国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年12月03日

ニューヨークタイムスはテロリストとグルでフェイクニュースを流している

RT2019/12/3
‘Sorry, but it’s fake…again’: Russian military debunk NYT report on bombing of civilians in Syria
The New York Times has issued yet another damning report, which this time accused Russia of bombing what it called a ‘refugee camp’ in the militant-held Idlib province. The Russian Defense Ministry called it a ‘fake.’

On Sunday, the leading US newspaper came up with a heartbreaking story of a housing complex for families displaced by the Syrian conflict being bombed in what the Times called a Russian airstrike in August. The journalists then stated that they were able to trace the air raid back to the Russian Air Force using “eyewitness photos and videos,” and claimed to have a trove of flight logs and cockpit tapes.

The Times said that its journalists “spent months translating and deciphering their code words” but said nothing about how they got their hands on the data supposedly belonging to the Russian military in the first place. Responding to the accusations on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry has highlighted flaws in the report – perhaps the most glaring of which is that Russian pilots neither receive commands, nor report on their mission mid-flight, Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov argued.

“As frustrating as it can be for the masterminds behind this fake, but we have to say it once again: passing of coordinates to Russian bomber pilots and reports on task execution are not made by voice openly on air"

In fact, it is not the first time the Russian military has refuted claims that appeared in America’s newspaper of record. The Defense Ministry issued a similar correction following another damning piece by the same outlet in October. That story accused Russia of bombing UN-protected hospitals, some of which turned out to be militant hideouts tucked away in caves in the Idlib province. Konashenkov also questioned other evidence presented in the Times’ latest report, calling it “primitive and ill-defined” and adding that “In Russia, it is called a shot in the dark.”

The NYT scoop is based on a “video from an unidentified source featuring rogues from the White Helmets running against the background of some structures supposedly belonging to a ‘refugee camp’ as well as photos of a blue skyline purporting to show a Russian plane and fragments of Russian phrases allegedly belonging to the pilots,” Konashenkov continued.

An almost seven-minute-long video clip purports to show the aftermath of two Russian sorties in the Idlib province. The video shows, in no particular order, alleged bombing sites with partially collapsed buildings and people running around to help the injured, as well as images of a blue sky with a blurred dot loosely resembling a military aircraft.

While blaming Russia for the death of civilians, the Times failed to mention that the Idlib Governorate, where the alleged raid took place, is still controlled by brutal jihadist factions, including Al Qaeda’s Syrian offshoot, Al Nusra.

The paper cites the Macro Media Center – a self-described “group of media activists and citizen journalists” working in Syria – as the source of at least some of its visual evidence. Konashenkov, however, pointed out that the release of the bombshell report coincided with the announcement of cooperation between the NYT and the infamous Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Last week, the SOHR announced that it had struck a deal to work with the paper in October, during the same timeframe its journalists were apparently meticulously “verifying” the “evidence” for the alleged strikes on Idlib The UK-based SOHR, which has received hefty sums from the British government, has previously been accused by some of one-sided support for Syria’s opposition and for acting as a tool of Western propaganda.

The White Helmets – also known as the ‘Syria Civil Defence’ – who are featured in the video, also have a questionable reputation. Regularly praised in western media, the group operates exclusively in territory held by various militant factions, including radical jihadists, and has been accused of having links to some of the same radicals – and even helping to stage ‘false flag’ chemical weapons attacks.

Speaking of the Times’ continuous cooperation with such dubious sources, Konashenkov said that the paper deliberately uses their information to push an agenda.

“Following the previous publication of fake news by NYT in October, we expressed our regret that a quality paper was duped by terrorists and their henchmen from the White Helmets. This time it would be inappropriate,” he said. “All these things happened upon mutual agreement.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:36| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年11月30日

ロイターのニュースがひどい

ロイターの記事は、米国のプロパガンダが多いですが、特に日本語に訳された海外情報はほぼすべてがその意図が強いです。イランが前回の暴動に関連してCIA工作員を逮捕しています。CIAとしては、イランはサウジの石油施設を破壊したりする無法国家との印象を世界にバラマキ、イランと対決していこうという考えのようです。次の記事は、まったくソースが不明な情報で編まれています。CIAがこういう記事を出してイランをけん制できるか、管理人には疑問です。

このニュースに冷や水を浴びせるようにアルジャジーラがイエメンのホーシスがサウジのアパッチェ・ヘリコプターをミサイルで撃墜したと伝えています。これもイランが撃った? クウェート経由で? 笑われているのは米国とサウジです。

ロイター 2019年11月29日 / 11:09 / 12時間前更新
焦点:イランはなぜアラムコを狙ったのか、サウジ攻撃の内幕
[25日 ロイター] - サウジアラビアにある世界最大の石油精製施設がドローンとミサイルで攻撃される4カ月前、イランの安全保障当局者が、厳重に防備を固めたテヘランの施設で会合を開いていた。

出席者の中には、ミサイル開発や秘密作戦も管掌する精鋭部隊、イスラム革命防衛隊の将官も含まれていた。

5月に開かれたこの会合の主要議題は、米国をどう罰するか。画期的な核合意から離脱した米国は、経済制裁を再開し、イランに大きな打撃を与えたていた。

<「今こそ剣を抜こう」>

革命防衛隊の司令官、ホセイン・サラミ少将が見守るなか、ある上級指揮官が口を開いた。この会合の様子をよく知る4人の関係者によれば、「今こそ剣を抜いて、彼らに教訓を与えるべきときだ」。この指揮官はそう述べたという。

強硬派は、米軍基地を含む価値の高い目標を攻撃することを主張した。だが、最終的に浮上したのは、米国からの徹底反撃を招きかねない直接的な対決には至らないような計画だった。

イランは、米国の同盟国であるサウジアラビアの石油関連施設をターゲットに選んだ。イラン軍当局者は5月の会合、さらに、少なくともその後4回の会合でこの案を検討した。

ロイターは一連の会合を知る関係者3人、さらにイランの意思決定プロセスをよく知る1人の人物から情報を得た取材を通じ、サウジアラビアの国有石油会社サウジアラムコに対する9月14日の攻撃を計画する際のイラン指導部の関与が、初めて明らかになった。

4人の関係者によると、イランの最高指導者アヤトラ・アリ・ハメネイ師は、厳しい条件付きでこの作戦を承認したという。イラン軍による民間人、米国人に対する攻撃は避けること、という条件だ。

ロイターは、イラン指導層が関与したという関係者4人の話の裏付けを取ることができなかった。革命防衛隊の報道官はコメントを拒否した。イラン政府は関与を強く否定している。

トランプ政権のある高官は、ロイターの取材で判明した事柄に対し、直接的なコメントをせず、「(イラン政府の)行動と、数十年にもわたる破壊的な攻撃やテロ支援の歴史こそが、イラン経済が低迷している原因だ」と語った。

サウジの石油施設攻撃を巡っては、イエメンの反体制勢力フーシ派が犯行声明を出している。だが、米国もサウジもこの声明を一笑に付し、先進的な攻撃手法から見て、首謀者はイランだとしている。

サウジアラビアは戦略的なターゲットだった。この国は中東地域においてイランの主要なライバルであり、世界経済にとって重要な産油国だ。米国にとっては安全保障面の重要なパートナーでもある。

だが、何千人もの民間人犠牲者を出したイエメン内戦に関与し、昨年はワシントンを拠点とするジャーナリスト、ジャマル・カショギ氏がサウジ工作員に殺害されたことで、米議会との関係がぎくしゃくしている。

サウジアラビアは何十億ドルもの国防費を投じているが、アラムコの施設2カ所が17分間にわたって18機のドローンと低空を飛ぶ巡航ミサイル3発によって攻撃されたことで、同社が脆弱な状態にあることが明らかになった。

この攻撃により、フライスの石油関連施設とアブカイクにある世界最大級の石油精製施設で火災が発生した。サウジの石油生産量は一時的に半減し、世界全体の供給量が5%失われた。石油価格は急騰した。

ポンペオ米国務長官はこの攻撃をイランによる「戦争行為」だと非難し、イラン政府は米国から追加制裁を受けた。米当局者によると、米国はイランに対してサイバー攻撃も行ったという。

<ターゲットの取捨選択>

イランの政策意思決定をよく知る当局者によれば、イラン軍指導部によるサウジ石油関連施設攻撃の計画は、数カ月かけて練り上げられたという。「少なくとも5回の会合を経て、細部にわたるまで徹底的に詰められ、9月早々に最終的なゴーサインが出た」と、この当局者は語る。

3人の当局者はロイターに対し、会合はすべてテヘラン南部の複合施設の内部にある安全な場所で行われたと語った。最高指導者ハメネイ師も、同じ施設内にある邸宅で行われた際、会合に出席したという。

当初、ターゲットの候補として挙がったのは、ウジアラビアの港湾、空港、米軍基地だったという。

いずれも最終的には却下された。犠牲者が多数出て、米国による激しい報復を引き起こしたり、イスラエルが大胆な姿勢を取ることで、中東が戦争状態に陥る懸念があったからだと、4人の関係者は言う。

そして最終的に、サウジアラビアの石油関連施設を攻撃する計画に落ち着いた。大きな注目が集まり、相手に経済的な苦痛を与えつつ、米国政府に強いメッセージを送ることができると判断したという。

「アラムコ(を標的にする)という合意は、ほぼ満場一致だった」と、イランの政策決定過程に詳しい当局者は言う。「このプランなら、イランが(サウジの)奥深くまで入り込み、(ダメージを与える)軍事能力を持っていると示せる」

中東の関係者によると、出撃拠点となったのはイラン南西部アフワーズの空軍基地。これはロイターの取材に応じた米国当局者3人、その他2人の人物の話とも一致する。

石油アラムコの施設を狙ったミサイルとドローンは、イランからペルシャ湾を越えて直接サウジアラビアへ飛ぶのではなく、別のルートを取ったという。自国の関与を隠蔽するためだったと、この関係者は話す。

西側の情報機関筋によれば、ミサイル、ドローンの一部はサウジアラビアに到達するまでにイラクとクウェートの上空を飛行した。そのためイランは、もっともらしく関与を否定することができたという。

