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Opposition Figure: West after Replacing Syrian Gov't with Kurds

Opposition Figure: West after Replacing Syrian Gov't with Kurds
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary-General of the opposition Syrian Forces Union Fajr Zeidan warned that certain western states, including the US and France, are attempting to overthrow the Syrian government in the hands of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Zeidan said on Thursday that the West is supporting the SDF politically, logistically and militarily to help them drive out the ISIL from occupied areas and gain control of those regions first.

He referred to the deployment of the French forces to support the Kurds in Syria, and said that they entered the country at the direct order of US President Donald Trump who is trying to mobilize all countries to help the Kurds and force them to interact with the SDF instead of the Syrian government to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government.

Zeidan underlined that the French forces' activities in Syria have not been coordinated with the army and they have been deployed in the country to aid the SDF in preparation for the next phase that will include control of the Kurds on more regions than the Syrian government.

He said more foreign forces affiliated to the US-led coalition would be stationed in Syria under the pretext of fighting against the ISIL so that the Kurds can take control of the terrorist-held regions before the Syrian army.

A militant-affiliated news website reported on Sunday that the French military deployed a number of heavy weapons in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur as they have also widened presence in regions controlled by the US-led militants in Northeastern Syria.

Orient news website reported that the French forces have deployed six artillery batteries near the village of al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

It further said that the French forces have dispatched more military equipment to Manbij, Hasaka, Ein Issa and Raqqa regions.

The website went on to say that the French forces have mainly been deployed to Tal Mashti al-Nour region South of the town of Ein al-Arab (Kobani) and Sarin region in Northern Aleppo and the town of Ein Issa and the village of Khirbet al-Ushaq in Northern Raqqa.

The French forces have recently increased dispatch of forces and military equipment from Iraq to Syria, it said, adding that tens of armored vehicles carrying French soldiers have been seen in the town of Manbij in Aleppo province, in Deir Ezzur province, in Hasaka and in other regions that are under the US-led militias' control.

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サウジ宮殿近くで銃撃戦 土曜夜のクーデター

イランのFARSNEWSが2018/5/23に、サウジアラビアの皇族内に王国が害されないよう現国王を排除すべきとの動きがあると伝えました。ドイツに亡命している皇太子Khaled bin Farhanthe がMiddle East Eye news portalに述べた内容です。ここまでサウジ皇族内での対立、確執が強まっているのは、驚くべきことではありません。次はこのブログがここ半年間に掲げたサウジ関係のニュースです。これだけの事件や国際関係の動きがありました。見出しだけ見てもめまぐるしい動きがあったことが分かります。







ヨルダン、サウジ、エジプトは孤立する アラブ専門家




恐怖の王国サウジ 石油価格への影響は?



これはびっくり サウジの皇太子がイランに政治亡命



サウジ国王がモスクワ訪問 石油減産とテロ支援停止がセットか





Saudi Royal Urges Coup to Depose King Salman, Protect Kingdom from Harm
TEHRAN (FNA)- An exiled Saudi prince has called for a coup by his influential uncles to depose King Salman and prevent the current ruling structure led by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from doing more damage to the kingdom.

Prince Khaled bin Farhan, who has been awarded asylum in Germany, made the call on Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz in comments to the Middle East Eye news portal.

He asked the duo to use the influence they wield with their fellow royals as well as with the military to bring about the palace coup.

Such a change, bin Farhan asserted, was imperative to salvage the kingdom from Salman’s “irrational, erratic, and stupid” tutelage.

Saudi King Salman appointed bin Salman as the first in line to the throne in a surprise move last June that saw the monarch ousting Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, who had himself replaced Muqrin in 2015.

Calling bin Salman’s meteoric rise to power into question, bin Farhan said “If King Salman had been in a good state of health, things wouldn’t have reached this stage. When we see public policy in Saudi Arabia, we can see that King Salman is completely absent from the screen or from the political scene in Saudi Arabia”.

Bin Salman, also the country’s Defense Minister, is seen as the all-powerful figure in Saudi Arabia, whose impulsive attitude towards domestic and regional affairs has fueled much unrest both inside and outside the kingdom.

Late last year, he arrested hundreds of fellow princes and businessmen in what the young prince tried to portray as an “anti-corruption campaign”, seizing a total of $100 billion in exchange for their freedom.

He is also seen as the architect of the three-year-long Saudi-led invasion of neighboring Yemen, which has killed and displaced tens of thousands, and a key proponent of maximum regional and international pressure on regional powerhouse Iran.

Under bin Salman, the Saudi regime has also been rushing towards the normalization of ties with the regime in Tel Aviv at the expense of undermining the Palestinian cause.

Prince Khaled’s comments come amid the Saudi crown prince’s mysterious absence from the public eye since heavy gunfire and explosions were reported just outside the royal palace in Riyadh late last month.

Some sources claimed that the incidents on April 21 were part of a coup led by Saudi royals who are opposed to King Salman, while other reports suggested that the shooting occurred when the palace guards targeted a small drone which approached Salman's residence.

Bin Farhan further explained that the arrest spree of the powerful figures by bin Salman has created much resentment within the royal family against the crown prince, noting that “the family feels it has been humiliated”.

“There is so much anger within the royal family” to the point that a potential evolution in the country’s ruling structure would be backed by “99 percent of the members of the royal family, the security services, and the army would stand behind them,” bin Farhan said, adding that “I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call”.

He referred to the April 21 alleged coup attempt in Riyadh as an instance of preparedness for action against the ultra-powerful in the kingdom.

Bin Farhan contested reports that the security forces had tried to shoot down a drone during the incident, saying destroying an aircraft like that would not requires hours of exchange of fire.

He stated that “It was a shock for the entire family because prominent figures in the family were detained, in a way that held a great deal of humiliation. It was a shock for the entire family. The family is now facing the undermining of its standing in the eyes of the people. And this will inevitably undermine its legitimacy”.

Even now, those freed are being kept on a short leash, with travel bans imposed upon them all, locators fitted onto their feet in most cases, and their contacts being closely monitored, he added.

The dissident royal also lashed out against a strict rule under which the ultimate power should solely rest in the hands of the king, warning about the consequences of such a one-man show for the kingdom.

“The make-up of the state will constantly change with the personality of the king,” Prince Khaled said.

“Where is the strategic plan for the state? We need to have a clear goal that we’re working towards. And it’s the role of the king to come up with a tactical plan to help us enact these strategies,” he stated, adding that “but, with the way we’re going, our country will be late reaching them. We’re already late. We use to think that we had financial assets and educated individuals, but unfortunately the situation right now is taking us back years”.

Speaking of bin Salman, bin Farhan said “at school, he had psychological problems and I’d rather not go into too much detail, but mental health can affect someone entirely, and I can see clearly that after he came into power and the way he deals in politics is reflective of his psychological problems”.

Being treated as a non-significant ordinary prince has contributed to bin Salman’s current state of mind, he analyzed.

Bin Farhan warned that if MbS, as the Crown Prince is known, stayed in power, upheavals would follow.

“I would like to say to the Europeans that the situation in Saudi Arabia resembles a volcano that is about to erupt. If it erupts, it will affect not only the situation inside Saudi Arabia or in the Arab region but it will have an effect on you too,” he added.

