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2018年06月22日

シリア国連大使の発言 このとおりです 間違いありません

※ the Lemniscat @theLemniscat氏の0:44 - 2018年6月21日のツイート

19 June 2018
Syria's Jaafari: We won't forget how many European countries under the pretext of human rights, good governance and the rule of law have exported Jihadi terrorists and supplied them with everything imaginable including weapons, to destroy countries and communities

シリアのジャファリ(国連大使): 我々は、多くの欧州諸国が人権の名目で、良い統治と法の支配の名目で、Jihadi テロリストを輸出し、そして国とコミュニティを破壊するために彼らに武器を含む考えうるあらゆるものを供給したことを決して忘れない。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ホロコースト否定発言で有罪判決のウルスラ氏(89歳の女性)が収監期日に出頭せず

米国在住のboさんのツイッターアカウント名が変わりました。結婚されたのであれば祝意を。おねえさんと呼ばれたと書いていました。国際的な活躍が期待できる日本人女性の一人。
※ Bo McCarthy @jackiemopsy
Ursula Haverbeck
"The Hooton Plan and the migrant Crisis"
ウルスラ・ハヴァーベック
「ホートン計画と難民危機」 日本語字幕付き


2017年10月19日
ドイツでホロコーストを否定した88歳の女性が6ヶ月の刑を言い渡される

この89歳の女性 Ursula Haverbeck氏が収監期日になっても刑務所に出頭しなかったというニュースです。すごい、やる!!

bo氏は、ウルスラ氏は逃亡中とツイートしています。

※ bo @jackiemopsy氏の2018/5/7のツイート
Ursula is now on the run.
She did not show up for her prison sentence given to her for questioning holocaust.

私は、冒頭の記事で収監まで時間が空いていることがなぜなのか良く分かりませんでした。同時にウルスラ氏がやすやすと出頭、収監されるだろうかと感じました。彼女は「扇動」で有罪とされたわけですから、その精神から行けば、社会の注目を集めることが彼女の活動方針です。逃げる、そして世間の話題となる、ホロコースト否認での有罪の不当性を訴える。

さて、ウルスラ氏がいつまで隠れられるか。EU内であればどこでも行けるのですが、私はあまり遠くに行っていないように思います。本人は有罪判決が不当、収監は真実の代償という立場ですから、比較的短期間で見つかるような気がします。

さあ、ウルスラ氏が何日追っ手を免れられるか、毎日のニュースを見る楽しみが増えました。

Deutsche Welle 07.05.2018
'Nazi Grandma,' sentenced for denying Holocaust, fails to show up at German prison

The search is on for Ursula Haverbeck, dubbed the "Nazi Grandma," after she failed to turn up to begin her jail term. The serial Holocaust denier has been sentenced to two years in jail for incitement.

Authorities in western Germany arrested serial Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck on Monday after the 89-year-old failed to show up at prison last week to start her sentence.

Haverbeck was handed a two-year jail term for incitement by denying the mass murder of millions of Jews during the Nazi era in Germany.

Haverbeck, who German media often refers to as the "Nazi Grandma," has never spent time in prison despite several previous convictions for denying the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis between 1941 and 1945.

She was supposed to start her prison sentence on Wednesday in the town of Bielefeld.

'Looking for her'

The International Auschwitz Committee said on Sunday it hoped Ursula Haverbeck would soon be in prison.

"One can only hope that the judiciary and police are urgently looking for her," said Christoph Heubner, the executive vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee.

German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt reported that Haverbeck's home in Vlotho in central Germany seemed empty for days with mail piling up in front of the door.

RT2018/5/7
'Nazi grandma' on the run after failing to start 2-year prison term for Holocaust denial
An arrest warrant for an 89-year-old woman, who failed to show up to begin her two-year prison sentence for “inciting the German people to holocaust denial,” was issued by German authorities on Monday.

Dubbed the “Nazi Grandma” by German media, prolific Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck was sentenced to two years behind bars in August 2017 after losing her appeal to reverse a 10-month sentence she received earlier that year. She was initially charged with sedition and incitement after publishing several articles denying the Holocaust in a right-wing newspaper, Stimme des Reiches (Voices of the Reich).

Haverbeck was supposed to start her prison sentence on Wednesday in the town of Bielefeld.

Local media reported that Haverbeck’s home in central Germany appeared to be empty, with uncollected mail piling up at the front door. Haverbeck has been prosecuted numerous times for her unorthodox beliefs, including that notorious concentration camp Auschwitz was a labor camp that had no gas chambers.

Despite being previously convicted of violating Germany’s strict laws against Holocaust denial, the octogenarian has yet to serve time in prison. Her late husband, Werner Georg Haverbeck, was an active member of the Nazi party, and the couple later founded a right-wing education center called Collegium Humanum. The center was banned in 2008.

During the trial of former SS sergeant Oskar Groening, who was convicted in 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz, Haverbeck described the Holocaust as “the biggest and most sustainable lie in history.” The statement later landed her in court.

The International Auschwitz Committee said on Sunday that it hopes Haverbeck will soon be apprehended and sent to prison.

"One can only hope that the judiciary and police are urgently looking for her," said Christoph Heubner, the executive vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee, as cited by DW.

アウシュビッツにガス室があったか? これは今なお議論を呼んでいます。青酸ガスを使った場合、それが漏れたりすると看守の側も死にます。そんなに気密性の高い建物ではなかったようですし、残存するガス室の青酸をどうやって中和したのかなど疑問もあります。

bo @jackiemopsy氏は、米国居住のまだ若い日本人女性のようです。ホロコーストなどについて研究しているようで彼女のツイートは難解ですが、現時点で何が話題になっているかが分かります。

※ bo @jackiemopsy2017年12月6日
日本人の「識者」A が監獄のウルスラを訪問:
日本人「識者」A:
「ホロコーストが捏造だった、云々は結局はポジショントークですから。分断統治の罠ですから」(前髪はらり)
ウルスラ:
「牢屋の中にいる私と牢屋の外にいるあなたとの分断を維持しているのは・・<分断統治TRUTHER>のあなたです」

※ bo @jackiemopsy氏の2018/5/8のツイート
(((truther))) : "left / right is ALL fake!! ALL theatre ! it's all just a DIVIDE and rule trap.. wake up sheeple"

Ursula: "the real division is the prison wall between you and me"

ウルスラ氏を捕らえるなとの声が出始めました。






※ p @OdNezu氏の2018/6/21のツイート
「数週間前から禁固刑2年の服役を始めた89歳のウルスラ・ハーヴァーベックはそれ以外にもガス室が存在し得なかった多くの論拠を知っており、ユダヤ人の虐殺なるものが連合軍の戦争プロパガンダでしかなかったことを知っている。」(ロベール・フォリソン)
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:43| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

ロシアが米国財務省証券を4月に半減 金の保有を増やす

RT2018/6/21
Russia gets rid of US Treasury securities and buys gold
US sanctions have forced Russia to look at ways of securing its foreign reserves. In recent years, Moscow has increased purchases of physical gold and dramatically reduced its share of US debt bonds.

