” at least 26 times, reportedly ditching his secret service detail for at least five of these flights. A former pilot told a Florida court in 2009 that Clinton had indeed flown on the plane “ten or twenty times,” while one of Epstein’s alleged accomplices pleaded the fifth when asked if she had seen Clinton aboard the Boeing 727.

Such allegations surfaced during the 2016 presidential race. In a bid to throw dirt at Hillary Clinton, then-Chairman of the Republican National Convention Reince Priebus demanded records of Bill Clinton’s encounters with the sex criminal.

“When you hang out with a guy who has a reputation like Jeffrey Epstein, multiple times, on private jets, on weekends, on trips, on places at least where it’s been reported not very good things happen, it would be good to know what our former president was doing,” Priebus told Bloomberg in 2015.

For the moment, Epstein’s downfall has not brought with it any household names from the worlds of politics, business, and entertainment. However, as the case against him progresses, the embattled pedophile could come under pressure to give up friends on either side to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison.

・・・・

最近、米国などで小児性愛者の逮捕に関する報道が増えています。クリントンについては、特に指摘されることが多かったです。欧米政財界、芸能界、宗教界の深い闇。トランプは、この取り締まりがクリントンを中心とする民主党に大きな打撃を与え、来年の選挙に有利な要因になることを計算しています。

2019年06月07日
茨城県下でネット障害? イランの通信社もつながらなくなったのはこのペドファイル逮捕の記事が原因?

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:43| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年07月07日

米国ドローンが撃墜されたのはイラン領空だとロシア

日本時間2016/4/7午前9時のフライトレーダーの画像。ペルシャ湾の上は航空機で混雑しています。


中東では、イスタンブール〜ドバイが幹線航路。夜はいつも混み合っています。そんな中を米国ドローンが飛んでいて、しかもステルス機であるというのに、イランからもロシアからもしっかり捕捉されていたのです。

米軍の現地の兵士は、ステルスだからイランには場所はわからないと高をくくっていたのでしょうか、イランの領空に7kmも入り込んで撃墜されています。それにイランは何度も警告したとされています。乗員が35人ほどにもなる偵察機もドローンに随伴して飛んでいたといいます。これも領空に入ったようです。イランはこれの撃墜は避けたと言っています。

領空近くであれば、イランの軍用機が領空内から米国機の動きを監視することは可能でしょう。ですが、次の図にあるようにドローンはUAEの国内から飛び立っており、その発進地点までイランは把握していました。

ドバイからイランの南西角まで350km、イランの防空システムの限界ギリギリです。

イランは、まだ衛星を持っていないはず。これから打ち上げる計画があります。となると、衛星画像をリアルタイムで提供してくれる可能性があるのはロシアです。ロシアの衛星のカバーする範囲はイランを含むだけでなく地球の相当部分に及んでいる。そう考えざるを得ません。

衛星はデータを電波で地上に送る。ですからこの電波を受信する装置を設置し、暗号化されたデータを解読するソフトを供与されれば、ロシアの衛星のデータを使用できる。S-300、S-400の販売に当たっては、衛星データの利用も含まれている。どうもそのようです。地上からのデータだけでは不足な面もあるし、より多くのデータで正確さを上げるという面からは、衛星データが必要。

そして、ロシアの衛星は米国のステルス機の動きも把握している。だが、米国はそれを理解していなかった。

以上は、管理人の推測にすぎませんが、おそらくそうでしょう。米軍は、イランにグローバルホークを撃墜されて本当に驚いたのだと思います。トランプによるプルーデンスの強調、その後の一転した強い威嚇、警告は米国の動揺を示すものに他ならない。


JNN/TBS 2019年6月26日(水)8時46分
イランの最高指導者・ハメネイ師を対象とする追加制裁を発表したアメリカのトランプ大統領は、イランから攻撃を受けた場合は武力による報復措置に出ると警告しました。
 トランプ大統領は25日、ツイッターで「イランによるいかなる攻撃も圧倒的な力で対処する」と威嚇したうえで、「地域によっては、それは消滅を意味する」と書き込み、イランから攻撃を受けた場合には武力による報復措置に出ると警告しました。

トランプが軍事行動に出なかったことで米国内の戦争屋や軍事産業からは不満や批判が出ているのでしょう。トランプのこの苦衷を忍ばせる発言は、一時的には安堵を感じさせます。イラン側から仕掛けることはないのですから。まるでトランプが北朝鮮が得意とする威嚇発言を真似ているようにも、立場が逆転したようにも見えます。

軍事で他国を従わせることができると考えているらしいセキュリティアドバイザー。もうボルトンの得意とする戦略は通用しなくなっています。出番は終わりです。中国は、北朝鮮に次いでポンペオの外交官としての資質に疑問を呈しました。

トランプは、共和党内の声を踏まえて政権幹部の人事をやってきたのでしょうが、人材には恵まれていません。トランプもラブロフのような外交官が欲しいはず。トランプがラブロフをホワイトハウスに招いたことがありました。トランプは一応話はいろいろと聞いていますね。

イランがドローン撃墜後、外交経路を通じて米国から限定的な攻撃を行うとの警告を受けましたが、いかなる攻撃も戦争の開始とみなすと応答したそうです。

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Iran Turns Down US Demand for No Response to Limited Attack after Drone Incident
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Sunday that it has rejected Washington's demand for a limited and unimportant attack against the country to save face after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) downed a US drone over its territorial waters.

"When after downing the enemy's hostile drone, the enemy announced through diplomatic mediators that it intended to carry out a limited operations in an unimportant and deserted region to save face and asked us to avoid giving them a response, the Islamic Republic's answer was that we consider any operations as the start of war and will respond to it," Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that Iran responded that in case of any operations, "it will design the battle ground and if you start it, it is us who will say when it ends".

SPUTNIK2019/7/7
Iranian Official Claims US Sent Message Warning of Limited Strike After Drone Downing – Reports
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps downed a US spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz last month, saying it was in the country's airspace.

General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defence Organisation, said that Iran had received a warning from the US about an upcoming limited strike, before the military shot down a US Navy surveillance drone.

"After the downing of its intruding drone, the United States told us through diplomatic intermediaries that it wanted to carry out a limited operation," Gen. Jalali was quoted by Reuters as saying.

He added that Tehran responded to the warning by saying that it sees any operation as "the start of the war".

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow has information that the US spy drone was shot down in Iranian airspace thus confirming the information earlier provided by Tehran, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated.

