国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2020年07月25日

中国の情報機器は一流でも 情報発信は三流国

ロイターがヒューストンの中国総領事館閉鎖問題に関して、米国国務省の主張を無批判に流しています。しかも、日本語に訳して。いつものことです。


米国国務省 → ロイター → 日本の支局 → 日本語訳

時には、このロイターの役割を日本の通信社や新聞社が担うことがあります。なんでこの件だけ親切に報じるの?? 無料記事でということがしばしば。

この総領事館の件でも、中国外務省の報道官が論評し、それが外国のプレスによって報じられることはありますが、扱いは小さい。

ロシアの領事館が閉鎖を迫られたときは、ロシア外務省が米国を厳しく批判し、ロシア系の通信社が詳しく報じます。

RTやTASS、SPUTNIKなどは英語でも情報発信。SPUTNIKは日本語版もある。

それに比べると、中国は人民日報と新華社、中国新聞社(CNS)、環球時報があるが、対外的な情報発信という面ではロシアと比較にならない弱さ。日本人には、法輪功が米国で運営している大紀元時報のほうが知られているようにも感じる。大紀元時報は日本語版もある。

最近は中国人の若い方で英語でツイートする人を見つけて少し中国の情報がわかるようになった。香港問題、新コロナウィルス問題で中国は情報発信が決定的に不足だったと思う。

海外に支援チームを送り込みながら、なんで現地の活動状況を流さない? ロシアはRTのカメラマンが随行し、詳しく報道したのに。

イランのほうが情報発信では数段進んでいる。PRESSTVにFARSNEWS。
PRESSTVは政策的な臭いが強いが。

今、最も国際的に読まれて信頼感の高いネットニュースはRTだという。米国や英国などでは、テレビ放送もあるはず。

中国は、イラン以上に情報発信面では、政治的な制約が強いのだろう。中国のメディアも、共産党と政府との二重支配のもとでやりにくいことが多いのかもしれない。

だが、他国に比べて立ち遅れは明らか。シリア問題イラン問題などでは、中国政府自体の情報発信が弱い。そのために経済制裁では米国の思うがままになっている。人権問題についても同じ。主張すべきことがあれば、世界に向けて発信したらよい。

RTの創設者はプーチンと近かったという。米国出張中に不審死したが、とても魅力的な風貌の人だった。ロシアは情報発信で多額のカネを使っているはずだが、何か事件があった時にRTなどを参照すればすぐわかるのはとても便利だ。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:47| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2020年07月24日

中国が米国のバブル、ゾンビ国家化に警戒 ロシアは米ドル資産を処分

SPUTNIK 04:00 GMT 18.07.2020
'China Minimised Economic Impact While US Risks Becoming Zombie Country,' Academic Says
Chinese exports and imports grew in June more than projected. According to the data published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, exports grew by 0.5% compared to the same period last year, while imports increased by 2.7%. These positive dynamics reflect that China is recovering from the crisis faster than expected.

This is the first time since the coronavirus outbreak when both China's exports and imports have started to grow. Most analysts expected that June would remain a month of recession: imports would drop by 10% and exports by 1.5%.

However, fiscal stimulus measures, as well as investments in infrastructure and real estate, yielded quick results.

Demand for imported rolled steel reached its peak for the last 33 months – it grew by 9.6%. Imports of crude oil also reached maximum values, climbing 9.9%. Here the demand was also spurred by Chinese oil refiners, who sought to fill their storage facilities while the oil price was low.

As a result, imports from some countries into the PRC increased at a double-digit rate. For example, June imports from the US to China increased by 11.3%, although in May this figure was in the negative zone.

Despite the pessimistic statements of some US politicians regarding the trade agreement, Chinese companies tried their best to fulfil the terms of the deal between the two countries that was concluded in January.

On the one hand, the easing of restrictive measures in response to the epidemic abroad contributed to the growth of exports. Many countries have begun to gradually open up their economies and resume business activities.

At the same time, increasing global demand for protective masks, gloves and other medical products and technological equipment also contributed to the increase in Chinese exports.

According to Chinese statistics, China's exports of medicines and pharmaceuticals increased by 23.6% in the second quarter. The sales of medical equipment to other countries soared by 46.4%.

China has undertaken various economic support measures. The authorities called on commercial banks to provide loans to support small businesses by at least 1 trillion yuan at low interest rates.

The People's Bank of China will buy back up to 400 billion yuan of these loans from commercial banks for one year. This will help commercial banks to cope with liquidity shortages.

Furthermore, 3.6 trillion yuan will be invested in the real sector, including in digital infrastructure, through the issuance of special government bonds as well as local government special-purpose bonds.

Finally, through various fiscal exemptions, as well as increasing the budget deficit to 3.6% of GDP, companies will attain an additional 3.3 trillion yuan of liquidity, which can also be used to restore business activities.

On the whole, China successfully coped with the first wave of the epidemic and was able to minimise economic losses, Jia Jinjing, assistant dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at the Renmin University of China, told Sputnik.

“China has effectively coped with the first wave of the epidemic now. It has managed to minimise the impact on the economy. Judging by domestic and foreign demand, we see that the measures are yielding results. However, the epidemiological situation remains uncertain, especially in some countries, including the US. Where the epidemic is likely to spread, the situation is very difficult to predict,” he said.

Despite the fact that China may have been able to minimise the impact of the epidemic for itself, due to China's involvement in the global value chain, the country is highly dependent on the situation in the world economy. At the same time, the US, as the expert notes, remains the main hidden threat to the global economy and finance.

“In terms of the financial or macro-level, the greatest latent risk comes from the US. The US has adopted a financial support programme that ends this month. It has not yet been announced what the next steps will be. But there are serious financial risks in the current situation that come from the US. In June, US federal revenues accounted for only one-fifth of expenditures. This means that the US will face problems servicing its own debt in the future. As debt accumulates, the US is becoming a zombie country, and this is a real danger for the global economy,” Jia Jinjing stressed.

The US has allocated $2.3 trillion to fight the current crisis, a record package of incentives. However, these anti-crisis measures are mainly limited to direct financial stimulation of the economy.

At the beginning of March, the Fed lowered the rates to zero and started implementing a policy of quantitative easing – this method was already practised during the 2008 crisis.

The quantitative easing – based on the lowest interest rates possible – is designed to sharply increase lending and, consequently, business activity and output growth. In reality, however, it turned out that cheap credit has led only to the expansion of the financial sector and speculative growth in the securities market.

From 2009 to 2019, the S&P 500 index grew by 370%. During the same period, GDP grew by less than 50%. The real sector, which supposedly provides most of the employment in most countries, was left behind, as evidenced by the accumulated structural problems in the American economy and society, such as high unemployment and growing social inequality.

China has taken into account the mistakes of the past, so the current measures taken by the Chinese authorities are aimed at maintaining the real sector. The practice has shown that huge financial incentives lead to economic imbalances and bubbles.

In fact, China's campaign against leverage, not completed so far, is precisely aimed at fighting the consequences of pumping the economy with financial doping in 2008.

But in today's situation countries can only jointly stabilise the global financial system and come out of the crisis caused by the pandemic with the least losses.

RT2020/7/19
Russia adds $4.4 BILLION to forex reserves in just ONE WEEK
Russian gold and foreign currency holdings have increased to a total of $574.2 billion, according to the latest data released by the country’s central bank.

The international funds grew by $4.4 billion, or about 0.8 percent, in just one week (July 3-10). The regulator noted that the growth was driven by “positive revaluation.”

Statistics showed that since January 1 Russia boosted forex reserves by $20 billion. They were up by 18.3 percent last year.

The state's international reserves are highly liquid foreign assets comprising stocks of monetary gold, foreign currencies and Special Drawing Right (SDR) assets, which are at the disposal of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) and the government. The current level of holdings is higher than the target of $500 billion set by the CBR several years ago.

Russia has been boosting the reserves for four years running. Last year, growth totaled nearly $86 billion, while 2018 and 2017 saw increases of around $33 billion and $55 billion respectively.

The country has been also reshaping its international holdings, cutting the share of the US dollar in favor of other currencies and gold. Last year, the CBR reported that the greenback share fell from 43.7 percent to 23.6 percent in 12 months from March 2018.

ロシアが米ドルの処分を加速しています。金を増やしています。



中国株式も回復が早い。


mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/21のツイート
みずほ総合研究所の研究部門のチーフエコノミスト、長谷川克之氏は、中国の2020年第2四半期のGDPの3.2%成長は世界経済にとって重要であると述べた。コロナ後の、世界経済回復を牽引するのは、間違いなく中国経済。

相場の動きについては、同報メールで最小限の範囲に触れるだけにしています。相場は大変難しいです。ただ、このところユーロドル、豪ドルが堅調推移でしたが、7/21は特に豪ドルが上げています。7/21は欧州株も上げていますが、ちょっと早い感じもします。

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/21のツイート
米国はリーマン危機を3千兆円の税金で、秘密裡に銀行・ヘッジファンドを救済。現在のバブルはその数倍。それがはじけかかっている。シェール石油産業倒産、金融バブル爆発の恐怖に震え上るトランプ。ドルを捨てろと号令を発してきたプーチン。ドル石油支配体制の終わり。アメリカの錯乱と凋落の原因。

※ 熊猫さんパンダの顔ブタの顔イヌの顔クマの顔ネズミの顔@xiongmao53氏の2020/7/21のツイート
私的には、現在の米国の対中冷戦は、既に中国を取り込むことを諦めることによって、結果的に世界覇権を放棄し、中国が大きな役割を果たすであろう多極世界から孤立し、自分たちだけの一極だけを護持するという結果にしかならないと思います。実際、国際機関からの米国の脱退が続いています。 twitter.com/trappedsoldier…

2020/7/24、米国市場が始まって間もなく、金価格がこの10年来の最高値を付けています。


今日は読者と少し意見交換しましたが、よりもよってその晩に最高根更新です。
The price of gold at the Comex exchange has increased by 0.6% compared to the previous session's close, reaching $ 1,904 per troy ounce.
The last time the price of gold was above $1,900 per troy ounce was in September 2011.
金価格が上がるであろうとの見通しは、何度も取り上げてきました。ロシアや東欧の国が金を買い増したリ、英国から自国に輸送したりしているので、在庫積み増し路線。当然金価格は上がります。

海外情報は、こんな経済関係でも役に立つ情報が多いのです。特に自国の威信を高めようとカネと力を投入してニュースを流している国の情報は確かです。

為替の見通しについても年初来何度か触れました。ただ方向性は確かでも何時動き出すかはわからない。ポジションをとっても1年そのままかもしれませんしね。一時的に反対方向に振れることもありますし。どうぞ、私の苦しい胸の内をお察しください。

えっ、そんなことはいいからユーロの値上がりはどうなんだ、まだ続くのか? それに金もさらに値上がりか? それだけ答えろ!

そんなにせっかちに・・・損しても知りませんよ。私は、ユーロのFXポジションを少し持っています。金については、現物を買うほどのカネもありませんので持っていませんが、もしカネがたくさんあれば買うでしょうね。少なくともドル暴落時にはもっと上がるはずです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:16| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国はテロ国家

FARSNEWS2020/7/24
Several Injured After US Fighter Jets Come Close to Iranian Passenger Plane over Syrian Airspace
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several passengers were injured after two hostile US army fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over the Syrian airspace, forcing the pilot to make a sudden change of direction and altitude to avoid a collision. [+VIDEOS, PHOTOS]

Initial reports said two Israeli fighter jets approached a Mahan Air Tehran-Beirut flight over the Syrian sky in a highly risky move and the captain of the Iranian passenger plane was forced to make a sudden change of direction and altitude, causing several injuries.

While Western and Israeli media, including Reuters and Jerusalem Post, said the hostile aircraft were Israeli planes, the Israeli army denied the reports.

Yet, the captain of Mahan Air Flight No. 1152 later said the pilots of the two hostile planes have identified themselves as US army pilots during a radio contact.

A video posted by a reporter of Iran's state-run TV who was aboard the plane showed an F-15 fighter jet from the window of the plane and comments from a passenger who had blood on his face.

In a later interview from Beirut, the reporter said three passengers have been wounded during "the US planes' intentional move".

Syrian state news agency, SANA, said the incident happened in the country's sky over the "Al-Tanf border-crossing with Iraq". The US has a main base at Al-Tanf border-crossing which is supported by Ein Al-Assad airbase around 120km into Western Iraq.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran's Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi has informed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the incident, and warned that "in case of any incident for this plane on the way back home, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the United States reponsible".

"A similar message has been sent to the Swiss ambassador to Tehran," the spokesman added. The Swiss embassy hosts the US interests section in Iran in absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Mahan Air told FNA later that several passengers have been wounded during the incident and have been taken to a hospital in Beirut and others have evacuated the plane sound and safe.

It said the passenger jetliner has refueled to fly back to Iran.

At 21:30 GMT, flight tacking websites showed that the plane has crossed Syria's Al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq - the scene of the incident - on the way back home. At 22:30 GMT, reports said the jetliner has entered Iranian sky.

The Israeli air force has caused similar incidents over the Syrian sky in the last two years.

In February, an Airbus A320 passenger plane flying from Tehran to Damascus International Airport was forced to have an emergency landing at Russia's Hmeimim air base near Latakia in Northwest Syria after coming under fire from Syrian air defenses during an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian capital.

In an official account of the incident, Russia accused the Israeli army of using the civilian flight carrying 172 passengers as a shield during its air strikes on targets in Syria on February 7.

"The recourse to civilian aircraft as cover or to block a riposte by Syrian forces during military air operations has become characteristic of the Israeli air force," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement a day later.