The political standoff started in 2014, shortly after the conflict in Ukraine and the referendum in Crimea in favor of joining Russia. Several rounds of US sanctions followed, with the latest affecting major Russian companies and individuals who run them.
In April, Russia sold half of its US sovereign debt bonds, getting rid of nearly $47 billion worth of securities, according to US Treasury data released last week. The sell-off is a signal that Russia’s financial regulators are diversifying the country’s foreign exchange reserves, say analysts at the Copenhagen-based Danske Bank.

“Some people ask whether the Russian Central Bank sold them to support the ruble in April, but it’s about changing allocation as reserves continue to grow,” Vladimir Miklashevsky, a senior economist at Danske Bank in Helsinki, told Bloomberg. “Rising US yields have fueled the sell-off.”

Russia sold more than any other major foreign holder of US debt – even as its reserves grew on the back of rising oil prices. The country’s current stake shrank by nearly four times against the hefty holding of more than $176 billion eight years ago.

According to the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), the country’s top controller of foreign exchange reserves, all kinds of risks, including financial, economic and geopolitical are factored when the reserves are allocated. “We pursue the policy of safe and diversified holdings,” CBR Governor Elvira Nabiullina said, commenting on the issue.

Meanwhile, Russia’s gold holdings have been steadily increasing, bringing its share of the precious metal to its highest level in nearly two decades. Last month, Russia’s gold holdings grew by one percent to 62 million troy ounces, worth $80.5 billion, according to the CBR. In May, Nabiullina said gold purchases helped to diversify reserves.

Russia fell to 22nd place on a list of major foreign holders of US securities. Moscow's big sell-off reportedly was not so crucial for the $14.9-trillion US Treasuries market. A bigger question is what happens to the US securities market if China decides to follow suit and pull out its $1.18 trillion holding.

“China could do the same if the trade war gets too bad,” Danske Bank's Miklashevsky said. “That tool has been used before. In Russia, it’s more about keeping the money safe from sanctions because they need it for a rainy day.”

RT2018/6/18
Russia holds less US debt than Bermuda after dumping half its holdings
Moscow will continue dumping US debt, according to analysts who spoke to RT. Latest US Treasury Department data shows Russia cut its holdings by half in April.

That month, Russia sold $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion held in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury on Friday showed that, Russia had only $48.7 billion investment in American debt, dropping from 16th to the 22nd place of major foreign holders of US T-bills. Russia now holds less US debt than Bermuda.

The sell-off should continue, since Russia and the US are barely trade partners, and Washington can always impose sanctions on the Russian holdings of its debt, Vladimir Rojankovski, investment analyst at Global FX said in a comment e-mailed to RT.

“In the era of sanctions investments in US Treasuries sooner or later can fall under sanctions. The volume of foreign trade with the US has only 3.5 percent share in Russia’s foreign trade. Countries usually hold bonds of their trading partners, so it is unreasonable to hold more than 10 percent of Russia’s foreign reserves in US Treasuries,” he said. Russian foreign reserves were $456 billion in May.

Since 2011, Russia has cut its holdings of US Treasuries by more than two-thirds, from over $150 billion to the current less than $50 billion.

Other countries are also slashing their investments in US debt. Turkey, which has been repatriating its gold from the US, has almost halved its US Treasury holdings from almost $62 billion in November to $38.2 billion in April.

Non-EU member Norway has cut its holding by 40 percent since September 2017, from $64.1 billion to $39.3 billion in April.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ex-Health Minister: UK Government Officials Tried to Dodge Inquiry into 800 Deaths at Single Hospital

FARSNEWS2018/6/21
Ex-Health Minister: UK Government Officials Tried to Dodge Inquiry into 800 Deaths at Single Hospital
TEHRAN (FNA)- A former health minister accused government officials of trying to evade a public inquiry into the suspicious deaths of 833 patients at one hospital in England in 2002.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said he suspected a “conspiracy” among officials as they attempted to reject an inquiry into the deaths of mainly elderly patients allegedly linked to Dr. Jane Barton, The Independent reported.

He added that his intervention at the last moment allowed the subsequent launch of the probe into circumstances around the incidents at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Many of the patients were prescribed high doses of morphine to “keep them quiet” on overstretched wards, according to the report.

It also noted that the £13m inquiry focused on the death certificates signed by Barton (pictured below).

A number of other investigations, which predated the inquiry, were carried out by police, prosecutors, the National Health Service and the General Medical Council, but all of them failed to satisfy families.

Some of the families have said that the circumstances around the deaths at the hospital were covered up.

Lamb, who campaigned for a public inquiry into the issue before becoming a minister, also explained how he had to push government civil servants to show him the findings of a report by Professor Richard Baker into patient care.

“I started to ask questions internally. I asked to see the Professor Baker report and, for two to three months, it wasn’t forthcoming,” he told BBC Newsnight.

“We then went away on holiday in the summer of 2013. Late at night one evening, I just happened to switch on my iPad and I saw an email from my private secretary, which said they were going to publish the Baker report the next day, and that they would announce there would be no public inquiry," he said.

“I was incandescent about this. I immediately sensed that there might have been a conspiracy to cover this up whilst I was out of the country – to this day I don’t know whether it was cockup or coverup,” he added.

Lamb replied to the email, saying that the announcement should not go out until he arrived back. Following his return, he met officials and told them that there had to be an inquiry.

The officials told him that they sought the permission of another minister, who was quite unfamiliar with the case, to make the announcement in his absence.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said, “The government, along with local NHS organizations and authorities, will receive a copy of the report [on Wednesday] and we expect the findings to be studied closely and carefully by all relevant parties.”

It is also expected that British Prime Minister Theresa May will refer to the finding during Prime Minister’s Questions later on Wednesday, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt also expected to give a statement.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:15| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

UAE Sexually Torture Yemeni Prisoners

FARSNEWS2018/6/21
UAE Sexually Torture Yemeni Prisoners
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Associated Press (AP) revealed in a report that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tortured Yemeni prisoners across 18 prisons in Yemen.

Hundreds of Yemeni prisoners were subject to sexual abuse in Southern Yemen, where the UAE focuses its foreign policy in Yemen. Fifteen UAE officers ordered Yemeni prisoners to undress and lie down for anal cavity checks, claiming they were looking for contraband mobile phones. The Yemeni prisoners who resisted were beaten until they bled, and threatened with barking dogs.

Hundreds of other detainees suffered similar sexual abuse on 10 March at Beir Ahmed prison in Southern Yemen, Aden, according to seven witnesses who spoke to the AP.

Despite countless human rights reports detailing abuse in Yemen, Marine Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, Pentagon Spokesperson, announced that “US forces are required to report credible allegations of detainee abuse. We have received no credible allegations that would substantiate the allegations put forth in your line of question/story”.

US officials have acknowledged that American forces receive intelligence from UAE partners and have participated in interrogations in Yemen.

Witnesses told The Associated Press that Yemeni guards working under the direction of UAE officers used various methods of sexual torture and humiliation. Detainees were raped while other guards recorded the abuse on their mobile phones. Detainees had their genitals electrocuted and rocks hung from their testicles, and others were abused with wooden and steel poles.