Russia has military intelligence that shows that the American drone was in Iranian air space when it was shot down by Iran last week, Patrushev said on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force announced it used the Iran-made short-range and mid-altitude 'Third of Khordad' missile defense shield to bring down the US spy drone over the country's Southern coasts. The incident marked the first direct Iranian attack on US assets and came amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The United States has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but denied that it intruded into Tehran’s airspace at the time.

Iran, but, announced that the country has retrieved parts of the US Global Hawk from the country's territorial waters, rejecting Washington's claim that the aircraft was targeted in international waters. The Islamic Republic also stated it will complain to the UN Security Council as the United States has violated its airspace and claimed that its drone was in international airspace when it was shot down by Iran.

Speaking at a briefing for journalists in Jerusalem, Patrushev added that evidence presented by the United States alleging Iran was behind attacks on ships in the Gulf of Oman was poor quality and unprofessional.

Washington has recently claimed that Tehran is responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, without providing any reliable proof. In responce, Iran stated that Washington’s allegation is unsurprising, warning that the United States has resorted to “Plan B” to sabotage the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic efforts.

“I warned of exactly this scenario a few months ago, not because I’m clairvoyant, but because I recognize where the B Team is coming from,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted, warning that President Donald Trump’s “B Team” was now moving to “Plan B: Sabotage diplomacy” in an attempt to “cover up its economic terrorism” against Iran.

The B-Team is a reference to hawkish US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:52| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2019年07月06日

トルコ警察がカルホルニウムを押収

SPUTNIK2019/7/6
Turkish Police Find Radioactive Substance Used in Production of Nuclear Weapons in a Car - Officials

Police officers in the Turkish province of Bolu found 18 grams of californium radioactive substance used in the production of nuclear warheads in a car, according to a statement by the local administration.

Police officers stopped a car in the province of Bolu, near the Atatürk Forest Park.

"During the search, 18.1 grams of californium, which is used in nuclear warheads and nuclear power plants, were seized. This substance, valued at $72 million, requires special authorisation to import, transport and store research," the administration said in a statement.

​It is noted that five people were detained in this case and an investigation is underway.

RT2019/7/6
Nuclear weapon material worth $72mn seized in a car in Turkey
Five suspects were detained in the raid, and the mixture was taken to the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) for a detailed analysis.

Californium is named after the place where it was synthesized back in 1950 – a laboratory at the University of California. Apart from being used to manufacture nukes and nuclear-powered reactors, the element also has a range of rather innocuous civilian applications. It can be a part of metal detectors and used in cancer treatment as well as oil, silver and gold mining operations. Still, the substance is highly dangerous and its production, distribution and transportation is restricted. Currently, only the US and Russia synthesize the isotope.

It is not the first time the Turkish police reported about a major bust involving californium.

In a scare in March last year, police in Ankara said it had seized a whopping 1.4kg of the same substance in a car following a tip-off. That time, though, it turned out to be false alarm, as the haul was later found to have no trace of nuclear or radioactive material, and was, in fact, organic matter.

カリホルニウムは、自発核分裂し中性子を出すので核爆弾の起爆剤に使われています。原発の稼働開始時に核反応を引き起こす際にも使われるとか。数マイクログラムらしいですけど。
ラジオアイソトープとして売られているようですが。
中性子とアルファ線を出しますから、容器に入っていればGM管式ガンマ線探知機ではわからない。
でも中性子は容器を通り抜けますから大変危険。
1g21億円の時もあったとか。本物なら7200万ドル相当もあり得ることになりますが、でも本物でしょうか。

トルコは、人間の臓器も放射性物質もなんでも扱う市場がある?

ATOMICA
ラジオアイソトープ(RI)中性子源 (08-01-03-16)
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

日本人にもRTロシアトゥデイの評価が高まっている

※ 佐藤 翔太郎 @Mr_ShotaroSato氏の19:00 - 2019年3月30日のツイート
返信先: @trappedsoldierさん
RT AmericaはCNNやNBCをクビになった人を結構受け入れてますからね。
MSNBC("リベラル")の方がCNNよりも深刻かもしれません。
最近でもジョン・ブレナン元CIA長官をコメンテーターに起用しました。
日本ですらスパイの元締めをコメンテーターなんかにしません。ましてや"リベラル"が。

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/3/30のツイート
mkoさんがkahoriをリツイートしました
アメリカの左派メディア??? ワシントンポストやNYタイムズのこと? ネオコンのマウスピースだよ。で、あなたはロイター? どれも軍需産業ひもつきじゃん!

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/3/30のツイート
mkoさんが佐藤 翔太郎をリツイートしました
RTがなければ、どうなっていたかと恐怖します。ロシアのニュースは理屈っぽいが、なれてくるといろんな出来事がパズルのようにはまって行き、ニュースの意味が理解できてすっきりする。「プーチンがヒットラー」と百万回言われても、立証にはならない。しかしCNNを先頭にそんなメディアばかりですね

※ 佐藤 翔太郎 @Mr_ShotaroSato氏の18:49 - 2019年3月30日のツイート
返信先: @trappedsoldierさん
RT Americaが一番リベラルだと思います。ロシアの放送局ですが。

・・・引用終わり・・・

「いろんな出来事がパズルのようにはまって行き、ニュースの意味が理解できてすっきりする。」
とてもうまい表現

RTは各種言語版があります。日本語版はありません。管理人が見ているのは、RT.com  世界のニュースが流れます。

初出 2019-03-31 12:34:01 以下の追記は2019/7/6

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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:27| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

South Koreans urge boycott of Japanese goods in row over WWII forced labor

RT2019/7/6
South Koreans urge boycott of Japanese goods in row over WWII forced labor
Demands in South Korea for a boycott of Japanese goods are picking up steam after Tokyo imposed new trade restrictions on high-tech exports, rekindling a dispute over compensation for victims of historical war crimes.

By Friday, over 28,000 South Koreans had signed a petition on a government website calling for a boycott of Japanese products and tourism, and asking the government to “respond with force” to Tokyo’s new trade restrictions on exports of materials used to make smartphones and other electronics.

Relations between the two countries have long been marred by memories of Imperial Japan’s decades-long occupation of the Korean peninsula that ended in 1945 – in particular the use of forced labor and “comfort women” for military brothels.

Last year, a South Korean court ordered two Japanese firms to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to victims of forced labor, a move stridently opposed by Tokyo, which maintains that the labor dispute was settled when the two countries revived diplomatic ties in 1965. The contested court ruling ultimately prompted the new Japanese trade limits, imposed on Thursday.

In addition to the ramped up pressure for boycotts, on Friday Seoul responded to the trade cuts by dissolving a fund established in 2015 to compensate South Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II, prompting harsh words from Tokyo. It is unclear what will happen to the remaining money in the fund.

