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2019年11月07日

‘Very good start!’: Trump signals support for Yemen power-sharing deal

FARSNEWS2019/11/6
Iran: Aden Deal Not to Help Crisis in Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that the agreement signed between fugitive President Mansour Hadi and the UAE-backed separatists in Southern Yemen will not help soothe the crisis in the war-torn country.

"Signing such documents will not help resolution of problems in Yemen and it will be a step to prolong Saudi Arabia and its allies' occupation in Southern Yemen directly or through their proxy forces," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday.

He advised Saudi Arabia to give a positive response to the initiative presented by Mahdi al-Mashat, the president of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, on the halt of recirocal attacks rather than making decisions for groups that have no authority.

"As stressed many times, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes the first step to resolve the crisis in Yemen is stopping the war and bloodshed and removing the cruel siege on the Yemeni people, and the next step is holding Yemeni-Yemeni talks to attain an agreement for the political future of the country," Mousavi said.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.


RT2019/11/6
‘Very good start!’: Trump signals support for Yemen power-sharing deal
US President Donald Trump has tweeted his enthusiasm for a power-sharing peace deal signed between Yemen’s government and southern separatists and hailed as a step toward a broader political solution for the complicated conflict.

Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the plan marked a “very good start” on solving the crisis. “Please all work hard to get a final deal,” he added.

The Saudi-backed government in Yemen signed the deal to end the power struggle that had fractured the Saudi coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which ousted the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from Sanaa in 2014. The southern separatists are supported by the United Arab Emirates, Riyadh’s main coalition partner.

Riyadh’s envoy to Yemen said the deal would involve the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) joining a new cabinet and that all armed forces will come under government control.

In a televised signing ceremony, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the pact could open “broader talks” between parties “to reach a political solution and end the war.”

Riyadh saw solving the crisis between the government and separatists as crucial in allowing it to focus on fighting the Houthis at its southern border.

The deal calls for the creation of a new cabinet of no more than 24 ministers within 30 days, with equal representation for northerners and southerners.

The deal has also been hailed by United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths as an important step toward bringing an end to a war that has pushed millions of Yemenis to the brink of famine.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:21| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

インドの癌症例は1年で300%以上急増 大気汚染との関連は?

インドの大気汚染がすさまじいようです。インドの政治家がパキスタンが有毒物質を流していると非難したり、迷走です。
インド産の農産物で最も日本人になじみが深いのは紅茶? セイロン産も含めて放射能が検出されましたので、私は以前から飲むのを止めています。

香辛料の安全性に関する懸念はこの大気汚染で高まらざるを得ませんね。香辛料の栽培加工方法も調べないといけませんね。そんなに量多く使うものではないので、気にしていませんでしたが。

タージマハールが大気汚染の影響を受けているとのニュースをもう何年も前に見たように記憶します。でも、今回もそうですが、この激しいスモッグがどれだけの広がりを持ってどれくらいの期間続いているのかも一般の報道には出ないんですよね。インド発の情報ではあるのかもしれませんが。とてももどかしい。

RT2019/11/6
Pakistan released POISONOUS GAS to pollute Delhi’s air, Indian politician claims
Delhi’s record-breaking air pollution may be the result of a covert chemical attack by Pakistan, an Indian politician has claimed, insisted that his airtight theory should be “seriously” considered.

“There is a possibility that poisonous gas could have been released by any neighboring country which is afraid of us,” Meerut BJP leader Vineet Agarwal Sharda said.

Listing Pakistan and China as the two prime suspects, Sharda said that India “must seriously consider” whether Islamabad was releasing poisonous substances into Delhi’s air. He also accused Pakistan of being intimidated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – a BJP member – and stated ominously that India has never lost a war to its nuclear-armed neighbor.

He also criticized government officials who blamed the dangerous environmental conditions on emissions from factories and agriculture.

“The farmer is the backbone of our country. Farmers and industries should not be blamed,” the BJP leader said.

Indian officials have been scrambling to find a solution – or in this case, excuses – for Delhi’s hazardous level of air pollution.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan suggested that eating vitamin-rich carrots could help shield Indians from pollution-related illnesses.



インドのがん患者が1年で300%以上増加、ということは4倍以上になったということですね。医療水準の向上でがんが発見されやすくなっているのでしょうが、貧しい食生活と、たばことアルコールが原因などと言っている間は、がんは減りませんね。

核保有国です。大気汚染が激しい。経済繁栄の負の遺産でしょうか。

RT2019/11/3
Cancer cases in India spike by over 300% in 1 year, new govt data shows
The number of Indians diagnosed with cancer more than tripled between 2017 and 2018, according to a new government report. The increase is attributed to a rise in unhealthy lifestyles, as well as better detection.

Of the 65 million patients who visited state-run NCD (non-communicable disease) clinics in 2018, 160,000 were treated for common cancer – including cervical, oral, and breast cancer. Revealed in India’s 2019 National Health Profile, the figure represents a nearly 324-percent increase from the previous year.

The number of people who used the government-run facilities nearly doubled from 2017-18, suggesting that cancer detection improved significantly over the two-year period.

India’s Health Ministry attributed the worrying uptick to poor diet and tobacco and alcohol use. India currently finds itself near the top of the list for overall number of cancer cases. India’s cancer rate in proportion to its population is considerably lower than much of the developed world. However, poor data reporting and a shortage of oncologists in the country means that many cancer cases go undetected.

The report also had some positive news. The Health Ministry found that average life expectancy in India increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16.

Apple and Samsung sued over ‘cancer risk’ from cell phone radiation

RT2019/11/4
‘Absolutely disgusting’: Indian celebrities lambaste govt over Delhi air pollution emergency
As Delhiites continue to suffer through a bout of extreme smog, irate celebrities, including Bollywood elites, have publicly criticized the government for perceived inaction over the growing public health crisis.

Film and TV star Priyanka Chopra is in Delhi to film her next project ‘The White Tiger’ and, despite expressing initial joy at filming in her home country, she quickly took to Instagram to share just how severe the air pollution is in the capital.

“It’s so hard to shoot here right now that I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions,” the actor said in the caption below her masked face. “Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone.”

The seasonal smog is reaching ‘hazardous’ levels, with air quality now ranking in the ‘severe’ category at over 30 times the World Health Organisation’s safe daily limit of pollutants.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor also weighed in on the situation, sharing a pithy, wry tweet which read: “Breathlessness, Palpitation, moist eyes… you’re either in love or in Delhi.”
(以下略)

RT2019/11/4
Indian health minister says ‘eat your carrots’ to protect against air pollution epidemic. ‘No,’ responds the entire internet
Delhi’s air pollution has reached record-breaking levels, prompting smog-covered Indians to demand government action to clear up the deadly crisis. Just eat more carrots, the country’s health minister has amazingly tweeted.

The city’s smog is reaching ‘hazardous’ levels, with air quality now ranking in the ‘severe’ category at over 30 times the World Health Organisation’s safe daily limit of pollutants. Schools have been shuttered and flights canceled as officials declared a public health emergency.

In perhaps one of the most ill-advised attempts at public outreach this century, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted out a truly remarkable health tip – accompanied by a graphic bordering on self-satire – in an attempt to help Indians cope with the dangerously-poor air quality.

