国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2020年06月26日

シリアのレジムチェンジを狙う米国の政策は変わらない

米軍がシリアにとどまり、石油盗掘の助けをしたり麦畑を焼き払う疑いのある活動をしています。次々と「制裁」をかけていますが、これは経済妨害にほかなりません。ベネズエラでもシリアでも同じです。テロリストを支援していることを隠そうとしなくなっています。当初シリア戦争に参画した欧州などが米国の行動を非難しないこと、主流メディアが報じないことをいいことにして、国際法に違反することを続けています。
米国、米軍は、自分たちの目論見を打ち砕いたロシアとイランにシッペ返しをしたい、イラクや他の国に米軍はそう簡単には撤退しないことを示したいという意図があるのでしょう。ロシアをシリアの泥沼にはめてやるという発言が出ています。
ですが、米国が湾岸諸国などの資金援助を得てISISを国家レベルで支援してきたことを考えれば、民生面での支援ははるかに金がかかりません。テロリストの人件費はいらない。民生の復興や支援物資の分配にはシリア内の市民が参加します。
ロシアには財政的な負担も大きいでしょう。ですが、ロシアやイランの動きを途上国はじっと見ています。米国とあるいは欧州の国と対立したとき、頼りになるのはどこか。
ロシアが外出禁止令を出し、航空便を止めたとき、ラブロフは一日に何件も他国の外相と電話会談をしていました。ポンペオや英国外相、ドイツの外相もトルコ外相も他の国と電話会談をしたでしょう。ですが、ラブロフほどの会談相手の幅はありません。2020/6/25の軍事パレードに海外の国からの参加が増えています。
報道でもロシア系の通信社は上げ足を取られる、ミスを攻撃されることを恐れて確かな内容しか報じません。今世界政治とその潮流を知る上で最も頼れる報道機関は、米国の主要報道機関ではありません。

RT
‘Assad must go’ no more, says US envoy for Syria. Except US policy is still regime change by another name
By Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT
While special envoy James Jeffrey says the US no longer demands regime change in Syria, only “change of behavior,” his explanation shows this distinction is without a difference and no November election results will change it.

“We’re not demanding total victory, we’re not saying that Assad has to go,” Jeffrey said on Monday, during a live event hosted by the Middle East Institute and moderated by MEI director Charles Lister.

Instead, he explained, the goal of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act – a US sanctions law that came into effect last week – is to “make it clear to anyone who wants to rebuild Assad’s Syria that that cannot happen without Caesar sanctions,” until there is a government in Damascus that carries out US demands with what Jeffrey described as “real eagerness.”

“It is not regime change,” Jeffrey insisted, but a change of behavior. Theoretically, he explained, President Bashar Assad could just comply with all US demands and get the sanctions lifted. Among the demands, for example, is for Damascus to stop “besieging the Syrian people” or “threatening the neighborhood” by having Russian and Iranian forces inside the country – though Jeffrey later explicitly said it’s “not part of our policy” to try to get the Russians out.

Yet it is the “neighborhood” – from Turkey to Israel, whom Jeffrey referred to but refused to name – that has bombed Syria or sent troops there in support of “opposition” militants or bombed , and the US sanctions are themselves an act of siege against the population loyal to Damascus.

Compliance with US sanctions also appears impossible by design. Jeffrey described the “dramatic shift of the behavior” expected of Damascus as being without precedent except from Japan before and after WWII. That is a telling comparison, given that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor followed harsh US sanctions, and that Tokyo was under US military occupation for almost seven years afterward, only nominally retaining the Emperor as the figurehead of state.

Another revelation by Jeffrey is that the Washington establishment has reached a bipartisan consensus on Syria, independent of President Donald Trump. The envoy said he was “not at all concerned” about a possible change in administrations after the November election. He also noted that the sanctions policy was adopted because military intervention against Damascus would get neither international nor domestic US support.

Jeffrey – who is also the US envoy to the coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) – has previously admitted that the US goal in Syria is not to fight terrorism but “make it a quagmire” for Russia. He confirmed that in Monday’s discussion, arguing that Russia and Iran have sought to offer an alternative to the US-led system of collective security in the Middle East.

“It is in our interest not for them to have success, so it’s in our interest to make their product – which is Assad’s Syria – not to be particularly attractive. Not a model, if you will, for other countries,” Jeffrey told Lister.

Not once did the US envoy acknowledge that the Idlib region of Syria is controlled by terrorists. Instead, he called the militants there “opposition” and praised them for working with Turkish forces to stop a “regime offensive.”

Interestingly, Jeffrey repeatedly invoked UN Security Council Resolution 2254 – adopted in December 2015 – as grounds for the US policy of sanctions and the “political process” Washington wishes to see. However, 2254 explicitly defines “Al-Nusra Front (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaeda” as terrorists and calls for members to “eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Syria.”

Instead of acting against the terrorists, Turkey sent more troops into Idlib starting in January 2020, and opened fire on Syrian government forces fighting the militants. It was in Idlib that US special forces found and killed the self-proclaimed “caliph” of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in October 2019.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:02| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年06月24日

ボルトン回顧録

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/6/16のツイート
もしボルトンが本を出版すれば、刑事事件として扱うとトランプ。どっちでも歓迎だ。

この本は読みたいので買うつもりです。売り出されれば。
2020/6/23発売、3374円

会員限定有料記事 毎日新聞2020年6月18日 21時30分(最終更新 6月18日 21時31分)
「英が核保有?」「フィンランドはロシア?」 トランプ氏のトンデモ発言、前補佐官が次々暴露
 米紙ウォール・ストリート・ジャーナルなど米メディアは17日、ボルトン前大統領補佐官(国家安全保障問題担当)が近く出版を予定する回顧録の内容を報じた。トランプ大統領が2019年6月に主要20カ国・地域(G20)首脳会議が開かれた大阪で、中国の習近平国家主席と会談した際、「(20年11月の大統領選の)再選への協力」を懇願していたと暴露。大統領としての権限を「国益ではなく個人の利益」追求に利用したと厳しく批判している。
 回顧録の抜粋などによると、トランプ氏は米中首脳会談の夕食会で、中国政府による新疆ウイグル自治区でのウイグル族収容施設の建設について「正しい行動だ」と賛意を表明。そのうえで会談中に「突然、話題を大統領選に変えて、中国の経済力に言及」し、「米国の農家と、中国による大豆・小麦の購入増が大統領選結果に与える重要性」について強調したという。

・・・この程度の内容なら買って読むこともなさそうです。イラン、シリア、ロシア、ベネズエラに関する政策決定の経過などに期待していました。

RT 17 Jun, 2020 01:52
DOJ sues John Bolton to kill publication of tell-all memoir ‘rife with classified information’
The Department of Justice has slapped ex-national security adviser John Bolton with a lawsuit, seeking to stop the publication of his upcoming book, insisting it contains classified material and must complete a pre-print review.

Filed on Tuesday, the 27-page complaint requests that Bolton be ordered to obtain “written authorization” to publish the memoir – ‘The Room Where It Happened’ – which has been billed as a tell-all account of his time working in the White House under the Donald Trump administration.

Publishing the book would be a “clear breach of agreements [Bolton] signed as a condition of his employment and as a condition of gaining access to highly classified information,” the DOJ said in its filing, arguing the book is “rife” with such material.

The complaint comes at a late stage for the memoir, which was slated to be published next week and has become a number-one best seller on Amazon through pre-orders alone. Bolton has already given an exclusive interview to ABC to promote the book, set to run this weekend, while print copies have reportedly arrived at warehouses ready to hit the shelves. With the new lawsuit set in motion, however, the title may never see the light of day.

Bolton came under intense criticism last year after refusing to testify at Trump’s impeachment hearings, launched by Democratic lawmakers who said the president abused his authority in dealings with Ukraine. Some have speculated that the former adviser preferred to save any major disclosures for an expose memoir and was reluctant to spoil the book in testimony to Congress.

Hinting at the suit earlier this week, President Trump said that Bolton might face “criminal liability” for the memoir, arguing it would be “totally inappropriate” to divulge the content of high-level White House conversations. Attorney General Bill Barr also suggested the book might land Bolton in trouble, confirming on Monday that it never completed a pre-publication review, which are routinely ordered for books penned by former officials.

