国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年11月06日

米国西海岸でホームレスが急増

FARSNEWS2017/11/6
Report: Homeless Crisis Hits US West Coast
TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports said that the homeless crisis is rocking the entire West Coast of the United States, pushing abject poverty into the open like never before.

Public health is at risk, several cities have declared states of emergency, and cities and counties are spending millions of dollars, in some cases billions, in a search for solutions, presstv reported.

In Seattle, housing prices are soaring thanks to the tech industry, but the boom comes with a consequence, a surge in homelessness marked by 400 unauthorized tent camps in parks, under bridges, on road medians and along busy sidewalks and dozens of campers lining streets around the city.

That struggle is not Seattle's alone. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. All along the coast, elected officials are scrambling for solutions, according to the AP findings.

"I've got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I've got thousands of homeless people that actually are working and just can't afford housing," said Seattle City Councilman Mike O'Brien. "There's nowhere for these folks to move to. Every time we open up a new place, it fills up."

The rising numbers of homeless people have pushed abject poverty into the open like never before and have overwhelmed cities and nonprofits.

San Diego now scrubs its sidewalks with bleach to counter a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that has spread to other cities and forced California to declare a state of emergency last month. In Anaheim, home to Disneyland, 400 people sleep along a bike path in the shadow of Angel Stadium. Organizers in Portland lit incense at a recent outdoor food festival to cover up the stench of urine in a parking lot where vendors set up shop.

A new study funded by the real estate information firm Zillow and conducted by the University of Washington found a strong link between rising housing prices and rising homelessness numbers. A 5 percent rent increase in Los Angeles, for example, would mean about 2,000 more homeless people there, the authors said.

Nationally, homelessness has been trending down, partly because governments and nonprofit groups have gotten better at moving people into housing. That's true in many West Coast cities, too, but the flow the other direction is even faster. And on the West Coast, shelter systems are smaller.

"If you have a disability income, you make about $9,000 a year and renting a studio in Seattle is about $1,800 a month and so that's twice your income," said Margaret King, director of housing programs for DESC, a nonprofit that works with Seattle's homeless.

"So everybody who was just hanging on because they had cheap rent, they're losing that ... and they wind up outside. It's just exploded."

Nowhere is that more evident than California's Silicon Valley, where high salaries and a tight housing market have pushed rent out of reach for thousands. In ever-shifting communities of the homeless, RVs and cars cluster by the dozens in the city where Google built its global headquarters and just blocks from Stanford University.

Ellen Tara James-Penney, a lecturer at San Jose State University, has been sleeping out of a car for about a decade, ever since she lost her housing while an undergraduate at the school where she now teaches four English courses, a job that pays $28,000 a year. Home is an old Volvo.

"I've basically been homeless since 2007, and I'm really tired," she said. "Really tired."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:59| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

米国セキュリテイ担当高官が陸路ダマスカスを訪問

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
US Looking for Escape Routes for Militants Fighting in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US that has been financing the militants in Syria is now searching for an escape route for them with the approaching defeat of the terrorist groups, the former commander-in-chief Viktor Bondarev said.

Bondarev said that in addition to military, logistical and medical assistance the US has provided for the terrorists, now, when ISIL's defeat in Syria is close to completion, overseas sponsors are looking for their charges escape routes, RIA Novosti reported.

He further said that the terrorists in Syria now are patchy and fragmented thanks to the efforts Russia has managed to undermine the economy of ISIL.

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
Senior US Security Official Arrives in Damascus to Hold Talks with Syrian Counterpart

TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking security official from the United States arrived in Damascus last Tuesday to meet with his Syrian counterpart to assure him about withdrawal of Washington forces after annihilation of ISIL terrorists, an Arab media outlet reported.

“Damascus welcomed the US' first official figure from one of security bodies, without publicizing it,” the Arabic-language Lebanese al-Akhbar daily newspaper reported.

The daily also reported that the unidentified US official entered Syria via Lebanon's ground border, spending a few hours in Syria before returning to Beirut.

According to the report, the official “arrived in Beirut earlier this week and went to Syria by land on Tuesday, accompanied by Lebanese security officials to the Syrian capital.”

It said that Syrian officials remain reticent to meet with American officials until the US government alters its foreign policy with regard to Syria, where Washington has long pursued a regime change.

In the meantime, the well-informed sources said that the US official has organized contacts between the US security officials, including Head of CIA Michael Pompeo, with Chief of Syria's Supreme Security Council Ali Mamlouk.

The sources said that the US envoy to Damascus that has been mentioned as David told the Syrian security official that the US military forces do not intend to engaged militarily with any other side in Syria.

The sources quoted the US envoy as saying that the US do not intend to remain in any base in Syria after annihilation of the ISIL, adding that Washington does not promise to any opposition group to stay in Syria's soil.

Later, a senior regional official close to Damascus told Reuters on Friday that a senior US official met Syria’s national security chief in Damascus this week in the highest ranking visit to Syria by a US official since the start of the war in 2011.

The regional official did not name the US official who met Ali Mamlouk, adding that “It is an important step, but Damascus does not have confidence in the American position".

Syrian and US officials have not yet made any comments on the report.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be ISIL's targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying the ISIL terrorist group.

The US has long been accused of colluding with the ISIL to provide safe passage and logistic support to the members of the militant group in conflict zones.

FRSNEWS2017/11/5
Arab Daily: US Admits Assad's Legitimacy by Sending Envoy to Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab newspaper referred to a senior US official's meeting with Syria’s national security chief in Damascus earlier this week, describing it as an indication of Washington's admission of President Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy.

"By this visit, the US has clearly admitted that Assad will remain in power until further notice," the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm wrote on Sunday.

Noting that the visit was made at the US demand and coordinated by the Lebanese sides close to both Damascus and Washington, it added, "The US and its allies have spent billions of dollars and used thousands of tons of modern weapons to overthrow the Damascus government militarily in the past 7 years and now one of their security officials makes a surprise visit to Syria."

According to the Arab daily, although the contents of the meeting and the message that the US official conveyed to the Syrian leader have been kept secret, certain reports said that Syria’s National Security Chief Ali Mamlouk has protested at the American forces' deployment in Syria, calling it "occupation".

A senior regional official close to Damascus said that the trip was the highest level visit to Syria by a US official since the start of the war in 2011.

The Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar first reported the visit on Friday, saying that the US official discussed security matters.

The regional official did not name the US official who met Ali Mamlouk. "It is an important step, but Damascus does not have confidence in the American position."

The US official traveled to Damascus via Lebanon.

The United States has supported the terrorists and opposition to President Assad during the Syrian war.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:49| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

サウジの汚職取り締まりで皇太子11人、閣僚4人逮捕される

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Eleven Saudi Princes, Four Ministers Arrested as Crown Prince Unleashes Crackdown on Corruption
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia has ordered the arrest of at least 11 Saudi princes and four incumbent ministers of the Saudi government, an Arab media outlet reported on Sunday.

