国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年02月20日

GGの顔はこういう形成過程を経ている

管理人の選んだ好感が持てるGGの顔NO1

米国国防総省元職員の肩書きでメディアのインタビューに登場するMichael Maloof氏


もう少し若い時はこんな感じ

眉と額のしわが変わりません。頭髪がなくても大丈夫! 

とても表情が豊か。そのまま顔文字に使えます。


ラブロフをNO2とするわけにはいきません。同じくNO1。
セルゲイ・ラブロフ

プーチンの新内閣で続投だそうです。プーチンが、世界の外交界が休ませてはくれないでしょう。世界は彼の双肩にかかっています。

最近その政治的発言で注目されることの多いRoger Waters。ピンクフロイドでリーダーをしていましたが、発言の重さにふさわしいこの迫力。


米国人医学者 ジョン・W・ゴフマン氏
低線量であろうと外部被曝が蓄積していくとガンや白血病を発症する人が増えるという研究を発表し、大学教授の職を追われた。少しいたずらっぽいような笑みがなんとも言えない。この人もやはり上位に持ってきたい。


2017/6、英国の総選挙でコービン率いる労働党が躍進。昨年の労働党内の追い落とし策謀を乗り越えて大きな成果を上げました。
コービンはしたたかで柔軟。うれしそうです。


新たなノミネート



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:05| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

‘Nothing to do with aid or democracy’: Roger Waters slams ‘humanitarian’ concert for Venezuela

‘Nothing to do with aid or democracy’: Roger Waters slams ‘humanitarian’ concert for Venezuela
Pink Floyd ex-frontman Roger Waters is slamming Virgin tycoon Richard Branson’s aid concert for Venezuela as a sham, warning fans and performers not to be “led down a garden path that ends in regime change.”

Branson’s “Venezuela Aid Live” concert “has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people, it has nothing to do with democracy, it has nothing to do with freedom, and it has nothing to do with aid,” Waters declared in a video released on Tuesday.

The musician and political activist tore into the western media narrative depicting Venezuela as the victim of a humanitarian crisis created by socialism. “There is no civil war, no mayhem, no murder, no apparent dictatorship, no mass imprisonment of opposition, no suppression of the press” under President Nicolas Maduro, he said, citing friends “on the ground” in Caracas who could confirm this.

Venezuela Aid Live will take place on Friday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta. Branson has announced a fundraising target of $100 million to purchase food and medicine for Venezuelans suffering the privations of socialism – or US sanctions, depending on which version of the narrative one prefers.

Waters reserved special scorn for Branson himself, “with his bleeding heart worn openly upon his Virgin Airways t-shirt,” claiming the magnate has bought into US propaganda. A spokesperson for Branson told the National Post that the US was “not involved in any aspect of this” and that the concert was “not a political statement.”

The US-backed would-be regime change in Venezuela has not gone as smoothly as planned, with the country’s military still loyal to Maduro despite National Assembly leader Juan Guaido having declared himself an ‘interim president’ over a month ago. On Monday, US President Donald Trump gave a speech warning the Venezuelan military to follow Guaido or “lose everything.”

Waters finished his speech with a warning to friend and fellow musician Peter Gabriel not to fall for the US line, reminding him how US-backed regime changes have turned out in the past.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:19| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ex-FBI Director Claims US Deputy Attorney General Discussed Trump's Removal

FARSNEWS2019/2/18
Ex-FBI Director Claims US Deputy Attorney General Discussed Trump's Removal
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had openly discussed removing President Donald Trump from power in 2017, according to former FBI director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe told CBS News on Sunday that Rosenstein raised the issue after Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey.

"Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other Cabinet officials might support such an effort," McCabe, who briefly took over after Comey as the acting FBI director, stated.

Asked whether Rosenstein was keen on “getting rid of the President of the United States one way or another” by trying to invoke the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, McCabe said he could not confirm.

"But what I can say is the deputy attorney general was definitely very concerned about the president, about his capacity and about his intent at that point in time," he added.

Rosenstein denied the claim, saying he even considered wearing a wire to secretly tape his conversations with the US leader as a “joke” if he actually discussed the issue.

Trump sacked Comey in the middle of tensions over an FBI probe into allegations of collusion between Trump’s team and Russian government during the 2016 Us presidential election.

While some in the FBI were alarmed by Comey's firing, McCabe said he took necessary steps back then to make sure the Russia investigation was on “absolutely solid ground.”

He added that he did not recall how the 25th amendment came up in the conversation with Rosenstein.

"It was just another kind of topic that he jumped to in the midst of a wide-ranging conversation," he clarified.

The 25th amendment to the US Constitution lays out the process of replacing the president with the vice president, if the chief executive is dead, removed, incapacitated or has resigned.

Trump fired McCabe as well in 2018 for “lack of condor” amid the internal investigation into the FBI’s handling of a 2016 probe on Hillary Clinton, the democratic pick in the presidential election.

FARSNEWS2019/2/19
US Deputy Attorney General Expected to Leave DOJ Next Month
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly set to exit the Justice Department sometime next month.

CNN, Fox News, Reuters and other news outlets all reported a time frame for Rosenstein's departure of mid-March, citing a Department of Justice (DOJ) official.

Rosenstein had until recently been overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Attorney General William Barr, who was confirmed last week, is now in charge of the Mueller probe.

Rosenstein has been a favorite target of criticism from President Donald Trump, who has frequently referred to Mueller’s probe as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax".

Reports of Rosenstein’s pending exit comes just days after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired following an internal probe, said Rosenstein brought up the idea of wearing a wire around the president shortly after his inauguration.

In a lengthy interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, McCabe stated that Rosenstein had also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in order to remove Trump from office.

Rosenstein has denied McCabe's version of events.

A DOJ official reportedly says the timing of Rosenstein’s exit is unrelated to McCabe’s recent remarks.

Monday morning, Trump posted on Twitter saying McCabe and Rosenstein “look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught”.

