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Iranian FM: West Not Everything

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that global power has now been divided among different states and the world is no longer Western-oriented.

In the global realm, what everyone agrees on is that the world is experiencing a substantial change, Zarif said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Thursday.

He added that once there were just two powers of the East and West and military power was the most important element but now the world is transforming.

“This does not mean that the West is no longer important, rather it means that the West is not everything,” Zarif said.

Those who are fascinated by the West think that everything lies in there and that it is impossible to live without it, and some also hate the West, he said, adding that both these groups see the West as the center of the world while this is not the case.

Science, technology, public trust, and independence are the foundations of power, and military indicators no longer determine the status of countries, said the foreign minister, noting that some countries such as UAE have not understood this fact and pose this question that why they have no status in the region despite having so many weapons.

This year alone, Western countries sold weapons worth $100 billion to Persian Gulf states while Iran’s military budget is at $16 billion, Zarif added. “So why these countries are so worried about Iran? This is because we derive our security from people.”

In relevant remarks in December, Zarif said Iran’s foreign policy is neighbor-oriented.

Iran attaches great deal of importance to relations with its neighboring countries, he said, adding that the strategy was indebted to the guidelines set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Zarif, in a message read to a conference in the Northeastern city of Mashhad, said that Ayatollah Khamenei had attached special attention to the importance of neighboring countries in Iran's foreign policy.

The Iranian officials have called for regional convergence and cooperation among neighboring countries of the region at countless occasions.

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The border closing ceremony on the Pakistan-India checkpoint in Kashmir. コピーライトマーク AFP / Sujit JAISWAL















TEHRAN (FNA)- Dozens of Iraqis on Sunday gathered at Tahrir square in central Baghdad to celebrate their victory over the ISIL terror group.


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Nuclear Armageddon v new-found equilibrium: How far can current Indo-Pakistani confrontation go?
The reignited tensions between India and Pakistan were accompanied by air combat and cross-border shelling. And there is divided opinion on whether the spark can trigger a full-fledged war, RT has learned.

There remains the risk that the tensions between two bitter rivals will result in the worst-case scenario, Sultan Mehmood Hali, a retired group commander of the Pakistan Air Force, told RT.

"If pushed against the wall… Pakistan will be forced to retaliate with nuclear weapons, which could, of course, lead to very serious destruction in the region," he said.

Unfortunately, once you have this kind of weapons on both sides and if there is a desperate situation, then a desperate situation will lead to desperate measures.

On Wednesday, India said that it shot down a Pakistani fighter aircraft and lost its own jet while fending off an attack on its military installations. Islamabad claimed it downed two Indian aircraft and denied losing any of its jets.

The flare-up, accompanied by reports of cross-border mortar fire, happened a day after India sent a dozen jet fighters to bomb what it claimed were terrorist camps on Pakistani soil.

"We don't want this to escalate to mutually assured destruction," Hali said, while admitting that his nation would be at a disadvantage in an all-out fight.

"India is the superior power. Its armed forces are three times the size of Pakistan's. Its economy is much broader. It can sustain a lot of hits," the Air Force veteran said.

"Pakistan, being the weaker country, will be on the receiving end."

Agreeing with the last point, the former foreign secretary of India, Kanwal Sibal, noted that Pakistan is in "no position to have an all-out war unless it wants self-destruction." The Muslim-majority country is in the midst of "a terrible financial crisis," seeking assistance from the World Bank, the ex-diplomat said.

He added that the US and Pakistan's longtime ally in the region, China, called on the parties to maintain restraint, but the nation "disregarded that." Speaking to RT, Harsh V. Pant, professor of international relations at King's College London, noted that the politicians in New Delhi and Islamabad are not "so suicidal" to push a conflict "to a nuclear level."

I don't think it is in the interest of both sides to take it beyond a certain point, given that both are nuclear-weapon states. After the initial bout of instability… we will find equilibrium.

Professor Pant said that India "was cognizant of the risks" when conducting Tuesday's air raid over its neighbor's territory. Pakistani-based jihadist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has stepped up attacks across the border in recent years, including a convoy bombing two week ago, which killed 44 Indian police officers.

"The feeling in India after being struck every single year and month with terrorism is 'enough is enough,'" he said.

"India has now put the ball squarely in Pakistan's court."

The government in New Delhi justified the airstrikes on Pakistan's territory by claiming that Islamabad doesn't do anything to combat terrorists.

Addressing India's concern, Sultan Mehmood Hali said New Delhi should share "actionable intelligence" on the terrorist groups with Pakistan. "Our prime minister [Imran Khan] has assured: we will take definite action," he told RT.

India says it shot down Pakistani warplane, lost MiG-21 fighter as border crisis escalates
India shot down a Pakistani war plane and lost its own MiG-21 fighter, New Delhi said. Pakistan earlier claimed it had successfully taken out two Indian aircraft amid a spiraling border crisis.

In an “aerial engagement a Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force” and fell on the Pakistani territory, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, told reporters on Wednesday.

India took a beating too, he announced, having lost “one MiG 21” in the encounter.

Kumar stated that Islamabad used its jets to “target military installations on the Indian side” but “due to our high state of readiness and alertness Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.”

The Pakistani military claimed to have shot down two Indian aircraft over its airspace. The government said that a pilot was captured after landing on the ground, and posted a photo of him in custody.

India v Pakistan: What you need to know about Kashmir flare-up that may push nuclear rivals to war

Tension is escalating rapidly between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan after air combat between the rivals ended with the reported loss of aircraft by both nations.

The ongoing flare-up started on February 14 with the suicide bombing of Indian police troops in Kashmir, a divided region in the north that has been contested by Islamabad and New Delhi since 1947.

Some 40 people were reportedly killed in the attack. The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), that wants all of Kashmir to become part of Pakistan, claimed credit for the attack, which was the deadliest in decades.

Indian air raid
Early on Tuesday morning, the Indian military aircraft crossed into Pakistani airspace for a raid against what India called a JeM training camp. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said "a very large number" of JeM fighters were killed in the raid, which targeted an area near the town of Balakot in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

"The existence of such training facilities, capable of training hundreds of jihadis, could not have functioned without the knowledge of the Pakistani authorities," Gokhale said. Indian media claimed as many as 300 militants had been killed.