イラン政府内の事情に詳しい関係者によれば、攻撃の数時間後、革命防衛隊の指揮官らはハメネイ師に攻撃成功を報告した。

<次の攻撃計画>

革命防衛隊を含め、イラン軍の各部門は最終的にハメネイ師の指揮下にある。最高指導者は、トランプ政権が昨年、イラン核合意を破棄したことに対して挑戦的な姿勢を保っている。

イランは2015年に国連安保理の常任理事国5カ国、そしてドイツと結んだ核合意により、数十億ドル規模の経済制裁が解除された。代わりにイランは、核開発プログラムを自制するという取り決めだった。

だが、トランプ大統領は、さらに有利な条件の合意を要求。イランは制裁が全面的に再開され、石油輸出が打撃を受け、国際的な銀行システムから排除される事態を避けるため、2本立ての戦略に乗り出した。

ロウハニ大統領が米当局者と会う意思を示す一方で、イラン政府は軍事的・技術的に能力を誇示するようになった。

ここ数カ月の間に、イランは米国の偵察用ドローンを撃墜し、ホルムズ海峡で英国のタンカーを拿捕した。また核開発プログラムを再開する宣言の一環として、合意で制限された範囲を超えるウラン濃縮活動を再開した。

アラムコへの攻撃は、こうした強硬姿勢をエスカレートさせたもので、トランプ大統領がかねてから表明していた中東からの米軍撤退を進めようとしていた矢先に起きた。

トランプ大統領がサウジの石油を守るのと引き換えに、中東の不安定化を招くような全面攻撃に出ることはない──イランはそう計算していたようだと、非営利組織「国際危機グループ(ICG)」のアリ・バエズ氏は指摘する

「(イランの)強硬派は、トランプ氏がツイッターで虚勢を張っているだけだと信じるようになっている」と、バエズ氏は言う。「そうなると、(イランが)抵抗しても外交的・軍事的なコストはほとんど生じない」

イラン政府が米国の要求を受け入れるかどうかはまだ分からない。

アラムコ攻撃を決める最終段階で開かれた会議。イラン政府内の事情に詳しい関係者によれば、革命防衛隊のある指揮官の発言は、すでに攻撃後のことを見据えていたという。

「全能のアッラーは我らと共にある」。安全保障政策を担当する高官らを前に、指揮官はこう話したという。「次の攻撃を計画し始めよう」

(翻訳:エァクレーレン)
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:36| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年11月28日

‘Israel has lost even pretense of respect for international law’ – expelled HRW official to RT

RT2019/11/27
‘Israel has lost even pretense of respect for international law’ – expelled HRW official to RT
A top Human Rights Watch official recently deported from Israel spoke to RT about his expulsion, warning that the world will hear about more rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian lands if it doesn’t act.

Omar Shakir, an American citizen and Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and Palestine, was deported earlier this week under the pretext of calling for a boycott of the Jewish state. He told RT that evicting a HRW official for his professional activity was a telling move.

“This is without doubt an effort to muzzle down Human Rights Watch and to muzzle advocacy for Palestinian rights,” Shakir proclaimed.

Israel is regarded a Western-style democracy, but free expression there actually excludes campaigning for the rights of Palestinians, Shakir pointed out.

This move shows the degree to which Israel has lost even the pretense of respect for basic international norms. If Israel, despite criticism from much of the world, deports me as it did earlier this week for my rights advocacy, how it will ever stop abusing rights?

By throwing out a representative of “one of the world’s largest human rights organizations,” Israel is trying to warn other rights groups that “your work documenting rights abuses could result in facing new punitive sanctions.”

The 41-year-old official was told to leave Israel last year after being accused of engaging in Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement activities – that’s due to a controversial 2017 law that barred foreigners who publicly call for a boycott of Israel from entering the country.

HRW appealed the Interior Ministry’s decision not to renew his working visa, but finally, Shakir was put on a flight out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday.

It is “on the international community now to act because if they fail to do so, their criticism will look toothless,” Shakir concluded.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:08| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

トランプが香港人権法に署名

RT2019/11/28
Beijing says US interference in Hong Kong unites Chinese people against Washington’s ‘sinister intentions & hegemonic nature’
Beijing warned that continued US meddling in Hong Kong is “doomed to fail” and threatened “firm counter measures,” after President Donald Trump passed two bills backing ongoing protests in the territory.

Washington has “ignored facts” and “blatantly supported violent radicals who oppose the rule of law” in Hong Kong, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, following the passage of the “Hong Kong Human Rights” act and a law banning certain exports to the city’s police force.

Such an attempt aims to damage the practice of ‘one country, two systems,’ and the path of Chinese national rejuvenation.

Beijing’s response comes on the heels of a similarly harsh statement from the local governemtn in Hong Kong, which also slammed the bills for interfering in its internal affairs and “damaging relations.”

Hong Kong protests began in May over a proposed bill regulating extradition to mainland China, since withdrawn. As demonstrators ramped up their demands, they also became more violent, escalating their actions from roadblocks to hurling petrol bombs at police, beating up bystanders and setting them on fire, and occupying a university campuses.

China insists that the unrest in Hong Kong – a territory recovered from the UK in 1997 after a century of colonial rule – is its internal affair. By the logic of some hawkish US lawmakers, however, their support and promotion of "democracy" overseas is an internal US matter and China’s protests over it amount to unwelcome foreign interference.

RT2019/11/28
Trump backs Hong Kong protesters, signs ‘human rights’ bill… ‘out of respect for President Xi’?
President Donald Trump has approved legislation backing Hong Kong’s ‘pro-democracy’ protest movement, disregarding Beijing’s repeated warnings for Washington to mind its own business and stop meddling in China's internal affairs.

Dubbed the 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,' the bill blazed through both houses of Congress earlier this month with virtually unanimous consent from lawmakers. In addition to threatening sanctions over human rights violations, the law requires the State Department to “certify” once a year whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient “autonomy,” though exactly how officials will quantify that remains unclear.

Beijing repeatedly warned Washington not to underestimate China’s determination to defend its “sovereignty, security and development interests.”

If the US side insists on going down the wrong path, China will take strong countermeasures.

China insists that the unrest in Hong Kong – a territory recovered from the UK in 1997 after a century of colonial rule – is its internal affair. By the logic of Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and some hawkish US lawmakers, however, their support and promotion of "democracy" overseas is an internal US matter and China’s protests over it amount to unwelcome foreign interference.

Despite harsh condemnations from Beijing, the president said he passed the bills with his Chinese counterpart in mind.

I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong

Trump said the contentious bills are being enacted in the hope that representatives of China and Hong Kong “will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”

The president also signed a second bill banning exports of crowd control munitions to Hong Kong’s riot police, including rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray. Trump did note that certain provisions of the acts interfered with his power as president to conduct foreign policy, and will be implemented with that in mind, but did not specify which part of the bill conflicted with that authority.

Hong Kong protests began in May over a proposed bill regulating extradition to mainland China, since withdrawn. As demonstrators ramped up their demands, they also became more violent, initially erecting roadblocks and vandalizing subway stations. In recent weeks, masked protesters have pelted police with petrol bombs and set fire to the campus of Hong Kong Polytech University (Poly U), which they occupied for several days before being rounded up and arrested.

Demonstrators have also roughed up journalists and civilians who sounded like they were from the mainland, and in one particularly gruesome incident on November 11, lit a man on fire outside a subway station. He survived, but with severe injuries.

The presence of US and UK flags at protests has led to China accusing external forces of fueling the unrest. Trump has personally denied any US role, but both parties and the establishment in Washington have repeatedly sought to back the "pro-democracy" demonstrators against Chinese "oppression."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:17| Comment(5) | 国際・政治

イランの暴動の背後関係


RT2019/11/27
Iran says it arrested 8 people linked to CIA during unrest – state media
At least eight individuals with ties to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were arrested in Iran during protests over a fuel price hike, the country’s official state news agency IRNA reported.

Those detained “had received CIA-funded training in various countries under the cover of becoming citizen-journalists,” Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said, as cited by the outlet.

Six were reportedly arrested attending street riots while “carrying out CIA orders,” while two others were apprehended as they were trying to “send information abroad.”

They had all received orders to attend protests and prepare reports, "especially videos," the intelligence agency said.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei earlier blamed the protests on a “grave, extensive and very dangerous conspiracy” by the US to sow discord in Iran.

Khamenei released a statement Wednesday thanking the Iranian people for quashing the chaos, after pro-government demonstrations popped up to counter the protests over the fuel price rise.

Western politicians and media attempted to seize on the news of demonstrations, hoping that there may be a "revolution" in the works, but the situation has largely calmed down over the past days.

While the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, some mobs of rioters torched banks and stores, attacked police stations and even killed security officials. The number of protesters killed in clashes with law enforcement was not released, though some unconfirmed Western estimates said scores perished.

The Iranian government has stood by its fuel price hike, however, saying that it intends to use the extra money on cash handouts and subsidies for poor citizens. Iran is facing a budget deficit due to decreased flow of petrodollars after the US unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed punishing economic sanctions on the country, urging others to follow suit, and even threatening by no compliance.


TEHRAN (FNA)- During the recent foreign-orchestrated riots which erupted after the government announced the increase in the price of gasoline, some ordinary Iranians, as well as security forces, were martyred or suffered severe wounds by the rioters and hooligans. [VIDEO]





FARSNEWS2019/11/20
Arrested Outlaws in Central Iran Confess Links with Foreign Spy Agencies
TEHRAN (FNA)- Some of the thugs arrested in the recent riots in the Central province of Isfahan have admitted their links to foreign intelligence services, a security official said on Wednesday.

"A number of outlaws who wanted to misuse the popular protests and demands in Isfahan on Saturday were detained," the official told FNA on condition of anonymity.

"The official added that the outlaws attempted to distort tranquility and public security in an organized way and have confessed their links with the foreign spy agencies after detention," the official added.

The official lamented the huge damage inflicted on the province by the rioters, but said precise figures of the overal damages will be released later.

Another senior Iranian security official also said on Tuesday that thugs arrested during the recent riots confessed that they received $60 for each place set on fire.

"One such instance pertains to a number of thugs arrested in one of the provinces who were given an advance payment of 300,000 tomans (nearly $30) to stage an arson attack and another 300,000 tomans once they did the mission," Commander of Hamedan province's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Bakhsh Ali Kamrani Saleh said.

He underlined the necessity for increasing vigilance so that people's righteous demands will not be misused by the rioters.

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli announced on Tuesday that calm had been restored to the country after the recent riots that started following the government's gas price hike plan.