SPUTNIK2020/5/23
Hostile Diaries: Pompeo Threatens ‘Criminal Liability’ for Bolton, Compares Him to Edward Snowden
A US judge ruled last week that Bolton can proceed with the publication of his book, but that he had potentially exposed himself to criminal liability by violating his non-disclosure agreement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has compared John Bolton, Trump’s former foreign policy hawk gone rogue, to whistleblower Edward Snowden and threatened him with legal action over the upcoming publication of his memoir.
“The information that he’s released puts criminal liability squarely on him,” Pompeo told Fox News’ Sean Hanity on Monday.
“We all saw what’s happened when people leak classified information like Edward Snowden. What John Bolton did here is not dissimilar from that, and while we will leave open for the Justice Department to take its action, this kind of information getting out – it presents real risk and real harm to the United States of America.”
“The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings," Pompeo said of Bolton, “because he was leaking or he would twist things or he’d lie.”
Snowden famously leaked top-secret documents from the eavesdropping National Security Agency, which exposed mass surveillance programmes run by the US government and its allies. He has been hiding out in Russia for seven years now and is wanted in the United States on espionage charges.
John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, was ousted from office last September over disagreements with the president regarding foreign policy. There has been word that the hardline Iran policy ideologue specifically clashed with Trump over the president’s suggestion to ease sanctions against the country.
The Room Where It Happened, a tell-all book about Bolton’s White House stint, is scheduled to come out on 23 June. It alleges that foreign leaders hold Trump in low regard and try to manipulate him, while the president is obsessed with re-election and has tailored his foreign policy to help him win the second term.
Mike Pompeo was cited in the book as calling Donald Trump “so full of sh*t”, a charge he strongly denied. Both Pompeo and Trump have claimed the book is made up of “lies” and “falsehoods”.
The Justice Department last week tried to halt the release, citing unlawful disclosure of classified information. The White House also accused Bolton of failing to complete a pre-publication review process which is required for some government officials writing about their service.
Bolton’s attorney argued that the book went through a pre-publication review by career White House official Ellen Knight. According to the lawyer, however, the administration never sent a final approval letter clearing the book but told publishers to go ahead anyway.
Meanwhile, the White House opened an additional review of the manuscript by a National Security Council official, Michael T. Ellis, who claimed to have identified at least six examples of classified information there.
A judge concluded that Bolton had “gambled” with US national security and exposed the country to “harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability” by disclosing the information in violation of his NDA.
However, Bolton was allowed to proceed with the publication because the judge ruled that it was too late for a restraining order, with thousands of advance copies of the book already out for sale.


【ワシントン共同】ボルトン前米大統領補佐官は23日出版の回顧録で、昨年7月に訪日した際、トランプ大統領が防衛費の分担金として年間約80億ドル(約8500億円)の負担を求めていると日本政府高官に伝えたと証言した。在日米軍を撤収させると脅して交渉を優位に進めるようトランプ氏から指示を受けたことも明らかにした。共同通信が回顧録を入手した。
 80億ドルは日本が現在、負担している在日米軍の駐留経費負担の4倍以上に相当する。日本政府はこれまで米側の負担増要求の報道について「そのような事実はない」(菅義偉官房長官)と否定していたが、米側の当事者本人が明確に認めた形だ。

【ソウル共同】韓国大統領府の鄭義溶国家安保室長は22日、ボルトン米前大統領補佐官が23日に出版予定のトランプ政権の内幕を回顧した本について「正確な事実を反映しておらず相当部分、事実を大きく歪曲している」と批判する声明を出した。
 著書には、南北関係や米朝首脳会談に至る舞台裏が詳しく描かれ、韓国では事前に入手した保守系紙が批判的なトーンで取り上げている。
 鄭氏は、ボルトン氏が相互信頼に基づいて協議した内容を一方的に公開したとして「外交の基本原則に違反しており、今後、交渉の信義を深刻に傷つける恐れがある」と主張した。


ソフトカバーは品切れ。しばらく待つか。

Unfit and Uninformed: Ousted Adviser John Bolton Torches Trump in New Interview
Trump ally-turned-whisteblower John Bolton spent 17 months in the president's administration. Widely described as tough-nosed foreign policy hawk, Bolton insists that President Trump was acting in his personal interests and not in the best interest of the United States.

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, offered a brutal review of his former employer's presidency in an interview with ABC News, aired on Sunday.

Bolton, who is set to publish a tell-all memoir about his stint at the White House, expanded on some of the anecdotes from the book and gave a broader picture of a president who is unwilling to learn and is obsessed with re-election.

Check out the highlights of the interview below.
Stunningly uninformed

Bolton finds it “unusual” that Donald Trump took part in intelligence briefings just once or twice a week, whereas they should take place every day.

Bolton complains that Trump spoke up too little at the briefings and there were too many people present there. He suggests that Trump didn’t go through a lot of intelligence and generally seemed uninformed on many matters, which made it “almost impossible to sustain a consistent coherent policy over time”.

“There were things that we went over again and again and again, that just didn't seem to sink in, like why was the Korean peninsula partitioned in 1945 at the end of World War II, and what did that lead to and how did we get to that point?” he recounts. “There are just bits of history that help to inform the current context of a lot of situations. And we just never made headway on many of them.”

Bolton’s upcoming memoir, which portrays Trump as being “stunningly uninformed”, contains several claims backing up that account, including one that Trump thought Venezuela was “really part of the United States” (it isn’t) and another that Trump had inquired whether Finland was part of Russia (it isn’t).

The former adviser, who was fired last September over disagreements with Trump on foreign policy, told ABC that Trump also relied heavily on opinions from people who weren’t working in the administration. He lamented there was “an unwillingness on the part of the president…to do systematic learning so that he could make the most informed decisions”.
Focus on November

Bolton believes that the goal of getting re-elected was the “major factor” in every decision Trump made. He says it blindsided the president, who looked for media opportunities like a photo op with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and contemplated the reaction in the press.

“When we were in Singapore for the first summit, one of the things he said over and over again was to ask how many press people were gonna be present for his final press conference,” Bolton recalled. “That's what he was focused on. That he had had this enormous photo opportunity – first time an American president has met with the leader of North Korea.”

As for issues of greater geopolitical impact and longer-term perspective, Bolton feels Trump had a short attention span there. He says this attitude played out badly during trade talks with China, when Trump repeatedly placed the emphasis on imports of US agricultural products (hoping to frame it as a political win in the farm states) rather than focusing on “structural” issues that have to be taken into account.

“I don’t think there is a [foreign] policy,” Bolton noted. “My point is that policy is derived from careful thinking, analysis, building up evidence, the critical strategic task of matching resources with priorities. He just doesn’t do that.”

Syria airstrikes

John Bolton joined the administration on 9 April 2018, just two days after a suspected Syrian government chemical attack in the city of Douma, which Moscow and Damascus said had been staged by the White Helmets and local militia. The United States, along with its allies the UK and France, bombed government sites in Syria in response. Bashar al-Assad’s government called the airstrikes a violation of international law.

Bolton said that he felt there was “obstruction” from the Defence Department in the lead-up to retaliation, because the Pentagon didn’t present enough options to choose from. He believes that Donald Trump did not fully understand “all of the implications of what he was doing” as a result.
Ukraine scandal

The former national security adviser admitted that Trump had asked Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations against Democratic establishment favourite Joe Biden in exchange for providing congressionally-approved military assistance.

That request – which Democrats argued amounted to a quid pro quo and abuse of power – led to an impeachment inquiry and trial, which ended in Trump’s acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. Bolton refused to testify to the House Democrats investigating the affair and indicated later that he would speak in the Senate if required, but Republicans voted against calling witnesses.

He told ABC that Trump explicitly linked the provision of that Ukraine aid with a Biden probe in a conversation in August 2019, weeks before Trump’s request was made public in a whistleblower complaint. The substance of that conversation has been reported by The New York Times, and Trump denied talking about the aid. Bolton now claims Trump lied.

The president talked about Biden and Ukraine “more and more” as time passed by, he added. “And I think this was a case of him listening to outside advisors, and maybe some of his inside advisors as well, and just becoming obsessive on the point that if he could crack open what happened in Ukraine, he could discredit Biden – discredit Hillary as sort of a – icing on the cake. And that that would be an enormous boost for his reelection. There was no doubt this was political.”

Bolton explains that he defied a congressional subpoena because he felt that the Democrats launched the investigation to shield Biden’s presidential nomination – something he considered to be “as bad and somewhat equivalent to Trump”.

He argues that the investigation was “misused” by the Democrats, because they did not try to sway the mind of Republicans who might have supported a broader investigation and instead turned the process into a “partisan catfight”.

Ultimately, he believes, his testimony would not have made a difference because “minds were made up” in the GOP: “The only way to win an impeachment would have been to get Republicans to go along. And the Democrats abandoned that idea almost before they got started.”
Red flags

John Bolton says there have been some other instances when he perceived Trump’s behaviour as being close to obstruction of justice. He detailed the case of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, which was investigated by the Justice Department on charges of helping Iran evade US sanctions.

According to Bolton, Trump agreed to intervene in the investigation at the request of Turkish President Erdogan in 2018. “And the president said to Erdogan at one point, ‘Look, those prosecutors in New York are Obama people. Wait till I get my people in and then we'll take care of this.’ And I thought to myself – and I’m a Department of Justice alumnus myself – ‘I’ve never heard any president say anything like that. Ever.’”

In another episode, Bolton recalls, Trump pushed to remove sanctions-related penalties on Chinese tech company ZTE after a conversation with Xi Jinping. “This was not part of some sustained inter-agency policy-making process,” he adds, saying that he found that conversation “very troubling”.

“I don't think he’s fit for office,” he concludes. “I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job. I don't think he's a conservative Republican. I'm not gonna vote for him in November.”