“They strip you naked, then tie your hands to a steel pole from the right and the left so you are spread open in front of them. Then the sodomising starts,” one father of four stated.

The detainees smuggled letters and drawings to the AP describing the sexual abuse.

Of the five prisons, AP located, four of them are in Aden, Southern Yemen.

“One is at the Buriqa base – the headquarters for the Emirati forces. A second is at the house of Shallal Shaye, the Aden security chief closely allied with the UAE, and a third is at a nightclub-turned-prison called Wadah. The fourth is at Beir Ahmed, where the March atrocities occurred”, the AP investigation read.

US personnel have been seen at the Buriqa base, along with Colombian mercenaries, according to two prisoners and two security officials.

The detainees could not say whether the Americans, some of whom wear military uniforms, are members of the US government or mercenaries.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 to reinstall Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement in late March that the war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured until then.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Malaysia Mulls Withdrawing Troops from Saudi Arabia

FARSNEWS2018/6/21
Malaysia Mulls Withdrawing Troops from Saudi Arabia
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Malaysian government announced that it is considering withdrawing forces deployed in Saudi Arabia.

“Malaysia has always adopted a neutral policy and does not favour any political ideology of the world’s major powers”, Malaysian Bernama news agency quoted Malaysian Defence Minister Mohammed Sabu as saying.

He added that “the Malaysian government is actively involved in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and has even been its chairman”.

The Malaysian Defence Minister said in a statement that his country’s forces did not participate in the war in Yemen or in operations against Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) while deployed in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Monitor reported.

Sabu expressed his country’s readiness to evacuate Malaysian citizens from Yemen in the event of a crisis.

The Defence Minister did not provide any information on the number of Malaysian troops deployed in Saudi Arabia.

2016年01月26日
マレーシア首相サウジ王室から 2013年にUSD 約7億ドルの寄付を受ける

氏名 就任 退任 政党
マハティール・ビン・モハマド 1981年7月16日 2003年10月31日 UMNO
アブドラ・バダウィ 2003年10月31日 2009年4月3日 UMNO
ナジブ・ラザク 2009年4月3日 2018年5月10日 UMNO
マハティール・ビン・モハマド 2018年5月10日 現職 PPBN

そういうことだったんですね。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月21日

60人を殺したヒットマングループのボスがロシアに送還される

RT2018/6/21
Boss of ‘hitmen army,’ who allegedly has the blood of 60 victims on his hands, extradited to Russia

Alleged crime boss Aslan Gagiyev, who is suspected of being behind the murders of over 60 people, has been extradited to Russia from Austria. He is arguably the worst dealer of contract killings in Russia’s modern history.

The man arrived in Moscow from Vienna on a regular flight on Wednesday under heavy escort from representatives of several Russian security agencies.

Gagiyev, also known as Dzhako, faces numerous criminal charges in Russia, including the organization of a criminal community, banditry, murder, illegal circulation of weapons and fraud, according to Irina Volk, Russia’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman. He faces a lifetime in prison for his alleged crimes.



According to the investigators, back in 2004, the native of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia organized a gang that, at one point, had more than 50 members. The group, which was labeled the ‘hitmen army’ by the Russian media, specialized in contract killings and operated mostly in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia, Moscow and its suburbs. The alleged hit list of the gang includes the Mayor of Vladikavkaz Vitaly Karaev, vice-premier of North Ossetia Kazbek Pagiyev, law enforcers, prominent bankers and businessmen.

Gagiyev was put on an international wanted list after fleeing Russia in 2013, and he was arrested in Vienna back in 2015. Since then, the Austrian courts have made several rulings to extradite the criminal boss to Russia, but his lawyers have been stalling the process on various pretexts.

Dzhako was supposed to be handed over to Russia in November last year, but, at the last moment, his lawyers presented a medical certificate that their client suffered from a severe form of aerophobia, the fear of flying. The court ordered the examination of Gagiyev by two experts, who independently ruled that he didn’t have the condition and that nothing prevented the defendant from being transported to Moscow by plane.

His lawyers also referred the case to the European Court of Human Rights. They argued that Austria had no right to keep him in custody for such a long period of time and that the decision to extradite him violated his rights.

Gagiyev’s right-hand man and his namesake, Oleg Gagiyev, is already serving a life sentence in Russia, as well as another senior gang member. Convictions have been secured by prosecutors for 20 other people involved, while 13 others are in police custody awaiting or undergoing trial. Nine suspects are fugitives from the law.
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韓国大統領 ロシア・北朝鮮との三国間協力に意欲

TASS June 20, 10:38 UTC+3
South Korea, Russia, North Korea may implement big trilateral projects − Moon Jae-in
The South Korean president mentioned plans to connect the three countries’ railway networks
SEOUL, June 20. /TASS/. Seoul, Moscow and Pyongyang may implement a number of big trilateral infrastructure and energy projects in case peace is established in the region, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman for TASS, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily and the Rossiya 24 TV channel ahead of his state visit to Moscow.

"Russia and South Korea have huge potential as far as economic, humanitarian and cultural exchanges go," Moon Jae-in said. "The potential has not been exhausted yet. We can involve North Korea in cooperation after permanent peace is established in the region," he added.

By way of example, the South Korean president mentioned plans to connect the three countries’ railway networks that would make it possible to deliver goods to Russia and Europe via North Korea. "Once the Trans-Korean Main Line is built, it may be connected to the Trans-Siberian Railway. In this case, it will be possible to deliver goods from South Korea to Europe, which would be economically beneficial not only to South and North Korea but to Russia as well," Moon Jae-in said.
More:
http://tass.com/economy/1010252

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20186/21に寄せられたコメント、引用開始。

素晴らしい計画ですね!3か国だけでなく、ヨーロッパ全域をまるごと繋ぐことになり、
経済だけでなく文化交流にも大いに貢献しますね。国のトップが夢を持ち、他国もその夢に巻き込む。そのような建設的で壮大な夢を世界中の国々と人々が共有し、実現化するように協力し合うことができれば世の中は良くなりますね。理想かもしれませんが、夢と理想のない政治ほどつまらないものはないと考えます。その計画に日本と中国が協賛し5か国の共同作業となれば嬉しくなりますが…。

人々がわくわくするような計画、実現させて欲しいですし、この計画は現実的でもあります。
オリンピックなどというコマーシャリズムにのっとられらているスポーツの祭典よりも、未来を見据えての多国間との夢のある計画に参加することのほうが国民をよりいっそう熱狂させるでしょう。
それとも、今の日本には夢や理想は見られない?あるいは無い?(怒っている人すくないですものね。真っ当な政治であれば、憲法やモラルが無視されたり破壊されることなどあり得ません。少数意見もそれが正しい場合には多数をさえも抑えることはできます)

その計画がよその国のものであっても、想像するだけでワクワクしますし、楽しくなるニュースでした!