"Thanks to the Leader's remarks, efforts by the security and Law Enforcement Police forces and people's vigilance who separated their way from the ill-wishers and violence-seekers, calm has been restored in the country," Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran.

"A large number of saboteurs and rioters and those who set fire at public properties and played a role in the destructions have been identified," he added.

Riots by a small number who had taken advantage of legitimate public protests against the government's gas price hike plan in Iran were directed at sowing chaos through targeted attacks on public and private properties, forcing law enforcement to step in to stop saboteurs.

Early estimates of an intelligence body showed that a sum of nearly 87,000 protesters and rioters had taken part in protest rallies and gatherings since Friday night, mostly (over 93%) men. A large number of protesters had only been present in the gathering centers and avoided joining the rioters in sabotage attacks on public and private properties.

"The identical methods of the main core of violent rioters discloses that they are fully trained individuals who have been prepared and looking forward for the situation to rise, unlike most people who have been taken off guard by the sudden hike in gas price," the report said.

The report showed that gatherings have been comprised of 50 to 1,500 people held in 100 regions of the country out of a number of 1,080 major towns and cities. The report says violent raids and damage inflicted on properties has been larger than what happened in February 2018 unrests.

Most cases of damage to properties had happened in Khuzestan, Tehran, Fars and Kerman provinces. The report says most casualties have resulted from armed outlaws' attacks on oil storage and military centers, adding that a number of police and popular forces have been martyred in these attacks.

Nearly 1,000 people were arrested across the country while over 100 banks and 57 big stores were set on fire or plundered in just one province.

The Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that it had identified several rioters who misused the recent protest rallies against the gasoline price hikes to destroy public and private properties.

"The main culprits behind the riots in the past two days have been identified and proper measures are being adopted and the honorable nation will be informed about its result later," the statement said.

次がRTの記事のソースです。
FARSNEWS2019/11/20
Iran: Several Dual-Nationals Arrested for Leading Riots
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Iranian dual-nationals who have citizenship of some European and neighboring states were arrested by the security forces while leading or assisting the rioters in Alborz province near Tehran.

Security sources said these arrested ringleaders who misused the Iranian people's peaceful rallies to protest at the government's decision to increase gasoline prices have the citizenship of Germany, Turkey and Afghanistan in addition to their Iranian nationality, and were equipped with some devices and instruments for conducting sabotage acts.

Security sources said these dual nationals have established links with foreign spy agencies, and told FNA that they had long time ago received necessary trainings for destruction of cities' infrastructures, adding that they were financially supported by the foreign intelligence agencies.

Meantime, one of the arrested people confessed to ties with Masih Alinejad, an Iran-born anti-revolutionary journalist and activist based in Britain and the US, and was recording the riots to send the videos to her.

Also, on Sunday night, a team of security forces who were patrolling Tehran city after the riots identified and arrested a group of foreign nationals who had set fire on 5 banks within half an hour.

In a related front, Commander of Lorestan province's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Haji Mohammad Mahdian Nasab said that a number of non-local outlaws have been arrested in the Western province, adding that police operations will continue until detention of the last rioter.

A security official said on Wednesday that some of the thugs arrested in the recent riots in the Central province of Isfahan have admitted their links to foreign intelligence services.

"A number of outlaws who wanted to misuse the popular protests and demands in Isfahan on Saturday were detained," the official told FNA on condition of anonymity.

"The official added that the outlaws attempted to distort tranquility and public security in an organized way and have confessed their links with the foreign spy agencies after detention," the official added.

The official lamented the huge damage inflicted on the province by the rioters, but said precise figures of the overal damages will be released later.

Another senior Iranian security official also said on Tuesday that thugs arrested during the recent riots confessed that they received $60 for each place set on fire.

"One such instance pertains to a number of thugs arrested in one of the provinces who were given an advance payment of 300,000 tomans (nearly $30) to stage an arson attack and another 300,000 tomans once they did the mission," Commander of Hamedan province's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Bakhsh Ali Kamrani Saleh said.

He underlined the necessity for increasing vigilance so that people's righteous demands will not be misused by the rioters.

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli announced on Tuesday that calm had been restored to the country after the recent riots that started following the government's gas price hike plan.

"Thanks to the Leader's remarks, efforts by the security and Law Enforcement Police forces and people's vigilance who separated their way from the ill-wishers and violence-seekers, calm has been restored in the country," Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran.

"A large number of saboteurs and rioters and those who set fire at public properties and played a role in the destructions have been identified," he added.

Riots by a small number who had taken advantage of legitimate public protests against the government's gas price hike plan in Iran were directed at sowing chaos through targeted attacks on public and private properties, forcing law enforcement to step in to stop saboteurs.

Early estimates of an intelligence body showed that a sum of nearly 87,000 protesters and rioters had taken part in protest rallies and gatherings since Friday night, mostly (over 93%) men. A large number of protesters had only been present in the gathering centers and avoided joining the rioters in sabotage attacks on public and private properties.

"The identical methods of the main core of violent rioters discloses that they are fully trained individuals who have been prepared and looking forward for the situation to rise, unlike most people who have been taken off guard by the sudden hike in gas price," the report said.

The report showed that gatherings have been comprised of 50 to 1,500 people held in 100 regions of the country out of a number of 1,080 major towns and cities. The report says violent raids and damage inflicted on properties has been larger than what happened in February 2018 unrests.

Most cases of damage to properties had happened in Khuzestan, Tehran, Fars and Kerman provinces. The report says most casualties have resulted from armed outlaws' attacks on oil storage and military centers, adding that a number of police and popular forces have been martyred in these attacks.

Nearly 1,000 people were arrested across the country while over 100 banks and 57 big stores were set on fire or plundered in just one province.

The Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that it had identified several rioters who misused the recent protest rallies against the gasoline price hikes to destroy public and private properties.

"The main culprits behind the riots in the past two days have been identified and proper measures are being adopted and the honorable nation will be informed about its result later," the statement said.

FARSNEWS2019/11/20
Thugs Paid $60 for Each Arson Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thugs arrested during the recent riots have confessed that they receive $60 for each place set on fire, a senior Iranian security official said.

"One such instance pertains to a number of thugs arrested in one of the provinces who were given an advance payment of 300,000 tomans (nearly $30) to stage an arson attack and another 300,000 tomans once they did the mission," Commander of Hamedan province's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Bakhsh Ali Kamrani Saleh said on Tuesday.

He underlined the necessity for increasing vigilance so that people's righteous demands will not be misused by the rioters.

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli announced on Tuesday that calm had been restored to the country after the recent riots that started following the government's gas price hike plan.

"Thanks to the Leader's remarks, efforts by the security and Law Enforcement Police forces and people's vigilance who separated their way from the ill-wishers and violence-seekers, calm has been restored in the country," Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran.

"A large number of saboteurs and rioters and those who set fire at public properties and played a role in the destructions have been identified," he added.

Riots by a small number who had taken advantage of legitimate public protests against the government's gas price hike plan in Iran were directed at sowing chaos through targeted attacks on public and private properties, forcing law enforcement to step in to stop saboteurs.

Early estimates of an intelligence body showed that a sum of nearly 87,000 protesters and rioters had taken part in protest rallies and gatherings since Friday night, mostly (over 93%) men. A large number of protesters had only been present in the gathering centers and avoided joining the rioters in sabotage attacks on public and private properties.

"The identical methods of the main core of violent rioters discloses that they are fully trained individuals who have been prepared and looking forward for the situation to rise, unlike most people who have been taken off guard by the sudden hike in gas price," the report said.

The report showed that gatherings have been comprised of 50 to 1,500 people held in 100 regions of the country out of a number of 1,080 major towns and cities. The report says violent raids and damage inflicted on properties has been larger than what happened in February 2018 unrests.

Most cases of damage to properties had happened in Khuzestan, Tehran, Fars and Kerman provinces. The report says most casualties have resulted from armed outlaws' attacks on oil storage and military centers, adding that a number of police and popular forces have been martyred in these attacks.

Nearly 1,000 people were arrested across the country while over 100 banks and 57 big stores were set on fire or plundered in just one province.

The Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that it had identified several rioters who misused the recent protest rallies against the gasoline price hikes to destroy public and private properties.

"The main culprits behind the riots in the past two days have been identified and proper measures are being adopted and the honorable nation will be informed about its result later," the statement said.







posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:08| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

テキサス州のネチズで化学工場が大爆発

RT2019/11/27
Massive explosion at chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas lights up night sky

RT2019/11/27
Ear-splitting Texas chemical plant BLAST caught on doorbell cam
Nearby residents said they thought they were going to die when they heard and saw the explosion at the TPC Group petrochemical plant in Texas, and terrifying video shared online shows exactly why.

The TPC Chemical plant in Port Neches exploded at roughly 1am local time Wednesday. Windows were shattered and buildings rocked in the immediate vicinity; video from the scene shows the full power of the mighty explosion.

RT2019/11/27
60,000 people ordered to flee as another explosion rocks burning Texas chemical plant
Tens of thousands of residents in Texas have been ordered to flee as firefighters struggle to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant, following a series of explosions at the facility.

All residents within four miles of the conflagration at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, which erupted early on Wednesday, were told to evacuate in an order from Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:48| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年11月27日

各国が金準備を増やしている しかも手元に保管 英国銀行信用喪失「ドルが準備通貨ではなくなった世界に備えている」

ポーランド RT2019/11/26
Poland brings home 100 tons of gold from Bank of England
Poland, which has been rapidly boosting its bullion reserves over the past two years, has repatriated around 100 tons of gold from the Bank of England’s vaults in London.

Around half of Warsaw’s holdings in the UK were transferred back to the National Bank of Poland (NBP), the central bank’s governor, Adam Glapinski, announced on Monday.

“The gold symbolizes the strength of the country,” Glapinski told reporters. Some photos and videos emerged online showing the official holding a gold ingot in front of a bank vault.

While half of Poland’s reserves are still stored in England, the country’s central bank said that it may continue to repatriate the precious metal if the “reserve situation is favorable.”

Poland could generate “multi-billion” profits from selling its bullion holdings, but currently no plans to do so, Glapinski said.

Poland has become the 22nd biggest bullion holder in the world; it purchased about 125 tons in 2018 and 2019, increasing its gold reserves to 228.6 tons. The bullion stockpile is now worth around $10.8 billion, according to the NBP.

