Monday, August 31, 2015

US sanctions on China? Talk about stupidity.

Will US Slap China With Sanctions During President Xi’s Washington Visit?: "The Chinese president's first official visit to the United States may be met with sanctions targeted against Beijing in retaliation for alleged cybertheft. Not only could these actions be considered unjustified in light of Washington’s own activities, but a possible trade war with China would ultimately deal a huge blow to American interests."

Whatever moves the US takes to or not to sanction China or Chinese businesses that it perceives as cyberthieves, the US will not do it ahead of the US - China meeting or during the meeting. The US isn't that stupid or brave for that matter.

Oops! B-3 Bomber $25Bln more. Human error.

Next Gen B-3 Bomber Will Cost $25Bln More Than US Air Force Thought: "The Air Force this year estimated the cost of the new Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) to be $58.2 billion for the next 10 years, up from the previous year’s estimate of $33.1 billion." I wonder what part of the $25 billion could be spent on providing the military men and women decent pay raises?

Australia: Join ISIS strikes & you’ll solve your migrant problems

Australia tells Europe: Join ISIS strikes & you’ll solve your migrant problems: “There's more countries can do in terms of supporting the airstrikes which are proving effective in stopping Daesh (Islamic State) from claiming territory off sovereign governments,” [Australian Foreign Minister Julie] Bishop said."

Iran calls for release of 19 Iranians arrested on charges of bypassing sanctions.

'Free 19 Iranians incarcerated in US jails': "Tehran has called for the release of 19 Iranian nationals languishing in the US jails on charges of bypassing anti-Iran sanctions." More US petty intimidation techniques.  The US continues to stoke the fire of hostilities.

ISIL (Daesh) creation and Syrian War connection - documented.

Syrian War-Islamic State (ISIS) Creation Timeline. What follows below is the preface to a fairly long and detailed document by author Kevin Borge. If you are interested in the connection Syrian War-ISIL (Daesh) creation - then this is the article for you.

S. Korean president will attend China's military parade

S. Korean president to attend China's military parade in apparent snub to Washington - Global Times: "Despite apparent opposition from the United States, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has decided to attend the Sept. 3 military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of China's victory over Japan in World War II." The rationale: "her attendance is conducive to regional peace and bilateral cooperation." Amen.

Ukraine's holocaust role

The secrets of Ukraine's shameful 'Holocaust of Bullets' | Daily Mail Online: "'Blood oozed through the soil at grave sites. You could see the pits move, some of them were still alive': The secrets of Ukraine's shameful 'Holocaust of Bullets' killing centre where 1.6million Jews were executed."

Kiev’s Donbass intel about 90% BS.

90% of Kiev’s Donbass intel last summer ‘appeared untrue’ – Ukrainian General Staff : "Up to 90 percent of the intelligence information on eastern Ukraine obtained by Kiev in the summer of 2014 appeared incorrect, confessed the head of Ukraine’s General Staff, bringing Kiev’s accusations against Russia even more into question."

The National Interest: US should treat Ukraine as it did Georgia.

A Top US Foreign Policy Magazine Warns Negotiations Preferable to US Defeat in Ukraine: "A Top US Foreign Policy Magazine Warns Negotiations Preferable to US Defeat in Ukraine." According to Russian Insider, the article makes two important points:

Biden's son blames Kremlin agents for his Ashley Madison account. How pathetic.

Joe Biden's Son Says Kremlin Signed Him up on Ashley Madison: "But it turns out the profile was set up from a University where he worked at the time and from a personal email account he used. Is there anything Russians can't be scapegoated for?"


Houston scientist honored with invite to Sept 3 Chinese military parade.

Houston scientist honored: "Dr Paul Chin-wu Chu, professor, founding director and chief scientist at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, is one of the five overseas Chinese in the world - and the only one in the US - invited to view the military parade on Sept 3 from the upstairs of Tiananmen Rostrum in Beijing celebrating victory in WWII."

China prosecuting journalist for publishing false and misleading information.

