Iran says navy prepared to protect oil tankers from ‘any threats’ as US sanctions kick in
Following US warnings dissuading port operators from allowing Iranian tankers to dock, Iran’s top brass pushed back by reiterating that its navy is ready to protect ships against any threats.

Iran’s military is “prepared today as in the past” to protect against “any threats,” and to ensure the safe passage of Iranian oil tankers, Rear-Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, a deputy commander of the regular armed forces, said on Monday, Iranian news agency ISNA reports.

He stressed that any “hindrances” to Iran’s right to use international waterways “would be clearly unacceptable.”

The comments come a week after the United States unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Tehran’s oil, shipping and banking industries. Although it’s unclear whether other nations will abide by Washington’s diktats, US officials have hinted that Iranian ships will no longer be welcome in international waters.

“From the Suez Canal to the Strait of Malacca and all choke-points in between, Iranian tankers are a floating liability,” Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to the secretary of state, said on Wednesday. “Self-insured Iranian tankers are a risk to the ports that permit them to dock [and] the canals that allow them to transit.”

Hook went on to warn that nations that ignore the US-imposed restrictions on Iran’s commercial fleet could face sanctions of their own.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and halt Persian Gulf oil exports if its own oil exports are blocked. In recent months, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has held naval exercises in the Persian Gulf designed to increase preparedness for “confronting possible threats.”

National Security Advisor John Bolton said in August that shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would be a serious “mistake,” suggesting that Tehran was merely “bluffing.”

On November 5, the US put back in force all sanctions previously lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, which Washington unilaterally withdrew from in May. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the sanctions will remain until Tehran complies with a list of 12 demands. The ultimatum calls on Tehran to halt all nuclear and ballistic missile development, as well as ending the country’s alleged “support for terrorism.” Washington also says that Iran must completely withdraw from Syria before sanctions can be lifted.
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Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies A Year Before Khashoggi’s Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, according to three people familiar with the discussions, according to a report.

The Saudis inquired at a time when Prince Mohammad, then the deputy crown prince and defense minister, was consolidating power and directing his advisers to escalate military and intelligence operations outside the kingdom. Their discussions, more than a year before the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, indicate that top Saudi officials have considered assassinations since the beginning of Prince Mohammad’s ascent, The New York Times reported.

Saudi officials have portrayed Mr. Khashoggi’s death as a rogue killing ordered by an official who has since been fired. But that official, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, was present for a meeting in March 2017 in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where the businessmen pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to try to sabotage the Iranian economy.

During the discussion, part of a series of meetings where the men tried to win Saudi funding for their plan, General Assiri’s top aides inquired about killing Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and a man considered a determined enemy of Saudi Arabia.

The interest in assassinations, covert operations and military campaigns like the war in Yemen − overseen by Prince Mohammad − is a change for the kingdom, which historically has avoided an adventurous foreign policy that could create instability and imperil Saudi Arabia’s comfortable position as one of the world’s largest oil suppliers.

As for the businessmen, who had intelligence backgrounds, they saw their Iran plan both as a lucrative source of income and as a way to cripple a country that they and the Saudis considered a profound threat. George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, arranged the meeting. He had met previously with Prince Mohammad, and had pitched the Iran plan to Trump White House officials. Another participant in the meetings was Joel Zamel, an Israeli with deep ties to his country’s intelligence and security agencies.

Both Mr. Nader and Mr. Zamel are witnesses in the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, and prosecutors have asked them about their discussions with American and Saudi officials about the Iran proposal. It is unclear how this line of inquiry fits into Mr. Mueller’s broader inquiry. In 2016, a company owned by Mr. Zamel, Psy-Group, had pitched the Trump campaign on a social media manipulation plan.

A spokesman for the Saudi government declined to comment, as did lawyers for both Mr. Nader and Mr. Zamel.

During the March 2017 meeting about the plan to sabotage Iran’s economy, according to the three people familiar with the discussions, the Saudis asked the businessmen whether they also “conducted kinetics” − lethal operations − saying they were interested in killing senior Iranian officials. The businessmen hesitated, saying they would need to consult their lawyer.

