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2019年03月15日

Corbyn Calls on MPs to Delay Brexit, Take Control After May’s Failure

Corbyn Calls on MPs to Delay Brexit, Take Control After May’s Failure
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to delay the country’s exit from the European Union and take control of the process, after Prime Minister Theresa May lost two key votes on her EU withdrawal plan and a possible ‘no-deal’ exit in the House of Commons.

“Tonight this House has once again definitely ruled out no deal,” Corbyn said, after lawmakers voted 312-308 for an amendment that would stop May from exiting the EU on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement or future relationship framework, presstv reported.

The vote came after May’s plan to exit the European Union was also rejected with only 17 days before the Brexit due date.

“The PM said the choice was between her deal and no deal. In the last 24 hours Parliament has decisively rejected both her deal and no deal,” he added.

“While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies solely and squarely at the Prime Minister's door,” he stated, adding, “But extending Article 50 without a clear objective is not a solution. Parliament must now take control of the situation.”

Earlier in the day, British MPs also rejected another amendment that sought to delay Brexit until May 22 by extending the Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

Corbyn said he had ordered his shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer to hold cross-party talks to do what May had “failed to do two years ago” and find a “compromise solution that can command support in the House”.

“Let us, as a House of Commons, work now to find a solution to deal with the crisis facing the country and the deep concerns that many people have for their livelihood, for their lives, their future, their jobs, their communities and their factories,” he noted.

“It's up to us as the House of Commons to look for and find a solution to their concerns. That is what we were elected to do,” Corbyn added.

The MPs were expected to vote on an extension of the Article 50 on Thursday, potentially delaying Brexit until May or later. It should be noted that the votes are not legally binding and a no-deal Brexit on March 29 is still a possibilty unless the two sides reach a deal.

Meanwhile, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, warned Tuesday that the EU was no longer interested in negotiating a new deal.

A European commission spokesman said the vote was not enough and London had to choose between a deal or a no deal exit.

“We take note of the votes in the House of Commons this evening,” the spokesman said, adding, “There are only two ways to leave the EU: with or without a deal. The EU is prepared for both. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal – you have to agree to a deal. We have agreed a deal with the prime minister, and the EU is ready to sign it.”



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

737MAXはマニュアルも整っていない欠陥機だった

自分たちでは何も決められない日本
JNN/TBS3月14日(木)18時23分
“同型機”米国も運航停止へ、日本でも乗り入れ停止に
 アメリカも運航停止を発表しました。
 ボーイング社は「737MAXの安全性に完全に自信を持っている」としながらもアメリカの運航停止措置を「支持する」との声明を発表しています。
 こうした流れを受け、国土交通省も同型機などの日本への乗り入れを停止する措置を取りました。日本の航空会社は元々これらの機体を使用していなかったものの、シンガポールなど海外の航空会社4社が14路線で日本に乗り入れていました。(14日17:57) JNN/TBS


‘Don’t sink! Don’t sink!’ Pilot reports reveal at least 2 incidents of Boeing 737 MAX 8 nosediving
Boeing 737 MAX 8 pilots reported their planes nosedived and lost altitude in at least two incidents before the current safety scandal that has seen the aircraft grounded across the world.

As Boeing deals with the fallout of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being banned around the world following two deadly crashes, reports of the aircrafts nosediving have been revealed while other reports cite safety concerns.

Pilots on at least two US flights reported their aircrafts nosedived and lost altitude quickly when using autopilot mode on the 737 MAX 8 in the last few months, according to pilot reports compiled in the Aviation Safety Reporting System database administered by NASA. The data shows there were 11 reports about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 logged between April 2018 and December 2018, USA Today reports.

In one incident, as soon as the captain put the plane on autopilot, the co-pilot said, “Descending,” and a cockpit audio low altitude warning said, “Don’t sink, don’t sink!” The pilots turned off autopilot and the plane stopped descending.

RT2019/3/13
‘Nose-diving’ complaints
According to a CNN report, two American pilots reported that they had experienced issues after engaging the Max 8’s autopilot system, including the plane unexpectedly dipping into a nose-dive. The autopilot had to be disengaged for the rest of the flight.
Both the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air pilots reported similar “flight-control problems” to air traffic control shortly after take-off, adding to suspicions that the problem is intrinsic to the aircraft.

‘Criminally insufficient’ flight manual
Another report complained about the woeful inadequacy of the flight manual, describing it as “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.” The same report said that it was “unconscionable” that pilots were being expected to fly the plane with insufficient training and limited information.
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2019年03月14日

マレーシアで川に毒性廃棄物を投棄 吐き気と嘔吐

FARSNEWS2019/3/14
Malaysia Shuts 111 Schools as Poisonings Become 'More Critical'
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 100 schools in Malaysia were closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children.

A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in Southern Johor state last week, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area and causing those affected to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting, Reuters reported.

About 500 people, many of them students, have received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes, with more than 160 admitted to hospital, according to official news agency Bernama.

It was unclear what type of poisonous gas had been emitted near the industrial town of Pasir Gudang.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik initially ordered the closure of 43 schools in the area on Wednesday, but later announced that figure had more than doubled.

"The ministry of education has decided to close all 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang area immediately," he said in a statement, adding, "The education ministry is requesting that all parties take precautions."

Maszlee stated in a Facebook post the situation was "getting more critical".

Three men were arrested earlier this week over the toxic waste dumping. One is expected to be charged in court soon and could face up to five years in jail if found guilty of breaking environmental protection laws.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:58| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

大量のドローン搬入を察知したロシア軍が翌日に倉庫を破壊

RT2019/3/13
The Russian military says an airstrike has obliterated a terrorist munitions stockpile in Syria’s Idlib province, which contained a whole fleet of drones. The UAVs were set to attack Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base in western Syria.

Wednesday’s air raid was called after Russia learned that the drones, repeatedly used by terrorists attempting to rain down explosives on the base, had been delivered to the site en masse, the Defense Ministry said. It added that the strike had been coordinated with Turkey.

“According to information, confirmed through several channels, a large batch of unmanned aerial vehicles was delivered to the warehouse yesterday. The terrorists have been plotting to use them to attack the Russian air base in Khmeimim,” the ministry said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:11| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

ボーイングはソフトウェアの欠陥を知っていた だが運航停止は避けた

2019/3/12、英国がBoeing 737 Maxの自国領空の通過、着陸、離陸を禁止しました。このため英国に向けて飛んでいたトルコ航空などの飛行機が途中で引き返すという事態になりました。

ロンドンの飛行場、ヒースロー、ガトウィックともに市街地にあるといえます。Boeing 737 Maxは離陸後まもなく墜落していますから、これらの空港から飛び立ってすぐに墜落した場合、市街に大きな被害が出ます。

Boeing 737 Maxの飛行停止を決める国が相次いでいます。ノルウェーの格安航空会社が運航したテルアビブ行は、黒海の近くまで行ってから引き返しました。次々に上空飛行停止の措置をとる国が増えれば、テルアビブから帰れなくなることを心配したのでしょうか。

日本には、インドネシアの航空会社が広島空港にBoeing 737 Maxを就航させていましたが、運航停止になっています。

飛行機のソフトウェアは、膨大なものでしょう。それを短期間で改良できるのか、疑問なしとしません。インドネシア機の墜落後、速度計の不良が原因とか言っていましたが、それならすぐに改善できるはず。Boeing 737 Maxは欠陥機、すでに350機も引き渡されているそうです。

トランプは、2019/3/13、「737MAX8と737MAX9の全てのフライトと、その路線に関連する航空機の飛行を停止する緊急禁止命令を発令します」と発表。

アラブ首長国連合まで空域閉鎖。
SPUTNIK2019/3/13
UAE Closes Its Airspace for Boeing 737 MAX 8, 9 Aircraft After Ethiopia Crash

SPUTNIK2019/3/12
Boeing to Upgrade Software Across 737 MAX Fleet in 'Coming Weeks' - Reports
According to the company's statement, cited by Reuters, the software enhancement includes updates to Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control law, pilot displays, operation manuals and crew training.

"Boeing has been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on development, planning and certification of the software enhancement, and it will be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks […] The FAA says it anticipates mandating this software enhancement with an Airworthiness Directive (AD) no later than April. We have worked with the FAA in development of this software enhancement", the statement said.

The news comes after a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 Max 8, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday. All 157 people from over 30 countries who were on board the Boeing were killed. The causes of the accident are yet unknown. According to the airline, the plane was well-maintained.

The latest crash in Ethiopia is the second fatal incident involving the narrow-body aircraft in less than five months. In late October 2018, another Boeing 737 MAX 8, operated by Indonesia's Lion Air, plunged into the Java Sea shortly after take-off, claiming the lives of 189 people.

While external reports have compared Sunday's accident in Ethiopia to a similar crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Indonesia in October, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that it has not been provided with data to draw any conclusions or take any actions.

However, the FAA said in a recent statement that the US aviation authorities would order Boeing to make changes to a flight correction system of its 737 Max 8 aircraft, having certified the plane's airworthiness following two deadly crashes in recent months.