“We should not forget that there are terrorist sleeper cells within Saudi Arabia, and that Wahhabi ideology” serves as the basis for the ideology of the Takfiri terrorists that “Europeans and Americans are frightened most of”.

“So, if Saudi Arabia descends into a state of chaos, there will be global chaos, and it (Saudi Arabia) will be a source of terrorism for the entire world as it will support and sustain international terrorism,” the royal said.
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all US involvement in northwestern Syria is at an end ?? 違うだろう



TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that statements claiming Washington would stop sending aid to Northwestern Syria did not reflect what was really going on, since there was no US presence in the region.

"This is an inconsistent statement. What assistance does the United States provide in Syria’s Northwest? Russia is operating there. The United States [aid] is mostly deployed on the Manbij side. And the help they are providing there consists of weapons and ammunition supplies to the YPG [Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units]," Erdogan told reporters, as cited by the TRT broadcaster.

The Turkish President explained that the United States was not carrying out a humanitarian action in Northwestern Syria, nor were there any US troops in Idlib and Douma. He clarified that only Turkish and Russian troops were operating in the region, including Afrin.

The statement refers to the Friday's report by CBS News, citing US administration officials, saying that Washington decided to cut financial aid to Northwestern Syria and redirect it to areas where it had a greater impact. According to the media, the United States had been engaged in counterterrorism activities and providing support to independent society and media in the region. The US would, however, continue providing humanitarian aid there, the media added.

US President Donald Trump in March suspended over $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria after suggesting that the United States' withdrawal was only a matter of time.


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debka May 19, 2018 @ 18:43
US withdraws involvement, $200m in aid, from northwestern Syria
The Trump administration announced Saturday that all US involvement in northwestern Syria is at an end, barring humanitarian assistance, since the region has been cleared of ISIS. This area includes Idlib which is still under rebel control and is surrounded by Russian, Syrian and Turkish forces, as well as Afrin which is under Turkish occupation up to Aleppo. The administration said the money could be more usefully spent in other parts of the country

CBSNEWS May 18, 2018, 6:52 PM
Trump administration ends aid for northwestern Syria
The Trump administration has withdrawn all assistance from Northwest Syria, according to administration officials. This is the newest demonstration of the administration's intent to briskly exit the country once ISIS is fully defeated.

The decision, made through an inter-agency process over the last few weeks, will mean that tens of millions of dollars will be cut off from previous U.S.-backed efforts to strengthen and stabilize the local society. Projects included countering violent extremism, supporting independent society and independent media, strengthening education, and advocating for community policing. The region will become the first area of the country where, other than humanitarian aid, the U.S. is officially disengaging.

Trump freezes $200 million in funds earmarked for Syria recovery

After President Trump's request to review all U.S. assistance to Syria, administration officials were tasked with looking at where the U.S. could save money and, in short, get more bang for their buck in the country. The U.S. assistance in the northwestern region is viewed as not having a great impact on Syria in the long-term. Some of the money that has been cut from the northwest is being reprogrammed, those decisions are ongoing.

The administration intends to narrow its focus onto the fight against ISIS and has recently halted funding to groups like the White Helmets, a famed rescue and civilian assistance operation in Syria. ISIS has been cleared from 95 percent of the territory it once occupied, but is clinging on to its last strongholds. Last month, when Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked about withdrawing from Syria, he said there would be a "re-energized" fight in the Middle Euphrates River Valley against ISIS. Mattis did not say what would happen after that fight had concluded.

A State Department official told CBS News, "$200 million of stabilization assistance for Syria is currently under review at the request of the President. Distinct from that amount, U.S. assistance for programs in northwest Syria are being freed up to provide potential increased support for priorities in northeast Syria, as will be determined by the outcome of the ongoing assistance review, including the D-ISIS campaign and stabilization efforts."
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US-Led Operations against ISIL in Syria, Iraq Deadliest Since Vietnam War
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition is responsible for at least 9,600 civilian deaths in its campaign against ISIL in Syria and Iraq, representing the highest death toll inflicted by western military forces since the Vietnam War, a fresh report by London-based NGO Airwars said.

"Since 2014, Airwars estimates that the Coalition is likely responsible for between 6,250 and 9,600 civilian deaths overall in the war against ISIL, out of more than 25,000 civilian fatalities alleged locally by Iraqis and Syrians," the Airwars said, Sputnik reported.

The NGO went on saying that non-combatant casualties from US-led strikes "appear to be at their highest levels since Vietnam," but little has been done to calculate the official death toll from urban fighting.

According to Airwars, the coalition failed to properly assess 'unobservable' civilian harm in urban fighting and relied on remote analysis, which did not allow non-combatant damage in residential areas to be realistically estimated. The inability to carry out field analysis and assess how many people may have been hiding near targeted areas was probably the key reason why the coalition undercounted the death toll, Airwars concluded.

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ポンペオの論評は反応するに値しない イラン外相

Iranian FM: Pompeo's Remarks Not Worth Response
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his threats to Tehran, but meantime, said his comments were so cheap that they were not worth even a response.

"Mr. Pompeo's remarks were uttered carelessly, indecently and illogically and they are not worth a response," Zarif told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He said that Pompeo and other officials of the current US administration are "prisoners of their wrong illusions and the corrupt pressure groups which are being disgraced one after another before the world's public opinion".

"This indicates the bankruptcy of the US foreign policy which has turned into a leased policy," Zarif said.

He described Pompeo's comments as "unreal" and "based on the old failed policies".

Zarif downplayed Pompeo's claims of the US plans to impose harsh sanctions against Iran, saying that Washington failed in the past to implement what it called "crippling sanctions" against Tehran even when it was backed by an international consensus.

On Monday morning, Pompeo gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington: "After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy." Over 26 minutes, Pompeo articulated a strategy that can best be summarized as, "Do everything we say, or we will crush you", days after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the US would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran's development of its nuclear program.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers after the US pullout of the agreement.

"Iran, as a country that has remained committed to its legal obligations, will pursue the US Government’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA as provided by the mechanisms and provisions of the accord, and if the US withdrawal is not fully compensated and the full interests of the Iranian people are not met and guaranteed – as stated in the accord and as outlined by Iran’s Leader on 9 May – it will exercise its legal right to take whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient. Other parties to the JCPOA, and especially its three European signatories, must take necessary action to safeguard the accord and to implement their commitments – which they proved incapable of fully performing even while the US was nominally a party to the deal, due to the obstructions by the Trump Administration – and to proceed from giving pledges to taking practical action without any preconditions," it said.

"None of the provisions or timeframes within the JCPOA, which were the subject of twelve years of negotiations, are negotiable in any manner. The US, which has through its meddling and erroneous policies ignited extremism, terrorism, destruction, war and child killing in our region, is in no position to issue any diktat about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lawful presence within its own region nor its effective support for the peoples of Syria and Iraq in their endeavor to fight extremists. The US and its allies, which through their support for the regime of Saddam Hussein, including equipping it with chemical weapons and the most advanced military equipment while blocking Iran’s access to any means of defense victimized the Iranian people for eight years, and currently turning our region into a powder keg through their sale of hundreds of billions of dollars of useless advanced weaponry devouring the financial resources of the region, are in no position to impose restrictions on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lawful means of defense, including defensive ballistic missiles which have been designed to carry conventional weapons based on the bitter experiences of the war with the regime of Saddam Hussein. Indeed, such efforts explicitly violate the principles of international law, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s legitimate right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter," it added.