“Eating carrots helps the body get Vitamin A, potassium, & antioxidants which protect against night blindness common in India. Carrots also help against other pollution-related harm to health,” Harsh Vardhan wrote, attaching what appears to be carrot clip art. “Munch your way to good health with winter carrots,” the graphic said, using double exclamation marks to emphasize the effectiveness of the airtight anti-smog solution.

As usual, cynics on social media rushed to criticize the well-meaning minister, who simply wanted to relay a remedy for his country’s unfathomably awful smog problem.
(以下略)
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:13| Comment(7) | 国際・政治

2019年11月06日

これがリベラルの市民活動? まだ支援します? 恥ずかしくありませんか?

暗殺未遂事件
RT2019/11/6
Pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker STABBED in apparent assassination attempt


A Hong Kong lawmaker aligned with the territory’s pro-Beijing camp was attacked by a knife-wielding man in what appeared to be an attempt on his life, captured in shocking footage shared online.

Currently running for a District Council position in an upcoming election, legislator Junius Ho was suddenly attacked on Wednesday morning while campaigning in the town of Tuen Mun. The lawmaker was brought to hospital with minor injuries, while the assailant was quickly restrained and taken into custody.

In a video of the attack, a man is seen casually chatting with Ho, reportedly commending his hard work and asking for a selfie as he reached into a bag. In the next instant, the man lunges forward with a knife, striking Ho in the chest and prompting a scramble for the weapon as both fall to the ground.

単に駅の施設を破壊しまくる暴徒
https://twitter.com/i/status/1170674007240167424

Reality of Hong Kong
TEHRAN (FNA)- The violence in Hong Kong attracted widespread media attention. However, some of the reports are extremely biased, and some are even malicious. [VIDEO]
https://media.farsnews.com/media/Uploaded/Files/Video/1398/07/21/13980721000842.mp4

WATCH Hong Kong protesters beat & set fire to ‘off-duty cop’
A camera has captured the dramatic moment when a man – reportedly an off-duty police officer – was dragged away from his car and firebombed by rioters amid violent clashes in Hong Kong.

Footage shared by Xinhua news agency shows masked mobsters surrounding the man’s car in a Hong Kong street. They then hurl a petrol bomb at the victim, who was wearing a white T-shirt, before he runs away to escape the blaze. He dropped a sidearm on the ground.

Further into the clip, he is seen making a phone call, at which point a second petrol bomb explodes under his legs.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1180345946238078976

The assault occurred amid anti-Beijing protests that continue to rage in Hong Kong, with violent demonstrators targeting Chinese banks, setting streets ablaze, and vandalizing underground stations.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam accused the violent protesters of creating “a very dark night” for the city.

“Everyone is very worried and concerned, or even scared,” she said in a recorded video statement released on Saturday.

Earlier, the city suspended all underground and train services as the authorities braced for another wave of violence on Saturday on the back of a failed new ban on face masks.

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エリック C@x__ok氏のツイートから転載。管理人はエリック C@x__ok氏のフォローをやめました。ファロー推奨を取り消します。こんなあからさまな陰謀に簡単に乗せられてしまうとは思っていませんでした。

エリック Cさんがリツイート
周庭 Agnes Chow Ting@chowtingagnes氏の2019/10/5のツイート
覆面禁止法が強行に施行された1日目の今日、香港のセントラルでマスクをつけた男女が警察に取り押さえられました。彼らは警察に警棒で足を殴られ、マスクを外せと言われました。所持品も検査されました。

※ エリック C@x__ok氏の2019/10/5のツイート
日本の、安倍政権によって強行採決でつくられてしまった緊急事態条項 も、この様に危険。
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周庭 Agnes Chow Ting@chowtingagnes ・ 10月4日
緊急法を利用し、覆面禁止法を成立させたことは、香港の終わりの始まりだと思います。
香港政府は今日マスクを禁止できれば、明日は夜間外出を禁止でき、明後日はインターネットも禁止できます。とにかく、政府の権力は無限大となり、市民の権利と自由が全部奪われます。

※ エリック C@x__ok氏の2019/10/4のツイート
【重要】マスク禁止まであと20分切りました。皆で香港市民を見守るべき。

大袈裟太郎 香港中継。
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エリック C@x__ok ・ 23h
https://twitcasting.tv/oogesatarou

エリック Cさんがリツイート
※ 大袈裟太郎@oogesatarou
police has commig!!!
プロテスターを囲い込む警察隊。香港を光州にしないために、天安門にしないために、おれたちは今、ここにいる。
あと1時間でマスク禁止令。
#hongkong #HongKongProtests #antielab #standwithhongkong #香港光復時代革命 #香港デモ #反幪面法

・・・・・・

周庭とかいう女しれっとウソを書いていますね。





※ PM@P10514505氏の2019/10/のツイート
返信先: @enc0re2 さん、 @trappedsoldierさん
这谷歌翻译真是够了,
我周星驰招你惹你了(My Zhou Xingchi invites you to mess with you.)

エリック C@x__ok氏は、この女にそそのかされて? 一緒になって騒いでいるが大丈夫か。頭おかしくなっていないか?
誰か指摘してやったらよいかも。


※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/11のツイート
香港暴徒が「ハイル・ヒットラー!」を始めた? ウクライナのネオナチにならえば、こうなるのは当然か。



リベラルどころか本質はファッショ。どうすんだ。共産党のほうが非暴力的だぞ。

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/12のツイート
香港で何が起こっているかを取材報道したオーストラリア7ニュースのロバート・オベイディアは死の脅迫を受けた。暴徒に殴られた女優セリーヌ・マにインタビューし、暴徒から庇ったことが理由?
龍作も大袈裟も報道特集・日下部も、脅迫は受けない。

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/12のツイート
「タクシーを止められ車のミラーが破壊され、暴徒が乗り込んできてハンドルを握った。そして群衆の中に突っ込んだ」―先週、暴徒に襲われたタクシードライバー、ヘンリー・チェンが病院で家族に語った。暴徒はチェンが車のリース代金として用意していた現金30万円も窃盗した

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/18のツイート
ジミー・シャムは「襲撃事件」を選挙運動に利用するために下手な芝居を打った? しかし襲撃された当日に、もう選挙のちらしに事件のことが書いてある! ジミーの選挙事務所は、予知能力があるらしい…
https://twitter.com/HK2019Riot/status/1184856171863146497

※ LuLu@LuLu0122氏の2019/10/18のツイート
一般市民を何人も集団リンチしてる暴徒、誰か捕まりました?
「笑わせないでよ」はこっちの台詞。



※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/18のツイート
「ヒットラーを知っている?」と暴徒に質問し、香港暴動の真実を伝えていた米独立ジャーナリスト、ジェイロン・ラインズのユーチューブアカウントが凍結された。香港の運動の真相を探ると検閲される! これが「民主と自由」?