・・・引用終わり・・・

全く同感です。最近ユーラシア大陸の鉄道網整備の計画が進んでいます。ロシアは、シベリア鉄道の近代化を進めています。


今回のサッカーワールドカップの選手団をモスクワからカザンに運んだ寝台列車。広軌鉄道ですが、それにしてもバカでかいです。


ロシアは、イランと鉄道を結ぶためにアゼルバイジャンを引き込んで鉄道の整備を進めています。これが完成すると、ヨーロッパからロシアを経由してイランへ、そしてペルシャ湾からアラビア海を通ってインド、東南アジアへのアクセスが格段に改善します。経済が活性化し、就業機会が増えれば地域の安定につながります。期待します。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:02| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Japan-US Drills to Continue Amid US-South Korean Exercises Freeze

FARSNEWS2018/6/20
Japan-US Drills to Continue Amid US-South Korean Exercises Freeze
TEHRAN (FNA)- In the wake of the decision of Washington and Seoul to hold off drills on the Korean Peninsula amid burgeoning diplomacy in the area, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the Japanese-US joint military exercises will continue.

"There have been no changes to drills outside the Korean Peninsula, just like the US said. During the conversation with [Pentagon chief James] Mattis, we have reiterated that we will carry out the Japanese-US exercises in full like before," Onodera told a press conference, RIA Novosti reported.

Earlier in the day, both Washington and Seoul said they had suspended planning for a joint military exercise, which was set to be held on the Korean Peninsula in August. The US Defense Department said this decision would not affect Pacific military drills outside of the Korean Peninsula.

On June 13, Onodera expressed concern over the US President's plans to terminate joint military drills with South Korea, noting that the US-South Korean exercises and US forces' presence in South Korea played significant roles for the security of East Asia.

The US-South Korean military drills were suspended in the wake of the landmark talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. During the talks, which took place last week, the two leaders reached an agreement reaffirming Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees provided by Washington.

After the historic summit, Trump announced that the US-South Korean joint drills would be suspended if the talks with Pyongyang were to move ahead.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:08| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月20日

シリア関係 2018/6/20

FARSNEWS2018/6/20から
Tens of Civilians Arrested in Northeastern Syria after Intensified Tensions with US-Backed Militias
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) embarked on capturing tens of civilians in Raqqa and Hasaka after local people stood in opposition to the measures adopted by the militia.

Security units of the SDF launched arrests in al-Sabahiyeh neighborhood in the Western part of Raqqa city and managed to capture 11 young men, accusing them of distributing leaflets against the SDF in the city.

In the meantime, the SDF continued its forced conscription, recruiting a sum of 30 civilians in al-Mashlab and al-Ramileh neighborhoods in Raqqa city.

The SDF has put its gunmen on alert after arresting people in Raqqa, fearing public reaction.


Iranian Leader's Top Aide: US to Experience 2nd Vietnam War in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted the US forces for occupying parts of Eastern Syria, warning that Eastern Euphrates will turn into a second Vietnam for Washington.

"The Americans themselves have created the ISIL and the al-Nusra (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Syria and now they have come onto the scene and occupied Eastern Euphrates," Velayati told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

"They should know that Syria and Eastern Euphrates will be another Vietnam for the US," he added.

His remarks came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in April that despite US President Donald Trump's claims, Washington was actively digging in the area of the Eastern bank of Euphrates River in Syria and had no intentions of leaving.

"As for economic reconstruction, this will take time and I am convinced that we should all act in the interests of the Syrian people and out of total respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria," he stated, talking about the rebuilding of Syria.

Lavrov underscored that he said this because "a whole host of nations are deliberately aiming to disintegrate Syria".

"The US pledged that their only aim was to repel terrorists from Syria, to defeat the ISIL, but, despite all their claims, despite President Trump's claims, the US is actually positioning itself on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates and have no intention of leaving," Lavrov stressed.


Northern Syria: Popular Uprising against US-Turkish Agreement Reported in Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of people in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo poured into the streets in a show of opposition to an agreement reached by the US and Turkey on shared control over the city.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that thousands of civilians in Manbij took to the streets and gathered in al-Batlah square at the Eastern entrance of the town.

Hawar news went on to say that the popular uprising further spread across the Central parts of the town, adding that the demonstrators condemned the agreement endorsed by the American and Turkish armies over the town.

The protestors further called for the expulsion of occupiers from Syria's territories, Hawar news said.

Earlier today, Syria strongly denounced the presence of Turkish and US troops around the Arab country’s Northern town of Manbij, a day after soldiers of both countries entered the outskirts of the flashpoint town as part of a deal reached between Ankara and Washington to purportedly remove US-backed Kurdish militants from the area and “secure” the region.

“Syria expresses its strong condemnation and absolute rejection of the incursion of Turkish and American forces in the vicinity of Manbij, which comes in the context of continued Turkish and American aggression,” Syria’s official news agency, SANA, said, quoting an unnamed official from the country’s Foreign Ministry.

The official added that following successive achievements against various terror groups, the Syrian people and their valiant armed forces “are more resolute and determined than ever to liberate the entire Syrian soil from any foreign elements and to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the Arab country.

The statement came just a day after that US-led coalition and Turkish forces have begun independent but coordinated patrols along a demarcation line near the Syrian town of Manbij while planning for joint patrols in the future, citing a US Central Command press release.


Syrian Army's Strong Presence in Central Badiyeh Foils US Plan in Support of ISIL
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops' full control over a vast region from Eastern Homs to the borders with Iraq in Deir Ezzur province has foiled the US plan to provide support for ISIL in the region, army officers said on Wednesday.

The officers reported that the army has dispatched a large number of troops and heavy military equipment to Syria's Badiyeh (desert) in Southern Deir Ezzur, and restored sustainable security to vast regions from the ancient town of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Eastern Homs to the town of Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

They went on to say that the army further drove terrorists out of regions that stretch from Humeimeh in Southwestern Deir Ezzur to al-Wa'ar Dam and the border region with Iraq, from T2 Oil Pumping Station to T3 Oil Pumping Station and the borderline between South of the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzur and the US-run al-Tanf region in Southern Homs.

They further said that the army's strong presence in Badiyeh has foiled the plot hatched by the US military and its allied militants to help the ISIL terrorists move into the region.


Arab Daily: US Bases in Iraq, Syria Easy Targets for Iraqi Popular Forces' Retaliation
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab newspaper warned that the Monday airstrikes by the US or Israel against Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) could be retaliated by attacks against the American forces in Iraq and Syria.

"When the US denies bombing of the Syrian army positions near the borders with Iraq in which 52 people were killed and 65 others were wounded, most of them Hashd al-Shaabi forces, this means that either the US spokesman is lying or the other side, Israel, has committed the crime," the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm wrote on Tuesday.

"It is not unlikely for Hashd al-Shaabi to retaliate the airstrikes by attacking the US forces in Eastern Euphrates and al-Tanf base and perhaps, the range of retaliatory attacks will extend to the Israeli targets in the future," it added.

The newspaper said that the US commanders and their Israeli allies played with fire and forgot that 6,000 US marines are stationed in Iraq who can be an easy target for Hashd al-Shaabi and the resistance forces.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, Asaeb Ahl Al-Haq Battalion, one of the popular forces fighting alongside the Iraqi army, in a statement lashed out at the US airstrikes on a Hashd al-Shaabi base, stressing that it was aimed at supporting the terrorist groups.
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Breaking Bad French style: Young housewife identified as key player behind huge dark web platform

RT2018/6/19
Breaking Bad French style: Young housewife identified as key player behind huge dark web platform
French police made an unexpected arrest while investigating the ‘Black Hand’ dark web forum known for selling drugs and guns – a suburban housewife.