Israeli radars have "a clear view of the situation in the skies around Damascus airport", Konashenkov said, accusing Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians".

Less than a month later, two civilian airplanes bound for Qatar were used as cover by Israeli fighter jets launching missiles from Lebanese airspace against targets near the Syrian cities of Homs and Quneitra.

Syrian air defenses engaged incoming missiles shortly after midnight local time on March 5, both near Homs in Central Syria and Quneitra in the South, on the armistice line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Following the attack, reports appeared that at least two flights – one passenger, one cargo – had to change course to avoid getting struck by air defense missiles.

The flights were tentatively identified as a Qatar cargo flight QR8294, bound for Doha from Basel, Switzerland. The other was QR419, a passenger plane that had taken off for Doha from Beirut, Lebanon, and made a loop around Tripoli before continuing its course South of Homs.





RT2020/7/23
Passengers injured after ‘Israeli fighter jet’ buzzes Iranian airliner over Syria (VIDEOS)
Several passengers aboard an Iranian passenger plane have reportedly been injured after an encounter with an Israeli fighter jet over Damascus. Iranian media say the dangerous maneuver forced the airliner to rapidly drop altitude.

UPDATE: Tehran says AMERICAN, not Israeli fighter jets endangered & injured passengers of Iranian airliner over Syria

The incident, said to have taken place in the skies above the Syrian capital on Thursday, has been captured on videos published by the Iranian broadcaster IRIB.

The footage allegedly shows an Israeli fighter jet maneuvering dangerously close to the Iranian aircraft. Another clip shows passengers screaming as the cabin is visibly shaking.

Footage apparently captured later shows one man talking with blood running down his forehead, while another passenger is filmed lying prone on the floor.

Iranian media said the passenger plane was forced to rapidly drop altitude to avoid a mid-air collision, and that the chaotic scenes show the emergency descent and its aftermath.

The plane reportedly landed safely thereafter. It belongs to the Iranian private company Mahan Air.

There was no comment immediately available from the Israeli Defense Forces.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 07:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年07月22日

エプスタイン関連の訴訟を担当する連邦判事の家に殺人者

ドイツ銀行がエプスタインと取引を行っていたために株価が下落したとして投資家から訴訟を起こされています。その件を担当する女性連邦判事の家にFedEXの配達人を装った殺人者が現れ、女性判事の息子を射殺、夫である弁護士に重傷を負わせたという事件です。震撼させられます。裏には、この殺人を仕掛けた者がいます。エプスタイン本人とともに邪魔者は消せ。テロが日常的な国、米国。容疑者は、反フェミニストの法律家? 謎だらけです。

RT 21 Jul, 2020 21:28 / Updated 2 hours ago
DB-Epstein lawyer shooting suspect worked for ‘CIA of Wall Street,’ did ‘men’s-rights activism,’ and had no clear personal motive

The attorney suspected of shooting Judge Esther Salas’s son and husband is being portrayed as a misogyny-crazed “anti-feminist,” but there seems to be more to the story, including links to the Deutsche Bank case Salas was hearing.

Roy Den Hollander, found dead of an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car in the New York Catskills on Monday, has been fingered by authorities as the primary suspect in the shooting of Salas’s son and husband at their New Jersey home on Sunday.

Other than the FedEx uniform he was wearing when discovered and a package in his car addressed to the judge, however, it’s not clear what links him to the scene – or what his motive was, if indeed he was the shooter.

Den Hollander described himself on his website as a specialist in “anti-feminist litigation, investigations, and advice on general corporate matters.”

The media explanation suggested the lawyer hated Salas, whom he once dissed as a "lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama," enough to hunt her down five years later and attempt to kill her family. While he had a case before the judge in 2015 that didn't go well, that motive doesn't explain why he'd shoot her male relatives without trying to find her, or why he would then kill himself.

While the insults directed at Salas are harsh, they’re taken from a searing self-published manuscript riddled with casual misogyny directed against multiple women – chiefly his Russian ex-wife, whom he refers to as a “Russian mafia moll,” a “prostitute,” and a “striper [sic], call girl, pimp, money launderer, and drug smuggler for the Russian mafia.” He even credits the woman with turning him from a “stupid frigging fool” susceptible to female trickery into the “anti-Feminazi” lawyer he subsequently became.

His own mother isn’t spared either – he dedicates the book to her, along with hopes that she “burn[s] in hell.”

As for Salas, Den Hollander landed in her court challenging the male-only draft policy of the US Army. According to his book, the attorney “wanted to ask the Judge out, but thought she might hold [him] in contempt.” While he disapproved of her handling of the case, he’d soon moved on to bigger things, suing several news reporters (including NBC’s Chuck Todd and Katy Tur and the New York Times’ David Brooks) for allegedly violating RICO statutes by publishing “fake news” about then-candidate Donald Trump.

Salas seemed all but forgotten – if anything, Den Hollander claimed to understand her motivation for dragging her feet on his case, suggesting she wanted to move up to a higher court and thus couldn’t make any decisions that could be framed as political. There are zero hints in the manuscript the attorney was nursing a five-year grudge.

Not mentioned in the sensationalistic media coverage of Den Hollander’s past is the lawyer’s stint with Kroll Associates, a shadowy firm with ties to US and Israeli intelligence. Known informally as the “private CIA,” Kroll’s ranks were stacked with former agents of the CIA, FBI, Mossad, and MI6. A member of the Bush family sat on its advisory board before that was dissolved in 1991, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton hired the firm during his first presidential campaign that same year. Den Hollander officially worked for Kroll from 1999 to 2000, but given that the company has long worked closely with lawyers, his relationship with it may have begun (or continued) in an unofficial capacity.

Given that Judge Salas was assigned to a lawsuit by Deutsche Bank investors against the firm less than a week before her son and husband were shot, Kroll’s connections with that bank are also noteworthy – and absent from any media speculation on Den Hollander’s motives.

After leaving Kroll Associates in 2008, founder Jules Kroll launched Kroll Bond Rating Agency, a credit rating agency that has become something of a second home for high-ranking Deutsche Bank staff, employing over half a dozen VP-level and above staff. The cozy “revolving door” relationship has seen KBRA vociferously defend Deutsche Bank in the press against allegations of wrongdoing – no matter how well-founded.

The suit in Salas’s court alleged the bank had failed to vet “risky” clients like Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious (and now deceased) pedophile suspected of having his own rather extensive ties to Israeli and US intelligence.

According to Vanity Fair, Kroll himself was hired by newspaper baron and Israeli spy Robert Maxwell – father of now-imprisoned alleged Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell – to uncover “people out to get him, to destroy his empire, to cripple him financially, and to destroy his life and business in any way they could.” Maxwell died under mysterious circumstances – also officially declared suicide, despite considerable evidence to the contrary – before he could compile the “memorandum of suspicions and unexplained events” he planned to send Kroll, the magazine claimed.

If the shooting and apparent attempt on Salas’s life are indeed linked to the Deutsche Bank case, Hollander’s subsequent “suicide” would be far from the first suspicious death surrounding Epstein and his circle of high-flying associates. In addition to the well-connected pedophile’s own infamous jailhouse suicide, performed during that crucial window of time when his guards happened to be sleeping and the surveillance cameras on the tier where he was housed were malfunctioning, his personal banker at Deutsche Bank supposedly did away with himself back in November.

Thomas Bowers, head of the firm’s Private Wealth Management Division from 2012 to 2015, was discovered hanging from a rope in his New York home before Thanksgiving, just as FBI agents were hoping to interview him about the loans he’d approved to Epstein and his various shell companies. Epstein had followed Bowers to Deutsche Bank in 2013, where – despite his allegedly defaulting on some $25 million in loans from Citigroup – Bowers secured further high-risk loans and credit lines for the convicted sex offender. Bowers was said to have visited Epstein’s private island and attended events at his New York home.

Federal authorities were quick to declare Den Hollander’s death a suicide, leaking to the press that he’d shot himself before his name was even officially released, upon finding the lawyer dead of a gunshot wound. Given that foul play is the rule, rather than the exception, in the circles in which Epstein moved, the shooting at Salas’s home would seem to merit further investigation.

washingtonpost July 21, 2020 at 6:17 a.m. GMT+9
‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer identified as suspect in deadly shooting at federal judge’s home
Federal authorities identified a self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer found dead Monday as the “primary subject” in a shooting at a federal judge’s New Jersey home that killed the jurist’s son and left her husband badly injured.

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was not harmed in the Sunday shooting, which the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and local authorities continue to investigate. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey identified the dead suspect as Roy Den Hollander. Speaking on the condition of anonymity to discussion an ongoing investigation, law enforcement officials said his body was found in Sullivan County, N.Y., about a two-hour drive from the scene of the shooting. The lawyer appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, one official said.

Hollander gained a level of notoriety having sued over ladies’ night drink specials, which he claimed were discriminatory. He also had a years-long case before Salas in which he was contesting the government’s refusal to allow women to register for the military draft.

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/20のツイート
FedEXのユニフォームを着た男が乱入し、連邦判事の息子を射殺し夫に重傷を負わせた。判事エッシャー・サラスは、エプスタインの件を担当していた。。。。

dailymail2020/7/20
Federal judge's son, 20, is shot dead and her criminal defense attorney husband is critically injured after a gunman disguised as a FedEx driver ambushed their home - four days after she was assigned a case linked to Jeffrey Epstein

The gunman shot and killed Judge Esther Salas' son, Daniel, 20, and injured her husband Mark, 63
The assailant opened fire after Daniel, a college student, opened the door to him at their home at around 5pm
His father Mark was shot several times at the front door and is now in critical condition in the hospital
Judge Salas is believed to have been in the basement during the shooting and was not harmed
Last week, the judge was assigned a civil financial fraud lawsuit against Deutsche Bank
Investors say they were misled by the bank which continued to do business with Jeffrey Epstein after his 2008 conviction for soliciting child prostitutes
Salas previously presided over the trial of former Real Housewife Teresa Giudice in a case regarding financial fraud
Her husband is a prominent criminal defense attorney who has represented members of the Bloods
He switched to private practice after serving as a prosecutor in New Jersey for more than 10 years
Friends say Salas frequently made remarks about being a target because of her job and receiving threats

bloomberglaw July 16, 2020, 11:29 PM
Deutsche Bank Investors Sue Over Epstein Ties, Stock Drops
COURT: D.N.J.
TRACK DOCKET: No. 20-cv-08978 (Bloomberg Law Subscription)
JUDGE: Esther Salas (Bloomberg Law Subscription)
COMPANY INFO: Deutsche Bank AG (Bloomberg Law Subscription)

Deutsche Bank AG allegedly misled investors about anti-money-laundering deficiencies and didn’t “properly monitor” customers it considered “high risk,” such as Jeffrey Epstein, investors said in New Jersey federal district court.

The bank didn’t tell investors it hadn’t fixed disclosure control problems and wasn’t keeping an appropriate eye on clients like convicted sex offender Epstein and two other banks involved in past financial misconduct scandals, investors alleged Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Adding Epstein as a client in 2013 “was a critical mistake and should never have happened,” Deutsche Bank said in a July 7 message to staff. A bank spokesperson told Bloomberg News it had spent almost $1 billion to improve AML controls.

The bank’s share price fell 4.49% May 13 after news broke that the Federal Reserve had criticized its U.S. operations, including its AML and other control procedures, the investors said. The share price dropped 1.31% July 7 after New York’s state financial services department fined Deutsche Bank $150 million for “neglecting to flag numerous questionable transactions from accounts associated with Epstein,” Danske Estonia, and FBME Bank, the would-be class complaint said.

Deutsche Bank “signaled to investors” in 2017 that its then-new, now-departed general counsel would “further ensure” its “mitigation of its prior AML and other control function failures,” the complaint said. The bank touted its AML remediation efforts in subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings, the investors said.

The bank warned investors of “generic, boilerplate” control risks but didn’t disclose “relationships with, and lax monitoring of, customers” like Epstein that Deutsche Bank had “itself deemed to be high risk,” the complaint said.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the new suit Thursday but said it had offered help to law enforcement immediately after Epstein’s arrest. “We have been fully transparent and have addressed these matters with our regulator, adjusted our risk tolerance and systematically tackled the issues,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg Law.

“Our reputation is our most valuable asset and we deeply regret our association with Epstein,” the Deutsche Bank spokesperson said.

Causes of Action: Exchange Act §10(b)−Using a manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance for a securities transaction in violation of SEC rules (15 U.S.C. §78j); SEC Rule 10b-5−Employing a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud, making untrue statements or omitting facts, or engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which operates as a fraud or deceit (17 C.F.R. §240.10b-5).

※ RT2019/11/5
‘We had Clinton, we had everything’: ABC’s ‘Epstein coverup’ exposed by ‘p***ed’ news anchor in Project Veritas leak
ABC News knew the full extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes three years ago, but a combination of orders from above and threats from those implicated killed the story before it ever got to air, leaked footage shows.

In a video clip released by conservative group Project Veritas on Tuesday, NBC News anchor Amy Robach is caught on a “hot mic” speaking to colleagues at the news desk. Robach reveals that she had been contacted by Virginia Roberts (Giuffre), who alleges Epstein used her as a sex slave, and pimped her out to his powerful friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew.

“I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts...we would not put it on the air,” Robach says on camera. “First of all, I was told ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein.’ Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”

She told me everything. She had pictures, she had everything. It was unbelievable what we had. We had Clinton, we had everything.

Former President Bill Clinton was among those who traveled multiple times on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.” As well as Clinton and Prince Andrew, Robach claims that lawyer Alan Dershowitz was implicated in Roberts’ testimony.