※ 魔界連邦@kissurmother氏の2019/9/24のツイート
香港のデモ参加者とここ数日話しててデマ拡散が本当だという事を知ってしまった。
「もうやめるべきだと意見がまとまってる」
じゃなくて、最初からすべきではなかったよ。
信頼は一度失ってしまうと二度と取り戻せないんだよ。
#香港 #香港デモ #hongkong
#HongKongProtester https://twitter.com/BambooThink/status/1175745949966028800

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/10/21のツイート
なぜ暴徒に襲撃されている市民や警察について伝えず、隠そうとする? 多くの市民が血まみれにされているのに。暴徒の武器は遠隔操作IEDまで出てきた。暴徒どころか、完全にテロリスト! 大量殺戮の犠牲者が出ても、まだ庇うつもり?

※ 大袈裟太郎@oogesatarou氏の午後2:26 ・ 2019年10月21日のツイート
例えば「香港のデモ隊は暴徒だ」という一部の言説を鵜呑みにするならば、僕らメディアへの警察からの攻撃はどう言い訳するのか?(ちなみに彼女は失明した)
壁に紙を貼っただけで腸が飛び出すほど刺された市民については?
衝突の無いデモの主催者が襲撃された件はどう説明するのか? #Shout4HK

ジャーナリストは事実を伝えるのが仕事、暴徒の言い立てを伝えるだけなのか、自分でどこまで確認したかが示されていない。大袈裟太郎氏が何者か知らなかった。

台風を機にツイッターの話題を切り替えた方もおられるようです。そのほうが良い。

6月ころから警告していたのに、年配男性でも頭に血が上るともうブレーキも何も効かないんですね。ネットウヨが弁護士の懲戒請求を集団で出すようなこともありうるわけだし、放射能の危険性を説いても聞く耳持たない人はもうどうしようもないんですね。世の中そう簡単に善だ、悪だと割り切れないんですよ。年配者までころっと。日本人は海外のニュースに疎いから簡単に騙される。

2019年10月08日
イラクで仕掛けた騒乱は成功するか 香港で バクダッドで米国の戦略は同じ

2019年09月29日
香港の人は植民地支配に戻りたいのかな ISISのテロリストとそっくり

2019年09月28日
日本人は若い女に騙されやすい

2019年09月27日
台北で香港連帯のデモ? 当局も参加か? 台湾渡航注意

2019年09月12日
これが丸腰の抗議者だって!! 冗談もほどほどにしてくれ

2019年09月09日
香港警察が殆ど丸腰の市民をも襲撃し、無差別に暴行というのは本当か

2019年08月30日
香港の暴動は米国が世界でやっている悪行を認識する良いチャンスです 何が真実かこの際、見つめて理解しましょう

2019年08月10日
Hong Kong activist goes on defensive after being photographed with US consulate official

2019年06月21日
China warns ‘black hand’ of Western meddlers to stay out of Hong Kong
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:56| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

高放射能爺 前立腺がんで放射性ヨウ素服用はあるらしい

前立腺がんでも放射性ヨウ素の服用による治療をするんですね。

注:管理人はそう聞きましたが、前立腺がんでは放射性ヨウ素の服用はなく、1mmにも満たない細い小さな金属製カプセルに入った放射性物質を前立腺に埋め込むのだそうです。

これは中年以上の男性。(この方は、小線源を埋め込んだとは言いたくなかったのかもしれません。一生埋め込んだままの人もいる? 服用ならいずれ排出されます。自分がその立場ならそんな気持ちが出るでしょう。)

甲状腺がんの治療を受ける人も増えています。

歩く放射能人間が増えているかもしれません。

・・・・・

前立腺がんの放射線治療で放射性ヨウ素を服用する例はあるようです。私の聞き間違えではありませんでした。主治医は慈恵医大病院に勤務だと聞いています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:34| Comment(5) | 福島原発事故

BIG MOMMA? ‘Mother of all bubbles’ could blow up economy in next 2 years – strategist

RT2019/11/5
BIG MOMMA? ‘Mother of all bubbles’ could blow up economy in next 2 years – strategist
Every economic cycle ends with excess which is sovereign debt, says Joe Zidle, chief investment strategist at Blackstone. This time such excess sovereign debt might be the "mother of all bubbles", he suggests.

The strategist said that failures in the repo market, negative-yielding debt, a deeply negative term premium, trade conflicts around the world, and a collapse in manufacturing all seem unrelated right now.

“At the end of any economic cycle, we often get warnings that appear to be unrelated,” he says. “It’s in hindsight that we realize that they were not at all random.”

Investors saw this during the run-up and aftermath of the housing bubble, “and we’re seeing it now.”

The “mother of all bubbles” in the sovereign debt market is the catalyst that will likely trigger the next recession, according to Zidle. He expects that to happen between mid-2020 and the end of 2021.

“I’ve turned more bearish on the current economic outlook. I don’t expect a recession in six months, but I don’t think it will be as far out as two years from now, either… I believe excess sovereign debt might be the mother of all bubbles.”

Zidle points out that stocks tend to rise until about six months before a recession, meaning there could be some market gains left.

“Cyclicals and low-quality stocks should outperform in an improving earnings environment,” he said. “New highs in equity markets will likely be set.”

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

China – not Iran – is the real reason US troops will never leave Iraq

RT2019/11/5
China – not Iran – is the real reason US troops will never leave Iraq
Recent developments suggest that the US and its allies have become increasingly wary of China’s expanding influence inside Iraq, even while Washington continuously points out the threat supposedly posed by Iran instead.

Over the past few weeks, Iraq has slowly but surely begun its re-descent into chaos. According to reports, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest Iraq’s current state of governance, with over 250 already being killed in clashes with security forces. One protester even died last week, after being hit in the chest by a tear-gas canister in Baghdad. At the time of writing, Iraqi protesters have just stormed Iran’s consulate in the holy city of Karbala, resulting in four further deaths and at least 19 injuries.

I can’t help but notice that, when Iraq is being ruled as a US client state, clashes with security forces that see hundreds of civilian deaths are no big deal. It’s not as if the US can hustle the international community to legitimize another invasion of a country it’s invaded twice before. It does therefore ring quite hypocritical when the sole basis of Washington’s call for the Syrian government to step down in 2011 seemed to be based on allegations of a similar fact scenario. But that is a topic for a separate article.

Then again, it was the US who plunged Iraq into chaos to begin with. The US, together with the UK, toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, fired close to 500,000 police and military personnel (which to some extent contributed to the rise of ISIS), and facilitated the deaths of over one million Iraqi civilians in the process.

After actively bringing about the circumstances in which a terror group like ISIS could cement itself in a war-torn nation and thrive, the US then helped raze entire Iraqi cities to the ground in a bid to recapture territory they allowed ISIS to grab hold of without question in the first place.

But forget all of this trivial history – a mere coincidence, some might say. What should really be troubling us is not Washington’s involvement in Iraq. In fact, this time around we have a new enemy so potent – diggings its claws well into Baghdad – that we shouldn’t worry about Russia, Iran or even North Korea.

Our new enemy, and by proxy, Iraq’s new enemy (given that only we know what is best for Iraq), is China.

Last week, 23 countries, including the US, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, condemned China at the United Nations over its alleged mistreatment of the Uighur ethnic minority. A group of 54 states, on the contrary, praised China’s “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.”