The standoff between the two US allies risks escalating into a trade war that could severely disrupt global electronics supplies. South Korea imported some $54 billion in Japanese goods last year, according to central bank data.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:07| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Anything to cut costs? Boeing accused of outsourcing 737 MAX software at $9 an hour

※ Business Insider認証済みアカウント @businessinsiderの2019/7/6のツイート
What's next for Boeing?
https://twitter.com/i/status/1147430987996860416

ボーイングの製造過程の問題は、ボーイング787から始まっていたようです。
Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught in deepening probe into 737 MAX disaster
というニュースもあります。ボーイングに乗るのは少し怖い。

RT2019/6/30
Anything to cut costs? Boeing accused of outsourcing 737 MAX software at $9 an hour
Boeing has been partially outsourcing software development to low-paid subcontractors to save costs, Bloomberg has learned, suggesting that inadequate quality control practices may have contributed to fatal 737 MAX crashes.

Newly graduated programmers employed by third-party software developers – including Indian HCL Technologies Ltd and Cyient Ltd – were making as little as $9 an hour, roughly four times less than their own experienced engineers who Boeing was actively laying off. The company reportedly outsourced flight-display software and programs for flight-test equipment. While the final code allegedly complied with their strict specifications, the efficiency of such work was below expectations, as subcontractors were pressured to avoid any major changes that could cause delay.

“It was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code,” Mark Rabin, a former Boeing software engineer who worked in a flight-test group that supported the MAX, told Bloomberg.

It took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly.

The American aerospace giant is in hot water following two fatal 737 MAX crashes which claimed a total of 346 lives. Both the Lion Air crash in Indonesia and the Ethiopian Airlines disasters were linked to the improper work of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which was designed to prevent the plane from stalling, but instead sent the aircraft into nosedives.

While both Boeing and HTC stressed that subcontractors were not involved in developing either the notorious MCAS nor the critical cockpit warning system, Bloomberg claims that third-party engineers did participate in some of the 737 MAX's software development. At least one HTC employer apparently claimed in their resume that they had come up with a “quick workaround” that helped “resolve [a] production issue” that could have caused delays and cost Boeing a lot of money.

“Boeing was doing all kinds of things, everything you can imagine, to reduce cost, including moving work from Puget Sound [outside of Seattle, Washington] because we’d become very expensive here,” a former Boeing flight controls engineer, Rick Ludtke, told the publication.

In addition to saving costs and production time, the involvement of Indian companies in particular “appeared to pay other dividends” for the American corporation, which was able to secure multi-billion-dollar contracts with the Indian military and commercial airlines, according to the report.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:27| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ジブラルタル海峡で英国がイランの大型タンカーを拿捕 イランが対抗措置で英国タンカーを拿捕も

一昨日から次のニュースが流れています。英国が米国の命を受けジブラルタル海峡で英国海兵隊とジブラルタル自治政府がイランの大型タンカーを拿捕したものです。英国首相メイは断固たる意志を示したと自画自賛。ニュースではスペインの領海だとも伝えられています。シリアに対する経済制裁、イランに対する経済制裁にかかわる問題になることは、イランは百も承知。どんな展開になるか注目されます。まずイランが英国大使を呼びつけました。IRGCがタンカーを解放しなければ英国のタンカーを拿捕することになると表明。

RT2019/7/5
Iran’s ‘duty’ to seize British tanker if UK fails to release captured ship – senior official at IRGC
Tehran should seize a British tanker if the UK does not release the oil supertanker captured by Royal Marines near Gibraltar, a senior official in Tehran has said.

On Thursday, British marines and Gibraltar police seized the Panama-flagged tanker off the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The vessel is owned by a Singaporean company.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo claimed that the ship was transporting crude oil to Syria “in violation” of the EU sanctions placed on Damascus. According to Madrid, which considers the waters off Gibraltar to be its own, the British captured the ship at the request of the US. Officials in Washington, meanwhile, welcomed the seizure of the vessel, saying that it was carrying Iranian oil.

Later in the day, Iran summoned the British ambassador and slammed the seizure of the vessel as “a destructive step” and “a form of piracy.” Foreign Ministry's spokesperson, Abbas Mousavi argued that the sanctions against Syria are illegal under international law and Iran does not recognize them.

On Friday, Major General Mohsen Rezaee of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is also the secretary of the influential Expediency Discernment Council, tweeted that Iran should be ready for counter measures.

Should Britain refuse to release the ship, it is the authorities’ “duty to seize a British oil tanker,” he argued.

The detained vessel had a 28-person crew, mostly Indians, but also some Pakistanis and Ukrainians. They are being interviewed as witnesses, not criminal suspects, Gibraltarian officials said. The authorities are currently working to establish the nature of the cargo and its destination.

Ali Rizk, a Middle East-based journalist and writer, told RT that, by seizing the tanker, Britain may have wanted to side with Washington by “playing its part in anti-Iranian policy.”



JNN/TBS 2019/7/57月5日(金)15時46分
シリア向けの原油か、イギリス海兵隊らがイランのタンカーを拿捕
 シリアに向けた原油を積んだ疑いのあるイランのタンカーをイギリス海兵隊らが拿捕しました。EU側によるイランタンカーの拿捕は初めてで、西側諸国とイランとの対立がさらに深まるおそれがあります。
 ロイター通信などによりますと、地中海と大西洋を隔てるジブラルタル海峡で4日、イギリス海兵隊とジブラルタル自治政府がイランの大型タンカーを拿捕しました。ジブラルタル自治政府によりますと、イランのタンカーはシリアの港の製油所に向かう途中だったとみられるということです。
 EUなどは、シリアで反体制派の弾圧を続けるアサド政権に対し、この港の製油所を制裁対象としています。タンカーの積荷がイラン製の原油だった場合、アメリカによるイランへの制裁に違反している可能性もあります。
 イラン外務省の報道官は、拿捕は違法としたうえで、「奇妙で破壊的な行為で、地域の緊張が増すだけだ」と非難していますが、アメリカのボルトン大統領補佐官はツイッターで「素晴らしいニュース」と述べています。
 EU側は核合意をめぐり、アメリカの圧力を強める方針と一線を画してきましたが、今回、イランのタンカーを拿捕したことで、イランと西側諸国との間でさらに対立が深まることが懸念されます。(05日12:50)

SPUTNIK2019/7/4
Spain Says Syria-Bound Tanker Was Seized Near Gibraltar on US Orders, Checks if Sovereignty Violated
Earlier, the territory's head stated that Gibraltar police and customs agencies detained a vessel suspected of transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Spain's acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has stated that the detainment of the vessel was a US demand to the United Kingdom.