Barr has reportedly selected Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to serve as his deputy attorney general to replace Rosenstein. Rosen reportedly could be announced in the new role next week.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:04| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US Takes ISIL's Gold Treasure Out of Eastern Syria After Agreement with Terrorists

FARSNEWS2019/2/18
US Takes ISIL's Gold Treasure Out of Eastern Syria After Agreement with Terrorists
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army troops have taken out a sum of 40 tons of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborn operations after agreeing with the terrorist group and as Washington is preparing to announce the end of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It added that two US Apache helicopters have landed in Falitah region of Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur, taking away 7 big boxes whose contents were not known.
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Seven Labour MPs Resign from Party over Brexit, Antisemitism Scandals

FARSNEWS2019/2/18
Seven Labour MPs Resign from Party over Brexit, Antisemitism Scandals
TEHRAN (FNA)- Seven Labour MPs – Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie – turned up to a surprise press conference and have announced their resignation from the Labour party.

The MPs addressed the press and announced their resignations on Monday, and have opted to become MPs under the Independent Group. The MPs have accused Labour of antisemitism as well as losing sight of its origins as a "broad church" of left-leaning politicians, forcing the seven MPs to become "politically homeless", Sputnik reported.

Leslie said that there was an "appalling culture" of silencing debate in the Labour party on antisemitism, adding that "enough is enough. There must be a better way forward and there can be a better way forward".

"British politics is now well and truly broken," Leslie stated. The MP for Nottingham East also accused Labour of being "hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left".

Coffey said that she had joined Labour 41 years ago and thought she would remain there the rest of her life, but did not believe that political parties were "an end in themselves".

"Labour has lost sight of this and is no longer a broad church," Coffey stated, adding that antisemitism had been "rife and tolerated" by Labour, in addition to Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn changing the party "beyond recognition".

Smith said that while she comes from a working-class background, she believes that people do not want to be "patronised by left-wing intellectuals" that believe being poor "constitutes a state of grace".

"I am sickened that Labour is now a racist, antisemitic party and furious that Jeremy Corbyn is enabling Brexit," Gapes said, adding that Mr. Corbyn is on the wrong side of "so many international issues" such as Syria, Russia, and Venezuela.

"Too many people face barriers to reaching their potential," Umunna said in his resignation, adding that "it doesn't have to be this way".

"The established parties can't be the change because they have become the problem," Umunna stressed whilst accusing Westminster of failing to fulfil their duty with competence.

He also told other MPs from all affiliations to join the Independent Group, stating that MPs should "Leaving the old tribal politics behind, we invite others who share our political values to join us".

"You might come from a Labour background, but you might come from other political traditions. We invite you to leave your parties and force a new consensus", Umunna noted.

Corbyn said in a Monday press statement that he was "disappointed" that the seven MPs have felt unable to continue working together for Labour policies ​which have "inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945".

“Labour won people over on a programme for the many not the few – redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, investing in every region and nation, and tackling climate change," Corbyn stated.

“The Conservative Government is bungling Brexit, while Labour has set out a unifying and credible alternative plan," Corbyn added, noting that "when millions are facing the misery of Universal Credit, rising crime, homelessness and poverty, now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all”.

Angela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said that the seven MPs were "wrong to do so" and that Labour should concentrate on removing the "wretched Tories from power" in addition to having a Labour government that worked "for the many not the few".

"We must not be detracted from removing the Tories that's our aim," Rayner stressed.

A Labour source added, “These MPs stood under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership on a manifesto the whole party united around and saw their votes increase. Now they are standing for different policies and on a different platform, they should resign and put them to the test in a by-election.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年02月19日

Withdrawal of American troops from Syria will be completed not later than April 1

FARSNEWS2019/2/19
Washington, Baghdad Agree to Withdraw US Troops from Syria via Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Baghdad and Washington have reached an agreement allowing US troops to be withdrawn from Syria via Iraqi territory, Chief of Staff and Adviser to the Iraqi prime minister Abdulkarim Hashim Mostafa told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"They (the troops) will pass through Iraqi territory. Of course, there is an agreement between Iraq and the US, our friend and ally, that they will leave Syria soon and they will go through Iraqi territory with the permission of the Iraqi authorities," he said.

Washington assured Baghdad that the withdrawal of American troops from Syria will be completed once they finish their military operation East of the Euphrates, and it won't later than April 1, Mostaf stressed.

"Not later than the first of April, everything must be done before this time, this is what the United States told us. As soon as their operation in Eastern Euphrates and Banguze is completed, they will begin to withdraw," Mostaf stated on the sidelines of the Middle East conference organised by the Valdai international discussion club.

In December, President Donald Trump declared victory over the Daesh terrorist group and said he would withdraw some 2,000 US troops currently deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:54| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Egyptian YouTuber ignites internet firestorm after leaving Islam, denouncing ‘racism’ in it

RT2019/2/19
Egyptian YouTuber ignites internet firestorm after leaving Islam, denouncing ‘racism’ in it
Social media fallout has followed Shady Srour’s Facebook post where the Egyptian YouTube star announced he was leaving Islam, citing how the “racism and cruelty” of its adherents had almost led him to suicide.

“I left Islam because of racism and cruelty in the hearts of people who are supposed to believe in God but in fact, they are a bunch of insincere hypocrites,” 24-year-old Srour wrote in a post on Friday, blaming his former religion for the excessive cyberbullying which almost cost him his life late last year.

Over the weekend, the status generated over 100,000 comments and was shared across social media, with most reactions divided between staunch support and harsh opposition.

The most popular comment on the status came from another victim of bullying, TV presenter Sherif Madkour, who wrote that Srour didn’t truly understand Islam, advising him to “ignore people with shallow minds, be yourself and trust your beliefs,” adding “God be with you.”

Srour eventually backpedaled from his comments in a YouTube video where he made it clear that the bullies he had called out were not true Muslims, and that Islam itself hadn’t played a role in the hatred he had experienced.

However, he also expressed surprise at how his post had generated a massive number of threats from hard-liners enraged by the comedian’s decision to publicly insult their religion.

Last October, Srour posted a video claiming that extensive cyber-bullying had left him considering suicide. That post immediately went viral, some believing it showcased the dangers of online bullying, while others accused Srour of attention-seeking. His post on Friday was his first public comment on the incident since.

With nearly 4.5 million followers and hundreds of millions of views, Srour is one of YouTube’s top earners in the region. His case has highlighted a growing trend of Egyptians turning against Islam, many suggesting the religion has played a role in the social chaos plaguing the country.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年02月18日

‘Long live Putin!’ Haiti opposition protesters burn US flag, demand Russian intervention

RT2019/2/17
‘Long live Putin!’ Haiti opposition protesters burn US flag, demand Russian intervention
As the poorest Caribbean state descends into chaos caused by the corruption of its elites, protesters on the streets are calling for help from a man who has never set foot in the country – Vladimir Putin.