Journalist, securities regulatory official held for stock market violation: "Wang Xiaolu, journalist of Caijing Magazine, has been placed under "criminal compulsory measures" for suspected violations of colluding with others and fabricating and spreading fake information on securities and futures market, Xinhua learned on Sunday."

China's rise to a great military power.

Victory Parade in Beijing Signals China's Rise as 'Great Military Power': "A large-scale Chinese military parade this week to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II signals a crucial return of the country as a global military power, retired US Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, co-chair of the US China Policy Foundation, told Sputnik on Monday.

Three major points by the retired Ambassador are highlighted in the article:

The horror (WWII) must never be repeated. China and Russia know it, why not the US.

War commemoration reminder that the horror must never be repeated - Opinion - Chinadaily.com.cn: "China's decision to hold a military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II serves important domestic and global purposes.

KC-46A: another project not being built correctly.

KC-46A: Big Airplane Delayed by a Few Big Problems | Military.com: "Delays with development of a new Air Force tanker scheduled to be based and serviced in Oklahoma are causing turbulence at the Pentagon, but local leaders say they're not too worried about a project that is expected to pump millions of dollars into their economies."

It matters not that it might be a wasteful project - they want jobs. But jobs shouldn't be the rationale for military contracts or even as the basis of a military.

1.3% military pay raise - WTF. Thanks for your service - but we are not going to pay you for it.

President Obama Sets Troop Pay Raise at 1.3 Percent in 2016 | Military.com: "The spending plan called for a pay raise of 1.3 percent rather than the 2.3 percent estimated increase in private sector-wage growth, which military pay is supposed to track by law. The 1.3 percent figure is slightly higher than the 1 percent pay increase that service members have received the past two years."

Army leadership - where is it.

Colonel Removed Over Accusations of Kissing Spouses, Poor Leadership | Military.com: "As Congress wrangled with the growing clamor over sexual misconduct in the military in 2013, a Fort Bragg commander made it a practice to give the wives of subordinates unwelcome kisses on the lips at public events."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pentagon hype versus reality

DARPA's Next Generation Drone Will Launch and Land on Moving Airplanes: "The Pentagon's research and development agency wants to design a fleet of drones that could self-launch from a larger plane before swarming enemy aircraft and returning to their mothership after a mission." One can imagine that this is the next video game, or did they steal the concept from a video game.

400 people control the US government

US Run by 0.001% of American Population – Powell’s Former Chief of Staff: "Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell claims that US politics is determined by about 400 people with a combined wealth of trillions of dollars who control government decision-making from the backstage."

Obama: "we are all pro-Israel." Who is the "we."

‘We’re all pro-Israel,’ Obama says: "US President Barack Obama has once again expressed full American support for Israel, saying everybody should know that “we’re all pro-Israel.”" I suggest that the American government may well support Israel, but that doesn't mean that American citizens do. Israel has traded far too long on the Holocaust. It is time for them to come to terms with the rest of the world. And that includes the Palestinians.

Interview: ex-MI5 agent: US Freedom Act bogus.

US Freedom Act a ‘surveillance act in disguise' - ex-MI5 agent: "The US is playing games with public trust by passing different versions of the same intrusive surveillance system, a modern day Panopticon. Any alleged changes to the bulk collection program are purely cosmetic, according to ex-MI5 agent Annie Machon." Any legislation that touts "freedom" is suspect.

There is no table that should have use of nuclear strike on it.

US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11 – German diplomat: "A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat told Spiegel magazine." The mentality of American leadership is inconceivable.

Why Russia doesn't trust the West, well one reason.

Russia Should Not Trust Western Politicians – German Media: "In 1990, Western leaders promised NATO would not continue its expansion to the East, but it was a lie. The primary goal of the military alliance was to encircle Russia, and the last target in its game was Ukraine, where the United States installed its puppet government and ruined the economy, the website Alles Schall und Rauch wrote."

17 year old, 11 yr prison sentence, helping friend to Syria.

Virginia teen with pro-ISIS Twitter account sentenced to 11 years in prison: "A high school honor student who pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State through social media has been sentenced to 136 months in prison. The teen aided his friend in traveling to Syria to join the jihadist group in January."

Ukraine's haircut - it doesn't look so good.