"We [Spain] were aware of this operation, patrol ships were controlling the area. We are studying the circumstances. The United States asked the United Kingdom to do this", Borrell told reporters.

Borrell added that the detainment of the vessel seems to have taken place in Spanish waters, stressing that it was necessary to investigate whether the ship's seizure affected Spanish sovereignty.

Earlier, UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Gibraltar's move to halt a supertanker reportedly carrying crude oil to Syria, according to May's spokesperson. The official underlined that Gibraltar's actions send a clear message that violation of the sanctions will not be tolerated.

The Grace 1 vessel was detained on Thursday by Gibraltar police and customs agencies, along with the British Royal Marines.

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo stated that the government had sufficient evidence that the supertanker was transporting crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria.

Picardo noted that the refinery belonged to an entity subject to EU sanctions against Syria.

"We have detained the vessel and its cargo. This action arose from information giving the Gibraltar Government reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel, the Grace 1, was acting in breach of European Union sanctions against Syria. In fact, we have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria. That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria", Picardo said.

According to the maritime intelligence data, the Panamanian-flagged ship was carrying oil from Iran.

The European Union introduced sanctions against the Syrian government in May 2011 that affected 277 Syrian officials. The bloc also froze the assets of some 72 entities and put an embargo on Syrian oil.

Damascus has repeatedly condemned the pressure by the European Union, with President Bashar Assad stressing that it adds to the already tense situation in the country.


RT2019/7/5
Iran Summons UK Envoy Over 'Illegal Seizure' of Oil Tanker Apparently Destined for Syria - Reports
Earlier, British Royal Marines and officials from the British colony of Gibraltar detained a vessel suspected of transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned UK Ambassador to Iran Nicolas Hopton over what it described as the "illegal seizure" of an oil tanker carrying Iranian oil to Syria, Iranian state television has reported, citing Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi.

Earlier, Spanish officials said that the Grace 1, a Panamanian-flagged supertanker carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria and seized by British patrol ships off Gibraltar, was detained at Washington's behest.

Royal Marines boarded the ship, which has a 300,000 tonne carrying capacity, early Thursday morning.

Prime Minister Theresa May later praised the seizure, with a Number 10 spokesperson saying Gibraltar had sent a 'clear message' that the UK would not tolerate any violation of the sanctions.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said there was evidence to suggest the tanker was attempting to deliver crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in northwest Syria, in breach of EU sanctions against Syria. The EU slapped the war-torn country with hard-hitting economic and energy sanctions in 2011.

Spain said it is still assessing the tanker seizure incident, since it took place in what Madrid says were its territorial waters.

The US enacted its own tough sanctions against Iran's oil sector in 2018, and threatened to apply secondary sanctions against any country or company that continues to engage in the purchase of energy resources from the country. The UK, which remains a party to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, widely known as the Iran nuclear deal, has not signed on to the US restrictions, although its companies have largely stopped trading in energy with the Islamic Republics in fear of economic repercussions.

Last week, the European Union announced that its INSTEX financial mechanism, meant to bypass US sanctions, had become operational. Iranian officials have said however that that system "isn't enough" to resolve the economic problems faced by Tehran due to crushing US sanctions.

Long-standing tensions between Iran and the US escalated sharply last month after an Iranian air defence missile shot down a $130 million US spy drone Iran said was operating in its airspace. The US maintains that the drone was flying over international waters. Following the drone's destruction, President Trump said he mulled airstrikes against multiple Iranian targets before backing down at the last minute.

The drone incident was just the latest in a series of back and forth developments which have hurt relations between the two countries. In May, the US deployed a carrier strike group to the Middle East, accusing Iran of posing an unspecified 'imminent threat' to US interests in the region. In mid-May and mid-June, a total of six tankers were attacked in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in apparent sabotage attacks. The US accused Iran of responsibility for these incidents.

Tehran denied the claims and accused 'hawks' in the Trump administration and their Saudi, Emirati and Israeli allies of trying to inflame tensions to justify the US "economic war" against Iran.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 08:49| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年07月05日

フィナンシャルタイムスのプーチンインタビュー

欧米の言論人、メディア関係者は改めてショックを受けているでしょう。プーチンが自由主義の弊害をはっきりと指摘し、暗にネオコンの支配に疑問を投げています。ロシアの選挙介入疑惑であれだけ騒いでいた米国メディア、民主党議員。頭おかしんじゃね? と言われていると同じです。

FARSNEWS2019/6/28
Putin: Globalism Has Failed US Middle Class, Trump Saw It
TEHRAN (FNA)-
トランプの大統領選勝因について・・・多くの米国人がグローバリゼーションの動きに置いておかれ、トランプがそのことを知っていて利用したこと。
US President Donald Trump’s election victory should be attributed not to some foreign influence but to the fact that many Americans were left behind by globalization and Trump saw it, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said.

“The middle class in the US has not benefited from globalisation; it was left out when this pie was divided up,” Putin told the Financial Times ahead of the G20 summit when asked to comment on the US president’s policies.

トランプ陣営は、米国社会のこの変化を利用した。ロシアの選挙への影響は神話的。
“Trump looked into his opponents’ attitude to him and saw changes in American society, and he took advantage of this,” he explained, while calling the perceived Russian influence on the US 2016 election “mythical”.

グローバリゼーションは米国社会を分け隔てたのかもしれない、少なくとも経済的な意味で。中流クラスはグローバリゼーションのメリットを受けていない。
Putin also assumed that globalization could have divided US society – at least in an economic sense, adding, “In the US, the leading US companies − the companies, their managers, shareholders and partners − made use of these benefits. The middle class hardly benefited from globalization.”

“The Trump team sensed this very keenly and clearly, and they used this in the election campaign. It is where you should look for reasons behind Trump’s victory, rather than in any alleged foreign interference,” Putin said, adding that Trump’s “extravagant” policies might be a sign of the US president’s attempts to right some wrongs in accordance with his own “distinct world outlook”.

グローバリゼーションの結果は、米国に望ましい効果をもたらさなかった。トランプは、グローバリゼーションの一定の要素と相いれない運動を始めている。
"He seems to believe that the results of globalization could have been much better for the US than they are. These globalization results are not producing the desired effect for the US, and he is beginning this campaign against certain elements of globalization," he stated.

米国でも欧州でも最も大きな問題の一つは支配階層が大衆から乖離していること。
Putin argued, one of the major problems in the US, but in Europe as well, is that the “ruling elites have broken away from the people”.