※ 俵 才記@nogutiya氏の2020/6/24のツイート
ボルトンの回顧録によると、安倍首相がイランを訪問したのは米国が売った喧嘩で相手の反応を見て来いと言われパシリをしたってことですね。結果は一蹴され「完全な失敗」挙句の果てトランプに「協力は感謝するが米国の農産物をもっと購入してくれる方が重要」とまで言われる始末。ほんと情けない話だ。

mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/6/24のツイート
「ボルトンは事実をねじ曲げるか嘘をつくから、会議から排除された」―ポンペオ。
「CIAで嘘をつき、だまし、盗んできた。ハハッ」と言ったのは、確かポンペオだよね。


※ Syrian Girlシリア国旗@Partisangirl氏の2020/6/26のツイート
According to Bolton's book, Trump said this about #Syria: "I don't want to stay at all. I don't like the Kurds."

Is this why Israel wants to get rid of Trump, even though he gave them everything?

Is this why the media is against him and a colour revolution was needed?


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年06月23日

ラブロフ、ザリフがトルコ訪問

急遽、ラブロフとショイグが日曜にトルコを訪れることになったようです。エルドアンとプーチンの間で決まったようなことが書いてありますから、またエルドアンがプーチンに無理を言った。リビア問題とありますが、ザリフも参加するようですからシリア問題が主です。ロシアは、リビア問題については関与を明らかにしていない。ロシアの民間軍事会社が兵を送っていると報じられていますし、ロシア製戦闘機が飛んでいるので、ロシア政府が積極的に制止することはしていない。
シリアがイドリブへの攻撃を強めていることはあるようです。トルコにとっては泥沼状態が強まっている。
エルドアンは、トランプと電話会談を行い、リビアへの米国の一層の関与を求めたとの話もありますが、結果は芳しくなかったはずです。
トルコは新コロナウィルス蔓延中。ラブロフ、ショイグ、ザリフを新コロナウィルスで倒す意図でもある?
副大臣レベルの交渉がまとまらなかったようで会議は延期になりました。シリアとリビアの取引などロシアが応じるはずがない。

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/6/23のツイート
「シリアは、ハフター司令官が率いるリビアのLNAを支持し、東リビアの議会勢力を支持する。我々はエジプト軍の戦いを支持する。もし応援が必要なら、シリアは準備ができている」―シリア外相モアレム

ロイター2020/6/14
Turkey and Russia put off talks expected to tackle Libya and Syria

※ Baburnama@Babur_n Game氏の2020/6/14のツイート
衝突 マ ー ク
Russian authorities, and robbery Lavrov's visit to Turkey was canceled without specifying reasons.
衝突 マ ー ク
Turkey has announced that it will continue at the level of ministers meeting yrdımcı
衝突 マ ー ク
Russian journalists wrote that the Turkish and Russian preliminary negotiating committee could not agree on the Idlib issue in particular.

aljazeera2020/6/13
Turkey and Russia to hold talks on Libya, Syria wars
Russian foreign and defence ministers will meet their counterparts during a visit to Turkey.
Russia's foreign and defence ministers will visit Turkey on Sunday for talks, the two countries' foreign ministries said on Saturday, with media reports saying discussions would focus on Libya.
The visit by Sergey Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu was agreed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Saturday, adding that the meeting will cover regional issues.
The Russian foreign ministry also confirmed the visit of Lavrov and Shoigu "to hold consultations on regional problems that are of mutual interest".
Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber said the ministers would also discuss the situation in Syria.
Turkey and Russia, whose leaders have forged a strong partnership in recent years, back opposing sides in Libya, which has been riven by unrest since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 in a NATO-backed uprising.
Russia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, has backed eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar. Haftar has reportedly received support from the Wagner mercenary group, a Russian private military contractor.
Turkey backs the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli and has intensified its support this year.
Ankara has sent fighters, military advisers and drones to bolster the military power of the GNA, which has changed the tide of war in the conflict-struck country.
The GNA allied forces have in recent weeks recaptured outposts in western Libya seized earlier by Haftar loyalists, who then tried to march on the capital.
In Syria, where Turkey and Russia also back opposing sides, they are working to reach a political solution to the conflict.
However, their partnership remains fragile and is being tested over the fighting in Syria's last rebel-held northwestern bastion of Idlib.
Ankara has raised concerns over the recently increased attacks by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is also expected to visit Turkey on Sunday, the Iranian foreign ministry said.
While Iran and Russia back al-Assad, Turkey supports rebels seeking his overthrow.

2020年05月20日
テロリストを使って屑鉄を買いあさるトルコ

2020年05月08日
COVID-19関係海外情報短信

2020年04月28日
世界でいろんなことが次々に

2020年03月09日
2020/3/5 エルドアン・プーチン会談

2020年03月05日
トルコが対シリア開戦宣言したが身動き取れず

2020年02月07日
シリア問題を巡り動きが急です 

2020年01月30日
ロシア国防省、シリアでのロシアの「攻撃」についてのポンペオの懸念は偽善的

2020年01月25日
えっ テロリスト・ロンダリングじゃないですか
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:02| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米中貿易合意は?

米中貿易協議が米国側の思惑通りに進まないようで混迷が見られます。なんとしてでも成果を上げて国民にアピールしたいトランプ、進まないことの責任を問われるのを警戒する事務方。

ロイター2020/6/23
対中通商合意「終わった」発言は文脈を無視、合意は継続=ナバロ氏
[ワシントン 22日 ロイター] - ナバロ米大統領補佐官は22日、中国との通商合意は「終わった」との自身の発言について、文脈を無視して報じられたもので、米中通商合意は続いていると説明した。
トランプ米大統領も22日、中国との通商合意は全くの無傷だとツイート。「中国との通商合意は全くの無傷だ。中国が引き続き合意条件に従って行動することを願う」と書き込んだ。
これに先立ち、ナバロ氏はFOXニュースのインタビューで、中国との通商合意について質問されると「それは終わった」と述べ、中国の代表団が1月15日に第1段階の通商合意に調印し、ワシントンを離れた後に初めて米国として新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大について知ったことが「転換点」になったと指摘。
「その時点で中国からはすでに数十万人が米国に渡航し感染を広げていた。われわれがこのパンデミック(世界的大流行)について耳にし始めたのは、(代表団を乗せた)飛行機が離陸した数分後だった」と述べていた。
金融市場はナバロ氏の発言に反応。米国株先物が下げに転じたほか、豪ドルなどに売りが出た。
ただナバロ氏が、自身の発言は「文脈を全く無視して」報道されたものだとの声明を発表すると、米国株先物や豪ドルなどの通貨は安値から戻す展開となった。
ナバロ氏は自身の発言について「(中国との)第1段階の通商合意とは全く無関係だ。通商合意は続いている」とし「私はただ、中国共産党が中国ウイルスの発生源について嘘をつき、世界中に感染を広げたことを受けて、われわれの信頼関係が不足していると述べただけだ」と表明した。
中国で始まった新型コロナのパンデミックが米国に大きな打撃をもたらして以降、米中関係は悪化しており、トランプ大統領や政権関係者は中国政府が新型コロナ流行について透明性のある対応をしていないと繰り返し批判している。
先週には、ポンペオ米国務長官と中国外交担当トップの楊潔チ・共産党政治局員がハワイで会談したが、トランプ大統領はその翌日、米国は中国との完全なデカップリング(分断)という選択肢を維持していると述べ、中国との関係を絶つことも辞さない構えをあらためて示した。
第1段階の米中通商合意で中国は、米国製品の購入を2年間で2000億ドル拡大することに同意したが、第1・四半期の米国の対中輸出は新型コロナによる混乱で減少。11月の米大統領選まで5カ月を切る中、トランプ政権にとって課題の1つとなっている。
OCBC銀行ウェルス・マネジメントのシニア投資ストラテジスト、バス・メノン氏は「今年下期は米大統領選を前に米中対立が激化すると予想していた」と述べた。
その上で「ナバロ氏のような対中強硬派が優勢となり、トランプ氏に対中措置を講じさせる可能性がある。今年下期は新型コロナと米中対立のダブルパンチで市場は非常に不安定になると想定すべきだ」と語った。


SPUTNIK2020/6/23
トランプ米大統領は23日、自身のツイッターで「中国との貿易合意は全くの無傷だ」と投稿した。ロイター通信が報じた。
先に米ホワイトハウス国家通商会議ディレクターのピーター・ナヴァロ氏は米中貿易合意について「それは終わった」とFOXニュースのインタビューで語った。
トランプ氏はそれを受けて、ツイッターで「「中国が引き続き合意条件に従って行動することを願う」とコメントした。

SPUTNIK2020/6/23
米ホワイトハウス国家通商会議ディレクターのピーター・ナヴァロ氏は23日、新型コロナウイルスの拡大の影響を受けて、トランプ米大統領が中国との貿易合意を撤回すると判断したことを明らかにした。ロイター通信が伝えた。
ナヴァロ氏はFOXニュースのインタビューで貿易合意について「それは終わった」と語った。ナヴァロ氏によると、中国代表団が1月15日に第1段階の貿易合意に調印してワシントンを離れた後、米側は新型コロナの感染拡大について知った。ナヴァロ氏は「その時点で中国からはすでに数十万人が米国に渡航し感染を広げていた。われわれがこのパンデミックについて耳にし始めたのは、(代表団を乗せた)飛行機が離陸した数分後だった」と述べたうえ、それが「転換点」となったと指摘した。
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生卵の破壊力