"The FAA anticipates mandating these design changes […] no later than April 2019", the statement said Monday. The US aviation agency will take immediate action if it identifies any issues with Boeing 737 Max that affect flight safety, it added.

Following the deadly crash, Ethiopian Airlines announced that it had decided to suspend the operation of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes as a precaution, with Cayman Airways, Chinese and Indonesian aviation authorities following suit. India announced a safety review, while Vietnam said that it would not grant licenses for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until the investigation into the ET 302 crash is completed.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a letter on Monday to the FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell that the FAA should ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating in the United States.

"Until the cause of the crash is known and it's clear that similar risks aren't present in the domestic fleet, I believe all Boeing 737 Max 8 series aircraft operating in the United States should be temporarily grounded", Feinstein said in the letter on Monday.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:27| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Australian Cardinal George Pell Jailed Six Years for Abusing Boys

FARSNEWS2019/3/13
TEHRAN (FNA)- Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for the sexual abuse of two boys in 1996 in a Melbourne cathedral.

Pell - once the Vatican's chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis - is the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be convicted of molesting children, Al-Jazeera reported.

He faced a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail.

Chief Judge Peter Kidd told the Melbourne court Pell's actions had a "profound impact" on the life of the boy who survived his abuse and likely had a similar impact on the other boy, who later died of a heroin overdose.

He accused Pell of "callous indifference" to the suffering of the boys, who have not been named. Pell's face remained solemn as he listened to an hour-long statement.

Last December, the now 77-year-old was found guilty on five charges relating to the sexual assault of two boys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996. The media was unable to report on the conviction until February because of a suppression order.

"There are 7,000 clergy planet-wide that are under charges for abuse of children," said John Lawrence, a protester outside the court who told Al-Jazeera he was a victim of sexual abuse in the Church, adding, "I think it's time that after this case they face the consequences."

Several of the Care Leavers Australiasia Network, most of whom are survivors of abuse, stated the sentence was "not enough" but they were happy Pell was going to prison.

One described the relatively lenient sentence as "a joke".

Angela Sdrinis, a Melbourne lawyer who has represented victims of abuse for more than two decades, stressed that "the conviction of George Pell shows victims of child sex abuse that no one is above the law".

The judge started the proceedings by saying Pell was on trial and not the Catholic Church.

Pell is "entitled to the balanced and steady hand of justice",
Kidd told the court, lamenting a "lynch mob mentality" among some of the public.

"You are not to be made a scapegoat," Kidd said.

Pell was Australia's most senior Catholic as the Vatican's treasurer - the third-highest ranking member of the Church - between February 2014 and when he was stood down by Pope Francis in August last year.

During his career, he upheld Catholic orthodoxy including vocal opposition to same-sex marriage and the ordination of women.

Pell's case is the latest in a string of child sex abuse scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church for decades.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found that seven percent of Australian priests were accused of sexual abuse between 1950 and 2011. The average age of their victims was 11 for girls and 12 for boys. Pell testified to the inquiry on several occasions via video-stream from Rome, having refused to return to Australia because of "ill health".

In February, the Vatican hosted an anti-child abuse conference in which Pope Francis declared an "all-out battle" against the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

"No abuse must ever be covered up, as was usual in the past," he said.

Associate Professor Andrew Singleton of Deakin University said it was time for Church officials to look at changes to policies - such as celibacy for priests - but noted these are deeply enshrined in canon law.

"Because [Pell is] so close to the heart of the Vatican power, it is the time now for them to have a more structured approach," Singleton stated, adding, "I think they should have a proper inquiry, like a truth and reconciliation commission, but I don't think they will."

Sdrinis told Al-Jazeera many victims feel the institutions that shielded priest perpetrators have yet to properly deal with this issue.

"If the pope was serious about dealing with the child abuse issue, instead of more weasel words, his recent summit in Rome should have resulted in the removal of all those who allowed the abuse to occur over many decades and in many countries," she noted.

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2019年03月13日

中国がベネズエラの電力システムの回復に助力を表明

China Ready to Help Venezuela Restore Electricity System
This comes after Venezuelan President Maduro said he would request China, Russia, Cuba and Iran, as well as the UN, to probe a recent attack on the country's power grids that left the country's vast territories without electricity for several days.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has voiced Beijing's readiness to help Venezuela restore its energy supply system.

At the same time, according to a statement made by Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez on Tuesday, operation of the country's power grids has almost fully resumed throughout the country, which had experienced a blackout for five days.

While Caracas blames the US and the Western-backed opposition for the "sabotage" of the electricity system, President Nicolas Maduro has also announced he would ask the United Nations, Russia China, Cuba and Iran to probe the reasons behind the cyberattack on the energy supply system.

According to Maduro, after a five-day nationwide blackout the Venezuelan authorities have managed to eliminate the consequences of the attack that "was carried out from the US territory".

The blackout hit Venezuela on 7 March, as national electricity supplier Corpoelec reported of "sabotage" at a major hydroelectric power plant called Guri. Media subsequently reported about power outages in 21 of 23 Venezuelan states. Maduro has blamed the United States for waging an energy war against Venezuela, while Washington has denied having a role in the crisis.
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2019年03月12日

ロシア下院の国防委員会議長 米国の核演習に参加した国は非核国でも報復攻撃の対象となると軍人外交団にブリーフ

ロシア下院国防委員会委員長(議長)のウラジーミル・シャモノフが恒例の年次ブリーフィングを行いました。その中で非核保有国でも米国主導の核演習に参加した国は、報復攻撃の目標になると述べています。
米軍は沖縄に核を持ち込んでいますから、米軍と合同演習を行う日本は、報復攻撃の対象になりえます。

米国とNATOは、今欧州東部で中距離ミサイルの増強を進めようとしています。中距離ミサイルは、それを探知してから着弾するまでに時間が少ないことから有効な防衛がやりづらい、誤認によって報復攻撃が始まる恐れもあり、危険な武器です。

ロシアは自国防衛のため、近隣国からミサイルが撃ち込まれれば、その発射地点だけでなく指令本部に報復攻撃を行うと述べています。これは軍事戦略上当然のことです。自国で1発か2発の被害にとどめて攻撃国にその何倍もミサイルを撃ち込む、それによって追加的なミサイル攻撃をできなくさせるためです。

ロシアの言う指令本部に対する報復攻撃は、当然米国本土を含みます。含まなければ攻撃を止められないからです。

下の記事で、ロシアの将軍を務めたウラジーミル・シャモノフ(62歳)が米国の核演習に参加した国は、報復攻撃の対象になりうると述べていますが、核演習に参加すれば核を扱うことができるようになり、一時的にでも核を持ちうることを考えれば当然です。

沖縄には核が配備されています。日本にある他の米軍基地にも核が配備されている可能性があります。万一、NATOが欧州でロシアに向けてミサイルを発射すればロシアがただちに報復する、つまり日本もロシアの核、あるいは通常爆弾で攻撃される恐れがあります。

米軍基地(施設)のある都道府県です。これらの県にお住いの方はどこに米軍の施設があるかわかっていますか?
北海道
青森県
千葉県
埼玉県
東京都
神奈川県
静岡県
京都府
広島県
山口県
福岡県
長崎県
沖縄県
横須賀や岩国、佐世保は有力な感じがします。
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%83%BD%E9%81%93%E5%BA%9C%E7%9C%8C%E5%88%A5%E3%81%AE%E5%85%A8%E3%81%A6%E3%81%AE%E7%B1%B3%E8%BB%8D%E6%96%BD%E8%A8%AD%E8%A6%8F%E6%A8%A1%E3%81%A8%E9%83%BD%E9%81%93%E5%BA%9C%E7%9C%8C%E5%88%A5%E3%81%AE%E7%B1%B3%E8%BB%8D%E6%96%BD%E8%A8%AD

前に北朝鮮がミサイルを発射する可能性があると日本政府が国民をだまし、対ミサイル避難訓練が行われました。まるで漫画でしたが、ある読者は小学校のドッヂボールと同じようなものと間違えていました。

ミサイル警報(管理人はそんな警報はミサイル着弾後しか出ないと思っています)が出たら身支度を整え、丈夫な靴を履いて懐中電灯を持って外に出ればいいのだと、その方は本気で考えていたようです。小型ミサイルが次々に飛んできて、まるでドッヂボールのようにそれを避けて逃げ回るというイメージが伝わってきますが、小型なものでもミサイルが飛んできて爆発すれば、次のような状況になるのです。

近くでミサイルが爆発すれば、瞬時に死ぬのです。外に出ていることは危険です。丈夫な地下室があればそこに入る。そこで運を天に祈るしかありません。



シリアでの空爆の模様を何度も載せましたが、全然見ておられないのですね。

次は、ミサイル技術を誇るイランがシリア国内へイラク上空を通ってミサイルを撃ち込んだ時の画像です。照準の右にカプセルのようなものが見えますが、これが飛翔体です。


次の画像の1分40秒ころからご覧ください。これはまだ破壊力の小さいミサイルで建物一つを破壊するにとどまっています。
TEHRAN (FNA)- Footage shows the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' multiple missile strikes at ISIL centers in Syria's Deir Ezzur. [VIDEO]

今この瞬間にNATOがロシアに奇襲攻撃をかけたとします。20分後、30分後にはロシアがその報復攻撃として日本国内にある米軍基地を攻撃することは、ありうるのです。

タカをくくることなく、なんでも勉強しておきましょう。管理人は、今の米国の政権中枢、トランプ、ボルトン、ポンペオは、短慮でとても危険だと考えています。

東南海沖地震と米国が仕掛ける大規模な戦争の確率をこの先2年に関して言えば、管理人は後者のほうが確率が大きいと考えています。


RT2019/3/11
Top Russian MP compares Trump to Hitler, warns of new war

Two years of Donald Trump’s presidency has brought the international situation back to the moment when Hitler came to power, according to three-star Russian General Vladimir Shamanov.