Central banks around the world have been on a gold-buying spree, pushing total bullion demand to a three-year high in the first half of 2019, according to the World Gold Council. While Russia, China, and Turkey are the top bullion purchasers, Poland, Hungary, and Serbia are also adding to their stockpiles as they seek to diversify their reserves amid global economic uncertainty.

セルビア RT2019/11/15
Bullish on bullion: Serbia joins global gold-buying spree, adding more of the precious metal to its coffers
The Central Bank of Serbia has announced it purchased nine tons of gold in October, following the lead of regulators across the world, including Russia and China. Serbia's gold holdings now make up ten percent of total reserves.

“We have completed gold purchase transactions and Serbia is safer today, with 30.4 tons of gold worth around €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion),” the Central Bank Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic told reporters. “For now, we have no plans to buy more.”

According to Tabakovic, the acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by the country to shore up its financial stability by changing the structure of its foreign debt and increasing the share of dinars and euros. The central bank paid €395 million ($434.3 million) for the gold, or $1,503-an-ounce, she said.

The bank has recently upgraded its 2019 economic growth forecast to 3.6 percent from 3.5 percent. It cited higher domestic demand, which is counterbalancing a slowdown in most of the European Union.

Heightened global tensions, currency wars and the course of de-dollarization have been pushing global central banks to boost their gold purchases. Global purchases of the precious metal totaled 547.5 tons in the third quarter of 2019 and the booming trend is likely to continue in the coming years. Russia, China and Turkey saw the largest increases, according to World Gold Council (WGC) data.

RT2019/11/12
People should ditch dollar, fiat currencies in general & buy gold which is ‘a real safe haven’ – Peter Schiff tells Boom Bust
The real driver behind the rise of gold prices is the world’s central banks’ buying spree, says Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital.

The veteran broker tells RT's Boom Bust, false optimism based on expectations of a US-China trade deal which is “not going to happen” was also driving the price.

He explains that last week’s sharp rise of interest rates was due to growing inflation pressures in the economy and because there’s not enough demand for all of the bonds being sold.

“All of this is very bullish for gold and so rather than simply selling bonds people should be buying gold because they need to get out of the dollar,” says Schiff. “In fact they need to get out of the fiat currencies in general and seek a real safe haven – and that’s gold,” he adds.

ロシア、中国、トルコ RT2019/11/5
Russia, China & Turkey push global gold purchases to new highs
Global bullion holdings continued to rise in the third quarter of this year, with net purchases up 12 percent compared to last year, according to World Gold Council (WGC) data.

Central bank purchases of the precious metal totaled 547.5 tons, with more than 156 tons bought in three months from July to September. However, the third quarter buying spree this year is 38% lower than it was in 2018, when quarterly net purchases hit the highest level in eight years.

Gold reserves of Russia, China, and Turkey saw the largest increase in the reported period, according to the WGC. Turkish holdings rose most of all, by 71.4 tons to over 380 tons. Earlier, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey made its largest ever monthly bullion purchase, adding 41.8 tons of gold to its coffers in August.

Russia, the leading bullion purchaser last year, continued to expand its gold stockpile while it further diversified its reserves from the US dollar. After the gold holdings increased by 94 tons in the first half of 2019, the Central Bank of Russia added nearly 35 tons from July to September. Now the gold stash amounts to nearly 2,242 tons and is worth more than $100 billion.

Meanwhile China, which resumed bullion purchases at the end of last year, added 21.8 tons to its holdings. In September, the People’s Bank of China raised national gold holdings to around 1,957 tons, bringing this year’s gold haul to over 100 tons amid a simmering trade war with the US.

RT2019/9/10
Russia & China stockpiling gold because ‘they can read the writing on the wall’ – Peter Schiff
Global central banks, particularly those in Russia and China, have been boosting their gold reserves at a rapid place lately. The trend is projected to continue due to trade tensions and market uncertainty.

Russia, which was the world’s most committed purchaser of gold in 2018, has bought 106 tons of the precious metal this year. The country’s gold bullion holdings have reached $109.5 billion as of September. Russia is on course to become the world’s fourth largest reserve holder, largely thanks to the steady interest in buying gold.

The People’s Bank of China has added about 100 tons of gold to its reserves since December. Its bullion reserves rose to 62.45 million troy ounces (2,141 tons) as of the end of last month – nearly five percent more since the end of last year. The value of China’s gold holdings increased to $95.45 billion at the end of August.

“They can read the writing on the wall,” Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff told FOX Business, while talking about Russia and China’s gold purchases. He added that the two countries are “preparing for the world where the dollar is no longer the reserve currency.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:05| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国同盟国の軍事担当者はパニックに 米国製武器は実戦で公称性能を発揮できない

イエメンによるサウジ石油施設攻撃で米国から導入した防空システムが全く無力だったことが明らかになりました。ロシアの国防省が評価を公言しています。

サウジは、話が違うではないかと米国に言ったでしょう。米国から武器を輸入している同盟国は、パトリオットシステムなどが飛翔物の多数同時飛来にはほとんど無力だと知って驚いているでしょう。戦闘機からドローン、誘導ミサイル・巡航ミサイルへ攻撃手段が大きく変わりつつあります。

トルコがロシア製のS400を導入したのは、米国製システムでは防空能力に劣るとよく知っていたためでしょう。米国もトルコの動きが米国製システムへの疑念を呼ぶことになると強い圧力をかけて米国製システムの導入を求めましたが、エルドアンは押し通しました。

シリアでの米国の空爆を見ると、極めてずさんで市民に多数の犠牲者を出しています。米軍がシリアの空軍基地に打ち込んだミサイルはとんでもないところに落ちたり、多くがインターセプトされています。



オスプレイにF35、公称性能と実際の性能が違う。事故が多いのも本来の性能通りなのかもしれません。

トルコがS-400のレーダーの性能を試すために近くF-16sをアンカラの近くで飛ばすそうです。米国の上院議員が怒り狂っています。

T2019/11/26
‘Erdogan thumbs his nose at Trump’: US senator says Turkey crossed ‘another red line’ with S-400 test, calls for new sanctions
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is mocking the US and has crossed a new “red line” as Ankara decided to start testing its S-400 air defense systems, a US senator said, calling for new sanctions against Turkey.

Turkey’s persistence in its desire to actually use the armaments it procured from Russia was bemoaned by US Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in a bitter tweet.The official said that Ankara’s push for testing radars of the S-400 systems just two weeks after Erdogan’s visit to the US is an insult to Washington and open mockery of the US president.

Two weeks after his WH visit, Erdogan is thumbing his nose at Trump, the US [and] NATO, and crossing another red line on S-400s.

The senator called upon Trump to impose sanctions on Ankara over this behavior, as well as remembering the Syrian Kurdish-led militias – once the main US ally in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Ankara, however, regards these militias as “terrorists.” Turkey’s “attacks against Kurds” must be called out by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Van Hollen said.

The S-400 issue has been one of the main sources of tensions between the US and Turkey for months already, and Washington repeatedly pressed Ankara into abandoning the deal with Russia, yet to no avail.

The delivery of the systems began this summer, ultimately resulting in the US’ decision to suspend Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program. Ankara, however, maintained it was free to purchase armaments from wherever it likes and signaled it might seek alternatives for the F-35s elsewhere.

The hot topic was discussed by the two presidents during Erdogan’s visit to Washington earlier this month. According to Trump, Ankara’s purchase of Russian-made systems “creates some very serious challenges” and the two leaders tasked their national security advisers to “immediately” resolve this issue after the talks.

Despite all of that, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed the S-400s will be activated once the military personnel receives all the training needed. Still, they will not be integrated into NATO’s military network and operate in “stand-alone” mode. Turkey’s S-400s are expected to enter combat duty next April.

FARSNEWS2019/11/25
Report: Turkey to Fly F-16s Near Ankara to Test S-400 Radar Systems
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey will test the S-400 missile defense systems it purchased from Russia in Ankara, a report said on Monday.

The Turkish military will fly its fighter jets near the Mürted Air Base on Monday and Tuesday to test the S-400's radar systems, Milliyet daily reported.

The Ankara Governorate announced late Sunday that the test flights will be conducted near the capital in the next two days.

"Within the scope of some projects carried out in coordination with the Presidency of Defense Industries, F-16 aircraft and other aircraft belonging to the (Turkish) Air Force will carry out low and high altitude test flights on Monday and Tuesday in the skies of Ankara," the governorate stated.

Russia delivered two batteries of the S-400 system to Turkey between July and September.

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara signed a $2.5 billion contract in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400s.

The Russian missile system purchase has been a sticking point between Turkey and the US for some time as Washington has argued that the S-400 system would be incompatible with NATO systems.

Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance and rejected stepping back from the deal.

Security sources earlier suggested that the Russian systems will be deployed in Ankara and will be fully operation by April 2020.

RT2019/9/20
US sending more troops & air defenses to ‘protect’ Saudi Arabia & UAE – Pentagon
More US troops and air defense systems are headed for the Persian Gulf to “bolster defenses” of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon announced after the embarrassing attack on Saudi oil facilities.
Speaking at the Pentagon on Friday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper blamed the September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities on Tehran, calling it a “dramatic escalation of Iranian aggression” in the region. In response to requests for assistance from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Esper said the US will expedite the delivery of weapons and send more troops and equipment to the Gulf, primarily “air and missile defense” assets.