Robach says that she tried to convince her bosses to air her story for three years, but “to no avail.”

“And now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations, and I freaking had all of it. What we had was unreal.”

Epstein was found dead in his cell in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in August, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide, with the city’s chief medical examiner determining the sex offender hung himself from his bunk bed in the cell.

Reports that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch two days earlier, and that the guards on watch left him unsupervised for longer than usual fuelled rumors that foul play was afoot. Epstein’s connections to high profile political and business figures led many to speculate that the mogul was murdered.

When New York’s former chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, claimed last month that Epstein’s wounds were more consistent with “homicidal strangulation” than suicide, the mystery was revived again, and the internet was flooded with “Epstein didn’t kill himself” memes and comments.

Robach said she believes “100 percent” Epstein was murdered.

Do I think he was killed? A hundred percent, yes I do. He made his whole living blackmailing people… There were a lot of men in those planes, a lot of men who visited that island, a lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.

When Epstein died, the case against him died too, as the financier was the sole defendant. A group of Epstein’s accusers and alleged victims have called on prosecutors to keep the case open, arguing that his associates - including girlfriend and alleged trafficking partner Ghislaine Maxwell - could also be culprits.

“Please, please finish what you have started ... we all know he did not act alone,” accuser Sarah Ransome told a court hearing in New York in August. “We are all survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate.”


※ RT2019/11/2
‘How did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?’ Hillary Clinton bursts into laughter over dead body joke… again
In an appearance on the Daily Show, Hillary Clinton was asked to weigh in on her role as the arch nemesis of conservatives, and how – not if – she added Jeffrey Epstein to the “Clinton body count” theorized by conspiracy buffs.

“I have to ask you a question that has been plaguing me for a while, how did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?” host Trevor Noah asked on Thursday’s show, getting an outburst of laughter out of Clinton. “You seem to be behind everything nefarious, and yet you do not use [that power] to become president.”

Before she could spill the beans, Noah rolled out his next question, asking what it was like to be the “bogeyman of the right” and the subject of countless internet conspiracy theories.

“Well, it’s a constant surprise to me … because the things they say – and now, of course, it’s on steroids with being online – are so ridiculous, beyond any imagination that I could have,” Clinton said.

They are so persistent in putting forth these crazy ideas and theories. Honestly, I don’t know what I ever did to get them so upset.

The more conspiracy-minded corners of Twitter were quick to give Clinton some ideas, however, with many skeptical commenters rushing to posit her role in Epstein’s death and other shadowy plots.

READ MORE: ‘Hanging does not cause these broken bones’: Epstein’s injuries more consistent with homicide, noted pathologist says

A number of theories centered on the Clinton family have emerged after the financier’s demise, intensified by reports that he was a personal friend to Bill Clinton. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August, where he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. While officials ruled the death a suicide, pathologist Michael Baden questioned that conclusion earlier this week, suggesting Epstein’s autopsy results more closely resembled a murder.

Some netizens mused that the Clinton conspiracy had compromised the Daily Show host as well, or even put his life in danger, even though Noah “1000% ... asked her permission to ask [the Epstein question] beforehand.”

Clinton’s hysterical laughter over a dead body at the Daily Show was not her debut in the world of comedy. While still in office in 2011, she told reporters a gut-buster about the brutal roadside execution of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi after a US-led bombing campaign ousted him from power, cackling:

We came, we saw, he died!

With Libya still a smoldering ruin plagued by violence some eight years after Gaddafi’s overthrow, the joke has not aged well, and might help explain what’s gotten Clinton’s critics so “upset.”

In another hilarious wisecrack during a 2010 State Department meeting on whistleblowing, Clinton allegedly asked department colleagues “Can’t we just drone this guy?” referring to Julian Assange, co-founder of anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of classified government documents. Though Clinton says she doesn’t remember the comment, she insisted “It would have been a joke, if it had been said.”

Notwithstanding another presidential run, perhaps a career in stand-up comedy is in the wings for the former secretary of state.


※ RT2019/8/14
Epstein lived in a netherworld where normal rules don’t apply. How many more Epsteins are out there?
Forget how he died, the real mystery is how Jeffrey Epstein lived - committing acts that would get a normal person jailed, all while next to the world’s most-watched men. How did he create a protective bubble around himself?

Take, for example, Epstein’s financial career, the foundation for so much of his other criminal activity.

While doubts about his methods for obtaining wealth for his clients had been circulating on Wall Street for years, throughout that time he had been described, at face value, as a financier and a billionaire.

In the past several months we have discovered that he likely was no billionaire, and no one is sure whether he ever did conduct any legitimate business activities, or even where any of his money came from.

Yet, there was definitely big money involved, as is evidenced by superficially inexplicable multi-million dollar transactions percolating through a network of offshore accounts, and the very real luxury assets that he had accumulated.

But despite the United States’ reputation for employing the world’s most aggressive financial crimes agents, ready go well outside their borders, Epstein was never charged or even thoroughly investigated, while the world’s most reputable banks were happy to continue doing business with him until the past few months.

More glaring is the scope of his unpunished sex crimes.

This was not a relatively common-or-garden abuser like Harvey Weinstein, extracting sexual favors from adult women he had power over in a string of hotel room encounters.

Instead, Epstein was apparently the operator of an international sex ring, involving hundreds of underage “slaves” picked off from the school and the mall, transported across international borders, with the knowledge of each other, and what must have been a great multitude of bystanders.

Yet, Epstein was caught likely decades after he started, handed a notoriously lenient punishment, and reportedly allowed to continue his lifestyle while swatting away lawsuits.

Throughout all this, the convicted sex offender seems to have been treated with an odd laissez-faire lenience by the media, which is so fascinated now, but with the exception of several dogged local journalists, didn’t seem bothered enough to get to the bottom of who Epstein really was.

Even if Epstein hadn’t been a larger-than-life character, a close associate of formerly the most powerful man in the world, and his wife vying to fill the same position, not to mention a friend of Prince Andrew and Woody Allen, should have been a treasure trove for an ambitious investigator.

Yes, some of the allegations may have been difficult to prove, and journalists can’t be expected to sneak into the cargo hold of the Lolita Express, but at least since 2005 there has been solid ground on which to build a story. In a world where a single #MeToo article can destroy a career, Epstein was indulged like a disgraced Gatsby, holding court for New York Times journalists and boasting about his links to Mohammed bin Salman.

The greatest temptation for many now is to write this off as a conspiracy. That Epstein was a protected man due to his connection to the Clintons, that he was a front and a fixer for the CIA or Mossad, that anyone who got in his way, from investigators and prosecutors to journalists, was paid or warned off, perhaps blackmailed.

All other than Alec Baldwin should take a breath here, and now wait as more facts are likely to emerge, not least about Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s currently hard-to-locate partner, whose name has flashed up again and again. Though anyone hoping that a fully-formed color-coded scheme with arrows, circles and lists of crimes will ever emerge is likely fooling themselves.

But to me, a possibly more terrifying discovery is that there was no conspiracy, as such.

That simply through the power granted by his wealth and connection multiplied by the ability to lead an international lifestyle simply put Epstein outside the reach of the normal legal and societal constraints.

We already assume that plutocrats, the political elite, and celebrities live by different rules. But we are not talking about normal rich people indulgences: the yachts, butlers, and London basement pools.

This is Bond villain-level stuff. A private island with a secret temple. Plans to “seed” DNA into scores of women. Engaging top scientists for transhumanist studies to create a new super race.

If we’d learned that instead of grooming young women, Epstein’s hobby was transporting and hunting homeless people, would we be any more surprised? Would he have found it that much harder to get away with it?

We can tell ourselves that Jeffrey Epstein was a one-off, a uniquely cunning and depraved psychopath with the right connections. But it seems equally plausible that this opulent, global and lawless netherworld is capable of hiding other depraved transgressors, less publicity-hungry, and more dangerous still in their intentions.

The job is to try and stop them now before they die in a New York jail cell, leaving behind a trail of victims. But who has the guts for it?

By Igor Ogorodnev

Igor Ogorodnev is a Russian-British journalist, who has worked at RT since 2007 as a correspondent, editor and writer.

※ SPUTNIK209/8/14
US Comedian ‘Gets Death Threats’ After Trump Retweets His Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton Conspiracy Theory
Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a prison cell over the weekend has multiple conspiracy theorists questioning the decision to take him off suicide watch, just a week after he apparently tried to take his own life.

Terrence K. Williams, an American actor and comedian, says he started receiving death threats after President Donald Trump retweeted his conspiracy theory suggesting a Clinton connection in Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

“Ever since President Trump retweeted me, people have been sending me death threats, threatening me every single day, telling me I better watch my back,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter.

He accompanied the clip with screenshots of messages he had purportedly received, saying “You’re next” and threatening to rape him.

Williams, a vocal Trump supporter, earlier made a video suggesting that Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, are behind Epstein’s death because the late financier and registered sex offender “had information” on the ex-president.

Donald Trump disseminated this unfounded claim on Twitter, and the clip has been viewed by 5.4 million people so far. Trump later stood by his decision to repost the apparent conspiracy theory, describing Williams as a “very respected conservative pundit”.

Williams says that Facebook is now investigating whether his claims about the Clintons qualify as fake news.

“I am a comedian,” he maintained. “How can you fact-check a joke? I have never in my life heard about someone fact-checking a joke. What happened to free speech?” he inquired, asking Donald Trump to step in.

“They are coming after conservatives and Trump supporters because 2020 is around the corner and they’re trying to shut me down.”

He also encouraged users to support him by using the hashtag #ProtectTerrenceKWilliams, which is now among the top trending on Twitter.

エプスタインの邸宅の捜索時にドローンを使って室内までのぞき込んでいます。それに気づいたNY警察が窓に布を張りました。
最後のところでドローンが邸宅の屋根の上まで上昇すると裏側にいくつものコッテージ風の建物が見えます。有名人ですから複数ではなくて少人数でのプレイだったのでしょうね。

SPUTNIK2019/8/14
Jeffrey Epstein’s Computers Seized in FBI Raid of His Luxury Home in the Caribbean (Video)
The raid comes as part of the FBI’s probe into former financier Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide at in a New York City prison where he had been held ahead of his pending trial; he was charged with the sex trafficking of minors. The 66-year was found dead in his top security cell on 10 August.

The FBI has seized computer equipment from the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion, which is located on a private island in the Caribbean.

Drone footage obtained by the CNBC showed at least two computer desktops and an Apple computer packaged and marked for transport during an FBI raid of 70-acre Little St. James Island, which was owned by Epstein.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHP2xW6IucU

Taking part in Monday’s raid were officials from the New York Police Department (NYPD), who are members of the FBI New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

CNBC cited an unnamed NYPD spokeswoman as saying that “the NYPD is a partner in the task force with the FBI that led to the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein last month”.

“The case remains an active and ongoing investigation, and the NYPD continues to work alongside the FBI in investigating leads − including at Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands. The NYPD declines further comment on an ongoing investigation,” the spokeswoman added.

The New York Post in turn quoted unnamed sources as saying that the FBI is in search for evidence to confirm claims by hundreds of women who accuse Epstein of sexually abusing them when they were underage girls.

Earlier, President Donald Trump demanded a “full investigation” into the circumstances of Epstein's death, while Attorney General William Barr lambasted the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, saying that there were “serious irregularities” at the facility, and that he was “appalled” after hearing about Epstein's death.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability,” Barr pointed out.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that he doesn’t like conspiracy theories and that police should not engage in them because “we need to know the facts”.

He added that “the whole thing is completely incredible” to him, singling out many potential ways in which Epstein could have been killed.

“He could kill himself, prisoners could kill him because they don't like alleged perverts [...] And don't like people who might cooperate,” Giuliani claimed.

The remarks followed those by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who said that Epstein’s death “boggles the imagination” and that “this series of events is way too convenient”.

Speaking to the news network NY1 on Tuesday, he suggested that all those involved could say that they were watching Epstein “like a hawk” and that they were going to “take every measure to make sure nothing happens to him or he doesn’t do anything to himself”.

Epstein was arrested on multiple counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors last month, with the Justice Department starting an investigation into his case in early 2019, ruling the non-prosecution agreement which followed his 2008 plea deal and 18-month prison sentence unconstitutional. He apparently committed suicide at a Metropolitan Correctional Centre cell on 10 August.




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Complete List Of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously Or Committed Suicide Before Testimony


SPUTNIK2019/8/12
Epstein Kept 'Meticulous' Diary Full of Secrets of His Powerful Friends as 'Insurance', Media Claims

Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide in his New York jail cell on 10 August − just hours after unsealed court documents named some of the world's famous and powerful people as allegedly being involved in his purported child sex trafficking scheme.

The alleged secrets of Jeffrey Epstein's friends could haunt them even after his death as the disgraced American financier is said to have kept a personal diary detailing his interactions with the rich and famous, including UK Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and media heiress, as an "insurance policy", The Mirror speculated, citing unnamed sources.

"All Jeff ever had he bought, including his friends. He used his wealth to buy buddies and then bestow his money on those he courted. Jeff knew his relationships with the rich and famous brought him protection. He kept a diary in meticulous detail in case he ever needed it. One former congressman said there are a lot of people 'breathing a huge sigh of relief' now Jeff is dead. They should hold their breath for a long time to come. It ain't over", one source said.

The claim follows reports that court documents from the sex trafficking trial of Epstein revealed that Prince Andrew was named in a 2015 lawsuit, in which the plaintiff, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleged that the son of Queen Elizabeth II groped her when she was a minor at the financier's New York mansion.