The lawyer flatly rejected the plan, and the businessmen told the Saudis they would not take part in any assassinations. Mr. Nader told the Saudis about a London-based company run by former British special operations troops that might take on the contract. It is unclear which company he suggested.

Before he was ousted last month, General Assiri was considered one of Prince Mohammad’s closest advisers, a man whose sharp ascent tracked the rise of the young crown prince. In 2016, he became the public face of Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, giving briefings about the state of the war. He traveled frequently to Washington, where Saudi-paid lobbyists brought him to think tanks to give optimistic assessments about the campaign’s progress and he extolled the Saudi concern for the welfare of civilians.

By 2017, however, the Saudi campaign that General Assiri oversaw in Yemen had ground into a military stalemate and, despite his assurances, a humanitarian catastrophe. But his patron, Prince Mohammad, also consolidated his power over all of the kingdom’s security apparatuses, and he promoted General Assiri to the deputy head of the kingdom’s spy agency, the General Intelligence Directorate.

Western analysts believe that Prince Mohammad moved General Assiri there in part to keep an eye on the spy chief, Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Humaidan, known as Abu Ali, who was close to Western intelligence agencies and suspected of harboring loyalties to one of the crown prince’s royal rivals.

General Assiri was dismissed last month when the Saudi government acknowledged Mr. Khashoggi’s killing and said he had organized the operation. On Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said his government had handed over a recording of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain and France, pressuring President Trump to more harshly punish the Saudis over the murder.

Mr. Nader’s and Mr. Zamel’s plan dates to the beginning of 2016, when they started discussing an ambitious campaign of economic warfare against Iran similar to one waged by Israel and the United States during the past decade aimed at coercing Iran to end its nuclear program. They sketched out operations like revealing hidden global assets of the Quds Force; creating fake social media accounts in Farsi to foment unrest in Iran; financing Iranian opposition groups; and publicizing accusations, real or fictitious, against senior Iranian officials to turn them against one another.

Mr. Nader is an adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, a country that, along with Saudi Arabia and Israel, has identified Iran as the primary threat to stability in the Middle East.

Both he and Mr. Zamel believed that Hillary Clinton’s anticipated victory in the 2016 election meant a continuation of the Iran nuclear deal signed by President Barack Obama − and little appetite in Washington for a concerted campaign to cripple the Iranian economy. So, they decided to pitch the plan to Saudi and Emirati officials, even submitting a proposal to General Assiri during a meeting in Belgium.

The election of Donald J. Trump changed their calculus, and shortly after, Mr. Nader and Mr. Zamel traveled to New York to sell both Trump transition officials and Saudi generals on their Iran plan.

Mr. Nader’s initiative to try to topple the Iranian economy was first reported in May by The New York Times. His discussions in New York with General Assiri and other Saudi officials were reported last month by The Daily Beast.

Mr. Nader and Mr. Zamel enlisted Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater and an adviser to the Trump transition team. They had already discussed elements of their plan with Mr. Prince, in a meeting when they learned of his own paramilitary proposals that he planned to try to sell to the Saudis. A spokesman for Mr. Prince declined to comment.

In a suite on one of the top floors of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York, Mr. Zamel and Mr. Nader spoke to General Assiri and his aides about their Iran plan. The Saudis were interested in the idea but said it was so provocative and potentially destabilizing that they wanted to get the approval of the incoming Trump administration before Saudi Arabia paid for the campaign.

After Mr. Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Mr. Nader met frequently with White House officials to discuss the economic sabotage plan.

General Assiri’s interest in assassinations was unsurprising but unrepresentative of official policy, said one Saudi familiar with the inquiry into the Khashoggi killing. The investigation has shown the general to be a grandiose and ambitious novice to intelligence who sought to impress the crown prince with unauthorized schemes for black operations, the person said.

But General Assiri’s well-known closeness to the crown prince − the general often joined Prince Mohammad for meetings in Riyadh with visiting American officials − might make it difficult for the prince’s supporters to distance him from the proposals, just as the same connections have helped convince Western intelligence agencies that the prince must have known about the plot against Mr. Khashoggi.