Ukraine Still Unable to Pay Debts, Default Inevitable: "Despite Ukraine managed to reach a deal with its international creditors, the country still has no financial capabilities to service its debts and is nearing default."

US Palestinians are not protected by US passport at Israeli border crossings

Stung by BDS, Israel mistreats US Palestinians at border crossings: "The US is tolerating Israel’s mistreatment of US citizens of Palestinian origin, Arab-American advocates are saying. Israeli authorities have recently refused entry to several Palestinians with US passports, including an outspoken activist."

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York undercover officer shoots innocent bystander.

New York Police Officer Fatally Shoots Innocent Bystander: "The undercover officer killed Felix Kumi on Saturday as he was standing behind a suspect who had pointed a gun at the officer, the statement read, as quoted by New York Daily News."

Ukraine's President Poroshenko plays the fool again

On Its Aviation Day, Ukraine Hijacks Memory of Russian-American Designer: "When Petro Poroshenko tweeted his fellow Ukrainians on Aviation Day, he attached a photo of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky to his tweet; he was apparently unaware that Igor Sikorsky had never considered himself a Ukrainian and that he was the son of a prominent member of the Kiev Club of Russian Nationalists."

US plans to nuke Soviet Union derailed by Soviet 1949 nuclear test

Soviet Nuclear Test of 1949 Dealt Heavy Blow to Pentagon's War Plans: "On August 29, 1949 at 7 a.m. the USSR tested its first nuclear bomb, dramatically changing the post-WW2 balance of power and eliminating the US monopoly on nuclear terror."

Ukrainian government rewriting the Holocaust

Don't Allow Kiev to Rewrite the Holocaust, Warns Israeli Publicist: "In an exclusive interview with Radio Sputnik, Israeli publicist Avigdor Eskin explains how history is in danger of repeating, as Kiev is allowed to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, and the lessons of the Second World War are being forgotten."

Myth? Polish sympathy for Ukraine.

Busting the Myth of Polish Sympathy for Ukraine: "In a recent article for Polish online newspaper Na Temat, columnist Michal Gasior explained why the idea of Poland and Poles standing firmly behind Ukraine in its time of crisis is actually just a myth."

Britain hates Russia but still uses its rockets. Hypocrites.

Proton-M rocket puts British satellite into orbit – Roscosmos : "A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket successfully put a UK telecommunications satellite into orbit on Saturday, Roscosmos space agency has reported. 'Proton-M, which was launched on August 28 from the Baikonur [space center in Kazakhstan] at 14:44 Moscow time, launched into orbit the Inmarsat-5F3 satellite on August 29 with the help of the Briz-M upper stage,' a Roscosmos representative told RIA Novosti. Inmarsat-5F3 was brought into a so-called supersynchronous orbit, which is nearly twice the 22,400-mile altitude of other similar devices."

Will there be a "thank you" from Ukraine?

Russia frees Ukrainian citizen in Afghanistan: "'A Ukrainian citizen who was long kept prisoner by illegal armed groups in Afghanistan has been freed following Moscow's collaborative efforts with the Afghan authorities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The man, named Dmitry Bely, is now safe and the Russian authorities are ready to transfer him to Ukrainian officials in Afghanistan 'at any convenient time,' the ministry said."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Swiss Iranian envoy's anti-Netanyahu cartoon

Swiss Envoy to Iran Shows Anti-Netanyahu Cartoon, Urges Iranian Investment: "The Swiss envoy to Iran showed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head during an event promoting Iranian business opportunities." But here is the best part.

"The [Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs] FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a statement. "Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon. If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted."

Those crazy diplomats. They talk funny.

Indian warships goodwill visit to Iran

Indian Warships Enter Iranian Port Bandar-e-Abbas: "Two Indian warships entered an Iranian port on Thursday as part of a “goodwill visit to strengthen the bilateral relations” between the two countries, the Indian government said on Friday."

When India visits Iran or Russia visits or Russia and China interchange visits, etc. The "goodwill" is strengthen bilateral relations. When the US visits ports in Europe it is a show of dominance, reminding them who is boss.