Giuffre sued Maxwell, who was accused of being the "madame" for Epstein's professed underage girl sex trafficking ring, and claimed that she was used as a "sex slave" to perform acts with multiple famous men, including the Duke of York.

Buckingham Palace has dismissed "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" as "categorically untrue", saying that the case relates to legal proceedings in the United States, "to which The Duke of York is not a party".

Prince Andrew, who's eighth in line to the British throne, wasn't charged with anything back in 2015.

The case was settled out of court two years later, but documents still state "an undisputed fact that multiple witnesses deposed in this case" have testified that Maxwell "operated as convicted paedophile Epstein's procurer of underage girls".
Epstein's 'Apparent Suicide'

Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Lower Manhattan, where he was detained pending trial on child sex trafficking charges, on Friday night.

US Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Federal Inspector to investigate his "apparent suicide" since it happened just days after he was taken off suicide watch. New York City's chief coroner, meanwhile, is convinced that the billionaire took his own life, but is waiting for the results of the autopsy.

The timing of Epstein's suicide and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, including reports that prison guards failed to follow procedure and check on inmates every 30 minutes the night he killed himself, has given rise to multiple conspiracy theories, including suggestions that the financier believed someone had tried to kill him.

His apparent suicide came three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his prison cell with mysterious marks on his neck. It was not immediately clear whether they were self-inflicted, or he was assaulted in his cell, but he was reportedly put on suicide watch until 29 July.

The convicted sex offender was arrested on 6 July over numerous allegations of sex trafficking underage girls in the early 2000s at his New York and Florida estates. The 66-year-old, who served a 13-month jail term on prostitution-related charges involving minors in 2008, pleaded not guilty.


RT2019/8/12
Minister says Epstein’s French connections must be probed despite prison death
Sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s connections in France need to be investigated by the nation’s law enforcement, the French minister for gender equality said. Epstein died in US custody last week by alleged suicide.

The US investigation into Epstein’s alleged sexual abuses of minors was undermined by the disgraced financier’s death in a US jail. But it uncovered enough evidence involving France that merit a national investigation, Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa said in a statement on Monday. Such a probe would be “fundamental for the victims” and will also help prevent sexual predation in the future, she argued.

Epstein died in what the authorities called an apparent hanging suicide while being held in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. He was charged with sexual exploitation of minors as young as 14.

The death may be a relief for many powerful people around the world, who allegedly partook in Epstein’s sexual predation dating back to at least 2002. Previously he was convicted for paying for sex with an underage girl and given an 18-month prison sentence.

※ Syrian Girl@Partisangirl氏の午前8:43 ・ 2019年8月11日のツイート
It's not a coincidence that #Epstein's accomplice Wexner owned modelling agency Victoria Secret that gave him access to young girls with low self esteem, and if their self esteem wasn't low going in they tore it down. Nor is the link with Wexner & MC2 modelling a coincidence.

wes robertson@antithesis295氏の2019/8/11のツイート
返信先: @Partisangirlさん
Wexner was trying to cover his a$$ by saying 46 million he gave to ol' Ep was "misappropriated" by Epstein.
Wexner the weasel.



nude massage から始まるんですね。自尊心の強い女の子はこの時バイブレーターを男に投げつけて逃げる。イタリアのモデルの話にそんなのがありました。

自尊心を引きちぎられる人もいる。米国のポルノサイトは、えげつなさ満載ですが、あれは米国の支配層が日常的にやっていること。規制を緩めたほうが、彼らの楽しみに尽くす人の数が増えるということですね。

FARSNEWS2019/8/11
Report: Epstein Wasn't on Suicide Watch at Time of His Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, according to multiple reports on Saturday, raising questions about his time in federal custody while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Several people familiar with the investigation told NBC News that Epstein was not under supervision when he killed himself in his cell in a Manhattan federal prison.

His body was found early Saturday morning and he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, officials announced.

The New York Times, citing a prison official, reported that Epstein was in a special unit in the prison with extra security but wasn't specifically under suicide watch.

Epstein was behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan over charges of sexually trafficking minors, to which he had pleaded not guilty.

His suicide comes hours after testimony from one of his accusers was made public in unsealed court documents, detailing the inner workings of his alleged operation.

Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch after an incident in late July when he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck.

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement Saturday he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death and that the Justice Department's watchdog would open an investigation along with the FBI.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death,” he added.

RT2019/8/11
Epstein’s death: A mystery that may end up rivaling JFK assassination?
While the abrupt death of Jeffrey Epstein has triggered an avalanche of conspiracy theories, many reasonably wonder: What exactly did he know and how could such a high-profile inmate, supposed to be on suicide watch, end up dead?

Epstein was found unconscious at around 6:30am Saturday inside his New York prison cell, and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been on suicide watch after an alleged attempt to take his life on July 23, but was apparently transferred back to his cell about a week later.

Thus, the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s management, and the lapses of the American prison system in general, must share the blame for Epstein’s death, believes Julio Rivera, editorial director for Reactionary Times.

“He was taken off the suicide watch. This is wholly unacceptable based on the grotesque nature, and the charges, and the amount of the alleged victims,” Rivera told RT, though she admitted that prisons hardly have enough funds or manpower to keep suspects on constant suicide watch, no matter how high profile their cases.

This is a systematic failure by the American bureau of prisons.

“In the US, at least in federal custody, where this person was, and you’re on suicide watch – you are constantly video, audio monitored and in addition, you have one or more people standing outside your cell,” said political analyst Charles Ortel.

With Epstein now dead, what exactly could he tell the court and how many powerful friends of his might have had a sigh of relief on Saturday is a question that now bothers not only conspiracy theorists. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called Epstein’s death “way too convenient,” and wondered how many “other millionaires and billionaires were part of the illegal activities that he was engaged in?”

The FBI has launched a probe into Jeffrey Epstein's death, while the federal prosecutor has vowed to continue the investigation into his possible accomplices. But Epstein's case has now turned into much more than an internal US issue, and the entire world “deserves to really understand what happened there,” Ortel believes, noting however that the full truth may never be known.

This is a mystery that will end up rivaling the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:17| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Harold James: Today’s America bears striking similarities to pre-collapse USSR

RT2020/7/20
Harold James: Today’s America bears striking similarities to pre-collapse USSR
By Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm, and Making the European Monetary Union.
Like the Soviet Union in its final years, the United States is reeling from catastrophic failures of leadership and long-suppressed socioeconomic tensions that have finally boiled over.

For the rest of the world, the most important development is that the hegemony of the US dollar may finally be coming to an end.

The Soviet Union was fertile ground for political jokes, which featured as prominently in the culture as late-night comedy does in the United States. According to one popular story, a young man who shouted in Red Square that the decrepit Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev was an idiot ended up being sentenced to 25.5 years in prison – six months for insulting the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, and 25 years for revealing state secrets.

The Trump administration’s furious reaction to a new book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton has followed a similar script. The book is considered dangerous not so much because it insults Donald Trump as because it reveals that the president is deeply incompetent and “stunningly uninformed.” If it wasn’t obvious already, the whole world now knows that the US lacks any strategic orientation or coherent executive leadership.

In fact, many aspects of America’s current annus horribilis recall the final years of the Soviet Union, starting with the intensification of social and political conflict. In the Soviet case, long-suppressed ethnic rivalries and competing national aspirations quickly bubbled to the surface, pushing the entire country toward violence, secession, and disintegration. In the US, Trump’s response to nationwide protests against racism, police brutality, and inequality has been to stoke further the country’s historic racial divide. And, like statues of Lenin during the collapse of the Soviet empire, statues of Confederate leaders are being toppled just about everywhere.

Another parallel concerns the economy. The Soviet Union had a large, complicated planning and resource-allocation apparatus that attracted the society’s best-educated people, only to consign them to unproductive and frequently destructive tasks. The US has Wall Street. To be sure, America’s vast financial-services sector is not the equivalent of Gosplan (the Soviet State Planning Commission), but it does frequently extract value rather than create it, and thus will inevitably be part of any debate about the allocation of resources.

Up until the moment the Soviet system collapsed, very few thought it could actually happen. In assessing the state of the American system, it is important to remember that economists are not very good at prediction. The entire discipline relies on extrapolating from contemporary conditions on the assumption that the underlying fundamentals of what is being analyzed will not change. Knowing full well that this is an unrealistic and absurd assumption, economists often emulate medieval theologians by dressing up their prognoses in arcane language and jargon. One doesn’t need to know Latin to invoke ceteris paribus (“other things being equal”) as the premise of one’s forecasts.

Given this standard practice, we should pay close attention to long-run counter-intuitive forecasts that actually are borne out. In the late 1960s, the economist Robert A. Mundell made three predictions: that the Soviet Union would disintegrate; that Europe would adopt a single currency; and that the dollar would retain its status as the dominant international currency. Considering that the par-value system (gold standard) collapsed soon thereafter, triggering a depreciation of the dollar, these looked like wild predictions. But Mundell turned out to be right on all three counts.

But the circumstances to which the dollar owes its longstanding hegemony are now changing. The Covid-19 pandemic is driving a more digitalized form of globalization. While the cross-border movement of people and goods plummets, information is flowing like never before, ushering in an increasingly weightless economy.

Moreover, for the past three and a half years, the Trump administration has been inviting an eventual backlash against its weaponization of the dollar for political ends. Financial and secondary sanctions were highly effective in their original form, when they were directed against small, isolated bad actors like North Korea. But their more extensive deployment against Iran, Russia, and Chinese companies has proved counterproductive. Not only Russia and China but also Europe have quickly taken steps to develop alternative mechanisms for international payments and settlement.

Non-state digital payments systems are also undergoing rapid development, particularly in places where the state is weak, distrusted, or otherwise lacking credibility. The payments revolution will likely occur fastest in poor countries, such as in Africa or some former Soviet republics. New digital technologies already offer these societies the means to move from poverty and institutional underdevelopment to institutional complexity and the chance of innovation and prosperity.

The dollar’s longstanding centrality reflected global demand for a deep, liquid safe asset. But that condition will disappear when alternative safe assets emerge, particularly if they are backed by non-state providers. More to the point, the dollar’s long reign over the international financial system depended on the US remaining economically stable, financially credible, and culturally open. Now that the US system’s dysfunctions are being laid bare, the rest of the world may start to question its basic competence and state effectiveness.

The Covid-19 crisis is a case in point. In terms of the number of cases and deaths, and the effectiveness of containing the virus, the US has performed poorly relative to most other countries – and all other developed countries. Under President Donald Trump, America has become an international embarrassment.

Under these conditions, the dollar won’t be able to buy as much internationally as it once did, and it may even start to look like the old Soviet ruble, even if there is a dramatic change in leadership and strategy. After all, Mikhail Gorbachev did not immediately succeed Brezhnev, and by the time he came to power and introduced perestroika, it was too late. The malaise had become terminal.

Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2020
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2020年07月21日

香港 2019年の反政府デモ主要メンバー逮捕


・・・管理人は、香港の暴徒は米国の資金援助を受けたテロリストだと考えています。

香港 2019年の反政府デモ主要メンバー逮捕
Sputnik / Miguel Kandela
2020年04月18日 20:17
香港警察は2019年の反政府デモ参加者の一斉摘発に乗り出し、主要メンバーを逮捕した。AFP通信が伝えている。
香港の反政府デモの主要メンバーで、4月18日に逮捕された13人には、メディアグループ「壱伝媒」創設者の黎智英(ジミー・ライ)氏も含まれている。
同じく逮捕者には民主党初代主席の李柱銘(マーティン・リー)氏、民主活動家の何俊仁(アルバート・ホー)氏、社会主義政治家の梁国雄(レオン・クォックホン)氏、元民選議員の區諾軒(Au Nok-hin)氏なども含まれ、いずれも2019年8月および10月の大規模な不法集会を組織したとして罪に問われている。
香港の大規模な抗議行動は2019年6月から開始された。住民たちは、中国政府によって迫害された人々の身柄を中国本土に引き渡す法案を地域当局が検討し始めた後に、街頭での抗議行動に集まり始めた。
反対派は、引き渡し法の改正により、香港に逃亡した中国の汚職官僚のみならず、中国政府の政策に反対する活動家たちを裁判にかけるために、中国本土へ送還することが可能になると危惧していた。
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2020年07月20日

アゼルバイジャンとアルメニアの衝突の背後にトルコ?

アルメニアとアゼルバイジャンが国境で軍事衝突の続き

2020/7/12、アゼルバイジャンとアルメニアの国境地帯で衝突が発生、その後も砲撃などが続いているようです。

これまでにアゼルバイジャン側で兵士11人が死亡、アルメニア側で兵士4人が死亡、10人が負傷したとされています。

7/16、アゼルバイジャン側がアルメニアに向けたステートメントを発し、アゼルバイジャンがアルメニアの原発を高精度のミサイルで攻撃できることをわかっているだろう。アルメニアがアゼルバイジャンのミンガチェビルの貯水池・ダムを攻撃しようとしても、地形、高度な防空システムによって、それは不可能だ、と述べました。

これに対してアルメニアは、アゼルバイジャンの民間インフラを攻撃する可能性について言及したこともなく、家屋を砲撃することさえ避けているのに、このステートメントは犯罪的だとの非難のステートメントを発しました。

アルメニアの原発は国内の電力需要の3分の1を供給しているとされます。万一、原発を攻撃することになっても、原子炉以外の部分を破壊して操業停止に持ち込むだけならよいのでが、間違って原子炉破壊という事態もあり得ます。

そうなれば、アゼルバイジャンにも放射性物質汚染が及びますし、隣接するトルコ、イランには大変な迷惑。イランが、仲介の動きに出ています。



メツァモール原子力発電所の外観 googlemap

ミンゲチェヴィル貯水池


※ Disclose.tvパトライト@disclosetv氏の2020/7/15のツイート
People in Baku Azerbaijan take it to the streets and demand authorities to start a full-blown war with Armenia.

