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October 22 2018

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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.”

October 07 2018

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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.”

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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‘Significant escalation’: US warns Russia over S-300 missile sale to Syria

RT Newsline, Sep 24 2018

“Russian plans to supply Syria with a S-300 missile system would be a ‘significant escalation’ by Moscow, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday. He also expressed hope that the plan will be reconsidered, Reuters reports. The Russian military said earlier in the day that it will supply the surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections. The move came a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Monday that he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.”

September 12 2018

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World Scholars, Artists, Activists Call for Demilitarization of Okinawa – Consortiumnews

“More than one hundred scholars, peace activists and artists from around the world have issued a statement condemning the Japanese and U.S. governments’ plans to build a new base for the US Marine Corps in Northern Okinawa.”

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Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria – Consortiumnews

open letter - from: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; to: The President

“We hope that John Bolton has given you an accurate description of his acerbic talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva a few weeks ago. In our view, it is a safe bet that the Kremlin is uncertain whether Bolton faithfully speaks in your stead, or speaks INSTEAD of you.

The best way to assure Mr. Putin that you are in control of U.S. policy toward Syria would be for you to seek an early opportunity to speak out publicly, spelling out your intentions. If you wish wider war, Bolton has put you on the right path.

If you wish to cool things down, you may wish to consider what might be called a pre-emptive ceasefire. By that we mean a public commitment by the presidents of the U.S. and Russia to strengthen procedures to preclude an open clash between U.S. and Russian armed forces. We believe that, in present circumstances, this kind of extraordinary step is now required to head off wider war.”

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US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

“The Wall Street Journal has just published a bombshell on Sunday evening as Russian and Syrian warplanes continue bombing raids over al-Qaeda held Idlib, citing unnamed US officials who claim “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold.”

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russia and Iran this time around.”

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Ron Paul: 'Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda in Syria?'

“Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with ‘bad guys’ in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the ‘experts’ who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.”

August 06 2018

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August 05 2018

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August 6, 1945 - atomic bombing on Hiroshima, Japan

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en.wikipedia.org [On this day - Aug. 5 2018]: 1962 – Actress and model Marilyn Monroe (pictured) was found dead in her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, an event that has become the center of one of the most debated conspiracy theories.

August 02 2018

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i12bent: On August 3, 1936 Jesse Owens proved all Hitler’s theories of the supremacy of the white race wrong by winning the 100 m sprint at the Berlin Olympics. Over the next week he took home three more gold medals…

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i12bent: On Aug. 4, 1936 Jesse Owens won the long jump gold at the Berlin Olympics. He beat German athlete Luz Long (whose sportsmanship stretched so far as to give Owens a good tip after Owens had had two foul jumps) and Japanese athlete Naoto Tajima… This image of Owens giving his flag a military salute and Luz Long heil'ing his Führer has become the iconic image of the ‘Nazi’ Olympics.

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i12bent: Upon Jesse Owens return to the US he was given a New York ticker tape parade. However, President Roosevelt never sent him a telegram congratulating him, nor did he invite the athlete to the White House. America being a segregated society Jesse Owens also had to use the freight elevator at the Waldorf-Astoria to get to the reception held in his honour…

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i12bent: August 3, 1958 – The world’s first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, travels beneath the Arctic ice cap, reaching the geographical North Pole… Above: The Navigator’s report of the event to The Commanding Officer

August 01 2018

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i12bent: On August 2, 1939 Albert Einstein wrote a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon… The letter was actually mostly written by physicist Leó Szilárd (and two other exiled Hungarian scientists), who together with Fermi had conducted experiments with nuclear fission. Szilárd pursuaded Einstein who was much more famous and well-connected to sign the letter…

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i12bent: Frédéric Bartholdi (August 2, 1834 – 1904) was a French sculptor, whose main work was the Statue of Liberty (it was rumored all over France that the face of Lady Lib was modeled after Bartholdi’s mother; and the body after his mistress)…

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July 31 2018

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i12bent: On August 1, 1966 the University of Texas Tower in Austin was the scene of the first university mass shooting in the US. A disturbed young man, holed up on the observation deck with rifles and other weapons, murdered 16 people and injured 32 others before he was shot to death by police… Photo © 1980, Larry D. Moore

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“The rial has lost more than a half of its value against the dollar in just four months, having fallen to the 50,000-mark for the first time in March. Iranians have been trying to buy more US currency on the black market for fear the economy can collapse when the US sanctions return.

In an attempt to curb currency speculation which has led to the rial collapse, the Iranian central bank unified the official and unregulated exchange rates. However, there have been reports that black market vendors are inflating the costs of goods imported in US dollars.

The locals often seek to buy the US currency as they think it is a safe way to store their savings, or as an investment if the rial continues to drop. While the official rate is about 44,050 rials, it is very hard to buy a buck at that rate in Iran.”

— rt.com: Iranian rial falls to record low against the US dollar & central bank blames ‘nation’s enemies’ (Jul. 31 2018)

July 30 2018

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“On July 30, 1916 an act of sabotage by German agents on American ammunition supplies in Jersey City, New Jersey (to prevent the materials from being used by the Allies in World War I) known as The Black Tom explosion caused seven deaths and extensive damage to the docks where the munitions were stored, thousands of broken windows throughout Manhattan, as well as structural damage to the Statue of Liberty…

‘The lessons to America are clear as day. We must not again be caught napping with no adequate national Intelligence organization. The several Federal bureaus should be welded into one, and that one should be eternally and comprehensively vigilant.’ — Arthur Woods, Police Commissioner of New York, 1919

9-11 echoes, anyone…?

Amazingly the US sought restitution and damages from the German Government, and in 1953 (two wars later as it were) Germany agreed to pay $ 50 million. Final instalment was paid in 1979…”

— from i12bent.tumblr.com (Jul. 30 2009)

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