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November 01 2018

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October 25 2018

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US May Impose Sanctions on Firms Working on Syria Reconstruction - Reports - Sputnik International

another proof that the sanctions-addicted US gov’t is the enemy of peace in Syria.

“…the strategy reportedly focuses on political and diplomatic efforts toward forcing Iranian armed forces out of Syria, namely, via putting financial pressure on them.

Three people with knowledge of the plan told NBC News that the United States was set to hinder Syria's reconstruction by withdrawing its aid from the areas where the Russian and the Iranian forces are present, and also introducing sanctions against the Russian and the Iranian companies engaged in the reconstruction.

The United States is seeking Iranian forces withdrawal from Syria, insisting that their presence in the country reduces the possibility of achieving a political settlement to the crisis and hinders the struggle against the Daesh* terror group. In late September, James Jeffrey, the US State Department's special representative for Syria engagement, pledged that the United States would maintain its presence in the country to defeat Daesh, expelling the Iranian forces and achieving a peaceful settlement.

While Russia and Iran, along with Turkey, are the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria, they are also assisting in the reconstruction of the country's cities and infrastructure, largely destroyed in over seven years of clashes between the Syrian government, opposition and militant groups.”

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US Poseidon-8 Orchestrated Drone Attack on Hmeymim Air Base - Russian MoD - Sputnik International

“The Syrian Armed Forces, supported by Russian Aerospace Forces, have managed to purge terrorists from virtually the entire territory of the Middle Eastern country, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said on Thursday.

‘Over the past years, the Syrian government's forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces managed to liberate virtually the entire territory of the country from the terrorists of the Daesh* terrorist group and the groups that have joined them,’ Fomin said at the Xiangshan Forum on security in Beijing.

Normalcy is being restored in Syria as the country's citizens are returning to their homes, the official pointed out.”

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Moscow Considers US Actions in S Syria 'Occupation' - Russian Foreign Ministry - Sputnik International

“Speaking at a regular briefing on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the United States has occupied the southern part of Syria.

‘The situation in the northeast of Syria, where the US side is still trying to flirt with separatist-minded Kurdish groups, is concerning, as well as in the south of the country near Al-Tanf, where there is a de facto undisguised occupation by US forces of the territory of the sovereign Syrian state,’ she said.

The spokeswoman further stated that the militants who had found a ‘safe haven, a shelter in the 55-kilometer exclusive zone,’ established by the US, were extorting $2,000 dollars per person from civilians who wanted to leave the area.”

“Addressing Washington's potential withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Zakharova said that Russia was calling on all nations to send an ‘unambiguous’ signal to the US to preserve the agreement.

The diplomat stressed that Russia's missile programs, including development of cruise missiles, were carried out in full compliance with the treaty, and while Moscow intends to continue work with the agreement, Washington is unwilling to act on equal basis.

‘For several years, the American side has refused to provide any objective data supporting Washington's conclusions that the Russian 9M729 ground-based cruise missile that passed flight tests has the operating range banned by the treaty. We have repeatedly confirmed that the missile programs implemented by Russia fully meet our obligations under the INF Treaty,’ she underscored, adding that the development of the 9M729 cruise missile was transparent to the maximum affordable degree.

‘The American side was never able to present any evidence to either Russia or the international community to substantiate its claims. They remain unfounded and are provocative. And we reiterate that Russia strictly abides by the provisions of the treaty,’ she added.

‘Now we are forced to seriously warn Washington. If the American side undermines the treaty, Russia will have to react. We are ready to work on maintaining its [the INF] viability, but for this we need a partner who is responsible and interested in continuing the dialogue for the sake of world stability. A solution to the problem can only be found through a frank, equitable and, of course, constructive dialogue,’ she said.”

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October 22 2018

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‘Disastrous decision’: Berlin warns Trump against dismantling INF deal with Russia — RT World News

‘We now urge the U.S. to consider the possible consequences,’ [German Foreign Minister Heiko] Maas said in a statement, hailing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) as ‘an important pillar of our European security architecture.’

The deal, banning short- and mid-range nuclear missiles and the means of their delivery, was struck in 1987 between then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The agreement has been since regarded as one of the pivotal moments which effectively ended the Cold War and rid Europe of the fear of a full-blown nuclear holocaust.