“Down with Americans, long live Putin!” chanted around 200 demonstrators in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday, some holding up printouts with the face of the Russian president.

Protesters burned the American flag as criticism of the links between Washington and the unpopular government of President Jovenel Moise. They called Moise, elected in 2016, a US-installed puppet, who is surviving due to US reluctance to exert international pressure.

“This symbolizes a complete divorce from the Americans. We have suffered enough of their occupation, this cannot go on,” the protester who set the flag on fire, calling himself Bronson, told AFP.

From a country firmly lodged in Washington’s sphere of influence, if it is of any interest to outsiders at all, Bronson launched a last-ditch appeal to distant powers.

“We are asking Russia, Venezuela and China to take a look at the misery we live in here,” implored Bronson.
Looting & deadly clashes

It is tempting to treat the small-scale demonstration as a comically eccentric sideshow, but the protest has helped draw international attention to a spiraling crisis that is anything but funny.

Since February 7, the low-built but densely settled Port-au-Prince, which has still not fully recovered from the devastating 2010 earthquake, has been rocked by near-constant flash demonstrations demanding the resignation of the government.

Barricades have blocked off key roads, and both private businesses and public institutions such as schools have been operating intermittently. As supplies of food, drinking water and fuel have dwindled, looting has become commonplace.

Police have repeatedly used tear gas and ammunition to disperse demonstrators, who have the president’s residence as one of their targets, alongside international embassies. At least six people have died in clashes. Major Western countries have told their citizens to leave, while over 100 Canadian tourists had to undergo emergency evacuation.
Stolen charity

The crisis was sparked by revelations of years-long misappropriation resulting in losses of $2 billion from the discounted oil program Venezuela developed for the island nation in the aftermath of the earthquake, which killed over 100,000 people. Hence, its namecheck between the more obvious powers, though perhaps as the only nation in the region with an even more severe street crisis, it is hardly in a position to monitor Haitian officials.

In any case, the sum is trivial by international standards – the US spends about $2 billion of its defense budget every 24 hours – it is significant in a country where nearly two-thirds of the 11 million population live on less than $2.50 a day.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline

RT2019/2/17
Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline
US Vice President Mike Pence went full throttle in Munich as he rolled out a list of Washington's demands to the EU, clashing with Germany's Angela Merkel and Brussels' Federica Mogherini on Iran and Russia.

EU nations must "stop undermining US sanctions" against Iran, Pence told the audience at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday, urging European allies to follow the American lead in ditching the deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

He had earlier blasted EU countries for not being "cooperative" with Washington's push to pressure Iran. The US unilaterally pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, citing mistrust towards the Islamic Republic and accusing it of threatening global security. Iran denied the allegations, while Washington's move was condemned by the EU, China and Russia.

The sanctions imposed on Tehran by the US prompted the EU to devise a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), a plan to protect European companies dealing with Iran. Speaking in Warsaw, Poland before heading to Munich, Pence warned that this "ill-advised step" will create "more distance" between Washington and the EU.

EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, was unfazed by Pence's strong-worded warning. After meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Munich on Friday, she reiterated that the JCPOA "continues to deliver on its objectives and is crucial for both regional and global security," her office stated.

In his fiery tirade, the vice president also called on the EU to join Washington in openly backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself to be the 'interim president' last month. He also warned NATO allies that the US "will not stand idly by" as they buy weapons from "our adversaries," hinting at the major contract recently signed between Turkey and Moscow for S-400 air defense missile systems.

Pence lashed out at the construction of Nord Stream 2, an underwater Baltic Sea pipeline that will supply Russian gas to Germany. The US "commends" those nations that had "taken a stand" against the project, and urges "others to do the same," Pence stated.

US officials, joined by the Baltic States and nations like Ukraine and Poland, had been arguing that the new pipeline goes against EU interests and will deprive Kiev of collecting lucrative revenue from the transit of Russian gas to Europe. These claims have been strongly rebuffed by Berlin.

It is "right and important" for Europe to "maintain sovereignty" over its energy policy and to have a variety of gas suppliers, Chancellor Angela Merkel said shortly before Mike Pence delivered his remarks. Defending the construction of the pipeline with Russia, she said that pushing Moscow out of the European gas market would be a "wrong strategic signal."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:10| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Merkel’s spokesman backpedals on her suggestion that Russia is behind kids’ protest after outrage

RT2019/2/17
Merkel’s spokesman backpedals on her suggestion that Russia is behind kids’ protest after outrage
German Chancellor Angela Merkel enraged local activists after she appeared to suggest that the Kremlin was pulling the strings behind student climate protests. But her spokesman later said that she supported the demonstrations.

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert was left to do some urgent damage control after the chancellor appeared to pin the blame for schoolchildren-led environmental protests across Europe on the long arm of Moscow.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Merkel highlighted the threat of Russian “hybrid warfare” – a mix of cyberwar and cunning disinformation campaigns – that, according to the German PM, “can be felt every day in every European country.”

Warning of the omnipotent threat to Europe’s security from Russia, Merkel noted that such warfare is “hard to detect, because you suddenly have movements that you wouldn’t have thought would appear.”

Seemingly citing an example of such an artificially concocted movement, Merkel mentioned the mass student demonstrations that see German schoolchildren skipping their lessons every Friday to protest against the government’s lukewarm response to climate change.

“In Germany now, children are protesting for climate protection,” she said. While conceding that it was “a really important issue,” Merkel appeared to cast doubt on its grassroot origins.

“But you can’t imagine that all German children, after years, and without any outside influence, suddenly hit on the idea that they have to take part in this process,” she said.

Merkel’s innuendo is not uncommon, as Moscow has been blamed for a range of international interferences by media and foreign governments, from Brexit in the UK, Yellow Vests in France, and – most recently – the global measles outbreak.

However, Merkel’s suggestion did not sit well with environmental activists at home, who were fuming at the suggestion.

‘Fridays for Future Germany,’ the movement spearheading the protests in the country, posted a stark rebuke to the German chancellor’s remark on Twitter.

“Merkel puts us on a par with hybrid warfare. We don’t accept this. We are a self-organized movement of students,” the group tweeted.

Taking a swipe at Merkel, ‘Fridays for Future Germany’ activist Linus Steinmetz tweeted that “the Chancellor, apparently, lacks the imagination that young people can organize themselves politically and stand up for their own future.”