The deployment has three objectives, according to Esper: to help bolster Saudi and Emirati defenses, “ensure the free flow of commerce” in the Persian Gulf, and “protect and defend the international rules-based order” that Iran is supposedly defying.
Exact details of the deployment are still being worked out, said General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, adding that he could only describe it as “not thousands.”
The newest batch of troops and missiles joins a steady stream of military assets the Pentagon has been sending to the region for months, parallel to the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against Iran. Tehran has repeatedly said that any attack on Iran would be met with a disproportionate and devastating response against both US assets and allies like Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Tehran has rejected the accusations of involvement in the September 14 attack, the responsibility for which was claimed by the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Anonymous US officials have accused Iran of launching the attack from its territory, but neither Esper nor Dunford wanted to comment on that claim.
Esper maintained that the weapons used in the attack were “Iran-produced and not launched from Yemen,” but would not say more, except to note that Saudi Arabia was “still vulnerable to attack.”
The strike on Aramco’s Abqaiq petroleum facilities and Khurais oil field temporarily crippled Saudi oil production, but resulted in no human casualties, and Saudi officials insisted that things would get back to normal by the end of September.
Wherever the drones and missiles came from, the attack was a major embarrassment to the Saudis – as well as the US, which has supplied the Kingdom with most of its air defense hardware. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has just returned from Saudi Arabia, tried to dismiss the issue by saying that “some of the finest [weapons] in the world don’t always pick things up.”
The Russian military has taken note of the lack of performance by the US-supplied Patriot and other air defense systems, and President Vladimir Putin even joked that the Saudis ought to consider buying the Russian missiles instead, following the lead of Iran and Turkey.
On Friday, the Houthis announced they would stop their attacks on Saudi Arabia if the Saudi-led coalition would halt its operations in Yemen. Riyadh has not officially responded to the offer.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:26| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Fox’s Tucker Carlson questions Douma ‘chemical attack proof' and roots for Russia on air. Off with his head, cry MSM

RT2019/11/26
Fox’s Tucker Carlson questions Douma ‘chemical attack proof' and roots for Russia on air. Off with his head, cry MSM
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has crossed an MSM Rubicon and questioned the Douma “gas attack” fraud on air, bringing up the OPCW whistleblower. Then he “rooted for Russia” over Ukraine. Was it a “betrayal,” or epic truth-trolling?

Carlson boldly went where no mainstream TV host had gone before, unpacking the explosive story of April 2018’s Douma “chemical weapons attack.” While the “attack” was attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by an altered report from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, two whistleblowers within the group accused it of omitting evidence to craft a misleading narrative - a fact that has never crossed the lips of US media until Monday night.

The polarizing Fox host dismantled the official Western media narrative in a seven-minute segment that included an interview with the Guardian correspondent who personally witnessed the second whistleblower present evidence to the agency.

“America almost attacked a country and killed untold thousands of people over an attack that may never have happened in the first place - that powerful people may very well have been lying about,” Carlson told his audience, replaying footage of his show from the days following the attack to show he’d always been suspicious it had happened as reported.

“There was no real reason why Assad would make an attack at this stage, because he was already capturing most of Douma and was about to capture the rest of it. He didn’t need to go in for a chemical gas attack at that stage,” Guardian journalist Jonathan Steele told Carlson, echoing what alt-media journalists have been screaming to the skies since the dubious “attack” went down in April 2018 - a point of view which has nevertheless been exiled from mainstream news.

“We’ve been lied to. We’ve been manipulated. We knew it at the time,” Carlson said, expressing a sliver of hope that other shows would follow his lead and cover the story.

Adding insult to injury, Carlson proceeded to shred the sanctimonious Ukrainegate narrative in another segment of his show, asking former Hillary Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein “Why is it worse to ask about [Hunter Biden taking millions of dollars from Ukrainian energy firm Burisma] than it is to do it?”

“Because thousands of people are dying on the front lines! You think it’s a joke−” a flustered Goodstein began, before Carlson cut him off with an indignant “Why do I care what’s going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?”

And why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am!

Goodstein blustered on about how arch-hawk former vice president Dick Cheney had called the never-proven-yet-still-alleged Russian election interference “a warlike attack” and how Trump would surely “put the arm on” China if he was allowed to remain president, but Carlson had voiced the unspoken suspicions of many of his viewers - why, indeed, should they care about Ukraine? - and Goodstein’s lack of a ready response was telling. The impeachment hearings have been drawing lower ratings than expected, even though polls from the start of the inquiry showed about half the country supported it.

Carlson later said he was trolling Russiagaters on the Left when he said he was “rooting for Russia,” but that only cemented his treason in the minds of his detractors, who declared him a traitorous wretch and called for his removal from the airwaves.

Russiagate truthers took Carlson’s words as the proof their pet conspiracy theory was waiting for. “Carlson is rooting for Russia to invade Europe,” one blue-check tweeted, calling Fox News a “national security threat.”

Supporting Russia was “treason,” full stop.

Others demanded his sponsors abandon him and Fox take him off the air - because apparently nothing says America like censorship?

Many slammed him as a communist, perhaps forgetting the USSR has not existed for decades.

And a few lonely voices merely marveled at the total reversal of a status quo in which the Left had once stood against war.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ニューデリーの大気汚染はガス室

ニューデリーの大気汚染の原因について、裁判所は、パンジャブ州、ハリヤナ州、ウッタルプラデーシュ州の農民たちが農作物の収穫後の残渣を野焼きしているためと判断しているようです。
これは法律で禁止されているにもかかわらず。
結局自治体の努力不足が責められることになりましたが、解決策は見えていない。しかし、画像で見ると本当に野焼きが原因? と感じられるほどに空気の透明度が低いです。
そこにパキスタンとの間では、核戦争の脅威が・・・。
がんの原因だらけ。いっそのこと爆発物で、というのは核爆弾のこと??

RT2019/11/26
‘Better kill them with explosives!’ India’s Supreme Court says air pollution turned New Delhi into a ‘gas chamber’

India’s Supreme Court said New Delhi’s staggeringly poor air quality was akin to a “gas chamber” which “suffocates” residents, and slammed both city authorities as well as local farmers for their inaction on the crisis.

With air quality in India’s capital city deteriorating year after year, in a hearing on Monday the Supreme Court said living there was now “worse than Narak [hell],” and demanded to know why authorities weren’t doing more to address the issue.

“In the capital of the country, if you will create this kind of situation, how will the people survive? How will the country become a global superpower if you are not able to check these things?” court justices asked, singling out the Chief Secretary to the state of Punjab, Shri Karan Avtar Singh.

Time has gone where we will keep on waiting. Why this is continuously happening?

The court warned that farmers across the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were continuing the practice of “stubble burning,” or setting fire to the remains of crops after harvest to prepare for the next season. While the process is cheaper than other methods, such as weeding out the stubble by hand, it contributes greatly to India’s air pollution and is currently banned by law.

“Should this be tolerated? Is this not worse than internal war?” the justices asked.

Why are people in this gas chamber? If it is so, then you better finish them with explosives. If it goes on like this then it would be better to go rather than suffer from diseases like cancer.

While the Chief Secretary of Haryana state, Anand Arora, argued his region had cut stubble burning by some 65 percent, the judges accused him of lying to the court, arguing “we have seen the satellite pictures” showing that the burning continues unabated.

The bench also accused the local authorities of playing a “blame game,” stating “You are politicizing the issue of pollution. You cannot let people die like this,” and that “People outside are laughing at this country, that we are not able to deal with this.”

After the dressing down, the justices ultimately tasked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta with devising a plan to build anti-smog towers in New Delhi and the broader National Capital Region, stating the technology was already available and that the current problem was merely a “lack of willpower.”
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ミサイルの誤発射でロシア兵士が5000万円の損害賠償を数十年の賃金で払う羽目に

RT2019/11/26
That missile goes out of your pockets, young men: Russian soldiers fined $0.5 million for hangar mishap
A pair of Russian soldiers, who accidentally fired inside a hangar a 4-meter-long air-launched missile carrying 100 kilos of high explosive, will have to pay almost half a million dollars in damage, a military tribunal ruled.

The ruling passed by a tribunal in Crimea last Sunday falls short from what the Russian Defense Ministry asked for, but still puts a heavy financial burden on two technicians. Both were found guilty of criminal negligence during earlier court hearing June.

The accidental launch happened on an air base in Saki in October 2017. According to Kommersant daily, Nikolay Zverev and Aleksey Chebanov were tasked with checking the state of two Kh-29TD missiles after a training exercise, during which they were carried by a Su-30SM fighter jet.

The projectile is on the larger side of the spectrum, measuring almost four meters and meant to destroy resilient high value targets like bunkers, bridges, or warships. The one that Zverev and Chebanov fired, however, took down the hangar’s gate and a section of the wall, another missile and some of the equipment used for missile testing.

Their mistake was not to follow instructions to check a safety pin that prevents engine launch during testing procedures. Luckily for the two technicians, the missile that was accidentally launched was not armed, so its powerful warhead did not explode. But the kinetic damage still translates into a pretty hefty fine.

After examining estimates and mitigating circumstances, the tribunal ordered Zverev and Chebanov to pay a total of 31 million rubles ($484,000). Neither service member is believed to be wealthy enough to cover his share out of his own pocket. So unless the ruling is successfully appealed by them, a court will establish a repayment schedule, ordering a part of their salaries to be withheld for decades to come.
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2019年11月26日

Iranian Parliament to Impeach Agriculture Minister on Tuesday

FARSNEWS2019/11/25
Iranian Parliament to Impeach Agriculture Minister on Tuesday
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati will be impeached on Tuesday, a senior member of the parliament said after President Hassan Rouhani rejected the minister’s resignation.

Spokesman of the parliament’s presiding board Asadollah Abbassi said on Sunday that the legislature will hold an impeachment session for Hojjati as planned on Tuesday.

He said President Rouhani had dismissed a resignation request by Hojjati, which would have saved him from the parliament grilling, saying the minister would attend the impeachment session as planned.

The impeachment comes amid various disputes surrounding Hojjati’s way of handling agricultural issues, including rising exports and a controversial price announcement for guaranteed purchase of wheat in the next harvest season.

Hojjati’s critics believe the minister’s export-oriented policies have posed numerous threats to Iran’s food security, particularly at a time the country is grappling with a series of economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

They say increased and unregulated exports of agri-food products have led to severe price fluctuations in the market, prompting discontent among both the households and the farmers.

Supporters, however, insist Hojjati, a long-standing minister who has held Cabinet posts for 14 years, has helped with his export programs generate more foreign currency revenues for the government at the time of the sanctions.

Hojjati was harshly criticized in late September when he defended a government-set price of $0.22 for each kilogram of wheat planned to be purchased from farmers next year.

Critics said the price would cause many farmers to sell their crops as animal feed while it would force the government to exponentially increase imports to respond to a rising domestic demand.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年11月25日

英国はアサンジの獄中死を?

FARSNEWS2019/11/25
Doctors Tell UK Authorities Assange 'Could Die' in Jail
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 60 doctors written an open letter saying they feared Julian Assange's health was so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British prison.

The 48-year-old, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London before he was dragged out in April, is wanted in the United States to face 18 counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted, Al-Jazeera reported.

The 16-page letter, published by WikiLeaks on Monday, stated that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.