Speaking at a briefing for foreign military attaches, Shamanov recalled that Hitler had begun preparing Germany for war just two years after coming to power. “Trump has been at the helm for two years, and we see the parallels,” he said.

The general, who is head of the lower house’s Committee on Defense, also warned non-nuclear nations that participation in US-led nuclear drills could make them the target of a retaliatory strike by Russia in the event of conflict.

“Along with regular weapons, Americans could stock you with nuclear ones,” he explained. “We have to take it into account and you could become our priority strike targets, you have to be aware of it.”


The “eagerness” of some European countries to deploy military assets on their territories “raises eyebrows,” Shamanov added.

Military attaches from 90 countries attended the annual briefing in the lower house of Russia’s parliament, which the general noted was a higher attendance than usual. However, the US delegation didn’t respond to an invitation “for the first time in many years,” he added.

※ State Duma @state_dumaの7:25 PM - Mar 11, 2019のツイート
Head of the Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov held a briefing for the military attaches accredited in #Russia.
The briefing was attended by over a hundred military diplomats.



2019年02月27日
欧州中距離ミサイル配備に関するロシア警告 米国の反応

2019年02月21日
ロシアに中距離ミサイルが発射されれば指令センターにも報復攻撃をする 米国本土を含む?
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:19| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

Paper Reveals US, France's Role in Unrests in Algeria

またJNN/TBS の海外ニュースです。この件は、下のFARSNEWSの記事のように反大統領の動きを米国のインテリジェンス機関が采配しているとの説があります。
JNN/TBS が流したということは、その説が正しいということになりましょう。

JNN/TBS 2019年3月12日(火)6時52分
アルジェリア、大統領が5期目出馬取りやめ
アルジェリアのブーテフリカ大統領が大規模な抗議行動を受ける形で大統領選への出馬を取りやめました。ただ同時に大統領選の延期も発表されています。
 ロイター通信などによりますと、アルジェリアの大統領府はブーテフリカ大統領が当選すれば5期目となる大統領選挙に出馬しないと発表しました。同時に来月18日に予定されていた大統領選挙自体の延期も発表されましたが、新たな日程は設定されていません。
 今年82歳になるブーテフリカ大統領は2013年に脳梗塞を患って以来、大統領の職務を遂行できるかどうか疑問視されてきました。軍や治安機関が実権を握っていると指摘されるアルジェリアで、健康不安のあるブーテフリカ大統領は象徴的な大統領と見られてきましたが、出馬が発表されるとアルジェリア各地で抗議行動が起き、先週金曜日にも首都アルジェなどでこれまでで最大規模のデモが行われました。
 10日、ブーテフリカ大統領は入院先のスイスから帰国しましたが、11日には1000人を超える判事がもし大統領が出馬するなら選挙の監督を拒否するとの声明を出すなど、反発は収まっていませんでした。(12日04:16) JNN/TBS

FARSNEWS2019/3/11
Paper Reveals US, France's Role in Unrests in Algeria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Lebanese newspaper revealed that the US and French intelligence officers are leading operations rooms to escalate the current protest rallies to unrest, violence and a revolution.

"A central operations room has been formed to manage the revolution in Algeria with Rabat city in Morocco as its headquarters. 4 American and 6 Moroccan intelligence officers are present in the operations room as well as 12 Serbian nationals who are called as destruction experts and they are financially supported by the US," the Arabic-language al-Bana newspaper wrote on Monday.

It added that two other rooms for field operations have also been established in Wajdah city in Northeastern Morocco, near the border with Algeria, which is controlled by 11 US, Moroccan, Serbian and Algerian operations officers.

According to the paper, the second room for field operations has been established in the town of al-Rashidiyeh which is 80km away from Algeria, saying that 8 officers from the aforesaid countries and two French intelligence-military officers work for it.

Amid the biggest threat to his 20-year rule, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrived at an airbase Southwest of the capital, Algiers, according to state media.

His aircraft on Sunday flew into the Boufarik military airport from the Swiss city of Geneva, where the 82-year-old leader - whose bid to seek a fifth term has been met with unprecedented protests - had a two-week medical trip.

State TV carried a statement from the presidency saying he had returned to Algeria after routine medical checks. Images later showed a convoy departing the airport.

The president, who is confined to a wheelchair, has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, prompting critics to question whether he is being used as a puppet candidate by a faction of civilian and military figures.

Massive protests began on February 22 to denounce Bouteflika's plans to extend his rule in the April 18 polls.

Bouteflika has offered to limit his term after the election and has vowed to change the "system" that runs the country. The promises, however, have failed to quell public anger, galvanizing discontent among different sectors, particularly students and other young people.

Some long-time allies of Bouteflika, including members of the ruling FLN party, have expressed support for the protesters, revealing cracks within a ruling elite long seen as invincible.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:12| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Report: US Intel May Be Behind Attack on North Korean Embassy in Spain

FARSNEWS2019/3/11
Report: US Intel May Be Behind Attack on North Korean Embassy in Spain
TEHRAN (FNA)- US intelligence agencies may have been behind the February attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid, during which a group of unidentified people broke into the mission, blocked the diplomats and seized computers, El Confidencial reported on Sunday, citing sources.

According to El Confidencial newspaper, Spain's National Police and the foreign intelligence unit of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) are examining all possible versions of what happened.

Nevertheless, the sources told the newspaper that the theory that the US intelligence agencies, which could have been acting together with other foreign counterparts, were involved in the attack, was gaining momentum.

CNI reportedly suspects that the way the embassy was attacked resembles the "method of work" of the North American intelligence services during secret operations.

The newspaper added that embassy employees, who were in the building at the time of the attack, told investigators that some attackers spoke Korean and could be nationals of South Korea, a "US strategic ally".

In February, reports emerged in Spanish media, saying that a group of attackers had broken into the North Korean embassy in Madrid, effectively took diplomatic personnel hostage for several hours and seized their computers. One of the employees managed to escape and contacted the police.

Another version is that North Korean intelligence services themselves could have been behind the attack. According to the media outlet, the attack may be somehow connected to the former North Korean ambassador in Madrid, who was declared persona non grata and expelled from Spain back in 2017.

Investigators purportedly believe that the attackers were searching for information about the diplomat, who had been enjoying the freedom of movement in Madrid throughout four years of his mission.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

この報道でJNN/TBS はいくらもらったんだろう

最初のJNN/TBSの記事と最後の二つのFARSNEWSの記事を比べると最初の記事の米国サイドの宣伝が露骨に出ていることがわかります。西側MSMで一斉に伝えられました。JNN/TBSはこんな米軍の宣伝記事だけを報じているのです。日本のテレビの報道はそんなものです。こういうテレビを見ていると次第に脳みそが痺れてくるのです。

JNN/TBS
2019年3月11日(月)11時58分
シリア国内にある過激派組織「イスラム国」の最後の拠点を奪還するべく、アメリカの支援を受ける武装組織が攻勢を強めています。
 夜の町に光る火花。過激派組織「イスラム国」が最後の拠点として占拠しているシリア東部の町バグズに、アメリカ軍の支援を受けるクルド人が主体の武装組織、シリア民主軍が10日、攻撃を開始しました。
 AP通信によりますと、これに先立ちシリア民主軍は「イスラム国」側に対し投降を呼びかけ、その期限が終了した現地時間の夕方から攻撃を始めました。
 ただ、バグズの町には3000人から4000人の民間人が取り残されているという情報もあり、死傷者を最小限にとどめるためアメリカ軍のドローンによる上空からの監視のもと、地上作戦が展開されているということです。
 バグズをめぐっては、シリア民主軍が去年9月から攻略を進めてきました。町の中に「イスラム国」の戦闘員以外に「人間の盾」とされた民間人がいたことから、攻撃はたびたび中断していましたが、ここ数日だけでも数千人の民間人が町を脱出していました。(11日08:47) JNN/TBS


BBC2019/3/10
SDF attack Islamic State group's Syria enclave Baghuz
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched another assault on the Islamic State group's last enclave in Syria.
Head of the SDF media office, Mustafa Bali, tweeted their troops were in "direct violent clashes".
Islamic State militants are centred in the town of Baghuz in eastern Syria.
Once the village is taken, the US and its allies are expected to formally declare the end of the "caliphate" proclaimed by IS in 2014.
Despite the loss of territory, the group is still seen as a major security threat capable of mounting attacks in the region and worldwide.
The group once controlled 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) of territory stretching across Syria and neighbouring Iraq, imposed its brutal rule on almost eight million people, and generated billions of dollars from oil, extortion, robbery and kidnapping.
What's happening in eastern Syria?
After five years of fierce battles, local forces backed by world powers have driven IS out of all but a few hundred square metres near Syria's border with Iraq.
Sunday's attack began at about 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT), with air strikes aimed at weapons stores.
SDF and coalition planes are involved in the assault, and the militant camp is now ablaze.
But the SDF has said before that it had launched a "final assault". After intense air and artillery strikes on 1 March, the alliance said it had to slow down the offensive "due to a small number of civilians held as human shields".
About 3,000 people were evacuated on Monday and another 3,500, including 500 militants who surrendered, followed on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a further 2,000 people left Baghuz, Reuters news agency reported. They were taken to an SDF checkpoint where they were searched, questioned and given food and water.
Mr Bali told Reuters news agency no further civilians had come out of the town since Saturday.
He also said more than 4,000 militants have surrendered in the past month. Five SDF fighters who had been held hostage by IS were also freed.
But Mr Bali tweeted that the fate of other hostages remained unknown, including those of Italian priest Paolo Dall'Oglio and Lebanese journalist Samir Kassab.