RT quoted Al-Arabiya news as saying that the minister of the National Guard and the minister of economy are among the arrested officials.

A new anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was created late Saturday by royal decree of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s official news agency, Al-Arabia, published on Saturday.

The decree appoints the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to lead the committee, granting it broad powers to fight corruption.

The committee is exempted from “laws, regulations, instructions, orders and decision” while performing its wide range of duties, namely “identifying offenses, crimes, persons and entities” complicit in corruption, and gives it the power to impose punitive measures on those caught red-handed. Those include asset freezes, travel bans and arrests.

The committee made its first arrests hours after it was created, detaining 11 princes, four current ministers as well as “tens” of ex-ministers of the Saudi government in connection with newly opened corruption probes, Al-Arabiya reported.

Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and Economy Minister Adel Fakeih are among those arrested, Al Arabiya cited a senior Saudi official as saying, on condition of anonymity. Alwaleed al-Ibrahim, owner of television network MBC, was also detained.

Dozens of former ministers were arrested by the Crown Prince committee, including a former governor of Riyadh province, former finance minister, and former chief of the Royal Court.

The committee said it is relaunching a probe into the devastating floods that killed over 120 people in the city of Jeddah in 2009, while inflicting millions in property damage. In wake of the wide-ranging investigation, concluded in December 2014, the Saudi court found 45 people guilty, including senior officials, on charges of bribery, misuse of power and public funds, money laundering and illicit business operations.

Another high-profile case resumed by the anti-corruption committee is the investigation into the outbreak of the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Saudi Arabia in 2014, which resulted in nearly 300 deaths and the ouster of the country’s health minister.

Most senior Saudi officials in charge of state oversight, investigation and prosecution will sit on the committee, which will comprise the attorney general and the heads of state security, anti-corruption authority, audit bureau, and the chair of the monitoring and investigation commission.

“In view of what we have noticed of exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to illicitly accrue money,” the Saudi King said in a statement, explaining the need to form the body.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:37| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

レバノン首相がサウジから辞任を表明 なんで?

レバノンの首相がサウジからテレビ放送を通じて辞任を表明するという異例な事態。その後サウジで拘束されているらしいというとても珍しい話です。
レバノン首相は、レバノンとサウジとの二重国籍ともされていますが、まずリヤドに行き、ベイルートに帰ってベラヤチと会談(テヘランに行ったかは不明)、ベラヤチにイエメン支援停止と湾岸協力会議との関係改善要求を拒否されて、リヤドに行き、辞任を発表。この際にイランとヒズボラに対して強く非難、その後サウジで拘束されているという説があります。

サウジのイランとヒズボラに対する警戒、攻撃が見て取れます。

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

He also said that he sensed a plot being hatched against his life, presstv reported.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun's office said that Hariri had phoned him "from outside Lebanon" to resign and that Aoun awaited Hariri's return to hear the "circumstances of the resignation."

Hariri announced his resignation following his visits to Saudi Arabia.

The resignation also comes less than a month after he announced plans to join a coalition government with Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah.

He became prime minister in 2016 after serving another term between November 2009 and June 2011.

Saad Hariri is the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005. Hariri has also been the leader of the Future Movement party since 2005.

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
Advisor to Iranian FM: Saad al-Hariri's Resignation Ordered by Trump, Saudi Crown Prince

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Sheikholeslam underlined that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman have coaxed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri into declaring his resignation in a foreign country.

"Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region," Sheikholeslam said on Saturday.

Noting that the resignation was planned by the Americans to make up for their losses after the ISIL was defeated in the region, he said it was better for al-Hariri to respect the Lebanese nation and submit his resignation inside the country and not from a foreign state, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hariri resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.

In a televised address from Riyadh, al-Hariri launched a vicious tirade against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group for what he claimed was their meddling in Arab affairs.

Al-Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member national unity cabinet.

Al-Hariri’s resignation on Saturday was expected to sharply raise tensions in the country.

In his speech, he claimed he feared for his life and that the atmosphere in the country is similar to the one that existed before his father, the late prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005.

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Arab Analyst: Riyadh Beating War Drums by Hariri's Resignation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, described resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri as a Saudi-US gambling, stressing that Riyadh is beating the drums of war against Hezbollah.

"It doesn’t seem that Hariri's resignation is due to his fear of life as he appeared in Beirut very normally and Hezbollah protected him and he was appointed as prime minister with Hezbollah's agreement," Atwan wrote on Sunday.

Noting that the resignation has been plotted within the framework of a Saudi-US plot to target Hezbollah which is a danger to Israel and Saudi Arabia for its media and political support for Ansarollah in Yemen, he said, "Information shows that Saudi Arabia, in coordination with US President Donald Trump, is after formation of an Arab coalition like what was formed against Yemen whose likely target is Hezbollah and it is not unlikely that Israel will be the backbone of this coalition."

Atwan added that reports from London also indicate that Saudi Arabia has contacted Jordan and invited it to join the coalition, stressing that the reports have not yet been confirmed.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Senior Advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Sheikholeslam underlined that Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman have coaxed al-Hariri into declaring his resignation in a foreign country.

"Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region," Sheikholeslam said.

Noting that the resignation was planned by the Americans to make up for their losses after the ISIL was defeated in the region, he said it was better for al-Hariri to respect the Lebanese nation and submit his resignation inside the country and not from a foreign state, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hariri resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.

In a televised address from Riyadh, al-Hariri launched a vicious tirade against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group for what he claimed was their meddling in Arab affairs.

Al-Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member national unity cabinet.

Al-Hariri’s resignation on Saturday was expected to sharply raise tensions in the country.

In his speech, he claimed he feared for his life and that the atmosphere in the country is similar to the one that existed before his father, the late prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005.

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Ex-Lebanese Minister: Saad Al-Hariri under Detention in S. Arabia
TEHRAN (FNA)- A former Lebanese minister revealed that Saad al-Hariri, the country's prime minister who resigned from his post during his Riyadh trip on Saturday, is under detention in Saudi Arabia.

"I call on the Lebanese government to guarantee Saad Hariri's safe return to the country and I emphasize that he has been detained and he was interrogated after his friend (Khalid) al-Tuwaijri (Chief of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia under King Abdullah) was arrested," Wiam Wahhab was quoted as saying by Bahrain's Arabic-language al-Wasat newspaper on Sunday.

The Saudi media reported that the country's security forces have detained a number of princes and former ministers and officials, including al-Tuwaijiri.

Al-Hariri resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.

In a televised address from Riyadh, al-Hariri launched a vicious tirade against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group for what he claimed was their meddling in Arab affairs.

Al-Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member national unity cabinet.

Al-Hariri’s resignation on Saturday was expected to sharply raise tensions in the country.