2020/6/20、オスロで「ノルウェーのイスラム化を止めよ」という団体が、示威行動を行いました。以前、コーランを焼いたLars Thorsenがアジっていると、この団体に反対する観客からトマトや卵が投げつけられ、いくつかが命中したようです。

この画像から見ると、額に生卵が当たったようです。そして顔に垂れ、卵の殻は左胸に。胸に付けたカメラの周りも濡れています。

観客はバリケードの向こうから、パラパラと投げていましたので20mほども離れているはずです。20mを飛んできた生卵が額のような堅い部分に当たると、これだけの被害を与えるんですね。衝撃は小さくなかったはず。

Lars Thorsen氏は、コーランを焼いたり、移民の多い地域で演説するなど、挑戦的、活動的です。反発を予想しつつ、打撃を受けたこんな場面でも堂々としているのは、その活動の是非を問わなければ、ある意味で立派。

彼が胸に付けているのは、GoProと呼ばれるカメラです。ドローンに使われるほか米国などで警官の行動を記録するためにも使われています。

この方の場合は、ムスリムから攻撃される危険が高いため、その記録用にしっかりとベルトで胸に固定してありました。

このカメラは広角ですが、このようにしないと常に自分の前方を写すことはできないのです。体験済です。ですから護身用に目立たないように自分の前方を常に撮影しておくというのは意外と難しいです。

2020年06月22日
こんなことをすればムスリムの若者が怒って襲いかかるのは当たり前
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:45| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

2020年06月22日

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17. The purpose of this is to raise awareness of the existence of desertification and drought, highlighting methods of preventing land degradation and recovering from drought.





posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

こんなことをすればムスリムの若者が怒って襲いかかるのは当たり前

SPUTNIK2020/6/22
A demonstration by the Stop the Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) movement in Oslo was met with a shower of tomatoes, empty bottles and curses as hundreds of counter-protesters gathered to stop it, the newspaper Aftenposten reported.
2020/6/20、オスロで「ノルウェーのイスラム化を止めよ」という団体が、示威行動を行いました。下の記事にあるコーランを焼いたLars Thorsenがアジっていると、この団体に反対する観客からトマトや卵が投げつけられ、いくつかが命中したようです。


次の事件も同じ団体によるものです。あまり低劣なノルウェー人と呆れて取り上げませんでしたが、パキスタンが外交ルートで抗議しています。

ノルウェーの南西部の都市クリスチャンサンドという都市で the Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN)主催の集会が開かれ、そこでLars Thorsenという男がコーランを焼いたのです。その場にいたムスリムの青年がコーランを取り返そうとLars Thorsenに襲い掛かったのです。この青年がムスリムの世界で称賛されるのは当たり前。この事件尾を引くかもしれませんね。





宗教については、管理人はよく知りませんが、イスラム教の教えは、マホメットが各地を旅する中で得た様々な知恵をまとめたものとする説があり、豚肉を食べないという戒律もイノシシが生態系に悪影響があり、肉に雑菌が多いことを踏まえたものだとの説があります。

個々の宗教の批判、論評は自由ですが、よく調べてからやるべきです。

ノルウェー、スウェーデン、デンマーク、フィンランド。バルト3国も入るんでしょうか。アサンジの拘束に協力したスウェーデンにしても、北欧の国々は少しおかしくなっています。

2018年09月12日
ジュリアン・アサンジの仲間のサイバーセキュリティ専門家がノルウェーで行方不明に 所持品を漁師が発見

2017年11月18日
エルドアン NATOにとって敵の協力者とノルウェー人に名指しされて激怒



FARSNEWS2019/11/27
Iran Summons Norwegian Envoy over Desecration of Holy Quran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Norway's charge d'affaires to convey strong condemnation and objection to the recent burning of the Holy Quran by a Norwegian extremist.

The Norwegian charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in the absence of ambassador to hear and convey strong condemnation and objection to the recent burning of Holy Quran by the leader of 'SIAN-Stop Islamization In Norway' extremist group in the European country.

The foreign ministry warned that the Norwegian man's action in burning the Quran would have dangerous consequences that could lead to the expansion of extremism and violence in the European country.

RT2019/11/24
Pakistan summons Norwegian Ambassador amid outcry over Koran burning at rally in Kristiansand

Islamabad expressed “deep concern” and launched a diplomatic action over the burning of the Koran in Norway, while the man who tried to save the book earned high praise on Pakistani social media.

Last week, a young Muslim counter-protester tackled Lars Thorsen, the head of the Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN), after he set a copy of the Koran on fire at an anti-Muslim rally in the city of Kristiansand. The video of the incident caused a strong reaction in Pakistan, where the man reportedly named Ilyas Umer was hailed as hero on social media for trying to “save” the most-revered book in Islam.


The nation’s Foreign Ministry even summoned the Norwegian Ambassador over the weekend to tell him that Thorsen’s actions “hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world, including those in Pakistan.”

The Ministry said that Koran-burning “could not be justified in the name of freedom of expression,” and urged Oslo to “prevent” such incidents from happening in the future.

Meanwhile, protesters burnt Norwegian and US flags in Karachi, denouncing what they said was the desecration of the Koran.

Anti-Muslim actions overseas have in the past sparked demonstrations in Pakistan. In 2010, rallies were held in Pakistani cities after controversial Florida-based pastor Terry Jones announced plans to burn the Koran. Two years later, a massive protest was staged in front of the US embassy in Karachi against the American film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which was deemed blasphemous by the local Muslim community.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:53| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2020年06月20日

Trump’s Refusal to Bomb Iran ‘Disproves’ Bolton’s Memoir, His Ex-Chief of Staff Says

Trump’s Refusal to Bomb Iran ‘Disproves’ Bolton’s Memoir, His Ex-Chief of Staff Says
John Bolton, Donald Trump’s hawkish former national security advisor, is set to release a damning memoir about his White House stint. It is widely believed that he was ousted after sparring with the president over US policy on Iran.

Fred Fleitz, John Bolton’s former chief of staff, believes that Donald Trump’s decision not to go to war with Iran negates the premise of Bolton’s upcoming book.

“When we hear that the president doesn't have principles [and] he’s not qualified to lead, this incident that Bolton puts forward as the turning point for his relationship with President Trump,” Fleitz told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Thursday. “In my mind, it disproves the whole book.”

The United States and Iran were on the brink of war last summer after a US drone was shot down after allegedly violating Iranian airspace. Donald Trump reportedly approved a retaliatory strike in June 2019 but abruptly backed away.

He said he had made the call with 10 minutes to spare after being told that it might kill as many as 150 people. The decision has also been attributed to his broader unwillingness to entangle the United States in another protracted military conflict.

John Bolton, one of the key architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Donald Trump’s hardline Iran policy, quit the administration in September 2019. He was said to have had disagreed with the president on many foreign policy matters, and media reports at the time linked Bolton’s dismissal to him going against the planned easing of Iran sanctions.

“The job of these senior advisers is to work with the president, not to fight with them and implement his policies,” Fleitz said. “And I’m very sorry that John Bolton couldn't figure out how to do that.”

Bolton has kept a low profile since his departure. He refused to testify during Trump’s impeachment inquiry in the House and indicated he would speak at the Senate trial, but Republicans voted against bringing in witnesses.

He is scheduled to publish a memoir next week, titled The Room Where It Happened. According to excerpts published in the US, the book contains several damning allegations against the president, including one that he asked China’s Xi Jinping to buy US agricultural goods to help him get re-elected this year, and another that he defended the Saudi crown prince after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder to distract from his daughter’s email scandal.

This week, the Trump administration sued Bolton, alleging unlawful disclosure of classified information and breach of contract, in a bid to prevent him from publishing the book.

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世界の軍事関係者の関心は防空システムに

ロシアのS-400を買ったトルコは、エルドアンがトランプからS-400破棄と引き換えに巨額の現金贈与を提示されたとか伝えられています。

トルコ以外の国も次々に導入意欲を見せています。それだけ威力がある。ミサイル時代に突入して防衛の要は地対空ミサイル防衛システムに移りました。

地対空ミサイル防衛システムでその優越性を示していたのがイスラエルのアイアンドームと呼ばれる防空システムです。ミサイルが飛んでくると迎撃用のミサイルが2発発射され、接近して破裂、破片で敵のミサイルを無力化するとされています。

このシステムは、イスラエルの企業が開発したものとされ、その技術が軍事関係者の関心を集めてきましたが、当然トップシークレット。迎撃ミサイルは、敵のミサイルの近くで破裂しなければ秘密漏洩防止のため自爆するとされていました。

ところが、先日、この迎撃ミサイルが自爆しないままガザに落下したのです。


これをどこが手に入れたか? 争奪戦が始まっているでしょう。この後の報道に注目です。

もともと空を高速で飛んでいる物に地上から物をぶつけるのは難しいことです。

2014年7月17日に、マレーシア航空17便撃墜事件がありました。撃墜に使われたのは地対空ミサイル、旧ソ連製のブークミサイルとの説もありますし、ウクライナ空軍の戦闘機だとの説もあります。