"As announced by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 8 May, the Foreign Minister has been tasked with the duty of taking the necessary measures to obtain required guarantees from the remaining parties to the JCPOA as well as Iran’s other economic partners, and to immediately report the results of this mission. Meanwhile, the President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran’s brave nuclear scientists."

"The people of Iran will with calm and confidence continue their path towards progress and development and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has foreseen all necessary measures to facilitate this under any circumstances," the statement continued.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a secure and powerful state, which derives its security and economic development from within, relying on the prudent participation and resilience of its brave and civilized people, seeks constructive and dignified engagement with the world, and as shown by its implementation of the JCPOA despite the United States’ continuous violations, is a trustworthy and committed partner for all who are prepared to cooperate on the basis of shared interests and mutual respect," it reiterated.
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Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

Unhappy about EU calls to probe alleged Israeli police brutality against activists protesting the bloodshed on the Gaza border, Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the EU could go "to a thousand thousand hells."

Steinitz was giving an interview to a local radio station when he said of the EU, "Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," as cited by Haaretz. His response followed the EU’s call for a “swift investigation” into the Israeli police’s violent crackdown on protesters in Haifa last Friday. They had been criticising the State of Israel for the high death toll at the border with Gaza.

The protests resulted in the serious injury of Jafar Farah, director of the Haifa-based NGO Mossawa, which champions the rights of Israeli-Arabs.

The Israeli minister said he wished to send “to hell the European Union which doesn't really represent the European nations.”

He slammed the EU as “an organization that no-one is leading and is less friendly to Israel than the European states themselves.” Steinitz’s stance was backed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan who, in a response to the EU’s demand for a swift investigation, said that “Israel, as the only democracy in the Middle East, does not need moralistic warning calls from a biased and obsessive body like the EU."

In the same interview Israel’s energy minister also slammed the EU for cementing its relationship with Iran and maintaining the Iran nuclear deal.

Farah, whose knee had been broken at a Friday protest night, was taken into custody together with other 20 activists. “When I was brought to the police station with my son, I found him on the floor covered in blood. When I asked the police officer, ‘Who gave you the right to treat my son this way?’ his response was to break my knee,” Farah said in an interview with Army Radio.

“In a democratic country, the leg of a detained demonstrator will not be broken,” Farah’s son, Basel, told the Army Radio.

The Israeli Justice Ministry had denied any police wrongdoing following the Friday demonstrations in Haifa. On Monday the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department opened a probe into allegations of police brutality. As many as 21 activists of the more than 200 in attendance were arrested during the Friday night march.

Clashes between Israel and the EU have precedents. European Council President Donald Tusk, denounced the recent Gaza bloodshed where hundreds of Palestinian protesters were killed and injured in a letter sent to the European Council.

The US decision to move its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem raised many eyebrows in the EU, which warning against it well ahead of the opening. The bloc claimed this move could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

The EU has also confirmed its “clear, consolidated” position on Israel-Palestine, urging a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, insisting that Jerusalem has to be the “capital of both [states].”
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Skripal Case 12

Sergei Skripal Released from Hospital
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in the United Kingdom, was discharged from a hospital in Salisbury, the National Health Service (NHS) England said Friday.

"Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital. Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were admitted to the hospital along with DS Nick Bailey after having been exposed to a nerve agent on 4 March 2018. All three have now been discharged," the statement read, Sputnik reported.

Yulia Skripal, for her part, was released from the hospital on April 11 after recovering and regaining the ability to speak in late March.

"It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital," hospital's Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks said.

According to the Chief Executive statement, despite the fact that all the patients have been discharged, the NHS respects their confidentiality and could not disclose the details of their treatment.

The NHS noted, citing Cara Charles-Barks, that all the staff had shown high skills and professionalism while treating the Skripals.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal have reportedly been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

UK detectives 'question Sergei Skripal' over trips to London and MI6 meetings
Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal is still being questioned in hospital by detectives about meetings with his alleged former MI6 handler and his trips to London, ten weeks after being poisoned by a nerve agent, reports Sky News.

It is thought that they want to ascertain details of Skripal’s life in Britain, reportedly attempting to pinpoint his monthly meetings in a Salisbury restaurant with his supposed former MI6 handler and his regular trips to London.

According to reports Skripal had been in contact with Estonian and Czech Republic intelligence agencies, briefing them on various methods used by Russian spies. The double-agent reportedly gave a lecture as recently as 2016 in the Czech Republic. The meetings have been posited by some publications in the British and US press as a motive for the Kremlin to poison Skripal.

Speaking to Sky News, espionage historian Alexander Vassiliev suggested another culprit, the Russian mafia. Vassiliev told Sky News that criminals are most likely behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei and his daughter Yulia Skripal. Their motivation? Embarrassment for Vladimir Putin and his government as "the Russian government had no reason to kill Skripal", Vassiliev claims.

Vassiliev says there wasn’t a reason to kill him [by the Russian government]. I'm sure when Putin released him, and pardoned him, he knew Skripal would be co-operating with British secret services and other European espionage agencies.

"All defectors are doing it, they work as consultants, they give lectures, they write books - it's a normal thing. He had to earn his living somehow - he wouldn't have been a taxi driver.

"Skripal was arrested in 2004 - that was a long time ago and he didn't know specific details about current objectives or operatives. The Russian government had no reason to kill Skripal - he was nobody and he wasn't a danger.

"It was obvious that killing him would create a huge international scandal that would damage Russian reputation all over the world."

The British government insists that the Kremlin was behind the attack on the Skripals, who were reportedly poisoned by a nerve agent administered on the door handle of Sergei’s home in Salisbury. Yulia was discharged from hospital five weeks ago, but has not given any interviews since being released. Russia denies any involvement.

Spokeswoman: Russia Proves UK Tends to Carry Out Secret Operations Abroad
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Russian Foreign Ministry has provided sufficient information to prove that it is the United Kingdom, not Russia, which tends to conduct secret operations abroad.

"From the very beginning, we said that all three of the arguments put forward by the United Kingdom [on the Salisbury case] … are groundless. The first one is that Russia has always done that, historically, and that it is in our culture to murder people abroad, carry out such operations. It seems that we have given enough historical material on this subject, moreover, the material proves that the UK intelligence services have always been the most involved in such operations, and, moreover, they have always been perfect in attempts − often successful ones − to portray their crimes as someone’s else,” Zakharova told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster on Sunday.

Russian-UK relations significantly deteriorated in March due to an attempted poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury. London accused Moscow of being behind the crime, which, according to the UK, was committed with the use of the A234 chemical agent.

Another UK argument, according to the Spokeswoman, was that the Novichok chemical, which from London’s point of view is the same agent as A234, was produced and tested only in Russia.