Addressing Home Secretary Priti Patel, the British interior minister, the doctors called for the Australian to be moved from Belmarsh prison in Southeast London to a university hospital.

They based their assessment on "harrowing eyewitness accounts" of his October 21 court appearance in London and a November 1 report by Nils Melzer, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture.

The independent UN rights expert said Assange's "continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life".

"Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison. The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose," the doctors added.

They are from the US, Australia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka, Poland.

Assange is fighting a US bid to extradite him from the UK on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could see him given a sentence of up to 175 years in a US prison.

He used WikiLeaks to publish classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At his first appearance in public for six months, in a court hearing last month, Assange seemed frail.

He also appeared confused whenever he was asked to talk at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

He seemed to have difficulty recalling his birth date and at the end of the hearing told District Judge Vanessa Baraitser that he had not understood what had happened in court.

He also complained about the conditions in which he was being kept in Belmarsh.

It was his first public appearance since being dramatically removed from Ecuador's embassy in April.

Swedish prosecutors noted last Tuesday they had dropped their investigation into a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff's claim "credible".



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:49| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

こんなことをすればムスリムの若者が怒って襲いかかるのは当たり前

この事件、あまり低劣なノルウェー人と呆れて取り上げませんでしたが、パキスタンが外交ルートで抗議しています。

ノルウェーの南西部の都市クリスチャンサンドという都市で the Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN)主催の集会が開かれ、そこでLars Thorsenという男がコーランを焼いたのです。その場にいたムスリムの青年がコーランを取り返そうとLars Thorsenに襲い掛かったのです。この青年がムスリムの世界で称賛されるのは当たり前。この事件尾を引くかもしれませんね。





宗教については、管理人はよく知りませんが、イスラム教の教えは、マホメットが各地を旅する中で得た様々な知恵をまとめたものとする説があり、豚肉を食べないという戒律もイノシシが生態系に悪影響があり、肉に雑菌が多いことを踏まえたものだとの説があります。

個々の宗教の批判、論評は自由ですが、よく調べてからやるべきです。

ノルウェー、スウェーデン、デンマーク、フィンランド。バルト3国も入るんでしょうか。アサンジの拘束に協力したスウェーデンにしても、北欧の国々は少しおかしくなっています。

2018年09月12日
ジュリアン・アサンジの仲間のサイバーセキュリティ専門家がノルウェーで行方不明に 所持品を漁師が発見

2017年11月18日
エルドアン NATOにとって敵の協力者とノルウェー人に名指しされて激怒



FARSNEWS2019/11/27
Iran Summons Norwegian Envoy over Desecration of Holy Quran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Norway's charge d'affaires to convey strong condemnation and objection to the recent burning of the Holy Quran by a Norwegian extremist.

The Norwegian charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in the absence of ambassador to hear and convey strong condemnation and objection to the recent burning of Holy Quran by the leader of 'SIAN-Stop Islamization In Norway' extremist group in the European country.

The foreign ministry warned that the Norwegian man's action in burning the Quran would have dangerous consequences that could lead to the expansion of extremism and violence in the European country.

RT2019/11/24
Pakistan summons Norwegian Ambassador amid outcry over Koran burning at rally in Kristiansand

Islamabad expressed “deep concern” and launched a diplomatic action over the burning of the Koran in Norway, while the man who tried to save the book earned high praise on Pakistani social media.

Last week, a young Muslim counter-protester tackled Lars Thorsen, the head of the Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN), after he set a copy of the Koran on fire at an anti-Muslim rally in the city of Kristiansand. The video of the incident caused a strong reaction in Pakistan, where the man reportedly named Ilyas Umer was hailed as hero on social media for trying to “save” the most-revered book in Islam.


The nation’s Foreign Ministry even summoned the Norwegian Ambassador over the weekend to tell him that Thorsen’s actions “hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world, including those in Pakistan.”

The Ministry said that Koran-burning “could not be justified in the name of freedom of expression,” and urged Oslo to “prevent” such incidents from happening in the future.

Meanwhile, protesters burnt Norwegian and US flags in Karachi, denouncing what they said was the desecration of the Koran.

Anti-Muslim actions overseas have in the past sparked demonstrations in Pakistan. In 2010, rallies were held in Pakistani cities after controversial Florida-based pastor Terry Jones announced plans to burn the Koran. Two years later, a massive protest was staged in front of the US embassy in Karachi against the American film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which was deemed blasphemous by the local Muslim community.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

対ロシア制裁は詐欺師の物語に基づいている?

この記事は難しい。
T2019/11/24
Anti-Russian sanctions based on fraudster’s tales? Spiegel finds Magnitsky narrative fed to West by Browder is riddled with lies
British investor Bill Browder has made a name for himself in the West through blaming Moscow for the death of his auditor, Sergey Magnitsky. Der Spiegel has picked apart his story and uncovers it has major credibility problems.

For years Browder – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s self-proclaimed “enemy number one” and head of the Hermitage Capital Management fund – has been waging what can only be described as his personal anti-Russian campaign.

The passionate Kremlin critic relentlessly lobbied for sanctions against Russian officials everywhere from the US to Europe – all under the premise of seeking justice for his deceased employee, who died in Russia, while in pre-trial detention, where he’d been placed while accused of complicity in a major tax evasion scheme.

Browder, who was himself sentenced in absentia by a Russian court to nine years in prison for tax evasion, and was later found guilty of embezzlement as well, presented Magnitsky as a fearless whistleblower who exposed a grand corruption scheme within the Russian law enforcement system, and who was then mercilessly killed out of revenge.

The investor has succeeded in feeding this narrative to the Western governments and the mainstream media alike, prompting the US to adopt the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which allowed the US to sanction numerous Russian officials and businessmen over alleged human rights violations. Some American allies, including Canada and the UK, later followed suit and passed similar motions, which either allowed the sanctioning of Russian officials or called on their governments to do it.

Yet, the businessman, who has over the years donned the mantle of a human rights campaigner, does not plan to stop at that and is now lobbying for an EU-wide equivalent of the Magnitsky Act, which would allow the banning of Russian officials from the bloc’s countries and the freezing of their accounts.

On the tenth anniversary of the auditor’s death, the German weekly Der Spiegel has decided to take a closer look at Browder’s story about Magnitsky. And the paper found out that the narrative doesn't quite flow as smoothly as Western politicians and the MSM would like it to.
No hero

The whistleblower image Browder has built for Magnitsky starts splitting at the seams from the very beginning, as Browder appears to be dishonest, even in minor details like his claim that Magnitsky was his lawyer, Der Spiegel’s Benjamin Bidder reveals in his investigative bombshell.

The problem is that he was not. The man was an auditor, who was hired by Browder’s company as a tax specialist and then worked in this capacity for years with the US-born British investor. Browder himself had to admit this fact when he was questioned in a US court while seeking to make the US impose sanctions on yet another group of Russian entrepreneurs.

Magnitsky’s role as a whistleblower also comes into question as the deceased auditor’s former lawyer confirmed to Der Spiegel’s Bidder that his client had, in fact, been summoned by Russian investigators to provide testimony in a tax evasion case that opened at least months before he came up with his corruption allegations.

Other documents obtained by Der Spiegel, including Magnitsky’s unpublished emails, also suggest that Magnitksy acted not of his own volition but on the instructions of Browder’s senior lawyer, at a time when the Russian authorities had already been investigating dubious letterbox companies Browder supposedly had used in his tax evasion scheme for years.

Finally, the records of Magnitsky’s interrogation, released by Browder’s own people on the internet and seen by Der Spiegel, show that he’d never explicitly accused Russian police officers Artyom Kuznetsov and Pavel Karpov, whom Browder declared to be the masterminds behind the supposed corruption affair, and ultimately behind the auditor’s murder.

This fact was also implicitly confirmed by a UK court, which issued a ruling on a libel lawsuit filed by Karpov against Browder in 2012. Although the court ruled that Karpov simply had no prior reputation to defend in the UK and rejected his claim, it still called Browder a “storyteller,” arguing that he could not even come “close to substantiating his allegations with facts.” The British media, however, presented the verdict as a resounding victory for Browder.
No murder

The German weekly also found similar inconsistencies in the story of the auditor’s supposed murder, as told by Browder. In his claims, the businessman constantly refers to a report by the Moscow Public Monitoring Commissions (PMC) – an independent, non-governmental body consisting of rights advocates that conducted its own thorough investigation into Magnitsky’s death.

Browder maintains that Magnitsky was deliberately murdered. Yet, the commission’s report, which is still freely available on its website, contains no claim of this sort. The commission does decry the harsh jail conditions which the auditor was kept in, and accuses the Russian authorities of failing to fulfil its duty to protect his life. However, it says nothing of murder.

It is not just the text of this report that Browder has apparently distorted, though. In August, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling on Magnitsky’s case, ordering Russia to pay his widow and mother €34,000 ($38,000) in damages.

Browder was quick to hail this decision as “destroying the Russian government’s narrative” and proving that “the Russian government murdered Magnitsky.” However, it would seem Browder’s own narrative was dealt a blow instead.

The ECHR never even mentioned the word “murder” in its ruling. Instead it said that Russia basically failed “to protect Mr Magnitsky’s right to life” by providing inadequate medical care and failed “to ensure an effective investigation into the circumstances of his death.”

It even concluded that Magnitsky’s arrest “was not arbitrary, and that it was based on reasonable suspicion of his having committed a criminal offence” – though it did also say there was no “justification” for his lengthy pre-trial detention.
Buying into convenient narrative

In his investigative report, Der Spiegel’s Benjamin Bidder eventually concludes that, although Magnitsky might have fallen victim to some “gruesome injustice,” his image is still far from that painted by Browder in his efforts to pit Russia and the West against each other.

A question arises whether there has ever been a perfidious political murder plot or the West simply was made to buy into the lie of a fraudster.

The journalist says that Browder’s “justice for Magnitsky” campaign might have, in fact, been part of his own “personal revenge” on Russia, one that uses the auditor's fate as fuel for an “argumentative perpetual motion” that helps the businessman himself stay afloat in the sea of Western politics.

Yet, there is another question that needs to be asked: Why did
Western politicians and the media support Browder’s narrative so eagerly, without even fact-checking it first? The answer is simple.