民間航空機が巡航速度で一定の方向で飛んでいれば、これを速度の速いミサイルで撃ち落すことは可能です。ですが、攻撃用のミサイルの速度は何倍も速い。そして飛行の方向性も変化します。

ですからミサイルでミサイルを打ち落とすのは、難しいのです。

ロシアのS-400は、高性能レーダーでミサイルの位置を把握し、高性能コンピューターで動きを計算して迎撃ミサイルに指示を出して敵の攻撃ミサイルに接近させているのでしょう。

しかし、イスラエルのアイアンドームの迎撃ミサイルは、地上からの遠隔操作よりもミサイルの内臓回路がミサイルの動きを規定しているようにも見え、その点では大変注目されるわけです。

日本が設置予定のイージス・アショアは、大陸から発射されミサイルをとらえて迎撃、撃墜するものですが、大陸から発射された弾道弾ミサイルが日本の上空に来る頃には、高度も高く、速度も上がっています。とても撃ち落せるものではない。もっと攻撃目標に近づいて高度が下がってからのほうが届きやすく、待ち伏せ可能です。

イージス・アショアは、未完成のミサイルシステムだとされますが、当然のこと。未完成のまま終わる可能性が強いです。カネだけ食って。

米国のパトリオットミサイルシステムは、イエメンがサウジの石油施設をミサイルで攻撃した際に一つも落とせませんでした。

とここまで書いたらビックリニュース
TASS@tassagency_enの2019/11/18のツイート
Russia, Saudi Arabia negotiating terms of implementation of contract for S-400 systems:
https://tass.com/defense/1089703

サウジならS-400 systemのオペレーションをロシアの兵士に委ねるはず。パトリオットを使った防衛システムで米軍兵士が駐留。呉越同舟で何からサウジを守る? イエメンのミサイルから?

・・・・・・

日本はイージス・アショアを導入しないことになったそうです。ブースターの落下地点を基地内にとどめるなぞできっこない話。迎撃ミサイルを鉛直に打ち上げないとそれはできません。もともとイージス・アショアは技術的なメドもついていなかったのです。有効な地対空防衛システムなら今頃世界中から予約が入っています。

こんな話に政府がコロッと騙されるというか、軽いノリで歓迎するというのは恐ろしいことです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:41| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2020年06月19日

豪州は米国の僕

ロイター2020/6/11
豪首相「脅しには屈しない」 中国との関係悪化で
[シドニー 11日 ロイター] - オーストラリアのモリソン首相は11日、中国との関係が悪化していることについて、脅しには屈しないと述べた。
両国関係は、豪政府が新型コロナウイルスの発生源に関する独立調査を呼び掛けたことなどを受けて悪化している。
中国は豪州産牛肉の輸入を制限。豪州産大麦に追加関税を課したほか、豪州への留学を検討している中国人学生に対し、新型コロナの発生で中国人を含むアジア人を差別する動きが見られるとして慎重に判断するよう促した。新型コロナ感染を巡る人種差別と暴力を理由に豪州への渡航自粛も勧告している。
モリソン首相は2GBラジオに「豪州は開かれた貿易国だが、どこかに強制されて自分たちの価値観を売り払うことはしない」と発言。
3AWラジオとの別のインタビューでも、新型コロナでアジア人が差別されるとの中国側の主張について「馬鹿げた断定だ。中国指導部の見解ではない」と述べた。
同首相は2GBラジオに「豪州は世界最高の教育と観光サービスを提供している」とし「中国国民は実質的に自分自身の決断で豪州に来ることを選んできた。私は豪州製品・サービスの魅力に強い自信を持っている」と語った。

ロイター
アングル:中国との対立が飛び火、「留学生減」が豪経済直撃も
[シドニー 10日 ロイター] - 先進国の中で、新型コロナウイルス危機からいち早く脱したオーストラリアが、中国との関係悪化に揺れている。新型コロナの発生源調査問題に反発した中国政府は、さまざまな形でオーストラリアをけん制、その対象は教育にも波及した。豪政府も、経済への影響を懸念し始めた。
中国教育省は9日、オーストラリアへの留学を検討している学生に慎重に判断するよう促した。新型コロナウイルスの発生を受けて中国人を含むアジア人を差別する動きが見られると説明した。
中国は、オーストラリアにとって最大の貿易相手であると同時に、同国に最も多くの留学生の送り出している国でもある。豪政府のデータによると、2019年の海外留学生(中高等教育機関部門)の37.3%を中国人が占めた。
中豪関係は数年前から悪化していたが、豪が新型コロナウイルスの発生源について国際的な調査を呼び掛けたことでさらに悪化した。
中国は、豪製品ボイコット論や、豪農産品の輸入制限に動き、先週は新型コロナ流行に絡む中国人への人種差別と暴力を理由に、国民に豪への渡航回避を勧告した。
オーストラリアは、新型コロナの封じ込めに成功した国の一つだが、経済的な打撃は大きく、第1・四半期は9年ぶりのマイナス成長となり、30年ぶりの景気後退入りが予想されている。
中国政府が豪留学に「待った」をかけたことを受け、バーミンガム貿易・観光・投資相は10日、メディアに、中国人留学生が減少すれば、国内の大学に影響が出るだろうと述べた。その上で、それは中国人学生にとってもマイナスであり、長期的に「両国の相互理解の深化に寄与しない」との認識も示した。

毎日新聞2020年6月6日 18時25分(最終更新 6月6日 18時36分)
中国政府、オーストラリアに旅行しないよう呼びかけ 「差別や暴力増えている」
 中国文化観光省は5日、「オーストラリアで新型コロナウイルスに関連して中国人やアジア系への差別的な発言や暴力行為が明らかに増えている」として、「オーストラリア旅行には決して行かないよう」呼びかけた。
 新型コロナウイルスの発生源の独立調査などを巡り、中国とオーストラリアの対立が深まる中、中国は豪州産牛肉の輸入一時停止措置を取るなどしており、今回の呼びかけも経済面で圧力を強める狙いがあるとみられる。成競業(せいきょうぎょう)・駐豪中国大使は4月下旬、豪メディアの取材に豪産品のボイコットや中国からの観光客・留学生の減少をちらつかせていた。

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/5/5のツイート
オーストラリア情報省職員がシドニーモーニングに、アメリカの武漢ラボ理論はメディアのために書かれたもので、情報収集に基づく証拠を含まないと述べた。

※ 宋 文洲@sohbunshu氏の2020/4/11のツイート
COVID19の祖先が米国と豪州にある
(ケンブリッジ大学発表)
COVID19が古い順でA,B,Cの3つの型が存在
武漢の患者は殆どB型。少数のA型患者になんと滞在中の米国人がいた。米国と豪州の感染者は主としてA型だ
C型は欧州に多いが、中国では見つからない
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/covid-19-genetic-network-analysis-provides-snapshot-of-pandemic-origins

ロイター2020/6/19
豪政府やインフラ事業者などにサイバー攻撃、背後に中国との見方
[シドニー 19日 ロイター] - オーストラリアのモリソン首相は19日の記者会見で、同国の幅広い組織が「国家を基盤とする」高度なサイバー攻撃を何カ月も受けており、最近になって攻撃が強化されたと明らかにした。関係筋によると、豪政府は中国が背後にいるとみている。

この豪州の首相は先頭に立って中国との関係悪化を推進している。米国の言いなりに動くのが首相の座にあるために必須条件? 当分米中関係は沈静化しないようだ。 

2020年03月17日
豪州兵士がアフガニスタンで武器を持たない青年を至近距離から射殺
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:33| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

The Caesar Act comes into force starting this Wednesday

mko
@trappedsoldier

21分
シーザー法から、ホワイトヘルメットとISISとクルドSDFとアルカイダ、彼らの仲間のテロリストやエセNGOが除外されている! すごいな、アメリカ! シリアの市民は飢えさせ、ISISやアルカイダには援助?

※ Syrian Girlシリア国旗@Partisangirl氏の2020/6/17のツイート
The new inhuman sanctions "Caesar Act" sanctions the US is applying on Syria have made the situation worse.
But take heart, things are going to change soon.
Syria will endure.
And if we should fall, we will only fall on the bodies of our enemies.

Sputnik12:11 GMT 17.06.2020(updated 12:28 GMT 17.06.2020)
US Sanctions Against Syria Target Bashar Assad, His Wife Asma, Pompeo Says
The Caesar Act, signed by US President Donald Trump in December 2019, comes into force starting this Wednesday, imposing new sanctions on almost all Syrian economic and trade activities and anyone who does business with Damascus.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that the 39 newly introduced sanctions designations against Syria target the country's president, Bashar Assad, and his wife, Asma, among others.
"Today, the Treasury Department and State Department are releasing 39 designations under the Caesar Act and Executive Order 13894 as the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime revenue and support it uses to wage war and commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people," Pompeo said. "We are designating the architect of this suffering Bashar Al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad."
In early May, US President Donald Trump announced that he was renewing US sanctions against Syria due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle Eastern country.
At that time, the US president called on the Syrian government to end the war in the country and condemned Russia and Iran for what he described as support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Russia and Iran act as the ceasefire guarantors in war-torn Syria. Moscow carries out humanitarian operations across the Middle Eastern country on a regular basis and helps Damascus in providing safe passage for the return of Syrian refugees.