“We … provided information that at least 20 countries of the North Atlantic region were nowadays developing ["Novichok"-class agents] including Sweden and the Czech Republic. Three-four weeks later our information was confirmed − what a scandal erupted in Prague [when it turned out that] the official agencies of the Czech Republic possessed this substance,” Zakharova added.

She pointed out that the scandal around development of the 'Novichok'-class chemical in the Czech Republic proved that the United Kingdom and the United States − which immediately supported London − were providing false information on the issue.

“The third argument, on which the UK position is based, that these substances were delivered from Russia, was in fact refuted by UK labs,” Zakharova said, adding the Russian Foreign Ministry’s goal was to respond to all the false accusations with a point of view based on facts.

Skripals may be kept in UK against their will – Russian Foreign Ministry
Moscow isn’t ruling out the possibility that the British authorities are keeping Sergei Skripal and his daughter against their will, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Sergei Skripal, 66, was discharged from a British hospital last week after being poisoned in Salisbury on March 4. The recovery of his daughter Yulia, 33, was much quicker. She has been out of the hospital since April.

Doctors gave no details on Skripal’s condition or his current location. Yulia has not been seen in public since being discharged from the hospital, and the only statement from her was issued by British police.

Earlier in May, Russia said the UK denied consular access to Skripals, both Russian citizens, adding that it is not satisfied with London’s handling of the case. It also said it had little trust that Sergey and Yulia “are allegedly reluctant to communicate with us [Russian authorities] and that they reject medical examination with the participation of Russian specialists.”

Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko says that the Skripals are free to turn down the embassy's aid, but they should do so in person.

"For today, nobody saw their pictures, nobody heard their voice, nobody saw whether they're alive or not… we should be sure that the person is alive, he is alright or she is alright, and [if they] say, for example, 'I don't need your services,' it's fine with us," he told reporters on Friday.

He also alleged earlier that the UK may be hushing up or even destroying some evidence in the case. London has blamed Moscow from almost the beginning. Saying that both Skripals were poisoned with a military grade nerve agent of the ‘Novichok’ family, it claimed that the toxin came from Russia. London has failed to provide any substantial evidence on the “Russian trace,” with Moscow repeatedly denying the accusations.

The dramatic case took a new twist in early May after Czech President Milos Zeman admitted that his country had previously produced a nerve agent similar to the one Britain claims was deployed against the Skripals. Following Zeman’s remarks Russia said it expected a response from NATO providing a full list of bloc members engaged in similar research.

READ MORE: If Novichok was used, Skripal would have died on the spot – Putin as ex-double agent leaves hospital

That same month an explosive report in the German media claimed that a sample of Novichok was obtained by German intelligence back in the 1990s and that Western countries, including the US and the UK, have long been aware of the chemical make-up of the nerve agent.

The report sounded plausible, ex-German intelligence officer, Rainer Rupp told RT. “And – as the ingredients for this horrific stuff can be bought readily almost anywhere, if you have the formula – all you need is a highly secure laboratory, so basically it could be done anywhere,” he said.

According to chemical weapons analyst and Rice University Professor James Tour, it is not a secret that a number of states have been developing and testing the nerve agents. “Many countries have made it in the past as part of a study of making the nerve agents,” he told RT.
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ポンペオの12項目を揶揄する声しきり stupid! Pompeo

※ Daniel McAdams @DanielLMcAdams氏の2018/5/22のツイート
This is how stupid the foreign policy "experts" really are. Be afraid.

※ Department of State認証済みアカウント @StateDeptの2018/5/21のツイート
.@SecPompeo: We will ensure freedom of navigation on the waters in the region. We will track down Iranian operatives and their #Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them. #Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East. #PompeoAtHeritage

※ Maria Mitchell @MiaCMitch氏の2018/5/22のツイート
Where "around the world" does Iran/Hezbollah dominate or have proxies? Better yet, where around the world are US troops deployed?

※ Jennifer Kahl @jnj_kahl氏の2018/5/23のツイート
#Hezbollah & #Iran both protected our family in #Syria while #USA "vetted rebels" "moderate" #ISIS beheaded 2 of our family members. If #AMERICANS knew the real truth all of you criminals would be bankrupt & homeless.

※ Thomas Hahn-Thomsen @HahnThomsen氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Sounds a bit like the speeches Bush before the Iraq-invasion! Every bit as stupid! Pompeo dosn't know shit!

※ Marion Bialek @LoveThePlateau氏の2018/5/23のツイート
You will track down and crush Hezbollah? Yet Lebanon now elected a Hezbollah government and Europeans giving monies (conditionally) to Lebanon at Rome conference. What does this mean?

※ WJJH @goldenhathi氏の2018/5/23のツイート
In 1953 the US via CIA attempted regime change in Iran, this bankrupt strategy laid the basis for the present difficulties. The Iran agreement which Europe, China and Russia support is an sensible agreement.

※ Randy Lee Dube @dubephnx氏の2018/5/21のツイート
Even though if the US blows out one single Iranian Military boat will lead to World war three?

※ ☦#WarIsARacket☦ @For2000years氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Seriously? Since when has Iran "dominated" the Middle East?

Regime change is always about money and hegemony. Only the most ignorant are still buying the "protecting the world" schtick. We are watching the Iraq Disaster v2.0 unfold. Many will die for your geopolitical aims.

※ Nate @Natefrom805氏の2018/5/21のツイート
@SecPompeo is Israel’s puppet. I see more tax dollars, and US soldier’s lives wasted with this regime. Rex was a much better man.

※ The Daily Sketch @SketchBlog氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Apart from being severely mentally unhinged, this man is proposing killing people for no reason. He's calling for mass murder. And Twitter does nothing.

※ Joseph @sociosocialist氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Warmongers are crying for another war. US is a threat to global peace

※ Ali Fahumee @fahume氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Apologize Iran and pay compensation for the terrorist attack on Iran air flight 655 that killed 290 peole including 66 chidren and vow to never terrorize.

※ patrick kerrigan @pkerrian21氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Mentally Pompeo is a broken man or else he could possibly be completely mad.I fear he is too far gone.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:52| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

他の人たちの政府を打倒 そのすべてのリスト

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

By William Blum

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *
Haiti 2004 *
Somalia 2007 to present
Honduras 2009 *
Libya 2011 *
Syria 2012
Ukraine 2014 *

Q: Why will there never be a coup d’état in Washington?

A: Because there’s no American embassy there.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:51| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


Interview on Syria Insider: Dismantling Media Lies On Syria, Chemical Weapons, the White Helmets

※ the Lemniscat @theLemniscat氏の2018/5/22のツイート
Aug 2015
Ex-US Defense Intelligence Agency boss Michael Flynn: White House took a "willful decision" to support an insurgency made up of Salafists, al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood
#Syria 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccdeANvo2bg … 2 http://washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/dia-docs-west-wants-a-salafist-principality-in-eastern-syria.html

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/5/23のツイート
I just got my fb back after a 6 months ban. If @facebook bans my account out of no where again, you’ll know it was because @DFRLab’s @Benimmo and Eliot Higgins have a personal vendetta against me & called me a Russian bot.