In his speech, he claimed he feared for his life and that the atmosphere in the country is similar to the one that existed before his father, the late prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005.

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Source Reveals Contents of Velayati, Hariri's Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- An informed source revealed that Iranian Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati's rejection of the Saudi-dictated demands by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was the reason behind the latter's resignation.

"The resigned Lebanese prime minister who had traveled to Saudi Arabia before this meeting (with Velayati) returned to Beirut for this meeting and then immediately left for Riyadh again after hearing Tehran's positions and declared his resignation there via the Arab media," the informed source close to Velayati said on Sunday.

"During the meeting, Hariri raised the Saudis' demands before Velayati, calling on Iran to stop supporting the oppressed Yemeni people and improve ties with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC)," the source added.

In response, the source said, Velayati called on the Saudis to stop bombing the innocent Yemeni people and remove the siege on them to pave the way for political talks.

"The improper demand of Hariri and the Saudis was that the Islamic Republic of Iran leaves the righteous side in the Yemen case but when they became disappointed, they immediately recalled Saad Hariri to Riyadh so that he will declare his resignation outside Lebanon," the source said.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Senior Advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Sheikholeslam underlined that Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman have coaxed al-Hariri into declaring his resignation in a foreign country.

"Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region," Sheikholeslam said.

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Official: Hariri's Surprise Resignation Sign of New US Adventurism in Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee blasted the surprise resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and said that it is a new plot being hatched by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

"A new adventurist scenario in the region, on behalf of the US, Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime is taking place," Rezayee said.

He recalled that Hariri, who had taken office a few years ago through national unity dialogue with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah and had spent a peaceful, stable, and economic term in Lebanon, made a surprise resignation under Saudi Arabia’s pressure.

Rezayee underlined that the current data indicates the start of a new adventure by Riyadh, Tel Aviv's regime and Washington, and said, "However, the problem with this sinister triangle is that even their friends are approaching Iran and, as a result, weaken and neutralize their management in the region."

Hariri announced his resignation on Saturday, citing many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, and threats to his life.

Saad Hariri is the son of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005. Hariri has also been the leader of the Future Movement party since 2005. He became prime minister in 2016 after serving another term between November 2009 and June 2011.

FARSNEWS2017/11/6
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was forced by the Saudi officials to resign.

"Hariri played no role in his resignation. The statement issued by Hariri was written for him and he was displeased with its contents and declaration of resignation in Riyadh," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

He also dismissed Hariri's claims that his resignation is for the fear of life, and said Hezbollah poses no threat to Hariri and based on the intelligence obtained by the Saudi security bodies the Takfiri groups are a bigger danger.

Mujtahid added that the main reason behind recalling Hariri to Riyadh was returning his properties from outside Saudi Arabia as he is a Saudi citizen and is now under detention along with the country's princes and officials who have been recently arrested.

A former Lebanese minister revealed on Sunday that Hariri is under detention in Saudi Arabia.

"I call on the Lebanese government to guarantee Saad Hariri's safe return to the country and I emphasize that he has been detained and he was interrogated after his friend (Khalid) al-Tuwaijri (Chief of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia under King Abdullah) was arrested," Wiam Wahhab was quoted as saying by Bahrain's Arabic-language al-Wasat newspaper.

The Saudi media reported that the country's security forces have detained a number of princes and former ministers and officials, including al-Tuwaijiri.

RT2017/11/12
Lebanon's Hariri says he is a ‘free man,’ returning home ‘very soon’
In the first interview since his surprise resignation from an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia last week, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has denied being held in the kingdom against his will, saying he may reverse his decision to leave his post.

“I am a free man in Saudi Arabia, and I can leave whenever I want,” he said in an interview broadcast on the Lebanese channel Future TV. “I will return to Lebanon very soon.”

Hariri, who was prime minister between 2009 and 2011 and reappointed again last year, explained that he chose to postpone his homecoming as he was “not confident about his life and the life of his family,” and said he is currently “rebuilding the security apparatus.”

Hariri, who holds dual Saudi and Lebanese citizenship, also insisted that his host, King Salman, treats him “like a son,” rejecting allegations that Saudi Arabia was stoking the regional crisis. He reiterated almost word-for-word sentences from his November 3 resignation statement, blaming Hezbollah and Iran for creating instability in this country. He added that he wrote that statement “by his own hand.”

The politician said his intention was “to cause a positive shock,” warding off Tehran's meddling, and said he could yet rescind his resignation if Hezbollah “promised to stay neutral in regional conflicts.”

It's unclear if Hariri’s words will be taken at face value back home in Lebanon, where media observers noted his haggard appearance, and an unfamiliar public tone that veered between the flat and the overwhelmed, such as the moment when he appeared to break down in tears.

Just before the interview aired, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said he would not accept Hariri’s resignation until he returned and spoke to him personally.

“The obscurity surrounding the condition of Prime Minister Saad Hariri since his resignation a week ago means that all positions and actions declared by him or attributed to him do not reflect the truth,” Aoun said in a statement.

Earlier, Hezbollah also said that Hariri, who was previously regarded as a Saudi ally, but not one seeking an open conflict with the powerful Shia movement, was held “hostage” in the Gulf kingdom, where several of his close family members still remain.

“We condemn the blunt, bare-faced Saudi intervention in our domestic affairs,” said Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah Friday, calling for the PM to come back. “Any offence to the Lebanese Prime Minister is an offence to all Lebanese, even when he is our adversary.”

Hezbollah believes that Hariri’s detention represents a power play by Riyadh in its proxy conflict with Tehran that is currently being played out in several neighboring states.

Local media reported that the Saudis planned to replace Saad Hariri with his older brother Bahaa, in a bid to rein in the perceived Shia influence, but these suggestions have so far been rejected by the current PM’s Future movement. “We are not a herd of sheep or a piece of property to hand over from one person to the other,” said Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk earlier this week.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:20| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power” – updated rules

RT2017/11/6
Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power” – updated rules
Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power,” according to its latest rules update in the midst of US lawmakers’ frantic hunt for “Russian meddling” in social media.

The microblogging site’s rules, under the section “Abusive Behavior,” currently state: “We believe in freedom of expression and open dialogue, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up.” On November 2, it read “We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power.”

Incidentally, on November 1, Twitter, along with Google and Facebook, was grilled by US lawmakers in an ongoing witch-hunt for “Russian influence” that may have led to interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In its testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week, Twitter revealed it has used a vast array of tenuous criteria to define accounts as “Russia-linked,” and also admitted it had censored the hashtags #PodestaEmails and #DNCLeaks tweets during the 2016 US presidential election campaign in an effort to limit public exposure to leaked documents describing the Democratic National Committee’s efforts to boost Clinton as the Democratic Party’s preferred candidate during the primaries.