※ Bassem@BBassem7氏の2020/7/19のツイート
Turkey is not done killing and slaughtering Armenians, as if over 1 million Armenians killed on their hands during WW1 wasn’t enough, they are now shipping Syrian rebel terrorists to Azerbaijan to fight the Armenians and also shipping armed drones.




TASS2020/7/19
Ankara, Baku slam media rumors of Turkey redeploying mercenaries from Syria to Azerbaijan
Spokesmen for the Azerbaijani side also refuted these allegations, telling TASS it was "false information and a fake"
TASS, July 19. Media reports about Turkey sending Syrian armed opposition militants to Azerbaijan are utter falsehoods, a Turkish official told TASS on Sunday, commenting on reports from the Firat Kurdish news agency.

"It has nothing to do with reality," he insisted.

An official Azerbaijani spokesperson also refuted these allegations, telling TASS it was "false information and fake."

The Firat News Agency reported earlier that Turkey was allegedly looking at sending units of the Free Syrian Army to Azerbaijan. No official statements on this matter were cited however.

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サウジのイエメン大使がUAEに通じたスパイ行為で拘束される

サウジのイエメン大使がスパイ容疑で拘束されたというのですが、サウジが拘束したんでしょう。はっきり書かれていません。ハジの亡命政府がホテルから追い出されたというニュースもありました。サウジは財政的な余裕がなくなってきています。それがイエメン戦争を終わらせることになればよいのですが。

farsnews2020/7/19
Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Detained for Spying for UAE
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former advisor to fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi and the Saudi ambassador to Sana’a were detained on charges of spying for the UAE.

Officials affiliated to Mansour Hadi government were quoted by the Arabic-language al-Sahafat al-Yamaniyeh news website as saying that Rashad al-Alimi and Mohammad al-Jaber, the Saudi envoy, have been arrested.

According to the report, the two are also accused of cooperation with the UAE to overthrow Mansour Hadi.

A number of Yemeni media outlets had earlier reported that the Saudi kingdom has suspended al-Jaber’s mission as its ambassador to Yemen for providing Hadi with misleading information.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been conducting a bloody military aggression in Yemen with help from its regional allies, and using arms supplied by its Western backers. The aim of the war has been to bring Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and defeat the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces have been boosting their military capabilities and responding to the attacks using domestic missiles and drones, and targeting sensitive oil installations and military sites deep inside the Saudi territory.

Over 100,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the military aggression in the past five years.

The war has also destroyed, damaged and shut down Yemen's infrastructure, including a large number of hospitals and clinics.

The Yemeni population has been subjected to large-scale hunger and diseases aggravated by the naval blockade imposed on the country by the coalition of aggressors.

サウジがイエメンの亡命政府をホテルから退去させアパートをあてがう
※ Suribelle@Suribelle1氏の2020/7/10のツイート
Riyadh expels "Hadi government" from hotels to modest apartments | Yemen Press Agency 嬉し泣き

YPAgency On Jul 10, 2020 1:48 AM
Riyadh expels “Hadi government” from hotels to modest apartments
SANAA, July 10 (YPA) – Local media outlets loyal to Saudi-led coalition revealed on Thursday that Saudi Arabia has rented cheap apartments in a modest building for residence of officials and ministers of Hadi’s government, after expelling them from the hotels.
“We congratulate the officials and members of the Diaspora government on the new buildings in Riyadh that were allocated for them after they were taken out of the hotels,” Ali al-Nassi, a pro-coalition southern journalist, said in a tweet on Twitter on Thursday.

Al-Nassi added sarcastically, “it is modest housing, but does the job.”
Local media circulated an official document stating that the Saudi authorities on May 14 stopped providing nutrition to ministers and officials of Hadi government and gave them a deadline until the end of this month to leave hotels and apartments rented at the expense of the Saudi government.

※ Suribelle@Suribelle1氏の2020/7/10のツイート
Sanaa refuses Griffiths' circumvent to prevent fall of Marib | UN’s special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has returned empty-handed from Oman to Jordan, after representatives of Ansarullah movement refused to receive him or receive his new initiative.
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2020年07月19日

ホワイトヘルメット創設者の死は会計監査で資金の詐取がばれたため

シリアのアサドがインタビューでホワイトヘルメット創設者の死をエプスタインやその他の著名人の怪死になぞらえています。アサドは英国で学校を出て歯科医をやっていました。世界のニュースをよく読んでいます。
この記事に示された見解は、管理人がこれまでに書いてきたことと基本的に違いはありません。もちろんスクリパル事件には触れていませんし、ルメスリエールが回想録を書こうとしていたという情報は知りませんでした。アサドの推察だろうと思いますが。
そして、アサドはルメスリエールの死亡は他殺の可能性が高いとみているようです。ビンラディンやアルバクダーデイについても触れています。

知りすぎたものは消されるというのは、この社会の鉄則です。米国も英国も、そしてロシア、日本なども歴史的には例外ではありません。

ISISが公表した残酷なビデオにしばしば登場した英国出身のテロリストMohammed Emwaziが、2015/11/12の米国によるドローンを用いた攻撃によって殺害されています。
2015年11月13日
携帯電話の電波がドローンを誘導する? 英語を話すグループがまとめて殺害されています。英語を解しますから文書はもちろんのこと電話での会話なども全部わかる。米軍にとって何が都合悪かったのか。ヒラリーがアサンジをドローンで殺害できないかと言ったことがあります。おそらくそういうハイ・プロファイルの関与の実態を知られてしまった?
2016年01月20日
英米当局は「ジハーディ・ジョン」殺害のため「文字通り24時間体制」で協力してきた

桜を見る会関係でも死人が出ますね。←この予想は外れました。

オランダの新聞の報道によると、ルメスリエールの死の数日前に寄付を行っている数か国の要求で会計士が会計監査に入り、その会計士に対してルメスリエールが資金を詐取していたことを認めたのだそうです。高い給料に加えて他の資金引き出しもあり、結婚式の費用も引き出されていたと。しかも記録がほとんど残っていない。

2018年のオランダ外務省の報告書によると、ホワイトヘルメットの資金チャネルは2014年から2018年の間に1億2700万ドルの資金を得たが、そのうち1900万ドルのみが国家以外の寄付者だった。 

そしてシリアに送られたカネのほかにトルコ、ドバイの商業組織を通じて配分されていたと。

各国政府が拠出した100億円余りの資金の使途が不明。大スキャンダルなのですが、どこまで解明、責任追及がなされるか。



RT2020/7/17
White Helmets co-founder stole aid money destined for Syria – report
As Western governments opened their checkbooks for the White Helmets – a controversial ‘rescue organization’ in Syria – their co-founder used the cash to top up his wage and even finance his wedding, according to a Dutch report.

Days before he plunged from a window in Istanbul to his death last year, White Helmets co-founder and British mercenary James Le Mesurier admitted to defrauding Mayday Rescue, an organization that fundraised for the anti-government rescue group in Syria.

According to documents seen by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Le Mesurier told an accountant sent to audit the charity’s books that he forged receipts for $50,000, pretending that it was sent to finance an evacuation operation in Syria. Instead, the money was paid to Le Mesurier himself. In addition to paying himself a salary of €24,000 ($27,414) per month, Le Mesurier dipped into company cash to finance a lavish wedding in Istanbul in 2018, and to issue loans to his new wife, former diplomat Emma Winberg, the report claims.

The accountant sent to investigate Mayday found that “tens of thousands of dollars in cash” were withdrawn to pay for the “fairytale wedding.”

Meanwhile, governments across the Western world were lining up to support Mayday, and channel money to the White Helmets. According to a 2018 report by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organization took in $127 million between 2014 and 2018, with only $19 million of this haul coming from non-state donors. The government of the Netherlands paid out almost $11.5 million in this period, while similar donations flowed in from Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Qatar, and others.

Despite being hailed as fearless rescue workers, the White Helmets have been accused of partnering with Al-Qaeda. Operating exclusively in rebel-held territory, the group’s members have been photographed posing with jihadists and have been accused of staging chemical weapons attacks to draw in Western forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Le Mesurier’s death was deemed a suicide by Turkish authorities. Shortly afterwards, a number of countries that had donated to Mayday demanded an accountant have another look over the organization’s books. According to De Volkskrant, this probe found that most of Mayday’s financial records are “missing.” Donations were not just handed to the organization in Amsterdam and forwarded to Syria, but distributed through a network of commercial organizations in Turkey and Dubai.

In a letter to donors, Le Mesurier admitted to swindling them out of their cash, but maintained the fraud wasn’t committed on purpose. After these donors discovered their cash had disappeared, they kept the inquiry into Mayday secret, De Volkskrant reported.

The Dutch government pulled its funding from Mayday Rescue almost a year before Le Mesurier admitted the fraud and killed himself. The government in The Hague will not transfer a final subsidy of more than €57,000 ($65,200) to the organization, while Germany is attempting to claim nearly €50,000 ($57,200) back. Cor Vrieswijk, Mayday’s new administrator, told De Volkskrant that the charity will be dissolved in the coming months.

President Assad claimed last November that Le Mesurier’s death was no accident, stating in an interview that the former soldier and mercenary may have been killed because he “knew major secrets.” What Le Mesurier may or may not have known is anyone’s guess, but his death and the subsequent investigation into Mayday has not dried up the White Helmets’ funding.

The group is reportedly receiving subsidies from Western governments through other organizations. At present its members are occupied with fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Syria. However, that hasn’t stopped its leadership from lobbying the US government against Assad and pressing for the maintenance of sanctions, even amid the pandemic.

RT2019/11/15
Assad likens ‘suicide’ of White Helmets founder to EPSTEIN & other high-profile mystery deaths
Syrian President Bashar Assad has scorned the official story of wealthy sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, suggesting that people like him, or the late White Helmets founder, knew too much for the rich and powerful.

Epstein “was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British and American regimes, and possibly in other countries as well,” Assad told Russian channel Rossiya-24 in an interview Thursday.

Assad suggested that the convicted sex offender’s death was analogous to the unusual demise earlier this week of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, who allegedly jumped out of a window at his home in Turkey. Turkish police are treating Le Mesurier’s death as suicide.

They turned into a burden once they had played out their roles. A dire need to do away with them surfaced after they had fulfilled their roles.

Assad was referring not just to Epstein and Le Mesurier, but also to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – originally trained by the CIA to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in American custody in the notorious Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq. All these “had been killed chiefly because they knew major secrets,” the Syrian leader argued.

While Epstein’s death was officially declared a suicide, celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden threw a wrench into the machine when he declared that the deceased pedophile’s broken hyoid bones likely came from strangulation. Le Mesurier’s death, tentatively ruled a suicide, proved too suspicious for Assad, who believes it is the “work of the secret services.”

Possibly, the founder of the White Helmets had been working on his memoirs and on the biography of his life, and this was unacceptable. This is an assumption, but a very serious one, since other options don’t sound convincing to me at the moment.

Le Mesurier was tagged as a “former agent of MI6” by the Russian Foreign Ministry just three days before his death, with “connections to terrorist groups” in Kosovo. His White Helmets group, Assad said, “are naturally part of Al-Qaeda” and have been caught staging “gas attacks” such as the phony event in Douma, used by the US as rationale for a strike on Damascus.

Epstein’s own links with intelligence agencies have been subject to much speculation, especially after Alex Acosta, the former Florida prosecutor who sentenced Epstein to an open-door prison sentence of just 13 months despite allegations he’d trafficked and abused dozens of girls, said he was told to “leave it alone” because Epstein “belonged to i
ntelligence.” Former Israeli military intel officer Ari Ben-Menashe has claimed Epstein worked with Israeli intelligence as well, introduced to the business through his “girlfriend” Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert – a known Mossad agent.
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2020年07月17日

ラブロフとポンペオが会談

SOCHI, May 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have completed their negotiations held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. They lasted about three hours, a TASS correspondent reported.