※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/5/23のツイート
Here’s an example that actually happened :
Interviewer: “The US won’t deal with you because if your human rights abuses”
Answer: “that’s logically inconsistent since the US deals with Saudi and Israel inspite of their human rights abuses”
Interviewer: “#whataboutism skrrrrreeeee”


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


NATO Weapons Found in Syria Suggest Preparation for Chemical Attack – Ex-General

The discovery of gear meant for protection against chemical weapons was part of a vast stock of NATO weapons found Monday by the Syrian military and members of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation in territory recently freed from militants.

Commenting on Monday's weapons discovery, which included gas masks and other equipment, in addition to heavy weapons, retired Lebanese Brigadier General Amin Hteit warned that the chemical protection equipment pointed to a possible preparation for another false-flag attack involving the use of chemical weapons.

"The warehouse find includes a great deal of equipment associated with chemical attacks," the former officer said, speaking to Sputnik.

"This means that an incident involving a chemical attack was prepared by NATO countries, with the militants given everything they needed to accomplish it. NATO countries, first and foremost the United States, organize such provocations to allow them to further blame the Syrian government," Hteit added.

Hteit stressed that apart from the chemical protection equipment, the Homs find was "another piece of evidence" regarding the "NATO countries' supply of weapons to the terrorists."

"The American and French [armies] are illegally based on Syrian territory. NATO was founded as a defensive bloc, but has now turned into an aggressor organization," the ex-officer noted.

A military soldier operates a TOW anti-tank missile launcher. File photo
コピーライトマーク AFP 2018 / SAM YEH
Russian Military Finds Syrian Militants' Depots With NATO Weapons

On Monday, a Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation representative, Andrei Nekipelov, reported the discovery of a large cache of weapons and equipment, including US-made Tow-2 anti-tank missiles, machine guns, explosives, gas masks and other gear in the settlement of al-Zaafaraniyah in western province of Homs.

Prior to the latest weapons find, Syrian government troops had repeatedly reported finding large quantities of NATO and Israeli-made weaponry in territories cleared of Islamist militants, including Daesh* (ISIS). NATO and Tel Aviv have generally refrained from commenting on these discoveries, but have publicly supported what they call a "moderate" armed Syrian opposition since the start of the 2011 civil war.

A SANA reporter confirmed Tuesday that the military's operation to clear the Homs countryside of illegal arms caches would continue until all weapons there are found, allowing locals to return to the area. The northern Homs countryside was declared free of terrorists last week, after the last of the militants and members of their families were evacuated to the country's north.

*A terrorist group banned in Russia.
The views and opinions expressed by Amin Hteit are those of the expert and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:18| Comment(0) | 国際・政治



‘Iran, Iran, Iran’: In twitter rant, Bibi cheers Pompeo's ultimatum to Tehran
Whoever runs Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Twitter account was evidently delighted with the US’s latest ultimatum to Iran, publishing an emotional eight-tweet-long rant to prove it.

Presented by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, Washington’s ultimatum to the Iranian government and lists 12 demands which essentially include full disarmament and self-isolation under the pains of harshest-ever economic sanctions. The leader of Israel was apparently very happy with what he heard.

“If you asked most of the governments and most of the leaders in the Middle East: What is the principle barrier to peace? What is the greatest threat to our security? They would say three things: Iran, Iran, and Iran,” he said on Twitter.

Netanyahu’s single-minded approach to Iran has been well-documented. In his view, Tehran has single-handedly prevented Israel from negotiating peace with Palestinians, armed salafist groups in Syria and Yemen, and is pretty much responsible for everything bad that happens in the Middle East.

As such, the Israeli PM was eager to praise Pompeo for his latest public dressing-down of Tehran. The American position of “no enrichment,” “tough sanctions” and “get out of Syria,” Netanyahu tweeted, will prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons and will stop Tehran as it tries to fund its “conquest” of the Middle East.

“Thank you, America. This is the right policy,” he tweeted, adding that total isolation and economic destruction of Iran is the “only policy” that could guarantee the security and peace in the region.

Netanyahu also made reference to his recent televised address from Tel Aviv, where he accused Iran of having lied about its nuclear program, thus invalidating the 2015 Iran deal. As part of the presentation, he showed slides and shelves of “100,000 secret files,” which he said proved Iran had been running a secret nuclear weapons program all along.

“If Iran wanted to seek peaceful nuclear energy, Iran would need not a single centrifuge. Iran doesn’t need centrifuges for enrichment. If Iran wanted to pursue a peaceful nuclear program, Iran would not hide its secret archives for making nuclear weapons,” another tweet said.

Netanyahu ended the thread by asserting twice more − in case the message had not been made clear − that US policy on Iran was “correct” and that Iran was up to no good, referring again to Israel’s supposed expose of Iran’s misdeeds, which Tehran dismissed at the time as a “propaganda show.”

The responses to the prime minister’s twitter tirade were unsurprisingly varied. While some users thanked him for making Israel safe, others recalled how two decades ago Netanyahu was trying to convince the world that it was “Iraq, Iraq, Iraq” that posed the greatest threat to the region with its drive to develop nuclear weapons − and most will remember how that turned out.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:15| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米副大統領 北朝鮮が合意に至らなければリビアと同じになると威嚇

※ Bassem @BBassem7氏の2018/5/23のツイート
US warns North Korea that if they don’t make a deal, they will bring slavery to North Korea just like the Libya Model, US will even throw in ISIS as a bonus just like in Libya.

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AARON CREDEUR | MAY 22, 2018 | 10:29 PM
Pence: North Korea 'Will Only End Like the Libya Model Ended if Kim Jong Un Doesn’t Make a Deal'

Vice President Mike Pence gave a stark warning to North Korea on Monday, drawing parallels to the denuclearization process in Libya if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un refuses make a deal with the U.S.

During an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, Pence said that past administrations have been “played” by North Korea, and he stressed that if the planned summit between Kim and President Donald Trump is canceled, the U.S. will remain tough on North Korea to force it to give up its nuclear weapons.

“It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong Un to think he could play Donald Trump,” Pence said, adding that if talks between the two nations aren't productive, there's no doubt Trump will walk away from the negotiating table. “But we hope for better. We really hope that Kim Jong Un will seize the opportunity to dismantle his nuclear weapons program, and do so by peaceable means.”

Pence's remarks come as North Korean leaders canceled talks with South Korea in response to routine U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises on the peninsula. The Kim regime has called the summit into question in recent days, bristling as the Trump administration's repeated demands that it give up its nuclear weapons.

Pence then went on to talk about national security adviser John Bolton's recent comments that the U.S. could take the route used in Libya to force the regime there to denuclearize.

In that model, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi struck a deal with the U.S. to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons, only to be forced out of power and executed by mobs in the street eight years later, in 2011.

The president seemed to walk back Bolton's remarks on Monday, saying the Libyan model isn't a path the U.S. will follow in negotiations with North Korea and assuring Kim that he will remain in power if he cooperates.

But Pence explained that things won't end well for the Kim regime if it decides to reject U.S. attempts at a peaceful resolution to the issue.

“There was some talk about the Libya model last week and, as the president made clear, this will only end like the Libya model ended if Kim Jong Un doesn’t make a deal,” he said.