The Guardian
Islamic State
SDF launches assault on last Isis enclave in eastern Syria
Direct clashes under way and airstrikes target weapons stores in Baghuz

ロイター2019/3/11
U.S.-backed SDF says attack on last Islamic State enclave has begun

RT2019/3/7
SDF hopes to complete evacuation of last ISIS enclave in Syria
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hope the evacuation of people wishing to leave the last enclave of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in eastern Syria will be completed on Thursday. The SDF wants to ensure all civilians have been evacuated from the besieged enclave of Baghouz before launching a final assault. Baghouz is the last shred of populated territory held by IS, which once controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of people, many of them family members of IS militants, have poured out of Baghouz over the last several weeks, Reuters said. Hundreds of militants have also surrendered, according to the SDF. The IS militants are still widely assessed to represent a security threat with a foothold in patches of remote territory and the capacity to mount guerrilla attacks.

FARSNEWS2019/3/10
US Army, SDF Help Thousands of ISIL Terrorists Move out of Eastern Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army and its allied militants helped a large number of the ISIL terrorists to get out of Deir Ezzur province as Washington and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing to declare the end of the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.

"Over 60,000 ISIL terrorists and their families have been helped out of Baghouz region in Eastern Deir Ezzur by the US and the US-backed militants since the beginning of last December," the Kurdish-language Bas news website quoted an informed SDF source as saying.

He noted that over half of the terrorists leaving Eastern Euphrates are Iraqi nationals, and the rest come from a variety of nations.

This comes as the US-led coalition and their allied militants are eyeing an agreement with terrorists to exit the areas under their control in Eastern Euphrates in a bid to declare the end of the ISIL in the region.

In a relevant development in late February, the Syrian sources said that the US Army transferred senior ISIL commanders to safe places in lieu of receiving over 50 tons of gold treasure from the terrorists.

According to the initial information obtained in Deir Ezzur, the US Army troops stationed in Al-Jazeera region of Eastern Euphrates agreed with the ISIL commanders to relocate them to safe places after receiving tens of tons of gold ingot that the terrorists had stolen from different parts of Syria and Iraq, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

The local sources, meantime, reported that the US Army took control of ISIL's 50 tons of gold treasure in Baqouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur after it had reached an agreement with the terrorists.

They pointed to the recent intensified movements by the US choppers concurrent with flights over several ISIL-controlled regions in Eastern Euphrates, and said that the US has conducted important heliborne operations in key areas where the ISIL commanders' hideouts are located and where the gold treasure was hidden.

In a relevant development earlier last month, a source close to Kurdish forces said that the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to weigh around 50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.

Bas News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans have transferred tens of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL terrorists in Baghouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country and only kept a small portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish fighters.

The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity reiterated that about 50 tons of ISIL's gold has been sent to the US from the US military base in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo.

The report comes as the US has been using the airport in Southern Kobani for transferring consignments and military equipment in recent years.

In a relevant development earlier last month, the US Army troops took out a sum of 40 tons of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing with the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce the end of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.

"The US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur as saying.

The sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of Syria.

The US troops reportedly took out a group of ISIL terrorist commanders from Eastern Syria in two heliborne operations in Hajin region of Eastern Deir Ezzur and al-Dashisheh in Southern Hasaka and they were directed to the place where the gold treasure was hidden.

In a relevant development also last month, the London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) said the Washington-backed militants were trying to find and seize millions of dollars and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the ISIL terrorist group.

The SOHR reported that the ISIL terrorists had stolen about 40 tons of gold and millions of dollars from the population once under their control in Iraq and Syria, which was later transferred to Eastern Euphrates in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

"The US-led coalition forces and the SDF deliberately do not target the areas under the control of the ISIL terrorists and commanders in Eastern Euphrates in Deir Ezzur as they are trying to locate this treasure by forcing the ISIL militants to speak about its location after surrendering," it quoted informed sources as saying.

They noted that part of the cash dollars and gold have been transferred from Turkey to the areas under the ISIL control by Turkish brokers and intelligence service who have close ties with the ISIL.

Meantime, an SDF Commander, Adnan Afrin, said that the ISIL is now under the siege of the SDF in an area no larger than one square kilometers in Eastern Euphrates.

In a relevant development earlier in February, a prominent Syrian military expert revealed that Washington plans to transfer the remnants of the ISIL terrorists from Eastern Euphrates to other regions through Turkey and Iraq.

The Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as saying that less than 600 ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in Eastern Euphrates who will be soon evacuated from the region to foreign territories.

He added that the operations to transfer these militants will be conducted similar to the operations earlier carried out to evacuate the ISIL terrorists from Raqqa, saying that the US forces will transfer them via Iraq or Turkey to some other Arab states for future operations.

Issa questioned the US forces' claims of fighting against the terrorist groups along with the SDF, stressing that the Syrian army will soon move to retake control over this region.

FARSNEWS2019/3/11
Tens of Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes on Refugee Camp in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of civilians were killed and wounded in airstrikes and artillery attacks by the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on a refugee camp in Eastern Deir Ezzur, the Arabic-language media reported.

"About 60 civilians, including children, were killed and 15 others were wounded in the US-led airstrikes and SDF artillery attacks on residential areas in a refugee camp located in the town of al-Baqouz in Eastern Deir Ezzur," the SANA news agency reported.

It said that the US-led airstrikes on al-Baqouz refugee camp left more than 50 civilians, including children, killed.

Meantime, pro-militant Baldi news website also reported that seven civilians, including a number of children, were killed and over 15 others were wounded in artillery attacks by SDF on al-Baqouz.

In a relevant development in February, the US-led coalition fighter jets pounded a camp of Syrian civilians who had fled from the ISIL's captivity in the town of Baghouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

The Arabic-language media said that a sum of 70 Syrians had been killed or wounded in the US-led airstrikes, adding that the toll is expected to rise due to deteriorating conditions of the injured and difficulties in rendering aid to them.

In a relevant air raid in January, the US-led airstrikes killed at least 31 civilians in the village of al-Baghouz Foqani.

"The number of civilians killed in the US airstrikes on people's houses in the village of al-Baghouz Foqani has reached 31 so far," the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources as saying.

The daily noted that the victims belonged to three families who came under the US air raids as they were fleeing the ISIL-controlled areas in the region.


Rudaw2019/3/12
Baghouz: ISIS militants retreat underground as coalition offensive resumes
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Islamic State fighters are using a network of tunnels under the village of Baghouz, eastern Syria, to avoid being targeted by coalition warplanes and Kurdish-led forces, which have resumed attacks on the last jihadist redoubt.

Coalition jets are targeting Islamic State (ISIS) positions inside the besieged village, including weapons depots and food stores.

Fierce fighting is expected to continue late into the night on Monday, according to Rudaw’s reporter on the front line.

“Daesh fighters are hiding in the tunnels,” an Arab fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Rudaw, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“It is a street fight. ISIS fighters are only meters away from us. I asked one of their foreign fighters, who came close, to surrender and his life will be protected, but he refused.”

Hawar News, a media agency close to the ruling authority of Rojava, reported that progress has been slowed further by the density of landmines in the area.

Advancing forces face another hidden foe, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali told Rudaw – snipers, using tunnels and spider holes to target reconnaissance teams.

“Our forces have liberated this area. This area was inhabited by civilians. About 50 of our comrades went in there, 50 meters from here, for reconnaissance,” said Bali, adding there is only a distance of 100 meters between their forces and ISIS.

Fighting has repeatedly paused in recent weeks as the SDF opened corridors to allow civilians and surrendering ISIS members to evacuate.

Those who cross SDF lines are interrogated. Suspected militants are taken into custody, while civilians and the families of fighters are removed to makeshift camps.

If no more families emerge from the village within the next three days, the SDF and coalition will launch their final push into Baghouz, SDF officials told Rudaw.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, UK-based war monitor, says a further 340 ISIS fighters and their families left Baghouz in the last 48 hours, bring the total to emerge from the last ISIS redoubt to almost 50,000.