As the controversy grew, Markus Winkler, social media specialist for World Wide Fund (WWF) Germany, asked Seibert to clarify what made the German government allege that the protests were the work of Russian masterminds.

The request for evidence, which is often lacking in cases where Russia is to blame, saw Seibert backpedaling on Merkel’s remark. He said that Merkel merely mentioned ‘Fridays for Future’ as an “example of mobilization through social media campaigns.”

The chancellor’s spokesman added that she “expressively approves” of the movement.

According to the protests’ organizers, some 26,000 people turned up across 35 German cities to protest against the government’s failure to tackle climate change on Friday. Some 15,000 people took to the streets in the UK for the same cause.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:00| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年02月17日

ひえー サウジに武器輸出を止めないトランプを平和賞に推薦!

朝日ワシントン=園田耕司 2019年2月16日07時03分
「安倍首相からノーベル賞推薦された」トランプ氏明かす
 トランプ米大統領は15日、ホワイトハウスでの記者会見で、安倍晋三首相から、北朝鮮問題をめぐってノーベル平和賞候補として推薦されたことを明らかにした。推薦理由については「日本の領土を飛び越えるようなミサイルが発射されていたが、いまは突如として日本人は安心を実感しているからだ」という見方を示した。

 トランプ氏の発言は、北朝鮮問題について自身の実績を語るなかで飛び出した。トランプ氏によると、ノーベル賞関係者に送ったという5ページの「最も素晴らしい書簡」(トランプ氏)を、安倍首相から受け取ったという。安倍首相は「日本を代表し、敬意を込めてあなたを推薦した。私は、あなたにノーベル平和賞が授賞されるようにお願いしている」と伝え、トランプ氏は「ありがとう」と答えたという。

 ただ、トランプ氏は安倍氏とのやりとりが、いつだったかは明らかにしなかった。

※ 朝日新聞官邸クラブ @asahi_kantei
米政府から非公式に依頼を受けた安倍首相が、昨秋ごろノーベル賞関係者にトランプ氏を推薦していたことがわかりました。

朝日2019/2/17
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」
トランプ米大統領が安倍晋三首相から北朝鮮問題でノーベル平和賞候補に推薦されたと明らかにしたことについて、首相が米政府から非公式に依頼を受け、昨秋ごろノーベル賞関係者にトランプ氏を推薦したことが16日、日本政府関係者への取材でわかった。
 

・・・引用終わり・・・

ノーヘル賞もオスカー賞も戦争犯罪人に贈られる賞になった。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

河野ラブロフ会談、また日本側は無理を言ってラブロフに面子を立ててもらいましたね

日本の外務大臣はミュンヘンへ何の用で行った? ミュンヘンでは、ペンスとメルケルらの間で対ロシア、イラン政策で激しいやりとりがありました。ラブロフは、そちらの濃密な交渉に専念していたはず。
日本側から強引に会談を申し入れたのでしょう。でも平和条約交渉は他のマルチの会議のサイドラインでやるような話ではありません。
今回は実質的な交渉はなかったはずです。記者会見があったようですが、詳しく伝えていませんね。

画像は下の記事から転載、文字は管理人が付した。

時事通信社2月17日(日)12時52分
対ロ交渉、長期化色濃く=北方領土の溝埋まらず
 【ミュンヘン時事】河野太郎外相は16日(日本時間17日)、ロシアのラブロフ外相と、平和条約交渉の責任者に就いてから2度目となる会談に臨んだ。だが、焦点の北方領土問題で双方の溝は埋まらず、長期化の気配が濃厚。日本政府が描いてきた「6月大筋合意」のシナリオは崩れている。
 「双方が受け入れ可能な解決に向け、かなり突っ込んだやりとりをした」。河野氏は会談後、記者団にこう説明した。今回は、前回1月14日の外相会談や同22日の首脳会談を踏まえ、相手方の主張に対する反証を述べ合ったもよう。日本側の同席者は北方四島に対する主権をめぐり「激しいやりとりになる場面はあった」と明かした。
 河野氏は会談で、ロシア側の期待が大きい医療やエネルギー、極東開発など8項目の協力プランに触れ「(日ロの)貿易額が伸びている」と強調し、ロシアからの訪日客増加にも言及。4島での共同経済活動も取り上げ、経済分野の関係強化をてこに交渉の前進を図る姿勢をにじませた。
 ただ、ラブロフ氏は会談後、北方領土の主権はロシアにあるとの立場を改めて強調した。交渉スケジュールについても、プーチン大統領が1月の首脳会談の際に「辛抱強さを要する作業が待っている」と長期化を示唆したのに続き、期限を切らない立場を鮮明にした。
 「不法占拠」「固有の領土」といった表現を控える日本政府の配慮にもかかわらず、ロシア側が軟化する兆しはない。安倍晋三首相は12日、国会答弁で「期限を切るつもりはない」と表明。政府内には「6月まで数カ月でまとめるのは無理だ」(高官)と悲観論が広がった。
 「70年間続いている問題だから、そう簡単に一足飛びに前へというわけにはいかない」。打開のめどが立たない現状を踏まえ、河野氏は16日、記者団にこうも語った。
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ヘザー・ナウアート国務省報道官が国連大使指名を辞退

共同2019/2/17 12:09
ナウアート氏が米国連大使を辞退
国務省報道官
 【ワシントン共同】米国務省は16日、トランプ大統領が昨年12月、年末で退任したニッキー・ヘイリー前国連大使(47)の後任として起用することを決めていたヘザー・ナウアート国務省報道官(49)が指名を辞退したと発表した。
 一部の米メディアによると、ナウアート夫妻が雇っていた移民のベビーシッターが米国で労働許可を得ていなかったことが判明。トランプ政権が厳格な移民対策を推進する中、上院で人事が承認されない可能性が出たためという。
 国務省の声明によると、ナウアート氏は「この2カ月間、家族はへとへとに疲れた。家族のために辞退する」と理由を説明した。

・・・引用終わり・・・

ニッキー・ヘイリー前国連大使の突然の辞意表明の背景が不明ですが、管理人は、とてもこんな仕事やっていられない。経歴に傷がつくとの判断があったとみています。

世界中の国々が米国に距離を置き始めて、米国提案の決議案が通らなくなっていました。米国の孤立は深まっています。

ナウアートも今の状況は百も承知です。なにしろ国務省報道官なのですから。

ニッキー・ヘイリーは、きわめて野心家だったとされています。それが途中で辞任。今は講演活動をやっているようですが、専用ジェットを用意させるとか。

米国国連大使はこのところ女性が続いています。汚れ仕事、屈辱的な仕事は女性に。

日本の就活でも女性が野心的であればあるほど、付け込まれる余地は大きくなるでしょう。
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Trump tells Europe to 'take back' 800 ISIS fighters or US 'will be forced to release them'

SPUTNIK2019/2/17



US President Donald Trump has urged European nations to repatriate and prosecute jihadists from their countries who were captured in Syria. Otherwise, he warned, the US could release the terrorists to "permeate Europe."