On Saturday, Trump announced his intention to terminate the treaty. He accused Russia of violating the agreement – something Moscow has repeatedly denied doing. Germany urged Russia to address the US’ concerns, but at the same time cautioned the White House against axing the decades-long deal.

Niels Annen, minister of state at the Federal Foreign Office, called Trump’s idea ‘devastating,’ stressing that his own nation will remain committed to nuclear disarmament. The minister also called on other EU states to prevent mid-range missiles from reappearing on the continent.”

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Itch for ‘better INF deal’? Trump’s treaty ‘withdrawal symptom’ destabilizes global order — RT World News

‘The United States would rather pull out because of China. Right now it cannot develop new intermediate-range missiles to confront China, even though China is not a signatory to that agreement,’ former Pentagon official Michael Maloof said, after Donald Trump announced the US intention to scrap the INF treaty.

‘The US is engaged in an arms race with China in the Pacific Ocean, and China has a whole bunch of those missiles that are not covered,’ Iranian political scientist Kaveh Afrasiabi added, calling Trump's announcement a ‘giant leap backward to the Cold War era.’

Maloof blamed Washington for its empty rhetoric and failure to explain what exactly it accuses Moscow of, while Afrasiabi pointed at the US encirclement of Russia by AEGIS ashore systems capable of launching INF-banned missiles in Europe.

‘Nobody knows what those violations are. Is it the idea of developing a new cruise missile?’ Maloof wondered. ‘The treaty does not prohibit that. And the United States is developing new intermediate missiles and cruise missiles. But again they can develop them, they can research but they just can’t deploy.’

‘If president Trump acts on his threat and they go ahead and develop the new intermediate missiles the only place to put them, of course, is in the NATO countries in proximity to Russia which will be a very destabilizing factor,’ Afrasiabi explained.”

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parstoday.com: イメージが語るイラン 収穫の秋の様子

Photos: autumn harvesting in Iran. Why does the US want to destroy this beautiful country?

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October 14 2018

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YouTube: Himiko Kikuchi - Don't be stupid (1980 - full album)

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October 08 2018

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October 07 2018

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October 06 2018

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Japanese politician in baby row thrown out again – for sucking cough drop

“A Japanese politician who was forced to leave an assembly chamber last year after her colleagues objected to the presence of her seven-month-old child has been thrown out again for speaking while eating a cough drop.

Yuka Ogata, a member of the Kumamoto city assembly in south-western Japan, was ordered to leave the chamber last Friday after she refused to apologise for the incident – a move she believes is part of a campaign to frustrate her attempts to make the council more family-friendly.

She claimed that attitudes towards her had hardened since she took her child into the assembly last November. She had earlier asked for permission to breastfeed him in the chamber, or for daycare to be provided in the assembly building for the children of councillors, staff and visitors – requests that were rejected by the council.”

“While there is no ban on eating and drinking in the chamber, Ogata’s critics claimed she had damaged the assembly’s integrity by addressing other members with a lozenge in her mouth.

‘A lot of the people have misunderstood this as an issue related to my behaviour, which is how it has been reported in the media,’ she said. ‘This is part of a struggle between me and other councillors, most of whom are older men, to make the council more relevant to the everyday lives of ordinary people.’

Ogata was speaking at the podium when the chairman, Shinya Kutsuki, asked her if she had something in her mouth. She explained that she was sucking a lozenge because she was suffering from a cold and did not want to disrupt proceedings by coughing repeatedly.

The session was suspended while assembly members voted in favour of forming an ad hoc committee to decide how to discipline her. It composed an apology and demanded that she read it out. When Ogata refused, the committee reconvened and the chamber voted to suspend her for the rest of the day. The incident held up council business for eight hours.

‘It is unacceptable for a responsible adult to ask questions with a cough drop in their mouth,’ said the mayor of Kumamoto, Kazufumi Onishi, according to Kyodo News. “She needs to admit that she was at fault.’”

October 05 2018

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  • Chinese destroyer almost hits US Navy ship in South China Sea (Stars and Stripes, October 1, 2018)

    “The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Decatur was conducting a routine freedom-of-navigation patrol about 8:30 a.m. near Gaven Reefs when the People’s Republic of China destroyer Luyang approached the ship.