Bassem@BBassem7氏の2020/6/19のツイート
I am still struggling to understand this.
So Syrian Regime gave this person aka “Caesar” the complete freedom to document and picture 50,000 corpses, then they let him take the pictures home, then they let him flee the country with the evidence, does that make any sense!

Bassem@BBassem7氏の2020/6/19のツイート
In Syria, you can’t take a picture of a grocery store without a mukhabarat breathing down your neck, are you telling me they allowed one person to take pictures of 50,000 corpses, and just like that they let him escape the country

middleeastmonitor
On this day: the Caesar Act takes effect
In August 2013, a military defector, known by the pseudonym “Caesar”, sent and smuggled more than 50,000 photographs out of Syria.
On this day, 17 June 2020, America’s Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2019 (also known as the Caesar Act) takes effect. The act, which was passed by the US Senate in December 2019, requires the US President to impose sanctions on members and allies of the Syrian regime, including Iran and Russia. The intention is to exert pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his affiliates to end the devastating nine-year civil war.

In August 2013, a military defector, known by the pseudonym “Caesar”, sent and smuggled more than 50,000 photographs out of Syria, including 28,707 harrowing images documenting deaths in government custody. Caesar was a military forensic photographer in Damascus who took and archived thousands of these images. Some of the pictures, which were later displayed in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the UN headquarters in New York, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, show emaciated victims, some with holes where eyes had been gouged out, others with limbs torn out of sockets, and many with visible signs of blunt force trauma.

Caesar testified in front of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee in July 2014. He showed investigators some of the images and called on the US government to take action against the Syrian regime to protect the tens of thousands of civilians held in the regime’s prisons. Fox News quoted Caesar as saying during his testimony, “No one here can bring their lives back to them but I am here to tell you there are 150,000 people still incarcerated… their fate will be the same fate as those I’ve taken pictures of.”

The pictures, and a 2014 report (known as the Caesar Report) claiming to detail the systematic killing of detainees by the government, sparked a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation into the veracity of the images and the allegations of systematic torture which surfaced as a result. The HRW report, published in December 2015 under the title “If the Dead Could Speak”, verified the authenticity of some of the photos and identified the number of documented cases, the victims and the most common causes of death.
The Legislation:
The Caesar Act, drafted as a result of Caesar’s testimony, was first introduced in 2016 by Representative Eliot Engel of New York who, along with the then Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, helped to arrange the Syrian military defector’s testimony and to write the bill. Initially, the legislation faced opposition from the Obama administration, which argued that it could damage the US government’s diplomatic capabilities. Nevertheless, the Caesar Act was passed by lawmakers in November 2016, despite White House resistance.
In the Senate, however, the legislation faced continued resistance as a stand-alone Act, resulting in its inclusion in the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDDA). The Caesar Act, as part of the NDDA, was finally passed by the Senate on 17 December 2019 and signed into law by Donald Trump a few days later. The legislation included a six-month deadline for imposing sanctions, ending today.

What’s happening now?
From today, sanctions will be imposed on Syrian government officials, including President Bashar Al-Assad, and foreigners who provide support to the regime, or are implicated in human rights abuses and war crimes committed against the population.
The bill also targets companies worldwide that do business with the Syrian regime, specifically those which sell aircraft equipment which is later used by the state military; provide construction and engineering services to the government; or facilitate the maintenance or expansion of natural gas or petroleum production.
According to the legislation, people who fall into these categories will have property assets in the US frozen and will be banned from receiving or holding a visa for the US.
The sanctions exclude the Rojava region in north-east Syria, known as the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
What’s next?
Sanctions must be imposed for five years under the legislation but can be lifted provided six requirements are met. These are: an end to Syrian and Russian aerial bombing campaigns which target civilians, hospitals, schools and markets; removal of restrictions on humanitarian aid to remote and besieged zones; the release of all political prisoners, with human rights organisations given access to detention centres and jails; the right of return for displaced Syrians; and the fair trial of officials implicated in war crimes cases.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:07| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリア北東部へひた走る2千台のタンクローリー



シリアは産油国ですが、東北部にある主要油田地帯はクルドと組んだ米軍が占領しています。米軍やテロリストは小麦や大麦の収穫期の畑に放火しています。シリアの通貨シリア・ポンドは暴落。北西部ではトルコリラが使われるようになっています。
米国や欧州の経済妨害に対し、イランやロシアが援助を始めています。タンクローリー2千台ですから国中から集めたのでしょう。トルコに原油が密輸されていた際に使われていたタンクローリーより旧式です。ラタキアの近くで精製したガソリンを北東部ハサカ方面に運んでいます。

ラタキアとタルトゥースの中間辺りに大きな製油施設があります。テロリストの攻撃は受けなかったようです。M4を走ってカミシュリまで9時間近くかかります。



zerohedge.
Syria & Russia Thwart US Oil Blockade With Massive Fuel Convoy To Northeast Syria
by Tyler Durden Sat, 06/13/2020 - 17:15

To the consternation of the West, Iran and Russia have increasingly turned from assisting Assad's military effort to aiding Syria as it struggles to survive sanctions and a collapsing economy.

At a moment US special forces still occupy the bulk of oil and gas fields in northeast Syria, also in support of the Kurdish-led SDF, Damascus has ramped up efforts at busting past US lines with Russia's help. It should be underscored that this is all happening within UN-recognized Syrian sovereign territory.

"On Saturday, more than two thousand oil tanks coming from the Syrian coast, arrived in Al-Qamishli to help the citizens in northeastern Syria," Beirut-based war monitor al-Masdar News reports.

Iranian oil has been supplying the country via the second largest port city of Tartous, after last year a national fuel shortage resulted in sometimes miles-long lines at gas stations, amid the broader economic crisis, which is currently witnessing runaway inflation.

RT Arabic published footage of a large oil convoy as it traveled along the M-4 Highway to make deliveries from a coastal refinery to al-Qamishli, very near US-occupied territory where American and Russian troops have squared off lately.

RT Arabic reported drivers in the convoy as saying: “the U.S. Caesar sanctions have not been imposed on the oil and gas sector yet,” according to a translation.

Another added that “the results will be disastrous for the Syrian people if these sanctions are applied to the energy sector.”

Over the past months there's been multiple incidents at checkpoints in northeast Syria involving US and Russian/Syrian convoys in direct stand-offs.

The Caesar sanctions are expected to go into effect later this month, tightening the noose further on Syria's already war-ravaged and sanctioned population, made worse by the ongoing economic crisis in neighboring Lebanon.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:36| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ベテランエコノミストがドル暴落を予測

Sputnik International14:37 GMT 17.06.2020(updated 14:50 GMT 17.06.2020)
Veteran US Economist Predicts Dollar’s Crash
Oleg Burunov. Sputnik International
https://sputniknews.com/business/202006171079642198-veteran-us-economist-predicts-dollars-crash/

Last week, veteran economist Stephen Roach wrote in an op-ed for Bloomberg that a 35% decline in the dollar’s value against other major currencies may take place in the coming years.
先週、ベテランの経済学者であるステファン・ローチ氏は、ブルームバーグの署名入り記事で、他の主要通貨に対するドルの価値が今後数年間で35%下落する可能性があると述べた。
Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University and former Morgan Stanley Asia chairman, has warned that the US dollar “is going to fall very, very sharply” in the not-so-distant future as the era of the American national currency apparently comes to an end.
イェール大学のシニアフェローで元モルガンスタンレーアジアの会長であるステファン・ローチは、それほど遠くない将来に米ドルは「非常に急激に下落」しつつあり、米国通貨の時代が明らかに終わりを迎えると警告した。
Speaking to CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Monday, Roach referred to the US economy and said that it “has been afflicted with some significant macro imbalances for a long time, namely a very low domestic savings rate and a chronic current account deficit” that may add significantly to the dollar’s collapse.
月曜日にCNBCの「トレーディングネーション」でローチは米国経済に言及し、それが「長期的にいくつかの大きなマクロ不均衡、つまり非常に低い国内貯蓄率と慢性経常赤字に悩まされており」、それがドル崩壊に大きく寄与すると述べた。
All this is “going from bad to worse as we blow out the fiscal deficit in the years ahead”, the veteran economist pointed out.
ベテランのエコノミストは「今後数年間で我々が財政赤字を膨らませるので、これらすべてが悪化の度合いを増す」と指摘した。
As for the national savings rate, it will likely “go deeper into negative territory than it has ever done for the United States or any leading economy in economic history”, according to him.
彼によると、国家貯蓄率に関しては、「米国や経済史の主要な経済についてこれまで見られた以上にマイナスの領域に深く入り込む可能性がある」と述べた。
In this vein, Roach argued that the dollar’s crash is virtually inevitable and may take place in the next few years.
このような流れで、ローチはドルの暴落は事実上避けられないものであり、今後数年で発生する可能性があると主張した。
“Generally, it’s a negative implication for US financial assets. It points to the probability of higher inflation as we import more higher cost foreign goods from overseas, and that’s a negative for interest rates”, he underlined.

The economist expressed concern that the possible collapse of the dollar may fuel a so-called stagflation crisis, when prices rise sharply while economic growth is muted.