The world has become multi-polar. It is important that the US recognize the long term effect, otherwise, the US could easily find itself on the outside. The view will be different.

Japan - no corruption here.

Yakuza War at the Gates of Japan, Police Getting Prepared: "According to numerous Japanese media reports, a division within the largest yakuza group is broadening. While one faction remains loyal to Yamaguchi-gumi leader Shinobu Tsukasa, 73, an increasingly growing portion of the organization is disappointed with many of the mafia don’s controversial decisions." Mafia dons - really?

Hillary Clinton - believable?

"We are building something that will last long after next November," Clinton said during a speech for the Democratic National Committee summer meetings. "Other candidates may be fighting for a particular ideology, but I'm fighting for you and your families." [Hillary Clinton].

President Putin in New York - now this will be interesting.

Putin to head Russian delegation to UN General Assembly in New York. "President Vladimir Putin will head the Russian delegation at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York that will open in September, Russia’s official portal of legal information said Friday. Among other delegates will be Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his deputy Gennady Gatilov, presidential aide Yury Ushakov and Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin. After Putin leaves New York, Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation."

How NASA rationalizes its budget demands: Buy American.

NASA chief blasts Congress for reliance on Russian spacecraft: "The head of NASA blasted Congress on Friday for its failure to fund the human spaceflight program and for wasting American taxpayer dollars by sending astronauts to the International Space Station using the Russian space agency." I wonder if the NASA scientists believe it is a waste of taxpayer dollars, like administrators care about waste.

World War II started when Japan invaded China 1937

China Headlines: World War II started from China, in 1937: historians: "While most in the western world believe World War II started with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, there are a growing number of historians who believe the official date should be amended to 1937, when Japan began its full-scale invasion of China."

One can expect more Chinese, and even Russian, perspectives on world events that challenges the western narrative. Both countries have become powerful militarily and China is especially becoming a dominate economic leader. They are taking their place.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Journalist check sources, therefore, Forbes author is not a journalist.

Who slipped? How fake report on ‘Russian soldier deaths’ in Ukraine set media on fire. "AP journalist Nataliya Vasilyeva pointed out the ease of spreading fake information on the web: The ease of spreading rumors in the digital world is astonishing. Two days of Western officials retweeting a Forbes report quoting a Ukrainian web-site quoting a non-existent Russia news web-site re Ukraine. The main problem here is, of course, where was the Forbes online editor when the story was published, why nobody bothered to check sources?

EU immigration - interview with UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming

Refugees come to EU because they have no other choice – UN: "Measures like fences won’t improve the EU refugee crisis, says UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming. It is people’s right to seek asylum if they flee from war and be allowed to stay until peace comes to their home country."

Russia's 5G PAK-FA T-50 fighter - Videos, Infographic

Russia's 5G PAK-FA T-50 fighter debuts with stunt program at MAKS-2015 (VIDEO): "Russia’s first 5G fighter has showed off in full its ultra-maneuverability at an international air show near Moscow. In 2016 the Russian Air Force will get ready to put the first production models of the stealth fighter jet into service."

Mistral - is it finally settled? Will pigs ever fly?

France pays Russia €900mn compensation for Mistral warships - reports: "Paris has refunded Moscow €900 million for two Mistral helicopter carriers put on hold by President Francois Holland as part of the sanctions against Russia, a source in the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told RIA Novosti."

Will S. Korea ignore the opened door?

DPRK urges advancement of relations with South Korea: "Both the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea should value the spirit of the agreement reached at the recent contact and advance inter-Korean relations, a senior DPRK official has said."

Ukraine reaches deal with commercial creditors - Russia not a participant

Ukraine agrees 20% debt haircut with creditors, Russia refuses to take part: "Ukraine has agreed a restructuring deal to reduce its debt burden by about $3.6 billion. Moscow has refused to agree to Kiev’s terms." The point here is that Russia is a government creditor, not a commercial creditor, i.e., the loan is from one government to another. Ukraine and Russia will have to reach a separate deal on the money owed to Russia.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Only 3 of the 116 Gitmo detainees were captured by US

Shocker: US Forces Only Captured 3 of the 116 Gitmo Detainees: "As critics of United States President Barack Obama’s plan to shut down the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison warn of dangerous threats to national security, a new review by the Guardian reveals that an overwhelming majority of those so-called “worst of the worst terrorists” were captured by non-US forces for questionable purposes."