The two top diplomats are expected to hold a joint news conference later in the day. After talking to reporters, Lavrov and Pompeo will be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Bocharov Ruchey residence in Sochi.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

コロナに精神的に追い詰められないよう ブレずに最善を尽くす

2020/7/17に寄せられた投稿を掲載する。管理人はこの投稿にある戦う姿勢に同調します。生きるということは、結局そういうことですよね。仲間がいるときもありますが。あなたはどんな姿勢ですか? どうぞお寄せください。

世界の人口を5億人まで減らそう!というスローガンがありますね。アメリカの某所に行けば見られるんだったかな。
それには思い切ったことをやらないと達成できません。今のところ痛くも痒くもないダメージなのではないですかね。
そこが変異性ウイルスであるところのミソかも知れません。だからワクチンができるなんて怪しいもんだと個人的には思っています。2020というあちらの方達が大好きな数字ですし、今年はただで済む訳はないと去年から覚悟していました。

陰謀論以前に、地球の人口が増えすぎたことから起こる弊害もあるのでしょうが、命を選別するやり方は納得できません。
会社だってそうでしょ?惜しまれるような人ほど早く辞める率はそこそこ高い。
5億まで減らすとして、地球にあえて残される人と言うのは実はそれに似たケースなのかも知れません。

神でもしないような罰当たりなことに人間が着手すると言うのは、もう人類の時間も終盤だなと思うのですが、命ある限り、環境が存在する限り、最善を尽くすべきだと言う気持ちでブレずに生きたいものです。

Twitterなどでコロナはただの風邪というのはよく見聞きします。
罹患した人を観察してから言ってくれたらいいんですけどね。
推論で命に関わる事を言うのは無責任でしょう。
色々な役割がありますからね、工作員には。だから全ての情報に対して踊らされるべきではないです。

過去の大戦で捕虜たちが穴を掘るように命じられたとき、捕虜たちは自分たちが殺されて埋められるための穴だと思ったようです。ところが掘ったあと埋め戻すように言われる。
それを数回繰り返させられたあと、捕虜たちは自死したそうです。
人間の心理をよく知っていれば、手を汚さなくても効率よく死んでくれるテクニックを使うことができる訳です。

実際にはコロナに精神的に追い詰められて亡くなるケースも増えてくるでしょう。
だからブレずに自分の信念と本能で選別していくことが大事です。

311の後、防御してきた人はある程度訓練されています。でも今回の試練で初めて世の中がどう言おうが自分の嗅覚をたよりにしなければいけなくなった人も沢山います。311でもがいていれば今回のコロナ騒動への取り組み方も違ったんでしょうけど済んだことは仕方ないです。気合い入れてやって行きましょう。自分の命です。

ただの風邪と言っているフォロワー数の多い人には要注意です。
そういった人が実は政府系アカウントだなんて考えもしないでしょう?
元は良くても懐柔されたのかも知れませんしね。

そうなると実体はあっても目的のために政府が育てた初音ミクみたいなもんでしょう?商品価値を下げて株価を落としたくないから検索かけてもイメージを悪くするような情報は出てきません。Googleさんが協力してくれるのでしょう。

私はそんな物に都合よく振り回されたくはありませんね。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:46| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2020年07月15日

アルメニアとアゼルバイジャンが国境で軍事衝突

※ RT2020/7/12
Azerbaijan says 3 of its soldiers killed in border clash with Armenian troops, sparking fears of new escalation
At least three soldiers have been killed in a border clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Baku has said. It is the latest flareup in a decades-old conflict between the two states.
The clash happened on the Armenian-Azeri border on Sunday at about midday local time, both sides confirmed.
The Azeri side said Armenian military broke a ceasefire agreement and shelled its positions with artillery, prompting retaliation. It said both sides suffered casualties, adding that two of its troops were killed and five others injured. One soldier later succumbed to his wounds in hospital.
According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, the flareup started after soldiers from the other side attempted to cross the border in a vehicle.

カスピ海の西に位置するアゼルバイジャンには、アルメニア人の多いナゴルノ・カラバフの独立問題があります。アルメニアとアゼルバイジャンは、国境で武器を使わないという協定がありますが、守られませんでした。どちらが先に仕掛けたのかははっきりしません。

日曜の日中に衝突が発生し、夜もアゼルバイジャンからの砲撃が続いたようです。

アルメニアは世界最古のキリスク教国、アゼルバイジャンはイスラム教徒が多いとされているが、モスクで礼拝する人は少なく世俗国家だとされている。

2020/7/13、ラブロフがアルメニアとアゼルバイジャン両国の外相と電話会談。

On July 13, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had separate telephone conversations with Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov. The officials discussed the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Sergey Lavrov called for an immediate ceasefire and for the sides to show restraint, taking into consideration their assumed obligations and the proposals of the Russian, US and French representatives as Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that Russia would continue carrying out its mediation mission in contacts with Baku and Yerevan both as a country and as a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. He also pointed out the importance of all members of the Minsk Group showing a responsible approach in assessing the unfolding situation and avoiding declarations or actions that could provoke a further escalation of tensions.

ラブロフの側から電話会談を申し入れた感じです。





戦況がよくわかりませんが。

Israeli Spike NLOS 多目的誘導弾システム のことです。日本も検討しているらしい。
イスラエルのSpike NLOS

TASS2020/7/16
Baku, Yerevan exchange statements on possibility of striking critical infrastructure
Tensions on Armenian-Azerbaijani border flared up on July 12
MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. Against the backdrop of the ongoing border conflict, Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged harsh statements about the possibility of striking strategically important facilities on each other’s territory on Thursday.

"The Armenian side should keep in mind that our armed forces have advanced missile systems in service, capable of conducting high-precision strikes on the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant, which may result in a huge disaster for Armenia," Vagif Dargyakhly said.

He added that "land topography of the Mingachevir water reservoir, protective land works in the area and advanced air defense systems in service with the country’s missile defense troops make a strike on this strategically important facility impossible."

Yerevan described the Azerbaijani defense ministry’s statement as "a crime."

"I would like to stress that Armenian officials have never mentioned the possibility of attacking Azerbaijan’s civilian infrastructure. We even avoid shelling houses. Our diplomats and politicians are already working on a statement about the possible strike on the Metsamor NPP. Statements of this kind are a crime," Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Ovannisyan told reporters.
Border crisis

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and exploded into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control of them. Talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been ongoing since 1992 under the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its three co-chairs - Russia, France and the United States.

On July 12, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused the Armenian Armed Forces of an attempt to shell the republic’s positions in the border sector of Tovuz (known as Tavush in Armenia). According to the ministry, the attacks continued throughout the night. Baku said 11 Azerbaijani servicemen had been killed since the clashes had begun.

For its part, the Armenian Defense Ministry said four servicemen were killed and 10 injured, adding that border tensions had escalated after an attempted breach from the side of Azerbaijan.
Critically important facilities

Azerbaijan’s Mingachevir water reservoir was built on the Kura River to enable the construction of the Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant. The facility is critical for the country’s power generation sector and agriculture. The security of the Mingachevir dam is among Azerbaijan’s most important national security issues. According to experts, a vast section of the country’s territory will be flooded if the dam breaks.

The Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant, the only nuclear power generation facility in Armenia, went onstream in 1979. It was halted in 1989, in the wake of the devastating 1988 Spitak earthquake, but resumed its operations in 1995. The plant’s Unit Two, the only active reactor at the station at the moment, accounts for one third of Armenia’s power generation.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:08| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2020年07月14日

スクリパル父子の行方は依然不明

sott.net Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:06 UTC
Were the Skripals secretly executed by Britain's government?
最新情報、長文です。


スクリパル事件から2年経過。スクリパル父子の行方は分からない。英国はメイを先頭に大騒ぎしたが、何を得た?

RT2020/6/8
‘They’re still at Porton Down’: Skripal’s niece doesn’t trust reports of poisoned ex-spy & daughter moving to New Zealand
The Sunday Times reports that former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter have moved to New Zealand under new identities. However, his niece in Russia believes it is all a distraction and that they are still in the UK.

The whereabouts of Sergei and Yulia Skripal have remained unknown since they were discharged from hospital after surviving a poisoning by a toxic chemical, which the UK authorities branded Novichok, in Salisbury in March 2018.

An unnamed senior British government official has confirmed to the Sunday Times that the father and daughter at the heart of one of the biggest scandals between London and Moscow have spent more than a year in an MI6 safe house before being given new identities and moved to New Zealand so that they could start a new life there.

However, the ex-double agent’s niece, Viktoria Skripal, who lives in Russia, said that she didn’t trust the report at all.

“I know nothing about this. And I don’t believe it,” she insisted, recalling that it’s not the first time that the possibility of the Skripals moving to another country is mentioned.

I think they’re still at Porton Down. It’s cheaper for the UK authorities to keep them there than in New Zealand.

The report about their move to the other side of the world “is just a distraction,” she added. Viktoria also alleged that after the poisoning Sergei and Yulia are in need of special medical supervision, which can only be provided to them at Porton Down – one of the most secretive British military research facilities, located just outside Salisbury.

Moscow suggested that the chemical that almost killed the Skripals could’ve been leaked from that very laboratory. London has repeatedly stated that Russia was “highly likely” behind the attack on its former intelligence officer, who supplied secret data to the UK for years.

The Russian side denies any involvement and insists that two years after the incident, Britain has yet to provide any convincing proof to back up its accusations, while refusing Russia’s offer of a joint investigation and denying the country’s diplomats access to the Skripals, who remain Russian citizens.

The UK authorities have also shown photos of two men in Salisbury who they said were agents of the GRU (Russian foreign intelligence agency). Moscow countered that the allegation does not match the facts and that London was trying to use the Skripal saga to justify placing more sanctions on Russia.

RT
Salisbury poisoning unleashed Russian bogeyman ... but where are the Skripals 2 years on?
Forget Where’s Wally, what we really want to know is where are the Skripals? It’s exactly two years to the day since the Russian spy and his daughter were novichoked in Salisbury, and we’ve still not seen hide nor hair of them.

Former double agent Sergei has been completely off-grid, while Yulia Skripal was seen in a highly staged video in 2018, filmed in an anonymous but pleasant leafy glade shortly after recovering from her poisoning ordeal; but, apart from that, there has been no statements or updates about them at all.

The most recent piece of ‘information’, and I use that term loosely, to leak out about their whereabouts came this weekend from Britain’s Mail on Sunday, courtesy of a source which became ubiquitous throughout the Skripal saga, the reliably unreliable “security insiders.” It’s always amazing how willing these apparent insiders are to release top-level secrets to the home of the “sidebar of shame.”

The latest speculation from ‘security insiders’ is that the Skripals are hoping to head for a new life down under in Australia after “effectively living under house arrest since the attack.” This means either those insiders are the leakiest spies in the world, or the Skripals are going to be nowhere near Australia anytime soon.

The house arrest must be at Julian Assange in Belmarsh levels of security, because even the Skripals’ family in Russia say they haven’t heard from them in months.

So all quiet on the Skripal front and, frankly speaking, it’s all quiet on the geopolitical front, too, and in the media. The disputed events of March 4, 2018, over poisoned spies and their aftermath formed the biggest story on the planet, and not just because the whole world finally started paying attention to the majesty of Salisbury cathedral’s glorious 123-metre spire.

This incident seemed like it might have genuine life-changing political consequences. Britain entered the phrase “highly likely” into the lexicon of geopolitics, and [then-PM] Theresa May’s declaration that it was “highly likely” that the Kremlin was to blame was deemed strong enough to see the West turn en masse against Moscow, and Russian diplomats and ‘diplomats’ were expelled by the dozen, by London and its allies across the world. It seemed the bar for state-to-state accusations had been lowered.

Russia to this day denies involvement in what happened in Salisbury.

So what has changed? If anything, all that has changed over the last two years is a desire to get back to business, to rebuild ties and move on. Some of those expelled diplomats have reportedly moved back.

French leader Emmanuel Macron is pushing hard for relations between the West and Moscow to be repaired, something Germany needs little encouragement for.

Britain is still pretending to be in a huff, but British imports of Russian oil were up 57 percent last year, so realpolitik reigns supreme in London, as ever.

Boris Johnson is now the prime minister and with a thumping majority doesn’t need to use bogeyman Russia as a tool to look strong quite as much as his predecessor did. Johnson and Putin even met in January and there are reports the prime minister is considering an invitation to attend a second world war commemoration parade in Moscow this May.

And as for the media, it’s all gone quiet there, too. Skripal coverage is about as common in the mainstream now as coverage of Julian Assange’s imprisonment. He’s a journalist whose supporters say is ‘highly likely’ a victim of a demonstrable state campaign against him because he attempted to uncover the misdeed of power. However, a boring attack on free speech is nowhere near as exciting as a poisoned spy, is it?!
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年07月12日

トランプ ロシアへのサイバー攻撃を認める

CNN.co.jp7/11(土) 16:00配信
トランプ氏、ロシアへのサイバー攻撃初めて認める
トランプ氏がロシアのネット企業に対するサイバー攻撃を実施したことを初めて認めた

(CNN) トランプ米大統領は11日、ロシアのインターネット企業に対し米国が2018年、サイバー攻撃を仕掛けたことを初めて公式に認めた。

米紙ワシントン・ポストのコラムニストであるマーク・ティーセン氏との会見で明かした。同氏はポスト紙での記事で、サイバー攻撃を許諾したのかをトランプ氏に質し、「その通り」との返答があったとした。

また、複数の米政府高官が攻撃の事実を確認し、この企業のネットワークへの接続を遮断する成果があったことを認めたとも述べた。

攻撃の標的となったのはロシア企業「インターネット・リサーチ・エージェンシー」で、米国側は16年の米大統領選、18年の米中間選挙で多数の投稿を繰り返すなどの手口で介入したとみている。同社の資金源はプーチン大統領に近い新興財閥の指導者とされる。

トランプ氏は今回の会見で、オバマ前大統領も大統領選前の時期におけるロシアの干渉を承知していたが何も言わなかったと指摘。民主党の指名候補だったクリントン元国務長官が勝利すると判断しこの問題に触れたくなかったためだなどとも主張した。

その上で自らの行動に言及し、諜報(ちょうほう)を受けたサイバー攻撃で、ロシアの干渉を止めたとの功績を自賛。このサイバー攻撃はロシアに敵対するより幅広い政策の一環だったとも誇示した。

ただ、オバマ前大統領は16年12月、米大統領選への干渉を理由にロシアに対する制裁や一部の外交官を追放する報復措置を講じていた。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イランの一部が中国の植民地になる?