The town is located some 50km (32 miles) from the UN-mandated Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, which serves as the de facto border in the disputed region. India hasn't launched incursions that deep into Pakistani territory since the war of 1971, the bloodiest conflict fought by the two nations.

Pakistan pledges retaliation
Pakistan, which denies harboring jihadists, rejected India's justification for the attack, which was that Islamabad refused to deal with JeM insurgency on its own.

Pakistani military denied Indian claims of mass casualties on the ground, saying Indian jets dropped their munitions in a desolated area while being chased away by Pakistani warplanes. Neither side's version of events could be corroborated independently.

Islamabad condemned the incursion into its airspace and said it reserved the right to retaliate against India at a time and place of its choosing.

On Tuesday evening, there were reports by Indian officials of heavy artillery shelling coming from the Pakistani side injuring several Indian troops in Kashmir.

Islamabad strikes back
The promised retaliation materialized on Wednesday and has brought with it as much confusion over what exactly happened as events on Tuesday. Pakistan stated that its aircraft attacked targets across the LoC, but stayed in Pakistani airspace.

Pakistan has "taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage," the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defense."

Then, according to the Pakistani side, the Indian Air Force launched its aircraft into Pakistan's airspace. In the ensuing fight, two Indian aircraft were shot down, and two pilots captured.

India says both nations lost aircraft on Wednesday
The Indian government took a pause before commenting on the developments on Wednesday. An Indian official based in Kashmir told Reuters that at least three Pakistani aircraft violated the border and were confronted by Indian fighter jets deployed to intercept them.

There were also claims in the Indian media that a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet was shot down and crashed in the Rajouri district of Kashmir – presumably by the Indian Air Force responding to an incursion.

Hours later, the Indian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the air force lost one of its MiG-21s during an engagement with Pakistani forces. Its pilot is listed as missing in action, Raveesh Kumar, the spokesman for the ministry, said.

He added that one Pakistani fighter jet was shot down by the Indian side, falling on the Pakistani side of the border. He stressed that the Pakistani aircraft were targeting Indian military installations on the ground.

At least one other Indian aircraft crashed on Wednesday in Budgam, a district in the India-controlled part of Kashmir. However it was not a fighter jet but rather a Mi-17 helicopter, which reportedly went down due to a malfunction while returning to base. The Pakistani military said it did not engage that aircraft. The helicopter was earlier misidentified as a MiG-21 fighter jet in some media reports.

Security concerns
Amid the flare-up, air traffic was shut down on both sides of the LoC. Airports in the cities of Amritsar, Pathankot, Jammu, Leh and Chandigarh have been shut down and all flights canceled on the Indian side. Pakistan closed its entire airspace to flights amid the tension.

The move is a clear indicator that both countries fear further escalation of hostilities after two days of exchanges of fire. Both governments publicly stated they want to defuse the tensions though.

Several nations, including the US, China and Russia, as well as the European Union issued calls for restraint addressed to Islamabad and New Delhi.

Pakistan 'does not want war' with India - military spokesman
Pakistan says it showed “restraint” while downing two Indian aircraft on Wednesday, including a MiG-21 plane, and insists it does not desire war, but is ready to “retaliate” if India continues to violate its territory.

1st VIDEO of captured and injured Indian pilot released by Radio Pakistan
Radio Pakistan has released the first footage of an Indian pilot captured after his aircraft was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) when it entered their airspace.
The PAF says it shot down two Indian aircraft, one of which fell inside Azad Jammu and Kashmir, while other fell inside Indian-administered Kashmir. In the video, the arrested Indian pilot is seen giving his name and rank number to the Pakistani officials questioning him.

Pakistan shoots down 2 Indian aircraft inside its airspace – military
Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that it had shot down two Indian jets in its own airspace, capturing one of the pilots as the conflict with its nuclear-armed neighbour continued to escalate.

The Pakistani Air Force downed “two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace” after they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the army’s spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

Radio Pakistan has released the first footage of an Indian pilot captured after his aircraft was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) when it entered their airspace.

The PAF says it shot down two Indian aircraft, one of which fell inside Azad Jammu and Kashmir, while other fell inside Indian-administered Kashmir. In the video, the arrested Indian pilot is seen giving his name and rank number to the Pakistani officials questioning him.

‘No Indian movie will be released’: Pakistan bans Bollywood films & ads after air raid
Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has ordered for all Indian-made films and advertisements to be embargoed, following the country’s air strike inside its territory on Tuesday.

Chaudhry announced the boycott on Twitter.

Pakistan ‘sponsoring terrorism’ against India, tensions only to rise – analyst
An Indian air raid on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir has raised the specter of war between two nuclear-armed nations. One Indian scholar told RT that such raids have happened before and full war is not inevitable.

“I do not think this conflict is dangerous for the world or for the two countries,” Smruti S. Pattanaik, research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, told RT. “This air strike and the earlier surgical strike proves that limited military action against the terrorists can be taken” short of resorting to nuclear weapons, she added.

Indian jets bombed locations in Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir on Tuesday, saying they were camps for terrorist groups responsible for the February 14 terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian security officers in Pulwama.

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サウジで選挙だって?! サンダースが

※ RT認証済みアカウント @RT_com氏の2019/2/27のツイート
'I do find it interesting that Trump is very concerned about what goes on in #Venezuela, but what about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia? Oh, there was not any election in Saudi Arabia' - Sanders

Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around.

During a CNN town hall on Monday evening, Sanders, who joined the ever-expanding pool of Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump last week, brought up past grievances against the DNC, effectively accusing it of bias in the run-up to the 2016 vote.

"In 2016, I think I will not shock anybody to suggest that the DNC was not quite even handed," the Independent senator from Vermont said. He noted that since the scandal-ridden campaign, the Democratic Party has "come a long way" and he "fully" expects "to be treated quite as well as anybody else" in the upcoming primaries.
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Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s leader Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s leader

Despite setting fundraising records and attracting grassroots support, Sanders ultimately lost the Democratic nomination to the establishment-propelled Clinton. It was revealed later that Clinton's camp effectively ran the DNC, which was supposed to be neutral, prompting Sanders' donors to accuse it of cheating him out of the nomination and file a class-action lawsuit, alleging that the process was not fair.