Russia, Egypt, Syria: anti-Daesh coalition. Sanctions just don't work.

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin: "Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi." Take the time to read the  article - there is more Russia - Egypt cooperation.

Distorted intelligence reports re ISIL (Daesh) - say it isn't true.

Pentagon Investigates Allegations of Distorted Intelligence Reports: "The Pentagon is investigating allegations that military officials distorted intelligence reports about the United States-led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq to show a more favorable degree of success, the New York Times reported."

Greece communist party: Greece needs to exit EU and NATO

Greece Unable to Cope With Crisis While Still Within EU – Communist Party: "A member of the Greek Communist Party claims that Greece will not be able to overcome the country's economic and financial crisis until it pulls out of the European Union and NATO."

Sheriffs seeking protection from sheriffs.

Deputies Walk Off Job After Oregon Sheriff Beats Handcuffed Suspect: "Over a fifth of the deputies in Klamath County, Oregon, asked to be placed on paid leave in fear of retribution and a hostile work environment after a sheriff beat a handcuffed suspect."

Ashley Madison used fake profiles to attract men - who would have thought?

Hack Reveals Ashley Madison Created Fake Female Profiles to Attract Men: "It seems the $19 full delete service and privacy protection weren’t the only things Ashley Madison fibbed about, the hacked files also suggest they created fake female users to lure in male users."

One might find this an interesting read: Email from a Married, Female Ashley Madison User.

There is no formal military alliance between Russia and China - yet.

US Plans More Anti-China Drills in Asia-Pacific: "The United States will increase the number of drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of its new strategy to counter to China's expansion in the South China Sea, the Philippine military said on Wednesday."

Russian parliament speaker 'denied' entry to US for UN meeting

Matvienko Visit to US Impossible Due to 'Unacceptable' Visa Restrictions: "The US entry visa contains a number of unacceptable restrictions on the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament Valentina Matvienko’s stay in the United States and makes her visit to the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the United Nations' Headquarters in New York impossible, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry."

Re-Establish NATO-Russia Council - really?

West Needs to Re-Establish NATO-Russia Council to 'Avoid War in Europe': "The West needs to offer an olive branch to Russia and should "urgently" re-convene the NATO-Russia Council to draw up a set of common rules to ensure that accidental military incidents or miscalculations don't lead to an escalation of tension or war, a European task force has warned."

Absurdity of discrimination

[See the update below.] St. Mary's Academy in Portland rescinds job offer after learning candidate is gay: "St. Mary's Academy [Catholic] in downtown Portland rescinded a job offer to an academic counselor after learning the 27-year-old woman is gay." Qualified to be offered the job, but not qualified to provide college counseling to Catholic school students. She wasn't there to recruit. Her sexual orientation had no connection to the job offered.

US skipping Beijing WWII anniversary: Stupid is as stupid does.

By Skipping Beijing Parade, West Snubs China's Contribution to WWII Victory: "Beijing has made clear just how much next week's military parade honoring the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II means to the Chinese people, with media explaining that the commemorations to victory are long overdue. However, Western leaders' politically-motivated absence suggests that once again, politics has trumped historical memory."

Iran nuclear deal, but no diplomatic relations between Iran and US.

Iran Has No Plans to Restore Diplomatic Relations With US: "Iran currently has no intention of restoring diplomatic relations with the United States, Iran's deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs told Sputnik on Wednesday." And why should it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

International court Greenpeace arbitration award without jurisdiction

Greenpeace compensation ruling in international court not recognized by Moscow: "Russia’s Foreign Ministry has announced that Moscow won’t recognize an order by the International Arbitration Court to pay compensation over the 2013 impounding of the Arctic Sunrise ship that carried Greenpeace protesters to a Russian offshore rig."

Prince Romanov moving to Crimea?