    ‘The PRC destroyer conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for [the] Decatur to depart the area,’ Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gordon, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. ‘The PRC destroyer approached within 45 yards of [the] Decatur’s bow, after which [the] Decatur maneuvered to prevent a collision.’

    In a 2016 ruling, the tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration — an intergovernmental organization that resolves international disputes including territorial and maritime boundaries — concluded Gaven Reefs did not possess significant land features and thus lacked an exclusive economic zone, as China had claimed.

    Nevertheless, China expanded some land features in the reefs through sand dredging in 2014 and 2015 and then militarized the reefs with anti-aircraft and naval guns and radars.

    China frequently challenges U.S. ships and aircraft passing through parts of the South China Sea, sometimes with radio warnings, but at other times by using harassing maneuvers.

    ‘U.S. Navy ships and aircraft operate throughout the Indo-Pacific routinely, including in the South China Sea,’ Gordon said. ‘As we have for decades, our forces will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.’”

  • Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with US Navy destroyer (Stars and Stripes, October 3, 2018)

    “Photos of an encounter between a Navy guided-missile destroyer and Chinese warship shed light on just how close the ships came to colliding Sunday in the South China Sea.

    Naval website gCaptain.com published a series of photos Tuesday showing the USS Decatur and the People’s Republic of China destroyer Luyang passing each other during the confrontation. The Chinese ship appears to veer close to the Decatur before the U.S. ship pulls away to avoid a collision.

    A Navy official confirmed to Stars and Stripes on Wednesday that the photos are legitimate, but said it is unknown how the website got access to the images, which were not publicly released.”

  • ‘Near collision’: Leaked photos show Chinese ship chasing away US destroyer in South China Sea (RT World News, October 4, 2018)

    “While Beijing did not acknowledge the exact distance its destroyer closed in on its counterpart, or the tactics used to chase it away, both the Foreign Ministry and the DoD slammed the US for the violation and abuse of the ‘freedom of navigation’ principle on the high seas. China justified what the US termed as ‘aggressive maneuvers’ as ‘defense duties’ aimed at protecting the country's sovereignty. ‘We strongly urge the US to immediately correct its mistakes and stop such provocative actions so as not to damage Sino-US relations,’ the Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed.

    The resource-rich South China Sea is the subject of conflicting and overlapping claims by a number of countries, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The US has been sending its vessels and aircraft to carry out patrol missions in the disputed area, repeatedly causing outcries from Beijing. The US disregard of China’s claims over the disputed waters, through which trillions of dollars-worth of trade passes annually, is being demonstrated amid unprecedented tensions between the world’s two largest economies.”

October 04 2018

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Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet

“…his decision to appoint one woman to the relatively low-profile role of regional revitalisation minister prompted criticism from an outgoing female minister and uncomfortable questions at his post-reshuffle press conference.

Asked why there was only one woman in his 19-member cabinet – one fewer than in his previous lineup – Abe claimed he had only just embarked on his ‘womenomics’ campaign to raise the standing of women in the workplace, although it is a cause he first championed soon after becoming prime minister in late 2012.

‘We must recognise that the ratio of women cabinet ministers is low compared with other countries, but Japan has just begun to create a society where women can be more active,’ he said. ‘I think we will nurture people who can become cabinet ministers.’

He claimed that the lone female appointee, the former career bureaucrat Katayama, had the determination of multiple women. ‘She is incredibly feisty. I know there is only one woman in this cabinet, but Ms Katayama has the presence of two or three women. I hope she will use that to promote the goal of female empowerment,’ he said, according to the Japan Times.

Seiko Noda, who was replaced as internal affairs minister by a man, said she was ‘extremely worried’ about the lack of female representation in senior positions in the party.”

Japan ranked 114th out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings last year – down three places from a year earlier and the lowest among the G7 nations. The report said the poor assessment reflected the low number of women in politics.

Only 10% of MPs in Japan’s lower house are women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.”