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

2019年03月11日

Boeing 737 MAX 8 がまた墜落 搭乗は避ける 中国が運航停止を命令

Boeing 737 MAX 8がインドネシアに続いてエチオピアでまた墜落しました。致命的な欠陥があるようです。米国のハイテク製品の技術的な手落ちが目立ちます。戦闘機でもオスプレイでも。スマホ、5Gでは中国製品に太刀打ちできず。
米国は経済制裁でイランが米国製、欧州製旅客機を購入できなくしています。イランは、ロシア製か中国製の旅客機を購入するしかなくなっています。米国の敵に塩を送る戦略は自国の製造技術の低下が加わり、影響が注目されます。

FARSNEWS2019/3/11
Boeing Cancels 777X Launch Event After Ethiopian Airlines’ MAX 8 Crash
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ceremonial debut of Boeing’s 777x wide body aircraft, planned for March 13 in Seattle, will be postponed indefinitely, the company announced, following the second deadly accident in just five months involving its 737 Max 8 plane.

“We will look for an opportunity to mark the new plane with the world in the near future,” Boeing said in a statement Sunday night, emphasizing that at the moment the company was focused on “supporting” Ethiopian Airlines in the wake of the tragic air accident, which claimed 157 lives, RT reported.

RT2019/3/10
Months after a deadly crash in Indonesia involving the same model, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, minutes after take-off.

Operated by Ethiopian Airlines, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 was on a routine flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to the Kenyan capital. The airline confirmed that there were no survivors.

ロイター
China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 Max aircraft
World News
March 11, 2019 / 9:55 AM / Updated 23 minutes ago
China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 Max aircraft
Josh Horwitz, John Ruwitch
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s aviation regulator said on Monday it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend their Boeing Co 737 MAX aircraft operations by 6 p.m. (5.00 a.m. ET) following a deadly crash of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines.

Wikipediaによる運用者
2019年1月現在
中華人民共和国 中国南方航空
中華人民共和国 中国国際航空
中華人民共和国 中国東方航空
中華人民共和国 海南航空
中華人民共和国 九元航空
中華人民共和国 山東航空
中華人民共和国 深圳航空
中華人民共和国 厦門航空
大韓民国 イースター航空
インドネシア ライオン航空
インドネシア ガルーダ・インドネシア航空
シンガポール シルクエアー
フィジー フィジー航空
インド スパイスジェット
カザフスタン SCAT航空
トルコ トルコ航空
アラブ首長国連邦 フライドバイ
カタール カタール航空
オマーン オマーン・エア
イギリス TUIエアウェイズ
アイスランド アイスランド航空
チェコ スマートウイングス
ノルウェー ノルウェー・エアシャトル
エチオピア エチオピア航空
モロッコ ロイヤル・エア・モロッコ
モーリタニア モーリタニア航空
アメリカ合衆国 アメリカン航空
アメリカ合衆国 ユナイテッド航空
アメリカ合衆国 サウスウエスト航空
カナダ エア・カナダ
カナダ ウエストジェット航空
メキシコ アエロメヒコ航空
パナマ コパ航空
ブラジル ゴル航空
アルゼンチン アルゼンチン航空

事故は離陸直後に起きています。国際空港の周辺は墜落事故に注意が必要かも。

2018年11月11日
新鋭機 Boeing 737 MAX 8 は大丈夫か
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:10| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

春になったら私もコードピンク

米国の反戦活動団体コードピンクがイランに行ったそうです。プレスコンファレンスの模様。少し寂しい感じですが、男性も含めてピンクのシャツを着ています。

そして女性はみなスカーフをかぶっています。メンバーの髪はそんなに人を惑わすほどの威力がなさそうですが、それでも現地の風習を尊重という姿勢を示しているのは注目されます。イランでは若い女性にスカーフの着用強制に反対する動きも出ています。







私もピンクのシャツを持っています。昨年は、それを着ていたら窓からおばあさんが手を振ってくれました。

2018年05月05日
窓からばあさんに手を振ってもらった日

でもメンバーが着ているTシャツは、どちらかというとショッキングピンクですよね。この色はちょっと難しいかも。それに何か文字を入れなければ。

Anti-Nuke Anti-War がいいかな。シャツの背中に書き込むのはどうしたらよいでしょうかね。グルーガンを使ってみようかな。

コードピンクが帰国後FBIに脅された。
FARSNEWS2019/3/10
Codepink Co-Founder Scared by FBI Upon Arrival from Iran Visit
TEHRAN (FNA)- The co-founder of Codepink, an anti-war NGO based in the US, claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have intimidated her and a colleague, another member of the peace group, after they came back to Washington D.C. from Iran.

Speaking to The Real News Network, Medea Benjamin stated that she and Mary Ann Wright, a retired United States Army colonel and retired US State Department official, got "called to a secondary screening" after they returned from Iran.

Benjamin continued that they were greeted by "FBI agents who had a whole dossier on us, of what we did which mostly from our own websites and our blogs".

"They also have a packet of information for us about the sanctions on Iran... the US government policies towards Iran... the issue about registering as a foreign agent, indictment of Iranian groups to scare us away from talking to them," she added.

"Yes, it was not the warm welcome that we received when we went to Iran," Benjamin stressed.

Code Pink activists visited Iran in February and met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and students at University of Tehran. After the meeting, Benjamin criticized US President Donald Trump for "ramping up confrontation with Iran".

Few days later, they had a press conference at Fars News Agency (FNA) College of Journalism in Tehran, lashing out at Washington for its hostile policies and sanctions against Iran and warning that the US' wrong policies could provoke war in the Middle-East.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米軍がシリアのテロリストを解散させている

米軍がSDFに命じてISISテロリストの安全な退出路を提供しているようです。アルバグダーディがISISのテロリストにSDFに降伏することを命じ、上級指揮者がもうアルバグダーディの命令には従わないと造反しているとあります。

このところ、テロリストのシリアの支配地域からの退出が続いており、英国はテロリストの妻となってシリアにいた英国人女性の入国を認めないとの説も流れています。

次の画像は、テロリストの一人で移動途中のようです。すごい風貌です。靴を履いていません、靴下は穴が開いています。彼らはこんな服装で戦っていました。


米国は兵士の多くを引き上げます。もうテロリストを指揮するものはいなくなります。シリア政府軍につかまる前にテロリストを逃がそうという作戦です。さもないと何千人、何万人ものテロリストがみな捕虜になる、そして誰に雇われたか、どんな指揮命令系統の下で戦っていたかなどをしゃべってしまうからです。

シリア南東部の米軍の管理下にあるルクバン難民キャンプでは、テロリストが難民の脱出を妨げています。彼らをどこに連れ出すか、イラク、ヨルダンが近いのですが、ヨルダンは受け入れない、イラクでは軍などがテロリストを捕らえようと待ち構えている。

これらのテロリストが最終的にどこに流れ込むのでしょう。シリア人やイラク人だけではありません。中央アジアやアフリカからも来ています。もちろん欧州からも。彼らに帰るべき場所はあるか。

もともと彼らは経済的な困窮をなんとかすべく出稼ぎにきたのです。1日の日当100ドルと聞かされて。ここまで生き残った人はそれなりのカネも貯めたかもしれません。しかし、トルコに渡るには1万ドルが必要な例もあるとされています。

米国配下でこれらの人々は弾薬と同様に扱われました。現代が歴史上人権が最も尊重される時代であるとするならば、米国のやったことは歴史上の消し難い汚点として残ります。

米国に抱いている幻想は捨てるべきです。日本と米国の関係を見直すべきです。
シリアのテロリストの行進風景です。出てくる幹部の顔から何年も前のもののように見えます。これだけの人員・物量を養うにはいくらかかるでしょう。その費用を何年も誰かがポケットマネーで負担しうると思いますか? 国家レベルの支援がなければこんなことはできません。サウジなどが金を出したとしても彼らが独自の判断でこういうことを組織推進できるとは考えられません。


※ Bassem @BBassem7
You ask what is the Syrian Army facing in Eastern Ghouta? the answer is 15,000+ heavily armed Islamist fighters supported by Saudi and Qatar, including AlQaeda.
Just watch what we are up against.
Would your government accept the presence of such militants near your capital?
https://twitter.com/BBassem7/status/967808441946271745

上で行進していたテロリストも含まれるかわかりませんが、多くのテロリストが死にました。生き残ったテロリスト。
※ Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai氏の2019/3/3のツイート
The best photo I have seen since 2014.
The soldiers of the Caliphate #ISIS looking at the ground humiliated.






※ Observer IL -O型B型️ @Obs_IL氏の2019/3/のツイート
#US-backed #SDF has screened those fleeing #Baghouz #Syria and caught #ISIL members such Alija Keserovic 23 years old from Bosnia-Herzegovina, under #Interpol arrest warrant. My guess, he was either a sniper or a spotter にこにこ


※ Fares Shehabi MP @ShehabiFares氏の2019/3/9のツイート
How could all of these jihadis gather from more than 100 nations to form a strong entity called ISIS in such a short time?! Are you sure Western intelligence agencies are innocent?