What may come as a surprise for many is that Iraq, a Muslim-majority nation, wasn't among the 23 states condemning China. In fact, a number of Muslim-majority nations have either sided with China or remained eerily silent while the western world condemns Beijing for allegedly persecuting the lives of close to 2 million Muslims.

China may not have contributed heavily with personnel on the ground to help the Iraqi government defeat ISIS, but Iraq has benefited from a growing partnership between the two nations in other respects. It’s worth noting that official Chinese documents appear to stress the fact that China’s intentions in the Middle East are purely economic, as these official documents rarely put an emphasis on security cooperation. This runs in stark contrast to the US, who seem to approach the region from the inside out.

Iraq has also purchased billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese military equipment over the last few years, including armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision-guided rockets and ballistic missile systems. Iraq supposedly uses Chinese-made drones for counter-terrorism purposes, suggesting yet another area of competition for the United States.

While in Baghdad earlier this year, China’s deputy minister of foreign relations also reportedly said Beijing was ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq.

One could argue, on the other hand, that all of this assistance in light of the growing relationship between the two states pales in comparison with the US’ contribution. The US did man a coalition on the ground and provide the equipment in which an ISIS defeat was inevitable. Since 2014, the US has provided more than $2.5 billion in humanitarian funding for programs in Iraq, as well as $5.8 billion in security programs.

However, like most places across the globe, it is not the fact that China is outdoing the US in terms of numbers which is the problem; it’s the fact that China is even at the table which seems to irk commentators in Washington. Becoming increasingly wary of an ever-expanding Chinese presence, the US has been examining multiple ways in which it can prepare for a world where China has become a major competitor.

In this context, we should be suspicious of mainstream media pundits or representatives of the Trump administration and its allies who constantly pin every single threat in the Middle East as emanating from Iran. There can be no doubt that the US and its cohorts share disdain and deep distrust towards Tehran, but at the end of the day, even Tehran’s ability to disrupt the US and its grand strategy for the global chessboard is quite limited. In fact, Iran is only really a threat to the current world order because it aligns itself with countries like Russia and China, who are slowly but surely facilitating the erosion of Washington’s global influence.

As the Diplomat, aptly or incorrectly, has warned, China, not Iran, is the power that western nations should begin to fear rising from the rubble of war-torn Iraq. This article was unsurprisingly hounded upon by the Atlantic Council – beacons of democracy, freedom and human rights that they are – who republished it in part.

It boggles the mind that we live in a world where the one country who invaded Iraq in 2003 (after killing over one million civilians through a draconian sanctions regime), plunging the nation into a chaotic state of disarray, should concern itself with the “menacing threat” posed to Iraq’s stability by someone else. What does stability even mean in this context, given the US actively destabilized Iraq and attempted to destabilize its neighbours?

It’s also worth noting that China and Iraq were strengthening ties and working together on development projects, such as the one at Al-Ahdab oilfield, long before the US sanctioned and invaded Iraq in 2003. It was the US invasion and the takeover of post-war Iraq by the US and its allies which put a major halt to China’s plans, inevitably excluding Beijing from a piece of the Iraq-pie.

Now, as appears to be happening quite spectacularly in many parts of the world, Washington risks being driven out of countries it previously held a stranglehold over and losing out to China. Unfortunately for the US, Iraq already appears to be finding its feet in this regard. Just recently, the US declared that troops withdrawing from Syria would be stationed in Iraq. Iraq responded almost immediately by saying US troops did not have permission from Iraq to do so. This echoed an earlier statement from Iraq that it would not be used as “a launching pad for aggression against any of our neighbouring countries.” President Trump’s statement earlier this year that he would station forces in Iraq to keep an eye on Iran was similarly shot down.

I struggle to comprehend the logic in commissioning the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dead Iraqi civilians, the thousands of dead US personnel, the decades spent and billions of dollars expended on a nation only to watch the nation cozy up to America’s number one economic and military rival.

To put it bluntly, from all possible angles, the decision to invade, occupy and destroy Iraq must be seen as a complete failure.

And if the US is concerned about China’s expanding reach inside Iraq, whether rightly or wrongly, it only has itself to blame.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:43| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

エプスタイン関連

※ RT2019/11/5
‘We had Clinton, we had everything’: ABC’s ‘Epstein coverup’ exposed by ‘p***ed’ news anchor in Project Veritas leak
ABC News knew the full extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes three years ago, but a combination of orders from above and threats from those implicated killed the story before it ever got to air, leaked footage shows.

In a video clip released by conservative group Project Veritas on Tuesday, NBC News anchor Amy Robach is caught on a “hot mic” speaking to colleagues at the news desk. Robach reveals that she had been contacted by Virginia Roberts (Giuffre), who alleges Epstein used her as a sex slave, and pimped her out to his powerful friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew.

“I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts...we would not put it on the air,” Robach says on camera. “First of all, I was told ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein.’ Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”

She told me everything. She had pictures, she had everything. It was unbelievable what we had. We had Clinton, we had everything.

Former President Bill Clinton was among those who traveled multiple times on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.” As well as Clinton and Prince Andrew, Robach claims that lawyer Alan Dershowitz was implicated in Roberts’ testimony.

Robach says that she tried to convince her bosses to air her story for three years, but “to no avail.”

“And now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations, and I freaking had all of it. What we had was unreal.”

Epstein was found dead in his cell in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in August, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide, with the city’s chief medical examiner determining the sex offender hung himself from his bunk bed in the cell.

Reports that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch two days earlier, and that the guards on watch left him unsupervised for longer than usual fuelled rumors that foul play was afoot. Epstein’s connections to high profile political and business figures led many to speculate that the mogul was murdered.

When New York’s former chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, claimed last month that Epstein’s wounds were more consistent with “homicidal strangulation” than suicide, the mystery was revived again, and the internet was flooded with “Epstein didn’t kill himself” memes and comments.

Robach said she believes “100 percent” Epstein was murdered.

Do I think he was killed? A hundred percent, yes I do. He made his whole living blackmailing people… There were a lot of men in those planes, a lot of men who visited that island, a lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.

When Epstein died, the case against him died too, as the financier was the sole defendant. A group of Epstein’s accusers and alleged victims have called on prosecutors to keep the case open, arguing that his associates - including girlfriend and alleged trafficking partner Ghislaine Maxwell - could also be culprits.

“Please, please finish what you have started ... we all know he did not act alone,” accuser Sarah Ransome told a court hearing in New York in August. “We are all survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate.”




※ RT2019/11/2
‘How did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?’ Hillary Clinton bursts into laughter over dead body joke… again
In an appearance on the Daily Show, Hillary Clinton was asked to weigh in on her role as the arch nemesis of conservatives, and how – not if – she added Jeffrey Epstein to the “Clinton body count” theorized by conspiracy buffs.

“I have to ask you a question that has been plaguing me for a while, how did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?” host Trevor Noah asked on Thursday’s show, getting an outburst of laughter out of Clinton. “You seem to be behind everything nefarious, and yet you do not use [that power] to become president.”

Before she could spill the beans, Noah rolled out his next question, asking what it was like to be the “bogeyman of the right” and the subject of countless internet conspiracy theories.