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September 27 2018

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September 26 2018

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BTSと秋元康のコラボ中止は当然! 秋元の女性蔑視や極右政権との癒着が問題にならない日本のほうがガラパゴス

“…グローバルな人気を誇るBTSと秋元康氏のコラボには、多くの人が驚いたとともに、怒りをあらわにした。

問題となったシングル「Bird/FAKE LOVE/Airplane pt.2」の情報は9月13日の朝に解禁され、そこで初めて秋元氏が関わる曲が収録されると発表されたのだが、その情報が告知されるやいなやツイッターを中心にすぐさま炎上した。

BTSのファンが秋元氏とのコラボに拒否反応を示したのにはいくつか理由がある。

ひとつはもちろん、これまでの秋元氏の仕事を見てきて感じた忌避の思いだ。〈難しいことは何も考えない 頭からっぽでいい 二足歩行が楽だしふわり軽く風船みたいに生きたいんだ〉〈女の子は可愛くなきゃね 学生時代はおバカでいい〉〈女の子は恋が仕事よ ママになるまで子供でいいそれよりも大事なことは そうスベスベのお肌を保つことでしょう?〉といった歌詞を問題視されたHKT48「アインシュタインよりディアナ・アグロン」をはじめ、本サイトでも何度も取り上げているように、秋元氏の書く歌詞は近年、女性蔑視的な内容を複数回にわたって問題にされ続けているが、その女性差別的感覚がいっこうに修正される気配はない。

そういった作家性をもつ人物がBTSの歌詞を書くことでどういった楽曲が生まれるか?ということへの懸念がある。

そして、もうひとつは、BTSの歌詞における「リアルさ」に関わる問題だ。

BTSは結成段階からアイドルグループとして企画されていたものではなく、ヒップホップグループとしてオーディションされている。そういった背景も関係して、作詞や作曲にもメンバーが積極的に関わってきた。

また、「防弾少年団」というグループの名前には「10代、20代に向けられる抑圧や偏見を止め、自身たちの音楽を守り抜く」というコンセプトが含まれており、彼らの歌詞には若い世代が直面する悩みを赤裸々に歌ったものも多い。

たとえば、「No More Dream」では過酷な受験戦争に消耗して将来に夢を見出せなくなっている若者の苦悩を描き、また、「DOPE」では“三放世代”といった言葉に代表される世代間格差への憤りを歌っていたりしている。こういった内容の歌詞は、その渦中にいる若者たちの手によって書かれ、歌われるからこそ、切実な訴えとして聴衆に響く。

結局「Bird」は楽曲が公開される前にお蔵入りになってしまったため秋元氏がどのような歌詞を提供していたのかは藪の中だが、どんな内容になるにせよ、そもそも、「抑圧」を与える側の最たる存在である秋元氏が書いた言葉が、これまでBTSの楽曲にあった「リアルさ」をもち得る曲となるのかは疑問だ”

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September 25 2018

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Latin American presidents should serve their people, not US interests – Bolivia's Evo Morales to RT — RT World News

‘There are some serious problems in Latin America. In Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador, the presidents, who used to be the guarantors of the sovereignty and dignity of the people, are now being subjected to political persecution,’ Morales said.

He was referring to Argentina's Cristina de Kirchner, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and to Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who lost power in their countries in recent years and are now facing various charges, pushed forward by new, US-backed governments.

Washington's ‘extensive political campaign’ in Latina America is headed by US Vice President Mike Pence, the Bolivian leader said, in the run-up to his address at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

‘There are no military coups taking place in Latin America anymore as coups are now happening through congresses and courts. It's yet another mechanism used by the US to deal with presidents fighting against imperialism.’

If those measures prove ineffective, the US resorts to ‘making plots and carrying out provocations,’ Morales said. And when that fails as well, there's talk of military intervention, like it has been talked about regarding Venezuela.”

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Syria to get Russia’s S-300: Here’s what you need to know about the missile system — RT World News

“On the heels of an Israeli air raid on Syria, which saw the downing of a Russian plane, Moscow will now deliver S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Damascus. Here’s a quick guide to the sophisticated weapon and its capabilities.

The Syrian Army has long sought to procure the S-300 from Russia, but talks which began in mid-2000 were interrupted by the civil war in 2011. The current air defense systems operated by Syria’s military are mainly the old-fashioned S-125s and S-200s. The downing of a Russian patrol pane by the Syrian missiles – which Moscow said was caused by Israeli jets using the plane as ‘cover’ - has now changed the game.

So, ahead of the deployment, let’s sum up the key specs of the weapon not to be underestimated by Tel Aviv.”

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