Twitter Associate General Counsel Sean Edgett claimed many of those tweets were “automated” and hidden by anti-spam systems. He also admitted that less than 4 percent of them came from potential “Russian-linked” accounts.

Last week, Twitter also announced it was banning all ads from RT and Sputnik, citing the same allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election. That, despite the company previously trying to engage RT in a special US election advertising package, which RT declined.

The changes to Twitter’s rules were apparently made as part of a November 3 attempt to “clarify” them.

In a statement, the company said that it wanted to make it clear that “context is crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.”

A separate update will be issued on November 14 with more details on how the company reviews and enforces policies, according to Twitter.

RT has reached out to Twitter for comment on the change to the wording of its policy.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:35| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イエメンからリヤドの空港に打ち込まれたミサイルについてサウジがイランを非難

RT2017/11/6
Saudi Arabia blames Iran for missile launched from Yemen, warns it could be considered 'act of war'
Saudi Arabia has accused Iran up being responsible for the ballistic missile launched from Yemen that targeted Riyadh airport on Saturday, warning that it could be "considered an act of war."

In a statement in the wee hours of Monday, Saudi Arabia laid the blame for the attack directly at Iran's feet, claiming it would not have happened had Iran not been supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen. "Iran's role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally," the statement reads, as cited by AP. "Therefore, the coalition's command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

The Saudi-led military coalition also announced it was closing off all land border crossings, seaports and airports in Yemen in response to the missile launch.

FARSNEWS2017/11/5
Yemeni Army's Ballistic Missile Hit Malik Khalid Airport in Saudi Arabia
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni Army confirmed on Sunday that it targeted Saudi Arabia’s Malik (King) Khalid international airport in Riyadh with a long distance Borkan H2 ballistic missile.

"Our Yemeni forces succeeded in launching a missile, a Borkan H2 long distance missile, at the King Khalid international airport in Northeastern Riyadh which was in response to the massacres committed by the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen,” Colonel Aziz Rashed, a Spokesman for the Yemeni army, said early on Sunday.

“This comes in order to even out power between the coalition and Yemen, who have been attempting to fight more than one country in the past three years," he added.

Riyadh has also confirmed the launch, but saying that Saudi Arabia's air defense intercepted the missile, bringing it down to the North of the airport.

"I have underlined many times that the enemies' capital cities are within the range of our ballistic missiles that will possibly be launched to retaliate continuation of massacre of the Yemeni people," the spokesman for the Yemen's Ansarullah movement said.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

The cholera outbreak in Yemen which began in April, has also claimed over 2,100 lives and has infected 750,000, as the nation has been suffering from what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as the “largest epidemic in the world” amid a non-stop bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia. Also Riyadh's deadly campaign prevented the patients from traveling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

According to reports, the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is the subject of a Saudi Arabian war and total embargo, is the largest recorded in modern history.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年11月05日

トランプアジア歴訪 全然そんなに記事見ていない

このブログ管理人は、テレビ見ていないし、新聞も購読していません。それゆえ、トランプ来日の大騒ぎも別の世界のことのようなのです。11/3に都内を少し歩いた時、交番の前に巡査が群がっているのを見てあれだな、と思ったくらい。海外のネットメディアではほとんど取り上げられていない。英国ではトランプの訪英反対の動きが出ましたが、日本では起きていない。武器を売りつけ、ゴルフをしに来るんでしょう。日の丸の小旗で迎える人もいるのかな。

天木直人のブログ2017/11/4
FOXテレビで語ったトランプ大統領の驚くべき発言

トランプ大統領のアジア歴訪一色の記事の中で、これ以上ない注目すべき記事を見つけた。
 それは、きょう11月4日の読売新聞の小さな囲み記事だ。
 ワシントン発小川聡記者が書いている。
 トランプ大統領は11月2日、米FOXテレビのインタビューで次のように暴露したというのだ。
 すなわち、トランプ大統領は次のように中国に言っているというのだ。
 「北朝鮮を放置すれば、すぐにあなた自身が日本と大きな問題を抱える事になる」と。
 そのこころは、北朝鮮の核・ミサイル開発に歯止めをかけなければ、日本が防衛力を増強せざるを得なくなる、そうならないように北朝鮮に核を持たせるな、と言っているのだ。
 あなた自身と言っているから、これはトランプ大統領が首脳会談で習近平主席に語った言葉に違いない。
 日本が核武装すると言っているのだ。
・・・引用終わり・・・

このトランプの発言は、日本に武器を買わせるぞ! と言っているんですよね。次の発言もそうです。

2017/11/5【ワシントン共同】
北朝鮮が8〜9月に日本列島上空を通過する弾道ミサイルを発射した際、日本が破壊措置を取らなかったことについて、トランプ米大統領が東南アジア諸国の複数の首脳に「迎撃するべきだった」と語り、日本の判断に疑問を表明していたことが4日、分かった。複数の外交筋が明らかにした。
 安倍晋三首相は5日からのトランプ氏訪日で、日米の緊密な連携をアピールしたい考えだが、トランプ氏は日本に、より強力な対応を求める可能性がある。
 外交筋によると、トランプ氏は東南アジア諸国首脳らとの会談で「武士の国なのに理解できない」などと、不満を口にしていたという。
・・・引用終わり・・・

米国からどんな武器を買っても迎撃などできないのに。



このうちわみたいなもの、どこが作って配布したんでしょう。イバンカの写真は張り付けたとしても、こんな大きなうちわ普通売っていませんよね。しかもこの色で。

※  umekichi‏ @umekichkun 氏の2017/11/4のツイート
政府が「イバンカ基金」に57億円を拠出する件が話題になってる。
自国の子供貧困対策の基金「子供の未来応援基金」には、
安倍「おじさん、おばさん、お兄さん、お姉さんが助けてくれます。びた一文出さないけど、私は応援してる、フリ、だけしときます」
これがおかしいと思わない方がおかしい。

共同2017/11/5
トランプ氏 きょう初来日 同盟強化の成果文書へ
 トランプ米大統領は5日、公式実務訪問賓客として初来日する。安倍晋三首相とは6日に会談し、核・ミサイル開発を進める北朝鮮への圧力強化で緊密に連携する方針を確認する。日米両政府は会談を受け、北朝鮮への対応や日米同盟強化で協力することをうたった成果文書を発表する最終調整に入った。
両政府は2月のワシントンでの首脳会談の際、日米同盟と経済関係を一層強化することを示した包括的な「共同声明」を発表。約9カ月経過したが、両国が目指す基本的な方向性は変わっていないため、同じレベルの文書発出は見送る。代わりに共同声明を補完する位置付けで、首脳会談の合意事項を明示する報道声明などの形で文書を発表する方向だ。
 会談では、法の支配や民主主義を重視する「自由で開かれたインド太平洋」を両国が目指すことでも一致する見通し。経済では、米側が対日貿易赤字の是正について言及する可能性があるが、日本側は経済での対立構図は避けたい考えだ。【梅田啓祐】
トランプ米大統領の来日時の主な日程
<5日>
大統領専用機で米軍横田基地着
安倍晋三首相と埼玉県内のゴルフ場で昼食会
両首脳がゴルフ。松山英樹選手も参加
東京都内の鉄板焼き店で夕食会
<6日>
天皇、皇后両陛下と会見
日米首脳会談
拉致被害者家族と面会
共同記者会見
晩さん会
<7日>
韓国に向け出発