The comments followed Roach arguing in an op-ed for Bloomberg last week that his forecast that “a 35% decline in the value of dollar could well be in the offing is couched in terms of the comparison between the US and the currencies of a broad basket of America’s trading partners”.

In the article, the economist also emphasised that the argument that there is no alternative to the US national currency “makes little sense”, adding at the same time that “a forecast of a weaker dollar requires some combination of a strengthening” in China’s yuan and the euro.

The op-ed comes as the greenback, which marked its 235th birthday on 6 June, remains the main global reserve currency, with more than 50 percent of the total gold and foreign exchange reserves stored in dollar assets.

bloomberg2020/6/19
米財務長官、制裁がドル優位弱めると懸念していた−ボルトン氏
ボルトン前米大統領補佐官(国家安全保障問題担当)のトランプ政権の暴露本で、ムニューシン財務長官がトランプ政権の経済制裁への依存拡大に対する主な反対者として描かれている。ムニューシン長官は、経済制裁への過度の依存がドルの優位性を弱めると懸念していたという。
  ボルトン氏は近く出版予定の著書で、ベネズエラやロシア、中国などに対する厳しい経済制裁にムニューシン長官が反対していた複数のエピソードを説明。ムニューシン氏は、他国がドルの使用をやめることや、世界金融システムへのストレスが大きくなり過ぎることを懸念していた。
同書によると、ムニューシン長官は米金融システムへの他国のアクセスを阻止した場合、「世界の準備通貨としてのドルの地位を損ない、ロシアや中国などの国々にユーロやカウンター・トレードなどの手法での取引を促すだろう」と主張していた。
  ボルトン氏の著書「The Room Where It Happened」の新刊見本をブルームバーグ・ニュースが入手した。
  ムニューシン氏は18日に声明で、同氏が閲覧した同書の抜粋が「うそや事実に関する間違いにあふれている 」とコメントした。
  ボルトン氏によれば、ムニューシン氏の最大の罪は、ボルトン氏が政権に達成してほしいと思っていた外交政策目標について考えるのではなく、制裁が米国経済に及ぼす影響について懸念していたことだ。
  ボルトン氏は、ムニューシン氏が「使命よりも米国経済への二次的な影響の方を心配している」とのロス商務長官の発言を引用し、「全くその取りだ」と同意した。
  ボルトン氏は、ムニューシン氏が制裁や関税に関する議論に負けた時のエピソードも楽しげに描いている。中国に巨額の関税を課す考えにムニューシン氏が青ざめた際、「トランプ氏はムニューシン氏に『君はしゃべりすぎる。怖がるな』と述べた」という。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:06| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年06月17日

中国とインドが国境地帯で衝突

中国とインドの国境地帯で軍が衝突して死傷者が出ています。火器を使った衝突ではないようですし、大事になることはないでしょう。最初のツイートは中国人の若い方(この方は将来が楽しみ)、下のほうにあるのはトルコ語のツイートです。シリアなどの紛争を追っている方のようです。シリアやイラクの現状からすれば、まさに子供の喧嘩。

※ Carl Zha@CarlZha氏の2020/6/17のツイート
Predicting future is foolhardy but I will bite:
There will be no war btw China and India, not now, not in 5 years. But border tensions will be a persistent feature because it’s useful for certain groups

※ Carl Zha@CarlZha氏の2020/6/17のツイート
Neither gov of India nor China interested in a hot war. Latest deaths clearly an accident due 2 geography of clash site resulting in soldiers falling 2 their death while fighting w sticks and stone in middle of night. Two sides will posture for domestic consumption then back down



GoogleMapで確認するとこんな場所です。急斜面の峰を境界線が通っています。 真夜中こんなところで殴り合ったらそりゃ転げ落ちて死ぬ人が出ますよね。





SPUTNIK2020/6/17
China Calls Situation on Border With India 'Stable and Controllable'
The day before, following clashes between India and China along the so-called Line of Actual Control (LAC), New Delhi stated that it was committed to maintaining peace at the border with its northern neighbour.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated on Wednesday that the situation on the border remains stable and under control following the recent clash with India.
The ministry also noted that China isn't the one to blame for the recent skirmish.

中国とインドの国境での紛争の結果:
7人のインド人兵士と5人の中国人兵士が死亡した。 21人のインド人兵士と11人の中国人兵士が負傷した。
34人のインド人兵士が中国軍に捕らえられた。 交渉後、2人のインド兵(1人の大佐1人)以外の兵士が解放された。

「緊張は中国とインドの上位兵士の間で穏やかな口調で始まった。緊張はけんかになった。石、棒、ナイフ、崖から投げられたり落下した結果、死傷者が出た。」
Baburnama@Babur_nama午後1:42 ・ 2020年6月17日
"Üst rütbeli Çin ve Hindistan askerleri arasında, ılıman tonda başlayan görüşmede gerginlik arttı. Gerginlik kavgaya dönüştü. Ölüm ve yaralanmalar taş, sopa, bıçak ve kayalıklardan atılma/düşme neticesinde gerçekleşti."

殺害されたインドの兵士の数は20を超えています。
Baburnama@Babur_nama
Ölen Hint askeri sayısı 20'yi geçti.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2020年06月16日

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that there was “no slavery” in Australia のウソをFACEBOOKが逆に拡散

RT2020/6/15
Facebook ‘appears’ to resolve issue after ‘blocking & banning’ users who shared article with photo of Aboriginal men over ‘nudity’


Facebook “appears” to have resolved the issue after it blocked and banned users for sharing a Guardian article about the site’s algorithms removing a photograph of Aboriginal men in chains over “nudity.”

The social media giant apologized on Saturday for incorrectly blocking the 1890s photograph posted by a user in response to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that there was “no slavery” in Australia. The post was restored when Guardian Australia asked if it had been automatically flagged in error.

However, Facebook then began blocking and banning users who attempted to share the Guardian’s article about the removal, citing the same breach of community standards.

On Monday, the newspaper reported that “dozens” of readers had said that when they attempted to post the link to the article detailing the incident, they received a message saying it violated site guidelines − including the user who originally posted the image.

Some of those trying to share the article were even “banned from posting” on the social media platform for up to 30 days, the Guardian said. Facebook finally “appeared” to have properly resolved the issue on Monday afternoon “after further inquiries” from the newspaper.

Canadian journalist Cory Doctorow tweeted about the incorrect censorship, arguing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should not be making decisions about “the social lives and political discourse” of its 2.6 billion monthly users.

“NO ONE is capable of doing that job,” he said. “That job should not exist.”

Facebook has been in the hot seat over its content policies in recent days as many people called for it to remove inflammatory posts by US President Donald Trump, including one which threatened that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in relation to protests and unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

Zuckerberg said last week that the platform would“review” its policies for handling content which violates or partially violates its current rules.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Americans after Buying Time in Talks with Iraqis

FARSNEWS2020/6/13
Official: Americans after Buying Time in Talks with Iraqis
TEHRAN (FNA)- The first session of the strategic negotiations between Washington and Baghdad showed that the Americans are after buying time, a senior Iraqi official said.

"The first session revealed that the Americans are after buying time in Iraq rather than urgent materialization of goals," the official told the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website on Saturday on condition of anonymity.

The official said that the two sides agreed that there should arise no political crisis and confrontation between Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and the political stream which opposes the US presence in Iraq.

He added that the final statement of the meeting might somehow satisfy the political groups which do not favor the US deployment in the country.

US and Iraq officials agreed to reduce the number of American troops in the Middle East country in the coming months but, following resumption of dialogue, fell short of providing a timeframe.

The decision was announced on Thursday following the long-anticipated talks, the first strategic dialogue between the two countries in a decade.

Chaired by the Senior Under Secretary of Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Karim Hashem Mustafa, and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, the talks were limited to a short preliminary online session due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

They laid out the agenda for what is expected to be a months-long discussion focused on US troops' withdrawal along with the future of security, counterterrorism, political, economic and cultural relations.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, the US reiterated its commitment to withdrawing its troops from Iraq but fell short of announcing a timeline.

The Iraqi parliament has passed and approved a plan to expel foreign troops from its soil on January 6, 2019, two days after the assassination of late Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, Deputy Chairman of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and their companions in the US military terrorist attack, near Baghdad airport.

Baghdad-Washington strategic negotiations include the US military presence in Iraq, US military support for Iraq to fight against the ISIL remnants, commitment to protect foreign companies operating in Iraq, and hygienic help for the coronavirus patients.

Yet, the talks are legally binded by the parliament approval on the US military pullout and cannot delay to reverse the legislation legally as the government is duty-bound to comply with parliament approvals.

FARSNEWS2020/6/15
Iranian Envoy: IRGC Quds Force Commander's Visit Not Related to Iraq-US Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said that the recent visit by Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Esmayeel Qa'ani to Baghdad was in line with strengthening bilateral ties and was not related to the strategic talks between Iraq and the US.

"The negotiations between Iraq and the US is an internal issue and the decision depends on Iraq, itself. Rest assured that Iran will support any agreement that the Iraqi government inks and the parliament approves," Masjedi said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Iraqiyah news channel on Monday.