“Well, it’s a constant surprise to me … because the things they say – and now, of course, it’s on steroids with being online – are so ridiculous, beyond any imagination that I could have,” Clinton said.

They are so persistent in putting forth these crazy ideas and theories. Honestly, I don’t know what I ever did to get them so upset.

The more conspiracy-minded corners of Twitter were quick to give Clinton some ideas, however, with many skeptical commenters rushing to posit her role in Epstein’s death and other shadowy plots.

READ MORE: ‘Hanging does not cause these broken bones’: Epstein’s injuries more consistent with homicide, noted pathologist says

A number of theories centered on the Clinton family have emerged after the financier’s demise, intensified by reports that he was a personal friend to Bill Clinton. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August, where he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. While officials ruled the death a suicide, pathologist Michael Baden questioned that conclusion earlier this week, suggesting Epstein’s autopsy results more closely resembled a murder.

Some netizens mused that the Clinton conspiracy had compromised the Daily Show host as well, or even put his life in danger, even though Noah “1000% ... asked her permission to ask [the Epstein question] beforehand.”

Clinton’s hysterical laughter over a dead body at the Daily Show was not her debut in the world of comedy. While still in office in 2011, she told reporters a gut-buster about the brutal roadside execution of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi after a US-led bombing campaign ousted him from power, cackling:

We came, we saw, he died!

With Libya still a smoldering ruin plagued by violence some eight years after Gaddafi’s overthrow, the joke has not aged well, and might help explain what’s gotten Clinton’s critics so “upset.”

In another hilarious wisecrack during a 2010 State Department meeting on whistleblowing, Clinton allegedly asked department colleagues “Can’t we just drone this guy?” referring to Julian Assange, co-founder of anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of classified government documents. Though Clinton says she doesn’t remember the comment, she insisted “It would have been a joke, if it had been said.”

Notwithstanding another presidential run, perhaps a career in stand-up comedy is in the wings for the former secretary of state.


※ RT2019/8/14
Epstein lived in a netherworld where normal rules don’t apply. How many more Epsteins are out there?
Forget how he died, the real mystery is how Jeffrey Epstein lived - committing acts that would get a normal person jailed, all while next to the world’s most-watched men. How did he create a protective bubble around himself?

Take, for example, Epstein’s financial career, the foundation for so much of his other criminal activity.

While doubts about his methods for obtaining wealth for his clients had been circulating on Wall Street for years, throughout that time he had been described, at face value, as a financier and a billionaire.

In the past several months we have discovered that he likely was no billionaire, and no one is sure whether he ever did conduct any legitimate business activities, or even where any of his money came from.

Yet, there was definitely big money involved, as is evidenced by superficially inexplicable multi-million dollar transactions percolating through a network of offshore accounts, and the very real luxury assets that he had accumulated.

But despite the United States’ reputation for employing the world’s most aggressive financial crimes agents, ready go well outside their borders, Epstein was never charged or even thoroughly investigated, while the world’s most reputable banks were happy to continue doing business with him until the past few months.

More glaring is the scope of his unpunished sex crimes.

This was not a relatively common-or-garden abuser like Harvey Weinstein, extracting sexual favors from adult women he had power over in a string of hotel room encounters.

Instead, Epstein was apparently the operator of an international sex ring, involving hundreds of underage “slaves” picked off from the school and the mall, transported across international borders, with the knowledge of each other, and what must have been a great multitude of bystanders.

Yet, Epstein was caught likely decades after he started, handed a notoriously lenient punishment, and reportedly allowed to continue his lifestyle while swatting away lawsuits.

Throughout all this, the convicted sex offender seems to have been treated with an odd laissez-faire lenience by the media, which is so fascinated now, but with the exception of several dogged local journalists, didn’t seem bothered enough to get to the bottom of who Epstein really was.

Even if Epstein hadn’t been a larger-than-life character, a close associate of formerly the most powerful man in the world, and his wife vying to fill the same position, not to mention a friend of Prince Andrew and Woody Allen, should have been a treasure trove for an ambitious investigator.

Yes, some of the allegations may have been difficult to prove, and journalists can’t be expected to sneak into the cargo hold of the Lolita Express, but at least since 2005 there has been solid ground on which to build a story. In a world where a single #MeToo article can destroy a career, Epstein was indulged like a disgraced Gatsby, holding court for New York Times journalists and boasting about his links to Mohammed bin Salman.

The greatest temptation for many now is to write this off as a conspiracy. That Epstein was a protected man due to his connection to the Clintons, that he was a front and a fixer for the CIA or Mossad, that anyone who got in his way, from investigators and prosecutors to journalists, was paid or warned off, perhaps blackmailed.

All other than Alec Baldwin should take a breath here, and now wait as more facts are likely to emerge, not least about Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s currently hard-to-locate partner, whose name has flashed up again and again. Though anyone hoping that a fully-formed color-coded scheme with arrows, circles and lists of crimes will ever emerge is likely fooling themselves.

But to me, a possibly more terrifying discovery is that there was no conspiracy, as such.

That simply through the power granted by his wealth and connection multiplied by the ability to lead an international lifestyle simply put Epstein outside the reach of the normal legal and societal constraints.

We already assume that plutocrats, the political elite, and celebrities live by different rules. But we are not talking about normal rich people indulgences: the yachts, butlers, and London basement pools.

This is Bond villain-level stuff. A private island with a secret temple. Plans to “seed” DNA into scores of women. Engaging top scientists for transhumanist studies to create a new super race.

If we’d learned that instead of grooming young women, Epstein’s hobby was transporting and hunting homeless people, would we be any more surprised? Would he have found it that much harder to get away with it?

We can tell ourselves that Jeffrey Epstein was a one-off, a uniquely cunning and depraved psychopath with the right connections. But it seems equally plausible that this opulent, global and lawless netherworld is capable of hiding other depraved transgressors, less publicity-hungry, and more dangerous still in their intentions.

The job is to try and stop them now before they die in a New York jail cell, leaving behind a trail of victims. But who has the guts for it?

By Igor Ogorodnev

Igor Ogorodnev is a Russian-British journalist, who has worked at RT since 2007 as a correspondent, editor and writer.

※ SPUTNIK209/8/14
US Comedian ‘Gets Death Threats’ After Trump Retweets His Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton Conspiracy Theory
Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a prison cell over the weekend has multiple conspiracy theorists questioning the decision to take him off suicide watch, just a week after he apparently tried to take his own life.

Terrence K. Williams, an American actor and comedian, says he started receiving death threats after President Donald Trump retweeted his conspiracy theory suggesting a Clinton connection in Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

“Ever since President Trump retweeted me, people have been sending me death threats, threatening me every single day, telling me I better watch my back,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter.

He accompanied the clip with screenshots of messages he had purportedly received, saying “You’re next” and threatening to rape him.

Williams, a vocal Trump supporter, earlier made a video suggesting that Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, are behind Epstein’s death because the late financier and registered sex offender “had information” on the ex-president.

Donald Trump disseminated this unfounded claim on Twitter, and the clip has been viewed by 5.4 million people so far. Trump later stood by his decision to repost the apparent conspiracy theory, describing Williams as a “very respected conservative pundit”.