エリートは、いわゆる自由主義思想を抱いており、現下の展開に全くハッピーであるように見える。その一方で大衆は大量の移民のような問題に次第に懸念を強めている。
The elites continue to entertain so-called liberal ideas and seem to be quite happy with the ongoing developments while people are increasingly concerned by such issues as mass immigration, the Russian president believes.

自由主義思想は時代遅れになった。人口の圧倒的多数の利益と衝突するようになった。
"The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population," he noted.

ベネズエラ問題について・・・かねて伝えられているロシアの立場に同じ。
Putin also said Russia does not meddle in Venezuela or anywhere else, criticizing Washington for trying to impose its own leaders on Latin America and around the world.

The Russian head of state told the Financial Times that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is not being preserved in power “only by Russian weapons”, explaining that Moscow has agreements with Caracas and that Russian advisers and experts were in Venezuela to that effect, but there were no troops.

"We do not meddle in things; it is none of our business… This problem should be sorted out by the Venezuelan people themselves. That is all," he added.

He contrasted the Russian position in Venezuela with US-led “regime change” operations in the Middle East and North Africa, such as Libya and Iraq, that resulted in complete collapse of governments and the rise of terrorism.

“Do we want to revert to gunboat diplomacy? What do we need it for?” he asked.

"Is it necessary to humiliate Latin American nations so much in the modern world and impose forms of government or leaders from the outside?" he noted.

While many things could have done differently when it comes to the economy of Venezuela, Russia believes in a hands-off approach when it comes to the country’s politics, Putin explained.

In Venezuela, as with everywhere else, Russia approves of political developments “if they are taking place in accordance with internal rules and the country’s legislation, its constitution, and in line with the people’s will”.

“Is it enough that [Juan Guaidó] entered a square and proclaimed himself president? Is the entire world supposed to support him as president?” Putin asked, adding, “Let us do the same in Japan, the US or Germany. What will happen? Do you understand that this will cause chaos all over the world?”

“Where are the self-proclaimed presidents and opposition leaders? Some of them have taken refuge in foreign embassies and others are in hiding. What do we have to do with this?” he asked, referring to the US-backed opposition that has tried to claim power in Caracas.

武器管理条約について・・・
The Russian President also stated that the world would be a “different place” if the US did not withdraw from key arms control treaties, saying that Moscow has never sought an arms race.

The world might yet see a new nuclear arms race, Putin warned, adding that the international arms control regime has been destabilized, not least because of Washington’s unilateral actions.

It was the US that “unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty (ABM), and has recently quit the INF treaty as well”, he said, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement – a key 1987 accord between the US and the USSR, which banned land-based short- and mid-range missiles, greatly contributing to easing tensions in Europe during the Cold War.

Putin said that US accusations, which the Trump administration used to justify its withdrawal from the INF, were just an excuse to return to new arms development.

“I do not think Russia means anything to them in this case, because this war theatre, the war theatre in Europe is unlikely to be interesting to the US,” he added.

Putin recalled how he “made very energetic attempts to convince” the administration of George W. Bush not to withdraw from another treaty Russia considered “the cornerstone of the entire international security system” – the ABM. At that time, Moscow came up with “absolutely specific proposals”, involving “jointly on missile-defense projects that should have involved the US, Russia and Europe” as well as “technology exchanges and the elaboration of decision-making mechanisms” to make the US keep the treaty but all efforts were in vain.

"I am convinced that the world would be a different place today, had our US partners accepted this proposal. Unfortunately, this did not happen," he noted.

Now, the situation is moving towards another arms race, Putin admitted, adding that “this is not our choice” and Russia “should at least do everything so as to not aggravate the situation”.

Moscow could support a trilateral treaty between Russia, the US and China to replace the INF but only if it suits all sides, including Beijing.

我々は我々の動機・意図を進めることができる協定なら何でも支持する。軍拡競争に歯止めをかけることに役立つなら。
"We will support any agreement that can advance our cause, that is, help us contain the arms race," he said.

シリア問題について・・・これまでにラブロフなどが述べてきたところと同じ。ISISの背景にいる者には触れていない。
Putin said Russia intervened in Syria to prevent “Libya-style chaos” and protect its own security, unwilling to tolerate Islamic State terrorists on its doorstep.

2015/9のダマスカス政府を支援する遠征軍の派遣決定は、潜在的なリスクと見返りについての慎重な審議と分析を経て決定した。
The decision to send an expeditionary force to back the government in Damascus in September 2015 was taken after careful deliberations and analysis of potential risks and rewards, Putin told the Financial Times.

“I decided that the positive effect from our active involvement in Syrian affairs for Russia and the interests of the Russian Federation would far outweigh non-interference and passive observation of how an international terrorist organization grows ever stronger near our borders,” Putin added.

なによりも…私たちはシリアの国家としての体制を維持することに成功した、そしてリビアのような混乱を防いだ。
"Primarily … we have managed to preserve Syrian statehood, no matter what, and we have prevented Libya-style chaos there," he noted.

Not only has the intervention led to the stabilization of Syria and the defeat of IS (also known as ISIS/ISIL), it had other positive effects that have far exceeded expectations. The entire region has moved towards stability, while Moscow established “very good, business-like, partner-like and largely allied relations” with other regional powers such as Iran and Turkey.

On the domestic side of things, “several thousand” militants from the former Soviet Union who joined IS were eliminated, along with the danger they posed to Russian security. The Russian military gained invaluable practical experiences during the fighting, that could not be obtained from peacetime training exercises.

"I believe that it has been a good and positive return. We have accomplished even more than I had expected," he stated.

Russia is “perfectly aware” of the situation in Syria, including the internal reasons for the conflict that should be dealt with. But that is upon everyone there to resolve, not just President Bashar Assad.

Asked if he was committed to Assad staying in power, Putin said the people of Syria should decide their own future.

"When we discussed this matter only recently with the previous US administration, we said, suppose Assad steps down today, what will happen tomorrow? You cannot even imagine how funny it was. They said, “We don’t know”. But when you do not know what happens tomorrow, why shoot from the hip today?" he stressed.

Russia, he noted, prefers to “look at problems thoroughly from all possible angles and not to be in any hurry”.