According to Bidder, Browder is “so successful because his narrative seems to fit perfectly with the devastating image” that Russia has in the West, making it much more convenient for the media to just toe the line instead of questioning it.
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US Lawmakers Call for US Opposition to Bolivia Ouster

US Lawmakers Call for US Opposition to Bolivia Ouster
TEHRAN (FNA)- Fourteen US House members sent a letter to the secretary of state calling on the administration of President Donald Trump to oppose a recent ouster of the former Bolivian president, who was recently forcibly removed from office.

"Rather than supporting a military coup, our government should make it clear that the unconstitutional removal of an elected president is unacceptable, as is the persecution of individuals based on their race or political affiliations," Congressman Hank Johnson said in the letter co-signed by 13 others to Mike Pompeo, Anadolu news agency reported.

"This Administration is once again showing that it has nothing but disdain for democracy and human rights, when they get in the way of President Trump's agenda," it added, urging support for "democracy and human rights in Bolivia".

It encouraged the Trump Administration to reverse course and push for restoration of constitutional rule in the Latin American country, including the holding of new free and fair elections.

The letter’s signatories include congress members Ilhan Omar, Susan Wild, Raul Grijalva, Jan Schakowsky, Jared Huffman, Deb Haaland, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, James McGovern, Jesus G. "Chuy" Garcia, Bobby L. Rush, Ayanna Pressley, Alan Lowenthal and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Turmoil in Bolivia began in October, when indigenous president Evo Morales won a fourth term in office and faced immediate resistance from opposition parties that challenged election results. Protesters took to the streets claiming the ballot was rigged.

After weeks of upheaval, Morales resigned under pressure from the military and moved to Mexico, where he was offered political asylum.

Then-Senator Jeanine Anez, an opposition conservative, subsequently proclaimed herself interim president.

Public demonstrations have yet to subside, with mostly rural and indigenous pro-Morales supporters taking to the streets in numerous cites, including the capital La Paz, since Morales left the country.

Backers of Morales insist the ouster of the elected former president was a coup.
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イラクが米軍の駐留増を認めない方針 イラク混乱でどうなる 1

イラク首相のこの表情、管理人には深く感じられるものがあります。


イラクのニュースを追っていると、政府機関の発表する情報も信ぴょう性が疑わしいことが多いです。アル・バクダーディの動向、消息について頻繁に情報が流れましたが、矛盾するものが多く、意図的なかく乱情報を政府機関が発しているとの疑いを持ちました。

議員も汚職まみれのようです。
2016年08月27日
イラク国防大臣 暗殺を免れるも 議会で不信任案が可決
During the closed parliament session, however, the defense minister accused House Speaker Salim al-Juburi, and at least five other lawmakers, including Nasayif herself, of corruption.

国防大臣の暗殺未遂のほかにも多数
2016年08月23日
イラク暗殺事件多発

軍の中にも腐敗がはびこっていたようです。イラク国内でのISIS掃討作戦が混迷したのは、ISISの生みの親、育ての親である米軍がイラク軍の作戦に口を出したからです。

それを見た若い人たちが、軍から独立した戦闘部隊を作りました。 Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) です。

これが政府軍とは別にISISテロリストと戦い始めてからぐんぐん成果が上がり、焦った米軍は Hashd al-Shaabi の基地を空爆したりしました。

Hashd al-Shaabi を先頭にして米軍排斥の動きが強まっています。

そこへシリアからの1000人以上の米軍兵士の流入。Hashd al-Shaabiをはじめとするイラク人が駐留増に反対するのは当然なのです。

昨年就任したアーディル・アブドゥルマフディー首相は、政権基盤が弱いとされていましたが、外から仕掛けられた若者の抗議行動も抑え込み、サウジとイランの仲介にも意欲を示すなど、存在感を強めています。米軍の駐留増を拒否して国連に訴えるというのは唐突でも何でもないことです。

ですが、国内の暴動が強まり、その責任を取らされて辞任と伝えられています。イラクの混迷の元は深い感じがします。

FRARSNEWS2019/11/25
Iraq Military Denies Coup, Says Page 'Hacked'
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's Joint Operations Command denied staging a military coup, saying the official page of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) was hacked.

On Sunday, the CTS's Facebook and Twitter pages said a coup was underway, Anadolu news agency reported.

"We would like to state that the CTS's official page was hacked by weak-spirited people," the Command announced in a statement on Monday.

"What was published on this page about disobedience was baseless and had no credibility at all," it added.

CTS Head Talib Shaghati al-Kanani, for his part, also denied reports about a military coup.

"The CTS has been and will always be a protector of the people, the democratic political system and the Iraqi State and its national institutions," he stated in a statement.

Social media pages of the Iraqi government have been hacked several times since last month, when mass protests broke out in several provinces against deep-seated corruption and poor living conditions.

According to the Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights, at least 340 Iraqis have been killed and around 15,000 have been injured since the protests began on October 1.

FRARSNEWS2019/11/25
US VP Fails to Cut Tehran-Baghdad Ties in Surprise Visit to Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Vice-President Mike Pence could not accomplish his mission in Baghdad to coax the Iraqi officials into taking a hostile position towards Tehran after Baghdad officials rejected meeting him, an Arab paper reported.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper referred to the last Saturday surprise visit by Pence to Iraq, noting that none of the Iraqi government officials, including Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, met with him.

Abdul Mahdi's office announced in a statement that he had a phone conversation with Pence during which the two sides conferred on the latest developments in Iraq, but there was no meeting between the two sides.

The paper said the Iraqi officials' rejection of a meeting with Pence displays the darkening relations between Washington and Baghdad as the US witnesses Iraq's tendency towards Iran.

Iraqi officials told al-Akhbar that Pence has during the phone conversation persuaded Abdul Mahdi to take distance from Tehran and decrease ties with Iran.

Meantime, another Iraqi official said that the distance between Iraq and the US has never set such a record high, adding that differences between them are increasing day by day.

Pence made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago.

Flying in a C-17 military cargo aircraft, Pence landed in Irbil, capital of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region, to meet with Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani.

Pence spoke by phone with Abdul Mahdi after the Iraqi leader declined an invitation to meet with Pence at a US airbase when security concerns prevented Pence from traveling into Baghdad.


FRARSNEWS2019/11/24
Asaib Leader: US, Israel Involved in Killing Iraqi Protesters
TEHRAN (FNA)- The leader of Iraq's Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the country's Popular Mobilization Forces or Hashd al-Sha'abi, said Washington and Tel Aviv are members of "a third party" that has been behind many deaths during the recent unrest.

Qais al-Khazali told Dijlah TV, an Amman-based Iraqi satellite television channel, on Saturday that the committee set up to investigate the violence is merely an administrative body, and thus cannot identify the “third party” responsible for the killing of demonstrators.

He stressed that “Israel and US have a great role in the third party".

Khazali further said the probe into the deaths in Iraq should not be restricted to the question of who killed the protesters, but also examine who “eased” the way for the killers and who gave them order.

At the start of October, street protests erupted in several Iraqi cities over unemployment and a lack of basic services.

The rallies resumed on October 25 after a pause of about two weeks, but took a violent turn, with some participants vandalizing public property and opening fire on demonstrators during the mayhem.

Over 300 people have been killed in the Iraq unrest since October 1, according to the Iraqi parliament's human rights commission.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari told France 24's Arabic-language channel that a “third party” is behind shooting at the Iraqi demonstrators.

"The Iraqi national security forces are not the ones who are killing the protesters,” Shammari said, adding, “There is a third party killing the protesters to push protesters to clash with security forces to spread instability in Iraq.”

On Saturday, US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq where his trip to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region drew angry reaction from Iraqi politicians.

He met with Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, in Erbil and also received a classified briefing at the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq's Western Anbar Province.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticized Pence for holding talks with Kurdish officials in Erbil instead of federal government officials in Baghdad.

“Baghdad is the capital of Iraq, not Erbil,” read a post on Abadi's Facebook page on Saturday.

On Sunday, a total of five Iraqi people lost their lives in renewed clashes with security forces, according to reports.

Police and hospital sources said three people were killed and more than 50 others wounded after security forces used live ammunition and tear gas canisters to disperse protesters in Baghdad's three key bridges.

Baghdad is bisected by the Tigris river which is crossed by many bridges. In recent weeks, rioters have repeatedly occupied bridges to cripple transportation.

Two more people were killed and over 70 others injured near the port city of Um Qasr, a flashpoint commodities port near Basra.

Earlier this month, security forces reopened the entrance to the key port which had been blocked by protesters, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50%.

Umm Qasr is Iraq’s main Persian Gulf port. It receives imports of grain, vegetable, oils and sugar shipments that feed a country largely dependent on imported food.

According to the police, hundreds of protesters burned tires and blocked some roads in the nearby city of Basra on Saturday, preventing government employees from reaching offices.

The city of Nasiriyah also witnessed riots, with some government offices set on fire.

Overnight, medical authorities evacuated children from a Nasiriyah hospital after tear gas spread inside the courtyards of the medical center.

At least 24 people were further wounded in the holy city of Karbala overnight after Iraqi security forces opened fire on rioters trying to storm the local government headquarters.

RT2019/10/31
Iraqi PM to resign as violent protests grip the country
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is set to resign amid growing nationwide anti-government protests, Al-Sumaria television has reported.

Up to 250 people have already been killed in the ongoing protests, with demonstrators accusing security forces of violence and heavy-handedness.

In a televised address, President Barham Salih said the PM had "agreed" to submit his resignation − but said he would only resign if a replacement was decided upon to avoid creating a "constitutional vacuum."

aljazeera2019/11/4
Iraq PM says protests costing country 'billions of dollars'

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets across Iraq, calling for an overhaul of the political system.
Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has called on protesters to halt sit-ins and help restore a sense of normalcy across the country amid ongoing mass demonstrations demanding economic and political reform.

The protests, which began in early October and "shook the political system", have achieved their purpose and must stop affecting the country's trade and economic activities, Abdul Mahdi said in a statement late on Sunday.

"Threatening the oil interests and blocking roads leading to Iraq's ports is causing big losses exceeding billions of dollars," he said, warning that unrest would push up the price of goods.