Williams says that Facebook is now investigating whether his claims about the Clintons qualify as fake news.

“I am a comedian,” he maintained. “How can you fact-check a joke? I have never in my life heard about someone fact-checking a joke. What happened to free speech?” he inquired, asking Donald Trump to step in.

“They are coming after conservatives and Trump supporters because 2020 is around the corner and they’re trying to shut me down.”

He also encouraged users to support him by using the hashtag #ProtectTerrenceKWilliams, which is now among the top trending on Twitter.

エプスタインの邸宅の捜索時にドローンを使って室内までのぞき込んでいます。それに気づいたNY警察が窓に布を張りました。
最後のところでドローンが邸宅の屋根の上まで上昇すると裏側にいくつものコッテージ風の建物が見えます。有名人ですから複数ではなくて少人数でのプレイだったのでしょうね。

SPUTNIK2019/8/14
Jeffrey Epstein’s Computers Seized in FBI Raid of His Luxury Home in the Caribbean (Video)
The raid comes as part of the FBI’s probe into former financier Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide at in a New York City prison where he had been held ahead of his pending trial; he was charged with the sex trafficking of minors. The 66-year was found dead in his top security cell on 10 August.

The FBI has seized computer equipment from the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion, which is located on a private island in the Caribbean.

Drone footage obtained by the CNBC showed at least two computer desktops and an Apple computer packaged and marked for transport during an FBI raid of 70-acre Little St. James Island, which was owned by Epstein.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHP2xW6IucU

Taking part in Monday’s raid were officials from the New York Police Department (NYPD), who are members of the FBI New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

CNBC cited an unnamed NYPD spokeswoman as saying that “the NYPD is a partner in the task force with the FBI that led to the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein last month”.

“The case remains an active and ongoing investigation, and the NYPD continues to work alongside the FBI in investigating leads − including at Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands. The NYPD declines further comment on an ongoing investigation,” the spokeswoman added.

The New York Post in turn quoted unnamed sources as saying that the FBI is in search for evidence to confirm claims by hundreds of women who accuse Epstein of sexually abusing them when they were underage girls.

Earlier, President Donald Trump demanded a “full investigation” into the circumstances of Epstein's death, while Attorney General William Barr lambasted the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, saying that there were “serious irregularities” at the facility, and that he was “appalled” after hearing about Epstein's death.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability,” Barr pointed out.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that he doesn’t like conspiracy theories and that police should not engage in them because “we need to know the facts”.

He added that “the whole thing is completely incredible” to him, singling out many potential ways in which Epstein could have been killed.

“He could kill himself, prisoners could kill him because they don't like alleged perverts [...] And don't like people who might cooperate,” Giuliani claimed.

The remarks followed those by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who said that Epstein’s death “boggles the imagination” and that “this series of events is way too convenient”.

Speaking to the news network NY1 on Tuesday, he suggested that all those involved could say that they were watching Epstein “like a hawk” and that they were going to “take every measure to make sure nothing happens to him or he doesn’t do anything to himself”.

Epstein was arrested on multiple counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors last month, with the Justice Department starting an investigation into his case in early 2019, ruling the non-prosecution agreement which followed his 2008 plea deal and 18-month prison sentence unconstitutional. He apparently committed suicide at a Metropolitan Correctional Centre cell on 10 August.




ZeroHedge
Complete List Of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously Or Committed Suicide Before Testimony


SPUTNIK2019/8/12
Epstein Kept 'Meticulous' Diary Full of Secrets of His Powerful Friends as 'Insurance', Media Claims

Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide in his New York jail cell on 10 August − just hours after unsealed court documents named some of the world's famous and powerful people as allegedly being involved in his purported child sex trafficking scheme.

The alleged secrets of Jeffrey Epstein's friends could haunt them even after his death as the disgraced American financier is said to have kept a personal diary detailing his interactions with the rich and famous, including UK Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and media heiress, as an "insurance policy", The Mirror speculated, citing unnamed sources.

"All Jeff ever had he bought, including his friends. He used his wealth to buy buddies and then bestow his money on those he courted. Jeff knew his relationships with the rich and famous brought him protection. He kept a diary in meticulous detail in case he ever needed it. One former congressman said there are a lot of people 'breathing a huge sigh of relief' now Jeff is dead. They should hold their breath for a long time to come. It ain't over", one source said.

The claim follows reports that court documents from the sex trafficking trial of Epstein revealed that Prince Andrew was named in a 2015 lawsuit, in which the plaintiff, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleged that the son of Queen Elizabeth II groped her when she was a minor at the financier's New York mansion.

Giuffre sued Maxwell, who was accused of being the "madame" for Epstein's professed underage girl sex trafficking ring, and claimed that she was used as a "sex slave" to perform acts with multiple famous men, including the Duke of York.

Buckingham Palace has dismissed "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" as "categorically untrue", saying that the case relates to legal proceedings in the United States, "to which The Duke of York is not a party".

Prince Andrew, who's eighth in line to the British throne, wasn't charged with anything back in 2015.

The case was settled out of court two years later, but documents still state "an undisputed fact that multiple witnesses deposed in this case" have testified that Maxwell "operated as convicted paedophile Epstein's procurer of underage girls".
Epstein's 'Apparent Suicide'

Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Lower Manhattan, where he was detained pending trial on child sex trafficking charges, on Friday night.

US Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Federal Inspector to investigate his "apparent suicide" since it happened just days after he was taken off suicide watch. New York City's chief coroner, meanwhile, is convinced that the billionaire took his own life, but is waiting for the results of the autopsy.

The timing of Epstein's suicide and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, including reports that prison guards failed to follow procedure and check on inmates every 30 minutes the night he killed himself, has given rise to multiple conspiracy theories, including suggestions that the financier believed someone had tried to kill him.

His apparent suicide came three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his prison cell with mysterious marks on his neck. It was not immediately clear whether they were self-inflicted, or he was assaulted in his cell, but he was reportedly put on suicide watch until 29 July.

The convicted sex offender was arrested on 6 July over numerous allegations of sex trafficking underage girls in the early 2000s at his New York and Florida estates. The 66-year-old, who served a 13-month jail term on prostitution-related charges involving minors in 2008, pleaded not guilty.


RT2019/8/12
Minister says Epstein’s French connections must be probed despite prison death
Sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s connections in France need to be investigated by the nation’s law enforcement, the French minister for gender equality said. Epstein died in US custody last week by alleged suicide.

The US investigation into Epstein’s alleged sexual abuses of minors was undermined by the disgraced financier’s death in a US jail. But it uncovered enough evidence involving France that merit a national investigation, Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa said in a statement on Monday. Such a probe would be “fundamental for the victims” and will also help prevent sexual predation in the future, she argued.

Epstein died in what the authorities called an apparent hanging suicide while being held in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. He was charged with sexual exploitation of minors as young as 14.

The death may be a relief for many powerful people around the world, who allegedly partook in Epstein’s sexual predation dating back to at least 2002. Previously he was convicted for paying for sex with an underage girl and given an 18-month prison sentence.