Oldest member of Romanov Family ready to leave Denmark for Crimea: "Prince Dimitry, the oldest member of the Romanov imperial family, has said he is ready to leave Denmark, where he currently lives, and move to reside permanently in Crimea."

Ukrainians: Stick to the plan set out in Minsk Accords

Fabius to Ukrainians: Stop Pointing Fingers and Stick to Minsk Accords : "There is the agreement [Minsk Accords] in place and all the belligerent sides need to do is to adhere to the existing document. Ukrainians should stop pointing the fingers at each other, talking about violations of the agreement from the opposite side; instead, they must concentrate on adhering to their own promises, Fabius commented on the Ukrainian conflict." [French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Journal du Dimanche.]

Easier said than done. But good advice because the Minsk Accords is the only game in town.

Russia's Veto on MH17 Tribunal was the rational decision.

Russia's Veto on MH17 Tribunal 'Helped Avert' World War: "The Russian veto of the Malaysian draft resolution S/2015/562 prevented a lethal and deliberate miscarriage of justice, and a probable escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, and the vote on this scandalous resolution was forced to embarrass Russia and create the illusion of Russian recalcitrance." [American journalist Carla Stea, holding press accreditation at the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations.].

'Best mechanism' for solving conflicts

U.S. hails Korean deal as 'best mechanism' for solving conflicts: "The commander of the United States' Pacific Fleet hailed the inter-Korean talks that ended weeks of military tensions Tuesday, saying it is the "best mechanism" for Asian countries to settle conflicts."

Abe shuns China's commemoration of WWII end

Abe shunning Sep 3 visit comes as no surprise to China: "While Abe has been seeking to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ease the strained bilateral relations, his declining to visit at that time will only cost him a chance to meet with Chinese leaders as well as other world leaders. This is not a pity for China."

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ukraine's 24-Year History - and they are still playing the victim.

Ups and Downs in Ukraine's 24-Year History: Has Kiev Learned Its Lesson?: "On August 24, 1991, Ukraine's parliament passed a declaration of independence; after the collapse of the Soviet Union Ukraine was freed from Soviet debts (this burden was borne by Russia) and given the green light to independent economic development."

Trump Leads in Polls - it is serious.

Trump Leads in Polls Reflecting True American Zeitgeist - Experts: "As Donald Trump appears to have achieved dominance among candidates in the election for the US Presidency, experts are probing the reasons for the real-estate mogul’s popularity."

The experts should be focusing on his proposals. It is an election campaign. Trump's hair and follibles should not be the issue. He is discussing issues that Americans, not DC, want discussed.

South Korea blinked. And they should have.

Koreas kiss and makeup, for now: "Can an agreement between North Korea and South Korea serve to dampen the tensions which have been threatening to rekindle the flames of war on the Korean Peninsula? Will the accord be construed as a first step towards a lasting peace? These are but a few of the questions raised about the deal between Pyongyang and Seoul."

Nutty Joe - calls for partitioning Iraq.

Lavrov slams Biden's call to split Iraq: "The Russian foreign minister has slammed the US vice president’s remarks urging the partition of Iraq as 'highly irresponsible,' saying that Moscow would never agree to such 'state structure manipulation.'"

According to Joe it is what Iraq wants. Gee I haven't heard them say that. In fact it  has been exactly the opposite. [A Perspective: Nation building US style].

Chinese PLAN video - it could be the US, but it is China and it is excellent.

"Regardless of what corner of the Earth, so long as it is blue there we will be on guard,' the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) declares in a recently released recruiting video."  Now there is a message right from the US playbook.

China doing what the US does - flexing its muscles.

China Completes Drilling Oil Well in Waters Disputed by Vietnam: "The $1 billion deepwater rig was deployed last year amid cries of outrage from the Vietnamese government. Haiyang Shiyou 981, owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), is located approximately 100 nautical miles east of Vietnam, and 75 nautical miles south of China’s Hainan Island in the South China Sea."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Salon: Russia should send all NGOs away.

Send 'Em All Away! US Publication Blasts US-funded Russian NGOs: "'They are into coups. They use buzzwords like human rights and civil society as fig leaves to carry "unpublicized policy functions that Washington has decided to outsource.' Their "biggest prize"? In the words of Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), it was Ukraine. Any surprise, then, that Moscow asked NED to hit the road?"