・・・・・・

みゆうさんが翻訳してくれました。ありがとうございます。この記事一つを読めば国際情勢のポイントがわかります。プーチンが述べていることは、ラブロフやザハロバが日ごろ言っていることとまったく同じです。プーチンがいちいち指示を出しているわけではないはず。ロシア外交については、事務方とそれに顧問、国会議員を入れた緊密な協議が行われていることがうかがえます。プーチンはノー原稿に見えます。何か国際的な問題についてロシアの出方を考えるときにはこの記事の内容を思い出せばロシアの行動は容易に推定できるでしょう。
トランプがプーチンに会う前にこの記事を読んでいますよね。トランプはプーチンからの贈り物を読み取ったでしょう。

プーチン:グローバリズムは米国中間層を消滅させつつある、トランプはそれを知っていた
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テヘラン(イランFNA)― 米国大領領選挙でのドナルド・トランプの勝利は、海外の影響から自国を守ることに貢献するはずだったが、実際には多数の米国国民がグローバリゼーションから取り残された。そして、トランプはそれを知っていた…ロシア大統領ウラジーミル・プーチンは語った。

「米国の中間層は、グローバリゼーションの恩恵を受けていない。彼らは、パイが分けられたときには取り残されることが決まっていた」。G20サミットに先立ち、米国の政策についてコメントを求められたプーチンは、フィナンシャル・タイムズ紙に対してこう答えた。

「(大統領選挙当時、)トランプは敵対勢力の行動を分析し、アメリカ社会の変化を見て取った。それが彼の勝因だ。」一方、2016年の米国選挙へのロシアの関与が疑われていることについては、「架空の話」と説明した。

プーチンはまた、グローバリゼーションは米国社会を分断している可能性があると考えている。少なくとも経済の文脈では、と彼は付け加え、「米国では、リーディングカンパニー(いくつかの会社とその経営者、株主、出資者たち)が利益を作り出している。中間層は、グローバリゼーションからほとんど利益を得ていない。」

「トランプのチームは、このことを強く、また明確に感じ取っていた。そして、選挙キャンペーンに利用した。トランプの勝利の原因として分析されるべきなのは、証拠のない外国からの影響(訳注:ロシアの関与疑惑)などより、この点だ。」またプーチンは加えて、トランプが取っているように見える「突飛な」政策は、彼独自の「明確な世界の展望」に基づいて、いくつかの間違いを正そうと試みていることの表れかもしれない、と語った。

「米国大統領は、グローバリゼーションが米国にもたらす結果は、もっと望ましいものになるはずだったと見ていたようだ。グローバリゼーションの結果が望まれていた影響を米国にもたらしていないため、トランプはグローバリゼーションの特定の要素に反対するキャンペーンを始めている」。

プーチンは、アメリカおよびヨーロッパの主要な問題のひとつは、「統治しているエリート層が、民衆から乖離していること」だと主張した。

エリートたちは、いわゆる自由主義思想(liberal ideas)を相変わらず持ち続け、それを進展させていることに幸せを感じているようであるが、一方で民衆は大量の移民などの問題に懸念を強めている、とロシア大統領は考えている。

「自由主義思想は、時代遅れになりつつある。数におけるマジョリティの利益と衝突し始めている。」

プーチンはまた、ベネズエラをはじめいかなる他国に対してもロシアは干渉しないと述べ、ラテンアメリカ他世界中で、都合のいいリーダーを押し付けようとしている米国政府を非難した。

ロシア大統領はフィナンシャル・タイムズ紙に対し、以下のように述べた。ベネズエラ大統領ニコラス・マドゥロは、「ロシアの武力によってのみ」権力を維持しているわけではない。ロシア政府はカラカス(ベネズエラ政府)と合意した上で、アドバイザーや専門家を同国に派遣したが、軍隊は派遣していない。

「我々は干渉はしない。それは我々には関係のないことだ。この問題は、ベネズエラ国民が自分たちで解決すべきものだ。それだけのことだ」と彼は付け加えた。

プーチンは、中東や北アフリカ(例えばリビアやイラク)で行われ、完全な政府の破壊とテロリズムの台頭をもたらしている、米国主導の「レジーム・チェンジ」作戦と、ベネズエラでのロシアの立場を明確に対比したのである。

「我々は、砲艦外交に戻りたいのだろうか? 何のために?」彼は疑問を呈した。

「現代社会(modern world)において、ラテンアメリカの国々をこれほどまでに辱め、政府の形態やリーダーを外から押し付けることに、何の意味があるのか?」

ベネズエラに経済問題が勃発したとき、他の異なった対処法はいくつもあったとは思うが、ロシアは国家政策については不干渉主義だ、とプーチンは説明した。

ベネズエラでは(他のいかなる場所でも同じだが)、ロシアは「国内のルールと国内法、体制に従い、国民の意思に沿っている限り」、政治的な進展を容認する。

「[ユアン・グァイドが]登場してきて、自分が大統領だ、と宣言するだけで充分なのか? 世界中が、彼を大統領として援助すると決めたとでも言うのか?」プーチンは疑問を呈した。加えて、「日本で、アメリカで、ドイツで、同じことをするとしよう。何が起こるだろうか? 世界中でカオスが起こる、そうだろう?」

「自称大統領と野党のリーダーはどこにいるのか? 外国の大使館で亡命手続きをした者、隠れている者。我々は何をしなければならないのか?」 彼は尋ね、米国の援助を受けてベネズエラ政府を非難している対抗勢力に言及した。

ロシア大統領はまた、アメリカが主要な武器管理条約から撤退しなければ、世界は「違った場所」になり得た、と述べた。更に、ロシア政府は、武器開発競争を決して望んでいないと述べた。

世界は、新たな核開発競争に突入しようとしている、とプーチンは警告した。国際的な武器管理体制は危うくなってきているが、それには、米国政府単独の行動に少なくない原因がある。

彼は、「弾道弾迎撃ミサイル制限条約(ABM)から一方的に撤退し、最近はまたINF条約を破棄した」のはアメリカである、と述べ、アメリカとソ連の間で1987年に締結された主要な条約であり、地上基地からの短・中距離ミサイルを禁止し、冷戦時代にヨーロッパの緊張緩和に大きく貢献した、中距離核戦力全廃条約にも言及した。

プーチンは、アメリカがINFから離脱するときに使った言いがかりは、単に新しい軍備拡大に舵を切るための口実にすぎなかった、と述べた。

「この件では、ロシア側からは彼らに何も言うつもりはない。なぜなら、この戦争の舞台はヨーロッパで、アメリカは関心がないだろうから。」
(訳注:INFの禁止対象である「短・中距離ミサイル」の射程距離は、欧ソ(露)間の距離に相当するものであり、INFは米ソ(露)相互の直接攻撃を抑止することを目的にしている条約ではない。INFには、NATOや当時の「核の傘」など、他のテーマが関わっていた。)