"The Caliphate is ready to fall," Trump tweeted. "The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them..."

Trump tweeted that the US "does not want to watch" Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) "permeate Europe," which he believes is likely to happen if withdrawing US forces let them go while "pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory."

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they are close to the "final defeat" of IS, having reduced their territory to a small final stronghold. Trump recently announced that he would pull US troops out of Syria, but has not yet set any deadlines.

With that, American officials have reportedly warned European countries that they are running out of time to take back and put on trial jihadists who went from Europe to fight for IS. Some 800 of them have reportedly been captured by the US-backed forces.

According to UN figures, up to 42,000 foreign fighters traveled to Iraq and Syria to join IS, including around 900 from Germany and 850 from Britain.

In December, the Washington Post reported that authorities in SDF-controlled areas don’t want "responsibility" for guarding and feeding imprisoned militants, and they "lack the capacity" to stage trials for them. Local officials told reporters that 900 male fighters from 44 nations are kept in prisons that the US forces help to maintain.

改訂前
Trump Asks EU Allies to 'Take Back Over 800' Daesh Fighters Captured in Syria
US President Donald Trump urged on Saturday "Britain, France, Germany and other European allies" to take back the Daesh militants captured by the US in Syria, hinting at the release of the fighters, if the EU allies refuse to put them on trial.

In a twitter post Trump said that "the U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS[Daesh] fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go", hinting at the efforts made by the US troops in Syria on fighting Daesh and its associates.

The United States has been operating in Syria at the helm of an international coalition since 2014, without securing approval from either Damascus or the United Nations Security Council. Late last year, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, but no official deadlines have been set so far.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, the US administration officials fear that some of the 800 detained soldiers could wreak havoc unless European governments put them on trial. Moreover, senior US officials have reportedly warned that the EU was running out of time to take back their jihadists captured in Syria.

The terror threat has remained high in the EU in recent years. European countries have faced a number of bloody terror acts, most notably a concert bombing in Manchester on 22 May 2017.

According to Scotland Yard, around 200 UK jihadists, who went to Syria to fight alongside the Daesh militants, are thought to be alive and could decide to come home, something that would be a serious threat to national and European security.
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ISIL Ends Presence in Eastern Euphrates after Agreement with US

RT2019/2/16
ISIL Ends Presence in Eastern Euphrates after Agreement with US
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group ended its presence in Eastern Euphrates after an agreement with the US Army and its allied militants to exit the region, media reports said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan Online news website reported that the US Army has relocated the last remnants of the ISIL terrorist group to an unknown place from the farms in the countryside of al-Baghouz town in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), meantime, reported that about 440 ISIL terrorists left Eastern Euphrates in two phases after agreeing with the Syrian Army and the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

It reiterated that the US is going to officially declare the end of the ISIL's presence in Eastern Euphrates.

In a relevant development on Friday, media sources said that the SDF are going to declare end of the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates after the latter retreated from areas under its control in the region.

"After ISIL's foreign terrorists left the Eastern Euphrates and tens of them surrendered, the SDF took control of the al-Khanafera and Sheikh Mohammad regions in Baghouz town," sources in Eastern Euphrates said.

They reiterated that the ISIL is only in control of several houses and a camp South of the Baghouz town in an area covering less than 1 square kilometers.

The SOHR, meantime, announced that the US troops and the SDF will soon declare the end of ISIL's presence in Eastern Euphrates as tens of non-Syrian and Western terrorists of the ISIL have retreated from that region.

In a relevant development last week, a senior source in the SDF said that the ringleader of the ISIL terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "is being protected by the Americans in Eastern Syria", adding that Washington plans to play a Hollywood-like scenario to declare end of the ISIL caliphate.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted the source as saying that Baghdadi is at present being heavily protected by the American forces in a secret place in Eastern Euphrates region.

He added that the Americans are waiting for an opportunity to conduct heliborne operations by their marine forces in Southeastern Deir Ezzur and declare the capture of al-Baghdadi and end of ISIL on footage.

The source insisted that the time for the "above-mentioned theater is close", adding that the American forces have held SDF back from further advances in the ISIL-occupied regions in Eastern Euphrates to play the scenario.

US President Donald Trump said in early February that the country would likely announce soon that the entire ISIL terrorist group caliphate had been retaken in Syria and Iraq.

"It should be formally announced, sometime probably next week, that we'll have 100 percent of the caliphate," Trump stated during his remarks at a ministerial meeting of the US-led coalition member-states.

Earlier, the American president said during his second State of the Union address that it was time to return US troops deployed in Syria back home.

In December, Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group has defeated in Syria, and announced the US troop pullout from the country but gave no timeline.

Also earlier, a senior US administration official told reporters that Syria's Al-Tanf region would be the last place in the country that American troops leave as they implemented a planned withdrawal.

"In terms of Al-Tanf − that is, in terms of the drawdown plans − Al-Tanf would be the last place that we would withdraw from, and I think that’s something that has not been scheduled; it would be conditions-based," the official noted.

FARSNEWS2019/2/16
US Evacuates Several Suspicious Cargos from Eastern Syria in Heliborne Operations
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US forces transferred several cargos from Eastern Euphrates as reports revealed Washington's attempts to evacuate a large amount of gold treasures left by the ISIL terrorists in the region.

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

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

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) had reported on Thursday that the Washington-backed militants were trying to find and seize millions of dollars and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the ISIL terrorist group.

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

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

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

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

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Russia, Syria to open 2 corridors for refugees ‘stranded’ in US-controlled area

RT2019/2/16
Russia, Syria to open 2 corridors for refugees ‘stranded’ in US-controlled area
Moscow and Damascus will establish two humanitarian corridors in an effort to rescue refugees “stranded” without medical assistance and supplies at Rukban tent camp in the US-controlled zone in Syria.