・・・引用終わり・・・

スプートニク日本2017/11/5
韓国でトランプ米大統領の訪問を前に数千人が抗議活動を行った。聯合ニュースが伝えた。
中間報告によると、首都ソウルの中心部では5千人がデモに集まったとされる。参加者は「戦争ではなく平和」、「軍事行動を止め、平和交渉を始めよ」、「我々は平和を望む」などと記したプラカードを手にしていた。
活動に加わった各社会団体の人々は、トランプ氏の訪韓に直接反対するのが主旨ではなく、朝鮮半島の安全保障問題に注意を喚起することが目的だと説明している。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:57| Comment(3) | 国際・政治

「イラク大量破壊兵器保有に関する米国の主張は我々を欺いた」 元英首相

RT2017/11/5
‘US misled us over Iraq WMD claims’ – ex-UK PM Gordon Brown
A US report disputing the size of Iraq’s supposed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) prior to the 2003 invasion was not shared with the UK government, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

Writing in his newly published memoir, the then-Chancellor in Tony Blair’s Labour government said he believes the US deliberately withheld information, adding that he felt the UK was “misled” on the issue used as justification for the war.

"If I am right that somewhere within the American system the truth about Iraq's lack of weapons was known, then we were not just misinformed but misled on the critical issue," he says in ‘My Life, Our Times.’

Brown said that, in the build-up to the invasion, he had been briefed that the intelligence services had detailed knowledge of where the weapons were being stored.

“I remember thinking at the time that it was almost as if they could give me the street name and number where they were located,” he writes.

But a report commissioned by then-US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in September 2002 challenged this assessment, saying that the intelligence was based on “analytic assumptions.” The US report, which disproved the assertion that Iraq was capable of making WMDs, was leaked last year.

“It is astonishing that none of us in the British government ever saw this American report,” Brown writes. “It is now clear how forcibly this report challenged the official view.”

Citing the report’s claim that Iraq was incapable of targeting the UK bases in Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey with missiles, in contradiction of the now infamous WMD dossier, Brown is pointed in highlighting Rumsfeld’s role in the apparent misdirection.

“Rumsfield was informed: ‘We doubt all processes are in place to produce longer-range missiles,” the former PM writes.

Published in July 2016, the Chilcot Report into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War found that Tony Blair’s government had joined the invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted.

Sir John Chilcot, the retired civil servant appointed to chair the review, also found that “judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s WMD were presented with a certainty that was not justified.”

The review, which took almost seven years publish, is similarly critical of the way the intelligence was examined by Tony Blair’s government. “It is now clear that policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence and assessments. They were not challenged, and they should have been,” the report read.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:07| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

独外相 米国ロシア関係の崩壊は世界の平和に最大の脅威

RT2017/11/5
Shattered US-Russia ties ‘greatest threat’ to world peace – German FM
The “completely shattered” US-Russia relationship is the greatest threat to peace across the globe, the German foreign minister warned. The world will see more uncertainty should Moscow and Washington fail to find common ground.
Should Moscow and Washington fail to mend ties, “our children will be growing up in a dangerous and uncertain world increasingly armed with nuclear weapons,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Bild am Sonntag in an interview on Sunday, as cited by Merkur. “The completely shattered relationship between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to world peace,” Gabriel said, also citing the deployment of nuclear-armed intermediate-range missiles in Europe, which is “more than likely.” According to the foreign minister, Germany should become “a power for peace” instead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approach of “running after Trump’s armaments plans.”

Gabriel, a strong critic of US President Donald Trump, has in the past called Trump “a threat to peace,” and urged Merkel not to cave in to Washington’s demands to ramp up Germany’s military spending. In mid-August, Gabriel said that “submission to Trump’s armament policy is wrong and unnecessary,” adding that “the logic of deterrence” against perceived threats from Russia risks further escalation. He also accused Trump, who he says sees the world as “an arena or a battleground,” of promoting “the law of the strongest.”

This is not the first time high-ranking members of the Social Democratic (SPD) party have slammed Trump for his foreign policy. In January, then-Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in an opinion piece that the 20th century world order came to an end after Trump took office, and that “turbulent times” lie ahead.Twenty US B61 nuclear munitions are reportedly stockpiled at a military base in Buechel, Germany. Yet, Washington did not confirm that officially.

US-Russia relations have steadily deteriorated in recent years, after the 2014 coup in Ukraine, followed by a massive NATO buildup in eastern Europe. The latest flare-up in tensions came earlier this year, when the US Congress imposed new sanctions on Russia. Moscow reduced the number of US diplomatic personnel in Russia to 455 afterwards.

Washington responded with hostile actions in September, telling Russia to close its consulate-general in San Francisco and trade missions in Washington and New York. Moscow insisted that its diplomatic property was “seized illegally.” There are reports that President Trump may meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam next week. “Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea. They can help us with Syria. We have to talk about Ukraine,” Trump told Fox News. He tweeted in August that relations between the US and Russia were “at an all-time, very dangerous low.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday he could not rule out “the possibility of holding such a meeting, and it is actually being coordinated now.” He added that the importance of any potential contact between the presidents of Russia and the US “for all international affairs can hardly be overestimated.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:00| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Paradise Papers: Queen has millions invested offshore in predator firm preying on UK’s poorest

RT2017/11/6
Paradise Papers: Queen has millions invested offshore in predator firm preying on UK’s poorest
A large cache of leaked documents has revealed that more than £10 million of the Queen’s private wealth has been invested offshore and in a UK company accused of preying on Britain’s poorest people.

Details of the investments were leaked as part of the Paradise Papers on Sunday, a trove of more than 13 million documents from the world’s leading offshore law firms released through the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), of which the BBC is a part.

More than 120,000 people and companies have been identified during the leak, including Queen Elizabeth II.

A spokesperson for the Duchy of Lancaster told the BBC: “We operate a number of investments and a few of these are with overseas funds. All of our investments are fully audited and legitimate. The Queen voluntarily pays tax on any income she receives from the Duchy.”

According to the leaked documents, the Duchy of Lancaster invested $7.5 million of the Queen’s private income and financial portfolio in Dover Street VI Cayman Fund LP in 2005.

Files from offshore law firm Appleby reveal that the fund made investments in pharmaceutical and high-tech companies, including a company that developed fingerprint technology for mobile phones.