Moreover, General Assiri and his lieutenants were meeting with Mr. Nader around the same time that Mr. Nader was meeting with Prince Mohammad himself, as Saudi officials have acknowledged. In emails to a business associate obtained by The Times, Mr. Nader sometimes referred to conversations he held with Prince Mohammad − also known by his initials, M.B.S. − about other projects he had discussed with General Assiri.

“Had a truly magnificent meeting with M.B.S.,” Mr. Nader wrote in early 2017, discussing possible Saudi contracts. The crown prince, he said, had advised him to “review it and discuss it with General Ahmed”.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

仕事よりも健康の方が大事でしょ? でもそうならなかったのには理由がある

※ やまもとこうこ(脱原発に一票) @okouchan44氏の2018/11/10のツイート

※ itou kino @ItouKino氏の8:48 - 2018年11月10日 のツイート


@ 経済的問題は大きいです。(中高年の転職は大変難しいです。)
A 社会の中での自分の相対位置を変えたくないというのも強いです。(人と変わったことをしたくない。)
B 理解力の不足もありましょう。(チェルノブイリの経験をまともに受け止められない。セシウム、ガンマ線、中性子、核分裂なんて今まで聞いたこともない。)
C 情報への感度もあります。(先日お会いした78歳の男性は「食べて応援」を知りませんでした。本当に知らなかったのです。信じられますか。孫もおられる年金生活の方でした。)
D 日本人の権威主義もあります。(弁護士など社会的に地位の高い人は問題にしていない。弁護士がそんなに社会的な地位が高いとは思いませんし、彼らが被爆問題に知見を有しているとは言えない。ましてや政府が問題の矮小化を図れば一発でだまされます。)
E 日常生活の中で新たな注意事項を自らに課すのは面倒だ。(これは主婦に多い。そういう伴侶は一生の不作です。)
F 被爆による健康被害は基本的に確率的なものであるため、こうしなければああなるという因果関係がわかりにくい。(それゆえ被爆による健康被害を軽視する。理系の技術者などに多いです。)


@ 同意。
A 同意。人と同じだと安心なのです。TV見ない人を危険人物扱いするのが良い例。
B たいていの人は知りません。
C 私の周囲も、半分は知りません。
D 弁護士は医者と同じです。1に金。2に地位。3番目に、1と2が満たされるという前提で、やっと正義。
E 変化を厭う人は性別を問わず、多い。男性のほうが多いのでは?
F まったくそのとおり。理系です。よく分かりましたね。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:22| Comment(2) | 福島原発事故


Paper: Germany, EU Member States Funding Militants in Syria's Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- The German government and other EU members are funding militants still present in Idlib and involved in a conflict against the Syrian army, a German newspaper revealed.

In total, Berlin has paid nearly 49 million euros to militants fighting to topple the Syrian government and facilitated the transfer of similar funds by other EU members, Tagesspiegel reported.

Those funds included "11.3 million other sources, or 17 million euros from the European Union, for which Germany would have played an intermediary role."

According to the report, the German government does not communicate the precise list of recipients of the funds for fear of angering Russia and other sides involved in the Syria war.

The information was revealed in an answer given by German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Walter Lindner to a question asked by Member of European Parliament Evrim Sommer, to which Tagesspiegel was able to have access.

The report comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian and Turkish leaders in Istanbul late last month to discuss a solution to the Syria conflict.
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Kremlin: US Special Adviser to Afghanistan Plans Moscow Trip as Taliban Gains Ground
TEHRAN (FNA)- After years of struggle against the Taliban in Afghanistan, US special advisor Zalmay Khalilzad is planning to visit Russia to discuss a peace settlement, his Russian counterpart Zamir Kabulov said on Monday.

“I’ve known Khalilzad for a long time. We’ll meet again – he is planning to visit us,” Kabulov told reporters, adding that the parties may discuss the launch of direct talks between the US-backed government in Kabul and the Taliban if Khalilzad is “ready to do it”, RT reported.