FARSNEWS2018/3/9
Raqqa: US Army Choppers Rescue ISIL Commanders Holding Valuable Intel
TEHRAN (FNA)- The American Army has relocated several ISIL commanders with important information on the US by conducting heliborne operations in Raqqa province.

The US-led coalition helped four senior ISIL commanders to escape Raqqa province in a heliborne operation that included six helicopters flying in al-Rafedin region in al-Tabaqa town in Southwestern Raqqa, local sources in Raqqa said.

The sources, meantime, noted that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had besieged the region where heliborne operations were conducted.

Meantime, the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik News Agency said that the relocated ISIL terrorist commanders had previously fled to Raqqa after the Syrian and Russian armies conducted military operations to set free the city of al-Qoryatayn in Homs province.

It noted that the ISIL commanders most probably have secrets of the US Army troops with them.

In a relevant development last month, a source close to Kurdish forces said that the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to weigh around 50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.

The Kurdish-language Bas News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans have transferred tens of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL terrorists in Baghouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country and only kept a small portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish fighters.

The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity reiterated that about 50 tons of ISIL's gold has been sent to the US from the US military base in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo.

The report comes as the US has been using the airport in Southern Kobani for transferring consignments and military equipment in recent years.

In a relevant development also month, the US Army troops took out a sum of 40 tons of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing with the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce the end of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.

"The US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said.

The sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of Syria.

The US troops reportedly took out a group of ISIL terrorist commanders from Eastern Syria in two heliborne operations in Hajin region of Eastern Deir Ezzur and al-Dashisheh in Southern Hasaka and they were directed to the place where the gold treasure was hidden.

Also last month, the London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) said the Washington-backed militants were trying to find and seize millions of dollars and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the ISIL terrorist group.

The SOHR reported that the ISIL terrorists had stolen about 40 tons of gold and millions of dollars from the population once under their control in Iraq and Syria, which was later transferred to Eastern Euphrates in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

"The US-led coalition forces and the SDF deliberately do not target the areas under the control of the ISIL terrorists and commanders in Eastern Euphrates in Deir Ezzur as they are trying to locate this treasure by forcing the ISIL militants to speak about its location after surrendering," it quoted informed sources as saying.

They noted that part of the cash dollars and gold have been transferred from Turkey to the areas under the ISIL control by Turkish brokers and intelligence service who have close ties with the ISIL.

Meantime, an SDF Commander, Adnan Afrin, said that the ISIL is now under the siege of the SDF in an area no larger than one square kilometers in Eastern Euphrates.

In a relevant development earlier in February, a prominent Syrian military expert revealed that Washington plans to transfer the remnants of the ISIL terrorists from Eastern Euphrates to other regions through Turkey and Iraq.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as saying that less than 600 ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in Eastern Euphrates who will be soon evacuated from the region to foreign territories.

He added that the operations to transfer these militants will be conducted similar to the operations earlier carried out to evacuate the ISIL terrorists from Raqqa, saying that the US forces will transfer them via Iraq or Turkey to some other Arab states for future operations.

Issa questioned the US forces' claims of fighting against the terrorist groups along with the SDF, stressing that the Syrian army will soon move to retake control over this region.

Media reports said last Sunday that the US army had agreed with the ISIL on the latter's exit from areas under Washington's control in Eastern Euphrates.

The US-led coalition troops and the SDF had reached an agreement with the ISIL terrorists on the militants' retreat from areas under the control of the US and its allied forces, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV news channel reported.

It pointed to the preparations by the ISIL to move its terrorists out of Eastern Euphrates, and said that the ISIL terrorists might be transferred to al-Anbar desert of Badiya al-Tanf in Western Iraq.

The report comes as the SDF claimed that it had started the final battle for uprooting the remaining elements of the ISIL from Eastern Euphrates.

Also the Arabic-language service of RT quoted media activists as saying on Saturday that the US-led coalition forces have carried out heliborne operations in the Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur.

It added that two US Apache helicopters have landed in Falitah region of Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur, taking away 7 big boxes whose contents were not known.


FARSNEWS2018/2/28
Security Expert Informs of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Global Recruitment Plan
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi Kurdish security expert underlined the presence of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraqi territories, saying that he plots to revive the ISIL and recruit fresh terrorists.

Hawkar al-Jaf was quoted by the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm as saying that Baghdadi has moved from Syria to Iraq revive the ISIL and is now stationed in al-Tharthar region near the border with Samarra island.

He added that al-Baghdadi is largely relying on recruitment of the sons of those ISIL militants who have been killed in the battlefields and the Caliphate's Lion Cubs, the children trained by the terrorist group for operations.

Al-Jaf said that the ISIL plots to show off its power militarily and in media by launching unique operations in Iraq and other countries of the world and media warfare to recruit forces across the world.

He added given the fact that Baghdadi is protected in Iraq under heavy security measures, he might be able to carry out his plan in the region and the world for ISIL's survival.

In relevant remarks on Monday, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament accused the US of sheltering al-Baghdadi in Ein al-Assad military base in Western Iraq, and warned that 3,000 ISIL terrorists are being trained in the country to foment insecurity again.

Hassan Salem, the representative of al-Fatah coalition in the Iraqi parliament, was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying that al-Baghdadi was being supported by the US forces in the Western desert of Iraq.

He added that Ein al-Assad base provides logistical support for al-Baghdadi, noting that he is freely trafficking between Iraq and Syria with their backing.

Salem also said that the US forces have trained and equipped over 3,000 ISIL terrorists in Wadi al-Houran region with the aim of fomenting insecurity and revival of the ISIL in Iraq and sent them to Nineveh, al-Anbar and Saladin provinces.

He added that the US support for al-Baghdadi and other terrorists in Iraq comes as the Iraqi parliament plans to approve a bill to expel all foreign forces from the country.

FARSNEWS2018/2/28
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of ISIL terrorists have been transferred to the US base in Deir Ezzur and the American forces have evacuated family members of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other senior commanders from the Eastern parts of the province, pro-militant media said.

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday that over 700 people, including 40 ISIL militants, a large number of them from Turkistani and Asian origins, left Eastern Deir Ezzur on 15 trucks belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

It added that the ISIL members have been transferred to the US-led coalition's base in Deir Ezzur, noting that 51,750 people with different nationalities have been evacuated from the region so far.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm quoted a local Iraqi source as saying that the SDF has transferred 21 families of ISIL militants, including the family members of al-Baghdadi, from Baqouz region in Eastern Deir Ezzur to an unknown place after an agreement with the US forces.

In a relevant development on Monday, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament accused the US of sheltering ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Ein al-Assad military base in Western Iraq, and warned that 3,000 ISIL terrorists are being trained in the country to foment insecurity again.

Hassan Salem, the representative of al-Fatah coalition in the Iraqi parliament, was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying on Monday that al-Baghdadi was being supported by the US forces in the Western desert of Iraq.

He added that Ein al-Assad base provides logistical support for al-Baghdadi, noting that he is freely trafficking between Iraq and Syria with their backing.

Salem also said that the US forces had trained and equipped over 3,000 ISIL terrorists in Wadi al-Houran region with the aim of fomenting insecurity and revival of the ISIL in Iraq and sent them to Nineveh, al-Anbar and Saladin provinces.

He added that the US support for al-Baghdadi and other terrorists in Iraq comes as the Iraqi parliament plans to approve a bill to expel all foreign forces from the country.

FARSNEWS2019/3/7
Several Senior ISIL Commanders Riot against Al-Baghdadi in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Six senior ISIL commanders, including an Iraqi and a Libyan commander, in Baqouz region of Eastern Deir Ezzur declared that they will no more fight under the command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm news website reported on Thursday that the decision was made after hundreds of ISIL terrorists surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) upon Baghdadi's order, adding that there are deep differences among the ISIL members and commanders in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

It added that the 6 commanders wanted the ISIL militants to remain in the region and fight against the Kurds.

Thousands of ISIL terrorists have left their last occupied positions in Eastern Euphrates so far after an agreement between the US-led coalition and the SDF with the ISIL.

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a sum of 58,000 people, including 6,000 ISIL militants, have evacuated the last areas under their control in Eastern Euphrates.

Media reports said on Wednesday that over 2,000 ISIL militants had left their last base in Eastern Euphrates with the help of the US-led coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces as Washington and the SDF were planning to declare the end of the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.

"More than two thousands ISIL terrorists who were stationed in al-Baqouz town in Eastern Euphrates near Syria's borders with Iraq surrendered to the SDF on Monday after they were given a safe corridor," the Kurdish-language Bas News website reported.

Meantime, the SOHR reported that a sum of 3,140 ISIL militants and their families left the last areas under their control in Eastern Euphrates.

The pro-militant Baldi news website also pointed to the presence of about 1,000 ISIL terrorists in Baqouz, and said that the surrendered ISIL militants will be transferred to the US-controlled Omar oilfield.

Meantime, sources close to the SDF said they would impose full control over the town of Baqouz to declare the end of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates in coming days.

FARSNEWS2019/2/24
Iraqi Sources: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Planning to Organize ISIL in Western Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has entered Western Iraq to reorganize the terrorist group there amid contradictory reports on his fate, media reports said.