The Queen’s estate received about $360,000 from its investment.

The papers also revealed that the Dover Street fund bought a small interest in something called ‘Project Bertie,’ which involved the takeover of rent-to-buy company BrightHouse, a company slammed by consumer watchdogs for selling household items on payment plans with annual interest rates as high as 99.99 percent.

Dover Street VI Cayman Fund LP also purchased a 75 percent stake in First Quench Retailing Ltd, which included the off-licence chain Threshers that went into administration in 2009.

Chris Adcock, chief finance officer for the Duchy, told the Guardian it had been unaware of the indirect holding in BrightHouse.

“Investors commit to a fund for a given period and are not party to its ongoing investment decisions,” he said.

“We are not aware of any tax advantages to the Duchy in investing in offshore funds.

“The Duchy’s investment policy is based on advice and recommendations from our investment consultants and asset allocation, rather than tax strategy.”

Royal officials told the Daily Mail that the Queen had no direct involvement, and they were “not aware of any tax advantages.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the information revealed by the Paradise Papers proves that “there's one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest when it comes to paying tax.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年11月04日

米国がイラク政府にアルカイムを解放しないよう圧力

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
Iraqi Official: Baghdad Pressured by Washington Not to Liberate Al-Qaim
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military Spokesman of Iraq's Hezbollah Brigades Ja'far al-Hosseini revealed that the US pressured the Iraqi government to stop efforts to take back the strategic city of al-Qaim from the ISIL but the resistance forces foiled Washington's plots.

"Liberation of al-Qaim materialized the goal of contacting the Syrian side and coordination with the resistance front in the entire region and thwarted the US plot to create distance among members of the resistance front," al-Hosseini was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel on Saturday.

He also revealed that "Washington pressured the Iraqi government not to liberate al-Qaim".

Noting that the Iraqi forces will also participate in the anti-ISIL battle in Syria's Albukamal, al-Hosseini said, "Albu Kamal is within the range of the Iraqi missiles deployed in al-Qaim."

A military source announced that the Iraqi forces on Friday managed to capture the city of al-Qaim near the Syrian border from the ISIL group.

The commander stressed that Iraqi forces have also established control over the nearby al-Qaim border crossing.

Liberation of al-Qaim means that the ISIL militants in Iraq are now in control of just the smaller neighboring town of Rawa and surrounding pockets of barren desert along the Euphrates river.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国はイラク、シリアを七つの州に分割を企図

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
Turkish Daily: US Plotting to Divide Iraq, Syria into 7 Small States
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is preparing to legitimize the Peshmerga and Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) by declaring several small countries in Iraq and Syria, a Turkish daily reported on Saturday.

Yeni Safak newspaper quoted a commander who held a senior position in the Syrian army for an extended period of time and shifted to opposition ranks in 2013 as saying, "I was told that in the second half of 2018, a total of seven boutique states would be declared in Syria and Iraq.”

The opposition commander added that officials from the US State Department and Pentagon had held meetings with them in Turkey’s Hatay province’s Reyhanlı district.

He said that the US officials underlined that "Sunnis should be more active, otherwise they will suffer more victimization”.

"The Americans who met with us told us that they were our allies and that if we followed their conditions the opposition would be more strongly supported in line with the 2012 vision. America’s aim is to enable Israel to gain more of the Lebanon-Syria border and block Hezbollah’s passageway,” said the opposition commander, who highlighted that federal status would be granted along the Golan and as-Sweida line for Israel’s security and the security of the Druze community was a guise.

“Of the active petrol regions in Syria, 65 percent has been delivered to the PKK. The area that the US reserved for the Sunnis is narrow and does not take into account the population,” the commander said.

The Syrian commander, who said that the US would resort to various provocations along the border, stressed that Washington was also trying to aggravate civilians against Turkey.

According to Yeni Safak, the US included the Latakia-Tartus-Damascus line in the Nusayri federal region, and reserved the Sweida-Golan-Quneitra line for the Druze community. Aleppo, Idlib and Hama were allocated to the Sunnis in the divisive map plotted by the US.

The map foresees al-Hasakah, Northern Deir Ezzur, Raqqa, Manbij and Qamishli to the PKK. Iraq’s Tikrit-Salah ad Din-Anbar-Falluja for the Sunnis, Erbil-Duhok-Halabja- Sulaymaniya for the Peshmerga and Baghdad-Nassriya- Kadisiyye-Najaf corridor for the Shiites.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ソロスのファンドマネージャーがBDSMに関して訴えられる

ソロスのファンドマネージャーがBDSMにかかわっていて訴えられたという話です。
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’「フィフティシェイズオブグレイ」というのは、映画にもなった官能小説の世界的なベストセラーだそうです。この小説について書かれたブログなどもたくさんあるようです。
「フィフティシェイズオブグレイ」よりかなり激しいプレイだっと書かれています。

RT2017/11/4
Soros fund manager involved in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’-style BDSM lawsuit – report
A top manager working for a private US investment firm founded by billionaire George Soros has been accused of raping and beating women, including Playboy Playmates, at a posh New York penthouse.

At least three women, two of whom are said to be Playboy models, filed a $27 million suit in a New York court, accusing portfolio manager Howie Rubin of sexual abuse, according to the New York Post.

Rubin, 62, works for Soros Fund Management and is featured in best-selling books on Wall Street players. According to the lawsuit, however, he has apparently gone more ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ The women claim they have been paid for pleasuring the manager in a side room of an $8 million New York penthouse full of bondage equipment, including chains and ropes.

For up to $5,000 per session and with signed non-disclosure agreements at hand, Rubin allegedly felt free to tie up, gag and brutally rape his victims. In some cases, the women required medical assistance afterwards. One of them claimed she had been electrocuted "with a cattle prod in her groin," the report said, while another woman had been beaten so badly that her breast implant was damaged.

Rubin allegedly had a team of fixers and a lawyer to cover up his conduct at the rented penthouse. He was reached by the Post for comment, but declined to do so.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:38| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

新しいCIAの発表はイランがオサマビンラディンと共謀したことを示唆

RT2017/11/3
Regime-change rumblings? New CIA release suggests Iran conspired with Osama bin Laden
Six-and-a-half years after the US military killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the CIA has released files seized in the raid. Some of the documents purport to show a link between Iran and al-Qaeda, although not everybody is convinced.

Despite being buried at sea shortly after being shot dead by members of SEAL Team 6 in May 2011, the spirit of al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden seems very much alive. Indeed, even in death he continues to provide a justification for censure of particular governments, and more often than not those that are declared enemies of the US.

The nearly half-million documents seized from bin Laden’s compound on the Afghan-Pakistan border include, among other things, Hollywood films, information on the group's plans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden’s handwritten journal and plans to rehabilitate the al-Qaeda’s "tarnished image" in the Muslim community.