Sanders, who ended up endorsing Clinton, noted that he would again back any other Democratic candidate if he's not lucky enough to get nominated himself.

"Trump has got to be defeated," he stressed.

The senator, who has been accused of being a fringe candidate with his progressive ideas of "democratic socialism," parroted the mainstream narrative when it came to Russiagate.

Asked by a community leader how his campaign is prepared to withstand potential Russian meddling and what he thinks about the alleged Russian interference in 2016, Sanders quipped: "Unlike Donald Trump, I have no doubt that what you said, it's true."

Sanders went on to warn Moscow against "sabotaging" elections in the US and "around the world."

He said that his campaign is "hiring" and "spending a lot of money to protect our computers" from the Russians.

"The word has got to go out to Putin and others around the world that cyber warfare, the attempt to destroy American democracy, is a very serious offense which will not be taken lightly."

Sanders recently drew criticism from Politico for jumping on the bandwagon of the Russia-bashing train by claiming that his campaign shared information with the Clinton camp about suspected troll activity during the 2016 race. Politico argued that the claim was vastly exaggerated and it was merely a volunteer, not a campaign staffer, who sent a warning to a pro-Clinton PAC.
'What about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia?'

When grilled about Venezuela, the burning foreign policy issue on Washington's agenda, Sanders said that he has never been a fan of military intervention and invoked parallels with Vietnam.

"I am old enough to remember the war in Vietnam. And I was as active as I could be trying to keep the United States from going to war in Iraq," he said, recalling the long US record of ousting democratically-elected leaders from power on a whim.

"The United States overthrew a democratically elected government in Chili and in Brazil, and in Guatemala and in other countries around the world."

Interestingly, the Vietnam debacle was cited by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro when he warned the US against entangling itself in the crisis.

When pressed to call Maduro a dictator, Sanders refused, noting that "there are still democratic operations taking place in their country." He also took a swipe at Washington's hypocrisy in dealing with Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, calling the latter a "despotic regime."

"I do find it interesting that Trump is very concerned about what goes on in Venezuela, but what about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia? Oh, there was not any election in Saudi Arabia. Or, women are treated as third-class citizens," Sanders said, denouncing the "selective approach" of Trump in 'spreading democracy'.
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欧州中距離ミサイル配備に関するロシア警告 米国の反応

ロシアに中距離ミサイルが発射されれば指令センターにも報復攻撃をする 米国本土を含む?

※ ロイター.co.jp認証済みアカウント @Reuters_co_jp2019/2/25のツイート
【動画】#核戦争 の際はペンタゴン(米国防総省)や、米大統領別荘のキャンプ・デービッドを攻撃―ロシアの国営テレビがそう放送した。

プーチンの威嚇がずいぶん効いています。米国はロシアが反撃しても欧州にとどまると考えていた? 米国本土は安泰だと。とんでもない。ロシアの武器開発は進んでいて何種類もの方法で反撃する準備が着々と整っている模様。方針変更を余儀なくされるか。

※ L'important認証済みアカウント @Limportant_fr氏の4:59 - 2019年2月21日のツイート
Russie: Poutine menace de déployer ses nouveaux missiles contre les Occidentaux https://limportant.fr/infos-monde/3/465794 … #Monde
ロシア: プーチンは欧米人に対して新しいミサイルを配備すると脅しているhttps://limportant.fr/infos-monde/3/465794 …#Monde
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ホルムズ島のsilver beach


Google Mapから。この海岸は赤土が海に崩れて海が赤く染まるところが珍しいようです。




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※ Ian56 @Ian56789氏の2019/2/26のツイート
The UK's Home Secretary @sajidjavid seems to be under a massive amount of confusion as to who is, and who is not, a terrorist.
Here's a handy chart to help him improve his understanding.


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イランで国内政争激化? ザリフを弾劾?


Iran's President Rouhani does not accept Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation - Fars



Radio Farda November 20, 2018
Ayatollah Blasts Zarif Comments As MP Talks Of His Impeachment
Following implicit criticism of foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the conservative head of Iran’s Judiciary, a member of parliament says that Zarif’s impeachment process has begun.

On Monday, the Judiciary's Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani dismissed Zarif’s recent comments about high level of money laundering in Iran, describing it as a “stab right into the heart” of the Islamic Republic ruling system.

On Tuesday, the conservative Tasnim news agency, close to revolutionary guards, quoted a member of parliament as saying that a proposal for Zarif’s impeachment is being prepared to be put to a vote. It is not clear when the plan will be put in motion.

Earlier on November 11, Zarif had said that those who profit billions of dollars from money laundering are spending millions of it to prevent the passage of the bills requiring more financial transparency.

An international transparency watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has demanded that Iran should adhere to anti-money-laundering standards and enact laws to prevent financing of terrorism.

The foreign minister went on to accuse state-owned agencies that he refrained from naming, of mounting the campaign against President Hassan Rouhanis' proposed legislation known as Palermo Bills.

"We cannot challenge the scenes set by these wealthy and mighty state-organs,” he said.

The comments triggered a wave of enraged responses from the conservative camp dominating Iran.

Zarif was summoned for more explanation to parliament’s (Majles) influential National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, forcing him to reiterate that he had not accused any state-run institution of money laundering.

The adoption of anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws by Iran can help its standing with European countries that have pledged to help Iran continue doing trade despite U.S. sanctions.

Nevertheless, Zarif's clarification was not good enough for his opponents. Soon, the pressure on him increased to the extent that widely circulated rumors said he has already resigned.

These rumors reached a level that the spokesman of the foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi had to react on Monday in his press briefing.

“For sure, I reject this rumor. These are deliberately manufactured, processed and spread by certain circles. Mr. Zarif is energetically busy with his work. He was in parliament yesterday and today he is hosting a foreign delegation”.

Despite Zarif's clarification and Ghasemi's strong denial, the head of the Islamic Republic' judiciary decided on Monday to join the chorus of the conservatives condemning the foreign minister's remark.