※ Syrian Girl@Partisangirl氏の午前8:43 ・ 2019年8月11日のツイート
It's not a coincidence that #Epstein's accomplice Wexner owned modelling agency Victoria Secret that gave him access to young girls with low self esteem, and if their self esteem wasn't low going in they tore it down. Nor is the link with Wexner & MC2 modelling a coincidence.

wes robertson@antithesis295氏の2019/8/11のツイート
返信先: @Partisangirlさん
Wexner was trying to cover his a$$ by saying 46 million he gave to ol' Ep was "misappropriated" by Epstein.
Wexner the weasel.



nude massage から始まるんですね。自尊心の強い女の子はこの時バイブレーターを男に投げつけて逃げる。イタリアのモデルの話にそんなのがありました。

自尊心を引きちぎられる人もいる。米国のポルノサイトは、えげつなさ満載ですが、あれは米国の支配層が日常的にやっていること。規制を緩めたほうが、彼らの楽しみに尽くす人の数が増えるということですね。

FARSNEWS2019/8/11
Report: Epstein Wasn't on Suicide Watch at Time of His Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, according to multiple reports on Saturday, raising questions about his time in federal custody while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Several people familiar with the investigation told NBC News that Epstein was not under supervision when he killed himself in his cell in a Manhattan federal prison.

His body was found early Saturday morning and he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, officials announced.

The New York Times, citing a prison official, reported that Epstein was in a special unit in the prison with extra security but wasn't specifically under suicide watch.

Epstein was behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan over charges of sexually trafficking minors, to which he had pleaded not guilty.

His suicide comes hours after testimony from one of his accusers was made public in unsealed court documents, detailing the inner workings of his alleged operation.

Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch after an incident in late July when he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck.

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement Saturday he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death and that the Justice Department's watchdog would open an investigation along with the FBI.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death,” he added.

RT2019/8/11
Epstein’s death: A mystery that may end up rivaling JFK assassination?
While the abrupt death of Jeffrey Epstein has triggered an avalanche of conspiracy theories, many reasonably wonder: What exactly did he know and how could such a high-profile inmate, supposed to be on suicide watch, end up dead?

Epstein was found unconscious at around 6:30am Saturday inside his New York prison cell, and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been on suicide watch after an alleged attempt to take his life on July 23, but was apparently transferred back to his cell about a week later.

Thus, the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s management, and the lapses of the American prison system in general, must share the blame for Epstein’s death, believes Julio Rivera, editorial director for Reactionary Times.

“He was taken off the suicide watch. This is wholly unacceptable based on the grotesque nature, and the charges, and the amount of the alleged victims,” Rivera told RT, though she admitted that prisons hardly have enough funds or manpower to keep suspects on constant suicide watch, no matter how high profile their cases.

This is a systematic failure by the American bureau of prisons.

“In the US, at least in federal custody, where this person was, and you’re on suicide watch – you are constantly video, audio monitored and in addition, you have one or more people standing outside your cell,” said political analyst Charles Ortel.

With Epstein now dead, what exactly could he tell the court and how many powerful friends of his might have had a sigh of relief on Saturday is a question that now bothers not only conspiracy theorists. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called Epstein’s death “way too convenient,” and wondered how many “other millionaires and billionaires were part of the illegal activities that he was engaged in?”

The FBI has launched a probe into Jeffrey Epstein's death, while the federal prosecutor has vowed to continue the investigation into his possible accomplices. But Epstein's case has now turned into much more than an internal US issue, and the entire world “deserves to really understand what happened there,” Ortel believes, noting however that the full truth may never be known.

This is a mystery that will end up rivaling the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:22| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年11月05日

犯罪国家イスラエル! おぞましすぎます でも現実です

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2019/11/3のツイート
犯罪国家イスラエル! きょう何度も流されている映像。足止めしたパレスチナ人を放ち、行けと言っておいて、ライフルで射殺。殺人をエンジョイするイスラエル軍。

https://twitter.com/i/status/1190899450430009344



こんなことは絶対に許されない。以下は2019/11/4 0:30時点で収録。

The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy@ThePIPD

2h
Viewer discretion is advised: After #Israeli occupation forces yell at him to leave, the young #Palestinian man puts up his arms and walks away. He is then shot in the back by the Israeli soldiers.

realSeifBitar@BitarReal

8h
STOPPED, RELEASED, , , Then ❝❝Shot Dead❞❞
After stopping this #Palestinian worker who was returning home from work at evening hours, #Israeli occupation forces released him & ordered him to go back where he came from, , , , then, they shot him in ❝COLD BLOOD❞

Anwar Pal@AnwarPrinceP

8h
WATCH: killing for fun by #ISraeli soldiers, killing a peaceful innocent Palestinian who doesn’t present any threat to them. #ISraeliCrimes #Terrorism #FreePalestine #GroupPalestine


ISISの有力支援国だったことは間違いないです。



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:38| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

Report: Kushner Gives MbS Permission to Arrest Khashoggi

Report: Kushner Gives MbS Permission to Arrest Khashoggi
TEHRAN (FNA)- President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner gave permission to Saudi ruler Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) to arrest journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed and dismembered, a whistleblower claimed.

However, Turkish intelligence intercepted the call and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then used the information to force Trump to remove his troops from Northern Syria, according to Spectator.

The report claims that investigators on the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee are aware of these allegations and are planning to dig further into them while pursuing the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

It also claims that the number of intelligence whistleblowers who are willing to give evidence to the impeachment committee is seven.

The three already known are the original anonymous CIA officer, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Tim Morrison, the NSC’s director for European and Russian Affairs.

The Khashoggi whistleblower takes that tally up to four, meaning there are three others waiting in the wings.

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist who at one point was considered close to the ruling Saudi royal family but later became disillusioned by its powerful young prince.

In October 2018, Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort documents before he was to be married to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. He never emerged.

The Turkish government announced it has evidence that Khashoggi was killed and his body was dismembered. The Central Intelligence Agency and other Western governments believe that MbS ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

In recent interviews with American media outlets, MbS said he bears responsibility for the Khashoggi killing "because it happened under my watch", but he denies ordering the murder.

"It happened under my watch," he told PBS, adding, "I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch."

After initial denials, the official Saudi narrative blamed the murder on rogue operatives.

The public prosecutor announced that the then-deputy intelligence chief ordered the repatriation of Khashoggi, a royal insider who became an outspoken critic, but the lead negotiator ordered him killed after discussions for his return failed. Eleven Saudi suspects have been put on trial in secretive proceedings but only a few hearings have been held.

A United Nations report has called for MbS and other senior Saudi officials to be investigated.

The fallout from the killing has damaged the international reputation of the 33-year-old and there have been rumours of a growing rift between him and his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Kushner, who is a top White House aide whose portfolio includes diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, has defended MbS. His ties with the Saudi prince have come under scrutiny after it was learned that the two communicated through text messages on WhatsApp.

The Presidential Records Act prohibits senior White House officials from using non-official email or messaging accounts for government business.

Democrats in Congress have sent letters demanding that the White House provide documents about senior aides' use of private email and text services.

The Trump administration has refused to condemn the Saudi prince despite its spy agencies saying he is responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

Both Republicans and Democrats slammed Trump last month after he agreed to Erdogan’s request to remove American forces from the Northern Syria region which shares a border with Turkey.