In events perhaps reminiscent of the TV show ‘Breaking Bad’, the mother of two, who reportedly has no criminal record, is accused of running one of France’s largest illegal platforms on the dark web.

Authorities shut down the site on June 12 after arresting four people in four simultaneous raids in Lille, Montpellier and Marseille. The raids netted nearly €4,000 in cash and €25,000 in various digital currencies, according to a statement from the Directorate National Intelligence and Customs Inquiry (DNRED).

The woman, who is an unemployed mother of two, was arrested in the Lille area. It is alleged that the 28-year-old ran the forum under the pseudonyms ‘Anouchka’ and ‘Hades’ but she was not the site’s creator.

“A woman operating at this level is quite original,” a DNRED source told AFP, adding that she did not meet the “computer engineer geek profile.”

The DNRED uncovered more than 3,000 registered accounts on the darknet forum following the year-long operation involving around 40 agents. Investigators have so far been unable to evaluate the forum’s overall turnover, although the DNRED source estimates it could amount to “tens of thousands of euros per year.”

The investigation, labelled the “first of its kind in France” by the Minister of Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, is continuing. The four suspects have now been released before they appear before local magistrates in their home cities.

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Former Israeli minister charged with spying for Iran

RT2018/6/19
Former Israeli minister of energy and infrastructure Gonen Segev has been charged with spying and aiding the enemy in wartime, for allegedly passing sensitive information to the Jewish state’s arch-rival, Iran.

Segev, who previously served time for drug-smuggling, was arrested in Equatorial Guinea and extradited to Israeli in May. Israel’s Shin Bet security service said in statement on Monday that the former cabinet member had been cooperating with Iranian intelligence officials since 2012, after establishing contact with them at Iran’s embassy in Nigeria.

“Segev gave his operators information about [Israel’s] energy sector, about security locations in Israel and about buildings and officials in diplomatic and security bodies, and more,” the agency’s statement reads.

The 62-year-old allegedly remained an active agent at the time of his arrest and previously “visited Iran twice to meet with his handlers,” Shin Bet said. The ex-minister also held meetings with Iranians in hotels and safe houses around the globe and had received a special device to pass on encrypted messages, it added.

Segev was making contacts with Israeli officials, including security officers and diplomats, in order to gather information desired by Tehran, according to Shin Bet. He also attempted to organize meetings of Israeli figures with Iranian spies, presenting the latter as businessmen, the intelligence agency said.

The Jerusalem Court indicted Segev on charges of aiding the enemy in wartime, spying and other offenses on Friday.

Some details of the case currently remain under seal, with Segev’s lawyers saying in a statement that the full charge sheet would make the accusations seem less harsh.

“Even at this early stage it can be said that the permitted publication attributes extreme gravity to the events, even though within the indictment, of which the full details remain confidential, a different picture is painted,” the lawyers stated.

According to Israel’s Channel 10, Segev told interrogators that he “wanted to fool the Iranians and come back to Israel a hero” as his reputation in the home country had been tarnished. The former minister also insisted that he provided no important data to the Iranians.

The former minister is reportedly being held in solitary confinement at one of the Shin Bet facilities, with his next court hearing expected in three weeks.

Segev, who served as the head of the Energy and Infrastructure Ministry from 1995 to 1996, has been living out of Israel since 2007, as his political career came to an abrupt end. He left the country after serving two years in jail for an attempt to smuggle 32,000 ecstasy (MDMA) tablets from the Netherlands into the Jewish state.
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2018年06月19日

米国主導軍がシリア軍ポジションを攻撃

RT2018/6/17
US-led coalition strikes Syrian army positions in Deir ez-Zor province – state media
US-led coalition aircraft have reportedly bombed Syrian military positions in the Al Bukamal area of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, state media outlet SANA reports, citing a military source.

The strike, according to the military source, allegedly targeted a Syrian “military position” in al-Harra, southeast of Al Bukamal. There are dead and wounded following the strike, the source added.

The strike was “probably” carried out by American drones, a source from among the local pro-government forces told Reuters, adding that the attack allegedly targeted Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions. The reported strike would not be the first time the US-led coalition targeted the positions of Syrian military and pro-Damascus forces in Deir ez-Zor, where the Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operate.

The SDF, with the support of the US-led anti-IS coalition, began Operation Roundup on May 1, with a declared goal of driving out remaining jihadists from the Iraq-Syria border region and the middle Euphrates River Valley. To help their allies gain ground, the coalition has conducted 225 strikes with 280 engagements in May. “This demonstrates a 304 percent increase over the 74 strikes conducted in March and a 123 percent increase over the 183 strikes recorded in April,” the Pentagon noted earlier. US-led strikes in the vicinity of Abu Kamal have been carried out daily during June, allegedly targeting IS positions and supply routes.

Damascus has repeatedly denounced Washington’s actions as a violation of Syrian sovereignty, arguing that the US presence only benefits terrorists and those who want to carve up the country.

“The United States is losing its cards. The main card was Al-Nusra, that was called ‘moderate,’ but when scandals started leaking that they’re not moderate, that they’re Al-Qaeda, which is supposed to be fought by the United States, they started looking for another card. This card is the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] now,” Bashar Assad told RT in a recent interview, adding that “Americans should leave” Syria, one way or another.

FARSNEWS2018/6/19
US Aircraft Kills Scores of Iraqi Popular Forces Near Syria Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Shaabi, announced that a US airstrike on the Iraqi border with war-torn Syria has claimed the lives of nearly two dozen of its fighters and wounded a dozen others.

“At 10 pm [local time] last night a US aircraft hit a standing headquarters of the brigades 45 and 46 of the Hashd al-Shaabi forces defending the border strip with Syria using two guided missiles which led to the martyrdom of 22 fighters and the injuries of 12 others,” the paramilitary forces said in a statement on Monday, presstv reported.

The PMU, which located the air raid at “700 meters inside Syria”, also demanded “an explanation” on the deadly strike from the American forces present in the region.

It added that such air raids, conducted by the US fighter jets, against its fighters had been “repeated throughout the years of” Washington’s so-called war on “terrorism” in the Arab country.

Hashd al-Shaabi is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 groups, which are mainly Shia Muslims. The force reportedly numbers more than 100,000 fighters. Iraqi authorities say there are between 25,000 and 30,000 Sunni tribal fighters within its ranks in addition to Kurdish Izadi and Christian units.

The fighters have played a major role in the liberation of Daesh-held areas to the South, Northeast and North of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, ever since the Takfiri terrorist group launched an offensive in the country in June 2014.

The Iraqi parliament in November 2016 approved a law giving full legal status to Hashd al-Shaabi fighters. It recognized the PMU as part of the national armed forces, placed the volunteer fighters under the command of the prime minister, and granted them the right to receive salaries and pensions like the regular army and police forces.