"If there is huge money laundering in the country, why did you not report it to the judiciary?" state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) cited Sadeq Amoli Larijani as saying.

Carefully avoiding mentioning Zarif by name, the mid-ranking Ayatollah maintained, "The enemy's best tool is economic pressure--- In such situation officials are expected not to make double-edged comments that could be misused by the enemy."

Furthermore, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani called upon Iranian officials to avoid unwarranted remarks.

The opponents of the Palermo Bills argue that their implementation is a threat to Iran’s security. Analysts say the real fear in circles loyal to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is that adhering to the financial transparency requirements would prevent Iran from financially supporting the Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas militant groups.

The Islamic Republic along with North Korea are the only countries on the Financial Action Task Force blacklist, but the Paris-based organization has suspended counter-measures against Tehran while it works on reforms.

The FATF has given Tehran until February to either endorse the UNTOC or be added to its “blacklist” of countries refusing to cooperate in the fight against money laundering and financing terrorism. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging Tehran to endorse the bills before the deadline set by FATF.

Radio Farda September 09, 2018
Another Conservative Watchdog Blocks Anti-Corruption Bills
Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council (EDC) has rejected a bill proposed by President Hassan Rouhani’s Administration to amend a law concerning money laundering.

The proposal, which is a part of four bills known as “Palermo bills” in Iran, was aimed to pave the way for Tehran to get out of Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) list of suspect countries.

Rouhani’s administration on November 8, 2017 tabled four bills for the parliament’s approval -- the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC), Combatting Financing Terrorism (CFT), and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) -- in the hope of reducing international pressure on Iran’s deteriorating economy.

The bills are proposed to mitigate increasing pressure on Tehran, while the 2016 Basel Anti-Money laundering (AML) Index has identified Iran as the highest money-laundering risk out of 149 countries surveyed.

Iran has until October to adopt the financial reforms proposed by FATF as part of efforts to improve Iran’s ability to interact with the international banking and trade system.

Nevertheless, EDC says joining FATF is against Iran’s high policy of “resistance economy”, “food security”, “economic security” and “encouraging investment”.

Ten days after parliament initially approved the bill concerning UNTOC, Khamenei personally stepped in on June 20 and called the bill “unacceptable.”

Taking its cue from the Supreme Leader, Iran's Guardian Council (GC) rejected the bills on August 17. The GC is constitutionally tasked to review legislation passed by parliament and give its seal of approval.

According to Khamenei, UNTOC had been “cooked up” by foreign powers and the parliament should shelve it.

“It is not necessary to join conventions the depths of which we are unaware of,” he said, proposing instead that the parliament create its own laws to combat money laundering and terrorism funding rather than join an international convention.

Conservative allies of Khamenei believe that approval of the Palermo Bills might jeopardize Iran’s financial assistance to what they describe as the “resistance front," including Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah.

EDC’s opposition to FATF was relayed to the Guardians Council in a letter written by its chairman, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Fars, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reported on Sunday, September 9.

Meanwhile, those who support the bills, including the speaker of Majles (parliament), Ali Larijani, President Rouhani and his moderate-reformist allies have accused the opponents of being afraid of economic transparency and combatting financial corruption.

Implementing guidelines proposed by FATF in entities such as the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Central Bank of Iran (CBI)and Central Insurance Organization could be hazardous for Iran in coming situations, Ayatollah Shahroudi has argued in his letter to the GC’s chairman, 91-year old Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.

However, President Rouhani’s deputy for legal and judicial affairs, Hossein Ali Amiri, has argued that according to the Islamic Republic’s Constitution, EDC has no legal authority to make decision on issues related to national security.

“When it comes to weighing national security affairs, they should be referred to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC),” Amiri has reiterated.

Based on Iranian law, SNSC is always chaired by the incumbent President.

The EDC normally does not interfere in legislative affairs. But in cases where parliament and the Guardian Council reach a deadlock, EDC occasionally acts to find determine what is "expedient" for the regime.

Though the bills are not directly tied to talks between the EU and Tehran to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal with world powers, alive, an MP, Alireza Beigi has cited the deputy foreign minister of Iran, Abbas Araghchi, as admitting that their approval would help the Iranian side in its negotiations with Europe.

While FATF does not have the authority to impose sanctions, a country blacklisted by the world’s financial watchdog will face severe pressure in its economic ties with the rest of the world.

Iran has been on the blacklist of FATF since 2009, but the international organization has suspended Tehran from the list during the past two years, giving the country the chance to lay the groundwork for joining international conventions against money laundering and financial assistance to terrorism.

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TOW missile

※ Sam Heller @AbuJamajem氏の2019/2/26のツイート
HTS advertises attack on Syrian military unit in east Idlib using TOW missile.

※ Bassem @BBassem7氏の2019/2/26のツイート
BassemさんがJoshua Landisをリツイートしました
Who could have predicted US arms “falling in the wrong hands”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:35| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


ロジャーウォーターズがサンダースを詰問 ベネズエラに援助物資を入れろだって!

米国の上院議員Marco Rubioが次のツイートをして国際的な批判を受けています。

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2019/2/25のツイート
PartisangirlさんがMarco Rubioをリツイートしました
Marco Rubia sends a thinly concealed threat to #Trump via a photo of butchered and sodomised Gaddafi. #MarcoRubio and Hillary Clinton are not much better than #ISIS. Marco Rubio is ISIS in a suit.

※ Mark Bell @mark_s_bell氏の2019/2/25のツイート
Mark BellさんがMarco Rubioをリツイートしました
A reminder to Kim Jong Un of what can happen to you when you make a deal to give up your nuclear program




Roger Watersは、政治的な意見表明をためらいません。彼の素顔に近い写真。政治的な発言とともに載せられる画像は迫力のあるものですが、根はきっとこんな感じの爺さんだと思います。


Roger Waters Slams Bernie Sanders for Calling for Aid to Be Allowed Into Venezuela

'Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me! if you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, 'humanitarian intervention' and collude in the destruction of Venezuela'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela's Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after a weekend of violence. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Saturday to call for an end to the humanitarian suffering in Venezuela. “The people of Venezuela are enduring a serious humanitarian crisis. The Maduro government must put the needs of its people first, allow humanitarian aid into the country, and refrain from violence against protesters,” wrote Sanders.