The checkpoints for “voluntary, unimpeded and safe passage” will start operating at Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab on February 19, Russian and Syrian military said in a joint statement on Saturday. The two corridors are intended to help refugees leave the Rukban camp and move to the territory administered by the Syrian government, where they can access assistance.

The Rukban camp, housing around 40,000 displaced people, mostly women and children, is located in the southeastern part of the country, near the Jordanian border. The area is controlled by the US.

The World Health Organization recently described the refugees there as "trapped" and "stranded," and said they were living "in deplorable conditions" without medical care, generators or fuel to provide warmth during cold weather.
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2019年02月16日

別府マラソン大会通訳がアフリカ選手をチンパンジー呼ばわり これも地方の精神性?

別府大分毎日マラソン大会の通訳がアフリカからの招待選手 をブログでチンパンジー呼ばわりした事件は、よく考えると日本人の根深い偏見を表しているようで後味が悪いです。

別府市に住む50歳台の女性がたまたまアフリカ選手と接することがあって、その体験を同じようにブログに書いたのであれば、書き手は軽蔑の的となっても、こんなには注目されないでしょう。

やはり、大会運営者が雇った有償ボランティアの発言であるがゆえに、そのような者を雇った運営者の責任が問われることになります。

管理人は、この通訳さんが、便所の落書きとでもいうべき低劣な感想をブログに書き込んだのは、日ごろ同じような差別的な発言を仲間内でしていた、そしてそれが受けたためについついブログに書いてしまったのではないかと思いました。

通訳さんの失敗は三つあります。
@ 書き込んだ内容が差別的、侮蔑的であること。
A 大会運営者と直接関係のないブログであれば、公的な業務従事中の個人的な感想を、非常識な内容で書き込みをしても個人の感想で見過ごされると甘く考えていたこと。
B どんな田舎の人が運営するブログでも、そこにアプロードされた記事は、その瞬間から世界中からアクセス可能なこと。

この書き込みが発覚した経緯は、おそらく運営者以外の外部の方からの指摘によるものとみられます。

第三者→運営者→通訳さん 記事抹消、ブログ閉鎖という経過をたどったようです。

前にも書きましたが、地方に生活していると狭い地縁血縁の社会の中で暮らすこともできます。自分が何をしてもその社会の中で問題にされなれば安泰だと考えている方も多いでしょう。

ですが、ネット上で何らかのアクションをしたら、それは思想、信条の異なる世界の人たちが様々な価値観で判断します。

一番、反応が早く激しいのはアンチセミティズムと受け取られる発言をした場合でしょう。

まあ、単なる社会的な影響力のない一個人の発言にとどまる場合は、ただちに強力なリアクションが来ることはないでしょうが、そのようなリアクションが契機となって日本では出版社が廃業したこともあります。

ネットは決して匿名ではありません。裁判所の命令が出れば、発信者のIPアドレスの開示を受けて、本人が特定されます。

今回の事件で管理人が気になったのは、大分県の方は差別意識が強いのではないかという点です。

2019/1/16の次の記事も大分県の方です。
JNN/TBS 2019年 1月16日(水)19時48分
ネットの“侮辱”に初の刑事罰、匿名ブログに差別的書き込み
 インターネット上で侮辱する「ヘイトスピーチ」に初めて刑事罰です。在日韓国・朝鮮人への差別的な書き込みをして、15歳の少年を侮辱した罪に問われた男性に対し、裁判所は科料9000円の有罪判決を言い渡しました。
 少年はブログの運営会社に書き込みをした人物を明らかにするよう仮処分を申し立て、人物を特定。刑事告訴に踏み切ります。書き込んだのは、全く面識の無い大分市内に住む66歳の男性でした。

弁護士に対する不当懲戒請求事件でも大分県の方は少なくなかったようです。

大分県の人たちは、差別意識が強く、人を侮蔑する話を日常的に好んでやっている?

Health Premiere
Beppu-Oita Marathon to Review Staff Training After Interpreter Refers to African Athletes as “Chimpanzees”
On Feb. 14 the organizers of the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon showed native lady in her fifties who served as an interpreter at this 12 months’s race had printed a weblog put up through which she referred to the African athletes on whose behalf she had labored as “chimpanzees.” The lady mentioned she had no malicious or racist intent in the back of her feedback, however a spokesperson for the organizers known as her collection of phrases “inappropriate.” Organizers plan to evaluate their coaching and steerage procedures for all race control workforce individuals.

The Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon happened within the two towns on Feb. three. According to the spokesperson, the weblog to which the lady posted the feedback is for individuals of a sports activities membership to which she belongs to document on what they’ve been doing. On Feb. 10 she wrote about her paintings with the African athletes, posting in with public get right of entry to so that any one may learn it. She described the combat of speaking to the African athletes, announcing it gave her “the sense that [she] used to be speaking with primitive folks” who, “like chimpanzees, were shy at the beginning but gradually opened their hearts.” She incorporated pictures of herself with a number of African athletes to illustrate the tale, describing them within the captions as “cute chimpanzees.”

The weblog is these days closed.

The lady joined the race control workforce after being offered to them via pageant officers. This 12 months used to be her 2nd time running as an interpreter for them. She has been running as an interpreter for international athletes on the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon for over ten years. Questioned via journalists she mentioned, “I was only trying to convey the sense that it was difficult to communicate. I am not a racist. I should have thought more carefully about the choice of words. I am sorry.”

Race committee secretary common and Beppu deputy mayor Hisakazu Anan, 63, commented, “We received reports about the situation from outside sources and confirmed their veracity. It is very unfortunate that such a thing has occurred in conjunction with an historic event such as ours. We apologize to anyone who read the blog in question and was offended.”