“Some people saw that as a threat,” MacCallum responded.

“I think it’s more of a fact,” Pence shot back.

But regardless of the tense rhetoric being exchanged by both nations, Trump administration officials are no doubt scrambling to salvage the plans for the summit to bring Kim to the table in hopes for peace.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:07| Comment(0) | 国際・政治



Pompeo's 12 Demands For Iran Read More Like A Declaration Of War Than A Path To Peace
By Joseph TrevithickMay 21, 2018

The Secretary of State said the United States would halt these plans if Iran met its demands, which are as follows:

"First, Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity."
"Second, Iran must stop uranium enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor."
"Third, Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country."
"Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems."
"Iran must release all U.S. citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges."
"Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hizballah [Hezbollah], Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
"Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi Government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias."
"Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen."
"Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria."
"Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior Al Qaida leaders."
"Iran, too, must end the IRG [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] Qods Force's [Quds Force's] support for terrorists and militant partners around the world."
"And too, Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors – many of whom are U.S. allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive – and destructive cyberattacks."

1 イランはIAEAに対してその核計画の軍事的規模を宣言し、恒久的かつ検証可能な形で永久にその作業を断念しろ。
2 イランはウラン濃縮を止めプルトニウムの再処理を追求するな。これは重水炉の閉鎖を含む。
3 イランはIAEAに国内すべての核関連のサイトの無条件の査察を認めろ。
4 イランは弾道ミサイルの増強を止め、核搭載可能なミサイルの打上、開発を止めろ。
5 イランは疑わしい嫌疑で拘留されているか、または行方不明の米国市民、同盟国の市民を釈放しろ。
6 イランはレバノンのヒズボラ、ハマス、パレスチナイスラム戦闘員を含む中東地域のテロリストグループに対する支援を止めろ。
7 イランはイラク政府の主権を尊重し、シーア派戦闘員の武装解除、解体、再編を行え。

8 イランはイエメンのホウチ戦闘員に対する軍事支援を止め、イエメンの平和的政治解決に動け。
9 イランはシリアから兵を引け。
10 イランはアフガニスタンその他のタリバンその他のテロリストの支援を止めろ、アルカエダをかくまうの止めろ。
11 イランはIRGCによるテロリストと同盟戦闘員に対する支援を止めろ。
12 イランは近隣国に対する威嚇行動を止めろ。イスラエルを破壊するとの威嚇、サウジ、UAEに対するミサイルの発射、国際運送、破壊的なサイバーアタックの威嚇を含む。

ざっと見ると、米国は 4 イランのミサイル開発に対する警戒が強いことが分かります。これは今回もそうですが、イランは潜在的に核開発の能力を有しており、戦争状態に近づけばイランが短期間で核を開発してミサイルに搭載できるようになることを懸念していること、核開発まで行かなくても、サウジ、UAEがイランのミサイルを極度に恐れていることが背景にあるものと見られます。


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

ベネズエラ マドゥロが選挙で勝利





Nicolas Maduro Re-elected Venezuelan President
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of Sunday’s presidential election, which saw a 46.1 percent turnout, according to Venezuela’s electoral council, after the opposition branded the vote a fraud and called for a boycott.

With 92.6 percent of the vote counted, Maduro has won presidential election with 5,823,728 of the votes, according to National Electoral Council chief Tibisay Lucena. Henri Falcon of the Progressive Advance party, obtained 1,820,552 votes, while the independent candidate Javier Bertucci won 925,042 votes, World News reported.

The ballots were recorded electronically, making the voting quick and easy. The presence of the government troops around the polling stations had also ensured safety for the voters. Some 150 international observers from 30 countries and international organizations were present in the Latin American country to monitor the process.

“How much have they underestimated our revolutionary people, and how much have they underestimated me... and here we are, victorious,” Maduro told his supporters gathered outside his Miraflores presidential palace in downtown Caracas, celebrating his re-election with fireworks.

“The whole of Venezuela has triumphed! Democracy has triumphed! Peace has triumphed! Constitutionality has triumphed [These were] elections that were constitutional, legitimate and legal,” he said, adding that “we have a President of the people! A working president!”.

The President also called on the defeated challengers to join him for a dialog and negotiations about the future of the country, saying that “permanent dialog” is needed with the entire opposition so the country could set aside political disputes.

However, before the official results were announced, Falcon said he would not recognize the vote for what he called irregularities, including widespread vote buying in favor of Maduro.

Several of Venezuela’s Latin American neighbors as well as the European Union also joined voices with Maduro’s challenger and said they would not recognize the results of the election. They alleged that the conditions did not exist for the election to be free and fair.

The United States also said it would not recognize the election and would actively consider oil sanctions on the country.

The US Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions against the head of the Venezuelan socialist party, Diosdado Cabello, and his wife, Marleny Josefina Contreras, who heads the country’s tourism institute, and his brother, Jose David.

Venezuela on Saturday accused the United States of using new sanctions against its government’s top officials to sabotage the presidential election on Sunday.

Caracas on Saturday described the new sanctions as part of “a systematic campaign of aggression” by the administration of US President Donald Trump, insisting that Washington move had no legal basis.

“It’s not surprising that on the eve of a new vote, when the Venezuelan people will come out to defend their democracy against the imperialist aggressions that try and derail it, once again the US regime tries to sabotage the elections,” the government said in a statement.

The elections were initially scheduled for December, then changed to April, then delayed again to May 2018.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:15| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


※ William Gallo認証済みアカウント @GalloVOA氏の2018/5/21のツイート
NEW: Pompeo, in speech at @Heritage, lays out 12 far-reaching demands for any new nuclear deal with Iran

※ Know4LIFE @Know4LIFE氏の2018/5/22のツイート
#PNAC in full affect. With this move the whole world see America, not #Iran as a rogue state. Pompeo's demands shows how irrational & terrified the US is of Iran's growing influence. Drops the dollar, helps Syria purge ISIS, & international trade spells Regime change aka(also known as) war
注:PNAC:Project for the New American Century

※ ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀɴᴛ ᴘᴀᴄɪɪᴛ @DieterFrikadell氏の2018/5/22のツイート
Very clear now what the rationale behind cutting the deal was. It was never about the nukes, but about pressure in many other fields. This document makes it crystal clear. 75% of the demands are not about nukes at all. The US as a partner for deals is dead in the water.

※ NeedleInTheEye @samavarohookah氏の2018/5/22のツイート
This Pompeo guy is funny....sort of a bad joke you can’t stop laughing act. I miss the red paint on his nose though...

※ Jason L @jayell2571氏の2018/5/22のツイート
So, typically speeches like this are a prelude.
What would be the timeline before the hawks get their way and get a war?

Pull out of Syria? Bare all to IAEA? Why 12-point US list for Tehran is ‘ultimatum’ meant to fail
The US has laid out 12 demands for Iran that it says Tehran must meet for a new nuclear deal. Problem is, telling Iranian troops out of Syria and dictating what nuclear watchdog inspects doesn’t sound like a real roadmap for peace

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the White House’s stance crystal clear Monday, calling the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers a “loser.” President Donald Trump has already pulled the US out of the landmark deal earlier this month. A new deal should be drawn up, Pompeo asserted, while laying out 12 “basic requirements.” Many of those were predictable, such as requiring Tehran to “stop enrichment of uranium and never preprocess plutonium” – because obviously, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not good enough to hold Iran to its word.