Pink Floyd frontman and prominent BDS supporter Roger Waters slammed Sanders for his tweet, replying, “Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me! if you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, “humanitarian intervention” and collude in the destruction of Venezuela, you cannot be credible candidate for President of the USA. Or, maybe you can, maybe you’re the perfect stooge for the 1 %.”

Waters then tweeted several videos with the hashtag #HandsOffVenezuela arguing for “self-determination” for the people of Venezuela.

On Saturday, troops loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blocked convoys of U.S. humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia to Venezuela, using teargas and rubber bullets and killing two protesters.

The violence could lead the United States to impose new sanctions as early as Monday to cut off the Maduro's government access to revenues.

Pence is traveling to the Colombian capital Bogota to meet with the Lima Group of regional leaders who recognize Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela after Maduro held elections last year which were dismissed as fraudulent.

A senior U.S. official told reporters on Friday that Pence would be prepared to announce new sanctions at the meeting if the aid was turned back, - adding to pressure from sanctions on state-owned oil company PDVSA.

"If there is any type of violence, or if there is any type of negative reaction from the hierarchy of the Venezuela armed forces, there may also be measures that are announced by the vice president and other countries in regards to closing even further the international financial circle," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The United States and allies are looking at ways to expel family members of Venezuelan military officials who are living outside the country, including some in south Florida, the official said.

Maduro has denied there are shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela, and says the aid is aimed at undermining his government.

Pence spoke to Guaido by phone in January before the opposition leader, who heads Venezuela's national assembly, swore himself in as interim president.
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※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/2/24のツイート
mkoさんがHillary Clintonをリツイートしました
「マドゥーロが人道援助を受け入れるよう要求する」とヒラリー・クリントン! カダフィ打倒後、リビアの武器を、どんどんシリアに送り続けたヒラリーが!

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/2/23のツイート
マリア・グテレス・ムノス。「数千人のコロンビア人をチャベスが迎え入れてくれた。ベネズエラに介入するな! 援助物資はコロンビア人こそが必要としている。ラグアジラでは数千人の子どもが栄養不良だ。ここでは年金がもらえる。コロンビアでは米国の奴隷にされる。チャベス・マドゥーロバンザイ!」

※ redfish @redfishstream
This Colombian woman who fled to Venezuela has a message for the US and Colombian governments, who she says should stop meddling in Venezuela's affairs and should mind their own.

※ FARSNEWS2019/2/23
Russia Warns US Plans to Buy Weapons for Venezuelan Opposition
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is considering the possibility of buying weapons for the Venezuelan opposition in one of Eastern European countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated.

"We have information that companies from the US and its NATO allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition. The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid," she said, according to TASS.

Zakharova also added that the US and its allies intended to use cargo aircraft belonging to an international freight forwarder to deliver several shipments of weapons to Venezuela in early March "through a neighboring country".

"There is also a Ukrainian trace in this brazen plan. In particular, it is going to involve the Antonov state company, as far as we understand," the Russian diplomat noted.

Moscow has also warned that a “provocation” intended to topple President Nicolas Maduro is set for this Saturday, which will involve a US-run aid convoy that could spark border clashes between government and opposition forces, RT reported.

Crisis-plagued Venezuela is now on the brink of sliding into all-out turmoil, Zakharova told reporters on Friday, warning that Saturday would be crucial for President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

"A dangerous large-scale provocation is scheduled for February 23," she warned.

The US-run “provocation” may take shape of an aid convoy crossing the Venezuelan border and provoking clashes between “supporters and opponents of the current government”, Zakharova explained.

The remark comes just days after the Venezuelan president closed the border with Brazil amid a row over humanitarian aid. He indicated that he could also close the key border with Colombia to stop the opposition from using relief as an advantage to gain popular support. An aid convoy that tried to penetrate the border earlier on Friday was led by the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has also said in a statement that the United States' provocations in Venezuela, if implemented, would dramatically increase the level of tension and confrontation in the world, RIA Novosti reported.

Zakharova stated that US plans to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela could lead to clashes and would create a convenient pretext for the removal of Maduro from power.

Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas in January.

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

In February, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

Venezuela Reopens Maritime Border With Dutch Antilles
On 19 February, the Latin American country's regional military chief announced the closure of the Venezuelan maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean.

Venezuela's government has reopened its national maritime border with the Dutch Antilles islands following its closure on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency reports, citing a regional military commander.

This comes after Venezuela's regional military chief said on Tuesday that he had ordered the closure of the Venezuelan maritime border with the Dutch Antilles islands. The move was made amid Dutch plans to open a logistical hub for humanitarian aid on the island of Curacao, however, the exact reasons behind Caracas' decision to close the border remain unclear.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro refused to accept US aid that is currently waiting in Colombia, blasting it as a ploy to topple his government.

Venezuela is in the midst of a political crisis, which escalated in late January when Venezuelan opposition parliamentary speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, disputing last year's re-election of Maduro.

Guaido was recognised by the United States and a number of other countries. At the same time, Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay were among those that voiced their support for Maduro as the country's legitimately elected president.
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バングラデシュのダッカ 建物類焼で少なくとも81人が死亡

※ FARSNEWS2019/2/23
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 81 people have been killed Thursday after a devastating fire tore through a number of buildings in old part of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. [PHOTOS]

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Pompeo Warns of More Regime Changes in Latin America

※ FARSNEWS2019/2/23
Pompeo Warns of More Regime Changes in Latin America
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated that Washington seeks to change the regime not only in Venezuela, but also in Nicaragua and Cuba – the countries White House National Security Adviser John Bolton infamously dubbed a “troika of tyranny” in November 2018.

“Yes, President [Donald] Trump’s administration has done so and will continue to do so not just in Venezuela but certainly Nicaragua and Cuba as well”, Pompeo said in an interview with Christina Londono of Telemundo, when asked whether the United States intends to “help” people in “undemocratic regimes”.

Pompeo went on to explain that the current policy differs from that of previous administrations.