The real shocker discovered among the assorted paraphernalia, however, was alleged proof of “secret dealings” between Tehran and al-Qaeda from a “never-before-seen 19-page document.” This was allegedly written by a senior member of al-Qaeda and is said to provide information on plans between Iran and the terrorist group to attack US interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

The document is said to provide “new insight into the often-adversarial relationship between al-Qaeda and Iran − the Sunni Muslim terror group and the Shiite republic,” AP reported. It then went on to provide a quote by the Long War Journal, which described the document as "a senior jihadist's assessment of the group's relationship with Iran." The “well-connected” al-Qaeda official believed to have authored the document wrote that in return for carrying out attacks on US and Saudi targets, Shiite Iran offered Sunni militants "money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon."
Curious timing

Skeptics, however, were quick to point out the uncanny timing of the document’s release, coming just weeks after Trump decertified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement forged during the Obama administration between Iran and six world powers − Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US − to regulate Iran’s nuclear program. The US leader’s controversial decision to turn up the pressure on Tehran, seemingly without good cause, sparked global outcry and threatened to isolate the Trump administration even further on the global stage.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Washington does not have the right to unilaterally revoke a deal that was the product of tough negotiations between multiple states. “It is not a bilateral agreement. It does not belong to any single country. And it is not up to any single country to terminate it,” Mogherini said. “It is a multilateral agreement, which was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.”

Meanwhile, a former CIA analyst who resigned from the agency over misgivings with the Trump administration, Edward Price, has expressed public skepticism of the CIA claims. In a lengthy thread posted to Twitter, Price suggested we are witnessing an intelligence agency “ploy” similar to the one that preceded the 2003 attack on Iraq, although this time it is Iran that may be the new candidate for regime change.

@CIA released what it claims are the final public files from Bin Laden’s lair. I’m all for transparency, but this isn’t about that.
− Ned Price (@nedprice) November 1, 2017

“The CIA released what it claims are the final public files from Bin Laden's lair. I'm all for transparency, but this isn't about that,” Price wrote. He went to note that in January, the DNI [Director of National Intelligence], which led the declassification work, released what it said was the last tranche of Bin Laden files. The DNI concluded that, with the January release, all those of public interest were released.

“But a funny thing happened when CIA Director Pompeo came into office,” Price wrote. “I'm told he re-launched a review of the files. In doing so, he took officers away from important missions to pore – and re-pore – over the millions of documents. How can we be sure this was a CIA effort? Unlike previous releases, today's files are hosted on CIA.gov, not the DNI site. Why would he do that? It seems he's convinced the unreleased files would tie al-Qaeda to Iran.”

Regime Change Playbook

2003:
Saddam supports Al Qaeda.

2014-16:
Assad supports ISIS.

2017-:
Iran supports Al Qaeda.
− Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) November 2, 2017

After all, it was due to the CIA’s “bad intelligence” on Iraq and its alleged cooperation with al-Qaeda militants, which led to the invasion and overthrow of the government of Saddam Hussein by the Bush administration.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, reporting just days before the US incursion into Iraq, “there is no evidence that Hussein played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks, nor that he has been or is currently aiding al-Qaeda. Yet the White House appears to be encouraging this false impression, as it seeks to maintain American support for a possible war against Iraq and demonstrate seriousness of purpose to Hussein's regime,” it wrote, quoting sources knowledgeable about US intelligence.

"The administration has succeeded in creating a sense that there is some connection [between Sept. 11 and Saddam Hussein]," Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland, told CSM.

Although there is no way to prove any sinister intentions on the part of the CIA and the Trump administration with regards to the sudden discovery of this document, it will be very difficult to convince Iran otherwise.

This is the fourth CIA release of bin Laden documents since the first trove of documents was published in May 2015.
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中国経済は10年以内に世界最大になるだろう コンサルタント

RT2017/11/4
While the United States is concentrated on wars, China wants economic prosperity, according to business consultant Gerald Celente. He predicts the Chinese economy will become the largest in less than 10 years.

“Politicians lie, but numbers don’t. Take a look at the decline of America and the advancement of China. The trend is undeniable. America’s middle-income households had shrunk from 61 percent in 1971 to 50 percent today, while China’s grew from five percent in 2000, just before they joined the World Trade Organization, to nearly 35 percent today,” Celente told RT.

Beijing has pledged to invest in its economic future, which can be proved by President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October, the analyst notes.

“China’s investing in its future. From high tech to NEVs (new electric vehicles), to speeding up the development of the internet plus advanced manufacturing and innovation enterprises. To foreign acquisitions of ports, industries and airports to the One Belt One Road Initiative, China’s on the fast track to become the master of economic globalization,” Celente wrote.

While China is concentrated on economic growth and prosperity of its citizens, the situation is opposite in the United States.

“You never hear those words coming from US politicians. Compare Xi’s vision to President Trump's actions for a massive budget request for the "greatest military buildup in American history" … and not a word about the growing needs for a better life, harmony, cultural advancement and a beautiful nation,” Celente said.

“And, Mr. Trump has lived true to his pledge with the expansion of wars throughout the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa. On the other hand, President Xi, putting the Chinese economy first, said modernization of the national defense and armed forces should be completed in 2035,” he added.

While the Chinese economy grows at 6.5 to seven percent per year, and the US is stuck in the two to 2.5 percent range, Celente predicts that China will become the largest economy in just 10 years.

“Not only will China’s GDP overtake the US level by around 2026, China’s middle class, exceeding 50 percent by then, will also overtake the US.”

The US has the chance to postpone the Chinese domination, but only when Washington stops sponsoring wars and favoring Wall Street.

“For America to advance economically beyond China, it must again unify for the common good, encourage entrepreneurship by reversing trends that favor Wall Street, large corporations and monopolization, and redirecting the nation's resources away from building a bigger war machine and foreign entanglements to investing in We the People on the home front,” Celente said.

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Israel ready to go into Syria to 'protect Druze village'

RT2017/11/4
Israel ready to go into Syria to 'protect Druze village'

The Israeli military, which has been launching airstrikes against Syria, could be preparing to cross into its territory now. It says it's ready to act to protect the Druze village of Hader, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, after a car bomb killed nine people and injured 23 others there.

“In recent hours we witness the intensifying of the fighting at the area of the Druze village of Hader in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights,” IDF (Israel Defense Force) spokesperson Ronen Manelis said in a statement, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post. "The IDF is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population,” he added. Manelis did not specify any actions that could be taken by Israel, but denied any claims that Israel is involved in the fighting in Golan Heights, or is assisting jihadists there.