FARSNEWS2018/6/19
Iraqi MP: Expulsion of US Forces Minimum Penalty for Attacks against Hashd Al-Shaabi
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi legislator called on the Iraqi government to stop military operations of the so-called anti-ISIL international coalition following the US army attacks on Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces).

Dolat al-Qanoun coalition's representative at the parliament Ferdos al-Awadi was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that the ominous US-led coalition targets and kills the sons of Iraq on a daily basis and supports terrorism against the Iraqi people.

She added that the US attacked the resistance forces and Hashd al-Shaabi last night at the Iraqi-Syrian borders and killed and wounded a number of Iraqi Hezbollah, al-Asae'b and Nujaba forces, noting that the crime cannot be forgiven.

Syrian sources announced that tens of Kata’eb Hezbollah (Iraqi paramilitary) forces were martyred in a drone attack in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzur, bordering Iraq, on Sunday night. Some other sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that 38 people were killed in the attack.

Al-Awadi said that the coalition's attack against Hashd al-Shaabi which is one of the Iraqi security forces indicates the US hostility towards Iraq and its sovereignty, adding that expulsion of the coalition forces should be the minimum reaction required from the Iraqi government.

She warned that the US-led coalition launches targeted attacks against the resistance forces in the region, saying that a simple investigation into the coalition's measures leaves no doubt that it is the biggest supporter of terrorist organizations in the world.

The coalition has been targeting the military positions in Iraq and Syria in a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed morale of the terrorist organizations due to the achievements of the Syrian army.

The field reports confirm that Washington provides the ISIL with various types of support to prevent its collapse and invest it to keep its forces illegally in the Syrian territory and steal the economic resources in the Eastern region through its mercenaries of terrorist groups.
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WHO: MERS Outbreaks Killed 23 in Saudi Arabia

FARSNEWS2018/6/19
WHO: MERS Outbreaks Killed 23 in Saudi Arabia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), also known as camel flu, claimed the lives of nearly two dozen people in Saudi Arabia in four months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) between January 21 and May 31, World News reported.

One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafr al-Batin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in the capital Riyadh in the same month. Two other clusters affected households in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and Najran.

Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates and Oman each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurized camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia. It also takes the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans six years ago.

MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.

The disease often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.

Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, according to the WHO.

In recent years, MERS has occurred in Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, Europe, and in the US, with no treatment or preventative medicines to fight disease.

A cousin of SARS, MERS causes coughing, fever, pneumonia and kidney failure, but it does not appear to be as contagious as SARS, which killed some 800 people in a 2003 epidemic.

According to the WHO, the disease has an overall mortality rate of 35 percent.

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IRGC Security Commander: Iranian VIPs Protected against Bioterrorism

FARSNEWS2018/6/19
IRGC Security Commander: Iranian VIPs Protected against Bioterrorism
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) VIP and Flight Guards Corps Brigadier General Ali Nassiri underlined that his force is giving Iranian officials and figures protection against any bioterrorism attack.

"One of the threats in the field of terrorism is bioterrorism. It is a new threat and has a different form. We have provided the necessary possibilities and trainings against bioterrorism and have indigenized many of these possibilities," General Nassiri said on Tuesday.

He stressed that the skilled IRGC VIP and Flight Guards have been trained to protect the country's officials from the danger of bioterrorism.

Elsewhere, General Nassiri announced the IRGC Flight Guards Corps' willingness to share its experiences with the friendly states.

In relevant remarks in May, General Nassiri said that his forces had thwarted 15 hijacking attempts on Iranian planes in the past 34 years.

"We have had 15 cases of plane hijacking since 1984," General Nassiri told reporters in Tehran, adding that his forces have brought the situation under control in 11 cases and resolved 4 more incidents through talks with hijackers.

He also said no Iranian VIPs have been assassinated since 1980, a year after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and mentioned that the Iranian nuclear scientists and martyr Ali Sayyad Shirazi were assassinated because they were not protected by bodyguards.

Also, in 2015, an IRGC commander revealed that the flight guard forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps had defused several plots hatched by the terrorist ISIL group to hijack the Iranian planes.

Speaking to FNA on attempts to hijack the Iranian planes in recent years, Deputy Chief Liaison Officer of Flight Guards Corps Ya’qoub Baqeri spoke of the terrorist ISIL group's failed plots in this regard.

"The ISIL and other Salafi groups sought to hit a blow to our country this way, but fortunately, they couldn’t put their plots into practice," Baqeri said.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

EU Could Cancel Brexit Security Deal If UK Quits European Court of Human Rights

FARSNEWS2018/6/19
EU Could Cancel Brexit Security Deal If UK Quits European Court of Human Rights
TEHRAN (FNA)- If Britain leaves the European Convention of Human Rights after Brexit, it will trigger a “guillotine clause” that will nullify any UK-EU security partnership to fight crime and terrorism, under plans suggested by Brussels, according to a report.

The security agreement would also be cancelled if the European Commission or the European Court of Justice decided that UK data protection standards did not match EU standards, according to slidespresented by the commission to EU 27 diplomats, The Telegraph reported.

Under plans suggested by Brussels, the EU will trigger a “guillotine clause” that will cancel any post-Brexit security partnership with London to fight crime and terrorism.

In its latest publication on a joint security partnership, the bloc has dismissed a number of the UK’s proposals in order to strike the “closest possible” security pact.

In April, the European Council announced its commitment to “establish a partnership in the field of fighting against terrorism and international crime”.

EU member states want to see the UK-EU security partnership to continue after Brexit, according to one EU diplomat. But, huge differences remain in both London and Brussels’ plans to strike such a partnership.

Both sides have stated that they are determined to find an arrangement where they can freely exchange information and support in order to combat terrorism and other crimes across the EU.

However, Brussels has scrutinized British proposals in the Commission’s latest publication on the Brexit negotiations and has proposed several stipulations for a potential deal.

The Commission demanded that in order to protect “fundamental rights”, Britain will have to remain party to the European Convention of Human Rights.

“We will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but we will consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes,” according to the document.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been highly critical of the court in the past. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, was established by the European Convention on Human Rights.
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NZのジャーナリスト ケイトリン・ジョンストン

NZのジャーナリスト ケイトリン・ジョンストンの個人サイト Mediumから転載
お歳はわかりませんが、まだ若い方ですよね。ですが、以下にあるレベルの論説は、世界のジャーナリストの中でも比肩できる方は少ないでしょう。若い女性の活躍が目立ちます。

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Caitlin Johnstone
Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.


Mattis: Putin Is Trying To “Undermine America’s Moral Authority”

At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America’s moral authority,” and that “his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.

This would be the same James Mattis who’s been overseeing the war crimes committed by America’s armed forces during their illegal occupation of Syria. This would be the same United States of America that was born of the genocide of indigenous tribes and the labor of African slaves, which slaughtered millions in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya and Syria for no legitimate reason, which is partnered with Ukrainian Nazis, jihadist factions in Syria and Iranian terror cultists, which supports 73 percent of the world’s dictators, which interferes constantly in the electoral processes of other countries as a matter of policy, which stages coups around the world, which has encircled the globe with military bases, whose FBI still targets black civil rights activists for persecution to this very day, which routinely enters into undeclared wars of aggression against noncompliant governments to advance plutocratic interests, which remains the only country ever to use nuclear weapons on human beings after doing so completely needlessly in Japan, and which is functionally a corporatist oligarchy with no meaningful “democratic model” in place at all.