2019年01月18日
これって やはり田舎の精神性ですかね

2018年11月02日
改めてショックを受けるこの数字 中年以上の日本人はアグレッシブ

せっかくの機会ですから書いておきますが、個人でブログを運営しても本人には何のメリットもありません。

ブログを開設して最初に来るのは、リンク先を増やすことが目的のコメントです。英文の中に片言の日本語が入ることが多いです。

次に来るのはコメントマニア。コメントが来たらIPアドレスがわかりますからIPアドレスで検索をかけると掲示板などへのIP付きのコメントがヒットしますからすぐわかります。

あとは、寂しい若い人。ブログの内容がまともであれば、女性からも暇つぶし、話し相手代わりにコメントが入ります。

人柄もよく、文章も達者なある男性が、メルマガやっても反応がないと少々残念そうな感じでしたから、ずばり申し上げました。貴殿の人柄に魅せられた中年以上の女性から熱愛メールが毎日毎日飛び込んだらどうします? 寝る時間なくなりますよ! 返事出さなければ怒ってくるんですから。

管理人がこのブログを運営して得るメリットは、記憶力が落ちて整理術も身につかない爺さんのフラツシュメモリー代わりなのです。題名のわきに書いてありますよ。
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介護者まで倒れる化学薬品攻撃の凄惨さ ホワイトヘルメットのオスカー賞レベルの演出

シリア、ドゥーマの化学薬品攻撃についてBBCのプロデューサーが6か月にわたる調査の結果、演出されたものとの結論に達したと発表し、メインストリームメディアの不実さが裏付けられることとなりました。日本の通信社の記事が末尾のリンク先にあります。こんな情報を日本人は読まされています。

https://twitter.com/i/status/1096388869178773505

ホワイトヘルメットは、オスカー賞を受賞しました。子供の遺体も使われています。

※ Yasmeen El Sham @Nisrin42625243氏の2019/2/15のツイート
Now that the BBC reporter came out with that false chemical attack tweet, I can't help but wonder if this location was there practice drill, you can hear one of these dumbasses even say God curse you Bashar...泣き笑い泣き笑い泣き笑い I'm dead. They do deserve an oscar for worst acting by far!

RT2019/2/15
BBC producer says hospital scenes after 2018 Douma ‘chemical attack’ were staged
A BBC producer believes that scenes from a hospital in Syria’s Douma, which ignited a media frenzy in 2018 after showing children allegedly suffering from chemicals, were staged. But he says Assad did attack the town.

Emotive scenes of Syrian civilians, among them crying, choking, half-naked children, dominated the airwaves in April last year after rebel-affiliated mouthpieces reported yet another “chemical attack by the Assad regime” in the town of Douma. Disturbing reports, including some from the controversial White Helmets, claimed scores of people had been killed and injured.

Mainstream media quickly picked up the horrific (but unverified) videos from a Douma hospital, where victims were treated after this “poison attack.” That hospital scene was enough to assemble a UN emergency session and prompt the US-led ‘coalition of the willing’ to rain down dozens of missiles on Damascus and other locations.

But Riam Dalati, a reputable BBC producer who has long reported from the Middle East, took the liberty of trying to sift through the fog of the Syrian war.

He believes Assad forces did attack the town, but that the much-publicized hospital scenes were staged.

After almost 6 months of investigations, I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital.

Anticipating further queries, he said no one from the White Helmets or opposition sources were present in Douma by the time the alleged attack had happened except for one person who was in Damascus.

Dalati also says that an attack “did happen” but that sarin, a weapons-grade nerve agent, was not used. He said, “we’ll have to wait for OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] to prove chlorine or otherwise.”

However, everything else around the attack was manufactured for maximum effect.

The journalist said Jaysh al-Islam, an Islamist faction that fought the Syrian army there, “ruled Douma with an iron fist. They co-opted activists, doctors and humanitarians with fear and intimidation.”

Dalati’s revelations could have become a bombshell news report, but instead it was met with a deafening media silence. His employer preferred to distance itself from his findings. The BBC told Sputnik in a statement that Dalati was expressing “his personal opinions about some of the video footage that emerged after the attack but has not claimed that the attack did not happen.”

After a while, Dalati restricted access to his Twitter account which is now open only to confirmed followers.

Interestingly, his previous inputs did not sit well with the official narrative either. “Sick and tired of activists and rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption. Then they wonder why some serious journos are questioning part of the narrative,” he said in a tweet which he later deleted over “the breach of editorial policy.”

In all, Dalati is not a lone voice in the wilderness. The Intercept has recently run a story that also cast doubt on the mainstream coverage of Douma, although it doesn't doubt that the attack itself happened. While a veteran British reporter Robert Fisk suggested there was no gas attack at all, saying people there were suffering from oxygen starvation. Witnesses of the “chemical attack,” for their part, told international investigators the story was a set-up.

Moscow, which supports Damascus in its fight against terrorists, has long stated the Douma incident was staged, calling for an international OPCW inquiry. Last year, the Defense Ministry presented what it said was proof the “provocation” was to trigger Western airstrikes against Syrian government forces.

This time, the military recalled a similar 2017 incident in Khan Sheikhoun, where an alleged chemical attack took place. The ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday that a closer inspection of footage from that location clearly shows this was a set-up as well.

Now the Foreign Ministry has suggested Dalati is being silenced for voicing inconvenient views, with spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asking on Facebook: “A telling story. How about Western advocates of rights and freedoms? Had they accused BBC of censorship and pressuring the journalist?”

FARSNEWS2019/2/15
Senior MP: Damascus Gov't to Sue White Helmets for Conducting False Flag Chemical Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian lawmaker announced that the government of Syria will file an official complaint against the White Helmets Terrorist Organization and other groups involved in organizing a false-flag chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus.

"The Syrian government will sue all those groups participating in fake chemical attacks in Syria after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in its recent reports acknowledged the false nature of chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta," the Arabic-language Sputnik news agency quoted Jamal al-Za'abi, member of Syrian Parliament's Defense Committee, as saying.

Al-Za'abi reiterated that the White Helmets are working for Britain's intelligence service.

He pointed to the White Helmets' direct and continued involvement in false-flag chemical attacks in Syria, and said that such behavior will bring about negative consequences for the White Helmets.

The senior Syrian legislator pointed to sanctions imposed on the Syrian government on the pretext of alleged chemical attacks, and underlined, "Now that it has become clear that the terrorists have carried out false flag chemical attacks in Syria, the Damascus government will soon sue all sides that have been involved in fake chemical attacks and will ask for punishing them and paying compensation for what they have done."

Al-Za'abi said that the West will most probably continue fabrications on chemical attacks in Syria.

This comes as BBC has pointed to the false nature of a chemical attack in Syria's Duma region on April 7, 2018, and said that the UK has been informed about it.

BBC's correspondent, Riam Dalati, has said that everything that has been said about chemical attack by using sarin gas has been forged to put the most influence on public opinion.

Russia and Syria have on a multitude of occasions pointed out that the White Helmets have staged a number of provocations in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons in order to blame them on the Syrian government and provide Western countries with justification for intervention in the Arab Republic.