Al-Baghdadi, accompanied by a number of his senior commanders, has arrived in al-Hasiniat region in Al-Anbar desert, the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm news website quoted an intel source as saying.

The source noted that al-Baghdadi is trying to reorganize the ISIL terrorist group by utilizing al-Anbar desert and turning it into ISIL's new base.

Meantime, strategic expert Hesham al-Hashemi told Baghdad l-Youm that al-Baghdadi is in a region in Raveh Island or West of al-Sarsar in al-Anbar province.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Iraqi sources revealed that the US wants to occupy the Western parts of the country with the help of the ISIL terrorists after transferring them from Eastern Syria to its bases in the region.

Mohammad al-Baldawi, the representative of al-Bana coalition in the Iraqi parliament, told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that the US forces have transferred all terrorists and their family members, who have recently surrendered at the Syrian borders, to the US bases in Iraq.

He referred to collaboration between the US and the ISIL terrorists, and warned that the terrorist group will be reorganized for operations against Iraq's security.

Meantime, Qusai al-Anbari, the head of Badr organization's office, said that the ISIL militants have been sheltered in the US military bases and the desert areas near these bases, adding that all terrorist operations in al-Anbar are conducted with Americans' direct supervision.

He added that the US forces stationed in al-Anbar want to pave the ground for the ISIL to occupy certain cities and areas in the region.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iraq's security experts disclosed that the US Army was training ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province after relocating them from Syria to Iraq to prepare them for creating insecurity in the country.

"The US Army troops are preparing and training the ISIL militants in al-Qadaf and Wadi al-Houran regions of Al-Anbar province with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks and restarting insecurity in Iraq," al-Ma'aloumeh quoted Kazim al-Haaj, an Iraqi security expert, as saying.

He noted that according to the intel obtained from Iraqi security forces in Al-Anbar province, the US had transferred the ISIL terrorists on Apache and Chinook helicopters to Iraq.

Pointing to the occupation of several regions in Western Iraq, including Wadi al-Houran and al-Qadaf, al-Haaj reiterated that the US Army was using this opportunity to deploy the ISIL terrorists after training them in areas where it plans to make hot.

※ Charlotte Gracias @CMAGracias氏の2019/2/27のツイート
Wow. #Terrorists paying to leave #Syria.
According to the SOHR, every #Deash militant has paid $10000 to be allowed to leave the region, noting that a terrorist of the Uzbeki origin even paid $50,000 for himself and his family members to escape.

FARSNEWS2019/3/1
Syria's Artifacts, ISIL's Foreign Commanders Transferred to Turkey by Kurdish Fighters, Ankara-Backed Militants
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 142 families of ISIL commanders and foreign militants together with Syria's historic monuments have been relocated to Turkey from Eastern Euphrates with the help of the US-backed Kurdish fighters and Ankara's allied militants, Arab media reports said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted dissident sources as saying that a network comprising tens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Ankara-backed militants transferred the historic monuments as well as the ISIL commanders, terrorists and their families to Northern Aleppo and from there to Turkey.

The sources explained that over 142 families of the ISIL commanders and terrorists have been relocated to Turkey from Eastern Euphrates on military vehicles after paying cash up to $90,000.

Meantime, a number of Syrian militants and their families have also moved towards Idlib province.

In a relevant development on Thursday, pro-militant media reported that tens of ISIL terrorists have been transferred to the US base in Deir Ezzur and the American forces have evacuated family members of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other senior commanders from the Eastern parts of the province, pro-militant media said.

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday that over 700 people, including 40 ISIL militants, a large number of them from Turkistani and Asian origins, left Eastern Deir Ezzur on 15 trucks belonging to the SDF.

It added that the ISIL members have been transferred to the US-led coalition's base in Deir Ezzur, noting that 51,750 people with different nationalities have been evacuated from the region so far.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm quoted a local Iraqi source as saying that the SDF has transferred 21 families of ISIL militants, including the family members of al-Baghdadi, from Baqouz region in Eastern Deir Ezzur to an unknown place after an agreement with the US forces.

In a relevant development on Monday, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament accused the US of sheltering ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Ein al-Assad military base in Western Iraq, and warned that 3,000 ISIL terrorists are being trained in the country to foment insecurity again.

Hassan Salem, the representative of al-Fatah coalition in the Iraqi parliament, was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying on Monday that al-Baghdadi was being supported by the US forces in the Western desert of Iraq.

He added that Ein al-Assad base provides logistical support for al-Baghdadi, noting that he is freely trafficking between Iraq and Syria with their backing.

Salem also said that the US forces had trained and equipped over 3,000 ISIL terrorists in Wadi al-Houran region with the aim of fomenting insecurity and revival of the ISIL in Iraq and sent them to Nineveh, al-Anbar and Saladin provinces.

He added that the US support for al-Baghdadi and other terrorists in Iraq comes as the Iraqi parliament plans to approve a bill to expel all foreign forces from the country.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:43| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年03月10日

US Says Venezuela Sanctions Intended ‘to Motivate People to Change’, Guaido ‘Not A Puppet’

US Says Venezuela Sanctions Intended ‘to Motivate People to Change’, Guaido ‘Not A Puppet’
TEHRAN (FNA)- US special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams maintained that the regime change project in Caracas was still on track, with even more sanctions sure to persuade Venezuelans into backing the US-chosen opposition leader any day now.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department on Friday, Abrams tried to put the best face on the ongoing failure of Washington to replace the “regime” of President Nicolas Maduro with the “democracy” of self-proclaimed opposition leader Juan Guaido, RT reported.

Abrams went so far as to blame Maduro for Thursday’s power blackouts, which the Venezuelan government stressed were a result of Washington sabotage.

He maintained that most Venezuelans, as well as the majority of the country’s military, were unhappy with Maduro, but could not answer why only a handful of soldiers have switched sides to back Guaido.

"It doesn’t look like it’s happening until the day it begins to happen," he stated.

Instead, Abrams offered wishful thinking, hoping the soldiers “follow their own constitution” that Maduro was supposedly violating.

Asked about a letter sent by 16 House Democrats – including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ro Khanna and Tulsi Gabbard – expressing concern about US sanctions and violent threats, Abrams said the sanctions were meant to be temporary.

“The purpose is to motivate people to change their behavior,” he stated, adding that “it’s not just a punishment, we hope it’s also an inducement to change pattern of behavior”.

Abrams also offered a novel argument against the claim that Guaido was a “US puppet”, by saying that support he received from US allies in Latin America, Canada and Europe definitively disproved that.

So far, however, US pressure has failed to sway Venezuelans to back Guaido, who proclaimed himself “interim president” in January. The self-proclaimed leader was recognized by the US and 53 of its allies, but not by the rest of the world or the UN.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US Embassy employee brings MORTAR SHELL to Moscow’s main airport

US Embassy employee brings MORTAR SHELL to Moscow’s main airport
Security at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow was stunned to discover a mortar shell in the luggage of a US Embassy employee heading to London. The Foreign Ministry said the incident was a “provocation” and demanded explanations.

The eyebrow-raising discovery of “an object resembling a mortar shell with a fuse” was made on Saturday morning and a bomb squad was immediatly even called in.

The specialists could breath a sigh of relief, however, as it emerged that the shell had no explosive compound inside. Only small traces of a blasting agent remained, officials confirmed.

Making the situation even more bizarre, the person who tried to smuggle the forbidden cargo has been identified as an employee of the US Embassy in Moscow, who was traveling to New York.

Trying to cool things down, the US citizen explained that he bought an empty mortar shell without an explosive compound for his "private collection,” according to the Russian side. His immediate problems with law enforcement apparently ended there as he was allowed to leave.

Though missing his flight due to the ordeal, the American still received assistance from airport staff in obtaining a ticket for the next US-bound plane. Sadly enough for the man, his collection will be deprived of the new item as he had to leave the shell back in Moscow.

Even though the object seems to have posed no imminent threat, the move did not sit well with the Russian Foreign Ministry, which decried the incident as a planned “provocation” by the US side.

Earlier this week, a similarly bizarre incident occurred at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania, when a disassembled RPG was discovered in the luggage of a man from Florida.

The owner of the weapon was surprised to learn that he was doing something illegal. Luckily, the rocket launcher was not in working order and a shell that came with it turned out to be a replica.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年03月09日

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

globalresearch
America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group
Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014.

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union.

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”

During the 1970’s the CIA used the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a barrier, both to thwart Soviet expansion and prevent the spread of Marxist ideology among the Arab masses. The United States also openly supported Sarekat Islam against Sukarno in Indonesia, and supported the Jamaat-e-Islami terror group against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan. Last but certainly not least, there is Al Qaeda.

Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980’s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan.

America’s relationship with Al Qaeda has always been a love-hate affair. Depending on whether a particular Al Qaeda terrorist group in a given region furthers American interests or not, the U.S. State Department either funds or aggressively targets that terrorist group. Even as American foreign policy makers claim to oppose Muslim extremism, they knowingly foment it as a weapon of foreign policy.

The Islamic State is its latest weapon that, much like Al Qaeda, is certainly backfiring. ISIS recently rose to international prominence after its thugs began beheading American journalists. Now the terrorist group controls an area the size of the United Kingdom.