“They recognise that these governments are treating their people harshly, presenting real risks, security risks to the people, privacy risks, denying them basic liberties. […] The United States under President Trump is working diligently in not just Venezuela but each of those two countries to achieve good outcomes for those people. […] The American people will support them”, the US secretary of state elaborated.

When Londono asked if he was hoping for a domino effect in the region, Pompeo answered that he wanted the citizens of those countries to realise that “the yoke of authoritarianism that has been foisted upon them is not necessary”.

“I hope that each of those countries, that the citizens of those countries understand… that they can have a different life and that they’ll continue their efforts, their goodwill, and their humanity towards achieving a better political situation, both in Venezuela and Nicaragua, and Cuba as well,” he added.

Pompeo also reiterated that all options were on the table in Venezuela, but “we are very hopeful that the Venezuelan people and the Venezuelan military will come to understand that Maduro’s days are past”.

Also, US President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisor John Bolton appears dead set on resuming his decades-long stand-off with Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, hinting that Washington-backed regime change may be in the offing.

“The Ortega regime has sentenced three farm leaders to 550 years in prison for their roles in protests in 2018, where Ortega’s police forces reportedly killed 300 activists. As President Trump said Monday, Ortega’s days are numbered and the Nicaraguan people will soon be free,” the national security advisor to the US president tweeted on Wednesday.

Bolton has also cancelled his trip to South Korea to focus on the situation in Venezuela, a national security council spokesperson said on Friday.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric towards Venezuela were linked to the re-election campaign of Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump has started his pre-election campaign… He's desperate, and so he really liked the idea of attacking Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, and he thinks that, using this rhetoric of Cold War, he will improve [his rating], which in reality could lead to his total collapse", Maduro stated in remarks broadcast by a local TV channel.

Earlier this week, Trump called on Venezuelan military officers not to follow orders given by Maduro to block the humanitarian aid deliveries to the country, adding that Washington is seeking a peaceful transition of power in the country but "all options" were on the table.

The situation in crisis-torn Venezuela spiralled downward in mid-January when Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself the country’s interim president. Maduro has accused Washington of orchestrating a coup and severed diplomatic ties with the US.

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Iranian DM Dismisses US Claims of Defeating ISIL as Lie

※ FARSNEWS2019/2/23
Iranian DM Dismisses US Claims of Defeating ISIL as Lie
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami described the US claims of withdrawing its forces from Syria after defeating the ISIL as a lie, stressing that efforts by Iran and its allies annihilated the terrorist group.

"We have been able in recent years to fully defeat enemy's strategy in the region and what they (the Americans) say about defeating the ISIL and leaving the region for this reason' is not true; they have, rather, been defeated and are leaving the region for this reason," General Hatami said, addressing a festival in Tehran on Saturday.

He noted that the US started the proxy war with the help of terrorist groups in the region but Iran ended this war, and said, "The enemies wanted to keep the ISIL for 30 to 40 years and support it but we did not allow them" to do their plans.

His remarks came as US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 American forces from Syria in December 2018 amid preparations by Turkey to launch an operation against US-backed Kurdish militants in the Arab country.

A senior official in the Trump administration said the US would only keep approximately 400 troops in Syria after the planned pullout.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Friday that Trump had been persuaded by advisers that about 200 American troops would - along with European forces -observe a potential safe zone in Northeastern Syria.

Some 200 other troops would remain at the US al-Tanf base, situated in Syria’s Homs Province near the Iraqi border, he added.

The remarks came hours after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that only "a small peace-keeping group of about 200 (US soldiers) will remain in Syria for a period of time."

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Pentagon's Reaction to FNA Report Confirms IRGC's Penetration into US Command Center
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Pentagon spokesperson indirectly confirmed the Thursday report by FNA that the IRGC gained control of several US aircraft that were constantly flying over Syria and Iraq and retrieved their first-hand intelligence after penetrating into the US command center.

When asked by RT about the report, Pentagon Spokeswoman Commander Rebecca Rebarich, said, “We are aware of the report and we have nothing else to add.”

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh had disclosed the incident on Thursday.

"Seven to eight drones that had constant flights over Syria and Iraq were brought under our control and their intel was monitored by us and we could gain their first-hand intel," General Hajizadeh said in the Western Iranian city of Hamedan on Thursday.

The footage released by FNA showed IRGC's penetration into US Army's Command Center, one of the many proofs in support of General Hajizadeh's remarks.

The footage showed a US flying drone starts malfunctioning and makes a rough landing in a desert area 10 kilometers away from its base.

The US troops avoided approaching the malfunctioning drone as they were not sure who was controlling the aircraft, and hence sent a manned aircraft to bomb the drone.

The footage that displayed the IRGC's penetration into the US spy drone's intel had been recorded by an IRGC drone flying above the scene.

Iran is one of the pioneering countries in drone technology. The country has long been manufacturing drones since the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s. But it took a long leap in drone technology nearly a decade ago. The Iranian military first downed a US army RQ-170 Sentinel in Eastern Iran in 2011. Months later, Iran started production of its own RQ-170 stealth aircraft after reverse engineering the downed US aircraft. The Iranian RQ-170 conducted its official flight in November 2014.

The original US drone was a stealth aircraft manufactured for surveillance and spying operations, while the Iranian version of the RQ-170 drone has been equipped by the IRGC with bombing capability as well.

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works advanced development arm is thought to have developed the RQ-170 by around 2005, and the US deployed the stealthy aircraft to Afghanistan by 2008. However, the US Air Force did not officially acknowledge the program until December 2009.

Back in October 2013, General Hajizadeh said Iran moved as much as 35 years ahead in building drone engines by reverse engineering of the US drone.

Iran has downed a collection of US drones, including Scan Eagle, Raptor, M-Q9 surveillance. The range of the various types of US Unmmaned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) downed by Iran has now amounted to a dozen, and it has started reproducing them immediately after conducting reverse engineering. Several squadrons of these robotic warriors are already in mission.

Last week, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri underlined that Iran along with Russia and Turkey believed that the foreign forces which had been deployed in Syria without any coordination with Damascus should evacuate the war-torn state.

Iran, Russia and Turkey as the guarantor states have called for the withdrawal of forces who are present in certain parts of Syria without coordination with the legal government in Syria and have occupied some regions, General Baqeri said, alluding to the deployment of the American forces in Eastern Euphrates region in Syria.