イランが米国による経済妨害の中で、活路を見出すために中国に依存する傾向が特に強まっています。米国が特に嫌っている動きです。

中国がイラン原油の買い付けを増やし、例えばキーシュ島に貿易拠点を持つような展開を見込む論者がいます。キーシュ島は国際空港もあります。

すでに中国は中央アジア経由の鉄道貨物列車を試験運行しています。

中国がイランに貿易基地を持ち、中東、北アフリカとの関係を強めることになると世界の貿易、経済関係はまた変わります。

中国がイランに軍隊を置くという見通しを語る人もいますが、これはない。イランは憲法で外国軍の駐留を否定しています。ロシアがシリア戦争の後方基地として一時的にイランの基地を使おうとしましたが、国内から疑義が出されて見送られました。

※ ZAID ALI@ZaidAliIE氏の2020/7/11のツイート
イラン国旗
signs a 25-year strategic agreement with China worth $600 billion in exchange for building cities, infrastructure,factories& transportation networks. When Adel Abdul-Mahdi signed such an agreement with China, pro-trump went crazy with this and start making demonstrations in
イラク国旗
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:16| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ソウル市長行方不明 ハバロフスク知事殺人関与で逮捕

RT 9 Jul, 2020 10:01 / Updated 15 minutes ago
Police launch search after Seoul mayor goes missing, reportedly leaving message resembling a will
Law enforcement are trying to locate the mayor of Seoul, after his daughter reported that the city official had gone missing.
Mayor Park Won-sun didn’t come to work on Thursday and his cell phone was switched off, according to media reports. Police are now searching the area where his mobile phone signal was last detected.
His daughter called police earlier in the day and said that her father had gone missing.
According to reports, a message written by Park resembling a will has been discovered. There are fears that the mayor may have taken his own life.
Police are using dogs and drones as part of an “all-out” search for the mayor, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.
An official from the city government told AP that Park had canceled all his appointments for the day, including a meeting with a presidential official.
A well-known activist and human rights lawyer in South Korea, Park has been serving his third term as mayor, after being first elected in 2011.

共同2020/7/10 07:55 (JST)7/10 08:07 (JST)updated
失踪前日に告訴状提出か、韓国
遺体発見のソウル市長巡り
 【ソウル共同】9日に行方不明となった後、ソウル市内の山中で、遺体で発見された韓国の朴元淳ソウル市長(64)を巡り、韓国メディアは9日、朴氏の元秘書が朴氏からセクハラを受けたとして失踪前日の8日に警察に告訴状を提出したと報じた。警察は10日、詳細は明らかにできないとしながらも、朴氏に対する告訴状を受理し捜査を進めていたことは認めた。
・・・知事や市長は、女性関係に注意しないとあっという間に失脚です。

毎日新聞2020年7月13日 10時01分(最終更新 7月13日 10時01分)
ソウル市長の告別式、市葬で開催 セクハラ疑惑判明で公葬に批判も
 韓国の首都ソウル市で13日、自殺した朴元淳市長=当時(64)=の告別式が市葬として行われた。元秘書の女性職員が朴氏からセクハラを受けたと告訴状を提出していたことが判明し、公葬とすることへの批判も相次いだ。
 葬儀委員会は、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大予防のためとして参列者数を絞り、インターネットで中継。国民からの請願を受け付ける大統領府のホームページでは「家族葬にすべきだ」との主張に50万人以上が賛同した。告別式が小規模となったのは、こうした批判を意識したためとの見方もある。(共同)

共同2020/7/9 19:16 (JST)7/9 19:27 (JST)updated
ロシア、ハバロフスク知事拘束
治安当局、殺人関与容疑
【モスクワ共同】ロシア治安当局は9日、2004〜05年に複数の実業家の殺害に関与したなどとして、極東ハバロフスク地方のセルゲイ・フルガル知事(50)を拘束した。知事は詳しい捜査のためモスクワに移送された。
 ロシア連邦捜査委員会によると、04年にハバロフスク地方、05年にアムール州で実業家が殺害された事件に関与した疑いが持たれている。事件を巡っては、既に4人が逮捕されているという。
 18年の知事選で自由民主党から立候補したフルガル知事は、与党「統一ロシア」の現職候補に決選投票で圧勝。与党以外から選出されたロシアで数少ない知事だった。


・・・この逮捕、ロスコスモス総裁アドバイザーの逮捕と続き、ロシアの憲法改正後の動きとして意味があると見る向きも。


TASS2020/7/10
Media: How murder charges against a regional governor may shake up Russia’s mainstream opposition
Governor of Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region Sergei Furgal was taken into custody on July 9 on suspicion of masterminding murder-for-hire killings of businessmen in 2004-2005. He was flown to Moscow the same day, Vedomosti writes.
Member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Sergei Furgal became governor of Khabarovsk in September 2018, winning a runoff election against the then incumbent governor, Vyacheslav Shport of United Russia. Experts point out that the charges brought against Furgal are unprecedented and the case could have serious consequences for the mainstream opposition. Unlike other high-profile cases against regional governors, Furgal’s case is based not on corruption but on murder charges, political scientist Alexander Pozhalov noted.

The Furgal case is a serious blow to the LDPR, political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko said. "Furgal was one of the party’s public faces. He was a success story. He demonstrated how you can join the LDPR and be part of a ‘safe’ opposition that attracts those left who were behind by United Russia but are unwilling to join the Communist Party and are pessimistic about the A Just Russia party’s prospects," the expert explained.

"Furgal was the party’s long-term sponsor. Last year, he led the LDPR branch to victory in regional elections. If a court upholds charges against a high-ranking politician like him, it will deal a powerful blow to one of the oldest parliamentary parties, leading to changes in regional policies," Civil Society Development Fund’s Chairman of the Board Konstantin Kostin told Izvestia.

According to Director General of the Agency for Political and Economic Communications Dmitry Orlov, Furgal is highly likely to be sacked over loss of trust and the region will be in for a tough election campaign. The expert emphasized that Furgal had always remained at the bottom of the agency’s regional influence ranking. In June, he ranked 81st among 85 regional heads

共同2020/7/12 05:35 (JST)7/12 05:47 (JST)updated
ロシア極東知事拘束に抗議集会
報道官は支持に感謝表明
【モスクワ共同】ロシア極東ハバロフスク地方のフルガル知事が、殺人事件に関与した容疑で治安当局に拘束されたことに抗議する集会や行進が11日、同地方の中心都市ハバロフスクで行われた。内務省によると参加者は1万〜1万2千人だが、3万5千人との地元報道もある。抗議は4時間以上続いた。
 知事報道官は同日、市民の知事への支持に謝意を表明。その上で、集会には当局の許可がなく参加者の拘束や混乱につながりかねないとして、解散を呼び掛けた。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 08:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イラク政府のセキュリティアドバイザーが暗殺される

※ Suribelle@Suribelle1氏の2020/7/7のツイート
He was an American Saudi mouthpiece targeting PMF indirectly & Iran directly; also, Hashimi was a leading “security expert” member of the Iraq Advisory Council and former advisor to the US-led coalition to “defeat” the Islamic State (ISIS).

毎日新聞2020年7月10日 08時09分(最終更新 7月10日 08時10分)
「ISとは?」過激思想と戦い続け “イラクの知性”ヒシャム・ハシミさん暗殺
 過激派組織「イスラム国」(IS)の研究で知られるイラク人の安全保障専門家、ヒシャム・ハシミさんが7月6日、首都バグダッドの自宅前で暗殺された。ハシミさんは「ISとは何か」を的確に分析し、毎日新聞の取材にもたびたび応じてくれた。イラクでISの内情を対外発信することは、命を危険にさらすことと同義だ。最期まで過激思想と闘い続けたハシミさんに哀悼の意をささげるとともに、その勇気に心から敬意を表したい。
 中東での特派員時代、ハシミさんに初めて取材したのは2014年9月だった。イラクで取材協力を受けていた通信員から「ISに詳しい研究者」として紹介を受けた。
 ISは14年6月に内戦下のシリアから進出し、イラク北部の第2の都市モスルを電撃的に制圧した。独自の「国家樹立」を宣言して、重要インフラを管理し、徴税や裁判も行っていた。
 「なぜ、過激派組織がそんなにもスムーズに統治を敷けるのか」。その問いに対して、ハシミさんは03年…

私の見ているSNSでは、ヒシャム・ハシミ氏についての言及は少ない。ヒズボラ、イランがサポートする組織がやったと非難する声はある。米国とサウジの代弁者というのは当たってるのかも。

※ anonymous@anonymous512404の2020/7/7のツイート
The Iraqi security expert and civil activist was killed by
Hezbollah militias
We will take action Against Hezbollah militias
We do not forgive
We do not forget
we are #Anonymous
expect us .

Hisham al-Hashimi
هشام الهاشمي
Born May 9, 1973
Baghdad, Iraq
Died 6 July 2020 (aged 47)
Baghdad, Iraq
Cause of death Assassination
Education University of Baghdad
Occupation Historian and researcher in security and strategic affairs

Hisham al-Hashimi (9 May 1973 – 6 July 2020) (Arabic: هشام الهاشمي‎) was an Iraq historian and researcher in security and strategic affairs and extremist groups, and a specialist in the file of the Islamic state and its supporters.[1][2][3][4] He also was an advisor to the Iraqi government on counter-terrorism.[5]

Iran condemns assassination of Iraqi analyst
In a statement issued on Monday night, the embassy wrote that the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns this criminal act, which has shown the ugly face of terrorists by killing elites.

Undoubtedly, the goal of the supporters and perpetrators of such operations is to destabilize and insecure Iraq and to create sedition and division among the nation and to restore violence to Iraq, it added.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the stability and security of Iraq and strongly condemns such actions, the statement read.

Iraq armed groups expert Hisham al-Hashemi shot dead in Baghdad
A leading Iraqi expert on ISIL (ISIS) and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias, security and interior officials said.

Hisham al-Hashemi, 47, was shot near his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad and pronounced dead at a hospital, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

"Yes, he passed away and his body is now in the hospital freezer," said Saad Maan, head of the interior ministry's media relations department.

A medical source at the hospital confirmed to AFP news agency that Hashemi had suffered "a hail of bullet wounds in several body parts".

The investigator assigned to the killing told AFP that Hashemi, 47, walked out of his home and was getting into his car when three gunmen on two motorcycles fired at him from metres away.

Hashemi was wounded and ducked behind his car, but the gunmen approached and shot him four times in the head at close range, the investigator said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing.

Al-Hashemi was a respected security analyst who appeared regularly on Iraqi television and whose expertise was sought out by government officials, journalists and researchers.

Weeks before his death, al-Hashemi had told confidantes he feared Iran-backed militia groups were targeting him. He was known to be critical of militia activity.

His death comes as the government grapples with a spate of rocket attacks targeting United States interests in the country believed to be orchestrated by Iran-backed militia groups. A raid last week detained 14 members of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah group. All but one were released.

Al-Hashemi was a strong supporter of the popular protests that swept across Baghdad and Iraq's Shia-majority south in October - protests that had slammed the government as corrupt, inefficient and beholden to neighbouring Iran.

More than 500 people lost their lives in protest-related violence, including several prominent activists who were shot in Baghdad, Basra in the south and other cities.

But high-profile political killings have otherwise been rare in recent years.

"Cowards killed my friend and one of the brightest researchers in Iraq, Hisham al-Hashemi. I am shocked," wrote Harith Hasan, who was an academic researcher before becoming an adviser to Iraq's current premier.

※ Rudaw English@RudawEnglish氏の2020/7/12のツイート
Candles are lit in Erbil’s Sami Abdulrahman Park this evening in memory of Husham al-Hashimi who was assassinated in Baghdad on Monday.

クルドが追悼の動きを示しています。

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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 08:11| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年07月10日

ロスコスモス総裁のアドバイザーが反逆罪で逮捕される

ロスコスモス総裁のアドバイザーのスパイ疑惑 簡単な話ではないようです。チェコの特殊機関を通じてロシアの中東武器輸出の情報が米国に流されたというこの疑惑、チェコの第一副首相がコメントを拒否、サフロノフが事情聴取・取り調べに協力拒否、何らかの事実がないわけではないようです。ロゴージンもかなり微妙な立場に置かれました。



※ Rob Lee@RALee85氏の2020/7/7のツイート
Absolutely terrible news. Ivan Safronov, who was previously a journalist at Kommersant and Vedomosti where he primarily covered the defense industry and military, has been arrested for treason. He began working recently as an adivsor at Roscosmos.