The notorious NGO has repeatedly been busted staging and filming false-flag attacks. Last April, the group published footage featuring doctors in Douma hospitals treating patients that had suffered from an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian Arab Army.

Reports of the purported use of chemical agents in Eastern Ghouta surfaced in April 2018 in some media, citing militants on the ground. A number of Western countries, including France, the US and the UK, quickly picked up the claims, and instantly accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of having dropped a chlorine bomb on civilians.

Damascus vehemently denied the allegations, denouncing the attack as a staged provocation to justify potential foreign intervention. Immediately after the purported incident, Moscow dispatched its chemical corps commission to inspect the site and determine whether there had been an actual chemical attack; the expert group, however, found no traces of chemical agents in Ghouta.

In a relevant development in late January, the Russian Foreign Ministry said at a briefing that Moscow is concerned over the fact that terrorists have not abandoned their attempts to stage chemical attacks against Syrian civilians.

The White Helmets have deployed equipment in several hospitals in the Syrian province of Idlib to film false flag chemical attacks and blame it on Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated, Sputnik reported.

"There are also serious concerns about reports that terrorists are not abandoning attempts to fake the use of chemical weapons against civilians. According to available information, a group of activists, the notorious pseudo-humanitarian organization, the White Helmets, have prepared the necessary equipment in several hospitals of Idlib to film such provocations", Zakharova added.

The spokeswoman elaborated that tensions were running high in the Idlib de-escalation zone, saying that Tahrir al-Sham militants are carrying out daily shelling of nearby settlements and actively building up their forces near the contact line with Syrian government forces.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, several Syrian Army troops were chemically injured in terrorists' toxic gas attacks on their positions in Southern Idlib in an incident that could push the war to another level.

The Arabic-language service of Russian Sputnik news agency reported that the terrorists attacked Sham al-Hava region in Southeastern Idlib with missiles armed with toxic gases.

It noted that two Syrian Army troops were injured in the chemical attack.


2018年04月23日
ドゥーマの化学薬品攻撃 日独の報道が正反対に どっちがフェイクか?
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トゥルシガバードがトランプにINFから離脱させない法案を提出

RT201/2/15
Tulsi Gabbard presents bill to stop Trump from pulling out of INF
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has introduced a bill to Congress which would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Gabbard said that Trump’s decision to pull out of the 1988 treaty was “reckless,” was “exacerbating a new Cold War” with Russia, and could spark another arms race.

"Walking away from this agreement doesn't solve our problems, it makes them worse. It doesn't bring us closer to peace, it moves us closer to war," she said.

Gabbard said she was introducing the bill, called the “INF Treaty Compliance Act,” not only to prevent the escalation of a new Cold War, but to “stop more American taxpayer dollars from being wasted on military adventurism that makes our people and our country less safe.”

She said that rather than scrapping the treaty, the US should be working to expand it and bring in other countries, including China.

The bill would prohibit “a single taxpayer dollar from being used for weapons that would breach the treaty,” she said.

The bill is co-sponsored by three of Gabbard's House colleagues including freshman congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Both Washington and Moscow have repeatedly accused each other of violating the terms of the nuclear pact − and earlier this month, Russia said it would quit the treaty in a "mirror response" to Trump's decision.
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2019年02月15日

'May's Goal is to Create a Base in Pacific Ocean to Counter China' - Prof

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SPUTNIK2019/2/14
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday rolled back Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments on sending the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea. Sputnik discussed the development with Dr Zalmay Gulzad, professor at the Political Science Department at Harold Washington College in Chicago.

Sputnik: In your view, what does Theresa May's reversal on the statements made by Gavin Williamson regarding sending the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea? What does that mean for the Department of Defence and Williamson's policies, if not Williamson's reputation?

Dr Zalmay Gulzad: Well, you have to understand that Theresa May is in big trouble, she has no control whatsoever after the problems with pulling out of the European Union; most of her ideas are not approved by the Parliament and there's chaos within the British government and not only in the British government, but in all of Europe.

If you look at Germany, if you look at Italy, if you look at France: there's a chaos in Europe and Theresa May is in trouble because she wants to be in control and she wants to send that ship, the [HMS] Queen [Elizabeth] and the purpose is really to control the Chinese movement and most probably their goal is to create a base in the Pacific Ocean which would be supporting the Australian Navy, as well as New Zealand, and most probably they will create some base against China in Singapore and that area. Because Theresa May's government is very weak, therefore, you don't hear one voice from the government, because of the weaknesses and chaos within the British government totally.

Sputnik: If London were to send the Queen Elizabeth, and they're playing to do so in 2021, that's what was stipulated by Theresa May, and she also said that it would be the prime minister that will determine the route and the locations, what would that mean and is this all part of a bigger vision of what Britain will be post-Brexit?

Dr Zalmay Gulzad: Britain is pushing their way, Britain was never loyal to their European partners, they always took side with the United States. They were part of Europe, but yet they were saying: "We're part of Europe, but we are not part of Europe", and every political action throughout history, they took side with the United States. If you look at the invasion of Iraq, and the Gulf War, they took side with the United States.

Britain right now is in chaos and they're not good partners with the Europeans and, therefore, they're leaving Europe, but they're thinking the same way as the United States.

The United States and England are thinking about the alliance between Russia and China right now, and they're moving on China, because they're very nervous about the Chinese movement in the Pacific Ocean. Therefore they're thinking to send that ship there and have a permanent base to counter the Chinese movement in that area.

Sputnik: What exact benefits would that bring to the United Kingdom and would that be significantly beneficial to counter any negative movement in the relations between Britain and China?

Dr Zalmay Gulzad: Well the United States and England are very nervous about China because China is the second economy in the world. England needs China because of trade, so they need the Chinese to invest in England, so therefore they're using a carrot and stick in that part of the world against China in the Pacific Ocean.

Sputnik: How important is China really to the country's economy, especially post-Brexit?

Dr Zalmay Gulzad: It is important because, as I say, it's the second largest economy − China. The idea that the United States wants the Chinese to devaluate their currency, because they're doing very well economically, and the British, since they're losing the European trade, they need to substitute with China to invest in England, because as they're pulling out of Europe, England has more problems, because soon they will not be able to do that much business with them. So, therefore, they need the Chinese to substitute that.

The views and opinions expressed by the speaker do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.
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