"The recent visit by Mr. Qa'ani is not related to these talks and he had earlier traveled to Iraq too," he added.

"Mr. Qa'ani has always visited Iraq upon an official invitation and with coordination with the Iraqi officials and any meeting he makes is in line with strengthening relations between the two countries," Masjedi said, adding that the Iraqi officials welcome and pay the same level of respect to General Qa'ani that they did to martyred Quds Force Commander General Soleimani.

His remarks came after the Associated Press claimed in a report on Thursday that "for his second visit, Ghaani had to apply for a visa, something unheard of in Soleimani’s time − a bold step by Baghdad’s new government effectively curtailing Iran’s freedom of movement inside Iraq".

"The episodes, relayed to The Associated Press by several Iraqi officials, illustrate Iran’s struggles to maintain sway over Iraqi militias six months after America assassinated Soleimani and top militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike. Iran at the same time is grappling with the economic fallout from U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus outbreak," it added.

But senior Iran analyst, Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm, rejected the claims, questioning AP's fact-checking and authentic writing standards.

"Disinformation campaign again. IRGC Qods [Force] Commander Major General Ghaani, like martyred General Soleimani and all other Iran officials, didn't even need a visa to visit Iraq under a long time visa-waiver agreement for diplomatic visits," he wrote on his twitter page on Thursday.

"But for western media, authentic writing seems to be of no value in case of Iran," Khoshchesm said.
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UAE finances anti-Turkey PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Press TV20206/15
UAE finances anti-Turkey PKK terrorists in northern Iraq: Report
A report says the United Arab Emirates has allegedly provided financial support to the anti-Turkey PKK militant group in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

A security source at the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) told the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper that the authorities had imposed limitations on money transfers coming from the UAE.

The source said any money transfers exceeding $1,000 coming from the UAE to the region's foreign exchange companies and banks required a "proof of approval" from security authorities.

The move comes amid reports that the UAE has provided financial support to anti-Turkey Kurdish militants in recent months.

The source, who asked not to be named, said the new measure will be applied to all exchange companies in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah.

The PKK, designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, focused in southeast Turkey.

On Sunday, Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced the country's fighter jets had bombed the positions of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq .

Relations between Turkey and the UAE have been strained since Ankara sided with Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Doha in June 2017 and imposed a series of economic sanctions against the tiny sheikhdom, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region.

Qatar has rejected the claims while maintaining that it is paying the price for its independent foreign policy.

UAE failed expansionism in Libya, Yemen costs billions of dollars: Report
A report says the UAE’s expansionist policy and its involvement in conflicts in Libya and Yemen have cost the country billions of dollars.

Ankara and Abu Dhabi are also at odds over the situation in Libya, where the two countries support opposing sides of the conflict.

In 2017, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meant the United Arab Emirates when he hinted at a Muslim country that had spent billions to topple the Turkish government in a coup in July 2016.
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2020年06月14日

Ajamu Baraka: George Floyd Triggered Turning Point in US

FARSNEWS2020/6/14
Ajamu Baraka: George Floyd Triggered Turning Point in US
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ajamu Baraka, prominent American human rights activist, says Americans, who have become aware of their rulers’ lies, are becoming united to defy the curfews and massive military deployment after the tragic police violence in George Floyd case.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Ajamu Baraka said, “What we are going to see is something very similar to what happened in France, where there was only one issue that brought people, the yellow vests, to the streets; but then, it transformed into something else. I think we might see something very similar happening in the US, as people are angry and scared and they are full of real anxiety about their future.”

Ajamu Baraka is an American political activist and former Green Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. He has been involved in numerous anti-segregation activities. Baraka has served on the boards of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Africa Action. He runs Black Alliance for Peace, a US-based think tank defending the rights of black people.

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: Why do you think the US police is applying such heavy-handed tactics to suppress the protesters calling for respect for African Americans’ human rights?

A: The real issue is the potential rebellion coming from workers and black people to the complete collapse of the US economy and the austerity measures that have been in place for the last few decades. So, a heavy-handed police response helps to gain the perception that the police have the capacity to handle any illegal or even legal uprisings from the people. What people have to understand is that this is a new mood in the US that regular tactics of intimidation are not going to be very effective. People are really upset and know the George Floyd’s case was a trigger. We have already seen that they have been defying curfews and massive deployment of military. The intimidation factors are not as pronounced as they may have been just a couple of months ago.

Q: President Trump made a posting on his twitter page, stating “...when the looting starts, the shooting starts...”. Did you expect such a reaction from the US President?

A: We did not expect that the President of the United States would be so open and articulating a policy position that was no different than the kinds of the positions that the US used to condemn the leaders of other countries in relationship to certain kinds of unrest that they might be facing in their countries. That is why the Black Alliance for Peace made and appeal to the United Nations; because, we felt that the tweet clearly indicated the US authorities are quite prepared to engage in repression against their citizens. If the US can appeal to the UN and claim there is human right crisis in other countries, even after they have agitated and maybe even provoked people to rebel against their states, and then make claim that those governments attempted to try to handle those uprisings by violating human rights of their people, then the US should be held accountable to the violation of human rights in the US. We believe that there should be one standard for all nations.

Q: Being faced with the US police heavy-handed response, do African Americans continue to call for their rights?

A: We are not disappointed at all, as the human rights crisis in the US is an ongoing crisis. It did not just emerge with the George Floyd situation. We have been agitating at the UN for quite some time. So, the crisis continues. Hundreds of African Americans are dying unnecessarily every day for Covid-19. They are dying of governmental neglect. They are dying because they have been forced back into the economy because the state does not have to provide any economic support for them while they are attempting to try to manage the virus. So, this is the ongoing problem. We have eighty million people without any medical coverage in this country as the consequence of Covid-19, and there were almost thirty five million people who did not have medical coverage before Covid-19. So, [due to] the inability and reluctance that is of the USA to protect the basic human rights of its citizens for healthcare, social security and work places free of intimidation and violent actions from the police forces, these human rights issues will continue. Therefore, we will continue to raise it in the international forums so the people can understand the human rights crisis we are facing in this country.

What we are seeing in the US is just a turning point. People are becoming radicalized as a consequence of the actions by the rulers that indicate that their lies made nothing. They are only concerned about they can profit and so the people are starting to make a connection. George Floyd was only a trigger and what we are going to see is something very similar to what happened in France, where there was only one issue that brought people, the yellow vests, to the streets; but then, it transformed into something else. I think we might see something very similar happening in the US, as people are angry and scared and they are full of real anxiety about their future.

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2020年06月13日

ダマスカス北部の山間の町 解放感を味わう人々

この町はキリスト教徒が多く住んでいるんですね。教会が多く、女性の服装も西洋風です。



上の画像は、次の地図の真ん中の下のほうから上のほうを撮影しています。




でもこんな山間の町で住民は何で生計を立てているんでしょう。

・・・ここまで2018-09-15に掲載・・・

こちらもクリスチャンの町のようです。やはり谷あいにある。同じ町ですね。









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The unipolar world that the US wanted is over

presstv
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 4:01 PM [ Last Update: Tuesday, 09 June 2020 4:02 PM ]
The unipolar world that the US wanted is over: Scholar
An American human rights and peace activist has said that the United States has plenty of missiles and bombs but very little humanitarian assistance to offer to the world, adding that all this shows that “the unipolar world that the US wanted is over.”

Daniel Kovalik, who teaches international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has hailed Iran, Russia, China, and Cuba as real friends of Caracas and expressed gratitude for their humanitarian aid.

"Humanitarian aid is coming from China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. They are true friends," Maduro said in a televised speech on Sunday.

He also rebuked the US, saying Washington had promised $20 million in aid, "but not a single dollar came through".

The United States has over the past few years imposed harsh economic sanctions on the oil-rich South American country to pressure the country's President Maduro to step down, forcing millions of Venezuelans to abandon their homeland due to a lack of basic food and necessities.

The sanctions, which include the illegal confiscation of Venezuelan assets abroad and an economic blockade, have caused enormous suffering for millions of people in the country.

Last month, Iranian tankers delivered much-needed gasoline to the Latin American country facing a fuel crisis.

Upon the arrival of the first Iranian tanker, Venezuelans stormed Twitter to express gratitude towards Tehran for the shipments.
Venezuela hails Iran, Russia, China, Cuba as true friends

Kovalik said, “The huge irony in all this is that while the US is critical of all the countries you've just named (China, Russia, Iran and Cuba) in terms of their human rights policy, the truth is those are the countries that have really shown true solidarity during this COVID-19 crisis.”

“Cuba stepped up by sending doctors and supplies to many different countries including some in Western Europe like Italy to fight the pandemic when Italy said they had been abandoned by the EU,” he added.

“The US sanctions against Venezuela has denied it critical medicines, before this crisis and during it. Meanwhile, Russia sent five months worth of insulin to Venezuela -- insulin being one of the things that Venezuela can't get because of the sanctions,” he stated.

“I think what this is all showing is that the unipolar world that the US wanted is over, and people are going to be looking to countries like China and Russia and Iran and Cuba now for help, because they see that the US has very little help to give. The US has missiles and has bombs plenty, but very little help to give,” he noted.
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