Undeniable Evidence of NSA-AT&T Collusion

Snowden Documents Provide Undeniable Evidence of NSA-AT&T Collusion: "The US government cannot deny enlisting private companies for espionage, given recent revelations by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden on AT&T’s collusion with the NSA, former AT&T technician turned whistleblower Mark Klein told Sputnik on Monday."

No surprise here: US isn't a leading beacon of liberty.

US Loses Status as World’s Leading ‘Bastion of Liberty’: "The United States has violated the economic and legal rights of its citizens to an alarming degree and can no longer claim that it’s a leading beacon of liberty, the CATO Institute said in its 2016 Human Freedom Index."

US does paint Russia with one brush.

PressTV-'Russia ‘very significant threat’ to US'. But Defense Secretary Ashton Carter "called the Pentagon's strategy with regard to Russia "strong and balanced," saying that the former means the US is "adjusting our capabilities qualitative and in terms of their deployments, to take account of this behavior of Russia," adding, the latter means that “we continue to work with Russia because you can't paint all their behavior with one brush” as the two countries have cooperation on some areas."

US panicking: China building a landing strip on the Sprathy Islands.

US Outraged With China’s Runaway Construction in South China Sea: "While China finishes the construction of a landing strip for humanitarian purposes on its artificial island in the Spratly Islands archipelago in the South China Sea, the US is fiercely accusing the country of militarization of the area." It really makes no difference how China uses their land. It is called sovereignty.

Moscow makes it clear: Kuril Islands are Russian, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Moscow officials ‘are, were and will be visiting’ Russian Kuril Islands – PM Medvedev: "The Russian Prime Minister’s visit to the Kuril Islands has provoked predictable displeasure in Japan, which continues to contest the universally recognized results of WWII."
We want to be friends with Japan, Japan is our neighbor ... but this has nothing to do with the Kuril Islands which are part of Russia and of a Russian region called the Sakhalin region.” 

South Korea flies 8 fighter jets as a show of force?

S. Korea, US fly 8 fighter jets ‘to show off force’ amid escalating crisis with Pyongyang: "South Korea and US forces stationed on the Korean peninsula have flown eight combat jets simulating the striking of enemy targets in a show of force against North Korea’s war threats amid the ongoing crisis."

Retired four-star general: ‘Ashamed To Be An American’

Four-Star General ‘Ashamed To Be An American’ After Ten Cops Arrest Him: "An 84-year-old retired four-star general who was arrested by ten Georgia police officers has stated that the arrest was the worst thing that has ever happened to him, and that it made him ashamed to be an American."

Ukrainian conflict troika - who are they fooling?

Ukrainian Conflict Parties Continue to Deceive Each Other – Austrian Media  "On Monday, the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany will hold talks in the format of "Norman troika", Contra Magazin wrote. The meeting will be held without Russian President Vladimir Putin."

The Normandy Format: "Normandy format (French: Format Normandie) is a diplomatic group of senior representatives of the four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in the East of Ukraine. The Normandy format operates mainly through telephone calls between the Ukrainian, Russian and French presidents, the German chancellor and their respective ministers of foreign affairs."

This meeting between only three of the four members of the diplomatic group, i.e., excluding Russia, smacks of bias and conflict of interest. Russia had what the article called diplomatic and peaceful response from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
"'This is not the Norman format, but a trilateral meeting of the representatives of Germany, France and Ukraine. And we are, of course, closely following its preparation. We will also look carefully at its results."
For a bit of fun, take a close look at the image above. First, these photos of 'leaders' meeting wherever they meet are the very essence of propaganda. But this photo, admittedly chosen by Sputnik for possible effect, demonstrates the staging and in this case the attempt by Ukraine's Poroshenko to put an Ukraine spin on it.

And, look at Chancellor Merkel - it is almost a school yearbook photo. Here is the leader of the most powerful country in the EU and she is standing there posing with what might be an uncomfortable forced smile. And look at the eyes of France's Hollande. I guess a picture is worth a 1,000 words.