The move to publicly intervene in the Syrian civil war is an unusual one for Israel, which has maintained an official hands-off policy toward the conflict, only becoming involved when one of its "red lines" was violated. Such "red lines" include the violation of Israeli sovereignty through deliberate or accidental attacks, Iranian-backed militias taking positions on the Golan border, and attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

Israel has been launching airstrikes against various targets in Syria, usually saying it is either targeting “Hezbollah infrastructure” or responding to "stray projectiles" flying into Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Israel's latest target was a copper factory in the province of Homs, which prompted Damascus to turn to the UN and ask it to condemn Israel's actions as supporting terrorism

The IDF statement came after a car bomb in Hader, situated some 4 km (2.5 miles) from the border, killed nine people and injured at least 23 others. Syrian news agency SANA reported that the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front was responsible for the attack, adding that army units and pro-government militias clashed with those responsible following the incident. However, the Jewish Press reported that the Salafist jihadist group Tahrir al-Sham had claimed responsibility.

Al-Nusra Front had reportedly announced that it would be launching a campaign "to lift the siege on the villages in the Golan Heights and the Syrian Hermon" which are under the control of the Syrian government. However, it stated that it had no intention of harming residents of Hader or their property, nor "anyone else who does not intervene in the war."

The Druze religion arose in the 11th century from a branch of Shia Islam known as Ismailism, and is considered heretical by jihadists. The Druze make up about 3 percent of Syria's population of 22.5 million.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

SDF Expels Thousands of Iraqi Refugees towards ISIL-Held Region

FARSNEWS2017/11/3
Northeastern Syria: SDF Expels Thousands of Iraqi Refugees towards ISIL-Held Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drove 4,000 Iraqi refugees out of a camp in Hasaka towards regions that are still under ISIL's control amid crisis between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds, a human right official said on Friday.

Ali Bayati, one of the members of Iraq's Supreme Independent Human Rights Commission, said that the SDF that is in control of al-Houl refugee camp in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria has forced 4,000 Iraqi refugees to leave the camp for a region that is very near to ISIL's defense lines.

Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported on Tuesday that the SDF evacuated almost 130 families of ISIL terrorists from Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces to militant-held regions in Idlib province.

SOHR reported that 127 families of ISIL terrorists have been transferred from SDF-held regions to Idlib city and its countryside.

It added that most of the families were in Raqqa province and the rest of them were from Deir Ezzur, adding that the ISIL families were transferred by the SDF from Raqqa and Deir Ezzur to Afrin region in Western Aleppo that was under the Kurds' control and were later sent to regions that were under the control of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Western Aleppo and at the last stage to Idlib province.

In the meantime, some analysts pointed to the SDF and ISIL's repeated agreements based on which the ISIL's foreign commanders had the right to move to Turkey to return to their countries via a safe routes.
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中国人テロリストが反政府軍の立場でシリア北部に到着

FARSNEWS2017/11/3
Hundreds of Turkey-backed Chinese Militants Arrive in Syria to Fight Gov't Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- Militant-affiliated websites reported on Friday that hundreds of Chinese terrorists trained by the Turkish intelligence officers have arrived in Northern Hama after intensifying clashes between the Syrian Army and Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board).

The websites reported that hundreds of militants of al-Sini (Chinese) al-Turkistani terrorist group have deployed in Northern Hama.

The websites added that the newly-arrived terrorists have been equipped with the most modern weapons, adding that the terrorists have been trained by the Turkish intelligence service to join war on the Syrian army in the provinces of Lattakia, Idlib and Hama.

In the meantime, field sources reported that tens of Chinese terrorists have been killed in clashes with the army men in Northern Hama in the last few days.

The websites said on Wednesday that hundreds of Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists united with the al-Nusra Front militants in Northeastern Hama against the Syrian army.

The news websites said that after the Syrian army advanced in the Northeastern parts of Hama and regained controlled of several regions, hundreds of FSA members entered battle against the army soldiers along with the al-Nusra terrorists.

They added that two groups of Jeish al-Izzah and Jeish Idlib Hor, affiliated to the FSA, united with al-Nusra.

Meantime, the FSA-linked Ferqat al-Wosta group also engaged in clashes with the Syrian army in Northeastern Hama.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:56| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年11月03日

ロシアがサウジアラビアに16基の原子力発電所建設を提案

この記事に関しての管理人の注目点は、2点あります。サウジが石油モノカルチャーからの脱出を本気で考えているらしいこと、その際にロシアの技術的援助に期待していること(欧米一辺倒からの方針変更)、それに日本の作る原発はおそらくは信頼性・安全性の面から完全に競争から脱落していること。
日本にもサウジ国王は来ましたが、日本は自国の経済開発に役立たないと見たのかもしれません。日本のメーカーは原発事故の際の日本政府の損害保証を売り物にしているようですが、原発を導入しようとする国は、事故がない、その恐れの少ない原発を選びます。福島原発事故後の事業主体、関連メーカーが後始末を放棄している、あるいはその能力がないということが、この6年間で日々証明されています。
日本の企業は技術的に劣る、災害時の対応が不誠実、福島原発事故の対応、対処が遅れるほどこの印象が世界中に広がります。

RT2017/11/2
Russia bidding to construct 16 nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia
Russian state corporation Rosatom is interested in building Saudi Arabia's nuclear infrastructure, according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak.
“The nuclear industry is an important part of our cooperation,” said Novak at a meeting of the intergovernmental commission, adding “Rosatom could take part in the creation of a nuclear cluster in Saudi Arabia, including the construction of 16 modern nuclear reactors.”

Moscow and Riyadh have inked an agreement on energy and climate and a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the energy sector.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) are considering investing in more than 20 projects worth over $10 billion, Novak said. As of now more than $1 billion has been spent on nine joint projects.

Russian Railways is negotiating the construction of two railroads in Saudi Arabia. The company is actively developing cooperation with Middle Eastern countries, having already agreed to electrify Iranian rail track.

The two countries are also discussing supplies of Russia’s Kamaz trucks as Riyadh has expressed an interest. Kamaz is Russia’s largest truck maker and plans to increase exports by almost five percent to 6,500 vehicles. The company ranks 16th among the world's top heavy truck manufacturers.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US won’t forgive Russia for foiling its plans in Syria, Ukraine

RT2017/11/2
‘New sanctions: US won’t forgive Russia for foiling its plans in Syria, Ukraine’
The latest US sanctions against Russia’s energy sector are absolutely a political matter, says journalist and political writer Dan Glazebrook. The US establishment went berserk about Russia disrupting its plans in Ukraine and Syria, he added.

The US government has stepped up sanctions on Russia's energy sector over Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine. The latest measures, unveiled on Tuesday by the US Treasury, put extra restrictions on firms working with Russian oil companies. They focus specifically on deep water, Arctic, and shale projects.

The measures come at the same time as separate restrictions against Russia focus on social media. A US government department recently sent a letter to tech giants, warning of Russian meddling. The letter refers to alleged Russian support for US activists, campaigning against the North Dakota Pipeline.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治