プーチンは、ジョージ・W・ブッシュ政権の時代、ロシアが「国際安全保障システム全体の基盤」とみなしていたある条約からアメリカが撤退しないように、彼がいかに「心血を注いで説得を試みた」かを回想した ― それがABMだった。当時、ロシアは、「まったく特別な提案」をするに至っていた。その提案の中には、「アメリカ、ロシア、ヨーロッパが、ミサイル防衛プロジェクトに、共同で」しかも「技術交換と、意思決定メカニズムの構築を伴って」取り組む、という内容が含まれていた。それらは、アメリカを条約に引き留めておくための努力だった ― しかし、すべて水の泡となった。

「もしあのとき、アメリカのパートナーが我々の提案を受け入れていたら、今日の世界は異なった場所になっていたと、私は確信している。残念なことに、それは起こらなかった。」

今、状況は新たなな軍拡競争に向かって動いている。プーチンは、「それは我々の選択したことではない」し、ロシアは「少なくとも状況を悪化させないために、できる全てのことをしなければならない」と述べた。

ロシア政府は、ロシア、アメリカ、中国の間でINFに代わる新たな3国間協定を締結することができる。ただし、中国政府を含めた全者の意思に沿う形であれば。

「我々は、軍拡競争を封じ込めるという我々の目的に適うものであれば、どんな合意でもサポートする意思がある」と彼は語った。

またプーチンは、シリアに介入したのは、「リビア型カオス」を防ぐためと、自国の安全を守るためだったと語った。玄関先まで来ていたイスラム国(IS)のテロリストを、容認するわけにはいかなかった、と。

2015年9月、シリア政府を支援するために遠征軍を派遣する決定は、潜在的リスクと得られる利益を、慎重に検討・分析した上で行われた。

「私は、我々がシリア問題に積極的に介入することの方が、介入せずに国際テロリスト組織が我々の国境付近まで強大化するのを受動的に観察することよりも、ロシアとロシア連邦にとっては遥かに価値があると判断した」。

「最優先事項として、我々はシリアの国家としての地位を守ることに何とか成功した。そのことによって言うまでもなく、シリアをリビア型カオスから守ったのだ。」

介入は、シリアの国家体制の存続とIS(ISIS/ISILという呼び名でも知られている)の打破のみならず、予想していたよりもはるかに大きな効果をもたらした。まず、地域全体が以前より安定した。そしてロシア政府にとっても、当該地域の他のパワー(例えばイランとトルコ)と、「非常に良好で、実際的で、協力的で、広汎な同盟関係」を構築することができた。

国内問題としての側面。旧ソ連からISに参加し、ロシアの安全保障を脅かしていた「数千の」戦闘員は、排除された。ロシア軍は戦闘を通じて、計り知れない実戦経験を積むことができた。平和時のトレーニングからは、得られない経験である。

「(介入したことは)良い結果をもたらし、プラスの成果があったと考えている。我々は、事前に私が期待していたよりも多くのことを達成した」。

ロシアは、シリアの状況については「完全に把握している」。今後の紛争に繋がる可能性のある、対処されるべき(シリア)国内の原因もまだある。しかし、それを解決するのはシリア国民であり、バシャール・アサド大統領だけではない。

アサドの権力保持に関与するのかどうかを問われ、プーチンは、シリアの人々の将来を決めるのは彼ら自身である、と答えた。

「つい最近、アメリカの元行政官と、この問題について意見を交わした。我々は言った、もし今日、アサドが権力の座から降りるとしたら、明日何が起こるだろうか?と。彼らの答えはおかしかった、きっと君は想像もできないだろう。彼らは言ったんだ、『分からない』と。しかし、明日何が起こるか分からないというときに、なぜ今日、思いつきで行動する?」彼は強調した。
(訳注:彼らは、何らかの意図を持って、アサドを権力の座から降ろそうとしている、ということ。)

ロシアは、「問題を総合的に、可能性のあるすべての方向から、少しも急ぐことなく見る」のを好む、と彼は述べた。

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みゆうさんの訳文は読みやすいですが、この記事の内容はそれなりに難しいです。みんなが誰でもここまで訳せなくてもよいですが、何が書いてあるかは、できるだけ短い時間に読み取るように努めると案外早く慣れます。管理人は海外メディアの記事をピックアップする際に一応読んでいます。2015/9からですからもう4年ですね。それだけでもニュースソースはぐんと広がりました。私自身の関心も広がりました。でも訳して日本語に置き変えるのはやはり時間がかかる。INFって何だったけ? そう、それから出発することが歴史の知識を広げます。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:20| Comment(9) | 国際・政治

2019年07月03日

商業捕鯨再開 ミンククジラの肉が出回ります

ミンククジラの肉は、7/4には市場に出回るらしいです。272頭の枠があるとなると出回り量も多くなるでしょう。クジラ肉は西日本で需要が強いのです。どうです、召し上がりますか? 居酒屋などのメニューに並ぶと思います。
クジラは、海洋の生態系の最も上位にいる生き物。ミンククジラはオキアミを食べているわけではありません。以前から水銀やPCBによる汚染が指摘されています。現在は加えて放射性物質。管理人は、安いアルゼンチン牛肉を探します。
IWC脱退、商業捕鯨再開は今の総理の時しかできないと捕鯨関係者は判断したんですね。そして実現しました。

RT2019/7/2
Japan’s first commercial whale hunt in 30 years sparks outrage from activists
The first commercial whale hunt since 1988 took place in Japan on Monday. Japan pulled out last December from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which has imposed a ban on commercial whaling.

The country’s Fishing Agency had announced a quota of 227 whales in June, but is believed to have delayed its announcement until Monday, possibly to avoid courting controversy at the G20 summit Japan hosted over the weekend. The agency said that the hunts will take place solely within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, rather than in international waters.

After commercial whaling was banned by the IWC in 1988, Japan switched to what it called ‘research whaling.’ However, the research whaling program has lost money, including $15 million in 2018 alone, according to the Associated Press.

On the first day back on the waters, commercial whalers caught and brought back to shore two minke whales. Fishery Agency officials said that the meat from the catches will be auctioned on Thursday.

Locals and elected officials in two of Japan’s major whaling towns, Shimonoseki and Kushiro, celebrated the first commercial whaling ship of this new era leaving port. But conservationists and environmental activists have expressed outrage at the move, which many see as cynical and politically motivated.

In spite of lofty rhetoric from politicians from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the industry only employs a few hundred people while the business has seen declining demand for whale meat.

Though a popular source of protein in the country’s difficult economic times in the aftermath of World War II, whale was gradually eclipsed in popularity by other meats after annual consumption peaked in the 1960s. Moreover, the government plans on reducing the $46 million in annual subsidies it pays whalers.