The Russian official stressed that Moscow supports the “regionalist approach” to a peace settlement in the war-torn nation and doesn’t seek competition with the US in Afghanistan, but at the same time can’t just stand by and “idly observe” the ongoing deterioration of the situation on the ground.

A Taliban delegation recently flew to Moscow to hold separate discussions on the ways to end the conflict in the country.

In recent years, US officials became more receptive to the idea of direct peace talks with the Taliban.

“This is not going to be won militarily. This is going to a political solution,” General Austin S. Miller, who lead the NATO mission in Afghanistan, admitted last week. Khalilzad, meanwhile, reportedly met with Taliban officials in Qatar last month.

Despite the US’ decade-long efforts to quell the militants, Afghanistan has seen an upsurge in Taliban activity in recent years. The US government’s own estimates indicate that the Washington-backed government in Kabul has uncontested control of just over 57 percent of the country, while a recent BBC study revealed that the jihadists are “openly active” in about 70 percent of the nation.

Heroin production has skyrocketed, and frequent terror attacks continue to claim the lives of Afghan servicemen and civilians.

Diplomat: Taliban Ready to Take Part in Next Moscow Meeting on Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Taliban movement (terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia) is ready to take part in the next round of Moscow consultations on Afghanistan, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov said.

"Principally, the Taliban is ready," Kabulov told TASS.

"They like the idea very much, they are ready to take part," he further added.

The Afghan government demanded holding direct talks with the Taliban movement on the sidelines of the Moscow-format consultations, but the Taliban refused, he said.

"The Afghan government demanded direct talks with representatives of the Taliban movement on the sidelines of these Moscow consultations," he said. "The Taliban’s leadership flatly refuses to talk with the current Afghanistan’s government, considering it to be the puppet one brought into power in Kabul by the Americans."

The second meeting of the Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan was held on November 9.

A delegation of the Taliban movement’s political office took part in an international meeting of this level for the first time.

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これが出来上がったPNGファイルです。938KBあります。なんで縦になっているの? Jtrimの中で横長に変えました。


ここで用紙をA3と指定しています。ある文書をA3 1枚で印刷すればA3、2枚で印刷すればA2、4枚で印刷すればA1になるというそういう仕組みです。

A1にしたいのでA3が4枚になるようsize in percentで調節します。




慣れておかないといざというとき間に合いませんし、疲れます。この秋の運動会で、「ガンバレ! 2年3組」とか作ってかざしてみませんか。
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Sole brothers? Ex-Houthi minister shoed like George W. Bush at Saudi defection presser

Sole brothers? Ex-Houthi minister shoed like George W. Bush at Saudi defection presser
Echoing the infamous shoeing attempt of George W. Bush in 2008, an ex-Houthi minister was stuck by the footwear of an angry Yemeni journalist during his first media outing since his defection to Saudi Arabia.

The shoe went flying at Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, who had served as the Houthi’s information minister since civil war broke out in Yemen in 2014, as he spoke to gathered media in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday.

In Arab culture, the throwing of a shoe at someone is seen as a mark of deep contempt – and an insult – for the intended target. The practice came to the attention of those outside the Arab world in 2008, after Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled both of his shoes at former US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.

Luckily for Bush – not so much for Gaber – Zaidi’s aim wasn’t as good as his Yemeni counterpart’s.

Footage capturing the latest shoeing incident shows Gaber answering media questions while sitting behind a table of microphones. A commotion is heard off screen followed by Gaber moving his hands towards his face to deflect the incoming shoe.

Several men then grabbed the journalist who continued to shout and hurl insults at Gaber as he was ejected from the room.

Gaber’s defection comes as Saudi-backed forces continue its offensive to oust Houthi rebels from the port city of Hodeida, controlled by the Houthis since their uprising against the government started in 2014. A Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states entered the conflict on the side of the government the following year, conducting an aerial bombing campaign which has devastated vast swathes of the country and its infrastructure.