A casual glance at facts and history makes it instantly clear that the United States has no “moral authority” of any kind whatsoever, and is arguably the hub of the most pernicious and dangerous force ever assembled in human history. But the establishment Russia narrative really is that cartoonishly ridiculous: you really do have to believe that the US government is 100 percent pure good and the Russian government is 100 percent pure evil to prevent the whole narrative from falling to pieces. If you accept the idea that the exchange is anything close to 50/50, with Russia giving back more or less what it’s getting and simply protecting its own interests from the interests of geopolitical rivals, it no longer makes any sense to view Putin as a leader who poses a unique threat to the world. If you accept the idea that the west is actually being far more aggressive and antagonistic toward Russia than Russia is being toward the west, it gets even more laughable.

In order to believe that the US has anything resembling “moral authority” you have to shove your head so far into the sand you get lava burns, but that really is what is needed to keep western anti-Russia hysteria going. None of the things the Russian government has been accused of doing (let alone the very legitimate questions about whether or not they even did all of them) merit anything but an indifferent shrug when compared with the unforgivable evils that America’s unelected power establishment has been inflicting upon the world, so they need to weave a narrative about “moral authority” in order to give those accusations meaning and relevance. And, since the notion of America having moral authority is contradicted by all facts in evidence, that narrative is necessarily woven of threads of fantasy and denial.

Establishment anti-Russia hysteria is all narrative, no substance. It’s sustained by the talking heads of plutocrat-owned western media making the same unanimous assertions over and over again in authoritative, confident-sounding tones of voice without presenting any evidence or engaging with the reality of what Russia or its rivals are actually doing. The only reason American liberals believe that Putin is a dangerous boogieman who has taken over their government, but don’t believe for example that America is ruled by a baby-eating pedophile cabal, is because the Jake Tappers and Rachel Maddows have told them to believe one conspiracy theory and not the other. They could have employed the exact same strategy with any other wholly unsubstantiated conspiracy narrative and had just as much success.

In reality, Russia is nothing other than a rival power structure that the US-centralized empire wants to either collapse or absorb, but they can’t just come right out and tell the public that they’re dangerously escalating tensions with a nuclear superpower because westerners live in an invisible empire ruled by insatiably greedy plutocrats, so they make up nonsense about Putin being some kind of omnipotent supervillain who has infiltrated the highest levels of US government and is trying to take over the world.

Of equal interest to the Defense Secretary’s “moral authority” gibberish is his claim that Putin’s actions “are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.”

I mean, like… what? So Russia isn’t challenging America militarily and isn’t taking any actions to attempt to, but it’s trying to, what, hurt America’s feelings? All this new cold war hysteria and nuclear brinkmanship has basically been America acting like a bitchy high school drama queen because Russia is saying mean things about it behind its back? How does a guy named “Mad Dog” get to be such a thin-skinned little snowflake?

I’m just playing. Actually, when Mattis says that the Russian government is trying to “undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals,” he is saying that Moscow is interrupting the lies that Americans are being told about their government by the plutocrat-owned media. As we’ve been discussing a lot recently, control of the narrative is absolutely essential for rulers to maintain their rule. When you hear establishment policy makers babbling about “Russian propaganda” and Putin’s attempts to “undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals,” all that they are saying is that the plutocrats who rule America need to be able to control the way Americans think and vote, and that the Russian government is making it a bit harder for them to do that.

More and more, the threads of the establishment narrative are ceasing to be unconsciously absorbed and are being increasingly consciously examined instead. This development has ultimately nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with our species moving out of its old relationship with mental narrative as it approaches evolve-or-die time in our challenging new world. I am greatly encouraged by what I am seeing.

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2018年06月18日

Mysterious foreign airstrikes kill several Syrian, Iraqi troops in east Syria

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An airstrike killed Iraqi and Syrian troops, it was on the south-east border, the US is the most likely culprit but they're choosing to deny it. This is criminal support of ISIS.

AMN2018/6/18
Mysterious foreign airstrikes kill several Syrian, Iraqi troops in east Syria
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military reported on Monday morning that their troops had been attacked by U.S. Coalition warplanes in southeast Syria.

In response to these allegations, the Pentagon released a statement denying that the U.S. forces had anything to do with this attack.

Al-Masdar reached out to a military source in Deir Ezzor to confirm the reports of the U.S.’ participation and to get more details about attack.

The Syrian military claims the attack was carried out by attack drones that came from the direction of the U.S. lines.

As a result of the attack, dozens of personnel from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), National Defense Forces (NDF), and Iraqi paramilitary troops were killed or wounded near the town of Al-Harri, which is in the Albukamal countryside.

This is the second time in three weeks that the Syrian Army has accused the U.S. Coalition of bombing their troops in southeast Syria.

The Syrian Army has not responded to the attack and will not likely attack the US-backed forces in the region, as this would only escalate the situation and lead to violent confrontation.

Furthermore, it is not necessarily clear that the U.S. Coalition carried out the attack, a some pro-government activists have accused the Israeli Air Force of carrying out the airstrikes.

Albukamal is a long distance from the Israeli border, but it would be a viable target for their military, given the large presence of Iranian-backed forces near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Israel has also never attacked the Syrian military this far from their border, so if they were behind this – this would be the first time they have every bombed the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Though, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did vow to attack the Iranian-backed forces anywhere inside Syria during his weekly cabinet meeting.

This is a threat that he and his Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have made on several occasions in the past.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月17日

Skripal Case 13 これからが正念場

英国政府が窮地に追い込まれています。娘ユリアの祖母が娘に会いたいと言っています。従妹の親せきには英国政府はビザ発給を拒否しました。祖母が希望してもビザ発給を拒否し続けるのか。
日本人がある国で犯罪の被害にあい、治療を受けて回復したと伝えられても、日本の領事館の職員が面会できない、家族が会いに行きたいと言ってもビザを出さない。そんなことになったら、どう思いますか? 今の英国の対応は収拾策に困り果てているというところでしょう。スクリパル父子にはしかるべきメリットが与えられるのでしょう。米国など第三国に移住するという話もあります。そうなったときに移住先の国が本人たちに対する家族やロシア領事館の接触を拒み続けることができるか? 米国ならやりかねませんが、そうなれば米国と英国がつるんで仕掛けた事件であることが明白になります。

FARSNEWS2018/5/24
Embassy: Russian Diplomats Must Be Allowed Access to Yulia Skripal to Know She’s Not Held Forcibly
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Embassy urged Britain to give direct access to Yulia Skripal after the release of her first interview since the Salisbury attack, since there are doubts that she has been held against her will or forced to make statements.

“We are glad to have seen Yulia Skripal alive and well,” the Russian Embassy in the UK said in a statement, adding that “however, the video shown only strengthens our concerns as to the conditions in which she is being held”, RT reported.