The Iranian top commander made the remarks in a joint meeting with Russian and Turkish Defense Ministers General Sergey Shoigu and General Hulusi Akar in the resort city of Sochi in Russia.

He also added that the US officials' remarks on withdrawing forces from Syria were just claims.

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田中龍作氏の #ヴェネズエラ 関連報道

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/2/22のツイート
田中龍作さんが、きょうもホワン・ガイド派として元気に活動! クライシスアクターがゴミ袋に手を突っ込み、それを写真に撮り「貧困層もマドゥーロ離れ」だと。完全にNEDの荒唐無稽プロパガンダの領域に入ってしまいましたね。それにしてもベネズエラ人へのヒドイ侮辱だ。

※ 川流桃桜@#HandsOffVenezuela @kawamomotwitt氏の2019/2/21のツイート
田中龍作氏の #ヴェネズエラ 関連報道に関して、私は別に彼の「善意」を疑う訳ではありませんし、彼がCIAから資金提供を受けている、などと主張する積もりも有りません。ですが組織的に大規模な嘘がパラ撒かれている時に、予備知識も無しに善意だけで現場に飛び込んで行ったら、騙されて終わりです。

※ 川流桃桜@#HandsOffVenezuela @kawamomotwitt氏の2019/2/21のツイート
外国人ジャーナリスト向けのビックリショーなんて、 メディアを牛耳っている #ヴェネズエラ の野党側やCIAは幾らでも用意しているでしょう。田中龍作氏は恐らくそのひとつに引っ掛かったのではないかと思います。プロパガンダ・システムに抵抗するには「善意」だけでは不十分なのです。

※ 川流桃桜@#HandsOffVenezuela @kawamomotwitt氏の2019/2/21のツイート



※ 望月衣塑子 @ISOKO_MOCHIZUKI氏の2019/2/4のツイート
#田中龍作 さん応援感謝ですが、私が #官邸 から妨害されながらも質問続けられるのは、皆様の声援と共に、会社が疑問があれば臆せず質問をしなさい、と背中を押してくれているからです。会社の応援がなければ会見にも行けません。#東京新聞 に抗議の声が届いてます。どうか誤解なきようお願いします。

※ 田中龍作 @tanakaryusaku氏の20:27 - 2019年1月4日のツイート

※ よーすけ @yoshimichi0409氏の2019/1/4のツイート

※ ごろんごろん!(核いらん) @BoulderGorogoro氏の2018/3/9のツイート
" 【森友・公文書改ざん】書き換え役の近財職員が自殺 「原本」と遺書見つかる | 田中龍作ジャーナル"

※  田中龍作‏ @tanakaryusaku 氏の2017/9/26のツイート


※  田中龍作‏ @tanakaryusaku 氏の2017/3/8のツイート

※ inoue toshio 子どもを守れ! ‏@yuima21c 氏の2016/7/8のツイート
「いま日本は危機にある。政府も報道も機能していない。どうか三宅君を国会に送って下さい。日本の政治を取り戻そう。アメリカに従属する日本の政治を若者の手で取り戻そう」  http://tanakaryusaku.jp/2016/07/00013983

※ 田中龍作 ‏@tanakaryusaku 氏の2016/1/17のツイート

※ 田中龍作 ‏@tanakaryusaku 氏の2015/5/26のツイート

田中龍作 ‏@tanakaryusaku 氏の2015/1/21のツイート

※ 正造 ‏@etosha0824 氏の2014/4/6のツイート

※ 田中龍作ジャーナル2013/7/14の記事から


田中龍作ジャーナル 2012年9月13日の記事から




田中龍作 ‏@tanakaryusaku氏のツイートから

田中龍作ジャーナル2012年3月9日 21:31から

『福島老朽原発を考える会・放射能測定プロジェクト』が、福島県、岩手県、宮城県、千葉県の子供たちの尿をフランスの独立系放射能測定機関ACROに送って調べたところ、21人中12人から放射性物質セシウムが検出された。 『同プロジェクト』の聞き取り調査によると、セシウムが検出された子供たちは地元産や自家農園の野菜を食べていた。西日本や北海道で獲れた野菜に切り替えたところ、セシウムは激減した。食生活パターンの改善である程度内部被曝を減らすことができるという。(田中龍作ジャーナル2012年3月7日 17:38)



結構あります。そんなに偏っているようにも見えないけど。シリア問題では引用なし。なんでベネズエラ? やはり米国系の資金が入っている?
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※ 舩田クラーセンさやか @sayakafc氏の2019/2/17のツイート
どうやらバーニー・サンダースが来年の大統領選挙に参戦する模様。すでにビデオメッセージを録画した、スタッフに声かけているとの噂がポリティコに掲載。面白くなってきましたね。→Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign

Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign...and former Clinton staffer blames Russia
A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign.
Sanders’ impressive first-day fundraising far outpaced that of California senator Kamala Harris, who raised $1.5 million on her first day and who has been billed by the media as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race.
But the influx of donations to Sanders’ campaign rang alarm bells for former Clinton campaign staffer Adam Parkhomenko, who jumped on Twitter to quip that half of the people donating to the campaign were “named Vladimir.”




安倍首相、平和賞にトランプ氏推薦 政府関係者「米から依頼」


※ Roxanna @roxannafuentes氏の2019/2/21のツイート
返信先: @EvaKBartlettさん
I can’t believe she said that. Wow! I was hoping she would be the one to change US history of regime change, but she is saying what people want to hear. So disappointed.
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Chinese tech a threat? Europe weary of Washington's 'nonsense' allegations against Huawei
Washington is riding another wave of scaremongering by warning the world about the alleged dangers posed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. However, without solid proof, the message seems more like a cover for self-interests.

Senior US officials have been urging the world to be "vigilant" over Chinese tech corporations and their communication grids, threatening to curb partnership with misbehaving allies.
Clear and present danger?

US President Donald Trump and his inner circle are fixated on the idea that Chinese tech companies pose a national security threat to the United States, accusing them of spying and collecting intelligence for Beijing. As a result, Chinese tech firms – most notably telecommunications giant Huawei – have found themselves in Washington's crosshairs.