Hodeida is one of the only sources of aid and supplies for much of Yemen’s civilian population, and since a Saudi blockade of the port has been in effect since 2017, concerns of people starving en masse have been repeatedly raised by the UN and humanitarian groups.
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2018/11/5から 空間線量率





posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:23| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

これも必要ないでしょうけど プラカードの作り方









1 A4サイズで書いたものをA1サイズのポスター台紙に張る。



最初にやった時、この方法で成功したのですが、その後A1サイズの用紙が指定できませんでした。色々調べるといろいろなやり方が紹介されていますが、やってみると障害が多い。結局、blog.kur.jp にあるA4サイズのPDFからA1サイズのポスターを作る方法が一番確実化と考えて挑戦しました。

2 画像として保存してあるものを拡大印刷する。




3 白黒コピー1枚5円の店もある。


4 家庭用プリンターの時代は終わり


5 紙の裁断は難しい。


6 関連資料はタブロイドに入れておいて見せる。

7 空間線量率測定器のタブレットパソコンも動員する。プラカードの内容の信ぴょう性を訴えるため、空間線量率測定器のタブレットパソコンも動員して、グラフを見せる。何かいろいろな道具があったほうがいかにも本当らしいですよね。


もう一つ大事なことを忘れていました。8 PDF化は極めて簡単


blog.kur.jp A4サイズのPDFからA1サイズのポスターを作る方法でやってみた。

1 ポスターにしたい画像を用意します
2 画像がない場合、CubePDFを使用してPDFから画像を作ります
3 PosteRazorを使用してPDFをA1サイズに拡大し分割します
4 ネットプリントで印刷します
5 周囲の余白をハサミで切断し張り合わせます




1 まず、パソコンにTrueTypeフォント(拡大・縮小しても文字の形が崩れず、高品位に印刷できる字体)が使える文章作成ソフトが入っていることが必要です。マイクロソフトのワードなどです。

2  CubePDFPosteRazorをインストールします。

3 文書作成ソフトで文書を作ります。用紙はA4、A3でもよいのですが、最初からできるだけ大きい用紙を使ったほうがきれいにできるはずです。

4 出来上がった文書を印刷します。プリンターとしてCubePDFを指定してPDFファイルを作ります。

5 4のPDFファイルをアクロバットリーダーで開き、これを今度はPNGファイルに変えます。PDFファイルから画像ファイルに転換です。印刷時にプリンターとしてCubePDFを指定して印刷を開始すると途中で印刷の仕様が示されますので、その際にPDFではなくPNGを指定します。用紙サイズもA1を指定します。

6 PosteRazorを起動し、5で作ったPNGファイルを読み込ませます。あとは、画面右下にあるNEXTボタンを押して作業を進めます。そして用紙をA3に指定してPDFを作ると4ページのPDFができます。

7 これをSDカードやUSBに記憶させ、それをコンビニの印刷機で印刷します。A3が4枚できます。

8 これをA2のパネル2枚を平らなところに並べてのりしろを使うかあるいは余白を切り取って隙間のないように貼り付けます。


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2018/10 人口動態速報 横浜市出生数死亡数ともにトレンドからの乖離広がる

守谷市 出生死亡比率前年同月比改善
常陸太田市 前年同月比改善
日立市 前年同月比改善
神栖市 前年同月比悪化
仙台市 前年同月比悪化
大和市 前年同月比悪化
柏市 前年同月比大幅悪化
いわき市 前年同月比大幅悪化
横浜市 前年同月比大幅悪化、出生数死亡数ともにトレンドラインからの乖離広がる
郡山市 前年同月比大幅改善
市川市 前年同月比小幅悪化

高萩市 前年同月比大幅改善
市原市 前年同月比大幅改善
筑西市 前年同月比大幅改善
松戸市 前年同月比改善
浦安市 前年同月比大幅悪化
我孫子市 前年同月比大幅改善
横須賀市 前年同月比悪化

鎌ヶ谷市 前年同月比悪化
福島市 前年同月比悪化

水戸市 前年同月比大幅悪化
川崎市 前年同月比小幅改善
常総市 前年同月比大幅悪化
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