Erdogan then sent Turkish troops into Kurdish-held areas of Northern Syria, triggering a humanitarian crisis.

The Republican president is under increasing pressure as the House of Representatives forges ahead with its investigation of whether Trump solicited help from Ukraine as he seeks re-election next year.

Leaders of the Democratic-controlled House expect to begin public hearings in the next few weeks.

The inquiry was launched on September 24 after a whistleblower complaint from the unidentified US intelligence official who was concerned the president’s actions on Ukraine were illegal and jeopardized national security.

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2019年11月04日

イラクが米軍の駐留増を認めない方針 イラク混乱でどうなる

イラク首相のこの表情、管理人には深く感じられるものがあります。


イラクのニュースを追っていると、政府機関の発表する情報も信ぴょう性が疑わしいことが多いです。アル・バクダーディの動向、消息について頻繁に情報が流れましたが、矛盾するものが多く、意図的なかく乱情報を政府機関が発しているとの疑いを持ちました。

議員も汚職まみれのようです。
2016年08月27日
イラク国防大臣 暗殺を免れるも 議会で不信任案が可決
During the closed parliament session, however, the defense minister accused House Speaker Salim al-Juburi, and at least five other lawmakers, including Nasayif herself, of corruption.

国防大臣の暗殺未遂のほかにも多数
2016年08月23日
イラク暗殺事件多発

軍の中にも腐敗がはびこっていたようです。イラク国内でのISIS掃討作戦が混迷したのは、ISISの生みの親、育ての親である米軍がイラク軍の作戦に口を出したからです。

それを見た若い人たちが、軍から独立した戦闘部隊を作りました。 Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) です。

これが政府軍とは別にISISテロリストと戦い始めてからぐんぐん成果が上がり、焦った米軍は Hashd al-Shaabi の基地を空爆したりしました。

Hashd al-Shaabi を先頭にして米軍排斥の動きが強まっています。

そこへシリアからの1000人以上の米軍兵士の流入。Hashd al-Shaabiをはじめとするイラク人が駐留増に反対するのは当然なのです。

昨年就任したアーディル・アブドゥルマフディー首相は、政権基盤が弱いとされていましたが、外から仕掛けられた若者の抗議行動も抑え込み、サウジとイランの仲介にも意欲を示すなど、存在感を強めています。米軍の駐留増を拒否して国連に訴えるというのは唐突でも何でもないことです。

ですが、国内の暴動が強まり、その責任を取らされて辞任と伝えられています。イラクの混迷の元は深い感じがします。

RT2019/10/31
Iraqi PM to resign as violent protests grip the country
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is set to resign amid growing nationwide anti-government protests, Al-Sumaria television has reported.

Up to 250 people have already been killed in the ongoing protests, with demonstrators accusing security forces of violence and heavy-handedness.

In a televised address, President Barham Salih said the PM had "agreed" to submit his resignation − but said he would only resign if a replacement was decided upon to avoid creating a "constitutional vacuum."

aljazeera2019/11/4
Iraq PM says protests costing country 'billions of dollars'

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets across Iraq, calling for an overhaul of the political system.
Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has called on protesters to halt sit-ins and help restore a sense of normalcy across the country amid ongoing mass demonstrations demanding economic and political reform.

The protests, which began in early October and "shook the political system", have achieved their purpose and must stop affecting the country's trade and economic activities, Abdul Mahdi said in a statement late on Sunday.

"Threatening the oil interests and blocking roads leading to Iraq's ports is causing big losses exceeding billions of dollars," he said, warning that unrest would push up the price of goods.

時事通信社11月4日(月)22時07分
デモ隊、イラン領事館襲う=イラク南部シーア派聖地
 【カイロ時事】イラク南部のイスラム教シーア派聖地カルバラで3日夜から4日未明にかけ、反政府デモ隊がイラン領事館の敷地内への侵入を試み、AFP通信によると、排除しようとした治安部隊の発砲で4人が死亡した。
 デモ隊は「イランは出て行け」と叫び、領事館の壁によじ登って火を放つなど暴徒化。ロイター通信によれば、デモ隊の一人は「イランや、イランと連携する政党はわれわれに害を及ぼしている」と非難した。
 イラク各地では10月初旬から反政府デモが激化し、既に270人以上が死亡。アブドルマハディ首相は各政党が後任候補で合意した場合に辞任する用意を表明したが、デモ沈静化の兆しはない。 【時事通信社】

これで暴動の背後に米国がいることがはっきりしました

RT2019/11/4
Iraqi protesters attack Iran’s consulate, 4 killed & over a dozen injured as police try to stop mayhem

Up to four protesters have been killed and at least 19 injured by Iraqi security forces when they dispersed a violent protest near Iran’s consulate in the Shia holy city of Karbala on Sunday, according to local medics and police.

Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the consulate, scaling the walls of the building, taking down an Iranian flag and replacing it with an Iraqi one.

Footage from the scene shows protesters burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails around the building. According to reports, police fired live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the crowds. Protesters can be seen showing empty bullet casings in the video.

The local forensic medicine department confirmed to AFP that four protesters died after being shot. Police confirmed three people were killed and 19 protesters injured, while seven policemen were also hurt.

The attack on the consulate comes days after powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Ali Sistani said Iraq must not be influenced by any “regional or international actor,” which many heard as a reference to Iran.

Nationwide protests against the government began in October with a range of complaints about corruption, lack of basic services, and unemployment, later expanding into demands for the resignation of Iraqi political leadership.

The latest incident at the consulate is not the first time the city of Karbala has been the scene of street battles in the ongoing wave of protests. On October 28, at least 14 protesters were killed and more than 100 injured in clashes during an anti-government demonstration.



2019年10月02日
イラク政府の汚職体質は改まらないようだ

2019年09月07日
イラクで米軍排斥の動きが強まる

2018年11月20日
イラク民衆軍 米軍のシリア国境に近い空軍基地確保を阻む

2018年08月25日
イラクのアバディ首相は民衆軍の主要都市からの引き揚げに反対

FARSNEWS2019/10/23
‘Taking legal action’: Iraq pleads with UN to kick unauthorized US forces out of country
The Iraqi government is seeking international help after US troops withdrawing from Syria entered western Iraq without authorization, with Baghdad now taking legal action against the uninvited presence.

Baghdad did not give permission for US forces to stay in Iraq, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi reaffirmed on Wednesday.

We ask the international community and the United Nations to perform their roles in this matter.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that US troops transiting from Syria would use Iraq to make preparations to go home and assured that the aim is not to "stay in Iraq interminably." Esper did not specify how long the American troops would be staying.

Washington removed its troops from northern Syria on foot of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias in the region, who Ankara regard as terrorists.

Turkey said on Tuesday that it would not launch a new offensive against the Kurds following a five-day ceasefire and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Turks appeased, Kurds saved, US gets breathing space: ‘Russia takes on job that US failed at’ in Syria

The US already has 5,000 troops in Iraq under an arrangement with the Iraqi government, but the agreement is a controversial one, with many Iraqis regarding it as continued occupation after the disastrous 2003 US invasion.


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