While the release of Yulia’s interview is most welcome, it “does not discharge the UK authorities from their obligations under Consular Conventions,” Russia’s Embassy reminded.

“The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly in order to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure. So far, we have every reason to suspect the opposite,” the statement read.

Yulia’s speech during the interview and the written statements in Russian and English she signed have raised multiple questions with Russian diplomats.

“Judging by quite a few elements, the text was a translation from English and had been initially written by a native English-speaker,” the embassy said, adding that “the handwritten letters signed by Yulia in Russian and English confirm this impression”.

In her first video appearance since the attack, Skripal said she was “grateful” for the offers of assistance from the Russian Embassy, “but at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services”. She gave a written and video statement to Reuters from an undisclosed location in UK where she says she's recovering after 20 days in coma following the attack.

The Russian Embassy has not been alone in its suspicions that Skripal could have given her interview under duress. The same impression has been shared by many on Twitter, including security analyst and former UK counterterrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge. Others pointed to the apparent discrepancy between the UK’s claims that Russia sought to assassinate the Skripals and Yulia’s wish to return to Russia.

"I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked. We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful,” she said, adding that "the fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking. I don't want to describe the details but the clinical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing”.

Skripal stated that the ordeal had turned her life “upside down,” both “physically and emotionally”. She stressed that she was now focused on helping her father to make a full recovery, and that “in the long term I hope to return home to my country".

※ これはやりすぎですね、表現が辛辣にすぎる。


sputniknews20:01 25.05.2018(updated 20:04 25.05.2018)
Time for UK to Apologize to Moscow for Accusations Over Skripal Case - Embassy https://sptnkne.ws/hBju
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom said on Friday it was time for the UK side to apologize to Russia for accusations over the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, as no evidence was provided by London to substantiate its claims of Moscow’s involvement during the three months which passed since the incident.

"Time has come for British authorities to apologize to Russia for the hollow accusations accompanied by an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign, to give answers to all the questions and requests officially sent to the British side on this matter, to engage with Russian law enforcement agencies that have opened the criminal case regarding the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal, and to stop isolating the two Russian citizens," the embassy’s press release read.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged to stop speculations on the so-called Skripal case and conduct a joint objective investigation instead.

"We need to either carry out a joint objective and thorough investigation, or simply stop talking on this topic, because it does not lead to anything but a deterioration of relations," he said.

Putin also questioned the alleged fact of poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter by a military-grade nerve agent.

"I'm not a specialist in chemical warfare agents, but as far as I can imagine, if a warfare agent is used, the victims of this attack die on the spot, almost immediately. But nothing happened in this case. Skripal himself and his daughter are alive, and have been discharged from the hospital. His daughter looks quite alright, everyone is alive and well," the president stressed.

READ MORE: 'Yulia Skripal's Video Message Had One Crucial Phrase' – Political Scientist

On May 1, UK National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill told the UK lower house defense committee that no suspects had been identified in the March's attack on the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

In this Feb. 27, 2018 grab taken from CCTV video provided by ITN on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 , former spy Sergei Skripal shops at a store in Salisbury, England

Analysis by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of the Salisbury incident confirmed the UK findings related to the nature of the chemical used in the poisoning, but did not include any information that would help the UK government substantiate claims about Russian involvement in the incident.

The United Kingdom and its allies have blamed Russia for an alleged role in the poisoning despite presenting no proof. Over a hundred Russian diplomats have since been expelled from these countries in solidarity with London and to put pressure on Moscow, which denies any involvement.

G7 Statement Shows UK's Accusations against Russia in Skripals Case Baseless
TEHRAN (FNA)- A representative of the Russian Embassy in London said the statement by the Group of Seven (G7) countries demonstrates that the United Kingdom has only "groundless accusations" against Russia regarding the Skripals case.

"As it happened after the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in April, we again see groundless accusations against Russia, not based on any evidence. In their unfounded accusations, the UK authorities continue to rely solely on the allied 'solidarity', and can offer their partners nothing but the thesis that the poisoning of the Skripals 'has no other plausible explanation' than Russia's responsibility," the representative told Sputnik on Monday.

FARSNEWS2018/6/12
On Saturday, the G7 leaders adopted a joint communique following the two-day summit in Quebec, which also touched upon their policy toward Russia.

The nations urged Moscow to "cease its destabilizing behavior to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime", and threatened Russia with further restrictive measures.

The document also supported the UK accusations against Moscow of the nerve agent attack in the town of Salisbury.

FARSNEWS2018/6/16
Russian Embassy: London Refusing to Cooperate in Glushkov, Skripal Cases
TEHRAN (FNA)- London still refuses to cooperate with Moscow in investigating Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov’s murder and the alleged poisoning of former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in the UK told the Russian media.

"Great Britain remains deafeningly silent, still refusing to provide answers to questions by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the embassy about the progress concerning Moscow’s requests about the murder of a Russian citizen and the attempted murder of Russian citizens on British soil," the spokesman said, TASS reported.

"We must say that Great Britain has shown a zero level of cooperation in investigating these high-profile cases. We believe that it is harmful to law enforcement activities aimed at finding the truth and restoring justice," the embassy added.

Glushkov was found dead at his London home on March 12. The Metropolitan Police said he had died from compression to the neck. At the same time, according to media reports, the businessman was strangled with a dog lead so investigators believe that the killer could have aimed at giving his death the appearance of suicide. On March 16, Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal case over Glushkov’s murder.

According to London, Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and later swapped for Russian intelligence officers, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom’s accusations.

The British media initially reported that the Skripals were in critical condition and their odds of survival were minimal but both managed to recover. Yulia was discharged from the hospital in early April but her whereabouts have been unknown since then.

The Russian embassy in London many times requested the British authorities provide consular access to the Skripals who are both Russian citizens but all requests were rejected. "Considering all the facts, we now have more reasons to qualify this situation as an abduction of the two Russian nationals. We will continue to seek the truth and demand answers from the British side," Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko said in this regard.
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FARSNEWS2018/6/16
Iranian MP Blasts Difference in Europeans' Words, Actions against US Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini lashed out at the European states for the difference in their words and actions in supporting Tehran against the US sanctions after Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

"The Europeans have shown that they are following the US path. That’s why their major companies are abandoning Iran under the pretext of US sanctions," Naqavi Hosseini said on Saturday.

He added that the European companies’ withdrawal from their projects in Iran shows that there is a big difference between their words and actions.


He added that the Europeans’ way of dealing with Iran’s demands has proven that all those inside the country who still are optimist about the success of the nuclear deal are wrong, calling the other side an enemy who should be treated the way they are.

The European signatories to a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran--Germany, France and Britain--have vowed to keep the deal alive after President Donald Trump withdrew from it last month.

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later threatened Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history” if it did not comply with a list of steep demands, including ending uranium enrichment.

Iran has said it will remain committed to the deal for the time being, pending negotiations with other signatories to the JCPOA to see if Iran’s interests would still be protected under an accord without the US.

Tehran’s other partners in the deal – Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China – have all opposed Washington’s unilateral withdrawal and said they would still live up to their commitments as part of the deal.

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