"We want to make sure we identify [to] them the opportunities and the risks of using that equipment," US State Secretary Mike Pompeo recently said, explaining the US' seemingly overzealous attempts to make its European and Asian allies stop even looking in Beijing's direction and preferably back out of telecommunications development projects with Huawei.
Proof, please

After months of strong words, the world has not been presented with any credible evidence suggesting that Huawei – the Chinese leading company in the telecommunications field – ever used its hardware or software to facilitate Beijing's spying activities.

On the contrary, an international consensus has been forming over the last couple of months challenging Washington's assertions. Just recently, Robert Hannigan, the former director of the UK's intelligence agency, GCHQ, made it clear that no evidence of Huawei's cyber-spying activities exists. "The key point here, obscured by the growing hysteria over Chinese tech, is that [the National Cyber Security Centre] has never found evidence of malicious Chinese state cyber activity through Huawei," he wrote in the Financial Times.

"Assertions that any Chinese technology in any part of a 5G network represents an unacceptable risk are nonsense."

Hannigan's expert assessment is in sync with that of the Italian Industry Ministry, which sees no threat from Huawei's participation in building its fifth-generation mobile phone network. "National security is a priority and if any critical issues emerged – which to date have not – the ministry would assess whether or not to take measures," the ministry noted this month.

The German IT watchdog also noted that it found no evidence that the Chinese giant ever spied on its customers. The chief of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) issued similar reservations, saying "you need proof" before accusing Huawei of spying for Beijing.

Paris also refused to listen to the US warnings about Huawei, rejecting proposed legislation earlier this month which aimed at toughening checks on telecoms.

But some of Washington's allies have embraced the crusade against Chinese tech. Warsaw is considering a ban on some Huawei products and called for joint EU action on the company after a Huawei sales director was detained by Poland's internal security agency. Officials later reported that his activity was not related to the tech giant, which immediately fired him.

While largely ignored by America's European allies, Washington's paranoia was well received across the Pacific in New Zealand and Australia, which faithfully barred the Chinese telecom giant from assisting in developing 5G networks.
Attacking on all fronts

The US campaign against the Chinese giant is, however, not just limited to scaremongering.

Huawei, according to the US, conspired to steal T-Mobile's intellectual property between 2012 and 2014, circumvented its unilateral sanctions on Iran – alleged wrongdoing that would certainly give Washington a formally legitimate reason to go after the company – and committed wire and bank fraud.

At the urging of the US, Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, over Iran sanctions. The move soured relations between Washington and Beijing but has so far proven to be an even bigger headache for Ottawa.

Trump has already hinted that he may use Wanzhou Meng's arrest as a bargaining chip in the US' prolonged and difficult trade talks with China. The two nations are already locked in what has been described as a trade war, with both imposing tariffs on one another.
Unfair competition

Beijing has dismissed US assertions that Chinese 5G network technology presents any security risks, noting that the Huawei campaign is designed to "fabricate an excuse for suppressing the legitimate development" of the company. China maintains that Huawei is leading the development of 5G communications, while US companies are trailing behind in the competition to roll out the new mobile network technology, despite billions of dollars in investment.

"There's no way the US can crush us," Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told the BBC on Monday in his first interview since the arrest of his daughter. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced."

"Even if they [the US] persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit," he said.

While targeting Chinese tech could be an attempt to give Washington the upper hand in its trade war with Beijing, judging from the reactions of European countries, for much of the rest of the world, it's just bad business.






Beijing warns against ‘bullying’ its citizens amid ongoing US-Huawei saga

ひどい話です シリアやイエメンの市民を殺したりするのは平気な国ですが

中国はここで怒るべき 米国の恣意的な企業幹部の逮捕、拘束を受け入れるべきでない


ファーウエイの財務部長がカナダで拘束、米国に送致 イラン絡み
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:23| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

ロシアに中距離ミサイルが発射されれば指令センターにも報復攻撃をする 米国本土を含む?

Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers
If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,” he said.




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狂牛病類似の症状を示す鹿の病気が米国24州に広がる 北米の放射性物質汚染は激しい



‘Zombie deer’ brain disease spreads to 24 US states & Canada… and increasingly threatens HUMANS
An incurable, mad-cow-like brain infection nicknamed “zombie deer disease” that causes deer, elk and moose to behave strangely and aggressively has spread through half the US – and some fear it may soon turn up in humans.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) renders its victims uncoordinated, confused and aggressive, while also causing them to lose weight and – eventually – their lives, giving rise to the nickname “zombie deer disease.” Sick animals walk in repetitive patterns and lose all fear of humans, developing a vacant stare.

Like mad cow disease, CWD attacks the brain and spinal cord and is believed to be caused by prions, infectious proteins that travel in bodily fluids and remain contagious for years after leaving the body of their host. Also like mad cow disease, in its early days at least, some scientists have scoffed at the notion it can be transmitted to humans. Others see history repeating itself.

“It is probable that human cases of CWD associated with the consumption of contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease and Research Prevention, warned lawmakers at the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday.

It is possible that number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events

Minnesota is currently in the throes of its worst-ever CWD outbreak. The disease is incurable, and its long latency period means symptoms can take as long as a year to show up – meaning a hunter could shoot a healthy-looking deer and take it home for dinner without knowing he was consuming infected meat. While a Canadian study demonstrated last year that macaques fed with CWD-infected meat developed the disease, leading Canadian authorities to issue a health advisory, the CDC merely “recommends” against eating infected deer, and US wildlife agencies say eating the virulent venison is a “personal choice,” according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

“If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he would write about prions like this,” Osterholm said, reminding Minnesota lawmakers that public health experts and beef industry executives refused for a long time to believe mad cow could infect humans as well – until researchers confirmed the presence of its human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, in people who had eaten infected meat in 1996.

CWD infection rates are sky-high among some US captive deer populations, reaching 79 percent, according to the CDC. Even in the wild, in some areas more than one in four deer are infected with the disease. The report stresses CWD incidence is “relatively low” nationwide, but pockets of high incidence in the Midwest have researchers worried, including the University of Minnesota team, who are looking to develop a rapid-testing device to be used on live and dead animals.




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