Norway and Iceland are the only other countries that allow commercial whaling . But both have seen sharp declines in catches in recent years, following fears that the practice damages their nations’ image on the world stage. Both countries did catch whales in the 2017-2018 season, but well below their catch quotas. Conservationists have been encouraging whale watching in these countries as an alternative to hunting the animals for food.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年07月01日

翻訳や通訳は難しい

翻訳や通訳は難しいです。読者の中にも、いずれ国際的な場でご活躍なさることもありましょう。その際のご参考に通訳さんにどんなふうに助けてもらえるのか書いておきましょう。

逐次通訳
最も正式な、厳密性を重視する通訳の方式は、双方が通訳を確保し、発言を逐次相手国の言葉に通訳する方法です。
A国の代表団とB国の代表団との会議では、ホスト国側が会議のための設営などを行います。会議の進行もホスト国側が相手国の同意を得ながら決めていくのが普通です。
A国が発言→A国の通訳が通訳
B国が発言→B国の通訳が通訳
A国が発言→A国の通訳が通訳 と進みます。通訳は発言者の隣に座ることが多いです。
PRESSTV2016/4/27
Iran, Russia draft military cooperation roadmap
画像の左端がロシアのショイグ国防大臣。その左側の方、そしてショイグの正面のイランのデフガーン国防相の左側の方がそれぞれの通訳でしょう。

Pars Todayから

現地調査のような場合には、相手の方と当方の調査団との間のやりとりを、一人の通訳さんが通訳してくれる場合が多いです。この場合も逐次通訳になります。

上の画像は、ショイグのイラン大統領表敬の場面です。儀礼的な話のやり取りだけですからイラン側の通訳が一人いるだけです。今気づきましたが、イランの通訳さんは、ひげを伸ばしていませんね。やはり国際的な場に出る人は国際基準に合わせている。

何かのパーティでの挨拶などは、一人の通訳さんが逐次方式で翻訳してくれます。挨拶を述べる者は、適宜発言を切って間を入れなければなりません。そうしないと通訳さんが通訳しきれません。

同時通訳
これはマルチ、多国間の会議で使われます。A国の発言が始まるとそれに少し遅れて通訳がA国の言葉を他の国の言葉例えばB国の言葉に連続的に訳していきます。B国の言葉の通訳は、これをC国の言葉に通訳していきます。3か国のマルチの会議でも優秀な同時通訳であれば、2人いれば足りることになります。

このような通訳が行われる会議では参加者は耳掛け式のイヤーホーンをしています。そのイヤホーンのセレクターで自国語を選べば、どこの国の代表が話そうと自国語で聞くことができます。通訳は、会議場を見渡せるガラス窓で仕切られた通訳ブースにいます。

通訳ブースやマイク、イヤホーンシステムが備わっていない会議場では、ウィスパリングという同時通訳の手法が使われます。通訳が発言者の隣に座り、他国の参加者の発言をその国の言葉に直して小さな声で囁きます。参加者が発言する場合には発言者が自国語で話し、通訳がマイクに向かって会議の共通語で話します。共通語は参加国で最も多く使われている言語が半ば自動的に選定されます。

今は、ウィスパリングの場合でもFM発信器を使い、デリゲーションの全員がFMラジオで通訳の翻訳を聞くことが多いのではないでしょうか。

この通訳さんの仕事は、大変高度な技量を必要とします。話の内容がわからなければ訳せません。聞き取り、一時的に記憶し、別の言葉に直して話す。海外で外国語を使って仕事をしている人でも、少し人数の多いデリゲーションですと尻込みしてまったく通訳してもらえないこともあります。英語ですと、それなりに聞き取りのできる人もいる場合も多いのでやりにくいことは確かです。英語圏ではなく、他の言葉の地域ですとそこで働いている人も英語のエキスパートとはかぎりませんし、かと言ってその国の現地語でやりとりしてこれを通訳するのはもっと難しいという場合が多いでしょう。

翻訳も同じです。やさしいものなら機械翻訳でもそのまま使えますが、政治家や評論家の話した、書いたものは、その人の教養が盛り込まれていますし、辞書通りの訳では意味が通じない、読みにくい場合も多いです。

でもやはり百里の道も一歩から。外国語が使われる、使わざるを得ない局面はどんどん増えていくでしょう。まずは英語が怖くないようになる。本格的、専門的なレベル、分野は通訳や翻訳の専門家に任せるにしても自分でできるだけできるように努力する。若い方には強くお勧めします。

ちなみに管理人の場合は、米国でウィスパリングによって通訳をしてくれた方は年配の女性でした。とても上手でした。そして最後に、私の一回の発言が長いとご注意を受けました。同時通訳の会議では、著名な通訳さんにお世話になったこともありますが、私がホストをしていてマイクをオンにしないまま話し始めたため、通訳さんから「マイク、マイク」と注意され、最初から話をやり直したこともあります。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:33| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年06月30日

アフガニスタン 6人の息子と孫を失い 40人の孤児を育てる

この年配女性の額に刻まれた深いしわ。口元には強い意志が滲み、まなざしには優しさがあふれ、とても魅力的です。
後ろに見える少年たちは、何を思っているでしょう。もう施設の運営も助けているでしょう。



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:50| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Official Reveals New US-Israeli Scenario to Turn Iraq into 2nd Libya

FARSNEWS2019/6/30
Official Reveals New US-Israeli Scenario to Turn Iraq into 2nd Libya
TEHRAN (FNA)- Asa'eb al-Haq Movement affiliated to the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi warned that the US and Israel have hatched plots to disintegrate Iraq, using peaceful protests in the city of Basra.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Secretary-General of Asa'eb al-Haq Sheikh Qais al-Khaz'ali as saying on Saturday that Washington and Tel Aviv seek to overthrow the Iraqi government and turn the country into a second Libya.

He added that the US wants to use the peaceful protests in Basra to decompose Iraq, warning that if their goal is materialized, the situation in Iraq will be the worst in the world and all of its cities will be separated from the country.

Meantime, the commander of Basra police announced in a statement on Saturday that mercenaries of foreign spy agencies want to turn the peaceful protests held to demand better government services in the region violent by attacking the public and private properties.

A number of people were injured in clashes with the local police amid protests against lack of basic services that recently took place in the Southeastern city of Basra, local media reported on Saturday, citing a source in the country's security forces.

The Iraqi Al-Sumaria broadcaster reported that the local police dispersed protesters in the center of the city using tear gas and detained several people.

Police officers stopped protesters from getting closer to a house of a governor, according to the broadcaster.

Previous protests in Basra broke out in early September when people took to the streets to express their discontent over shortages of drinking water and electricity. Military troops were called in after demonstrations turned violent.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治