Obama administration's self-damaging warning toward China re Fox Hunt.

Forbes criticizes Obama administration's self-damaging warning toward China: "If the Obama administration were truly seeking to build cooperative, constructive relations with China, and to enhance trust and confidence, it would be facilitating Operation Fox Hunt, not blocking it," the blogger [Forbes contributor Stephen Harner] said."
"'Beijing's global anti-corruption effort, christened Operation Fox Hunt, is high-profile, centrally-directed and highly professional,' Harner said, adding that those responsible for the policy blocking the campaign are acting against interests of both the U.S. and China."
There is a bit of naivete in Mr. Harner's post. He states: "Emphasizing the significance of the anti-corruption campaign being waged under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Harner said the success of the campaign is of existential importance to the Chinese political system, making it unwise to undermine or block China's anti-corruption effort."

Can't one argue that is exactly why the US is blocking the Chinese? Might check out my post: Chinese - naive or what?

Friday, August 21, 2015

ISIS' # 2 killed in US military air strike - again.

ISIS' no. 2 killed in US military air strike on August 18 – White House: "Haji Mutazz, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s deputy, was killed on Tuesday by an air strike, the White House has confirmed. US officials previously claimed [December 2014] that Mutazz had been assassinated last year.

It is important to realize that ISIL #2 is an US designation as well as what the person did or not do for ISIL And of course the question is - are they lying today or were they lying before. How do you know when the White House is lying? When they speak.

Chinese - naive or what?

An article in the Global Times penned by Sun Chenghao, assistant research fellow at the Institute of American Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, expresses a certain naivete: ‘Fox Hunt’ could boost Sino-US cooperation.
"Specifically speaking, on China's anti-corruption campaign, the US harbors deep misunderstandings and does not realize the importance of "Fox Hunt" for China."
"The operation actually closes a loophole in China's anti-corruption drive, which in the past mainly targeted domestic corruption and left out those who have fled the country. It sends a clear warning to Chinese officials that it will be much harder to find a safe haven in the future."
It is an often recurring theme found in Chinese and Russian originating media: if only the US would look at the facts they would see we are not a threat, they would treat us as equals and respect our sovereignty. Now that is naivete personified.

The US sees the facts, in many cases they create the facts. The US is only interested is ensuring chaos leaving them to benefit. A good example is the recent escalated tensions between North and South Korea.

Koreas: "They were unified for centuries under the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1910), and share the same language and essential culture. Yet for the last six decades and more, North and South Korea have been divided along a fortified DMZ."

The division is the result of the competing interests of the Soviet Union and the US. The compromise was the division of the country. It is a scenario seen elsewhere where a country is divided rather than unified.

The US has made little effort to end the Korean War, and that effort was made during the Carter administration. The US constantly engages in war games with South Korea, another follower, with the focus on enraging North Korea to the point of war.

Now one might argue that the US is only pushing North Korea towards the point of war, but not the actual war, i.e., it is a close game where one calculates that an opponent can be pushed far enough but not too far. The gain for the US is propaganda fed to its citizens and other allies that presents the US as a much needed  savior. The US doesn't give a rat's ass whether one or 1,000s of Koreans are killed - it benefits.

In today's world, those calculations assumes that China will not play a role as it did in the active Korean War. But history cautions. In that war, the Chinese indicated that they would intervene, but President Truman thought they were bluffing. How wrong he was.

All that was gained was an armistice and casualties. "According to the data from the U.S. Department of Defense, the United States suffered 33,686 battle deaths, along with 2,830 non-battle deaths, during the Korean War. Recent scholarship has put the full battle death toll on all sides at just over 1.2 million " [Korean War].

It should go without saying, but the Chinese army then was a mere shadow of today's army.

The US squandered leadership when it chose to militarily bully North Korea rather than use that effort and money to find diplomatic solutions. The US carries a big stick, but that is all it has. Today others carry a big stick, arguably their sticks are bigger.

It is a multipolar world. Cooperation among nations is the only path to peace.

Additional references:
Division of Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Why Is Korea Split Into North and South Korea?