時事通信社11月4日(月)22時07分
デモ隊、イラン領事館襲う=イラク南部シーア派聖地
 【カイロ時事】イラク南部のイスラム教シーア派聖地カルバラで3日夜から4日未明にかけ、反政府デモ隊がイラン領事館の敷地内への侵入を試み、AFP通信によると、排除しようとした治安部隊の発砲で4人が死亡した。
 デモ隊は「イランは出て行け」と叫び、領事館の壁によじ登って火を放つなど暴徒化。ロイター通信によれば、デモ隊の一人は「イランや、イランと連携する政党はわれわれに害を及ぼしている」と非難した。
 イラク各地では10月初旬から反政府デモが激化し、既に270人以上が死亡。アブドルマハディ首相は各政党が後任候補で合意した場合に辞任する用意を表明したが、デモ沈静化の兆しはない。 【時事通信社】

これで暴動の背後に米国がいることがはっきりしました

RT2019/11/4
Iraqi protesters attack Iran’s consulate, 4 killed & over a dozen injured as police try to stop mayhem

Up to four protesters have been killed and at least 19 injured by Iraqi security forces when they dispersed a violent protest near Iran’s consulate in the Shia holy city of Karbala on Sunday, according to local medics and police.

Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the consulate, scaling the walls of the building, taking down an Iranian flag and replacing it with an Iraqi one.

Footage from the scene shows protesters burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails around the building. According to reports, police fired live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the crowds. Protesters can be seen showing empty bullet casings in the video.

The local forensic medicine department confirmed to AFP that four protesters died after being shot. Police confirmed three people were killed and 19 protesters injured, while seven policemen were also hurt.

The attack on the consulate comes days after powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Ali Sistani said Iraq must not be influenced by any “regional or international actor,” which many heard as a reference to Iran.

Nationwide protests against the government began in October with a range of complaints about corruption, lack of basic services, and unemployment, later expanding into demands for the resignation of Iraqi political leadership.

The latest incident at the consulate is not the first time the city of Karbala has been the scene of street battles in the ongoing wave of protests. On October 28, at least 14 protesters were killed and more than 100 injured in clashes during an anti-government demonstration.

2019年10月02日
イラク政府の汚職体質は改まらないようだ

2019年09月07日
イラクで米軍排斥の動きが強まる

2018年11月20日
イラク民衆軍 米軍のシリア国境に近い空軍基地確保を阻む

2018年08月25日
イラクのアバディ首相は民衆軍の主要都市からの引き揚げに反対

FARSNEWS2019/10/23
‘Taking legal action’: Iraq pleads with UN to kick unauthorized US forces out of country
The Iraqi government is seeking international help after US troops withdrawing from Syria entered western Iraq without authorization, with Baghdad now taking legal action against the uninvited presence.

Baghdad did not give permission for US forces to stay in Iraq, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi reaffirmed on Wednesday.

We ask the international community and the United Nations to perform their roles in this matter.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that US troops transiting from Syria would use Iraq to make preparations to go home and assured that the aim is not to "stay in Iraq interminably." Esper did not specify how long the American troops would be staying.

Washington removed its troops from northern Syria on foot of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias in the region, who Ankara regard as terrorists.

Turkey said on Tuesday that it would not launch a new offensive against the Kurds following a five-day ceasefire and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Turks appeased, Kurds saved, US gets breathing space: ‘Russia takes on job that US failed at’ in Syria

The US already has 5,000 troops in Iraq under an arrangement with the Iraqi government, but the agreement is a controversial one, with many Iraqis regarding it as continued occupation after the disastrous 2003 US invasion.


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2019年11月24日

中東への自衛隊派遣検討を説明

時事通信社 2019年11月23日(土)22時10分
中東への自衛隊派遣検討を説明=バーレーン国際会議で河野防衛相
 河野太郎防衛相は23日、中東バーレーンの首都マナマで開かれた国際会議「マナマ対話」で演説し、日本独自の取り組みとして、中東地域への自衛隊派遣を検討していることを説明した。防衛省が発表した。
 河野氏は中東情勢について「深刻の度を増していることを強く懸念している」と指摘。自衛隊派遣の目的に関しては「わが国に関係する船舶の安全や、中東地域の平和と安定に資するために情報収集態勢の強化を図るため」と語った。
 【時事通信社】

・・・引用終わり・・・

「中東情勢が深刻の度を増している」? 何のことですか?
「中東地域の平和と安定に資するために情報収集態勢の強化」?
どうやって情報収集? 米軍に付いていて情報を分けてもらう?
危険な場所に行ってそんな情報を求める価値はあるのか。

2019年10月24日
さよう 発狂としか言いようがない ホルムズ海峡周辺に自衛隊を独自派遣へ

2019年07月17日
私は元自衛官で、防空ミサイル部隊に所属していました  *転載記事*

2019年07月13日
まず海上自衛官の出番、そして・・・ 自民・公明の政権下ではそれが必然

2019年06月25日
どこかの国が日本に自衛隊を派遣させたがっている?

2019年04月02日
シナイ半島の「多国籍軍・監視団(MFO)」に陸上自衛官2人派遣

2019年03月10日
自衛隊員の命をも救ってきたのが9条2項ではありませんか

2019年03月03日
「日本には正規軍が自爆攻撃した歴史がある。どうやって洗脳したんだろう」と研究の的!

2019年02月17日
安保法制以来入隊数激減 自衛隊発足以来の危機的状況

2019年02月01日
日本人は戦争というものがどんなものか知らない

2019年01月24日
とうとう来たぞ 30代の3等空曹が運転中に意識喪失


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Damascus Envoy to UN: US Occupying Syria Oil Wells, Looting Resources

FARSNEWS2019/11/23
Damascus Envoy to UN: US Occupying Syria Oil Wells, Looting Resources
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari stated that the United States has been occupying the country's oil fields and looting its resources as the UN remains silent on Washington's act of theft.

"The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians' revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council's silence," he told a meeting of the 15-member body in New York on Saturday, according to presstv.

Ja'afari said the US state terrorism has targeted Syria in a bid to change the region's geopolitical map.

"The Syrian war will end when foreign support for terrorism ends," he added.

The ambassador further accused Turkey of occupying the Syrian territory, killing citizens, displacing tens of thousands of people and deploying terrorists to the Arab country.

Last month, US President Donald Trump announced that American troops would remain in Syria to “secure” oil reserves and even put up “a hell of a fight” against any force that tried to take them.

He also expressed interest in making a deal with ExxonMobil or another energy company to tap Syrian oil reserves.

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper then threatened that US forces deployed around Syrian oil fields would use “military force” against any party that may seek to challenge control of those sites, even if it were Syrian government forces or their Russian allies.

On Saturday, official SANA news agency reported that a convoy of US forces had entered Syria's Hasaka Province from Iraq.

The convoy consisting of eleven vehicles, including a tanker and a truck carrying military equipment, had passed the al-Waleed border crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

In another development on Friday, members of Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has long pushed for the deportation Syrian migrants, visited the war-torn country.

They held a meeting with representatives of the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to show that Syria is a "safe country of origin" for migrants to return.

The meeting also touched on a potential economic partnership between Germany and Syria.

The AfD announced in a statement that their goal was to "assess concretely the situation in Syria in person as well as to have a dialogue over the situation surrounding the Syrian people and the current state of the peace process".




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2019年11月23日

Gabbard

FARSNEWS2019/11/23
‘It Was A Coup. Period’: Gabbard Warns Against US Meddling in Bolivia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard finally provided her take on the violent unrest that toppled the sitting President Evo Morales, telling her followers that it was a coup which shouldn’t involve US interference.

“What happened in Bolivia is a coup. Period,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter, warning against what may lie in store for Washington’s interventionists, according to RT.

“The United States and other countries should not be interfering in the Bolivian people’s pursuit of self-determination and right to choose their own government,” she argued.

Gabbard’s words come days after another top-tier Democrat, Bernie Sanders, used the same vocabulary when commenting on Bolivia’s turmoil.

“When the military intervened and asked President Evo Morales to leave, in my view, that’s called a coup,” he tweeted.

Morales, an indigenous president and a veteran of the Latin American left, sought a fourth presidential term earlier in October but faced resistance from the opposition that claimed the election was fraudulent.

He was forced to resign earlier this month under pressure from the Bolivian military and rightwing forces. As cities across Bolivia descended into violent chaos, Morales left the country and sought political asylum in Mexico. He promised supporters he would bounce back into Bolivian politics.

Meanwhile, opposition senator Jeanine Anez has since declared herself Bolivia’s “interim president” – a dubious act resembling that of Venezuela’s Juan Guaido – and was quickly recognized by Washington.

While in exile, Morales rejected allegations of election fraud and speculated that the coup was actually about seizing control of natural resources, such as lithium.

The US-backed coup had ended a rare period of calm in Bolivia, he told Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, on his show aired on RT Spanish.

The ousted president described the opposition’s tactics as “fascist”; it included attacks, blackmail, and intimidation.

“They burn the homes of officials down. The police do nothing and then join the protesters,” he revealed.





Glenn Greenwald
@ggreenwald
Same author, same newspaper, completely different claim:


Hillary’s white pantsuit says ‘empowerment’ but Tulsi’s says ‘fringe cult leader’: NYT pilloried for two-faced style commentary
The New York Times has been accused of peddling ridiculous and shamelessly biased punditry, after the Gray Lady took aim at presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s white pantsuit but ended up red-faced.

Style writer Vanessa Friedman argued that the Hawaii congresswoman’s wardrobe made her look like a “cult leader” full of “combative righteousness.” The terrifying white fabric has “connotations of the fringe, rather than the center” and even undermines “community building,” the Times’ writer expertly deduced.

Unfortunately, her completely reasonable fashion analysis came under fire from fringe-loving social media users, who rudely pointed out that Friedman had drooled over Hillary Clinton’s white pantsuit back in 2016.



Glenn Greenwald

@ggreenwald

Yes, usually it’s misogynistic to attack a female politician for the clothes she wears but an exception will be made (for obvious reasons) in this case.

I’m just grateful the NYT didn’t claim white pants suits were Russian. I was waiting for a Kremlin or Putin link. https://twitter.com/KyleLacio/status/1197628795815108608

“Imagine choosing something as patently stupid as white pantsuits to expose your rank hypocrisy and blind hatred over,” one Twitter user commented, including screengrabs illustrating Friedman’s clearly contradictory takes on white clothing.

Sharing photos of a white-clad Clinton and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, one netizen theorized that such clothing was reserved solely for “neoliberals and warhawks.”

Dozens of other Twitter replies attacked Friedman for her contrived commentary.
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