One major point used as a bargaining chip is, however, entirely unrelated to the Iranian nuclear program. It reads: “Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command from Syria.”

The demand conveniently ignores the fact that Iranian troops were invited by the Syrian government and have been helping fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on the ground – while the US troops, stuck in Syria indefinitely, were not. “Nobody invited them there,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said in February, reminding the world that their presence was illegal. It’s not hard to guess which forces the Syrian government wants to keep and which it wants to be gone, as it battles the remaining pockets of Islamist militants.

Another US demand is that Iran must “respect the sovereignty of the Iraq government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.” Just as in Syria, Iranian troops are in Iraq with the approval of Baghdad, and the country’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) even receive funding and training from Iran and have been declared part of Iraq’s security apparatus. So why would Iranian troops suddenly need to disband and leave?

Then there’s the fact that the US seems to believe it’s perfectly fine to try to establish a new deal which abides by 12 demands designed by Washington – despite Washington being the sole party to withdraw from the original deal. The other signatories – the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia – are still committed to the 2015 JCPOA.

Although the IAEA, tasked with inspecting Iran’s compliance under the deal, has repeatedly stated that Tehran is implementing its commitments, the US apparently distrusts international watchdog’s expertise. That’s according to the list of demands saying how the Iranian nuclear program should be inspected.

“First, Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity. Second, Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor. Third, Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country,”boomed Pompeo, speaking Monday at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank.

One may almost forget the IAEA is not a lapdog of Washington, but an international body. Why the US now gets to decide the scope and methods of its work is unclear.

Of course, there is also a whole array of demands to scale back Iranian military programs and alleged support of militant groups. US accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism, including by helping the Palestinian group Hamas and even, allegedly, Taliban and Al-Qaeda. That these groups are overwhelmingly Sunni while the Iranian government in Shia is overlooked, by accident or deliberately.

The mentioned “threatening behavior against its neighbors,” the “firing of missiles” and “destructive cyberattacks” strangely mirror Washington’s own actions in the region, including some that have been aimed against Iran.

Crucially, there’s little doubt that the Trump administration understands Iran would outright reject most, if not all, of the listed demands, which brings the purpose of the entire list into question.

“Secretary Pompeo’s speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation, or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran’s conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA. There is no alternative to the JCPOA,” EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Monday commenting on Pompeo’s list. Others said the US list was outright destined to fail – on purpose.

READ MORE: I know which country the US will invade next (OP-ED)

“I think ultimatum is the right word… When you deliver an ultimatum, its purpose is to have it rejected,” former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT. “There are people in the Trump administration, who want the regime change in Iran – it’s that simple, and they want Iran to reject their terms.”

Jatras believes it’s too early to tell at this stage if US threats against Iran are merely “noise” and pressure tactics like the one used against North Korea, but he says even that pressure could backfire and serve as a positive effect for Tehran by “forcing the Europeans to pull even farther away from the US than they have.” The worst case scenario, he says, is Washington proceeding with a unilateral military action aimed at regime change.

READ MORE: Selfish US diktats could push Europe to develop ties with Russia, China & Iran

“As you can imagine, Iran will not agree to any of Washington’s demands,” Hamed Mousavi, professor of political science at the University of Tehran, told RT. “It is Iran that should be asking the US why it has not fulfilled its side of the agreement when Iran has fully complied with its obligations under the nuclear deal. Why should Iran negotiate with an administration that is not abiding by an international agreement that is the result of years of intense diplomacy?”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:07| Comment(0) | 国際・政治



Bypassing US sanctions, countering China: Why Modi's 'no agenda' meeting with Putin is anything but
Narendra Modi arrives in Sochi for an "agenda-less" meeting with Vladimir Putin, but there won't be time for chit-chat – the two men must save key arms deals left up in the air by US sanctions, and find common ground on China.

"This is a very different kind of meeting. Normally, we have a system of annual bilateral summits that are very structured, where you negotiate and you come out with documents, contracts and joint statements," said Pankaj Saran, India's ambassador to Moscow, ahead of his prime minister's arrival in the Black Sea resort on Monday afternoon.

Instead, the one-day visit will provide a chance for the two leaders to develop "personal chemistry, build up their relationship" and "discuss issues important to their own countries," said Saran. The trip was planned at short notice after Putin was re-elected for a fourth term in March, and will be conducted without honor guards, official dinners or other formalities.

'US won't dictate which weapons we can buy'

The issue that is equally important to both is the fate of Russia's agreed weapons exports to India, estimated to be worth $12 billion. Ever since India declared independence, Moscow has sold far more arms to New Delhi than any other state.
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Russian S-400 air defense systems. コピーライトマーク Alexey Malgavko Russia expects to sign S-400 air defense system deal with India this year – official

But a major obstacle has risen in the shape of CAATSA, the anti-Russia, Iran and North Korea legislation passed by Congress last year. It not only penalizes Moscow's own strategic industries, but is liable to sanction third-country companies working with Russian entities on the list, including Russia's official arms trader Rosoboronexport.

On Saturday, US official Tina Kaidanow, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, who is herself traveling to India for talks later this month, warned New Delhi "to evaluate any potential large defense purchase from Russia seriously," saying it must not "enable" Russia's "malign behavior."

So far, India has held steady in the face of this pressure, which Moscow views as an underhanded attempt to muscle into the largest arms import market in the world.

"We are not going to allow our defense requirement to be dictated by any other country. We have conveyed this to the Capitol Hill. Russia has been a reliable and trusted partner," said a senior Indian official, quoted by multiple local media outlets last week.

In a tweet sent out prior to his visit, Modi also confirmed that he would seek to "strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia."

However, it would be complacent to exclusively blame Washington for a slide in that partnership, which has seen Russia's share of arms imports fall from 79 percent between 2008-2012 to 62 percent in 2013-2017, according to think tank SIPRI.

Even before Modi was elected in 2014, India began a geopolitical shift closer to Washington, while its arms industry has made a deliberate move to lessen its reliance on Russian companies, which Indian officials say experience difficulties with deadlines, cost overruns, and spare-parts supplies.

While undisputed Russian hits such as the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft systems are still in demand – India is intent on buying five at a cost approaching $6 billion – more speculative projects have run into trouble.

The nadir has been India's public decision just last month to exit the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project, mooted for over a decade. New Delhi is apparently dissatisfied with both the timelines and the characteristics of what would have been a groundbreaking, jointly produced jet, and a new model for Russia's post-Soviet aerospace industry.

It is likely that Modi and Putin will eventually feel comfortable enough to broach the topic during their face-to-face meeting, which is expected to last between four and six hours.

"My own experience has been that it takes time for us to take a final decision, when it comes to frontline fighter or attack aircraft," prominent Indian diplomat-turned-expert Gopalaswami Parthasarathy told RT. "I am sure that we can overcome any mutual doubts we may have on the Russian FGFA, once we can better match what we need with what is available. Finally, the entire issue of spares and transfer of technology remains crucial for defense supplies."
India to woo Russia away from China?