In order to understand why the Islamic State has grown and flourished so quickly, one has to take a look at the organization’s American-backed roots. The 2003 American invasion and occupation of Iraq created the pre-conditions for radical Sunni groups, like ISIS, to take root. America, rather unwisely, destroyed Saddam Hussein’s secular state machinery and replaced it with a predominantly Shiite administration. The U.S. occupation caused vast unemployment in Sunni areas, by rejecting socialism and closing down factories in the naive hope that the magical hand of the free market would create jobs. Under the new U.S.-backed Shiite regime, working class Sunni’s lost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Unlike the white Afrikaners in South Africa, who were allowed to keep their wealth after regime change, upper class Sunni’s were systematically dispossessed of their assets and lost their political influence. Rather than promoting religious integration and unity, American policy in Iraq exacerbated sectarian divisions and created a fertile breading ground for Sunni discontent, from which Al Qaeda in Iraq took root.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) used to have a different name: Al Qaeda in Iraq. After 2010 the group rebranded and refocused its efforts on Syria.

There are essentially three wars being waged in Syria: one between the government and the rebels, another between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and yet another between America and Russia. It is this third, neo-Cold War battle that made U.S. foreign policy makers decide to take the risk of arming Islamist rebels in Syria, because Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, is a key Russian ally. Rather embarrassingly, many of these Syrian rebels have now turned out to be ISIS thugs, who are openly brandishing American-made M16 Assault rifles.

America’s Middle East policy revolves around oil and Israel. The invasion of Iraq has partially satisfied Washington’s thirst for oil, but ongoing air strikes in Syria and economic sanctions on Iran have everything to do with Israel. The goal is to deprive Israel’s neighboring enemies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas, of crucial Syrian and Iranian support.

ISIS is not merely an instrument of terror used by America to topple the Syrian government; it is also used to put pressure on Iran.

The last time Iran invaded another nation was in 1738. Since independence in 1776, the U.S. has been engaged in over 53 military invasions and expeditions. Despite what the Western media’s war cries would have you believe, Iran is clearly not the threat to regional security, Washington is. An Intelligence Report published in 2012, endorsed by all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies, confirms that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Truth is, any Iranian nuclear ambition, real or imagined, is as a result of American hostility towards Iran, and not the other way around.

America is using ISIS in three ways: to attack its enemies in the Middle East, to serve as a pretext for U.S. military intervention abroad, and at home to foment a manufactured domestic threat, used to justify the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

By rapidly increasing both government secrecy and surveillance, Mr. Obama’s government is increasing its power to watch its citizens, while diminishing its citizens’ power to watch their government. Terrorism is an excuse to justify mass surveillance, in preparation for mass revolt.

The so-called “War on Terror” should be seen for what it really is: a pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized U.S. military. The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions. Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.

In fact, more than seventy American companies and individuals have won up to $27 billion in contracts for work in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan over the last three years, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity. According to the study, nearly 75 per cent of these private companies had employees or board members, who either served in, or had close ties to, the executive branch of the Republican and Democratic administrations, members of Congress, or the highest levels of the military.

In 1997, a U.S. Department of Defense report stated, “the data show a strong correlation between U.S. involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the U.S.” Truth is, the only way America can win the “War On Terror” is if it stops giving terrorists the motivation and the resources to attack America. Terrorism is the symptom; American imperialism in the Middle East is the cancer. Put simply, the War on Terror is terrorism; only, it is conducted on a much larger scale by people with jets and missiles.

Garikai Chengu is a research scholar at Harvard University. Contact him on garikai.chengu@gmail.com



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:27| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年03月08日

米国が外国金融機関に対しマドゥーロの政権と取引をしないよう制裁を振りかざして警告

FARSNEWS25019/3/7
Bolton: US Puts Foreign Financial Institutions on Notice of Sanctions If They Deal with Maduro
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington warned foreign financial institutions that they might face repercussions if they facilitate transactions that benefit the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which the US called “illegitimate”.

“The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network,” US National Security Advisor John Bolton said in a statement released by the White House, RT reported.

He was repeating the earlier threat by US special envoy Elliott Abrams.

Washington also reiterated that it “strongly supports” what it called “democratic transition in Venezuela” led by the self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who has enjoyed consistent support from the US and some of its allies ever since he announced his leadership bid.

The national security adviser also stated that the US “is pursuing several new diplomatic and economic initiatives in support of that transition” but did not reveal any specific details.

Washington has been long tightening its economic grip on the defiant Latin American state. Apart from hitting Caracas with numerous sanctions that contributed to the economic woes of Venezuela, the US also “confiscated” $30 billion from the Latin American nation, according to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

Washington has offered $20 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela, but the Maduro government has rejected it on the grounds that it could be a Trojan horse to smuggle weapons into the country – a tactic the US has used in the region in the past.

The US government also transferred control of some of the seized Venezuelan assets over to Guaido.

Washington has canceled the visas of almost 80 Venezuelan officials, Vice President Mike Pence has announced, as the US increases pressure on the defiant Latin American state.

The US will rescind 77 visas held by officials in the Maduro government or by their family members, Pence said on Wednesday, adding that Washington will continue to pressure the Maduro government until “freedom” in Venezuela is restored.

Last Saturday, the US already revoked visas from 49 Venezuelans. Earlier, six Venezuelan officials, including the head of the National Guard and the police chief of Táchira state, which borders Colombia, were added to the US blacklist for their role in preventing the US humanitarian aid delivery to Venezuela.

Washington and some of its allies, including many European and Latin American states, also actively support Guaido. Meanwhile, Russia, China, Iran and Turkey, as well as some other nations, still recognize Maduro as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Expert: Clock Ticking for Syrian Army's Military Operations in Idlib

Expert: Clock Ticking for Syrian Army's Military Operations in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent military and strategic expert said that the countdown has started for operations to liberate Idlib to end the terrorist activities in the strategic region.

Hanna Atiq was quoted by the Arabic-language service of Sputnik news agency as saying that the recent offensive by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) against the Syrian army positions was conducted with the support of its ally, Turkey, with the aim of showing power, adding that military operations is the only solution left to end the terrorist activities after failure of political efforts.

He added that Turkey has not fully implemented the Sochi agreement, noting that the country wants a bigger role in Northeastern Syria and therefore, it is after disarming the Kurds and establishment of a secure border line with Syria before fulfilling its undertakings.

The Syrian army backed by Air Force warded off a massive attack by Tahrir al-Sham on government forces' military positions in Northern Hama last Monday, killing tens of terrorists.

The Syrian Army engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorists and suicide bombers in al-Masasaneh axis in Northern Hama.

A field source pointed to the terrorists' attempted attacks on Syrian Army's military positions in al-Madajen, Zour al-Hayeseh, Kharba Ma'arin, and said the Syrian Army troops fended off the attack, inflicting heavy losses and casualties on the militants and forcing many more to flee the scene.

The Arabic-language service of Russian Sputnik News Agency reported that 48 terrorists were killed in failed attack by Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on government forces' military positions.

Meantime, 20 Syrian Army soldiers were also killed in clashes with the terrorists and some others were also wounded.


The source pointed to the Syrian Air Force attacks on terrorists' movements and military convoys in al-Latamaneh and al-Zuka, cutting the communication lines of the terrorists.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:35| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年03月07日

MbSが安倍と電話会談

JNN/TBS 2019年3月7日(木)21時43分
安倍首相がサウジ皇太子と電話会談、G20成功へ連携
 安倍総理は7日夕方、サウジアラビアのムハンマド皇太子と電話で会談し、G20サミットなどに向けて緊密に連携していくことで一致しました。
 外務省によりますと、電話会談はおよそ15分間行われました。今年のG20サミットは日本が議長国を務め、来年はサウジアラビアが議長国を務めることから、それぞれ成功に向けて緊密に連携していくことで一致しました。
 ムハンマド皇太子は去年12月、ブエノスアイレスで開かれたG20に出席しており、今年6月の大阪G20サミットにも皇太子自身が出席する方向で調整が進んでいるということです。
 ムハンマド皇太子は去年12月に起きたジャーナリスト・カショギ氏の殺害事件への関与が指摘されていますが、7日の会談で事件についての言及はなかったということです。(07日21:10) JNN/TBS

・・・引用終わり・・・

用件は何でしょうね? ムハンマド皇太子はMbSと呼ばれます。今、世界は次のニュースに注目しています。エジプトに行った国王がアドバイザーから護衛隊は皇太子に対する忠誠心が強く、危険だと助言を受け、国王は急遽本国から別のチームを呼び寄せて交代させたと伝えられています。

2019年03月07日 MbSは次は父を殺す?

今度王位を継承することになったとの挨拶? 

ただ、ブラジルでのG20では各国首脳が誰も寄り付かず、プーチンが通りすがりに片手のハイタッチをしただけでした。日本でもあの状況になるのは嫌だということはあるでしょう。

海外出張の際には、その国のメディアにカネを渡してよい印象、情報を流させるのが常です。6月の訪日に向けたその手配が始まっているのかもしれません。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:51| Comment(0) | 国際・政治