毎日新聞2020年7月8日 18時00分(最終更新 7月8日 18時04分)ロシア連邦保安庁、有力紙元記者を逮捕 「言論統制強化」に抗議広がる
 ロシア連邦保安庁(FSB)は7日、露有力紙コメルサントの元記者で国営宇宙企業「ロスコスモス」顧問のサフロノフ氏(30)を国家機密を流出させた国家反逆容疑で逮捕した。ロシアでは6日にも別の女性記者がテロ行為を「正当化」する論評をしたとして有罪判決を受けたばかり。露メディアの記者からは「言論統制の強化」に抗議する動きが相次いでいる。
 露メディアによると、サフロノフ氏は2017年、北大西洋条約機構(NATO)に加盟するチェコの情報機関に対し、ロシアと中東諸国などとの軍事技術協力に関する国家機密を渡した疑いが持たれている。情報は最終的に米国に伝えられたという。国家反逆罪の審理は通常、非公開で行われ、有罪になれば最長で禁錮20年の可能性がある。サフロノフ氏は容疑を否認しており、拘束が伝えられた後にはFSBの庁舎前で元同僚記者らが抗議活動を行った。
 サフロノフ氏は昨年5月、プーチン大統領と関係が近いマトビエンコ上院議長の更迭の可能性を報じた後、コメルサント紙を解雇され、同紙政治部の全記者らも抗議のために辞職。政権側からコメルサント紙への圧力が取り沙汰された。ペスコフ大統領報道官は7日、サフロノフ氏の拘束と「過去の記者活動は関係していない」と述べたが、サフロノフ氏は軍事を専門とし、エジプトへの戦闘機売却契約など軍事機密を暴く記事を発表しており、過去の取材活動と拘束の関連を疑う声も出ている。
 ロシアでは6日にも、18年に17歳の少年が治安機関の建物内で爆発物を爆発させた事件に関し、「(政治活動の自由がない中で)少年が他に意思を伝える手段を思いつかなかった」とラジオで論評した女性記者に対し、「テロ行為を正当化した」として罰金50万ルーブル(約75万円)の有罪判決が言い渡された。首都モスクワなどでは、判決前から女性を支持する他の記者らの抗議活動が相次ぎ、一部が拘束された。
 昨年6月にはモスクワでインターネットメディアの記者が違法薬物の所持容疑で拘束された後、大規模な抗議活動が起こり、記者が釈放された。コメルサント紙は7日に発表した声明の中で、「近年の経験は、言論活動に関わるロシア市民は誰でも重い罪に問われる可能性があることを示している」と懸念を表明。他の有力紙も相次いでサフロノフ氏を支持する声明を発表しており、抗議活動が広がる可能性がある。【前谷宏】

共同2020/7/8
ロ当局、国家反逆罪で元記者逮捕
軍事機密の特ダネに報復か
【モスクワ共同】ロシア連邦保安局(FSB)は7日、有力紙コメルサントの特ダネ記者だったイワン・サフロノフ氏を国家反逆容疑で逮捕した。北大西洋条約機構(NATO)加盟国の情報機関に国家機密を渡した疑いがあるとしている。
 コメルサント紙をはじめ多くのメディアは容疑に疑問を呈し、サフロノフ氏への支持を表明。同氏が暴いた軍事機密に関する記事に対する当局の報復との見方を強めている。
 サフロノフ氏の弁護士によると、FSBは同氏が2012年からチェコ情報機関のスパイとなり、17年にロシアと中東・アフリカ諸国の軍事協力に関する機密情報を渡したと主張している。

TASS2020/7/7
Czech Interior Minister declines to comment on Safronov’s case - media
Safronov's lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, earlier said that in the case file of his client, the United States is referred to as the country that received secret information through Czech special services

PRAGUE, July 8. / TASS /. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek declined to comment on reports that Ivan Safronov, adviser to the head of Roscosmos, a former correspondent for the Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers, passed information to the republic’s special services, the network publication Denik N. stated on Wednesday.

"No comment," it quotes Hamacek as saying.

Safronov's lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, earlier told TASS that in the case file of his client, the United States is referred to as the country that received secret information through Czech special services.

Safronov was detained on July 7 as he left his apartment in the morning. The FSB public relations service informed that Safronov is suspected of communicating confidential state secrets to a representative of one of NATO’s intelligence services and was arrested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agents. Prosecution launched criminal proceedings on the count of state treason against Safronov, who is now facing 20 years behind bars. The FSB added that the investigation continues. Earlier, Roscosmos informed that Safronov had been arrested but underlined that the arrest is not linked to his current duties as Roscosmos advisor.

Lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov later told reporters, the FSB suspects Safronov of transmitting information to the Czech special services about arms deliveries from Russia to the Middle East and Africa.

Safronov pleaded not guilty in court. According to a TASS source, he refused to cooperate during questioning.

Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday that the former journalist, who earlier worked for the Kommersant and Vedomosti business dailies, was "invited to cover Roscosmos activities a month and a half ago" and "did not have classified information clearance." "I did not doubt his high professionalism and personal decency," Rogozin added.

Russia’s Kommersant Daily, where Safronov worked between 2010 and 2019, issued a statement in support of Safronov, calling him "a true Russian patriot, who was covering defense and space issues because he truly cared about them." Russia’s Vedomosti and Novaya Gazeta newspapers, RBK media group and the Dozhd TV channel also declared their support for Safronov.

Some of the journalist’s former colleagues gathered outside the FSB quarters in downtown Moscow on Tuesday afternoon to show solidarity. Several journalists, including from Kommersant, were detained in the course of one-person protests.

2020/7/7 16:54:52
Rogozin's adviser detained on charges of treason
The press service of Roscosmos said that the investigating authorities detained the adviser to the general director of the state corporation Ivan Safronov.
This is stated in a message on the website of Roscosmos.
He was charged under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code. Investigative measures are being taken.
It is noted that the detention of Safronov does not concern current work at Roskosmos.
Safronov in May 2020 was appointed to the post of adviser to the head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin on information policy.
It was previously reported that military expert Vladimir Neyolov was sentenced to seven years in a maximum security colony on charges of treason.

Roscosmos advisor suspected of handing over confidential data to NATO
The charges carry a punishment of 20 years behind bars, according to the Federal Security Service
MOSCOW, July 7. /TASS/. Advisor to the head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, Ivan Safronov is suspected of communicating confidential state information to a representative of one of NATO’s intelligence services and was arrested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the FSB public relations office told TASS.

"The Federal Security Service detained Ivan Safronov, advisor to the director general of Roscosmos state corporation, in Moscow. Safronov was performing tasks of one of NATO intelligence services, collecting state confidential data about Russia’s military and technical cooperation, defense and security and handing it over to its [NATO intelligence service] representative," the FSB said.

Prosecution launched criminal proceedings on the count of state treason against Safronov, which carries 20 years behind bars. The FSB added that the investigation continues. Earlier, Roscosmos informed that Safronov had been arrested.

Safronov was born in Moscow in 1990. He graduated from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics in 2010, obtaining a degree in journalism. He worked as a special correspondent for Russia’s Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers and was covering military and military-technical cooperation as well as defense and space industries. In May 2020, Safronov was appointed advisor to the Roscosmos chief for information policy and was curating a number of Roscosmos programs.

MOSCOW, July 7. / TASS /. Advisor to the Director General of Roscosmos on information policy Ivan Safronov was detained on Tuesday on suspicion of treason. According to the press service of the state corporation, the detention was not related to his current work.
"The press service of the state-owned corporation" Roscosmos "reports that today the investigating authorities detained the adviser to the general director of the state-owned corporation" Roscosmos "I. I. Safronov," the Roscosmos reported.
The state corporation emphasized that Safronov was charged under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (high treason). “At the moment, investigative measures are being conducted,” the Russian Space Agency emphasized, adding that the detention of the adviser to the general director does not concern current work in the state corporation.
The press service noted that Roscosmos is providing all kinds of assistance to the investigating authorities.
According to a source in law enforcement agencies, Safronov was detained by FSB officers.
Safronov was born in Moscow in 1990. In 2010, he graduated from the Higher School of Economics with a degree in journalism. In 2010-2019, he was a Kommersant correspondent and special correspondent, and in 2019-2020, he was a special correspondent for the Vedomosti newspaper. He was engaged in covering the activities of military and military-technical cooperation, the problems of the military-industrial complex and the space industry. In May, Safronov was appointed adviser to the head of Roscosmos on information policy.

モスクワ、7月7日。 / TASS /。情報政策に関するロスコスモス事務局長への顧問イヴァン・サフロノフは火曜日に反逆罪の容疑で拘留された。国営企業のプレスサービスによると、拘留は彼の現在の仕事とは関係がありませんでした。
「国営企業のプレスサービス」ロスコスモスは、今日、捜査当局が国営企業の総局長に顧問を拘留したと報告している「ロスコスモス」「I. I.サフロノフ」とロスコスモスが報じた。
国営企業は、サフロノフがロシア連邦刑法の275(反逆)アートの下で起訴されたことを強調した。 「現在、調査措置が実施されている」とロシア宇宙庁は強調し、ゼネラルディレクターへのアドバイザーの拘留は国営企業での現在の仕事には関係がないと付け加えた。
プレスサービスは、ロスコスモスが調査当局にあらゆる種類の支援を提供していることを指摘しました。
法執行機関の情報筋によると、サフロノフはFSBの職員によって拘留された。
サフロノフは1990年にモスクワで生まれました。 2010年に彼はジャーナリズムの学位を取得して経済高等学校を卒業した。 2010〜2019年にはコメルサント特派員および特別特派員を務め、2019〜2020年にはヴェドモスティ新聞の特別特派員を務めました。彼は軍事および軍事技術協力の活動、軍産複合体および宇宙産業の問題を​​カバーすることに従事していた。 5月、サフロノフはロスコスモスの情報政策の責任者に任命された。

TASS2020/7/10
Safronov’s case not linked to his professional activities, Russian intelligence chief says
Safronov was a reporter for the Kommersant daily in 2012-2017
MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. The detention of Ivan Safronov, an advisor to the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, is in no way linked to his professional activities, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Friday.

"I would like to highlight a few important things," he said in response to a question. "First, I highly appreciate the skills of Russian intelligence personnel. Second, the defendant’s detention and the charges brought against him are in no way linked to his professional activities," Naryshkin pointed out.

"And third, I don’t recommend anyone try to put pressure on the investigation, let alone on the court. Only the court can decide whether a defendant is guilty or not," he stressed.

According to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Safronov was recruited by Czech intelligence in 2012. Eventually, he collected information on Russia’s defense cooperation with African countries and the Russian military’s activities in the Middle East in 2017 and passed it to the Czech Office for Foreign Relations and Information. However, the information was actually meant for US intelligence agencies. Safronov was a reporter for the Kommersant daily in 2012-2017. According to a FSB investigator, the case is not linked to Safronov’s work as a journalist.

サフロノフは、発覚する、あるいは立件されるとは思っていなかったんでしょう。せっかく良いポストに就くことができたのに、惜しいことをしました。

チェコの情報機関が米国に取り込まれていたことが発覚してチェコの第一副首相がコメントを拒否。対応に苦慮しているでしょう。ロシアの情報機関はチェコ側からサフロノフに関する情報を得たのかもしれません。
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米国の情報機関がアフガンの麻薬密輸に関与している



このツイートに注目しましたが、元のツイートは消されています。

※ MFA Russiaロシア国旗@mfa_russiaの2020/7/5のツイート
ロシア国旗 #Russia's Special Presidential Envoy on #Afghanistan #Kabulov on #US intelligence's involvement in drug trafficking: Their planes fly without any checks. Anyone in Kabul could tell you about it. It's an open secret, everyone is sick & tired of it.

US Intelligence, Accusing Russia of Shady Deal With Taliban, Is Involved in Drug Trade, Envoy Says
YAKUTSK (Sputnik) - US intelligence is deeply involved in the Afghan drug trade at the same time as it accuses Russia of conspiring with the Taliban, Special Presidential Envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Saturday.

"Their [US intelligence's] planes fly from Kandahar or Bagram to any destination - like Germany or Romania - without any checks. No wonder, such is their business. Any Afghan citizen, anyone, in Kabul could tell you about it. It's an open secret and everyone is sick and tired of it and dismisses it as a given", Kabulov said.

関連が深そうなツイートも上の記事も「麻薬密売に関連してCIAとタリバンとの間で交わされた取引の長いリストがあると」述べてはいません。おそらく当初のツイートは、そういう文言が入っていたのでしょう。リストを示せと言われかねないですし、タリバンとの関係でもタリバンと麻薬密売の関係に触れるのはまずいという判断が、事後的になされてツイートが変わったのでしょう。

タリバンの財源を考えれば、麻薬取引について米国側とタリバンとの間で何らかの取り決めがあって、タリバンが一定の収入を得ていたと考えるのが妥当かもしれません。

sputniknews.com/politics/20151212
Washington Could 'Cut a Deal With Daesh in Afghanistan to Counter Russia'
に掲載された画像、ケシですね。


2016年02月29日
イランがアフガニスタン国境で麻薬2.9トン押収 米国の侵略後麻薬生産が急増

この問題、アフガン大使の若干の勇み足で米国と対立の種になりかねないところ、ラブロフが一般報道を引きながら、"Looking at absolutely reliable facts, we can say that・・・"と軌道修正しました。見事なカバーです。
TASS2020/7/10
Possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic Afghan drugs needs to be investigated - Lavrov
According to Russia's top diplomat, over the 20 years of the US’ and the coalition’s other participants' presence in Afghanistan, drug trafficking from that country has increased many-fold
MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Russia insists that reports about possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic drugs in Afghanistan be probed into, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
"We keep on receiving reports, including via mass media, that contraband of opiates has been organized from Afghanistan to other countries, including to Europe, with the use of military aircraft of the NATO coalition," he said during the Primakov Readings international online forum.
"We cannot verify these reports 100% but such reports are coming too regularly to be ignored. If military aircraft were used over Afghanistan, they could have been only NATO’s aircraft and such flights could have been performed only by the military or special services. Naturally, such information needs to be probed into, first of all in the United States," Lavrov stressed.
According to the Russian top diplomat, investigation is also needed inside the country of NATO presence. "Looking at absolutely reliable facts, we can say that over the 20 years of the US’ and the coalition’s other participants' presence in Afghanistan, drug trafficking from that country has increased many-fold. Neither the United States nor other members of the coalition have taken any serious efforts to stop drug production in Afghanistan," he added.

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2020年07月09日

シリアの軍港Tartusタルトゥースは保養地

エババートレットのツイートからキャプチャー


上の写真の場所は、次の地図の白丸のところ


次の画像は、タルトゥースの港へロシアが軍用車両やタンクを運んできたところのようです。兵隊がたくさんいます。これから荷揚げして基地に運び込むのですね。地図ではこの桟橋が見当たりません。急いで作ったのかもしれません。


シリアのTartusタルトゥースにロシアの恒久海軍基地
RT2016/10/10
Russia plans permanent naval facility in Syrian port of Tartus – MoD


キプロスに基地を作る話がありましたが、Tartusになったようです。Tartus(タルトゥース)には、ロシアのS300地対空ミサイルが配備されています。
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