On nuclear, the relationship is similarly fruitful, if not so politicized. Indian representatives announced that the two leaders would discuss further cooperation in this area, with Russia completing reactors 3 and 4 of Kudankulam, India's largest nuclear power station, which is being constructed in the south of the country. Moscow will vie to complete reactors 5 and 6 by the start of the next decade, but nothing has been finalized, and the success of the project could determine the path of the country's energy industry – a relevant concern for a rapidly growing economy, and a population that is expected to overtake China's within five years.

Perhaps even more intriguing is the prospect of trilateral nuclear development with Bangladesh, to be piloted at the $13-billion Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, where Russian engineers will supply the tech, and the Indian side will provide some of the financing, management and influence.

Modi's informal one-to-one summits, which he has made his preferred form of international diplomacy, aren't about the nitty gritty of construction deals, but rather big ideas – of which India's place in the world remains central to the country's identity. And China remains the measuring stick.

"India sees China as a rival in a competition for regional leadership," Alexey Kuprianov, a senior research fellow at Institute of World Economy and International Relations, told RT.

Between the two countries ,there are plenty of indirect tensions. Beijing's "One Belt One Road Project" – a reimagining of the silk road backed up by massive infrastructure and industrial investment – is not only a bid for Asian supremacy and a metaphorical encroachment into its backyard, but actually goes through a disputed territory between India and arch-nemesis Pakistan, which has enjoyed closer ties with China in the past few years.

There is also a direct flashpoint – Doklam is a remote Tibetan area through which the undefined Sino-Indian border passes, but it captured headlines in both countries for over two months last summer, after a stand-off and series of clashes between border guards on both sides.

New Delhi is alarmed that Russia, the other great power in the immediate vicinity, is drifting noticeably closer to China, with whom it has a tighter fit, not just economically but geopolitically too, with both countries seeing themselves as a counterweight to US hegemony.

Modi's task will be to reassure Putin that India will not become a prong of a Western-directed alliance (talk of a potential regional partnership between United States, Japan, Australia and India was restarted last year) and also to show that its economic opportunities are as attractive as those offered by China. Perhaps sweetening the deal by offering Moscow a large new showpiece project, like the Russian-backed pipeline from Iran to India that was announced at the end of last year.
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Bloomberg 2018年5月10日 11:00 JST
Dubai Firm Rattles Mideast Dealmaking With Alleged Misused Funds
It’s troubling for any asset manager, but this dispute has the potential to damage a region.

Allegations that one of the biggest and oldest private equity firms in the Middle East misused client money -- including from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank -- have sent shock waves through the ranks of local dealmakers. The firm, Dubai’s Abraaj Group, has shaken up its top ranks, cut dozens of jobs and hired outside help to probe the matter and patch up relations with clients, but the fallout may just start to ripple through.

Since the allegations surfaced in February, private equity deals and fundraising in the region, which had already been slowing, have come to a halt, according to interviews with about a dozen financial industry executives. The issue has hurt the region’s reputation and threatens to bring back concerns about a lack of transparency that had kept some investors away, they said, asking for anonymity because the matter is sensitive.

“The true impact of the Abraaj situation is one of reputational capital,” said Karim A. Souaid, managing partner of Growthgate Capital, a private investment firm operating in the region. It “will impact the appetite of fund investors to commit, and the capabilities of fund managers to raise capital. "

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Israelis are doing to Palestinians what Nazis did to Jews during WWII – Erdogan
Israeli actions in Gaza are similar to those perpetrated against Jewish people during Nazi persecution, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Days earlier, he called Israel a “terrorist” and “apartheid” state.

“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” Turkish President Erdogan said on Friday, as cited by AFP.

READ MORE: Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

“The children of those being subject to all sorts of torture in concentration camps during World War II are now attacking Palestinians with methods that would put Nazis to shame,” Erdogan reiterated.

The Turkish strongman was speaking in Istanbul, where presidents, prime ministers and other dignitaries from over 40 Muslim states gathered for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The gathering showed support for Palestinians and condemned the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The OIC has also pledged to create an “international peacekeeping force” to protect the Palestinians.

A long-time critic of Israel, Erdogan recently engaged in a war of words with Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of being “a terrorist” and leading “an apartheid state.” The Israeli premier did not mince his words either, calling Erdogan “a butcher” with reference to Turkey’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation in Syria’s Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

The lingering feud between Turkey and Israel escalated on the heels of renewed violence in Gaza, where massive protests erupted during the last week. At least 60 protesters were killed and over 2,700 were injured by Israeli bullets, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Reacting to the spike in violence, Ankara called for Israel to be held accountable, particularly by filing a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. “Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT Haber on Thursday.

He also vowed to ensure “that the Israeli authorities and Israeli soldiers who point guns at defenseless people are held accountable.” His call was joined by the OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen, who branded the Israeli actions “a war crime and a crime against humanity.”

Responding to the Turkish proposal, Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister for national infrastructure, energy and water, said Turkey is “ripe” to appear in the ICC long before Israel. Recalling Turkey’s crackdown on Kurds, he said “those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

timesofisrael 18 May 2018, 9:06 pm
Erdogan likens Israeli ‘brutality’ in Gaza to Nazi murder of Jews
'There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,' Turkish presidents says


ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) − Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday compared Israel’s actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi genocide of the Jews in World War II.

“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” he told a summit of Islamic leaders in Istanbul.

Erdogan, who supports the Hamas terror group that rules Gaza, has long been one of the fiercest critics of Israel and has raised the level of rhetoric in recent weeks. On Friday he also organized tens of thousands to rally against Israel in Istanbul.

He added that the leadership of a people “who were subjected to all kinds of torture in the concentration camps during World War II is attacking the Palestinians with methods similar to the Nazis.”

“I will say openly and clearly that what Israel is doing is banditry, brutality and state terror,” he said.

Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II in the Holocaust, many perishing in gas chambers and death camps.

Erdogan had earlier told a mass rally in Istanbul that as the victims of the Holocaust, the Jewish people of Israel should stop their government’s actions against the Palestinians.

“We believe a people who were victims of the Holocaust will not give consent to the crime against humanity committed by their own state,” he said.

Large crowds thronged the massive Yenikapi meeting area on the shores of the sea of Marmara under the slogan “Curse the oppression, support Jerusalem,” ahead of an address later in the day by Erdogan.

Demonstrators held Palestinian and Turkish flags and brandished slogans including “Jerusalem is our red line.”

We are calling on the world and say ‘Israel, America and Zionism, you all dragged humanity into chaos’,” said protester Levent Ayaz.

“With God’s permission, Jerusalem belongs to us and is the capital of Islam as long as this ummah (Islamic community) exists,” he added.

Erdogan is hosting for the second time in half a year a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group seeking to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after deadly clashes at the Gaza border Monday in which some 60 Palestinians were killed by IDF fire.

Many in the international community have criticized Israel for the deaths, while the IDF and Hamas have both noted that many of the dead were members of Gazan terror groups. A Hamas official, Salah Bardawil, said Wednesday that 50 of the fatalities were Hamas members.

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